For adaptation to training, improvement happens once the body nears full recovery and homeostasis of its systems is restored. This process of recovery can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours depending on the nature of the training and how hard you have pushed.
The problem with a lot of Advanced CrossFitters is that they increase training volume and don’t take sufficient rest to restore homeostasis, thus they then wonder why they don’t improve, they feel like they have stagnated and often end up with niggles and injuries.
4.) You will need to work on your weaknesses
We all have areas we excel in and areas we are not so hot at. When we are a beginner / intermediate athlete, everything we do feels like a challenge, but we get regular feedback through visible / regular improvements and so we find motivation and encouragement.
The more advanced you are the more you need to tackle specific weaknesses with a systematic approach, such as accessory work or additional skills drills (our P3 Programming!).
5.) You will have knowledge to impart on the newbies
Chances are that after one year you will have picked up a few nuggets of information! These little tips and tricks are what the less experienced athletes will crave, and you can help others the way you have been helped. Just be careful not to try and coach others! Passing on helpful advice is always welcome, but let the coaches coach.
6.) You will be the face of the gym
New people joining the gym will see you doing pull-ups, toes to bar, muscle-ups, back squatting ALL THE PLATES, and they will be in awe. Remember what it was like when you first walked into a CrossFit gym and saw others doing those things? Hopefully it gave you drive and aspirations.
These people will look up to you, so don't be the douche bag advanced athlete who thinks they are too good to talk to newbies. We were all in their shoes once.
7.) You will want to try new sports.
The faster and stronger you become the more the world of fitness will appeal to you. This is one of the foundational principles of CrossFit, 'learn and play new sports'.
CrossFit is a general strength and conditioning (S&C) program designed to make you well-rounded. It makes you faster, stronger, more flexible, agile and generally fitter so you can try your hand at new things.
Remember before you started CrossFit and all you did was run. Then you stumbled upon CrossFit, fell in love and forgot all about your regular Wednesday evening jog. Months later you joined in the local 5km Charity event, and incredibly you ran your fastest 5km time ever?! Well that was CrossFit, the general physical preparedness program (GPP).