It's January 2016, and we all start to plan out our training for the upcoming year.
Crossfitters are gearing up for the Open. Coaches, trainers, and gym owners begin to plot out the year. It’s an exciting time. New beginnings bring about new possibilities, and in the world of fitness, we all know what that means…..we’re all setting out to hit bigger lifts, improve benchmarks and increase our fitness capacity…..wait…isn’t that what we do every year…ugh yeah…?
….but how much have we actually improved?
I can’t speak for those I don’t coach or train, so for the benefit of my athletes, this stuff pertains to you guys.
(hopefully this can inspire other trainers out there)
Most will agree, this shit takes time. Real progress takes time. Sure, you can expect to see some big gains in a short period when you first start training. It’s kind of like getting a puppy. That dog will learn a ton of stuff in the first three to four months. Anyone with a dog will agree…sit, stay, come….those commands become second nature very quickly…but roll over, retrieve, find my keys..…..those tricks take time. Same goes for training.
Most of you will attest to making some big gains in your first year (and a half) of CrossFit. You got stronger. Squats, deads, all the big lifts went up. A few strict pull ups, kipping, HSPUs, and you finally made double unders your bitch. Not to mention the physical changes to your body. It’s been a good year. But all of sudden numbers don’t seem to be making the exponential jumps they were before. That measly ten pounds you added to your bar feels more like fifty pounds, and butterfly pull ups are so much harder than kipping…why can’t I just get them!? And how come Joe is so much faster than me? Why am I even doing this?! Whoa. Let’s back it up a sec.
When you first came into the gym and started training, the immediate gains were a gift to you for choosing to bring fitness into your life. It rewards you right away. But that was your freebie. Now it’s time to work.
Put the focus on your weaknesses and be confident in your strengths. Use your time wisely. As your coach, during regular scheduled classes, I am responsible for addressing the general weaknesses and programming for everyones individual needs. But it’s up to you to narrow it down to the nitty gritty and do the work (ie. muscle ups during open gym instead of squatting, or benching). We squat every week, but there is simply not enough time to hit MUs every week. Besides, you’ll get more ring time during open gym. That’s just one example. The open is coming and “there will be muscle ups..”
The last thing I’ll mention is patience. And I’ve said it a thousand times. Be patient with your training. Your progress will eventually begin to stall. That is of course until you start addressing the areas of weakness. Stop practicing the same shitty accessory drills over and over. If they’re not getting you closer to your goal then ditch em’ and try something new. Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. Use your resources ie. coaches, main site info, and CrossFit / weightlifting blogs / credible websites. When your coach tells you to do something, listen. This goes for fellow trainers as well. The journey of fitness and the pursuit of excellence is a long one. We are all students. So keep your minds open and be vulnerable.
The Open is upon us. To all the seasoned vets, have a goal: better overall standings, Rx’ing the open, etc. To those of you who have not yet experienced the Open…….it is time. It’s NOT about getting to regionals or the games. For some, perhaps. But for THE VAST MAJORITY, it is about community, having fun, and the unveiling parties every Thursday for the month of March, involving pizza or Greek food, ha. But seriously, we’d like to see a lot more people giving it a shot. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
I look forward to watching everyone continue their athletic development in 2016. We are very grateful for everyones commitment to our gym and this wonderful community.