So your goals have been set, let the good times roll! You can just carry on with your day to day lives and your goals will be brought to you by a leprechaun riding a unicorn, that farts rainbows (ahh, if only!).
Writing down your goals is just the first step. Unless you change something about what you are currently doing then ain't nothin' gonna change and your goals and visions will stay as just that.
So, I have put together some information to get you started based on the most popular goals we've seen so far..
Goal 1: Mobility
Mobility has formed a huge part of your goals, from tight ankles to stiff upper backs. This makes us happy because it shows us that you all understand how important good mobility is to achieving better movement!
There are 3 areas you need to address to make your mobility gains stick.
Mobilise: Think mashing (lacrosse ball, barbell, a Super Friend's foot!) and stretching drills. You need to do a minimum of 1-3 drills per day, spending at least 2 minutes per side on your problem areas. To help with this head over to Youtube, type in MWOD and whatever body part you are working on e.g. MWOD shoulder or MWOD ankle. Reams of resources right there.
Activate: Chances are that if something is 'tight' or 'short' that something else is not doing its job properly (often the opposing muscles). For example, when the chest is tight and the shoulders are rounded then the muscles of the upper back are elongated and in a 'weakened' position. This can impact your shoulder function.
The majority of the population who are desk-bound will fall into this category, so here is a great shoulder protocol called Iron Symmetry. Mobilise the tight bits around the shoulder (chest, triceps, lats, serratus) then hit these drills. This is a great protocol for those of you who suffer with shoulder pain.
If you mobilise your lower half (hips and ankles) then simple bodyweight squats and lunges, focusing on correct movement is a great way to re-enforce your new mobility gains. Mobilise then perform 30-50 of your best reps.
Strengthen: You will get at the gym. Learning to move correctly and using your new ranges of motion will help you to develop strength in the right areas.
Goal 2: Body Composition
Our next most popular goal was related to body composition, in particular fat loss.
Nutrition is the basis of any successful training program, you cannot out-train a bad diet, it just won't happen. So we advise that you stick to Greg Glassman's (Founder of CrossFit) words of wisdom "Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat." Basically cut out the processed crap and added sugar and replace it with whole, natural real foods.
Here are 3 top resources to get you going:
1) Not sure how much to eat, but don't want to count weigh and measure food? Precision Nutrition has a great portion guide which is super easy to use.
2) Clueless on what foods you should be eating and what needs to be binned? Check out this guide to good food choices.
3) Wondering whether you have to eat like this alllll the time? We encourage you to enjoy favourite foods, just in moderation. In general you want to aim to eat 80%+ of your meals following the food guidelines. In 20% of meals you can have a little leeway and enjoy your favourite foods (just don't go crazy). If you follow this '80/20 rule' you can still get the results you are after while maintaining a social life. Here is a great guide to Nutritional Off-Roading.
If you need more of a helping hand with your nutrition then you could also consider using the CrossFit 1864 Nutrition Program!
Goal 3: Gymnastics
Pull-ups dominated your goals, along with push-ups, muscle-ups and other gymnastic elements.
This is going to require some extra work on your behalf. Whilst we do these movements in the classes you will need to be attacking this goal several times a week.
A great tool you can use is called volume training. This targets movements using specific and repetitive training for a particular weakness. This method can be used for any movement, from practicing a backhand technique in tennis, shooting free throws in basketball, or pressing to handstand in gymnastics. The goal is to develop proprioception and endurance (the ability to reproduce something many times over and over) in that specific movement pattern.
We also have a much more encompassing approach, our six week course, Developing Gymnastics Strength: Pull-ups and Dips. This 6 week course will focus on pull-ups and push-ups/ring dips - designed to get your first ones or improve your capacity in the movements if you already have a few strict ones. The course includes elements of strength development, volume training and specific assistance exercises that are key to developing these movements. Sign up here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.