It’s interesting, recently I have read a bunch of blog posts about working hard for what you want; getting the results you want from CrossFit; actually reaching the goals we set. We bloggers/coaches must all be thinking along the same lines. A couple weeks ago I started pondering the amount of hard work and training it actually takes to get really good at CrossFit, or even just okay at CrossFit. It takes a lot of time, effort, and commitment to achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
I frequently hear talk about skills and movements people want to master, or lifts they want to PR, but sometimes I don’t see that action following. I don’t see the work being done; the work that it takes to reach these goals. Being committed to practice is what it takes to get an unassisted pull-up, or multiple double-unders, or a handstand push up. Additionally, our ability to move in good positions is critical to moving well, moving safely, and being strong. Mobility work and stretching help us get to those good positions; crucial if we want to be better CrossFitters. That’s just the way it is. If you haven’t already, please read my post about mobility.
Don’t get me wrong. Every day I see people working their asses off; becoming fitter, stronger, better athletes. It’s amazing and gives me goosebumps. I think that it’s a natural trait of my role as a coach to want more from athletes. I know that your inner athlete is screaming for more. You know what you have to do. Those who choose to do the work (and then some) will achieve their goals.
It is pretty clear that CrossFit and a good diet will get you in the best shape of your life. But what if it’s “not working”? Forrest, over at CrossFit Southbay in California, wrote a post about reasons why CrossFit doesn’t work for people. The following excerpt is from that post:
You think you’re committed but you really aren’t – Just about everyone who walks in the door says they workout 3-5 times every week. Every. Single. Week. They are fed up and want something that is really going to work. Then when it’s time to sign up for a membership they say, “Well, I was thinking, um, like once or twice a week”. Whoa, wait a minute. I thought you were already working out 5 times a week. Now it’s two? If you can’t whole heartedly commit at least 4 hours (preferably about 6 hours) a week to fitness, then you probably aren’t going to reach your goals. I get it, life is busy. Just go try telling that to the single mom on the pull-up bar who just got done with her double day.
I recommend reading the full blog post HERE!
To reach goals and get really good at CrossFit you must simply be committed to being better. Even if you do CrossFit a few days each week for health benefits and general physical preparedness, you still need to be committed! And I completely agree with the other 10 reasons he’s listed in this post.
LP, from Shoreline CrossFit, wrote THIS blog about Sacrifice. Thinking about these two blog posts together, the message I take away is that those who choose to sacrifice something in order to do another thing (the work) will get what they want from CrossFit. What do you sacrifice to be better in the gym? How will you commit to being better than you were yesterday? What do you want, and what are you going to do to get it?