_ Well yeah, it’s been a while, I know. To all you who have been pestering me about my lack of blogging, I apologize, I know, sorry, I am back with a seemingly endless list of things to write about!
First off I want to make sure everyone is aware of the slight new design change to the website. I have decided to take down the posting of a daily workout for my gym for the time being as I feel like it is not utilized in the manner it should be. If you have interest in my programming, just shoot me an email and we can get something figured out! The “Workout” blog is now dedicated to my own adventures in training and will see a daily post on the details of my own training towards this coming years CrossFit Games season. This blog right here is now completely dedicated to my wonderfully exciting rants on all things health, fitness and so on that you all have grown to love so much!
So, on to the ranting! It is the end of December, and with this time comes all the empty dedications to crazy big changes in the New Year. Well, I have posted time and time again about goal setting and so on, so I don’t really see the point in doing something like that now. This time around, I want to talk a little about being realistic. Now, this is not meant to be some sort of downer, if you haven’t got from me, MOST of the time I am a pretty optimistic person. What I mean to touch on is how so many people tend to do a combination of a couple things when wanting to achieve goals that pretty much screw them from the start. First, the obvious one, are your goals even attainable? I mean, if I write out a list of like 20 things I want to have accomplished in 6 months, it seems like I’d be setting myself up to fail pretty big time if I have yet to achieve anything even close to that in my entire life. It’d probably be a good bit smarter of me to just pick 1-3 of those goals to focus on so I do not overwhelm myself, and I can really focus in.
The second point is a little more psychological. It was inspired by a baseball client of mine who was getting very caught up in wanting to add more and more weight to his lift. His form was falling apart, he was having trouble doing the lift how I had prescribed it that day, but he knew that back at school he had done this lift with a good 30-40 more pounds than what he was doing on this day. I saw him going to the plate stacks and asked what he was doing. He said he was adding more weight. I said no. As I do (because I am not a “crap coach” and just tell people what to do with no explanation and then wonder why nobody ever learns anything…cough, cough…), I took him aside and had a little conversation about why. His goal was to lift more weight, because more weight = strong. My argument was that his goal should be to get better at baseball; that was why he came to me in the first place after all. Yes, more weight generally leads to more strength, but if your back is ripping to shreds and you can barely hold on to the bar, I can assure you, there is very little in terms of gains going on there. To get into a little more detail, we talked about the following:
Work on your body’s weaknesses; focus on the supplemental lifts, even if you have perfect form. If your core muscles suck, focus on those. If your knees are weak, focus on those (all this is simplified for this blog as writing details on how to supplement for a weak core is completely and totally dependent on the individual training and how their body works). Then, when you are working properly and completely in unison, your heavy lifts will skyrocket and you’ll get really freaking strong. If you just add weight every day and keep trying to lift it in the sloppy way you always have been , you’ll make very small to no gains, and you’ll probably just end up with a pretty major injury sooner or later.
The point to this story was that your approach to achieving goals must make sense. If I write out that I want to snatch 250# by the end of spring, then go in the gym every day and just keep trying to add more weight without ever actually perfecting my form and working through my imbalances, it would take a miracle for me to reach my goal. Yet this is what people do! People claim they want to lose weight, get stronger, do so many impressive and grand things, but then fail to plan accordingly. If you want to lose 10# in fat, stop eating like you have been, because the way you have been eating got you to where you are today. If you want to get stronger, like MUCH stronger, you MUST change your program to accommodate to path you now want to take.
To you use me as an example. I suck at handstand push ups (most body weight movements where my feet are not on the floor I suck at). So, if I want to make it to the CrossFit games, I would assume I can’t really suck at these things; so I need to get better. Should I wake up every morning and just try to do handstand push ups expecting all of a sudden one morning to do 30 straight? No, that would be INSANE! I can’t do them, how would doing them all the time really help me if I, uh, can’t? Like the story above, it probably won’t hurt me, yet, I mean, I may be able to get 2 or 3 after a few months of bashing my head into the floor. But, if I want real gains, I need to focus on the why, design a path for who, then follow that path so that I can actually achieve this goal.
Things will generally not just happen for you if you simply right them down and then go about doing what you’ve always been doing. You need to think a little but more deeply.
Well, that’s all I got for you today folks. Hope you all enjoy the last day of 2011. Hope you all can look back at this year with a smile on your face and know that the next will be even brighter and better!
Happy New Year!
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