Training at high intensity is a very humbling monster and when you receive a visit from the fatigue fairy, the things that once looked super easy on paper now feel near impossible. Just like Mike Tyson used to say, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Everyone has a plan until they get so tired they are walking like a drunken sailor. Check out some of my words of wisdom concerning to how to avoid getting punched in the mouth:
- When attacking a workout, make sure you know and understand the time domain and the number of repetitions required so you don’t come out of the gate super strong and then die by halftime. Know your limits and then strive to go slightly beyond them.
- Understand that just because you can lift the prescribed load in a strength portion, it may not be the proper load for you in a conditioning session. With volume accumulation and heavy breathing, loads that sometimes feel light seem to get whole lot heavier.
- Make note of some of the skills that you are good at as well as the ones you struggle with. The skills you think you are proficient at may not be so good after a twenty calorie sprint on the assault bike or a fifty calorie sprint on the rower. My advice would be to practice skills in a controlled environment to start and then slowly begin adding intensity until you are able to do them while tired. Once you can do that, I recommend working on skills while fatigued or after performing cardiorespiratory movements like rowing, running, assault biking, burpee-ing, box jumping, or after isometric holds with objects or positions.