Possessing the fire within to achieve goals is great, but it is important to recognize that results will not happen over night. Because there is no magic programming to speed up the process, and no shortcut to success, patience is the key in pursuit of your goals in the gym. You will achieve more through patience and persistence than you will through force and deviating from the plan before reaping the benefits.
When I wanted double-unders I enlisted the help of a CrossFit coach and friend who gave me a specific program and progression to follow. Before sharing his program with me, my buddy made me promise that I would not skip steps, formulate my own plan, or search for a canned program on the internet. He insisted that if I stuck it out and followed his program I would succeed. I spent hours spinning my rope, and my wheels, on the roof of my apartment in New York City. For weeks I tried to get my timing down so I could string double-unders together with consistency. After many hours of work, with minimal gains, I was frustrated by my lack of progress. But I dug deep, stuck to the plan and it finally came together. My patiences in pursuit of this goal, my trust in the progression I was following, and my ability to stay the course has enabled me to bang out double-unders with relative ease ever since. And the fact that I did not allow the seemingly endless frustration derail me before seeing results makes the victory sweet.
My coach’s insistence on sticking with the plan was because he witnessed the flaws in my movement first-hand and he understood exactly what I needed to do to turn my weaknesses into strengths. I now realize that my coach was great because he made me believe in the process. He also made me buy into the idea of patience in my pursuit of double-unders. Patience is a quality that does not come easily for me, so this was a huge obstacle he helped me overcome.
As coaches at TwinTown CrossFit we can help you achieve your goals. We see you move every day and can pinpoint the areas that need improvement. Get at us, set up a private training session and let us help you reach your goals. As an athlete, it comes down to your desire to succeed and your ability to work hard, the right way. Don’t hinder your progress by failing to remain patient. Put in the proper effort and stick to the plan.
Are you willing to put in the work, deal with frustration and not give up or change course until your goals are achieved?