CONSISTENCY IS KEY

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT - ARASH

I remember receiving an inquiry once from a lady who was going to be participating in Tough Mudder in 4 weeks. Her ask? To have 10 strict pull ups by the time Tough Mudder rolled around. Hmm. 10 pull ups in 4 weeks, not impossible. When we think about the fact that she currently

had 0 pull ups, no gymnastics background or calisthenics experience, expecting her body to go from 0 to 10 strict pull ups in 4 weeks, is a BIG ask, not only of us as trainers but of herself. An unrealistic ask. It's very common that people to see others reaching and surpassing goals to think "oh it can't be that hard".

There is no magic sauce, there are no shortcuts. In reality, we just have to put in the work and afford ourselves the time to reach our goals, which brings us to Arash.

This is Arash. (Black Tusk Year One Anniversary Party - yes, he cleans up well)

This is Arash.
(Black Tusk Year One Anniversary Party - yes, he cleans up well)

Arash came to us in July of 2017 and started his fundamentals process with the encouragement of his wife. His goal at the time: weight loss in anticipation of a family vacation to the Dominican. He was leaving for his holidays in a couple months and figured that CrossFit would help his reach his goal and it did! He lost some weight, he goes on holidays, has a great time and eventually comes home (as all vacations sadly come to an end). Back to the grind. Back to regular day to day life. Shortly after getting back from holidays, he gets home from work and picks up a few things and heads for the front door of his home to leave again. His wife asks "where are you going?"
"To the gym!"
"Oh, what? You're keeping up with that??"
"Yes, why wouldn't I?"

Truth be told Arash has confessed, on several occasions, that he didn't know if he would actually continue on with CrossFit after his holidays. He has said in the past that he's never felt more miserable than when he was working out in those first few months. But we fast forward one full year later and not only is Arash still consistently coming to classes 3x a week, it's become a part of his lifestyle (and dare we venture as far to say that he enjoys them!), he's quit smoking and is getting stronger with every class.

Here is Arash on HIS actual One Year Anniversary with Black Tusk

Here is Arash on HIS actual One Year Anniversary with Black Tusk

Arash started with no pull ups, no toe-to-bars, no experience with barbell work. Arash now has multiple strict pull ups, beautiful efficient toe-to-bars, comfortably and confidently executes cleans and snatches. The actual highlight of this newsletter is that consistency is not only important in attendance but also in your mentality, your work ethic. If you come into the gym with the expectation of working hard, you will get better. It's science.

See! Science. (Also we cannot take credit for this image. Saw it on social media and it perfectly conveys why consistent effort is everything.)

See! Science.
(Also we cannot take credit for this image. Saw it on social media
and it perfectly conveys why consistent effort is everything.)

Using Your Fitness

The Edmonton 10K took place last Sunday and we as coaches are still riding the high, over a week later. "But guys, it was just a 10K, what's the big deal?"

The big deal is that we've spoken about using our fitness outside these gym walls on numerous occasions (heck, it's on the main page on our website); this is and always will be our mantra. We want to be able to use our fitness in our day to day life, as we age, as we grow our families, as we conquer other fitness goals. For many of us, we have NEVER run a single distance longer that what would be programmed in a work out, which is on average 400m - 800m.

We had over 20 of our athletes register for the Edmonton 10K, some of us trained in addition to our regular CrossFit programming, others (who will remain nameless :P) didn't. One thing we all had in common was that we had a goal time that we wanted to reach. The beauty in this is that we all were able to apply the fitness we developed within these gym walls to our goals outside of Black Tusk. The mental grit it takes to keep pushing through even when every muscle in your body is telling you to stop. ALL of our athletes exceeded their goals and it is a true testament to all YOUR hard work and consistency. 

We put on a 10 week running clinic with our coaches Lindsey and Kelsie. With regular group class training and the addition of a 10 week running program, our athletes were able to smash their goals. Whether it was to finish a sub-50min 10KM or just to be able to finish the 10km period, we all did it! 

We could not be more proud of all our athletes; those who ran, those who trained, those who encouraged, those who cheered. We, as your coaches are in awe of you all! Until next year :)