When you think about your workouts, do you feel like you show up and push yourself? Or have things gotten a little too comfortable? If you’ve been CrossFitting for a while, and you’ve fallen into a consistent routine, it’s possible that you’re no longer making the improvements that you noticed when you first started CrossFit.
Hitting physical and mental plateaus in your workouts is fairly common. And as you become aware of a plateau, you might be wondering how do you push past it and reach a new level of fitness? Here are a few suggestions on how to step out of your comfort zone:
Define your why.
Everyone has a different reason for why they come and workout. Some want to lose weight or look better. Others want to feel better, or they’re here to compete. Have you ever sat down and thought about why you show up and workout? Creating a clear picture for “your why” can be a big help in pushing yourself beyond your current comfort zone. Once you have this specific reason (or reasons) in your mind, it can motivate you to do more and maybe even to be more.
Create mini goals.
Let’s say you walk through the door and see that the WOD calls for 150 wall balls. What are the thoughts that would start to run through your head? “I can’t do 150 wall balls straight.” If you start the workout by only thinking about what you can’t do, you’re going to hit a wall pretty early on. So rather than telling yourself what you can’t do, a different tactic is to strategize and create mini goals. Figure out how you can break up the reps into manageable chunks. For 150 wall balls, tell yourself that you’re going to start with ten. And when you get to ten and you’re still feeling good, tell yourself that you’re going to do ten more. Keep breaking things down and push through the mental blocks of trying to wrap your mind around doing all 150 at once.
Overrule the little voice.
One of our top priorities is to make sure that everyone stays safe and injury-free during a workout. We never want someone to go beyond the safety zone. As coaches, we can sometimes see what you’re capable of before you see it in yourself. One of the biggest factors in keeping you inside your comfort zone is that little voice inside your head. Rather than pushing yourself just a little bit farther, this voice will tell you to stop. When you’ve only got five more reps, that voice will tell you to put down the barbell. To get outside your comfort zone means you must overrule this little voice. Just do five more. Your body can handle more than your mind tells you it can.
The CrossFit Furion community is here to support you and your fitness goals. We can help you push beyond your comfort zone. For more information on how to get started, contact us today!