Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Train (Or do anything)

Check out the new whiteboard that we have put  up in the gym.  The idea is to have people consider their motivations, what they were doing, why they were doing it, and as a result assess their commitment to it. The questions are simple but profound in the sense if considered seriously and reflected on, the answers are guides.

After reading the post yesterday, you should have a better idea of how to answer the following questions….

Why do you workout? 

Why is it important to you? 

What are you training for? 

Why are you hear today?

Every moment in time is an opportunity to confirm if what you’re doing is really what you want to be doing. In today’s fast-paced world we often get caught up in the rapid-fire details of earning a living, taking care of the family, and generally reacting to what the world throws at us. We rush from meeting to meeting, from task to task, and day-to-day without really considering or taking the time to look inward and decide if what we are doing is what we should be doing. People get so caught up in handling the day-to-day operations of life without stepping back and thinking of what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.

What do you want?
Examine what you want from the individual workout. Examine what you want from the overall scope of the training. There are as many different goals as there are people. The goal of going to the gym is to get a desired training effect that brings you closer to your goal. Take a moment to consider what it is you want from your training. Is it to be more healthy? Losing body fat? Looking better naked? Feel better?  Be  stronger? Be faster?  Compete in the CrossFit Games/local comps?  One of the great things about  CrossFit is that you can measure almost every workout and chart your progress along the way.  Everything is measurable, observable and repeatable.  It allows people to judge specifically if what they’re doing is meeting what they want.

Why are you here?
Seriously, when you walk into the gym, why are you here? What gets you out of bed and into the gym the days you are sore, tired and/or unmotivated?  What is your goal, your motivation and what you are trying to accomplish? These are pretty broad questions and should be asked to help crystallize your focus of why you would just walk through the door the gym. For many people simply showing up and focusing on getting the task at hand the workout of the day done is the primary focus.

Are you giving it your all?
Results come from effort and hard work.  Your results should come from intensity while performing safe movements.  Intensity looks  different with every person, just like goals.  Some people have a goal of getting her first pull up while other people want to get better at their sport and others want to take part in a competition. To accomplish any worthy goal requires effort and pushes your ability to tolerate discomfort and  minor setbacks in the mental struggle of dealing with it all. Whatever you’re “All”  is, it’s all good. The more you push yourself the more you can push.

Creating a habit is the start. The habit of packing for the gym, leaving the office or house and going to the gym is a great habit. Beginning results come from walking in the door day in and day out. The habit of going to the gym is a great habit until it becomes an act of going through the motions. Going through motions are not going to give you results.

The very core of the training is you!
People get lost in what so and so is doing or did. Distractions from your real goals harm people’s focus and in turn, limit the results of the training. Whatever the WOD is, the class, the instructor, the weather or the objective you set for what you want to accomplish, the training is ALL ABOUT YOU.


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