Six months ago, many of us set goals for the goals board. Some of you set one year goals and some set shorter term goals. Either way, it was something you had to ponder, and through a clever blog post, you were all well on your way, i.e. picture taken and goals posted! Here we are six months later, and some of you are well on your way to achieving your goals. Some of you surpassed it (and need to set a new one), and some of you are thinking you set out for something too high and nearly impossible.
Let’s talk motivation! How can we as a gym best motivate each other? Many of you may have noticed, simply by coming, that you are 1.) in a way, self-motivated to get to the gym, but then once here, the group/class will 2) tend to push you a little harder than you would have pushed yourself without them. That is a good thing and a good reflection to make. Exercise and the decision-making process in general, feels more autonomous when the individual is involved in a group atmosphere (Murcia et al., 2008). Meaning, that “push” the class gave you really did come from within. You just aren’t giving yourself enough credit for it, and that’s because the mind associates autonomy through being part of a group. It’s true! At least per some unbiased science. This means, you can and should use a healthy/positive group environment when making other potential life decisions.
This month will be broken down into four steps in which you can better improve and work on your squat technique! This is not to say there are only four ways in which to improve your squat technique, but rather many. Let’s start with the following four and see how much we can progress based on drilling these techniques before worrying about all the other complicated aspects of the squat.
We ended the 2016 year with 21 polaroids on the goal board. The goals board contains photos of our members who have publicly proclaimed specific goals they were going to strive to achieve in 2016. Why did they feel the need to announce these goals publicly? Aside from Coach Jeff forcing them to: accountability.
When people come into Humble Beast CrossFit, whether they are members, interested members, drop-ins, or just visitors, they always stop t look at the goals board. A few things happen when people see the goals board. We have noticed that they 1. Make a connection between the member they see or know and the goal that member is striving to achieve, and 2. They find motivation to choose a goal of their own.
Many of you might avoid the goals board because you don't know how to go about “setting a goal.” Ask any coach, or even a member who has made a goal, to help you with yours!
Here are a couple of gym-related recommendations to help you find a goal:
The goal is to attend more often. Set a goal for how many times per week/month you would like to attend. For example, if your goal is to attend the Saturday WOD more, pick Saturdays to attend yoga, the WOD or both!
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.
The goal 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.
The goal is to learn that diet means structure, NOT restriction. Understand your nutrition better and set goals to cook for yourself, limit cheat/unhealthy meals.
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! Your goals board picture and description can be taken before or after class with the coach, pending their availability. This blog post is a continuation of the December motivation and accountability post. Use the goals board for motivation and to help each other with accountability.
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!
Our Humble Beast 2017 goal is to fill the goals board by January 31st 2017!
It’s December, and for about 20 of you, that means it’s time to revisit the goal board! Let’s talk about motivation. This time, by way of community. The goal board is there in front of you, with members who have publicly expressed their goals. The questions we ask are: 1.) Have you been asking others how their progress is going? Many of you didn’t even have “performance” related goals, they were simply attendance based. 2.) Who were you reaching out to this past year? Were you building relationships with others to help hold you accountable?
The holiday season is a great time to become passive in attendance, and aggressive in well, less productive “health” related behavior. Let’s look at accountability inside and outside of the gym. You cannot count on your coaches to work miracles when you’re in the gym once a week. I mean, we are good, but “We ain’t that good.” We suggest using the Facebook social group, be positively social with one another, build good relationships, be borderline annoying, and most of all, be persistent. You all have signed contracts with us, expressing your interest in wanting to be stronger, faster, fitter and healthier, so help each other obtain those commitments!
When you’re in the gym, make sure the atmosphere is electric! The coaches aren’t perfect and there are going to be days where we are just off. Motivate us to motivate you! We assure that we usually just need a cup (or three) of coffee, some loud music, and we are good to go! We promise you the coaches truly want you to be the best you can be, if not more than you do, so hold us to that.
As the new year approaches, anticipate attendance to increase for a few reasons: 1.) New Year’s resolutions to increase attendance, 2.) New member enrollment for the new year, and 3.) Our amazing new website! That’s right, our new website will be updated with pictures of you guys (thank you for being cooperative and patient during the photo sessions), our coaches and staff, and tons on information that speaks on behalf of who we are, who you are, and what we strive to accomplish.
Until the new year arrives and we come back with a stellar goals blog post, let’s focus on the month of December and make it the last month of well-rounded motivation!