BLUF – Repeat successes are rarely achieved through executing a training program with little to no adaptations. Purposefully develop your strengths and weaknesses so that you can soar to even greater heights.
With another CrossFit Games season behind us and pending changes coming for Greg Glassman, many athletes around the world continue to sketch out their training plans and continue to train for the unknown and unknowable. No matter how you performed, the scoreboard has been cleared and everyone is working on tailored strategies to work on weaknesses and maintain/improve strengths within their fitness potential. One of my mentors Col Rob “Thumper” Lass shared with me “What you got here won’t necessarily get you there,” and I apply this advice to both my professional career and my personal fitness regime. Relying on strategies and plans that do not adapt with time will not guarantee similar results every time. Life happens, and you training for the “unknown an unknowable” takes purpose and focus. Here are two focus points for you to marinate on:
True strength builds over time – No one can ever claim to be “ready” to start the CrossFit Open. All they can rely on is that they tried to eliminate as many weaknesses over the past year so that there isn’t any fear of whatever workout may be called out. You can’t start working on weaknesses 60 days out from the Open, so don’t start training on day -61. By then it will be too late. Today is that day you need to sit down (or stand at your stand-up desk) and sketch out some goals you want to achieve over the next 3, 6, and 9 months and ATTACK THEM. Some of these goals should be measurable, such as increasing lift PRs, decreasing run times, or achieving a specific movement like a strict muscle-up. Some of these goals should also be non-measurable to help balance yourself, such as learning to have purposeful breathe, enjoying the company of silence, or laughing more. Remember that achievements are built day by day, and they will only show up if you do.
“If you want something, work your ass off for it” – I’m not focusing on the pros/cons of working out every day, but what I did take away from 2014 CrossFit Games champion Camille Leblanc Bazinet’s statement is that she made sure every time she set foot in the gym she was training with purpose and drive. Even though the Games season just ended, you have today to make a decision on what to work on and dedicate time and energy towards it. An important note to remember is that you can’t train 24 hours a day, so make sure you focus on the task at hand. If you’re in the gym, make that hour count because that’s all you may have. If you make it home in time to spend some time with the family, make sure they get your undivided attention. Stay within each moment and really try to learn from and make every moment count. I have to continuously work on applying undivided attention to what is in front of me. Making fitness a priority has remained consistent for me, but takes energy to make happen. Use and manage your time wisely and steady improvements will be in your future.