If it's the day after your workout and you can't walk up and down the stairs properly, or you can't go play with your kids.....you are doing it wrong!
Let's clear up some minor things with this topic...these are some minor exceptions:
Okay, so we all get it now. There is a time and place for higher intensity but putting in too much, every day, will only lead to a crash and burn.
First, let's talk about soreness levels (briefly and definitely not scientifically)
Anything over a 2 should NOT be your norm. Obviously not a 4 or 5.
Why does this happen? Mostly ego to be honest.
You need to remember why you came to the gym in the first place. It was not to make it to the CrossFit games. It was to be a better version of yourself.
The ego is what's telling you to go a bit heavier. To sacrifice form to go a bit faster. To short the range of motion to keep up with the person half your age that is next to you.
Stop fighting for the best score on the board at the expense of safety and form.
You would honestly get fitter, faster, if you listened to our recommendations.
Another aspect is your recovery.
If you are not recovering well enough, it will lead to adrenal fatigue which is the aforementioned 'crash and burn".
This is why we advocate for proper sleep, proper nutrition, active recovery days, managing stress etc.
More does not always equal better (or fitter).
Our job is not to build grueling, soul crushing workouts. We are here to help you become HEALTHIER, so that you can feel good and move in your 90's. Not to be the best/fastest in the room.
Get back to the real reason you began and think about that before the 3,2,1, Go! Compete against yourself and your previous workout scores. Little wins daily= LONG term success for life.