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My Training Lately Sucks | Seattle CrossFit Gym in Queen Anne

Training for me has been the most consistent as the last 6 months.  In the “consistent department” I couldn’t be any more happier.  Now, the “Performance Department” is a completely different situation.  The last 2 months haven’t been as “awesome” as I’d like and to an extent I’ve been puzzled.  There  has NEVER been a time in my life that my performance has felt so lacking and  somewhat revers.   To be honest I have never tested myself to this degree to have ever noticed if the “reversal effect” was present.  To some this may be a huge surprise because I have been a Personal Trainer for almost 7 years and an avid CrossFitter for over 3 1/2 years.  Let me explain.  When I started CrossFit I did whatever what was on the main site.  If it was light or heavy, I did it.  I would also repeat WOD’s (i.e. “Fran”, “Murph”, “Sevens”, etc) and have PR’d everyone of them.  However, I started a new protocol that simply challenges me on a daily basis which has a higher workload.  I definitely questioned my fitness almost on a daily basis, which is exactly what one needs!

In the beginning I would complete each workout  knowing it would be one of the hardest WOD’s I’ve done, but only because it was incredibly heavy!  However, that was awesome because that’s exactly what I needed, especially since I wanted to compete for 2013 “CrossFit Open”.  I have desired strength for the longest time and finally feel I’m on the right path.  So the problem came 2 months ago when I didn’t feel like I was even close to the strength I’ve had in the past, especially in my squat, snatch and jerk.  And………..that’s when I realized I had a problem!  I had been taxing my body so hard without proper recovery.  I solved this by keeping rest days normal, I Increased mobility,  water consumpton, started taking Krill Oil (Omega+) and  getting more sleep.  I am now just starting to feel normal again and also starting to see some gains in performance FINALLY, but it’s been a very slow process.

So, “what’s your point?” I’m glad you asked.  My point is that you wont always perform at your BEST, your body is going to go through these cycles which can be frustrating but  you need to be patient.  If you ever start feeling like you are “hitting the wall” or starting to feel abnormal from your norm, stop and think about what needs to be different in your regimen.  (This statement could stand true to many things in life not just training.)  The great thing about CrossFit is that is that it is always challenging, always changing and you are never comfortable.  However, you still have to take care of your body, the more you challenge it the more you need to nurture it.

You Matter! Stop Neglecting Yourself!

 

Yeah I’m talking to you!  You matter and you better start acting like it!  I work with clients day in and day out who let other “things” control their schedule or if they will get into the gym or not.  Don’t get me wrong I’m not being 100% insensitive right now I’m simply stating facts and I understand life happens but, you are only effective when you are fully taken care of.  When you are fully taken care of that is the ONLY time you will be fully capable of taking care of others.  So what am I getting at?  I want you to realize that you are just as important as your boss who wants you to work overtime/god awful hours, your kids who needs everything at every moment of your day, your friends who “Needs” something ASAP, etc.  What I am not saying is to neglect the people you love but find a balance.

 

Awhile ago things at the box (my CrossFit gym) were getting pretty busy and the time in the day seemed to just disappear.  Each day I felt like I was so far behind that I didn’t have time to train or give myself some “me time”.  But a good friend of mine threw out a few encouraging words which simply stated that I need to take care of myself and set aside time each day.  Ever since that talk things have never been so awesome!  I’m still super busy but I set aside time each day assuring I get my workout in.  I’m so proud to say that nothing gets in the way of my workout simply because I have schedule everything around it.  Now your “thing” may not be working out but it may be reading, running, knitting, painting, date nights with your significant other, girls/guys night out, or (you fill in the blank).  You get what I’m saying.  You are so important in so many ways that it’s a waste to neglect yourself for days, months or even years.  It’s such an excitement for me when I meet with a client who wants to get back on track with their fitness and put time into their self.  It’s also a bummer to me because I know that they have wasted years of neglecting their self that has led to the point they are at now.  Below are my Top 3 guidelines I give to my all my clients on how to stop neglecting themselves.  I am using fitness examples, if fitness is not your issue put yours in my guidelines.

 

Top 3 Way To Avoid Neglecting Yourself

1) Put your workouts in your personal and professional calendar.  Once you update your calendar personally and professionally everyone will be able to see that you are busy during that blocked out time.  The ability of creating boundries not only helps you stand up for yourself but conditions others around you.

2) Establish Some Accountability.  The ability to establish a form of accountability not only keeps you focused but decreases the chances of any type of failure.  I highly recommend finding a person who you look up to regarding fitness and grasp on to them like a leach.  This is also a great reason to find a trainer who is qualified to work with.  If you are paying someone there is a huge chance you will make each and everyone of your sessions.  If you miss it you just paid for it, literally!

3) Post Reminders.  In every spot in your house that you are constantly at post little sticky notes reminding yourself how important you are and that you matter.  The more you re enforce this new standard the faster you are going to believe it and that faster you are going to realize you deserve to be happy.

 

Here’s the testimony of one of my long time clients who is a mother of four children and who was busy raising kids for 20+ years and then starting investing back in herself.  Not only did her fitness increase but her performance did also.  She started running (5K, 1/2 marathon), doing Sprint Triathlons, then doing a 1/2 Ironman and overall starting investing in herself again!  Meet Terry!

Testimonial – Terry from stonewaycrossfit on Vimeo.

 

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