Weak ‘whys’ wont work

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It was an amazing experience to be behind the scenes at The CrossFit Games, working alongside elite athletes and other coaches.

Watching the excitement of Day 1, slowly morph into the determined grind of Day 3 and 4 was interesting.
What drives these people to push so hard?  To sacrifice so much?
The winners check of $285 000 is amazing, however there is only one of those, 3rd place gets $70k, and it drops away even more drastically after that.  And, although it is improving,  most sponsorships are still for product rather than cash.
So it can’t be about the money.
Fame?
Let’s be honest, for all but the very top tier, the only celebrity status to be found is at the Games themselves once a year, waving to the stadium crowd.
So there’s got to be something more to it.  Surely they can’t make it through all those tough training sessions, without something deeper to drive them.
For many of them, it’s a pure love of the sport, or an innate need to compete.  To see what they are truly capable of.
Military and first responders must be in peak physical condition to perform their jobs well.
Theirs and others lives depend on it.
It’s way too easy to find the why behind their drive to work hard in the gym.
So how about us regular people?
Remember Coach Glassmans statement, ”Our understanding is that the needs of athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.  One needs functional competence to stay out of the nursing home. The other one wants functional dominance to win medals.”
Thus, from a relative standpoint, CrossFit is just as hard for us as it is for the elite.
As opposed to money and fame, I would suggest that the comparably empty pursuits for us, would be body composition and ego.
Body composition is a very important part of health, but chasing aesthetics at the exclusion of health is a common mistake.
Training for ego, is very common in gyms, and the age of social media has ignited this in to a raging inferno of ‘look at me’ as well as a never ending dissatisfaction and impatience with ones progress.  With the sport of CrossFit itself being so new, there was a period of people wanting to ‘make it’ to Regionals or compete at the Games in age-category divisions, that I feel is only just now starting to wane.
Which means we need something deeper.
If your only motivation for training, is to lose 5 kg of body fat, what happens if it takes longer than you expect to achieve that?  And what about if you DO achieve that?
If your only reason for coming to the gym 5 times per week is to try and get more weight on the bar, or do get more rounds than anyone else in there, what happens when you are the fittest in the gym?
How do we find a why that is motivating enough to keep training, when we’re busy, tired, discouraged or just plain aware of the long journey?
Some ideas for you;
- the empowerment of feeling strong
- the knowledge that you are more resilient to deal with anything that life throws your way.
- the endorphin kick (mental health) from training
- the fun and enjoyment of learning new things
- the joy of seeing what your body is capable of doing
- the challenge of getting better at difficult things.
- the pursuit of mastery
- setting an example to friends, family, children
- being surrounded by positive, driven people
- the confidence gained from daily achievement
- the carryover of training and nutrition discipline to other areas of life
What’s your why?
Talk to a coach, or another member about it sometime.

TRAINING AUGUST 14

Monday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A.

Front Squat

Sets of 8, build

B.

10-9-8….2-1

Pushups
20-18-16….4-2
Russian Swing 32/24kg

A1.

Front Squat

Sets of 6, build

A2.

3 x 3/side Med ball shot

B.

10-1

Strict Ring Dips

20-18-16….4-2

Russian Swing 32/24kg

Tuesday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A.

Pushpress (reset)

Sets of 8, build

B.

In 7mins;

40/30cal Row

30 Burpees

AMRAP Slamballs 9/6kg

A.

Pushpress (reset)

Sets of 4, build

B.

In 7mins;

40 CTB

30 DB Snatch 25/20kg

AMRAP TTB

C. FIT & PERF

Hercules Complex

15 sec Lateral Raises

15 sec Hold

4-6 sets

Wednesday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A.

1. Paused Hang Power Clean + Hang Power Clean + Power Clean

2. 3 Strict CTB Pullups

3. 50m KB Rack Walk

Alt EM x 21

*Build to a heavy set on the clean complex

(2 sec pause above knee, reset for power clean)

A.

1. 1.1 Power Cleans

2. 3 Weighted CTB Pullups

3. 50m KB Rack Walk

Alt EM x 30

*build the power clean, reset reps

B. FIT & PERF

100m Suitcase Walk L

10 Hang Squat Clean L

100m Suitcase Walk R

10 Hang Squat Clean R

2 sets for load and quality

Thursday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A1.

DB Reverse Lunge (alt)

3 x 16

A2.

Double Under tech

B

100m Run

15 Medball Situps 9/6kg

20 Russian Swings 24/16kg

E3M x 4

A1.

KB Front Rack FFE Rev Lunge (e/leg)

3 x 8

A2.

Triple under tech

B.

60 Double Unders

20 Air Squats

10 Strict TTB

E3M x 4

Friday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A.

E. Wallwalks

O. Pullup Tech

Alt EM x 12

B.

10 Burpee Lateral Jump

10 x 10m Shuttle Run

In partners, ‘you go, I go’ for 5 rounds each.

A.

E. Strict HSPU

O. Muscle Up Tech

Alt EM x 12

B.

10 Burpee Box Jump Vault 75/60cm

10 x 10m Shuttle Run

In partners, ‘you go, I go’ for 5 sets each.

Saturday

FITNESS

PERFORMANCE

A.

Hang Power Snatch

Build to a heavy 3 in 12mins

B.

@0:00

3 rounds of:

15 SDHP 24/16kg

12 Wallballs 9/6kg

9 Hang Power Snatch 35/25kg

@12:00

3 rounds of;

15 Russian Swing 24/16kg (total)

12 Front Squats 35/25kg

50m Odd Object Carry

A.

Hang Power Snatch

Build to a heavy 3 in 12mins

B.

@0:00

3 rounds of:

21 SDHP 24/16kg

15 Wallballs 9/6kg

9 Hang Power Snatch 35/25kg

@12:00

3 rounds of;

21 KB Swing 24/16kg (American)

15 Front Squats 35/25kg

50m Odd Object Carry