At first it was easy. I focused on skills I wanted to build: double-unders, pull-ups, ring dips, a marginally weighted snatch, and so on. I methodically began chipping away at these task-oriented goals (still lack an unassisted pull-up and marginally weighted snatch.) Despite my achievements, in the gym, the whole “So what are your goals in CrossFit” question continued to haunt me.
I then decided that I would also focus on my physique and set a goal of leaning out a bit more. So off I went. New process goals to achieve the big picture: more protein, no sugar, good carbs only, large water intake, and so on, all the while still chipping away at my goal to accomplish certain CrossFit skills. I upped my “heavy” lifting, relatively speaking, upped my metabolic conditioning via extra running and rowing and within three months I appreciated change that I could live with. “So what are your goals in CrossFit?”
One morning, probably around 3:30 a.m., it dawned on me that there are a number of CrossFit goals that we all need to focus on. The list is really quite endless. I now believe that I can resume my CrossFit enthusiasm without the need to explain my reasons to anyone. But just in case I’m asked again (it’ll happen,) I’ve listed my goals in no particular order:
- Practice good form
- Slow down and practice good form
- Have fun. Relish the missed lifts, the low number of rounds, and the slow time.
- Cuss at the missed lifts, low rounds and slow time!
- Compete with yourself ONLY
- Enjoy the shit out of this thing called CrossFit
- Give your best – ALWAYS
- Lift as heavy as you can
- Run as best you can
- Row with heart
- Be fearless
- Be kind
- Have fun and kick life in the ass ~