Last Sunday, April 9th, seven of the Humble Beast Barbell Club (HBBC) members put on their singlets and threw up some big weights! The roster consisted of: Tiffany Klinger, Michael Lai, Noah Nichols, Johnny Lam, Matt Rothman, Jay G, and Coach MJ.
Due to the fact that I have my Master of Science degree in Human Movement (more specifically, strength and conditioning), I have to call a spade a spade, a lie a lie, and encouragement a mis-direction. I'm all for encouraging people to exercise! Yes, get your friends moving, but do not stop there! Do not simply encourage your friend who does not eat, to eat; take them to McDonald's and drop them off! Not all exercise is created equal, and too often people will reap the benefits of the initial workout regimented lifestyles. They will then become addicted to it and metaphorically overdose on it.
Since opening Humble Beast CrossFit, I’ve spoken to a few other gym owners, mostly because my local network of peers know that I'm one of the owners of Humble Beast CrossFit. Many ignorantly assume I'm the sole owner, but little do they know I represent less than half of the reason Humble Beast CrossFit is successful. That’s because my wife, business partner, and all around amazing human being would never for a second take the credit she rightfully deserves for the “success” of the gym. In speaking to these gym owners, I'm repeatedly asked the what, how, and why's in regards to growing our business. I hear owners talk about their clients as numbers rather than names. I hear them talk about their gyms with concerns to returns rather than continued investment. I’m constantly told we do things different, or even wrong.
With the new year comes an influx of new members and a variety of questions. We would like to address a few frequently asked questions to benefit our HB fam. Current members, please welcome any new faces and show them around if they look lost or have questions!
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!