Preparing for the Unknown & the Unknowable

Fitness & Training Tips
By Jade Loney
Jade Loney

About Jade Loney

I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness (I’m currently studying nutritional medicine.) However, it wasn’t until I started training at Ignite that I fell in love with CrossFit and the awesome community that came with it. CrossFit has helped me reassess what fitness means to me and shifted my focus to performance. The human body continually amazes me with what it is capable of and that fascination is what led me to become a trainer; to help others find their own strength and confidence! I’d love to make it to Regionals one day but even if I don’t, I’ll have enjoyed every step of the chase. If I’m not working I’m usually here training so if you see me on the floor please say hi! I don’t bite that much. 🙂
The 2018 Crossfit Games have come to a close… I have to say that this year’s Games was one of my favourites so far!
I thought the events really did provide a true, broad test of fitness; from the ultimate strength test, the Crossfit Total (a combined score of max back squat, strict press and deadlift) to a full marathon row, to an obstacle course completed while wearing a weighted vest.
It’s hard NOT to be inspired watching the seemingly superhuman Games athletes and I truely believe anyone and everyone, whether you do Crossfit or not, can learn a thing or two about how to tackle fitness, mental fortitude and life in general from these insanely fit humans.
In my opinion, this is the most important takeaway from the Crossfit Games: be prepared for anything and everything.
When the athletes arrive at the Games, they have no idea what they’re in for over the next five days. The events are kept mostly secret until a short time before they’re happening, one event this year even had the athletes only being told the movements in the workout AS they were doing them!
They train all year to be well rounded in every aspect of fitness so that they can handle any type of test thrown at them. 
Us regular gym goers should be approaching our fitness the same way, preparing ourselves for anything life throws at us, whether that be a situation requiring physical strength or skill, mental toughness or even illness and injury. Give your body the best possible chance of survival, no matter the challenge. 
So how do we do this? 
– Train consistently and expose yourself to varied, functional movements as often as you can. Express your fitness outside of the gym, try new activities regularly.
– Lift weights with correct technique at loads that challenge you. Focus on strengthening your weaker areas.
– Move your body through its full ranges, as often as possible and work on your mobility if you have tight/problem areas.
– Every now and then, take you mind and your body to an uncomfortable place (a.k.a. the pain cave) in a workout to teach it how to handle stressful situations.
– Get enough sleep, 7-9 hours per night.
– Eat nourishing foods that promote good gut health and avoid foods that can be harmful and cause inflammation.
– Balance your stress levels. Sometimes you need to go hard but sometimes you need to zen out! Meditate, have a relaxing bath, or go for a walk. Eliminate stressful situations where possible.
The greatest tests of fitness are the challenges life throws our way on a daily basis, and I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be as prepared as possible for whatever comes next!