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4. Don’t be afraid to fail, and to change the plans along the way
Not everything will go as planned. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. If they did, it would be too easy and it would eventually get boring.
Failing and having to find other solutions to a problem is part of the process and it allows you to know yourself as a person and an athlete much better.
As the year goes by and you track all kinds of data about your performance and quality of life, you will know what works best for you. This process repeated over years makes you a very efficient human being, and everyone should be able to know 100% what works for them and what doesn’t.
You owe it to yourself to know exactly how you work, who else will do so if you don’t?
5. You cannot out-train a bad lifestyle
No matter how much you think you can do this, you absolutely can’t. I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but you can’t expect to do as well as you want to if you sleep 5 hours a night and eat whatever you want all the time.
Without going too much into the subject, your quality of life is clearly going to be a defining factor in how well you perform at the gym.
Putting things into perspective: you come in and train 1 hour a day (or 1.5 hours if you do extra work). This is the fun part, the easy part. Just come in and get things done.
What you do in the other 22.5 – 23 hours is going to have a much greater impact. You either have that time to amplify your hard work in the gym, or to sabotage yourself over and over again.
Eating properly according to your goals, sleeping enough, reducing your stress levels or even taking time to rest is more important than training itself. Find the balance that works for you, and I promise that results will come.
6. Don’t forget to have fun. Surround yourself with positivity
CrossFit is hard. More often you will find yourself struggling on a particular movement. But that’s ok, because it’s all part of the process.
Don’t get too frustrated, and have a laugh at how miserable it can be so you take some pressure off of yourself.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Most likely, none of us will be able to make it to Regionals or the Games. The athletes capable of this represent a ridiculously tiny percentage of the world’s CrossFit population.
However, what IS important is how you approach your training. What do we have all in common with these Games athletes? We have the desire of improving daily.
Yes, be serious in training, be focused and determined. But don’t take it too far. Don’t forget to have fun, because that’s why we all started this in the first place.
Surround yourself with people that make you happy, that support you in your endeavours and that share your mentality.
Don’t forget that you have a community of coaches and members at the box who are all backing you up every single day.
Always approach your workouts with a positive mindset because this is always the first stepping stone to a successful one.
7. When game time comes, trust in your training
So, you have been working for one whole year and Dave Castro announces 17.1.
Your most dreaded movements come up. First thought: “Oh God no…why…”
Not to panic. Trust in the work you have been putting in this past year on your weaknesses, stay positive, establish a strategy and perform the workout.
And most importantly, don’t forget to have fun, because at the end of the day, it’s just a workout.
There are obviously a ton of other points to keep in mind, but these are a good starting point. CrossFit is a great adventure, and there is much more to it than just squats and burpees.
As long as you have a smile on your face and are happy with your results, you’re doing it right.