By Mike Zemanski, CrossFit 312 Owner and Coach
“The weight room is a place where the trials never end. It is the place where we test ourselves continuously – we struggle to reach one goal, and, as soon as we reach it, there is another and more difficult one to meet.”
In yoga, there is common refrain throughout the practice to “honor your body.” Meaning, respect what your body can perform at that moment. No more, no less.
In CrossFit, the same principle can be applied to your training. You’re not always going to feel like you can move as fast as you want, or that the weight is going to fly through the ceiling. We’ve all had great training days when we’re weightless and the metcon isn’t trying to kill us. For every great day of training though, there’s usually days we just don’t have it. Weight you lifted before feels heavier, burpees are slower and that voice in your head is louder.
You have to embrace both sides of the process. Understand that not every day is going to be a day you PR. Paying attention to the minutia, the small ebbs and flows associated with daily training, can distract us from the long term benefits of CrossFit.
There are times when we question our training and the process. Want to blame outside variables for our performance. This is inevitable. It’s how you respond to that mentality that defines you. You have to embrace the tendency to question “Why didn’t I perform well today?” Understand that not every training day can be effortless, and remain positive.
There’s a variety of factors that may contribute to you not performing to your expectations. Your strength and conditioning is just a small piece of the puzzle. Sometimes the best cure for a plateau or back slide in your training is to look outside the gym and at the rest of your life. Your nutrition, sleep and overall stress level deeply impact your performance.
Get in the gym, work hard, eat right, sleep, record your data and observe the results over the long run. Respect your body, give your best effort, and have fun.
The key is to embrace the results, regardless of what they are, and know you put it all out there. Hopefully, when you look back over 6, 12 or even 18 months – you are fitter and healthier than you once were.