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Old 08-16-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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How to get from "good" to "great?"

I've been CFing since April. We do the WODs at an affiliate gym 3-4 times a week. We eat on the Zone diet (just started about 2 weeks ago).

I feel like I made huge improvements the first couple of weeks of CF (I was doing half WODs or scaling them a lot and now I almost always Rx). Lately I feel like I'm not getting much better, I'm not making many improvements. I'm finishing with an average time or an average weight.

So how do I work to get from "good" to "great?" Spend more time working out? Do something different with my diet?
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:15 PM   #2
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

" Lately I feel like I'm not getting much better, I'm not making many improvements"

Look at your log book, are your times and weights improving? If they are, good. They will not improve as fast as they did when you started. If they are stagnant that is a problem.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

I always start with the big two... i.e. which is your bigger weakness right now Strength or Conditioning?
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:45 PM   #4
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

Are you eating enough? I know my performance stalled on Zone (even at 3x fat) because it just wasn't enough protein or calories in general. Is your food quality good? Sleeping enough?

Keep in mind rapid improvements can't continue forever...that's what happens when your learning curve levels off and adaptation becomes a weekly or monthly thing rather than a daily thing.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:46 PM   #5
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You have only been zoning a couple of weeks give it more time with that. If nothing improves then start looking at others. If you tweak to many things at once you will not know what worked and what did not.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:43 AM   #6
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

Diet. then intensity.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:12 AM   #7
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

Diet and sleep are huge. Lately I have been learning the importance of getting enough sleep, and the effect it has on my training. For me there is a very big difference between 6 hours of sleep (and waking up in the middle of that), and 7 - 8 hours of sleep.
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

So in about 4 months you went from never having done it, to scaled down, to Rx, to Rx with avetage times? I would say you're making great improvments.
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

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" Lately I feel like I'm not getting much better, I'm not making many improvements"

Look at your log book, are your times and weights improving? If they are, good. They will not improve as fast as they did when you started. If they are stagnant that is a problem.
You're right, I think I might be expecting too much of myself. It was just so exciting to see those big advances at first... but I am still slightly improving. Slightly.
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Re: How to get from "good" to "great?"

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I always start with the big two... i.e. which is your bigger weakness right now Strength or Conditioning?
Probably Strength.

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Are you eating enough? I know my performance stalled on Zone (even at 3x fat) because it just wasn't enough protein or calories in general. Is your food quality good? Sleeping enough?

Keep in mind rapid improvements can't continue forever...that's what happens when your learning curve levels off and adaptation becomes a weekly or monthly thing rather than a daily thing.
I think I'm eating enough calories, about 1400 a day. I'm supposed to get 1200 for my age, height and weight and I added 200 a day to account for my WODs.

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You have only been zoning a couple of weeks give it more time with that. If nothing improves then start looking at others. If you tweak to many things at once you will not know what worked and what did not.
Very good point. I think I'm going to pay more attention to my diet and see what that can do for me in the next few weeks.

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So in about 4 months you went from never having done it, to scaled down, to Rx, to Rx with avetage times? I would say you're making great improvments.
Thanks man! You're right.
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