Momentum is everything:
It’s 10 plus years I have been living in the strength and conditioning world. It’s hard to say whether that’s a short period of time, or a long one. In many ways it feels insignificant, as there’s no way in the world I am done learning. But, on the other hand, it’s over 25% off my life to date.
I wanted to dedicated a little time to talk about a simple word. It’s momentum. Yes, we can all google it if we want the definition. But you know what it is. But, I don’t think you realize the significance. Just how important it is to your success in life. Oops, I mean your health. No, what I really mean is the gym.
I get asked many questions about the gym. But this one comes up a lot. People want to know how many people who do foundations, continue to train at the gym? The people asking are the ones who are still here, so what they are politely referring to is. How come I am still here, and so many of the people that started around the time I am aren’t anymore?
Before I answer that question specifically, I want to say a thing or two about success. You hear things like success is contagious. Expressions that refer to being on a roll. Successful people talk about routine. They talk about discipline. I’ve come to realize that life doesn’t need to be all that complicated. Or rather, there’s no need to look to for outlandish explanations for things that can answered quite simply.
The way to be successful in CrossFit is to have momentum on your side. That’s all you need. Nothing else. Those that continue to train and be successful, all have momentum on their side. Some have more than others. But, I can answer so many of questions by explaining the amount of momentum, someone had, or lack thereof.
Let’s look at diet. Since so many of you are doing the Opus Vita 30 day challenge. First off, 30 days in there so that you can gain enough momentum so that when the 30 day is over, you keep up your good habits. Then there’s those who have done these diet challenges before. Most seem to say that it’s way easier getting into the routine. Why? They are doing it again because they know it works. They would like to maintain a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercising. But they lost momentum along they way, and just needed a kick start to get back on track.
Did you once upon a time have the ability to eat really well? Be extremely discipline in the face of peer pressure? Or just simply be able to resist that nightly sweet tooth before bed. What you had was momentum on your side. It’s not as if you had discipline, lost it on the ferry back from Tofino, and are looking for it again. Discipline is either in you or not. But it was momentum that kept you on track. It was easier to keep going, then to stop your way of doing things.
How about getting fitter? Meeting your training goals? Do you know what that the most successful clients/athletes we have in common? They are in the gym the most consistently. Not necessarily the most often. They are consistently able to keep their routine. They have momentum. By now you know I am referring to the definition.
Def: Momentum is generally used to mean increasing forward motion. A boulder rolling down a hill gains momentum. So does a great idea, a team on a winning streak, or the economy.
An object in motion, stays in motion. These people don’t stop. They continue to move forward. They gain “momentum”. Making it hard for them to stop. These clients, you know them by name. They are the ones you expect to see when you show up in class. Maybe you are new to the gym. Maybe you are hoping to be a fitter version of yourself. I am here to tell you that it’s up to you. You don’t have to be great to start, you have to start to be great. That means start with day 1. Show up to do an orientation. 2, get through your foundations if you haven’t already. 3. Set yourself a routine where you make it to the gym consistently. We suggest start with a minimum of 3 times per week. Sure, you’ll need discipline to stay on course. But trust me, once you are there, all you have to do is be that boulder rolling downhill. That is how it works! It’s how Yoko went from zero pushups, to idolized by all. How Brew continues to shed weight, lift more weight, and improve mobility. How Chris Munro just won the 15km distance on the Loop the Lakes event in Squamish. How Marley continues to climb the leaderboard on every workout we do. I can keep going, those are by no means the only ones. The improvements happen across the board more consistently by those who are here regularly. Those who can make it their routine a real routine have momentum on their side. Those with momentum, have a hard time slowing down, and they are the most successful.
So, whether you are looking to get started. 6 months in. 1 week down on the 30 day challenge. Your goal is to keep moving. The more momentum you have, the harder it is to lose it.
So the answer to the original question is, those who are here gained momentum. Those who are not, did not.
For those who are reading in hopes for a training layout. I suppose I will offer it too. With the weather about to turn, we are planning to avoid a lot of outdoor based WODs for the week. One of my favourite benchmarks this Monday. I know I say that a lot. But it’s true. It’s often people’s first Rx’d workout. I am really looking forward to Friday’s WOD. Perhaps my favourite Open WOD of the year, only this time it is a little nicer. Plus, I am loving how well you guys are doing with our strength training. So many of you are getting stronger, and doing it the sustainable way. Not by heavy volume cycles, not by overdoing the lifts. But through variance, practice, and good old fashioned hard work.
Last but not least. This week Austin will be back coaching. Welcome back Duster!