Get Ready for Your 2019 Goals!

Talking about the end of the year is taboo until it’s actually the end of the year. However, it will be the end of December before we know it! With that being said, when January 2019 hits, this will be our fourth installation of the “goals” post here at Humble Beast CrossFit. This year, we want to tackle the goals a little differently. Instead of setting an annual goal (re: 2018 goals post), we would like to focus on more marginal short-term goals.

You can think of an annual goal, then figure out how to chop it down into smaller goals. This way, you will have constant progress within almost immediate, short-term reach. Rather than always looking at the annual goal like it’s unattainable. Also, short-term goal getting has been shown to have a higher correlation with adherence. The perceived enjoyment is greater in those who set short-term goals as work to achieve them (Wilson, & Brookfield. 2009).


For the month of December, we’re going to formulate a handful of short-term goals. Below is copied from our January 2018 goals blog post, with our suggestions for turning them into short-term goals.

1. Attendance

The goal here is to attend more often. Set a goal for how many times per week/month you would like to attend. Then reflect on each month and see (i.e. after three months), where you saw the best results holistically.

If your goal is to attend the Saturday WOD more, pick Saturday’s to attend yoga, the WOD or both! This is the most overlooked goal and should be paramount to any other. Consistency in attendance will more than likely grant many other goals. 

2. Body Composition

The goal here is to get an actual body composition evaluation and set your sights on a realistic body composition change. Stop letting the number on the scale or how your clothes fit be your goal or measurement. Truly learn to understand body composition. Typically, we recommend scans 90-days after starting a major change to your diet or lifestyle.

You can make an appointment with our friends down the street at Composition ID, and use the code HUMBLE for a percentage discount on their services (or tell them you’re a Humble Beast CrossFit member).

3. Strength

The goal here is to pick one or two areas of your strength that you would like to realistically improve. This is something the coaches can work with you on. One very important thing to mention is that skill and movement comprehension MUST come before thinking/setting a strength (number) goal. Now that MPR (re: MPR post) is a thing, you can at any point test a lower range repetition max with the permission and guidance of a head coach. Test a base line 2,3,4,5RM and retest a few months later.

4. Diet

The goal here is to learn that diet means structure, NOT restriction. Understand your nutrition better and set goals to cook for yourself, limit cheat/unhealthy meals. This could work hand-in-hand with body composition, and it should. You should potentially think of these two things as working systematically together, rather than separate.

Need help in this area? Our members have access to nutrition consulting from Lindsay. 

These are just a few suggestions for goals. No matter what goal/s you decide to choose, document your decision and hold yourself and others accountable. Remember not to set your goals or expectations too high, or more importantly, too low!

You can take your goal board photo and write a short description before or after class with the coach (pending their availability). You can also ask someone at the front desk (Lindsay, Tiffany or Tamara).

Use the goals board for motivation and to help each other with accountability. Be aggressive and active in getting yourself on the goal board!

Please note that your goals do not have to be limited to the gym. Anything you want to achieve, we are here as your gym family to help in any way we can! We will revisit this post on January 2019 and actually start to document these formulations.

Let the Coaches Coach!

Want to play coach? Let’s not and say you did! Just kidding, but seriously - who wants to take on that kind of responsibility if you don’t have to? Believe it or not, our coaches voluntarily went through training and actively pursue their position/s as a head coach.

Just so you have some frame of reference: our coaches are not random. They all come from within house. They have done and been a product of our program for a good length of time. At some point, they have referenced something in them that hungers to learn more and give back to the community that they attribute much of their success to.

eMPoweR. Get It? MPR. What Is Muscle Phasing and Why Is Coach Talking About It So Much?

Understanding muscle phasing (range/reps) is ideal for you to inevitably get exactly what you want out of the program at Humble Beast CrossFit. We have already extracted the most essential movements to do weekly (press, squat, bench, deadlift, and Olympic weightlifting lifts); we try to teach them with utter thoroughness and efficiency. 

The Humble Beast CrossFit program is designed to meet goals such as absolute strength gains, increased endurance and fat loss/ body composition changes. How you choose to follow the range/ reps scheme of the program and how closely you adhere to said range/ reps scheme will determine how successful you are at achieving your personal fitness goals. 

Back to School is Here: Time for New Workout Gear!

You may wonder, "Why do certain people wear so much “stuff” during the workouts?" Furthermore, sometimes they even change into/out of more stuff between portions of the class. The short answer is, safety. Some people may get coaxed into buying stuff from their favorite Instagram trend setter, or simply, someone in the gym has something and you feel like you need it as well. This month, we're focusing on accessing what gear you need versus want; why/how it would benefit you.

In today’s modern impulse driven market, there is literally something for everything. From a magnetic rack-attaching phone mount for WOD selfies to a small step stool to help you. With that being said, let’s take a moment (or blog post) to work our way from head-to-toe and look at the things we would (movement professionals) argue/suggest would be helpful for your fitness curriculum.

How the Humble Beast CrossFit Programming Differs from the Reebok CrossFit Games

Like every CrossFit gym worldwide, there is a prefix or suffix to CrossFit. The Reebok CrossFit games are no different. Each of the ~14,075 CrossFit affiliates worldwide are given the freedom to freely adapt the flexible and ambiguous definition of CrossFit (Constantly varied, functional movement, delivered with high/relative intensity). “The Reebok CrossFit games” are no different. If you simply look at the Reebok CrossFit games as just that, another, exclusive affiliate, you will easily see that it is not by any means, right or wrong, but rather, unique and designed for a unique purpose and goal. 

Percentage Lifting: Why?

There is a famous saying, and by famous I mean, not really famous but rather, something ignorant people say.. the saying goes: “ I ain’t got time for percentages!!!”

So here’s the scoop, training percentages have come about from years and years of empirical trials with recorded data, but never situated into a formal study, thus still relatively “unprofessional.”  Hundreds of thousands of weight-lifters found that, similarly to growing as a youth to adult, physiological change takes time.  Thus, the application or marginal stress introduction over similar/repetitive movement patterns.