Isn’t it ironic that one of CrossFit’s most captivating attributes is its efficiency of extremely brief workouts, yet the most passionate CrossFitters are training more than one session per day that lasts several hours. What happened to the efficiency, people?
While I understand that for those who are legitimately training to compete among the fittest, there is a certain amount of volume and skill work that must be acquired along the way. Nonetheless, there is plenty of inefficacy around these two- and three-hour sessions. Sure, we like hanging out with each other and mixing it up in the gym, but if you despise how much time your training is taking, it might be time to use the oldest trick in the book to keep you moving along: Set a clock.
Allow yourself 20 minutes for your skill session. Allow 40 minutes for your strength session. Allow 30 minutes for your conditioning session. Whatever the time required is, set a clock. While it may seem silly, you’d be surprised at how much this simple act can keep you on pace and cut out the miscellaneous, time-wasting meandering.
I’ve had great success with this, not just in my training but also in my coaching. I am as guilty as the next person in spending too much time between sets and fooling around to the point that an hourlong training session takes me an hour and 40 minutes. I have the same problem when it comes to coaching, too. While I like to justify and attribute this to a passion for providing coaching, sometimes I can get off track when I’m wearing my coaching hat.
Many times, I’ll start a clock to indicate how much time is left for a section of the training day, and when the clock counts down, students notice. They move faster and manage their time. Furthermore, when time is running out, I don’t have to be the bad guy. It’s the clock’s fault!
If you want to expedite your training or audit yourself for chitchat, set a clock and watch yourself get more work done faster. Hell, cleaning up equipment might not take as much time as the training did with this strategy!