Persistence & Patience
When most people start CrossFit they are welcomed with what feels like never ending soreness, but they’re also treated to what appears as never ending improvement.
No matter what the workout or lift that is programmed, they seem to almost always be able to lift more, move faster, and beat their previous record.
While this is exactly what we’re looking to provide all our members, sometimes as you begin to get closer and closer to the limits of your current level of fitness these PRs (personal records) will begin to become less regular or you may actually take a step back before taking 2 steps forward.
The key here is to understand that as you reach your current potential, all the little things start to impact the results and being persistent and patient with what you do on a daily basis is essential to your continued success.
Things like mobility, aerobic capacity, strength work, attitude/focus, sleep, and diet play huge rolls in pushing you forward and they all need to be considered and worked on to continue the upward path.
When the going gets tough, being persistent with doing the little things that are required to get better is essential. You must also be patient and understand that it is this persistence and attention to detail that will inevitably start the domino effect on the PRs again soon enough.
Without patience and persistence, inside the gym and outside the gym, there is no way to be successful over a lifetime.
P.S. Calvin Coolidge (30th President of the United States) once said “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
P.S.S. If you haven’t already, I suggest you read my blog posts: Sleep, Rest & CrossFit Performance and You Can’t Outwork a Bad Diet. Stay tuned for posts about mobility and developing aerobic capacity.