1. Listen to Your Body
It’s fascinating how our health and fitness industry seems to glamorize this idea that it all needs to be “hardcore” and “intense”….all the damn time. The industry continuous promotes sayings such as “no pain, no gain” or “if it doesn’t hurt, its not working”. In some sense we have become accustomed to relating a good training session with feeling completely exhausted, drained and beaten up. Well I have news for you, if your pursuing your health and wellness goals upon the above-mentioned platform, you WILL eventually have a major setback. Our bodies are our greatest tools to get feedback about our training. Tuning into vs tuning out of what your body is asking for is the fundamental quality of a person in a training program.
Consistency allows you to build a foundation to support the demands training can bring. When we train consistently, we decrease the chance that any particular session will jeopardize our ability to recover from any particular training session. Also we program for someone attending MWThF or M/W/F/S. Its best to come on these days to avoid repetitive movement patterns.
3. Do the little things like you do the big things
Whether it’s warming up, taking rest between sets or simply tuning in for movement demonstration and teaching, you need to realize all these things are part of the training session…not just the fun WOD. The little, seemingly insignificant things have a tremendous impact on your safety and likelihood for injury. Start giving the little things such as cooling down, addressing imbalances and movement faults with the same fervor you have for the “big things”.
4. Log Training Details
If your like me, I suck at planning and organization. I hate the idea of needing to keep a training log With that being said, I understand that failure to plan, is planning to fail. We have a training program here, not a place to exercise. We need to have access to our progress in order to intelligently plan our growth. When we “shoot from the hip”, we essentially are playing Russian roulette. Become sincere about logging you results, how you felt and what you noticed from your session.
5. Outside the gym matters more than inside the gym
It’s silly to think that what we do for 1 hour has more impact on our health than what we do the other 23 hours. Furthermore, what we do in the gym should support what we do out of the gym, and what we do outside the gym should support what we do in the gym. Proper restoration efforts along with how we are fueling ourselves is critical to move effectively and safely towards you health and wellness goals.