That there is Trish doing pull-ups in fancy pants and boots. Anytime, anywhere!
If you’re reading this chances are pretty high that you spend one of your 24 hours each day getting your ass handed to you in a CrossFit workout. You work on strength, gymnastics movements, olympic weightlifting, sprinting, rowing, lifting weird things like stones, and climbing ropes. You probably even do other things like ski, snowboard, mountain bike, run half marathons in the snow. You’re badass.
That’s great, you have that one hour covered. How about the other 23? We talk about working on things like nutrition, hydration, recovery, mobility, and stress reduction during the hours outside of the gym. These are important things that also should be addressed in order to get as close as possible to your full potential. Unfortunately, these things often are overlooked.
Sleep is one of the biggest things that impact how we recover, and unfortunately the majority of us don’t get enough of it. Fellas, here’s one big reason to get some more zzz’s: there seems to be a correlation between total testosterone and time in bed. Hmmm. You can watch a pretty cool video from Barbell Shrugged titled 1 Quick Way to Increase Testosterone with Dr. Kirk Parsley. It’s an hour long, so you might need to schedule that one.
For some quicker information, check out Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery and Productivity at Catalyst Athletics. This article has a lot of great information and some strategies to help you get the most out of your sleep, even if it’s not the recommended 8+ hours.
Take a look at this stuff and try to get better. Remember, fitness isn’t just what you do in the gym!