I’ve gotten a few questions lately about how to set goals for personal performance gain. People want to know what to pick, how high to reach, and how soon they should check it off their list. The beauty (and bane) of CrossFit is that there are so many damn movements to learn, much less master, it can feel overwhelming no matter how long you’ve been at it. CrossFit pulls from many specialties: gymnastics, olympic weightlifting, power lifting, kettlebells, strongman, rowing, running, and now even swimming. Add that to the necessary regimen you need to recover and adapt to rigorous training: recovery, mobility, rest, and nutrition.
Even if you can make it your full-time job to master all of the movements, it would take a lifetime to do it. We often see a bit of A.D.D. when it comes to athletes and goal setting. For example, an athlete sets out to work on double unders only to see someone in class working on snatches. The next shiny thing catches his eyes, he drops the rope, and wanders over to work on snatches instead. Focus on your goal, attain it, and then move on.
A few tips when setting goals:
Every athlete’s goals will be different, so sit down, write down a list of things you suck at. Write down a list of things you’re good at. Be honest and realistic. Prioritize the list and get to work. Grab a coach or seasoned athlete whenever you get a chance and get some tips. Be persistent.
Other posts on goal setting: Jack of All Trades
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