Bright stars burn out fast. Sure, they are great to look at; sorta like a car crash.
One thing we have weaved into our entire gym is the idea of consistency across the long term. From our Intro sessions that force someone to make an appointment with a coach to chat about training possibilities. To our Foundations class that is a month long before most folks can be let into our CrossFit program. Even in our CrossFit class programming, we typically tell new folks to stick with 3 days a week for a few months and then to chat with a coach before adding a 4th or 5th day into their training. Lots of folks want to jump in and do ALL THE THINGS!! However, that’s a sure-fire way to burn out before your time.
Outside of regular class schedules, we need to be consistent with other areas of our fitness like how much weight we use on movements. Make intelligent increases across the days, weeks, months and years that you would like to be healthy. Don’t jump from a barbell to 400 lbs in a month. You’re also not going to go from your first Push Up to your first Handstand Push Up in a month. Want to know the progressions to that; we’ve got you covered there.
Stepping outside of the gym, this needs to be applied to our eating habits, our sleeping habits and our relationships. You don’t “need to” eat 100% paleo for every single thing for the rest of your life to be healthy. However, you can’t have a sloppy diet and never food prep and expect to get off medication or look good naked. Sure, some nights you might get crappy sleep for a myriad of reasons (too much coffee, your brain won’t shut up or you’ve got a little baby at home to feed and look after) but you can’t go on for very long with inconsistent sleep and expect the rest of your health and fitness to move forward. Consistency in a relationship is a must also. Whether you are talking about that special someone or the person that sits next to you at work. You can’t be happy & chatty on Monday but then an absolute terror the rest of the week and expect good things to come from it.
Don’t burn out like a bright start. Have moments of brilliance, lots of short consistent moments.