CrossFit – what motivates you?

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SMART goal
Here’s a great motivational blog post by Scot Dawson posted on CrossFit 807.

What motivates you…

…to not only get yourself out of bed in the morning to make it to the box for 6:00 am, but what drives you to fight to get up and out from the bottom of a squat to hit a new PR? What drives you to come in to the box a half hour before your scheduled WOD time to try and link those double-unders together; regardless of the whip markings you know your arms and legs are going to endure from those speed ropes? How is it that you’re going to find it within yourself to make it through a WOD without a visit from Pukey (at least not until you’ve yelled ‘TIME!’).

Everyone’s drive to get out of bed and get moving in the morning, instead of rolling over and going back to sleep, is different. I don’t know what specifically motivates you each morning to be able to do that. What I do know, however, is the people that are most successful in getting out of bed and making it the best day they can, are the people that have goals to motivate them throughout the day. These aren’t necessarily fitness related goals; these goals can also be personal or professional. But regardless of what aspect of life these goals come from, they are S.M.A.R.T.

Since I can’t answer what specifically motivates each of you to get out of bed and moving in the morning, I can, however, answer the question, ‘what is a S.M.A.R.T goal?’. I can even go one step farther and tell you how you can make a successful CrossFit S.M.A.R.T goal, because this is a CrossFit blog post after all.

S.M.A.R.T stands for:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Realistic

T – Timely

Read the entire blog post here:


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  1. Nice & short article on goal setting. In my opinion, Everyone should have a goal who’s serious about taking their fitness or athleticism to the next level. I’m such a huge fan of people entering competitions- even of sports they’ve had no experience in yet- for this fact. Nothing keeps you focused & motivated in your training more than having a goal that you’ll have to face in testing or competition. I am a little leery of the “realistic” and “attainable” parts of the SMART acronym though. Although you don’t want someone goal setting to increase their squat by 50 pounds in a week, the major problem with most athletes actually tends to be setting too low of goals or in second-guessing their ability to achieve something big. Having a big goal that stretches you and causes you to become something more is super important- not just in athletic development but in personal development as well.

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