Wednesday – December 21 – Motivation
My experiences in recovering from my injury have been quite formative for me. There is one insight in particular that I’ve learned recently and would like to share.
I spent the first 6-7 months post surgery almost entirely inactive. My expectation was that as soon as I could train in some way shape or form I would be so motivated from the months of inactivity I wouldn’t need to push myself to work hard for a long time. What I’ve found is this is far from the case. I’ve realized that my work ethic and desire to train isn’t a constant – it was only as equally developed as the muscles in my body prior to surgery.
In returning to training my first objective was to see what state my strength and conditioning was in. What I expected to find was that my technique strength and conditioning would be long withered away but I would be able to count on my work ethic and fire burning inside to get it all back. But…it has turned out to be the opposite; the fire inside had become a mere flickering flame from my inactivity. I’m finally getting myself back to where I want to be and of course the benefits are definitely worth the struggle.
Motivation operates much like a muscle – they both must be trained and strengthened over time. As for me this has been a profound lesson to learn and I will carry it with me for the rest of my life. Stay diligent in your training especially in the early phases. You may have a hard time getting yourself to the gym but know that just like any lift your desire and work ethic will strengthen and develop in time.
Do you have a hard time defining all the awesomeness that we do everyday? Post to comments how you explain CrossFit and High Voltage to someone who isn’t yet in the loop.
All Levels CrossFit:
A. Overhead squat 3×3
B. Snatch balance 3×3
C. 20 Min AMRAP
15 pull ups
20 wall balls
25 double unders
Rest 2 min after each round – (unbroken reps for each movement is the advanced version with Chest to Bar Pull Ups)
-Scale reps down to 10/15/20 or 5/10/15 so you can get a round in about 2-3 minutes or less.
Level 1 CrossFit:
Skill: Overhead Squat – Sets of 5 reps – focus on arms fully extended and straight bar path over mid foot
WOD: 20 minute AMRAP
10x Pull ups or ring rows
15x wall ball
50x jump rope passes