The 2-year spot is tough one.
You are no longer a beginner, but still have a bit to go.
You have heard all the lessons a million times.
“Yeah yeah, get under the bar quicker. I get it. Fuck off”
It can sometimes feel the lessons are no longer aimed at you, but at the newbies who need everything explained in detail.
Staying motivated can be difficult.
What is happening is that you’re entering a period of transition.
You are becoming a new thing.
You are no longer someone who needs their hand held. You are becoming an independent athlete with ownership of your fitness.
Over to you.
This requires some adjustments.
You now need to look at your coach as someone who is in the process with you, rather than someone you blindly follow wherever it is they are taking you.
The time has come for you to step back and look at yourself as an athlete and figure out what you need.
It’s not an easy thing, but it’s a brilliant thing. You have matured and now control your own destiny.
And please don’t misconstrue this as “you are now on your own”. Its almost the opposite. You now can start a real coach-athlete-relationship which is far more advantageous.
This is where the good stuff starts, so embrace it and forge ahead.
Here’s a few actions you can take to help manage that transition
1. Make a list. Movements you want to master, numbers you want to hit. Then, prioritise that list in terms of importance to you and focus on the top three.
2.Make a plan. Those three things won’t happen on their own. The best way to make a plan is sitting with your coach. They have the information.
3.Go to your coach prepared. “Here’s my list, here’s how I plan to approach it, here is my timeline. What do you think?”. Not “how do I become brilliant?”
4.Tailor each session. When the lesson involves pull ups, ask coach can you practice chest to bars. When the Wod looks a little light, ask coach if you should go heavier. If you are better than the crowd, don’t be afraid to own that.
5.The basics may be boring, but its where real mastery lies. Don’t forget them.
6.As you move toward bona-fide-ninja status, don’t forget the newbies. They need your help and support. You are now a leadership figure at your gym and your community needs you.
7.Take the next step. Mentally, we can often fix ourselves at a certain point and it can become difficult to see ourselves as anything different. Don’t do it to yourself. Be disciplined with your thoughts. Think bigger, think better. Time to step forward.