The cold weather makes wanting to go anywhere tricky, so I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned that help get me to the gym even on the coldest or snowiest days
DO NOT GO HOME FIRST
I repeat DO NOT GO HOME FIRST! I’ve been guilty of stopping at home to grab a change of clothes, or to kill some time before the next WOD starts, only to find myself halfway through a new Netflix series wondering what happened to my night. Pack your gym clothes before you head to work, so that you can go directly to the gym afterwards. I’d even leave an extra set of workout clothes in your car just in case! If you are one of those morning people, make sure you have your work clothes ready to go so you can get ready at the gym after class and not have to add another stop in the morning as well.
FIND AN ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDY
This is helpful all year round, but especially on those frigid days. Find a buddy, set a schedule, and keep each other accountable! If you are new to the gym and need one, we’d be happy to help you find one or to be yours! Owners like buddies too!
SET SMART GOALS
It is always important to set and work towards goals. Setting short term, measurable goals that you can work towards and start checking off through those long winter months can really keep you wanting more. Having these goals will make the decision to come to the WOD even easier! If you aren’t sure what goals to set, grab one of us and we’ll gladly help you set 2-3 attainable goals and we’ll help you develop a plan of attack!
SIGN UP FOR A COMPETITION
This is basically an extension of goal setting. Having an event puts a “deadline” on some of those goals you’ve been working towards which can help keep you on schedule. You’ll hit lots of PR’s throughout your training, and who doesn’t love some good ol’ fashioned gains! The CrossFit Open kicks off in February and is a great entry into the competition environment in the comfort of your own gym.
TAKE SOME TIME FOR MEAL PLANNING
When it is colder I tend to be more of a home body, which gives me a little more time to do meal prep or cook at home. Pick a day, and do all of your weekly meal prep on the same day each week. Having healthy food prepped and easily at reach will help fight the urge to order in delivery or take-out. Plus this will help fuel all that time you’ll be in the gym, now that you’ve created a game plan and set those goals. Remember, summer bodies are built in the winter!!
Courtney Shoemaker is a Co-Owner of CrossFit Icehouse and Flux, and in charge of the behind the scenes juggling to keep the Icehouse ship sailing smoothly. She is passionate about fitness and identifies as a CrossFitter, Weightlifter, Yogi, Skydiver & overall Shenaniganer.