Mistake #4: Too Much Volume
Vaughn has worked with some of the country’s most elite CrossFit athletes, so he’s no stranger to pushing through double-digit rep schemes against a running clock, or the satisfaction of red-lining during a WOD. The problem occurs when lifters get fatigued using heavy weights, and might not have the proper technique or adequate range of motion from the start.
“If you just want to breathe hard, there are plenty of things you can do,” says Vaughn. Jumping rope, hitting the track, or cranking out burpees are all less technical ways to rev your engine. But when it comes to grabbing a barbell, Vaughn’s recommendation is clear: “If you don’t have the movement down well, there’s no sense in getting bad repetitions over and over again. Slow down. Get a skill session in.”