We live in a “now” world? You can talk to your friends and family with a touch of a button, you can instantly connect to the internet for access to every piece of knowledge out there, and you can run to the nearest fast food restaurant at any time of day for a ready-made meal. We have it so much easier than people did 100 years ago. In short, we’re spoiled. If we can’t get something now, we become impatient and upset. The same goes for fitness.
Many people walk through our doors at CrossFit Kinnick and they expect to achieve the best fitness of their lives in a short amount of time. Some times even the ones who do understand the amount of time required are ultimately turned away by the amount of work demanded. While it is possible to get a hold of grandma living on the east coast in about 10 seconds, learn about hurricanes on the internet in one second, and pick up a ready-made hot meal in 5 minutes at the nearest McDonalds, it isn’t possible to go from a sedentary lifestyle to a sub-3 minute Fran score in only a few short weeks. Fitness, true fitness, takes time. There aren’t any shortcuts.
In an article published by Beyond The Whiteboard entitled How Long Does It Take To Improve At CrossFit?, real CrossFit results from thousands of users showed that, on average, it takes about 5-6 months to improve your Fitness Level by 10 levels. That number increases when trying to move into the Level 60+ range.
BTWB also found that, on average, it takes 19 Months to improve from a level 50 to a level 80. That’s almost 2 years of consistent, hard work just to get to a level 80! Tack on an additional 8 months to get to level 90. Remember, too, that this is also assuming nutrition and sleep habits are in check.
The BTWB article and its data isn’t meant to scare anyone away from working out. Instead, it should provide some perspective on what it takes to get to where everyone, undoubtedly, wants to be. Going into something new properly educated about the time and effort commitments will set you up for long-term success. False ideas about timelines and expectations make people impatient. Impatient people don’t understand, or appreciate, the process. Impatient people don’t achieve their goals.
Take your time. You won’t regret the end result. Read the full BTWB article here.