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What is Your Goal?

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What is Your Goal?

Often times when we talk about programming we know that there is multiple ways to get to your goal.  However, we often are trying to figure out the most efficient way to produce results.  We want to figure out the least amount of time to produce the most strength gains without creating injuries.  With all the methods that can be trained I think at times we attempt to try and get better at everything at once.  We choose multiple specific goals because we want to be “more fit” which is a noble goal.  But the hardest thing about trying to multitask is that you cannot become better at what you need to work on the most.  This is why setting a goal and making your programming around that specific goal is so important.

When you set a goal for a specific result and your programming revolves around these specific goals you can make much greater leaps in progress in areas of weakness.  There are a couple different schools of thought on how to train your weaknesses.  This can be done by attacking them with a great deal of volume or hypertrophy type sets to make them grow.  This can also be done with certain emphasis on eccentrics and static holds that can benefit certain weaknesses of lifts.  Or the last way is to try and compensate for them in some other way by changing form, which is not the recommended technique.

I think the most frustrating part about programming for your goals and weaknesses is that often times these are the things that we suck at and therefore don’t want to do.  When you hit a static point in your training where the PR’s don’t come quite as often one thing I tell people is to attempt to focus on one or two skills that they can do as “Accessory Work” or homework assignments.  This does 2 things.

  1. Gives them something to focus on as a weakness.
  2. Teaches them to commit to virtuosity and the process as opposed to just new numbers and strength gains.

Often times we overlook the process of training that is the daily grind.  We want things to happen so fast that when we don’t we lose all sense of purpose in our training.  With establishing goals and trying to conquer them one or two at a time we begin to commit to the process.  This doesn’t mean you should lose all focus of your CrossFit classes.  This should be attempting to learn and progress with maximal effort as you’re normally would.  My attempt with this goal programming is to help you focus on something outside of class that can help you benefit your training.  Pick a weakness and add some accessory work with the help from your coach that targets that specifically.  Find a movement you are not good at and do an extra 100 repetitions per week or work on it for 30 minutes that week.  Sometimes you may be surprised as to what “weaknesses” may turn into strengths later on.