It's a funny thing, isn't it? But isn't that what's so fascinating about the sport? On one end of the spectrum, I'm coaching individuals who have trouble just finding good depth with their air squat, and on the other end, are the virtuous individuals preparing for the Games.
Then, there's little old me (I'm somewhere just beyond that person I'm coaching through the air squat).
It's incredibly easy to feel overwhelmed with everything there is to know about the great sport of elite exercising. It's too easy to bypass solid athletic development when that timer starts to count down and the competitive animal within all of us is unleashed ... The only thing that matters is writing Rx'ed on the board and killing it in the shortest amount of time, right? Wrong.
I've found that taking a step back from that competitive animal has allowed me to simple focus on me. And not what everyone else has going on, or what they're doing and how fast they're getting there. My weaknesses, my goats, some mobility issues I have, eating habits, etc. It's also given me the chance to really evaluate my goals.
What are goals? A coach I really admire and look up to recently said this:
"Goals are not random ideas. They are specifically desire end states, expressed in the positive tense which provide motivation and direction on the path to achievement. They are as much a skill as anything else we do in CrossFit."
Greg Admundson says that goals have "Four Points of Performance"
1. The goal must be specific and concise. (50 unbroken, gymnastic kipping pull-ups)
2. The goal must be in the positive tense (I will do)
3. The goal must have a time frame (by June 30th)
4. The goal must provide us with an intense amount of motivation, inspiration and direction (MID)
- I will dead lift 250 pounds (twice my body weight) by June 30th.
- I will do 5 ring muscle-ups unbroken by June 30th.
- I will walk 15' on my hands by June 30th.
- I will complete Fran in under 4 minutes by June 30th.
- I will back squat 200+ pounds by June 30th.
Like I've mentioned before on this blog, I haven't really been progressing these last few months as an athlete. I'm just kind of, stagnant. Not getting worse, but not really actively working on anything. I feel like with this new coaching position, the coming CrossFit Games season, and now being committed to programming and results, I am incredibly excited for future.
Sumer 2013, I AM COMING FOR YOU!
I don't chase my dreams, I beat them into submission!
1. What are some of your strength goals of the moment?
2. If the CrossFit Genie could grant you one wish, what would it be?
3. What is your ONE most feared GOAT?