I believe in CrossFit we find ourselves losing the real purpose of why we train. We sometimes compare ourselves to others and fail to celebrate our little victories. If you find yourself questioning whether or not you should participate in the open, I offer you the story of my friend Robin.
CrossFit continues to gain in popularity as a great exercise program. CrossFit and its basis in programming functional movements, has helped many achieve their goals to move better and feel stronger in their day to day lives. The high intensity and compound movements allow people to see rapid results in both performance and body composition. However, with the growing trend it can be difficult to select an affiliate that ensures you are working with qualified coaches.
At our weekly coaches meeting, Jesse and I were making note of some of the successes we've been seeing in our membership, both in body composition and performance. It's incredibly motivating to see, and success breeds success; when one person is making great gains, everyone is asking them what they're doing and they get motivated, and soon more people are making tremendous progress.
I want to thank Shawn for letting me write the first guest post on his blog. Thanks! Like many of you, I've been working with Shawn on revamping my nutrition. I'm really excited about getting things dialed in, but I'm finding there are a lot of behavior changes I need to keep track of every day. Being something of a productivity wonk, I did some looking around and found an effective (for me, YMMV) technique to keep me on task and following my nutrition plan.
I'm not a big believer in New Year resolutions; anything worth doing is worth doing today - it doesn't make sense to wait until the beginning of the year to start a positive activity. Having said that, I am all about goal setting - if you don't know what you want how can you tell what to do or when you get there? With the New Year, the CrossFit Reflexion coaches are working with our members to come up with goals for the coming year.
Let me start by saying - if you're not keeping a training log, you're losing out on a ton of potential improvement. I can't stress this enough, but a training log is CRITICAL to improving as an athlete. Not making any gains? Not losing weight? Feeling run down or injured? Lets look at your log to figure out why. If you don't have it, the CrossFit Reflexion coaching staff can't help you, and you can't help yourself. So get one. Today. Bring a writing instrument (pen or pencil) to your workouts too.
With the 2013 Open 110 days away (not that we're counting down or anything) I've been talking with a lot of our open hopefuls, and wanted to share something I've been telling them. You can't get it all in one day.