When I say rest day that doesn’t mean do nothing. One of the best ways to recover and be ready for another week of CrossFit is some active recovery.

Active recovery can be loosely defined as a low-intensity activity (such as submaximal cycling or low-intensity weight training) used to enhance the recovery process between training sessions or competitions. The theory is that by increasing blood flow (your heart rate increases, therefore your blood is making more ’rounds’ as it were), lactate and other ‘waste products’ are cleared faster, thereby minimizing their detrimental effects in tissues. This should translate practically to a faster recovery than if your blood were moving at its normal velocity. This would mean that you could train more frequently at sustained or higher intensity levels without exposing yourself to the risks of inadequate recovery. (Thanks to Evidence Based Fitness for the definition)

and here are a couple of our favourite active recovery tools.