The ups and downs
All of your members will have a ton of great days, days where the PRs seem to come as easy as pie or where the metcons get finished in the blink of an eye. But not all days can be good days, and your members will likely get discouraged when they go a week, or even a few months without much in the way of glaring progress.
Of course, the ebs and flows are a natural part of athletic performance, we can’t always be at 100% and we can’t always be constantly improving. Sometimes we have to tear ourselves down to build ourselves up even stronger. But your members might not always see it that way. So be prepared to help them through the rough patches and get them to the golden era.
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Sometimes we believe that if we show up every day, if we eat right, train right and rest right, we believe everyday will be a good day.
We trick ourselves into thinking we will constantly be improving, that our times will always be better than last time, that our lifts will always be heavier, that we will always place better at the competition than we did last time.
We believe that everyday is PR day.
And then we get sucker punched in the stomach.
We have a bad day.
We have a day where the wallballs feel like throwing atlas stones, a day where the bumper plates seem to be filled with lead, or a day where our legs just can’t seem to run.
Maybe we even have a bad week, or a bad month.
How you treat those bad days determines how great your comeback will be.
Will you quit?
Will you lose your mental game?
Will you stop showing up?
Or will you push through, keep your chin up and take it with grace?
The bad days will end. And when they do your times will be shattered, you will be super humanly strong, you will run faster than in your dreams.
But only if you stick with it.
“Any elite competitor needs to be prepared for some heartbreak. It comes with the territory.” – Chris Spealler