3 Months in….Now What? By Coach Ozzie
3 months in….now what?
With so many members in the gym reaching the landmark 3-month stage in the gym I thought I’d take this opportunity to talk about some of the insights I’ve gained from recent meetings with my clients, in addition to my own personal experiences at that stage.
A lot has happened in 3 months. You’ve finally worked out how to scale double-unders. You’re well on your way to filling up your 1RM list. You no longer feel like you’re about to pass out whenever you get back from a 400m run or 500m row, and you find yourself starting to develop your own tactics when you’re standing in front of the white board before class, breaking down that days session. It’s a good feeling. A feeling that comes from the confidence of all the achievements you’ve made along the way. Something I urge all my clients to take a second to reflect on because it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. Especially when certain movements are still causing frustration.
One of the most notable changes I see happening as members go through this point in their training is their ability to help out the newer members in class. It’s recent enough for you to remember exactly how it felt when you were the rookie and its great to see these members pass on their knowledge, experience and reassurances to the those guys and girls. I want to emphasise just how important this is to the culture inside the gym. The first few weeks of training can be a daunting and intimidating experience so for new faces to hear success stories, get little pointers and advice from more experienced members goes a very long way. We talk about the ‘school versus gym’ ethos of Perpetua from the get-go and it’s brilliant to see that members feel educated enough after 3 months to give effective coaching cues and tips to other members during strength phases and WODs.
The message for members who are approaching their 3-month mark is this. First of all, keep up the good work. Keep helping newer members, keep asking questions and keeping celebrating any and all successes. That said, this is no time to rest on your laurels. 3 months is the perfect stage to take a step-back, assess the big picture and put together an updated and current plan for the next phase of your training. Training goals are a moving target and need to be regularly evaluated to ensure they stay relevant and challenging. By now you have a pretty firm grasp on your strengths and weaknesses and should have a much better idea of what you can handle and achieve. The first step is to get in contact with your coach. Ask for a PT or even a coffee to discuss your current training level and put together a clear plan for how you achieve the next phase. It goes without saying that goal setting is a process that is hugely enhanced when there is plenty of data and information to help set them. The last 3 months has given you exactly that. Use all the information at your disposal (hopefully you’ve kept some kind of training journal) and take charge of your training. Reach out to your coach and give the next phase of your Crossfit journey some renewed focus and direction.
By Coach Ozzie