Lessons Learned

Just realized I’ve been training in CrossFit for 8 years . Definitely a lot of lessons learned. Here are some things I wish I had known when I first started:⁣

  1. Spend more time getting stronger and building muscle than trying to get lean. Muscle & strength take a lot more effort and time to build. I am happier with how I look with developed muscles rather than being skinny

  1. Perfect  movement and technique before loading a ton of weight on the bar.⁣

  1. There’s a difference between going hard and going for broke. Going for broke will just get you broke.⁣

  1. The basics (nutrition, sleep, recovery, stress management) ALWAYS matter. ⁣

  1. If you want to get really good at something, get a coach, invest in their time and yours.⁣

  1. Everyone pays their dues in time: setbacks and hard work.⁣

  1. Stay in your lane. Focus on what’s important for you rather what someone else is doing.⁣

  1. Be patient and keep showing up even if you don’t see steady progress.⁣

  1. Learn to love the process, it makes for a more enjoyable journey.

  1. Surround yourself with awesome people who share your values and will push you to be your greatest.⁣

  1. Be grateful for what you have instead of dwelling on what you don’t have.⁣

  1. Have fun and love what you are doing… or do something else.⁣

That about wraps it up. What are some things you’ve learned or wish you knew when you first started?  Maybe in another 8 years I’ll have some more wisdom to share. Until then, let’s just keep learning and taking it all in together.


Carl Balentyne

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