When anyone new walks through the doors at CrossFit Undeniable, they’re usually ready to go. Regardless of whether they want to tackle a marathon, lose a few pounds, or hit a new PR, they’re ready to get started now.
If you’ve ever worked towards a big goal, you can probably identify with that feeling right? Once you set your mind on losing weight, for example, you start weighing yourself every morning excited for that scale to start clicking down. Or, you try a pull-up every day excited for the day when your chin creeps over the bar.
You also probably know that’s not quite how it works.
Big goals take time to achieve! You don’t wake up one morning 20 lbs lighter. You put in week after week of hard work and follow a nutrition plan. Then, you wake up one week 2 lbs lighter. Rinse and repeat.
A coach is responsible for channeling that excitement and motivation into a sustainable path towards achieving a goal – whatever that goal might be.
One of the most common questions we get with new folks starting out is:
How long before I can expect to start seeing results?
Here’s our advice on correctly setting your expectations for knocking your goal out of the park.
Consider The Factors at Play
There are a lot of factors that can influence how quickly you see results with any kind of fitness or nutrition program. Here’s a non-exhaustive list.
Where are you at now?
You have to keep in mind where you’re starting from. The analogy I’ll give is taking a trip in the car. If you’re driving from Denver to Colorado Springs, that’s not too far of a drive. If you’re making the trek to Los Angeles? That’s a bit farther. It’s obviously still doable, but the journey will be much longer.
Where are you going? Just as important as the starting point is the ending point. Are you trying to make it to the CrossFit Games or get magazine-cover-model lean? Those are potentially doable, but they’re pretty lofty goals. Are you trying to get from 25% body fat down to 20%? That’s a bit more manageable.
Think of it like this – the taller the order, the more work it will take to get there. A lot of folks can get down to the 7:00 min/mile range; a lot fewer can break 5:00 for a mile.
How committed are you? Let’s put this in a nutrition context. There’s a big difference between tracking all of your food, sticking within a few grams of your macro counts, and saying no to holiday sweets.
Obviously, we still want you to enjoy life, but if you’re serious about achieving a goal, you need to commit to the process.
That’s not all of the factors, of course, but it’s a few of the biggies. Some of the other items to consider:
- Do you have a support system in place? Is your family onboard?
- Do you have a compelling reason to make the change? Why now?
- Do you have a solid plan?
- Is your environment conducive to making the change? If not, what can we do to prepare ahead?
So, How Long Does It Take?
There are a lot of factors to consider, but we think it will take about four weeks of consistent work or 20 total workouts if you’re following “the plan” and coming five times per week.
Will you reach your end goal in four weeks? That depends on the goal but likely not. But, you can see HUGE gains in just four weeks if you’re willing to follow the program.
That’s it! All that’s left to do is to determine a goal, commit to it, and start putting in the work. We promise you’ll start seeing results, and we’re there to support you every step of the way!