“It’s the willingness to keep pushing through new challenges, not shrink from them back into your comfort zone, that separates the successful from the unsuccessful.”
-Jen Sincero, Author
Your comfort zone is where you experience no risk, no discomfort, no anxiety, and you’re content doing what you’re doing. When you live in your comfort zone, you are not growing.
If you want to reach your full potential, and continue to develop, you need step outside your comfort zone into your ‘growth zone.’ Do things that scare you by taking on new challenges and experiences. When you voluntarily put yourself in situations that challenge your boundaries, your fears lose power over you.
Stepping outside your comfort zone may make you feel uneasy. If you consistently push yourself out of your warm and cozy comfort zone, you get comfortable being uncomfortable, and it becomes easier to tackle obstacles and try new things. We all felt nervous about attending our first CrossFit class, but look at how much you’ve grown from taking that initial leap.
Commit to doing one thing every month that is outside your comfort zone. It could be entering your first CrossFit competition, speaking in front of a group, or attending a social event that you typically shy away from. Break out of your mold and find out what awaits you on the other side.
Comment below the “one thing” you’re going to do to get outside of your comfort zone!
By: Conner Edelbrock
Slay The Inner Perfectionist
Perfectionism can be a fatal flaw, especially when it comes to CrossFit. You might compare yourself to others; be constantly dissatisfied with your performance; obsess over your position on the whiteboard; overthink a technical lift; or be afraid to fail or appear weak.
To overcome your inner perfectionist, start by focusing on doing you best. Sometimes we have a bad day, when we don’t perform well. Realize that it’s impossible to maintain a peak level of performance every single day. You may not PR or get a gold star every workout. Each day brings an opportunity for us to do our best, but realize there is a process that includes highs and lows.
Focus on long term goals. When we make goals to lift heavier, lose weight, or learn a new skill, we ignore the steps it takes to accomplish those goals. We often expect instant transformation and forget that there is no such thing as an overnight success.
Sometimes we just need to relax and have fun. As a perfectionist, you may get caught up in mastering every detail of a snatch or clean. Realize that there are times to focus on technique and then there are times to relax and just lift.
Lastly, take a step back and look at how far you’ve come. Progress might seem slow, but look at where you started and celebrate what you’ve accomplished.
By Conner Edelbrock
Music has become essential to our enjoyment at the gym. Research has shown that music will influence performance in several ways. First, people will naturally follow tempo, which is the principle of entrainment or synchronization. We tend to run, bike, or row to the dominate beat of the music. A faster beat will often lead to increased intensity.
Music also increases motivation and elevates our mood, making our experience at the gym more fun. We use certain songs to get ‘pumped’ or ‘psyched’ before a big lift or competition. However, it’s possible to be overstimulated. If our stress levels skyrocket it could negatively affect our performance. If you become extremely nervous, choose music that is relaxing and calming to bring your heart rate down.
Lastly, music distracts people from discomfort they might experience during a workout. Several marathons have banned the use of music during races to prevent runners from having a competitive advantage. One study, at Brunel University, showed that music helps us tolerate more pain and increases endurance by as much as 15 percent.
Whether it’s Frank Sinatra, Power Metal, or The Black Eyed Peas, find your jam and crush your next workout.
By Conner Edelbrock
THE SECRET TO DAILY PRODUCTIVITY
“Either run the day or the day runs you.” Productivity is making progress in areas of your life that are important. One productivity strategy that is simple and works is:
Do the most important thing first.
Sometimes our to-do list is never ending. Dealing with this challenge starts by defining the top three most important tasks (M.I.T.). This concept isn’t new, but it allows you to evaluate and prioritize your overwhelming list into three manageable items you can conquer at the beginning of each day.
Usually the most important items aren’t the easiest to accomplish. We often spend hours crossing off the simpler items on our list, and never get to the more important ones. By tackling our M.I.T. at the beginning of the day, our energy and effort are at a peak.
If you don’t take time to write down and focus on your M.I.T. your day will escape you. Phone’s will start ringing, emails will start piling up, and your energy will be drained. Start each day with a plan of attack by defining your top three priorities.
P.S. Your workout should be one of these priorities. If you’re not a “morning person” carve out some time every day, where can devote your undivided attention to accomplishing your M.I.T.
By Conner Edelbrock
6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your CrossFit Worthy Experience
So, you drank the CrossFit Kool-aid and now you can’t wait for the WOD every day. That’s great! You’ve found a form of health and fitness that is fun, healthy, functional, and let’s face it: addicting. We all dread some of the WOD’s, wishing they could just be over with when we are in them (the muscle burning, out-of-breath feeling we all lovingly hate), only to turn around the next day and be right back at it again.
You may be wondering: “How do I get the most out of my training at CrossFit Worthy?” Well, you are in luck because I’m going to lay out 6 straight forward ways to do just that, so at the end of every workout, you will leave the WOD like Luke Skywalker left the Death Star: destroyed. (Yes, there may be several more Star Wars references.)
- Set Goals. If they are long-term, make them specific and measureable. Examples might be: do a pull-up, squat x amount of weight, learn double unders, etc. We always have 1-on-1 skills sessions with a coach available for you, which is the fastest way to achieve goals. Uninterrupted time with a coach to focus and go through progressions and drills, work miracles. In the short-term, look to see at what is programmed for the day. Think about what weight you need to hit for that day for the movement, or maybe it’s an opportunity to work on technique. Look over the Metcon for the day. What are the movements? How will you break the reps up? What will your pace be? Know how you are going to attack the workout. Preparation is key.
- Visualize success. Positive visualization is a powerful tool for athletes. See your success in your mind before it happens. Put yourself through the reps before they happen. You know how you’re going to feel during a hard metcon. Visualize that too. The muscle burning, out of breath, body screaming at you to stop immediately. Then visualize yourself pushing beyond your limit. Do, or do not. There is no try.
- Warm up before and mobilize after your WOD. This one is more specific and direct. We squat a lot in here. Whether that be under a barbell, with a wall ball, a slam ball, an air squat, a clean, or a snatch. It’s a movement our bodies are naturally made for and will do at a moment’s notice, but in order to get the MOST out of your performance, warm up and mobilize every single day.
- When you arrive, head to a rower or bike for 3-5 minutes to get your heart rate elevated and blood pumping to your muscles. Not only will this prep you for ultimate performance, it will also serve as injury prevention, which is the foundation of our movement goal. Do the dynamic range of motion movements and the Crossover activation; those things alone will improve your performance in dramatic ways. Our goal for you is to move safely, efficiently, and in time, with relatively big weight. Post WOD, roll out your quads, your glutes, your calves, hamstrings. Let no muscle go un-rolled. If something hurts, let your coach know!
- Do not fear failure. Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. …Okay that was dramatic. But, Yoda had a point. Don’t be afraid to fail at a weight that you want to hit (within reason, of course). Any lifter or athlete that wants to push themselves to be their absolute best has failed, over and over again. Pick yourself up, and get back to work. Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. That’s where life begins.
- Track your work. Nearly everything we do revolves around the process of building reps or building in weight based off of percentages. If you don’t record the lifts you made that day, there will be no way to look back at what you did from the previous weeks to use for the day’s workout. If we are squatting at 62.5% of our 1RM, you need to have that info handy. Keep track of your lifts, progress correctly, and be happy.
- Our facility is unique in that our sense of community is one of our strongest points. It is stronger than all of our back squats, deadlifts, clean and jerks, presses and snatches combined. So, continue to be a part of this and communicate with everybody. We all share something in common here: a desire to find our strength, to be the strongest version of ourselves, and to push ourselves to a place we’ve never been before. Attend different class times if you can, odds are there is someone you’ve never met before or haven’t talked to in a while because they usually do afternoon classes and you are an early bird, or vice versa! Above all, enjoy our community and always work together to achieve your potential.
Use your fitness. Take what you do here and go be awesome out in the world. Don’t limit your fitness and movement inside of our walls. If you want to compete, find a competition and go compete! Go for a hike, a walk, a bike ride, anything that you can think of. Do handstand walks while you grocery shop. Hit some burpees in the middle of class/work to stay energized and fresh. …No, not really, but you know where we’re going with this. Live active and live healthy!
Written by Jared Bradford