Life Stress and CrossFit

By Dawn Fletcher

In Rest Day/Theory

September 05, 2011

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Dawn Fletcher explains how too much stress can affect performance and what you can do to relax.

The “stress family” is not a fun one. This family consists of anxiety, fear, pressure, nervousness and panic. And each one of these components can negatively affect your CrossFit performance.

Numerous theories attempt to describe how stress affects performance. The bottom line is that every individual has a unique experience to stress. It is likely that small amounts of stress may help your performance and larger amounts of stress will negatively affect your ability to perform at high levels.

Let’s take a deeper look at the components of stress and the mental skills you can practice to help negate any decreases in performance outcomes.

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2 Comments on “Life Stress and CrossFit”

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Joy Byxbee wrote …

this was a great article Dawn, and an often overlooked aspect of fitness. Some of my best, highest performing athletes often suffer from combined stressors-some can be controlled through cutting back on training, putting more focus on recovery/nutrition (REALLY important when the body is highly stressed), and breathing exercises similar to the ones you described. I enjoy intense, focused training, but something we started adding in to our training week, was a day focused on doing something FUN, and not necessarily related to the sport/training. Sometimes it was as simple as everyone meeting at our local dog beach, going in the water and playing games with our dogs.

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wrote …

Great article, it's refreshing to hear about mental strategies to manage stress in training as if you are in this for the long-haul (as I am) then managing anxiety, fear, nervousness and panic when training and competing are key to maintaining and ensuring progress. Ultimately it's the 'stress family' that result in giving up when not handled properly. When handled well these emotions can be channeled into motivation to push further and break barriers

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