The Fastest Ways to Improve

  2018-01-19 11:40:00

Everyone has their own personal challenges, but we can choose how we perceive life at difficult moments. Everyone has both positive and negative experiences, both inside and outside of the gym. With that said, the fastest way to improve your ability is to do what’s hard for you. What’s hard for me might be very different than what’s hard for you. If you’re serious about taking strides in your fitness journey, you’ll need to buckle down and focus on your own needs. Here are some simple realities about making improvements:

  1. Attack weaknesses. That movement which doesn’t come naturally to you, spend time practicing it. That PR you’re afraid to attempt, go for it. The skill you really don’t like, hire a coach or grab a training partner to help you improve.
  2. Show up. Regardless of the workout, show up for class. Avoid skipping days because the workout seems “boring” or “too hard.” Showing up is the hardest part. Get yourself in the door and then allow your coaches, peers, and environment help motivate you to do your best.
  3. Put in the work. Getting there is tough but it is definitely only half of the battle. It’s important to make the most of your time at the box by going all in during your training. Deliberate work put in day after day will undoubtedly pay off in the long run.
  4. Build strength. After you learn the barbell movements and feel confident in your technique, it’s important to push yourself to lift to your potential. If you are two years into CrossFit and your technique is somewhat dialed in, but you find yourself lifting the same exact weights, you may need to rethink your priorities. If you’re inconsistent and missing strength days sporadically, you probably have no idea of your numbers or percentages, and therefore, you’re not likely to get any stronger.
  5.     Mental toughness. Realize that to get better at CrossFit, you need to be willing to push yourself harder each and every single day. You have to be able to keep working when everything in your body is telling you to stop. A strong mind can overcome any obstacle, any level of fatigue, and any challenge. Mental toughness will take you to the next level.

The key to long term success is to embrace the journey. Focus on incremental improvements each time you enter the gym to train. Choose one weakness to work on and stick with it. Avoid overwhelming yourself by trying to improve all areas of your fitness at once. Lastly, remember to enjoy every step of your unique journey!