HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST CROSSFIT COMPETITION

Perla at her first powerflifting competition.

Perla at her first powerflifting competition.

 

For most of you who are competing at Battleground South Bay, this will be your first CrossFit competition. Perhaps it may even be the first competition ever in your life. We are very excited for you and hope you are just as excited as we are. As we get closer to competition date, here are a few tips on how to prepare for your competition.

  1. Continue working out as you would. If you have developed a game plan and/or training schedule with your coach, follow it.
  1. Taper your workouts as you get closer to the day of the competition. I recommend taking a day or two off prior to the competition and instead focus on mobility and form.
  1. Address any mobility issues.
  1. If the competition workout is pre-released, take advantage of reviewing the workout, standards and any additional details of the competition. Make sure you are prepared for those movements and work on any weaknesses.
  1. Get adequate rest and sleep.
  1. If you haven’t done so, dial in your nutrition. If you need help with this, please see a coach.
  1. Prepare for the impossible and be sure to pack your gym bag. Some items I suggest packing:
  • wrist wraps
  • knee or elbow sleeves
  • weight belt
  • extra hair ties/pins/headbands (for the ladies)
  • mobility tools (lacrosse ball, massage sticks, foam rollers, pvc, etc)
  • athletic tape
  • jump rope (for warm up)
  • extra underwear (hey, you never know!)
  • extra shirts
  • extra shorts
  • deodorant
  • extra shoes
  • extra socks
  • shaker bottle
  1. Prepare food. Food vendors at a competition are not guaranteed and if there are any, there is usually a long line and the food might not be the most beneficial for an athlete. Pack food items your body is already familiar with (do not experiment and eat something new the day before or of the event!) Examples include:
  • plenty of water
  • coconut water (or electrolyte supplement)
  • carbs (baked tubers, Vitargo, fruit, steamed rice, etc)
  • lean protein source (ex grill chicken)
  • roasted veggies
  • nuts or almond butter
  • Food bars (ex. Perfect Foods Bar, Epic Bars, etc)
  • protein powder
  1. Most importantly, be prepared to have fun!

If you have any other advice to add to this list, please share and comment below!

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Posted on April 9, 2014, in Article, Competition and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hey, Thanks for this very informative article.
    I am new to crossfit akron & I am preparing for my first CrossFit competition & believe me…. Your article just gave me a inspiration & WOD boost….

    Thanks again. 🙂

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