The earliest computers were able to record information in two forms. A 1 and a 0. This could represent yes and no, on and off, or some other opposing values. Sometimes I wish life was a bit more like this. It would be easier. Much of life is not black and white but shades of gray. And I for one love the nuance found in the different shades of gray but it does make life a little harder to navigate.
Sometimes it's a worthwhile endeavor to simplify things into black and white options. There is freedom in the simplicity and it makes it clear if you're making the right choice or not.
So what does this have to do with fitness?
As a generalization, most people come into our gym with similar goals, and they want our help to get to reach those goals. Usually, there is some sort of weight loss or body composition goal even for those that say they just want to be healthy. But what also comes with most people are preconceived notions of what fitness is, how much to workout, and what proper nutrition looks like.
In all honesty, most people don't know a thing about it. I know I didn't when I started. I didn't even know how much I didn't know.
So people tell us that they don't need nutrition coaching or they only show up to workouts a few times a month and then get really frustrated by their lack of results. I'm going to let you in on a secret.
We know what we're talking about and all you have to do is exactly as we say.
We have a perfect example in our member Sara. She trained with us for 6 months and increased her strength and endurance but didn't lose a single pound. She was days away from quitting because she wasn't reaching the goal she cared about. During a goal review session, I told her she just needed to commit to doing the program as we lay it out. Soon after she started coming to classes on a more regular basis and signed up for nutrition coaching.
That was 6 months ago. As of last week, she's lost 40 lbs and still continued to improve her performance in the gym. 6 months of nothing to 6 months of everything.
She turned reaching her goals into a binary.
"Am I training the way the coaches tell to me train?" Yes or no? "Am I eating exactly the way the coaches have told me to eat?" Yes or no?
Answer yes to those 2 questions and you'll see results. It's that simple. Just do it. It's not about motivation it's not about contemplating all the different diets and supplements to figure out what's the best choice for you. Simplify your fitness and follow the instructions. Commit yourself to follow the process and you'll see the results you want. Don't and you won't.
The First 6 Weeks
This the main reason why we recently changed how we get new people started at CrossFit 43 North. We now sell packages for your "First 6 Weeks" this includes some personal training, some variation of our nutrition coaching and group classes. We have 3 different packages for all budget levels.
Not only is it frustrating for new members to not see the results they want but it's also frustrating for us coaches knowing that we have the plan to help them reach those goals but they aren't ready to listen yet. So with these 6-week packages, we can hopefully get people started off with more success.
This binary thing isn't just for fitness. Take a look at how you approach the different aspects of your life. Are you navigating a sea of gray where simplifying the choices to black and white might make more sense? This isn't appropriate for everything nor should you want that but there are times where it makes the most sense, and when in doubt seek out someone that knows the answers.
Now go live better.