Five Things Every CrossFitter Should Do

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by NEIL JONES

Five Things Every CrossFitter Should Do
I love CrossFit. You love CrossFit. That’s how we met on the Tabata Times website. We go to CrossFit 1-15 times per week, and we talk about CrossFit when we are not there. We are hopelessly addicted to this sport. It’s more than just a fitness routine to us. We met 90% of our friends through CrossFit and find it difficult to talk to our friends who have not (yet?) drunk the Kool-Aid. Yep. We’ve joined the cult. BUT there are days/weeks/months when we just aren’t feeling it. When 21-15-9 seems like a dumb rep scheme and 5 sets of 5 back squats just seems tedious. After 6 years and hundreds of workouts, it’s easy to fall into a slump. Do these 5 things and you’ll find yourself falling in love all over again.

1. Set Goals. Meet Goals. Set New Goals.

It’s important to get wins on a regular basis. Long term goals are great, but we have to find ways to keep our momentum rolling.
One of the best things about CrossFit is that it is measurable. We can see if we finish workouts faster or lift heavier weights. So… set a goal!

I want to back squat 200 lbs.

I want to do 10 pull-ups.

I want to run a sub-7:00 mile.

Another one of the great things about CrossFit is that it is so varied. There are easily 50 different movements we do, which leaves plenty of options for goals.

1a. Set a long term goal.

This should be something that you can’t accomplish tomorrow. Something that may take years. That soft reminder in the back of your mind that someday you will _______________ (fill in the blank). Mine is a front lever. Full hollow body position. Legs straight. Toes pointed. How close am I? Not at all. BUT the thought is always in the back of my head to work shoulder stability, core strength, lat strength, straight arm drills, etc. Maybe once a week, I throw drills into my workout that get me just a tiny bit closer. One day I will do it. And it will be the sweetest victory ever!

1b. Set short-term goals.

This should be something that you can knock out this quarter. You should be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel from the outset. If you currently clean 135 lbs, a goal of 150 lbs is totally reasonable. When you hit 150, up your goal to 160. Then 170. So on and so forth. You could even pair this with a long term goal of cleaning 200 lbs someday.

It’s important to get wins on a regular basis. Long term goals are great, but we have to find ways to keep our momentum rolling.

2. Help Someone Else Finish a Workout

Help Someone Else Finish a Workout
We’ve all been on both sides. The one side is that you just finished your workout. You can barely breathe, your legs are on fire, and you can’t seem to count fast enough to figure out your heart rate. You sit on the ground and cheer another athlete on as they finish their second to last round. Slowly, the world comes back into focus and you realize that you will live.

If you finish your workout, walk over and help someone else finish… Be their teammate, instead of their cheerleader.
The other side is that you suddenly notice that you are the only one still working out. Everyone else is finished and some are even putting their equipment away. It’s great that they are cheering for you, but you feel a little lousy for coming in last… again.

Sometimes it takes experiencing the latter to understand how great this is. If you finish your workout, walk over and help someone else finish theirs. Do burpees with them. Run next to them. Be their teammate, instead of their cheerleader. In a class of 10, they will have plenty of cheerleaders, and they only need one teammate. Try it and see how amazing it makes you both feel.

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