It’s that time of year again when everyone is talking about resolutions. The tradition of making a new year’s resolution reportedly goes back about 4,000 years to the Babylonians, when one of the most popular resolutions was to return something you had borrowed from someone during the previous year.  These days, most people look at their middle and sigh and pledge to lose weight, other people say “I’m going on a diet.”  Most people (92%) fail their resolutions at some point through the year, and many (45%) fail before the end of January. Almost half walk away before the end of the first month.

This 45% failure is how globo gyms make their money, btw.  They oversell in anticipation of nearly half of the people who are now on contract not using their facility after 30-60 days.  Think about that, they WANT you to fail..they don’t make as much money if you keep coming in and using their facilities.  Doesn’t sound like a positive environment to me.

How do you do it, then?  How do you succeed?  There are studies and talks and ideas and theories and you can find them all on the web I’m sure.  But here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to keep up the good work and momentum on the things I’ve already had success with, and just alter the course a little.  I’m not going to “Lose <X> pounds of weight by next Christmas.” I’m going to get stronger this month than I was last month, I’m going to have a lower body fat percentage and a higher level of lean muscle mass next month than this month, and I’m going to keep loving the way that I’m living and eating.  And to do it, I have a plan already in place.

Oh, I’m also going to use the shit out of my gym membership, but the folks at the CrossFit gym want me there, call me if they don’t see me with enough frequency and give me grief when I don’t succeed at any of the afore mentioned goals.

My ‘Y’ membership also needs a good dusting off.  The nearest CrossFit gym to me is Crossfit Progression (who will be getting a visit on Monday now that I’m squarely in the middle of a project nearby) in Rochester, which is about 60 minutes of driving on a clear day, so when I’m home and it’s too cold to work in the garage I head to the ‘Y’ to see what mayhem I can raise. 

Nothing turns heads faster than loudly asking if someone wouldn’t mind doing their barbell curls somewhere other than the squat rack, or actually making noise while lifting heavy weights…though I have been warned not to drop any weights…apparently, failure isn’t approved of at the ‘Y’

About cacharbe

Software Engineer, ALM Specialist, Professional Improviser, Lv 1 Certified CrossFit trainer. I eat Paleo and coach others in being successful eating whole, unprocessed, nutritious foods.
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7 Responses to Resolutions

  1. Keith Davies says:

    Dropping weights can be dangerous — never mind the failure part (that just happens), if I drop my squat weight, that can be a few hundred pounds hitting the (wooden) floor. If it doesn’t bounce it’ll cause some damage, if it *does* bounce someone could get hurt.

    I can understand them not wanting people to drop weights.

    OTOH, doing curls in the rack is just *dumb*. Go do ’em somewhere else, kid, this is for real work.

  2. cacharbe says:

    1.) I wouldn’t drop weights that weren’t meant to be dropped (cf. Olympic Plates). This makes the chastisement that much more irritating.
    2.) Larger loads (80%+ of 1RM) should preferrably be lifted on a platform, which also is constructed to received dropped loads.

  3. Keith Davies says:

    Yeah, I can see that would be irritating. We have only the Olympic plates at my gym. I don’t know what my 1RM is with squat, but at one point I was doing sets of 405×5. *That* is a little rough on the yoke (legs could handle it, back was only involved as core for balance, but the pressure right behind my neck, ow).

  4. alan says:

    “The nearest CrossFit gym to me is…about 60 minutes of driving”
    Not very “paleo”, huh? 🙂

    btw: the word LOSE (as in “lose weight”) is spelled L-O-S-E.
    The word LOOSE, on the other hand…

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