It’s been two weeks since I asked you “What are you training for?” I hope you’ve had time to ponder that question, allowing for some self-reflection and introspection.
Regardless of your answer, you can still begin to take action. Keep in mind as you do that the more specific your goal, the more specific your line of action will be. This is important to remember. We have a tendency to beat ourselves up if we aren’t “succeeding” without ever defining what “success” is during that season of our lives. Sometimes, success is detailed, specific and easily measurable: “I want to snatch 200 pounds” or “I want to lose 10 pounds.” Sometimes, success is simply setting aside the time to work towards coming up with a goal or it’s walking through the door or it’s focusing on your eating habits because work is keeping you from the gym as often as you’d like.
Remember: all of these give us some line of action and we can start to pick landmarks along that line to measure our progress. It’s important to remember as you decide on these landmarks, however, that you make sure they are realistic. For example, if you currently can snatch 165 pounds, trying to snatch 200 pounds a few weeks (or even months) from now is likely not realistic. Another example would be that if you are still trying to figure out what you’re training for, it’s not realistic to hold yourself to specific expectations in your training. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have expectations. I’m saying that until you name what you’re after, you can’t know what expectations to set that will move the needle towards your goal. So your primary focus might be to chat with fellow athletes and coaches about what interests you. Ask them about opportunities and embrace what sounds cool and exciting to you. Then get after it! Your goal is your goal!
What if we can’t name anything? What if nothing sounds cool? First, go easy on yourself. You might be in a season where showing up to the gym is a huge success. Also, you may be burnt out. Burn out doesn’t just come from workouts either - it can come from a confluence of things: work, family, illness, anxiety, relationships, nutrition, training…you name it. If the gym is unexciting to you, take a break! More than likely, you’ll take 4-7 days off and you’ll be roaring to get back in, with a head full of goals and a heart full of ambition. Consider changing your environment too - if you can switch things up, inject some new life into your routine or perhaps even make radical changes, the barriers that were keeping you from naming those goals might be removed.
At the end of the day, be kind to yourself and do what’s right for you.
Strength - Back Squat - 3 x 3 @ RPE 8
Athletes will have 20 minutes to build to and complete 3 sets of 3 reps at an RPE of 8. We will be building over the next three weeks with a focus on position and control under heavy load.
Metcon - For time:
15 - 12 - 9
DB Hang squat cleans @ moderate
10 minute cap