When striving for your fitness goals “showing up” regularly offers undeniable benefits. A person in motion stays in motion and never has to restart.
A lack of consistency can bring on a lack of interest, but constant progress keeps morale high and keeps you interested in chasing your success.
BE IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN
Overnight success is a myth – no one wakes up and is suddenly successful without years of preparation. Success is derived from hard work, commitment, a positive mindset and clear sense of direction.
People like Rich Froning or Katrin Davidsdottir have been showing up to the gym every day for years. They’re consistent output goes all the way back to a time when no one was watching, no one was listening, and no one was paying any attention at all.
If you look at any well known or successful CrossFit athlete, all you have to do is start scrolling to see the evidence of consistency and how long they’ve been showing up. They’ve been committed to their output for years.
In order to stay consistent you need to set goals, but the key is to set the right goals. We need realistic, achievable and challenging goals.
If we only set goals that are unrealistic and will take forever to achieve we will most certainly lose interest in our journey towards those goals. We need both short term and long term goals. Short term goals are small goals that are easily within our grasp and which can be achieved weekly or monthly. Long term goals are our big goals, 1st prize, the reason why you started training in the first place. These goals will take focus, determination and a lot of time and work to achieve.
Our short term goals are what keeps us on track and interested in achieving our long term goals. The process is more important than the goal—what you do everyday matters more than what you plan to accomplish.
OBSERVE, MEASURE, REPEAT
Until you have tried something new for a period of time and in a consistent manner, you can’t decide if it works or not. How do you measure effectiveness if what you are measuring isn’t performed consistently?
CrossFit is observable, measurable and repeatable.
What do we need for this to happen? Cold hard data.
One thing everyone should be doing no matter your skill level is keeping a training log. This is a place where you write down all of your lifting PB’s/times/rounds etc. You could even take it a step further and write down how you were feeling that day or maybe a technique issue you were having. This will provide more insight when you refer back to it in the future.
These numbers are valuable information for future workouts and making sure you are on the right track to achieve your goals.
As a coach it is extremely helpful to have a client know their “numbers”. It allows me to make more informed recommendations for movements and weights based on the information you have, thus giving you a greater workout. In contrast if the WOD calls for 75% of your deadlift max and you can’t remember what your current max is….then we have to play a guessing game and go by feel. This may work sometimes but its not optimal. For example, you may have chosen a weight that was way to heavy turning what should have been a 10 min max for time WOD into a 20 min grinder. Having numbers will help you get the best results possible!
If you don’t keep a training log, START NOW!
HAVE FUN WITH IT
All too often we lose sight that fitness can be and should be fun. Once you stop having fun with the process it becomes a chore and we all hate doing chores.
One way to consistently have fun is to not be too hard on yourself. We often focus too much on the things we want to do or can’t do that we forget that every single day we step into the box is one step closer to why we do it and one more reason to celebrate progress and be proud of ourselves for having the will to work for what we want no matter what our goals are.
Have fun on the good days as well as on the bad days.
Whether you achieved something on the day or not, at least you showed up and that counts.
“The goal is to get fit,
make it the best hour of your day,
stay safe, turn up the music,
high five some people and blow off some steam.
So remember that.
Relax. HAVE FUN. Workout.”
– Pat Sherwood