Do you really want “it”?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 20:13
By: Chase Tolleson

Because “it” takes more work than you think.

“It” can mean being in the gym less so that you can recover better and progress faster.

“It” is built by being more disciplined with the 23 hours outside of the gym than you are with your 60 minutes inside the gym.

At extreme levels, “It” can even mean having less of a social life so you can eat and sleep the right amounts.

The first 6 to 12 months of working out are amazing, right? No matter what you do you’re making the gainz. Your body is changing before your eyes and you wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.

And then, wham. The gain train slows to a crawl or even comes to a screeching halt. You start to lose motivation and then don’t make it to the gym for two weeks. When you come back, you’ve fallen a bit from where you were so you’re worried – because progress was so slow before you stopped. But to your surprise the last two weeks of “fluff” comes right off! This must be it, you’re breaking through your plateau!

And then, nothing.

I’d wager a large sum of money that this roadblock is being caused by your nutrition or basic lifestyle guidelines.

When setting goals that are related to body composition and/or performance in and out of the gym, it is important to realize that the other twenty three hours will have a larger impact on your progress than the 60 minutes in the gym could alone.

From fueling your body for proper recovery, to eating and drinking less inflammatory foods for decreased stiffness, bloating and pain, to sleeping 7-9 hours a night, these are all big pieces of the puzzle.

Nutrition is paramount. So when talking about your goals, ask yourself whether or not you’re doing the right things outside the gym. Better yet, ask yourself if you want to do those things.

Fitness is so much more than how often you attend or how hard you go in the gym. If you’re working out with set goals in mind and truly want to achieve them, like really actually want “it,” then these lifestyle changes will be well worth it for you and shouldn’t cause much headache.

However, if you find yourself making excuses as to why you deserve that bag of popcorn or the extra serving of potatoes or the glass of beer late on a weeknight, there is probably one of two things going on.

One. This is probably most people – you need an accountabili-buddy. You want to get to that goal down the road but also know that you can be your own worst enemy. This is where a nutrition coach could help tremendously. Someone who can help with the sustainable lifestyle changes to create lasting success is a priceless asset to have in your corner. If this sounds like you, reach out to coachsarahe@crossfitalgonquin.com to schedule your no-snack intro.

Two. You’ve tried a nutrition program or three, but didn’t stick to it. You want to have your workout and eat your cake, too. Even when on a nutrition plan you would snack and not log it because snacks don’t count, right? Heck, maybe your purpose for working out is so that you can have that extra serving. If this is you, you may need to take a realistic look at your goals and timeline and adjust them accordingly. It may be years before you get a strict pull-up or handstand push-up and that’s completely fine because those aren’t necessities to living a healthier life than most of the population.

So, ask yourself. “Do I want it? Do I want to work as hard outside the gym as I do inside of it?” If the answer is yes, we have the resources to help you succeed. Send that email to coachsarahe@crossfitalgonquin.com and let’s get started.