Train with Intention

The months leading up to The Open can be great for CrossFitters training.  Each and every training session we have we are working towards improving, strengthening, speeding up.  We’ve got a target date in front of us and it’s moving closer every day.  As each day passes, it puts a greater sense of urgency on our training session.  There is only so much time, and we’ve got so many movements to improve on.  It’s like putting off your weekly reading and then cramming the few days before a final exam.  When we’ve got plenty of time, we don’t have the drive.  When we’ve got the drive, we don’t have the time.  What if we kept our drive year round.  What if our we trained with intention every day.   

I know this is an easy topic to talk about right now with The Open just days away, each of us has a lot of intention in our training.  It’ll be a lot harder to talk about Training with Intention in June when the sun is hot, a cold beer sounds good, campfires are roaring SMORES are calling, there’s BBQ’s and cookouts, ice cream and vacations. So let this post lay the groundwork and we’ll continue this conversation in April after The Open concludes.   

Intention = Purpose

When you train with intention, you’re training with purpose.  What is the purpose of your training?  We’ve all got one.  Some you may openly throw around in public, others you only bounce around in the solitude of your own thoughts.  Now when I say purpose, I’m not talking about goals specifically, purpose is bigger than goals.  

For example,

Goal: participate in a triathlon.

Purpose for training: to not finish last.  

Personally, I don’t like the mind frame of that purpose, but that’s for blog post for another time. When you have a purpose, it changes your emotional state.  Attaching a feeling to an action makes it more powerful and you will do more to achieve those desired results.  When you can honestly answer the question “Why?” your purpose becomes clear.  

So let’s look at 3 ways to train with intention.  The first way is intention in the form of goals.  You signed up for a triathlon and you don’t want to finish last. Each day you are called to train, you will aim to improve so you will accomplish your goals!!    

The second is intention in training.  You don’t have a specific goal, you enjoy training and know you are better for it.  When you exercise, your stress level is more manageable, you’re healthier physically and mentally for family, friends and all Colorado life has to offer.  So your intention in training is to consistently come in, train hard, for yourself and your family. Regardless of how you are feeling, (tired, stressed, unmotivated, excited to train) your intention is to come in, move and get the most out of yourself as possible.

The last intention we are going to talk about is the intention in the workout.  What is the intent of the workout (the stimulus).  Is it a long grinding workout, a short intense sprint?  Is the loading heavy for strength or light for stamina?  Each workout is designed with a purpose in mind.  knowing and understanding that purpose will help you maximize each WOD and progress toward your personal intentions.

It can be hard to stay motivated, inspired and excited to train week in and week out when your goals appear to be in the distant future, or you don’t have any goals to work toward. However, if we are intentional with our training we can always be working towards maximizing our minutes in the gym!!

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