How to Avoid Red Lining During WODs

If you’ve been doing Crossfit, you’ve most likely red lined a few times during wods.  You know what I’m talking about.  The moment your heart rate shoots through the roof, you can’t catch your breath, panic sets in and you have to stop the workout to rest.  The most likely cause was going out too hot from the start.  I know you feel rested before each wod and most of us want to get a lead with a fast pace only to find out you won’t be able to maintain it.

My advice to you is don’t start off too fast.  Pace the wod in the beginning, control your breathing and once you feel you’re in a good rhythm; push the pace!  I find it easier to push myself when I’m already tired and breathing heavily.  It’s easier for me to control if I paced myself in the beginning.  I’m able to pick up the pace towards the end and endure during the pain cave or the dark place as most people say.  I feel in control of my body at this point and the wod will be over before I red line.

This strategy has worked out for me time and time again.  It may not work the same for everyone but it’s worth giving it a try.  You might find that starting in last place isn’t so bad when you’re passing your fellow crossfitters towards the end.  Remember, it’s not how you start but how you finish that matters.

Josh Ortiz

I've been an athlete since I started playing baseball at the age of 7 up until the end my collegiate wrestling career. As a bodybuilder looking to supplement my training I stumbled into a Crossfit gym and was immediately hooked. Although I still enjoy bodybuilding I find my passion has shifted to being a competitive crossfitter. My articles will take you through my journey into Crossfit. Enjoy!

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