Mar 14 2014 - MTM CrossFit

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Mar 14 2014

Mar 14 2014

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Balancing CrossFit, Work, Life, and Results

Most fitness plans fall into two categories regarding commitment: “Small Cumulative Changes” or “All In”. In the first proponents of the plan tried to make change seem easy by breaking things down into bite-sized chunks – Think “six pack abs in just 6 min a day!” and “This 1 change destroys bodyfat!” It’s only after the late night infomercial shopper purchased the program that they find out the 6 min abs program has 4 different workouts and an 800 calorie diet plan that starts after a 4 day cleanse.

The second, “All In”, is shown in its true ultimate form in the old “Body for Life” workout plan. It says something like “If your friends don’t understand why you can’t go get pizza and beer with them because you’ve decided to change your life, you should get new friends!”

In truth both categories end up in the same place: Make a significant change to your current lifestyle, now or over time, and you’ll get results. CrossFit is really no different except that we have a much more sliding scale.

Finding a balance between all the areas of your life is the real key to long term sustainable life changing results in CrossFit.

First you have to ask yourself a couple of key questions:

What are your goals?
How Far away are you from them?
How quickly do you want to reach them?

There is an inverse relationship between “How Far” and “How Fast”. If you’re close and willing to take a long time then you don’t have to make much change. If you’re far and want it fast you need to make big “All In” style changes.

Regardless of how long you’ve done CrossFit.

Let’s say your goal is to be 10% bodyfat by June (and we’ll assume it’s a safe and reasonable goal already): If you’ve got 3 Months and you’re currently 11% bodyfat you really only have to make a few small changes to drop that last pound or two – Maybe you hit come extra interval rowing twice a week. No Biggie.

If instead your goal is to 10% bodyfat and you currently sit at 20% you will need to make big and significant changes. These changes include things like “No I don’t have cheat meals, No I don’t go out, No I don’t miss workouts, No I don’t have a life other than doing everything I can to reach this goal”. As the goal is further away even things like “Do I feel good and is my CrossFit performance good” can go out the window – though if they do we need to reevaluate the safety of your goal.

Learn to embrace your own personal balance.

Take some time this weekend and think about the 3 questions above: What do you want? How far? How Fast?

Then decide how much you are willing to sacrifice. Finally, and this is perhaps most important, realize that it is OK to choose longer windows and smaller changes to help keep life in balance. Are rock-hard summer abs really worth not having anyone to see them because you spent months so focused on getting them that you lost all your friends? If yes, then awesome. If no, then choose less change over a longer window.

And realize it’s OK to balance everything together.

WOD
Open 14.3

8 minute AMRAP:
10 deadlifts, 135 / 95 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
15 deadlifts, 185 / 135 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
20 deadlifts, 225 / 155 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
25 deadlifts, 275 / 185 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
30 deadlifts, 315 / 205 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
35 deadlifts, 365 / 225 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch

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