One of the most common misconceptions I see as a coach is the “no pain, no gain” attitude. I’ll admit that I fall into this trap myself from time to time and need to simply remind myself of a few simple things. Today I want to see if I can help people re-frame their mindset as it leans towards this idea in training and I specifically want to focus on if muscle soreness is an indicator of a good workout.
Now, that was a fun Saturday! For five hours South Landing was filled with cheers, high fives, new PR's, and celebration all around. What a day! This was the first every South Landing throw down, and it is safe to say it won't be the last.
If you are anything like me you “research” things by going to Google and YouTube first. For this article I typed “Crossfit” into YouTube and in the top 10 videos I saw 7 shirtless male athletes, read the words “fittest”, “competition”, “all in”, and “crossfit games” multiple times, and I questioned my “fitness” about a thousand times in 15 seconds. This article is here to show you why that stuff shouldn’t even be in your mind.
A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a good friend about progress and how different that looks for each individual. For some the process of progress may be slow and steady and for others things just seem to click and away they go on their way to reaching their goals. I fall more into the first category and most likely you do too and that’s ok.
If I had to pick the one thing that people say the most on day one of starting Crossfit it would be “I am really out of shape/weak right now.” In that moment I am extremely aware of how much a person has to put aside to just enter a gym. I know that when they are saying that for the first time to me that they have more than likely been thinking that for years and so I understand how much courage they must have gathered just to commit to making a change in their health. There is no way I can express in words how much joy I feel for that person in that moment because I know what comes next.
We love health. And we daily love being a part of a group of individuals who are seeking a healthy lifestyle. Why do we love this? Because we love to help people live LIFE fully. This doesn't mean just inside the four walls of the gym, but rather life outside of the gym. That could be running with grandkids, playing sports, hiking, etc. Regardless of what life looks like outside of the gym, we love to see them tackle goals and go after dreams that they've always wanted to do.
South Landing is turning 2 in November and I am absolutely floored by that. Coaching is a funny job because you are always looking for ways to improve others and help them reach their goals and in the process the people you coach end up changing you. At least that is how it’s gone for me. So what have I learned?
We love seeing members go after their goals. Goals create purpose for training. They give a "why" behind the hard work daily put in. Setting a goal is the easy part. It is the daily dedication, the overcoming adversity, and the daily choice to move towards that goal that is the true test. We are so proud of member Joey Dembeck who accomplished a huge goal of his two weeks ago.