We are obsessed with working out. Most people know they need to do it. Many people do it just because of that pressure. For many people going to the gym and working out is more of an obligatory action than something that is leading somewhere.
This is why it can be so difficult to keep going and maintain any sort of consistency. If you ever hear someone talk about not having the willpower to stick with a workout regimen, this is probably why.
If you aren’t working to get better then the only motivation you have to keep doing it is what you make up in your head. If you’re working towards a goal, if you’re seeing progress, if you are able to enjoy the process, then willpower is no longer an issue because you WANT to do the work.
Ask yourself a question…..
What can I do today that I couldn’t do a year ago?
Wear smaller clothes?
Play with my kids longer?
Here’s an example from Brian, one of our members…
“In class today I mentioned to Bronson that I’ve been a member of the crew just over a year now. He asked me what can I do now that I couldn’t do then. I thought about it and decided it was worth a post.
When I joined Ellicott City Health & Fitness (it was still CrossFit PCR at the time), I had almost constant pain in my left shoulder and very limited range of motion. I also couldn’t walk up a few flights of stairs or run more than a quarter mile without becoming out of breath. I had gained weight, and just did not look or feel healthy. So 12 months later, what can I do that I couldn’t when I joined?
-Double unders (OK, not too many in a row yet, but I’m *this* close!)
-I have a legitimate elbows-up front rack
-I can do back squats (my shoulder issues prevented me from doing this early on)
-I can snatch – again, my shoulder would never let me get the bar overhead
-I can row / run / bike for distance and not die
-I learned how to kip, and can now do a toes-to-bar
-I can climb a rope!
-I competed in my first CrossFit competition
-I can wear size 32 pants again (haven’t been able to do that in about 10 years)
There are more things I could add to the list, and yes, I had a few injuries / setbacks throughout the year, but you all get the idea. It’s hard to put into words the impact this gym has had on me. Just want to say thanks to Bronson, Jamie, Nichole, and all the members of the crew that have sweated, grunted, and groaned alongside me through all the workouts. You are all what makes this place so great.”
Brian is in his 50’s. He is a regular guy who just wants to be healthy. He has learned to enjoy the process, embrace the support from the other members and coaches, and in his patience has seen major improvements in many aspects of his life.
Brian introduced his wife to our program and both of them are consistently improving and enjoying the time spent working on themselves.
We see it all the time. People get so caught up in their routine that they don’t stop to determine whether their even getting anything positive out of the time they spend in whatever that routine is. Often we talk to people who are doing other types of classes, fitness programs, diets, videos, or whatever. They’re either not consistent and therefore not getting any benefit, or they do the work, and after a period of time start to wonder why they aren’t looking or feeling the way they should.
How is your program working for you? Do you have a program that is enjoyable, supportive, and proven to get you results?
Can you do more today than you could a year ago?
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