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Deadlift 3×5 @75%

3 Rounds
400m Run
10 Shoulder to Overheads (185/125)

I read the following article from, and thought about how it applies to many of us who have done CrossFit for a while.  One of the best pieces of advice I can think of is this – if you are starting to feel the CrossFit burnout – take a step back and set new goals.  CrossFit is the type of exercise program that lends itself to any number of goals – pick one and start working towards it.

I would also recommend checking out some of the specialty classes that we have at Ultimate to mix it up a bit – come to Conditioning or Weight lifting – maybe unwind at the end of the week with Friday evening yoga.  Or try out a Jiu Jitsu class in the Pit (the first one is on us).  Sometimes just coming to a class at a different time of day can be all the spice you need in your life, you may even meet your ‘Swole Mate’. 😉

At any rate, just a few small changes can help break you out of your routine and workout rut.

If you’re a seasoned CrossFitter, chances are you’ve reached a point where doing “constantly varied functional movements at high intensity” can feel a bit … bleh.

You know those days when you walk into the gym and everything just feels super heavy? Your body. The barbell. Even your gym bag?

But it’s more than that. Emotionally, you just don’t feel present and you’re finding that there are more and more days where you’d rather not WOD. Maybe you’re even bored.

The irony is that as “constantly varied” as CrossFit is, you can still grow tired of it.

After five years of being a part of the sport, I’ve been there. I’ve seen my friends go through it, too. I’ve seen them walk into the gym like zombies and do workouts just out of sheer habit.

On the flipside, I’ve seen how CrossFit can give people life.

Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.

I’ve witnessed amazing physical transformations. I’ve heard unbelievable testimonies. People tell me all of the time how they found community when felt lonely and lost. And the other day, one of my athletes said that CrossFit helped her wean off of antidepressants.

I felt so proud I wanted to cry.

We do CrossFit for so many reasons: To lose weight, get over a bad breakup, find new friends, feel like an athlete again, fall back in love with our bodies, spice up the usual gym routine … The reasons are endless. And for some people who see positive outcomes from their commitment to change, CrossFit becomes incredibly ingrained in their identity.

But what do you do when the very thing that bettered your life begins to suck that very life right out of you?

I suppose the simple solution to burnout is this: Take a break and leave the box for a bit.

But I know from experience that that decision isn’t always easy. It’s not like cancelling your membership at Planet Fitness. For some, the thought of leaving their CrossFit gym can stir up a little anxiety.

So to find solutions, I went out to find everyday athletes who’ve been through major burnout and were able to find some solace in the end.

If you’re currently questioning your love for CrossFit or other functional fitness methodologies, I hope you find yourself in one of these stories and maybe find a way to light your fire once again.

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