The Struggle of Stagnation

The Struggle of Stagnation: Why Trying Something New in Fitness Matters

In the journey towards fitness, one of the most common roadblocks is the reluctance to step out of our comfort zones and try something new. Whether it’s a personal training session, CrossFit class, or any other fitness program, the resistance to change can significantly hinder our progress.

Here are some reasons why reluctance exists in the fitness space, especially for beginners:

Fear of the Unknown

Trying something new can be intimidating! We become accustomed to our routines, even if they’re not yielding the results we desire. Stepping into unfamiliar territory means facing uncertainty, and for many, that uncertainty breeds a lot of fear (which is VERY common).

What if we’re not good enough? What if we embarrass ourselves? These questions swirl in our minds, holding us back from taking that first step.

Comfort Zone Comfort

Our comfort zones are cozy, but they’re also where progress stagnates and rarely occurs. Sticking to what we know feels safe, but it also limits our growth potential. Personal training, CrossFit, and other fitness programs offer new challenges that push us beyond our limits, forcing us to adapt and grow. However, breaking free from the familiarity of our comfort zones requires courage and a willingness to embrace discomfort.

Lack of Accountability

Without trying something new, we may lack the external accountability necessary for progress. When we join a new fitness program or work with a personal trainer or CrossFit coach, we’re not just committing to ourselves; we’re also committing to others. This accountability can be a powerful motivator, pushing us to show up and give it our all, even when we don’t feel like it.

Plateauing Progress

Continuously doing the same exercises or following the same routine can lead to plateauing progress (and it’s pretty boring, too)! Our bodies adapt to the familiar stimuli, making it harder to see results over time. Trying something new introduces variation, challenging different muscle groups and keeping our bodies guessing. This variety is essential for breaking through plateaus and achieving continued growth, which is why so many people love working with their own coach or joining a CrossFit gym.

Missed Opportunities for Growth

Ultimately, the biggest challenge of not trying something new in fitness is the missed opportunities for growth. Whether it’s learning a new skill, pushing past perceived limitations, or discovering a newfound passion, stepping outside our comfort zones opens doors to experiences we wouldn’t otherwise encounter. When you take new challenges head on, not only improves our physical fitness, but also strengthens our mental resilience and overall well-being.

While the prospect of trying something new in fitness may be daunting, the rewards far outweigh the challenges. Breaking free from the confines of our comfort zones allows us to discover our full potential, both physically and mentally. So, let’s embrace the unknown, challenge ourselves, and embark on a journey of growth and self-discovery through fitness.