So, you’ve been CrossFitting for several months, or longer, but you aren’t seeing the kind of progress you were expecting. Too often we get into the mindset of “more is better” but in reality, it isn’t. There are so many more factors that contribute to our success as athletes. For example, do you have your diet dialed in? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you taking a recovery day?
Each day we have the opportunity to reflect on our progress. If you’re feeling a little stale, here are a few things to consider.
You are the best expression of you—not someone else.
Do you find yourself secretly comparing yourself to other people in the gym and feeling like you’re not making enough progress? What a waste of energy.
Stop comparing yourself to other people. It’s okay to find inspiration in others, but it’s not good to run yourself down, and it’s definitely not an excuse to quit or blame others for a lack of progress.
Work within your own possibilities.
Challenge yourself, but work within your own limits. Don’t let ego talk you into something you’re not ready for or that might injure you. CrossFit isn’t about impressing other people. It’s about your journey to better health and fitness, and being able to show up tomorrow is more important than working beyond your current athletic abilities.
Embrace training to improve.
Improvement doesn’t occur just because you toss some weight around or race to the finish first every time the clock starts. Whether you like it or not, at some point you have to start taking ownership of your workouts.
Listen to your coach.
Your coaches want the best for you—they want to help you progress. So listen.
There is an endless amount of things to learn in CrossFit. Some of it you can learn fast, some of it takes years to master. Take your time, and be respectful of those who have been at it longer, and especially of those who are newer than you. Be careful in the advice you give and always remember that you are a student no matter what level you’re at.
More is not always better.
Warm-ups that are harder and longer than your workout; two-a-day training sessions; marathon metcons; always heavy and always hard; never a day off. Does this describe you? Think about it…when are you going to find time to recover?
If you are not having fun, you seriously need to reexamine your priorities and expectations. If you’re spending countless hours doing an activity that makes you frustrated over your lack of progress then you are missing out. The fun is the training. The fun is the community.
Progress doesn’t only come from hard work; it also comes from enjoying what you’re doing. So the next time your find yourself questioning your progress, stop over-analyzing and start having fun.