What's your "Why"? (It's probably not what you think)

All over the internet right now,
motivational sources encourage you to find your "Why."
(I've encouraged people to do it too).

The thinking goes that if your WHY - 
your reason for doing what you're doing - 
is big enough, you can overcome any HOW.
It's good advice.  And I believe that it's true.

Here's the problem... it's overplayed.
And like anything overplayed, it loses its meaning.

And so I have facebook friends (and I bet you do too)
who post up a picture of their baby or their parents
and they say "Finally starting my fitness journey.  This is my WHY!"

...and then a week later, or a month, or two months they've quit working out.

Now, I'm not questioning their love for their children or their parents,
and if you've done that, I'm not questioning yours either.
But I will say that if you can quit your journey at all,
especially if it only takes weeks or months,
then it wasn't really your WHY.

A WHY that can overcome any HOW
is more than a 20-second instagram post.


Finding your WHY - your real WHY - is painful.
It can be scary.
It's difficult.
Because you have to take an honest look at yourself,
and when you do, you sometimes find things you don't like.
But it's also how you find that thing
that really can drive you to achieve the impossible.

Because overplayed or not, a real WHY is powerful.
A real WHY can overcome any HOW.

It just has to be real.

Intensity is Everything

When people try new restaurants, I often ask them how they liked it.
If they did like it, you know what a lot of people say?

"It was great!  They give you so much food!"

But I've been to enough restaurants that give you
enormous portions of terrible food to believe that
More does not equal better.

Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit, wrote in 2007 that "Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with maximizing favorable adaptation to exercise."


It's something we (myself included) forget a lot in the CrossFit world.
We're so caught up in the "more is better" mentality
that we think Volume (how much you train) is the route to fitness.
More workouts equals more results, right?

We see the elite CrossFit athletes doing 4 or 5 workouts per day.
They do strength, then a metcon, then olympic lifting,
then a run, then a metcon, then more lifting maybe...
And we think that since they do it, we should probably do it too.

But the amount of training they do is not what makes them great.

And more workouts, or longer workouts aren't going to make you great either.
What makes you great, is Intensity.

Going all out twice a week will get you way farther
than doing a light workout 5 times a week.

Here are the 5 hardest workouts I've ever done...
They left me dizzy, I couldn't speak,
I barely knew my name, I think maybe I saw Jesus:

1) The third time I did Fran (21-15-9: thrusters @ 95lbs, pull-ups)
2) The first time I did 12.4 (AMRAP in 12 minutes: 150 wallballs @ 20lbs, 90 double-unders, 30 muscle-ups)
3) The second time I did 10x100m sprints with 90 seconds rest
4) EMOM x 20 minutes: 50' sled drag @ 200lbs
5) "Gwen" 15-12-9 of clean and jerks, touch and go only

Total work load across ALL 5 of those workouts is less than 40 minutes.

If you can do an 8 minute AMRAP and then go for a run,
you didn't go nearly hard enough.

The answer, the secret, the key to amazing results
isn't volume, it's intensity.
It's not doing more, it's going as hard as you possibly can.



Patience is a Virtue

Do you know how amazing life is right now?

You can literally touch your phone in the right places
and a car will show up wherever you are to take you wherever you want to go.

You can say things, like "Alexa, order me shampoo" 
to what is basically just a speaker
and two days later whatever you wanted will show up on your doorstep.

I had a delicious strawberry the other day.  It's the middle of January.

We can get almost anything in the world that we want, 
and we can get it pretty much immediately.

So it's no wonder that when everything else is like that
we get discouraged if we don't immediately lose 20, 40, or 60 pounds
in 6 weeks... or 6 months... or 2 years.
It's no wonder that we start looking for another quick fix,
or secret training program, or supplement
because we still don't have that 6-pack
even though we've been at it since 2016.
It's no wonder that we almost quit
when we don't have snatches down
even though we've trained for 3 months.

But the truth is that it takes time.

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That's Lidia Valentin with a 124kg (273lb) snatch.
She's been competing for 14 years.


This is Mark Bell. 
He's a world-class powerlifter and is jacked.
He's been lifting for 28 years.  And in between he looked like this...

This is Ernestine Shepherd, 77 years old in this picture,

here, she's twenty-one years into her fitness journey.

Good things take time.
We want weight loss and jacked abs and cool skills today.
But we can't have them.
And that gets frustrating, I know.

But guess what?
The time is going to pass either way.

Whether you get discouraged and quit for something else,
or show up with consistency and dedication
for slow, measured progress,
the years pass in the exact same amount of time for everyone.

You might as well be patient and buckle in for the ride.