What separates the top CrossFit athletes from everyone else? Why do the top level athletes make it to the Games year after year? There is a prevalent idea being pushed throughout the world of CrossFit that it's the program. If you could only find the perfect program then you would be able to achieve all of your goals. In this article I want to talk about why this is not the case (the different programs followed by CrossFit games athletes are about as varied as it gets) and what you should actually be focusing on. What you do inside the gym is not nearly as important as what you do outside of it, and what you do is not nearly as important as how you do it. If you truly want to reach your full potential then you would be much better off spending the time and energy on the things that ALL Games athletes have in common. I want to show you what I talk about with our athletes and what they should be focusing on and give you some ideas on how to improve these areas so as to achieve your goals.
Consistency is the key. I'm sure that you have heard this said before but the more I learn about successful people the more that I learn how important it is. What separates a person who has average results from a person who has amazing results is one thing-consistency. I want to show you why consistency is so important and give you a few tips on how to be more consistent in your life.
I have a lot of conversations about kids and young athletes and their development with parents. They talk about the sports their kids play and the things that they have done that have helped them. I grew up playing sports year around from age 5 through high school and I firmly believe that the wide variety of sports that I played set me up to succeed in my chosen sports at a higher level. I also see tons of kids and former athletes come into the gym and I can usually pick up on the sport that they play or used to play pretty quickly after watching them move. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this topic (both for my future kids and for current young athletes) and I have come up with a rough prescription for kids that I think sets them up best for success in whatever sport they decide to play. I'm also a big believer in sports carrying over into every other area of life and I believe that following this mix of sports will also set the athlete up to succeed outside of the realm of sports as well.
The human body is an incredible thing. It was made to run, jump, climb, throw, swim, and many other things. It was not made, however, to sit in a chair. Or a car. Or an airplane. Or a couch. The body thrives when it does what it was meant to do. It withers up and dies when it doesn't. In this article I want to talk about why sitting is so bad for you and what you can do to combat these negative effects.
I was reading Jordan Peterson's book and I really like the list approach that he has. It is simple and easy to understand, and I had the idea to do the same thing for a healthy life. I believe that if you follow these 13 rules then you will have the best chance to live a long, healthy, active life and have the best quality of life possible. Details will vary person to person but these general principles can apply across the board. Without further ado here are my 13 rules for a healthy life.
Stress is a powerful stimulant. It is the reason that our bodies adapt. When we train we are putting stress on our body so that it will adapt and come back stronger. Stress is also one of the biggest problems in modern society as people are putting far too much stress on their bodies. Your body can only handle so much stress before it starts coping in unhealthy ways.
Knowing your "why" is a hot topic these days and is something that I have talked about in a previous post. I believe that it is extremely important to know your "why" and I encourage everyone to explore that in themselves. In this article I want to talk about another question that is very important-"Why Not?"
I was listening to the Brute Strength Podcast recently and the host, Michael Cazayoux, was talking about the concept of how you do anything is how you do everything. He talks about this a lot and it is something that I have heard from many different places but for some reason this time it really hit home for me. I really started to think about how this applies to all facets of life and specifically in the gym.