Intensity and Consistency: two things that mean a lot to me as a CrossFit gym owner and which both must be achieved for an individual to have success.
In CrossFit, intensity doesn't mean I want you to push so hard your face turns red and you cannot control yourself. Rather, we define intensity as power, and power is defined as how much weight did you move, how far did you move it, and how long did it take you? If we can decrease the time it takes you to run, jump, squat, press, and lift objects like barbells, medicine balls, your body weight, etc., then we’re on to something, as that is where real results come from. That intensity must be achieved on a daily basis, every time you step in the gym, in order to achieve the results you are looking for. Greg Glassman, creator of CrossFit, said it best, “intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise”. But intensity alone is not enough.
Consistency must be maintained over the long term for real results to be achieved. Achieving intensity, but only showing up every once in a while, will get you nowhere. You have to be consistent, beginning with goals and planning. How can you embark on this journey towards a healthier you if you don’t know where you’re going? Write down three realistic, obtainable goals for the year and put them somewhere where you can be reminded of them every once in a while. Consistency also means having a schedule or plan in place for weekly attendance. Skipping class is easy if you weren’t already planning on going. At the beginning of the week schedule out your trips to the gym - you should be aiming for at least three. Put the three hours down on your schedule. That way you know well in advance when to get ready, when to have your favorite gym outfit clean by, when to have all those supplements that you bought with your fancy shaker bottle ready, when to…you get my point. There are 168 hours in a week, I am only asking for 3!
You must have both to achieve the health and wellness you are searching for. You must achieve intensity every time the coach yells 3,2,1...GO! You must have consistency, as there is no such thing as a “quick fix” when it comes to your health. Set some goals and make a schedule, then get to work. If you make this commitment, then it’s only a matter of time before the results start pouring in, and you start achieving your goals, and I cannot wait to hear about it!