CrossFit: How To Avoid Burning Out


Everyone at some point gets into a funk, motivation is lacking, energy is non-existent, you may even be questioning why you’re training.  Burnout is no fun, and I have some ways to help you get out of that funk and feeling great at the box again!


Goals, you need them, and they need to be very clear and measurable. A quick way to lose motivation is to not have a clear goal as to why you are training. You can speak with your coach if you need help making a goal but ultimately you need to put time aside to ask yourself a few things.

  1. What do you want to accomplish
  2. Break the larger goal into smaller goals that can be checkpoints on your way to your primary goal
  3. What do you need to do to accomplish this goal (This is not “what do I need to sacrifice to accomplish this goal,” this is “what do I need to decide to do to accomplish this goal”)
  4. What is the timeline to accomplish this goal

Once you have a clear goal set know that there will be challenges you face, it’s not impossible it’s just going to be hard, but no goal worth having comes easy. As you progress towards your goal do not look at the summit (your goal), instead, focus on the process to get to the summit (your goal). Focusing on the process allows you to hit all of your mini goals along the way, if you concentrate on the main goal you lose sight of what needs to be done to accomplish your goal.

It’s About You – Don’t Strive For Perfection

Don’t focus on others and where they are at, focus on you. Being envious of others and their accomplishments can imply you don’t feel you can accomplish what they have, which is not true. Focusing on yourself and what you can control is a great way to change your mindset so you can work towards your goal.

Don’t aim for perfection as you progress towards your goal, it will never be perfect, and that’s ok. If you focus on making everything perfect, you are setting yourself up for disappointment, and you will paralyze your progress. All you will think about is how what you’re doing isn’t perfect when the focus should be celebrating and enjoying the progress you’ve made towards reaching your goal. Enjoy the process!

Change It Up

If all you’ve been doing is class and nothing else, give something else a try. If your gym offers other types of classes this could be a way for you to find a new interest, you might actually enjoy putting more focus into Olympic lifting, strongman, powerlifting, etc. all of which will continue to improve your fitness within CrossFit.

Try a competition! This is something to train for and enjoy the process of preparing for. Preparing for a competition takes time, and this is a perfect way for you to create a goal and focus on the process of completing that goal.

Put In The Work

Now that you have a clear goal in mind it is time to get to work! As I said before, there will be challenges but accomplishing them will only make you better. A key point to remember as you enjoy the process of reaching your goal is this “There are no naturals, and there are no grinders.” Simply put, no one is going to naturally be great at something, and if you put in the work, you will get better. Saying someone is just a natural discredits all of the work they have put towards reaching their goal, and if you have grit and continually work towards your goal you will get better, and you will reach your goal.

Good Luck!




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