I came into CrossFit a very fit athlete but not the biggest, and whilst I was able to blast through a 30 minute metcon, when anything remotely heavy came up, the alarm bells started ringing. Whilst I was still progressing thanks to the training methodology of CrossFit, it was still mostly damage limitation in a lot of areas. I was getting left behind (or at least not catching up).
However, it reached a time where I just wanted move. Training for me is a chance to express myself and find out what kind of person I am and want to be. To some that might sound incredibly cheesy, but for me, a lot of things start from good health, and the mentality you have when you’re inside the gym and about to give up on a workout that is crushing you, but you just keep on going. I love the feeling and endorphins that working out gives me, but also the mental application too. If you don’t know what I am talking about, sit down on a rower, plug 2k into the machine and go as hard and fast as you can. I guarantee you’ll find out some things about yourself!
But going back to what I said earlier, I was at a point where I could continue plodding on and going through the motions, or just do more. And I did want more. To me, it doesn’t matter if you are not a professional athlete. We are still all athletes, competitive in our own right, and want to push ourselves to our limitations. As a result, I got serious, found out my why and the rest was pretty much history.
Training with purpose
Training with a purpose can often be quite a daunting task to tackle for a lot of people. If you simply want to enjoy exercise and use working out as a tool to keep fit, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The more people who exercise, the better. But if you, like me do want more, it’s important to find a purpose and settle in for the long-run. Seeing true results in your training requires an incredible amount of patience, like most meaningful things.
With a quarter of the year already done, and the CrossFit Open behind us, I’m looking to really knuckle down and just keep to the grind which will hopefully get me to a stronger, more mobile and all round better athlete than I was last year. I haven’t really put any ‘numbers’ on my training goals, however since November my Deadlift is already up 10kg. So, to put myself out there for some public accountability (I might regret this down the line!) I’m going to set myself a target for this blog, to hit these numbers by the end of the year:
- Back Squat: 150kg
- Deadlift: 200kg
- Strict Press: 65kg
- Clean & Jerk: 105kg
- Snatch: 80kg
I’m currently also due to compete at the European Inferno in Cardiff in August, which is a pairs competition. However, I’d like to put myself under some pressure and sign up for an individual one too, so watch this space.