Want to be a better Crossfitter? If you’re like most of us, the answer to that question is yes. The big question is where to start and how. Many people want to get better, but go about it in the wrong way. Coming in early or staying late is the first step, but it won’t do you any good if you spend that time wandering aimlessly around the gym or just doing something because you saw someone else doing it. What you need is to go in with a plan- YOUR plan, not just something that you saw someone doing and decided to imitate. This plan starts with making a SMART goal. SMART goals are specific, measureable, accountable, realistic, and time-framed goals that you would like to achieve.
So, you need to decide where to start- what do you want your goal or goals to be? Something that I have done when deciding on my next plan is making a list of movements that I want to be able to do or get better at. It might be getting your first pull-up, double under, toes-to-bar, getting better at one of the movements, (say 20 unbroken double-unders) or even hitting a certain lifting PR. Look at that list- think about what movements you want most, which ones can you realistically achieve in a short amount of time, which will take longer, and which are not reasonable. Be honest with yourself- if you can’t do pull-ups, you’re obviously not going to be able to knock out a muscle-up, for instance.
After thinking about those questions, prioritize and set a goal. Usually, we set a short term and a long term goal. Remember, these goals are to be specific, measureable, accountable, realistic and time-framed. Choose your goal, decide when you want to achieve it by and who you will be accountable to. Once you have that, you can make a plan for how you want to achieve it. What will you do, and how often are you going to do it? Make a plan, and stick to it. Losing focus can prolong the time it takes for you to reach your goal. If you need help deciding what you can do to work on a specific skill, ask one of the coaches for help. Hopefully you chose someone that typically works out at the same time as you for your accountability partner. This person is there to help you stick to your plan- if you have the same goal(s) you can work on them together.
Once you have this figured out, understand that while you may reach your goal sooner than you expected or just in time, there’s also a chance that you might not reach it in the time frame that you had hoped for. If this is the case, dust yourself off, don’t get discouraged, and keep working. With hard work, focus, and dedication comes progress. If it were easy, you wouldn’t have made it a goal. Stay strong, stay focused- you can do it!!