Since starting crossfit two and a half years ago, I have made many strength gains along the way. In the beginning, it was relatively easy as almost every lift was new to me. As my strength increased over the years, my patience has had to grow too. New personal records don’t come as often any more, but not because of any lack in effort or hard work, just because that is how the body works. It takes time to get stronger.
Strength gains take patience and hard work. Last year, I used Jim Wendler’s 5-3-1 Program for three, twelve week sessions with much success. I took a break from the program during the crossfit competition season this year. Now I am ready to begin the long process of getting stronger.
- Be Patient. Real strength gains take time, be ready to wait for anything significant.
- Work Hard. Real strength gains take hard work. Sometimes using a strength program above and beyond your regular fitness routine is a way to increase strength with measurable results.
- Nutrition. Good nutrition is an important part of strength gains. Make sure you are getting lean protein, fruits and vegetables and good fats like nuts and olive oil in each meal. Cut back on heavy carbs and starches like bread, potatoes, and pasta. Sugar should also be limited.
Patience is key when strength is the desired result. Keep a record of your progress so you can make changes in the future. Choose a strength program so you can stay on track. I am always amazed how successful I am when I am patient and work hard. I know you will be too.