When you walk into the gym first the first time, you often ask yourself if you’ve really come to the right place. People are accomplishing tasks you don’t know the name of, and you most definitely think you’ll get hurt doing it. However, once you get into On Ramp, you gain some clarity. After On Ramp, you start giving yourself goals for becoming more efficient, stronger and faster. Perhaps you look up to someone else in the gym, and work towards being as good OR BETTER than that person. I love this and believe this is one of the most important aspects of CrossFit life – seeing your goals right in front of you.
On the flip side….
There shouldn’t be stress in reaching these goals, there should only be practice, hard work, persistence, and diligence. We all have good days and bad days. We’ve all been able to do one thing one day, and can’t replicate it the next. We’ve all been strong today and weak-feeling the next day. You have to….
- Roll With the Punches an SUCK IT UP.
- Practice makes perfect. . . or better than you were before. Exposing yourself to weaknesses on a regular basis will make you better. Accepting advice from your coach can also come in handy, and communicate when you don’t understand.
- Stop complaining that you’re weaker than you were a month ago. It’s annoying. I want to bring you back to day 1 of On Ramp. Now, let’s talk about weak.
- When you get frustrated, then it might be time to take a rest. Stop Forcing Your Goals. Sometimes your issue is technique, not strength. When you force a kipping pull-up to happen your first time, that’s a great milestone! But now the honeymoon is over (I’m so sorry to say that!). But You Have To Have Great Technique Before It Becomes your Prescription. Listen to your coaches and communicate with them when you Don’t Understand their Instruction.
- Listen to your coaches! You have have just shared your 1 year anniversary with us, but it’s no reason to daze off into space when we’re talking. Shaun and I are often rejuvenating old techniques to put you into a position that is More Safe, More Efficient, and More Technical. Think of every day as an opportunity to learn something you didn’t know before.