Intention: Having a focus or an aim behind an act.
Having intention might be one of the most important tools you can equip yourself within any aspect of your daily routine. Having intention behind each repetition during your workout, having intention in what you eat, even intention in relationships.
I am assuming you go to the gym so you can feel better, live healthier, and look good. Wonderful, but without a complete understanding of what your intention is then you are crippling your progress.
Most of you come into your workout with the mindset of, I am going to lift as much weight as I can during the strength portion and move as fast as I can during the workout, (I used to think that way which Is why I’m making that assumption.) If you never take real time to focus on your stretching, slowing down your body to work on technique, educate yourself on proper lifting, improving your mental game, or boosting up your nutritional intake while cutting out the garbage how do you expect to get stronger and faster without injury? If you don’t think I am talking to you, I am. Everyone constantly needs to improve and learn. Once you think you are perfect, you have just been beaten.
Let’s say you have a 7 minute workout with Power Snatches (135/95), Double Unders, and running. Most people will think, “7 minutes is short, I know I can move 135/95, I will go for rx.” With that mindset I guarantee your snatches look sloppy (unless your name is Mike Enriquez). You might be tripping on your rope after excessively piking your feet. Plus your running stride isn’t long enough, maybe short, or you’re running flat footed resulting in low speed high drag.
Double unders: are you focusing on pinning your elbows to your ribs, keeping your chest up and your wrists loose?
Running: are you heel striking, flat footing, are you thinking about heels to hamstring? What are your arms doing? Is your core relaxed and are you breathing?
Snatches: before you lift that weight are you in the best starting position you can be? Are you slow enough until you pass the knee so you can sweep aggressively? Are you pulling early with the shoulders, elbows or arms? Punching, tight abs, legs loaded, moving the feet into a squat position and not further? What are you thinking about with each and every single rep?
Here at CrossFit Resistance between all the elite members and coaches there is a surplus of knowledge. You WILL move BETTER if you seek out constructive criticism and apply the lessons taught. I know this because that is exactly what I did when I joined CFR as a member and what I continue to do as a coach. To this day, I forget to pull with my shoulders, I forget to look up in order to keep my chest high while squatting, and sometimes I tend to use my lower back improperly. I rely on all of you to help me out with my technique at all times, I would hope you have the same mindset for yourself.
I need YOU to remember what you are being taught at CFR, seek out advice daily, apply it, and get better. DON’T just run through the motions, you will get injured and you wont progress. Ask a coach to watch you individually or sign up at CrossFit Resistance for personal training.
Food. The single most important aspect of your fitness journey, health, and life. Quality food will keep you away from convalescent homes, skilled nursing facilities, the hospital, and plenty of medications. I find it interesting that people wonder why cancer and metabolic disease is so common. Cancer and disease is absolutely horrible, and sometimes there is no rhyme or reason behind receiving either, but I feel food is so easily overlooked in western cultures. Think about what people around you are eating and what that product actually made of. Jack in the crack, Taco Smell, McDisgusting, Burger Kang. When was the last time those french fries were actually potatoes? When was the last time that meat was actually a healthy cow roaming in a meadow? Food items that come in a box should be questioned. When was this cookie actually a stock of wheat growing in the ground, the weird granola full of sugar, the ice cream, the stupid corn chips flavored with dried cheese ranch powder, when was it ever real food or was it made by people in white coats working in a laboratory?
YOU ARE LITERALLY FEEDING EACH TINY CELL IN YOUR BODY which composes each vein, artery, organ, and drop of blood you have. You literally put ingredients in your body, inside of you each time you eat and drink anything. I find it funny how worried people get about smoking, drugs, or alcohol but nobody seems to be switched on about what they eat. Read the back of nutrition labels, if you don’t know what an ingredient is then you shouldn’t eat it. Apples, spinach, chicken, and almonds don’t need nutrition labels – I hope you see what I’m getting at here.
Remind yourself through your day to have intention no matter the task. If I am coaching, studying, helping a patient at work no matter the severity, or spending time with friends, I try to remind myself to have intention with what I am doing.
Coaching: to really help people get better at moving and controlling their bodies, try to make sure they are enjoying their time at CFR, attempt to have a conversation with someone I typically don’t speak with. Studying/reading: To really absorb the knowledge and to become more intelligent, remove distractions, imagine scenarios where this information is critical and visualize applying the newly learned information. Patients at Work: No matter the intensity of their illness or injury I need to focus solely on this person. If they are dying then I need to remember the lessons learned from my books and apply that information immediately to this patient without a second to waist, remembering that my mistake can kill them and ruin a family’s life. If the person isn’t severely injured or ill, I show empathy and comfort while taking their mind of the situation to represent my profession in the best light possible, with each and every patient. Friends/relationships: To actually be present with them, I constantly remind myself to get off my phone to listen and interact with my peers. Improving relationships is just like improving a skill. Try to live in the moment and not the future or past.
Have control, be switched on mentally, and improve.
Next blog I will talk about having Motivation.
— Coach Griff