The New Year is literally days away and many of you are making resolutions as I write this post. A few weeks ago I asked all of you to share your goals and plans to achieve new levels of fitness and health in 2013. I not only wanted to know what you hope to achieve, but HOW you plan on being successful.
So today I’m posting Travis’s plans. I recognized Travis’s name as he’s been commenting and posting on the Angry Trainer Fitness Facebook page for quite a while now. And I’m happy that he’s shared his plans for next year with all of us.
So here’s what he’s got in store for the new year…
Travis’ 2013 Plan
I want to start off my saying congrats on your CrossFit cert and the new training space. I trained at a CrossFit box during my last few months of college and was hooked.
My goals for 2013 are to take myself out of my comfort zone by educating myself in forms of training that I seldom do. I am currently studying for the NASM CPT exam that I plan on taking next February. I am a big believer in practicing what you preach which is why I will integrate workouts that challenge my endurance, flexibility, and various other weaknesses that I see in myself, into my routines. I will step away from the traditional bodybuilding workouts that I have followed off and on in my past and dig deeper into what my body is capable of doing.
A friend and I will be signing up for a Tough Mudder race here in the Dallas area next year and to prepare myself for the race I will integrate running and body weight endurance exercises into my weekly routine so I will be able to attack the obstacles with confidence. To increase my flexibility, I will take some of the stretches that I have learned at my new place of employment, physical therapy clinic, and use them during my workouts. I plan on making 2013 my healthiest year yet.
What I plan to do with the knowledge I will gain over the next year is what I am most excited about. The goals that I have for 2013 are really preparing me for a goal that I have set for January 1st, 2014. You are one of my inspirations for my 2014 goal. On that day I plan on starting a YouTube channel that focuses on various forms of fitness, and ways to live a healthier lifestyle. I want to help people live a healthier lifestyle even if it is via the Internet. Thank you for taking the time to read this. It is great that you have an interest in your fans’ goals.
Hey Travis! Don’t thank me – thank you! For being so supportive and for sharing what your plans are. I’ve have to tell you – I love your outlook and goals for a number of reasons. Not only are you trying to expand your fitness and health physically, but you’re also looking to grow mentally and intellectually. That says a lot about you and how you live your life.
Thanks for the props on my CFL1 training – I really love it and I’m going to suggest that you also take it! I know you’re studying for your NASM CPT, a company that is a highly recognized leader in the fitness space. But I’m going to tell you here and now that Crossfit is different than what you’ve heard before and out of all the seminars I’ve attended, it’s the one that left me with the most take away knowledge. I’m not suggesting you become a Crossfit disciple, but I am telling you that what you’ll learn in the three day course can be applied and added to your existing knowledge and training style. There’s no ‘one way’ to exercise and the more you expose yourself to different ideologies, the more unique you’ll become.
It’s great that you want to try an adventure race. As you may know I’ve run two Spartan races and a Warrior Dash. Man let me tell you these types of races crush me! Running these obstacles at a bodyweight of nearly 220 pounds proved to be quite hard. When it came to jumping walls, carrying weight, monkey bars etc., I was a rockstar. But running up and down the face of ski mountains gassed me big time. Ironically I think if I had more Crossfit style training under my belt prior to these races I would have fared much better. It’s also no coincidence that many people who workout in Crossfit boxes are also big fans of adventure races. When you think about, an adventure race is really like one huge WOD (workout of the day) as it challenges you the way CF workouts do – from every angle, every system and requires you to use your body as a unit. Your plan for use of bodyweight exercise in preparation for the race is good, but I highly suggest you also get into some CF style workouts.
As for flexibility, I’m not a big fan of stretching but I’m sure you know what you’re doing with what you’ve learned at work. I much prefer challenging my flexibility via certain exercises, although I’m starting to incorporate post workout stretches for my legs and low back due to some structural issues and injuries I have. But notice I said POST workout – I’d never recommend pre workout stretching as I truly believe it makes the trainee weaker and may cause injury. I think your goal for 2014 of having a YouTube channel is awesome! And I can’t say how much it means to me that I’m an inspiration to you. Reading your letter – and the many others I receive – inspires me to do what I do. Without the amazing support I’ve been shown, Angry Trainer Fitness wouldn’t be what it is.
My last suggestion for you would be to write everything down – every idea, every thought, every video concept, etc. My site producer Richard always tells me the importance of logging ideas and keeping track of what’s going on in my head. And while I’ll be honest and say I’m not great at it yet, when I do comply, it’s a huge help. Perhaps set up a schedule of one, maybe two days per week where you jot down ideas for 30 minutes. Think about how many ideas you’ll have to review when 2014 hits!
Travis, thank you once again for sharing your thoughts and goals for the New Year. You’ve got the most important thing needed for success – an open and positive mindset. Good luck you and please keep me posted on your successes!
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