Becoming More Awesome After Testing

Becoming More Awesome After Testing

You’ve been through the two weeks of exciting testing phase in the programming.  Those who hit many PRs, congratulations.  Your hard work has paid off and you should definitely celebrate your achievement. Those who didn’t quite do so well as you thought you would, don’t get discouraged.  Testing is just one point of the long journey you’re on, and no matter how well or poorly you did, you all have a whole lot of work to do ahead of you.  Here are the four most important things you can look over and put some thoughts into, so you can set off to a great start in the next cycle to become a more awesome self. 

1. Find out your weaknesses and strengths and write them down

This is one of the top reasons why we test, for both coaches and athletes.  You may have some general idea of what you’re good at and what you absolutely suck at, but testing gives you much more concrete objective measures to show what those aspects are.  Write them down on a piece of paper.  If you struggle finding out what your next focus should be, go and see your coach and they will help you identify them.

2. Bring your A game to the class

The time you spend in the gym is your investment.  Make sure you get the most bang for the buck.  You need to focus, pay attention to the coach’s cues, rep scheme and load, your movement, breathing... everything! Ask questions and take advice from coaches and friends. Stay connected to yourself.  Keep the training log. This is especially important for those of you who have been training for a couple of years now. Just going through motions doesn’t get you very far.  Bring your A game every single time. 

3. The 23 hours you spend outside the class

The real change happens outside the gym.  If you are not seeing desired results despite your hard work in the class, you need to look at the other 23 hours you spend outside the gym. How is your nutrition? Are you recovering well? Are you getting enough sleep?  How about your stress level? Are you working on your mobility/skills? You don’t suddenly become a different person as soon as you step into the gym.  If you need any help, you can always make an appointment with your coach and discuss all of these.

4. Remember this is a journey

We all have a different story as to what brought us here, and we all have different goals that we want to achieve.  But what is common is that we are all on a life-long journey.  Don’t get too wrapped around by the results from this particular testing. Look back and see how far you’ve come.  Look ahead and become crystal clear on where you want to be.  There are good days and bad days in training, just like in anything else. It’s called life.  Celebrate the good ones and embrace the bad ones.

Shoko Tiesma

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