Think you’re not progressing?… Think again!

Fitness & Training Tips
By Marek

About Marek

I believe that I haven´t reached my full CrossFit potential and have plenty of room for improvement, as an athlete and as a coach. Becoming a part of Ignite brings me a step closer to fulfilling my dreams and I’ll do my best to help all of you to reach yours.
Quite often people will get caught up measuring their training progress by how much weight they have on the bar. Once the weight stops going up, they start to feel discouraged to continue training or end up blaming their program for not progressing enough.
The good news is that there are many ways that you can measure your progress and stay motivated on your health & fitness journey!
The Total Amount of Repetitions – just add up the total number of reps you have done on any exercise. If you performed more reps at the same weight then last week you are progressing.
Work Capacity – test and retest some of your timed workouts. Let’s say that on day one of your new program you’ve done a workout from the board, redo the exact same workout at the end of your program and compare your scores. I bet you will do more on your retest – you are progressing.
Better Range of Motion – we are all about health & fitness here at Ignite. Better movement is one of many parts of your progression. Just getting little bit lower with a perfect form in your squat is a victory.
Body composition – I am not talking about weight (honestly, get rid of your scale), but rather about what your body is made of. Is there more muscle in areas where there was none before or is there less fat? Do your clothes fit better? If your answer is yes then you are progressing.
Movement control and execution – the more you exercise, the better your central nervous system becomes at controlling your body. More balance, stability and coordination will lead to greater skill sets and your progression.
Next time you are feeling down looking at your training weights, remember that it’s only one aspect of your training and there is more to progression than that.