Stay Hungry – Why do you train?

Workout of the Day for Wednesday November 7, 2012

Snatch Grip Deadlift*
3 x 90%, 3 x 95%, 3 x 100%
% of your 1 rep max snatch. The last rep is lowered over 10 seconds.

Death by Power Clean
Do 1 rep the first minute, 2 reps the second minute , 3 reps the third minute,….until you cannot complete the require number of reps in the minute.

Stay Hungry - Why do you train?

Stay Hungry
~Justin Arnest

What is one of the most important characteristics for someone wanting to better their life?


A lot of us have big dreams, lots of hope, and boundless enthusiasm when we start stuff. It’s easy for us to stay positive because we have a vision about our future and we are hopeful about what could be. But what happens when we get injured, when things take an unexpected change, or when progress stalls? What happens to you when you realize that the journey isn’t going to be as easy as you once thought it would be?

If you lose sight of the big vision, it’s easy to get distracted, discouraged, and lose heart.

Here is an example from American history. How many settlers set out for the west, the American frontier, with hope, passion, and enthusiasm. They desired California – the promised land. Then they realized how long it would take to get there. Wagons broke down. Seasons past. Severe weather. Then the Rocky mountains, maybe winter. How many settlers stopped, turned back, or gave up?

Don’t let that be you! Even though not everyone made it to California, many people did. Keep your long term vision and goals at the forefront of your mind.

Remember why you get up at 5 am (or stop by before going home after work) and show up at our “garage gym” day after day. What is your goal? What is your big destination? What is your “why” (motivation).

Beware! – Apathy and Discouragement are two of your biggest enemies. They are going to try to sneak into your mindset – don’t let them.

In order to stay hopeful, encouraged, and excited about your pursuit of health and fitness you have to remind yourself why you are doing this.

For some of us, it’s about quality of life. It’s about squeezing the most out of life when we are outside the box. It’s about taking care of our bodies so we aren’t a burden to our teammates, family, or even society. For a grandfather, it might be the desire to hike with his grandkids to the top of Half Dome someday, like his grandfather did with him. For a soldier, it might be a matter of life and death, about giving themselves the best possible chance of coming home. For a hunter, it might be knowing they can go farther, faster and bring home the trophy.

What are your reasons for training? (If it’s aesthetics only, be warned, that is a sliding scale of vanity driven by media fads resulting in…….)

I’m sure you have thought about how the way you train can be a reflection of your values and priorities. Do you go for it? Are you afraid of the tough stuff? Do you like to complain? Do you have specific goals that you see as steps to the greater vision for your physical fitness? Do you cherry pick your workouts? Do you have a soldier’s mentality of “whatever is on the whiteboard” I will do it? Do you constantly challenge yourself and find yourself rising to meet the challenge? Do you need a pack around you for motivation or is it something internal that drives you?

Perhaps your big vision is the CrossFit Games or some other competition, race, or athletic endeavor. The desire to drive yourself to be the best you can be and maximize your potential.

If you have a strong (and pure) enough why (motivation), you can survive almost any workout (challenge) CrossFit Roseville (life) throws at you.

Isn’t it the same in life? Marriages, friendships, professions, parenthood…..don’t you have to have a vision of the goal to make it through the tough times?

If you feel like it – post your “why” in the comments.


Comments 3

  1. To make my life a journey of fitness. To know that the next time the tones go off I did everything I could to prepare myself and not let my team mates down. To be that old guy, young guys like myself look up to.

  2. Justin your posts these last two days are really resonating with me in many, many ways. My why has changed so much over the years of fitness and even more so during my CF life. Some of it has been good (why = strength) some of it bad (why = vanity) but one thing I do know is that I have tried to walk away from CF and I can’t. I get drawn back in. Because the level of satisfaction I find I get in my out-of-gym-life comes from CF. It creates a love/hate relationship. I love the outcome, but I resent the addiction. I’d much rather be addicted to something that doesn’t hurt so much like ice cream or a good tv show.

  3. My why is to get in the best shape of my life, compete locally, and eventually go to the CROSSFIT GAMES. I know I have a lot to learn and long way to go, but I am willing to put in the time and hard work to get there. My goal is to compete locally in 1 year. Thanks for the awesome post Justin… It makes me want to go train…

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