7.20.18

Why Do You Train?

Everyone falls into one of the three personas listed below. Ask yourself why you’re in the gym and what you want out of this. Now this isn’t meant to be a deep meditation, just a quick peek into your own “why” to get more out of your training.

Athlete “A” – Why: Health & Wellness

Wants

I want to look good, feel great and have fun doing it. I want to be stronger and learn new skills. I don’t want to just maintain, but increase my wellness by improving functionality and potential outside of the gym too. I want to do this fitness thing for the next 20-30+ years.

Needs
  • Fun and varied General Physical Preparedness (GPP)
  • Simple, yet proper muscle contraction
  • Both High and Low Intensity (Remember Intensity is relative)
  • Strength Train 1-3x/week
  • MetCon (Get out of breath) 2-3x/week
  • Learn new skills & drills as often as possible
  • A commitment to recovery (i.e. Sleep / Nutrition / H2O / Massage / Low & Low Intensity)

Athlete “B” – Why: Performance

Wants

I want to excel at this sport of fitness beyond the aesthetic factor. I want to train to move faster and lift more than what GPP prescribes. I understand this comes with a sacrifice – extra wear and tear on the body. I am looking for a further adaptation in weightlifting and gymnastics.

Needs
  • Fun and varied General Physical Preparedness
  • Simple, yet proper muscle contraction
  • High Intensity MetCons 2-4x/week
  • Low Intensity Maintenance WODs 1-2x/week
  • Strength Training 3-4x/week
  • Gymnastics Skill 2-3x/week
  • Learn new skills & drills as often as possible
  • A greater commitment to recovery (i.e. Sleep / Nutrition / H2O / Massage / Low & Low Intensity)

Athlete “C” – Why: Compete At A High Level

Wants

I want to place in the top 500 for the CrossFit Open / Regionals / CrossFit Games. I understand the sacrifice of 12-18 hours of training per week. I understand this type of training is not geared toward health and wellness. I know I will have to weather injuries because of the volume of training I need to do. This is for the short term goals of competing, not for longevity and I’m cool with that.

Needs
  • Varied General Physical Preparedness
  • 1st / 2nd / 3rd Wave Adaptations in Gymnastics / Weightlifting / Conditioning / Unknown
  • Simple, yet proper muscle contraction
  • High Intensity MetCon 4-5x/week
  • Low Intensity Maintenance / Skill / Strength 4-5x/week
  • Strength Training 4-6x/week
  • Gymnastics Training 4-6x/week
  • Learn new skills & drills as often as possible
  • A greater commitment to recovery (i.e. Sleep / Nutrition / H2O / Massage / Long & Low Intensity)

For all types of athletes listed above…This is a journey (and should be!) a long one. Take everyday for what it is, an opportunity to place another brick perfectly in your wall of Health and Wellness.