82% of our gym members have been at CrossFit Lobo for 6 or more weeks.
Although I like to occasionally throw random facts out for fun, the reason why this is important is because 82% of our gym has gotten to the point where:
- They’re no longer the new kid on the block.
- They no longer wonder, “Holy crap, what did I get myself into?” (Okay, we take that back.)
- They know the difference between our Perform and Progress tracks and which one works best for them, on any given day.
- And if they’ve been coming to the gym at least 3x each week, it’s now a habit. They are comfortable with their gym routine and suffering in WODs with their closest friends.
After you overcome all the nervous jitters of being a newbie and you know you can do CrossFit as much as anyone else can, what happens next?
Let’s talk about that. There’s a journey that all members go through in their time at our gym. We borrowed this from our friends at CrossFit Hale:
- Show up
As you can see in this diagram, you have to build a foundation in each level before moving up to the next level (and staying there).
You have to come to the gym regularly to be comfortable with the gym.
You have to be comfortable before you push your limits and see what you can accomplish in the gym.
If you can’t make it to the gym regularly, it makes no sense to jump to the “perform” level, where you’re competing in local competitions and trying out your new handstand walks.
To master each level, this is what you have to do to move up:
- Master “Show up” > Show up at least 3x week. That’s it! This is where you start and build a habit.
- Master “Comfort” > Trust the process as it stands. Follow the work outs to a T. Ask coaches any questions you have as you run into any challenges.
- Master “Progress” > This is where you intentionally get better. Work on refining skills you want to improve upon (whether it’s nutrition, movements, or something else).
- Master “Perform” > Track numbers in Beyond the Whiteboard and set next level goals. Compete to push yourself to the next level. Set a plan for tackling your weaknesses.
Today we’re going to focus on step 3: Progress.
Whether you’ve been at the gym for 6+ weeks or you’re just getting started, we want to discuss how we, at CrossFit Lobo, are going to help you this year in making progress at the gym and getting to a level where you start to really perform.
And because 82% of you have been at Lobo for at least six weeks, this article is going to apply to you TODAY. (And we come full circle.)
The “Progress” Level in Your Fitness Journey
The Progress level, which happens after your sixth week, is where you begin to pay attention to what you’re currently doing and what you could be doing to get better.
For example, let’s say I’m doing a work out with double unders, but I know I don’t have double unders. What do I have to do? I have to scale and do single unders instead.
But in order to elevate my fitness, I want to work toward double unders.
So, what are my options to get better?
There are a few things I can do:
- I can spend some time after a WOD practicing double unders.
- I can watch videos on YouTube that tell me how to get double unders, and I’ll remember the tips for the next WOD that has double unders.
- I can take a seminar where a coach helps me to get double unders.
All these options are valid, but which one is most effective?
With the first option, I’m leading myself in a movement I’ve never done before, which is a lot like the blind leading the blind.
And if you’re ever attempted double unders before, you know this is a very painful journey.
With the second option, someone on the internet is helping me through a movement. I may or may not be getting great tips on drills I can practice. Either way, s/he can’t offer any feedback to me individually as to how I’m performing the movement right now.
With the third option, I get access to a coach with knowledge and experience who will tell me exactly what drills I can practice to get double unders in less time (and whip myself less in the process).
By choosing to take a seminar in person, not only will I learn useful drills I can practice on my own, but the coach will also take the time to watch my form and help me break through my current plateaus.
This is just ONE example of how personalizing coaching can help accelerate your performance in the gym.
And as you feel better about how you perform in the gym, the more motivated you’ll be to continue working out (see how this all works?!).
Are you interested in getting better at CrossFit?
Because at a certain point, if you keep performing in work outs in the way you did on day one, you’ll get bored. Not only will you be bored and eventually lose motivation, but you also won’t see continual results, because your body needs to be constantly challenged.
Our coaches can help you get there.
This year, we’re offering seminars throughout the year to help you hone your skills and get to the next level, whether you’re interested in nutrition, gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, or something else.
Check out the schedule below to see what seminars we have in store for you.
Are you excited? This is the year for you to get to the next level!
Stay tuned for more information about these seminars and make sure you sign up when the sign up sheets are out. Our class sizes will be limited, and you do not want to miss out on what our coaches have to share!
Not a CrossFit Lobo member? If you aren’t yet a member at CrossFit Lobo, but you’re interested in our upcoming schedule, let’s figure out a time to have you come in! Give us a little bit of information about you, and one of our staff members will get back to you ASAP to see how we can help you meet your fitness goals.