Give your workouts a purpose

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 09:58


What if I told you that you could get better in the gym without spending a ton of extra time there? Even better, what if I told you that I could help you get better in the gym, and you wouldn't have to spend any extra money either? Do I have your attention?

Great! So let’s start off with the obvious ones. What does your nutrition, hydration, and sleep look like? Need help with any of those? Let a coach know. Shoot us a message, or let us know after class, and we’d be happy to talk about options with you to help you become a better you!

But, back to the free way. In every class, we will talk about the stimulus of the workout, and typically offer strategies. Let’s use a benchmark like Nancy as an example.

5 Rounds for time
400 Meter Run
15 Overhead Squats

Your coach may say before the workout to find your pace on the run, try to do your 15 overhead squats in 2 sets or less. While that’s solid advice, let’s see how we can take that advice and become a better athlete.

You know your stimulus, you’ve practiced the movements, and it’s almost go time. Now make a plan to give this workout a purpose. Set specific goals for the workout, based on your current skills and what you want to work on. Maybe you find yourself running too fast in the first round and fading. Instead, pick a time and do your absolute best to stick with it. Maybe you want to go a little bit lighter on the overhead squats and get all 15 every round.

By giving your workout more purpose than just finishing, this allows you to challenge yourself and identify your strengths and weaknesses. If you find a consistent weakness, talk to a coach about personal training. If you find something you are better at than you thought, now you know it, and can implement that in future workouts!

-AJ Macey