In a culture consumed by appearance and aesthetics, you can see the effects of training more than necessary everywhere. Just spend a couple of minutes on Instagram. There is an entire world of "fitness" and training related information (most of which is useless).
When we talk about training more than necessary we're not talking about over-training (training so much that your body can't recover). We're talking about necessity.
What do you actually need from your training? What does your life require and what do you want from your lifestyle?
Necessary and Sufficient
Here's what we've seen...
For people that want to:
- Look good
- Feel good
- Have energy
- Not be sore all the time
- Be able to do all the things life requires of them
- Don't have a desire to train all the time as a fun activity
2-3 days a week. That's it. That's all that is necessary.
That also JUST includes formalized, high(ish) intensity training. For a person to live a lifestyle like that above they also have to do a couple of other things.
- Eat well. Stick to meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, a little fruit and avoid sugar.
- Use their fitness. Get outside and play at least 5 days a week.
- Play a city league sport
- Go the lake and play in and out of the water
- Go mountain biking
- Go play in the pool
- Set-up a slack line in your back yard and play
- Meet some friends for Volleyball or Racquetball
Train hard 2-3 days a week and then go use your fitness on a regular basis. This is why we offer 2 days and 3 days a week CrossFit memberships.
The benefit of sport
Part of our definition of world-class fitness includes "regularly learn and play new sports." This is because the benefits of playing sports are vital to high levels of fitness. Sports like basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, etc require a lot from the body that is almost impossible to train in the gym.
Take agility for example. Agility is your ability to react and change direction in response to another object. This could be a ball, a person, or a nerf dart. Basically, anything that causes your brain to ask your body to change direction quickly. This spontaneous and improvisational brain-body connection is very hard to train in the gym. It requires getting outside and reacting to the randomness of sport.
What if I want to train more?
Some people really love to work out all the time. That's why we have unlimited CrossFit memberships as well. Those people train more because it's fun, not because they NEED to. In fact, they may be spending more time in the gym to the detriment of their overall fitness. But they enjoy it and that's cool.
We don't pass judgment on people's goals. If your goal is to be really strong and be good at working out and you enjoy it that's cool with us. We're here to help you with that. Just be aware that if all your "training" is in the gym that there is a large area of fitness that you're missing (and maybe some sunshine too).
So regardless of what all the Instagram Fitness Experts might be saying you don't need to spend every day in the gym to be fit. But you do need to eat right and live an active life.
Now, go live better.