No One Likes Homework...

Who likes homework? No one. We didn't like it in grade school and we sure don't like it now as adults. "Adult homework? What's that?" It's all the non-fun stuff we HAVE to do that allows us to do the fun stuff in life that we WANT to do; it's the unattractive tasks that are needed in order to make the sexy stuff possible.

We want to land a sought after position in our career, well we have to put in the effort, whether it's going to school or doing grunt work that will prove our worth. We want to go travelling or buy a nice swanky new car, well we have to put in the dues and earn money to make these purchases. We want to PR a snatch, well we have to work on mobility and strength so we can fight for the positioning that will allow us to support the additional weight over our head.

We want to lose weight, get shredded for the summer, or just tone up. That's right, you need to do your homework to achieve these goals.

If you follow along and have read our blogs posts for the last little while, you should know that we draw a lot of parallels from daily life and relate them to our training. Like most things in life, we often see accomplishments of others, whether it is career, family or fitness related and think, "wow, must be nice to be able to x,y,z"; what we frequently fail to take into account are the hours and effort they've put into their "homework" to be in the place they are now.

Doing your homework can feel like a chore because you have to actively choose to do these things in order to make your goals come to fruition. As we reach our goals and have tangible results from our hard work, it makes it all worthwhile.

Do yourself a favour and invest your time and effort into your homework. You won't regret it!

Success with Goal Setting

Spring is in the air and 90% of us who made New Years Resolutions have either already broken them or haven't even started them yet ("it starts tomorrow!!" amiright?).

Many of you may know what The CrossFit Open is. For those of you who do not: The Open is 5 workouts, completed over a course of 5 weeks (one workout each week). It's a time to see how we perform compared to other CrossFitters around the world and more (maybe even MOST) importantly, how we compare to ourselves one year ago. If you've ever participated in The Open, you've likely discovered something that you want to learn or become better at.

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STORY TIME: One of our members participated in The Open in 2017. Pull ups were in one of the workouts and she ended up helplessly staring at the bar for 4+ minutes. After The Open, she set specific goals and worked hard towards them. Fast forward 1 year, Pull ups were once again in The Open, the difference was that this year she spent 4+ minutes getting rep after rep after rep. This is a first hand account of what goal setting can do.

Although it can be, the end goal doesn't have to be a pull up, it can be as simple as making it to the gym 3x/week, working towards setting new personal record (PR) for your back squat, or maybe even eating home-cooked meals 4 days out of the week . The point is that there is not a single perfect goal, it just has to start with setting your intention and realizing that there is something you want to work towards. We say this often: achieving small goals over time turns into achieving big goals!

Here at Black Tusk, we offer complimentary goal setting and review sessions for anyone who needs a little nudge in the right direction.