When we do goal setting sessions with our new members, we start off with a simple question. Why CrossFit, why now? There is always an impetus, something that’s motivating you to do something – that’s the driving force behind your actions. It can be fitness related or not.

So I want to ask you all, what’s your why?

That’s kind of a weird question, but let’s think about it for a moment. What motivates you to do what you are doing? In my experience there there are a few broad reasons for action:



If you can’t do something and you want to, that’s a good reason for action. For example, if you can’t keep up with your kids when playing in the back yard, that can be a reason to act to improve your fitness. Likewise if you can’t run a mile and want to be able to do so, it’s a good reason to get fit.

Milestone or Event 

If there event or milestone to work towards you probably want to act. For example, if you want to climb a specific mountain by the time you turn 40 you’ll want to get prepared and trained for it. If you’re competing in your first triathlon in 6 months you’ll have to begin your training to be ready to compete.

Peer Motivation

Sometimes our motivation can be simply to improve ourselves. We recognize positive features and aspects of others around us and aspire towards that. If we see our fellow gym member squatting 400 lbs we can aspire towards that. If our best friend can complete Fran in under 3 minutes, maybe that motivates us as well.


Determining your why is not always an easy task. There are lot of things competing for space in our daily lives. But once you’ve determined your why you have to ACT! A couple of tips determining your motivation and acting on it.

  • Determine your own why
    • Don’t let someone else tell you what your goals should be. If you don’t want to be a champion deadlifter,  you don’t have to be.
  • Act according to your motivation and goals
    • If your motivation is to keep up with your kids at the soccer field, do you need to be a competitive CrossFitter? Probably not.
    • If your motivation is to get a 500 lb squat should you be running 10 miles twice per week? Probably not.
  • Motivate yourselves
    • At a certain point, motivation has be be a bit intrinsic. We cannot rely on others to push us 100% of the way. At CFW we’ll give you all of the tools to succeed, but the motivatin and the work have to come from within you.

If you want to sit down and set some clear goals, set up an appointment with me. It’s free, and we can create a clear direction for your training.