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Fitness in a Flash!

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Time! A CrossFit athlete’s favorite word…or is it? If you’ve spent any time participating in CrossFit, you probably love hearing the word “time.” It’s a beautiful word that is yelled by a coach or an athlete when the workout is over.  It signifies the end of suffering. It means that you have accomplished your task for the day and are now stronger and faster than the day before. But if we love the word time so much, then why are we so impatient when it comes to our goals? Do we not realize that changes and improvements take time?

As a coach I regularly have athletes wanting to come into the gym to do extra work. They want to try specific diets to get faster results. They want the “perfect” program laid out so that they can get stronger and faster as soon as possible (newsflash: there is no perfect program). Don’t get me wrong, I love to see people work hard toward their goals and I love helping others learn about their fitness but it becomes easy for most athletes to fall into the trap of thinking that more is always better.

I want to take this time to encourage all of you athletes that results and improvements take time to achieve.  As a matter of fact, when it comes to exercise and nutrition, results that come fast often do not last. As the old saying goes, “anything worth having is worth waiting for.” Have you ever noticed that workout programs are usually written in blocks of 6-12 weeks? Also, if you think about any sports seasons you’ll realize that teams only play for a few months out of each year. They do this for a variety of reasons but one of the major reasons is that athletes just can’t compete at a high intensity year round without getting injured. It is the same with your exercise program. If you do too much too quickly you’re not only going to burn yourself out mentally and quit, but you’ll likely get injured. Try to remember that health is a lifelong journey. It is not a 30 day program, it’s not created in 8 minutes, and it’s not something that you earn once and never have to pursue again. Enjoy the process, take your time, and focus on each day one at a time. If you do this you will get extraordinary results that will last you a lifetime.

I truly believe that anyone can achieve their health and fitness ideals as long as they are willing to stay consistent and patient. Instead of doing 5 workouts a day, focus on your skills and movement patterns. Take the time to learn proper technique and show up every day to get some type of exercise in. Most importantly, have fun. If you enjoy what you are doing and you can learn to actually WANT to workout then you are on a fast track to a lifetime of fitness. If you’re already hitting your daily workouts then keep up the hard work. If you are looking for a new fun program, then fill out our free session form and come join us. Lastly, be patient…you’ll get there eventually. Remember that the race is not always to the swift but to those who keep on going.

Click the link below to see one of my favorite stories about patience and consistency.