15 Jan The G-Force Source: new beginnings
For a lot of people, a new year means new beginnings. New year resolutions, new ideas, new focuses and new goals. Not everyone’s a believer in these sentiments, but for those that train CrossFit, weightlifting and general fitness, it’s a great idea to build a new and improved combination for success. In our field of expertise, there’s always room for improvement and therefore there’s plenty of room for the new ideas, new focuses and new goals.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to find that focus and what it is you want to improve on. We tend to ignore our weaknesses because they hurt us in more places than one. In times of ignorance, turn to your friends, your coaches, or just continue reading our blog, The G-Force Source, as we give you a five simple tips on making this year a better one than last.
Diet is such a dirty word. When someone talks about diet, they think about cutting carbs or cutting fats or something of the like. When we talk diet, we’re talking about your eating regime. We want to put this out there: LOW CARB DIETS ARE PREPOSTEROUS! If you do CrossFit, carbohydrates are essential. We burn our fuel sources harder and faster than other fitness styles because of the high intensity at which we work, and therefore, you need to make sure you’re eating enough carbohydrates to sustain your energy output. Don’t go overboard and eat a whole loaf of bread smothered in butter. That’s naughty. Eat enough carbs to get you through your workouts.
In your overall diet, the definition of CrossFit sums it up perfectly: “Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.”
The heat and the cold scares people away from the gym. So does laziness, a lack of motivation and a lack of fitness-related goals. In our blogs, we’ve talked about consistency time and time again. We ask you stay consistent with your training, commit to our program, turn up and get the work done. If you remain consistent with training days five times a week and follow the program, you will see improvement. Don’t be frightened by the weather, don’t let your television programs and Netflix shows get the better of you, and to fight that lack of motivation, set yourself some goals which brings us to tip number 3.
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort
We’ve used that quote before and here we are using it again for its brutal honesty. To help you remain consistent in your training and to stay motivated, set yourself achievable short and long term goals to work towards. They can be anything as simple as ensuring you train five times of the CrossFit training week, or something as complex as a muscle up into front lever into a handstand push-up into backwards somersault landing into splits.
Don’t simply set a goal and hope that it comes your way. You have to do the work. Set up a plan of how you’re going to achieve it. If you must, see your coaches and perhaps set up a private session. See below for further details.
There are two other aspects of training that are neglected that haven’t been mentioned yet; accessory work is one of them. In our program at G-Force, you will see accessory work in the form of hollow holds and rocks, GHD sit-ups, good mornings and the like. You must do more. See your coaches about additional accessory work, and to make them even more helpful, relate your accessory work to your goals.
That second neglected training aspect? Stretching and mobility. CrossFit athletes have a tendency to do the workout, give their coach a hi-five and walk straight out of the gym. We get that life is busy, but it should never be too busy that you cannot fit in thirty minutes of stretching and mobility a day. Our bodies get intensely conditioned and they need a bit of supple lovin’. Don’t neglect your stretching and mobility. Do some before training, and definitely do some after training whether it’s before you leave the gym or at home doing Netflix and chill.
Starting this week, G-Force is offering one-on-one *private sessions with our coaches. If there’s a skill you need to refine whether it’s gymnastics, weightlifting, accessories, stretching, mobility, or you’d like a personal conditioning session, our coaches are available for your own private session. If you need help with your goals, our coaches can assist with that also. Contact Glen if you’re interested and he’ll direct you to one of our coaches.
*Private sessions are not covered by your membership and are charged according to each coach’s individual price.