Only you can improve your performance in the gym.
Only you can take your diet and performance to the next level.
Only you can push yourself for that extra rep, or to knock that extra second off of your time.
Here at Balcones CrossFit, we have a staff that is well educated in fitness foundations that are designed to make you a better athlete and get you in the best shape of your life. We can post up every workout and give you every possible shred of advice designed to transform you into the athlete that you want to be. But our work is all for naught if you don’t take the responsibility for yourself.
We only see you for an hour (maybe ninety minutes) per day. The other 23 hours are just as important in developing your fitness as our time together at the gym. We like to say that we take all the guess work out of exercise. While that’s true, we cannot force you to work harder than you are able, and cannot be there every step of the way to provide you with nutrition advice and recommendations.
Our staff is here to provide you the tools to develop yourself, but you are the CEO of your fitness. Only you know how you feel from day to day. You must take responsibility for the work that you do (or don’t do) each time you walk in the gym. If you are feeling run down, or a bit stiff and sore, let your coach know; keep us informed and we can make adjustments accordingly. If we don’t know what is going on, we have no way of helping or modifying to keep you at the top of your game.
Conversely, if you feel like you can add more weight your squats, cleans, or deadlifts, do it. You know what your capabilities are. As coaches, we tend to err on the side of caution, but if you are feeling particularly strong one day, add weight and let us know, we’ll be there to spot and ensure quality technique.
Take action for yourself at the gym. It is not feasible for the coach to know every weight you should lift, or how many warm up reps you should do, especially in a class of 8-10 members. We are your fitness guide, but the work is up to you. To that end, PLEASE write down and journal your workouts. It is very important to know how much weight you are lifting, and what sort of modifications you need in order to keep track of your progress. We always want to be moving forward – increasing the weight, and decreasing the need for modifications.
Keep up the hard work, and you will continue to see great dividends.