Tip #3 – Get Angry. This tip ties in with tip#2. The second tip was how cussing can raise your tolerance to pain. Maybe it’ not the F-bombs that elevate your ability to handle shitloads of suffereing, but the emotions that comes when one swears like a mad man or crazy bitch. Continue reading
(This is part 2 to this series on how to increase your anaerobic threshold for CrossFit training. See read about tip#1, see last week’s blog)
Tip #2 – Expect the Pain to Come in Abundance
Get ready for the upcoming pain is a coping skill that you must develop in order to perfect your skill to suffer. The better you gear yourself up for the upcoming suck, you better you will be able to handle it and fight back. Continue reading
The biggest question I get constantly is how do I increase my pain tolerance to this demanding CrossFit training. This training regimen is purposely designed for you to suffer. Not because I am a masochist, but getting through the psychological discomfort and physical muscle burning, it the only way you will build mental toughness. Always remember the simple adage to this training – you have to earn your toughness. Continue reading
In a roundabout way, I am able to answer the question to “why I do this stuff.” I have invested years in this training because of my fear. However, it is not the same fear that conditioned my life when my mind was inferior. Back then, I let my insecurities paralyze me and inhibit me. Instead of dealing with the constant doubt that I had swirling around in my head, I retreated into a passive mode. I lacked an action plan and assertive behavior. I should have fought back, but I did something much worse than being the typical coward. Continue reading
“Why do you do this stuff?”
I really thought about this question, especially during my WODs this week as I prepared to write this blog. The first thing I like to mention is that this training is not a choice; it is a need.
It is a need that came out of desperation. I have been chasing a void in my life that’s been haunting me for years. My previous life of making weak choices nearly and should have destroyed me. Living a mediocre life have negatively impacted and clouded my mind. Continue reading
Today is Christmas. I make it a point to train on all holidays, especially on Christmas Day. This year will be no different. I’m playing around with a couple of WODs in my head and depending on the weather, I’m going to train my ass off. If it rains or snows, I won’t let the weather dictate my training. In fact, a huge part of me wants a blizzard on Christmas so I can train in the lousy conditions. I want to go outside in the miserable cold, just to prove a point to myself that I am not like the rest of the mainstream. This is what mental training is all about: is to distance yourself from mediocrity and the weak lifestyle of the average person.
I encourage you all to do the same.
Now that doesn’t mean, I want you all to skip the Christmas activities with your family, love ones and relatives. The dad that is bench pressing while his kids are opening presents is an idiot; the mother who is on the treadmill and not playing with her children on Christmas morning is a self-absorb narcissist.
This has nothing with being mentally tough and just being selfish. If you train during precious family time on a holiday, you have your priorities screwed up. It is a major sign that you have a weak character. Mental toughness training is not about having the huge biceps or losing weight so you can fit in that tight dress. It is about strengthening your character so you can deal with the worst problems in life when they unexpectedly show up.
So without sounding like a major hypocrite, what am I suggesting to you all? I am encouraging you all to take the route that most weak people refuse to do. Do the opposite of the weak. Don’t fall in the habit of lazy fat asses. Wake up an hour earlier. Train at home if your lousy commercial gym is closed. Get a quick and intense WOD in so you can enjoy the rest day with your family. You don’t need a long time to get a good training session in. That’s the beauty of CrossFit and any high intensity WODs.
So, plan and make today a special training day for you. Take the extra steps that the average person won’t do. Find a way in your day to train, unlike the rest of the population who will make excuses about not training on Christmas. Unfortunately, these people make lame excuses to constantly get out of training throughout the year. No wonder these people are fat and pushovers in the personal life.
The main mantra of mentaltoughnessguy.com is to do what others won’t do; To have the determination to go further when most won’t even try; to do things that most people only wish to could do.
So for Christmas today, make it a statement to yourself that you are different from the rest.
Refuse to be mediocre.
You have two choices (depending on the weather)
20 minutes of short and long sprinting. Do as many as you can in the time block.
20 minutes of as many rounds as possible:
50 air squats
One minute jump rope, treadmill or run in place.
Today’s goal is for you go in and get out ASAP. You don ‘t want to spend all time training because you probably have a lot of responsible things to do with your love ones later. So pick either WOD. Both have a 20 min time cap so give it all you got and don’t hold back.
For extra motivation know that you are taking the extra steps to distancing yourself from the weak mainstream. Understand that the majority is taking the day off, but you go train. Let this mantra motivate you, especially when you get to minute 15 of the WOD and you want to quit. Instead of slowing down, let it throw fuel into your fire.
Feel the surge of power that you are taking in order to better yourself while others are still in bed, drinking booze or eating crappy food. Let this motivate you to go on and smash the WOD and your past when you were weak and lazy like the rest.
Remember this simple mantra of the mentally tough:
When in doubt, do the opposite of the rest of the population.
Good luck and merry fucking Christmas to you all!
“Why do you do this stuff?”
I used to train at the mecca bodybuilding gym Gold’s Gym in Venice. When I first started to experiment with CrossFit and high intensity training over ten years ago, I use to get the strangest comments from the meathead crowd. They were seeing a new breed of training that they never saw before and were slightly intrigued, but more disdained than anything else. Continue reading
For this week’s blog, check out my new article in bodybuilding.com. If the piece doesn’t sound like me, it’s because my editors did their best in censoring my usual f-bombs. Don’t be surprise if I don’t sound ghetto with my normal grammatical errors and sometimes incoherent rants.
Haven’t said that, I thought they did a excellent job with the piece.
See you all next week with a new blog!
As you all know, I’m a huge proponent of challenging your past anger to fuel yourself through a rough workout. In terms of my mental toolbox of strategies, training with a mind that is fuming with rage is my strongest tactic. When it comes to “reloading” your mind during your recovery, many of you associate getting pissed off as replenishing your mind as you get ready to lift something really heavy or run another mile with loose legs.
However, channeling into your anger is very unpredictable and to the point of being unreliable. If you can “reload” your mind with stuff that is going to make you into a monster, so be it. Use it and let it rule your training. Continue reading
When it comes to recovery between sets, I prefer to use the word “reload” over “rest” for several reasons. First of all, the word “to reload” implies recharging a firearm. In essence, getting yourself mentally ready to attack is what you should be doing between your working sets. You should view your mind like a gun chamber. After you had used up some of your intensity from the last set, you need to add some more violent ammunition to your arsenal. You never want to go into a battle without weapons that can destroy the enemy, so why would you want to train with a mind that is defensiveness and ailing? A mind without a forceful intent is like having a shotgun without any bullets. If you are unprepared to fight in the trenches and in the gym, you will be useless and be prone to taking a bad beating. In order to go head to head with a formidable opponent, you must bring in your most powerful weapon.
In this training, you’ll learn the most potent and dangerous apparatus to your enemy is an aggressive mind-set. Nothing will scare the shit out of your adversity more than a mind is that is has taken aim on the target and is ready to fire.
Yes, mental toughness training is all about being trigger-happy.