Goals are tricky. Some seem to happen almost as soon as you say them and other ones seem to grow farther away with every step you take toward them. To make matters worse you will inevitably notice other people reaching similar goals faster than you and after a while that can become extremely disheartening. At least it can be for me.
I love cliché phrases. Here are three that I plan to actually make a little sense of in this blog post: “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars,” “Go big or go home,” and even “YOLO” can be applicable in life. Yes, that’s right, “YOLO.” We at SLCF are all about your goals and dreams. Our coaches want to know from day 1, what you are specifically looking to achieve. Once you’ve told us your goal we ask how you plan to achieve it, what are some actionable steps, what is the timeline,and how often do you revisit these steps? Then we check-up and check-in with you. Why are we so concerned about this? Simply because, we hope to make your dream, no longer that, but a reality.
Crossfit has been a major part of my life for multiple years now and has impacted me in some incredible ways. One of the greatest joys of my life is having the opportunity to coach people every week and hopefully see them impacted the way I have been. While I love coaching and strive to grow every week there are still little traps that I fall into and have to actively work against in my training. While some are easier for me to conquer I will admit that some of these are areas I tend to truly struggle in as an athlete and have to remind myself of every day.
Combining smart and consistent training with recovery is the only way to results. But what is recovery? Recovery is allowing your body to heal and destress from the training you have done in order to receive the benefits of your hard work. Training is simply the flame that lights the firework. You have to connect the flame with the actual wick in order to cause a result that is visible and real. Below are a few ways that you can up your training and increase your results. I do want to stress that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of ways to recover and that there can be some benefit to your recovery for most of those ways but without the essential building blocks that I have laid out below you are essentially putting brand new lights in a house with no electrical wiring. Start with the foundational recovery methods and once you have maximized those then you may be able to start adding in new things.
I (Crissy) will start with a little bit of history regarding my relationship with working out and food. It hasn't always been a pretty picture. I was a competitive gymnast starting at the age of 5 and then continued to compete at the University of Kentucky until I retired at 21 (Go Cats!). I was very fortunate to have amazing coaches all throughout my gymnastics career, but as many might know gymnastics is a sport that can be very challenging with self image.