Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 4)

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In the WODs, you are training yourself to fight when you feeling at your worse. Now you must apply the same combat mindset when faced with life’s problems. The problem most of you are facing is that you are stuck in a negative self-fulfilling cycle when countering an adversity. For those who are mentally weak, the battle is already lost  in your head before the fight has even begun. This pessimistic state of mind is warping your outlook and destroying your sense of hope. When you are up against your worse nightmares, you must have hope to get you started and keep you going.

Even if it’s a glimmer of hope, a little is enough to help you break out of negative funk. It all comes down to how you process and perceive a challenge. Continue reading

My Mental Toughness Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving, I made it point to train like how I always do every Thanksgiving. It was an outdoor WOD in 30 degrees weather of sprints in the snow, pull-ups and pushups. Mind you, I was the only fool that was outside working in the freezing cold. It was a brutal WOD as I hard time breathing and catching my breath after each set.

I always make sure I train on the holidays and events when most people don’t workout. This includes Super Bowl Sunday where most be take the off like a holiday and stuff themselves with foods filled with poisons. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 3)

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(Welcome to part 3 on this series on how drown out the negativity that has dominated your personal life. New year’s resolutions are a month away, so why wait to change your mind-set then? Start today.)

The problem with a dominant negative frame of mind is that it can blow the problem way out of proportion and making the situation way worse than it really is.  If this happens, one automatically expects to fail. Continue reading

Distance Yourself from Mediocrity ( A repost)


(Here’s one of my first posts. You can see how I grew as a writer over that last two years. Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll have a new blog next week).

Today’s mental toughness WOD:

8 rounds

15 push ups

25 squats

Spiderman Crawl Sprint (approximately 20 yards)

Here a good demo of what a Spiderman crawl should look like -

This is usually the first mental toughness WOD I give to all my clients. Its simplistic, but very brutal because most of you are not accustomed to doing any crawling movements.If you are new to high intensity work, you can scale down the WOD to 5 sets. If you’re already a bad ass, you can amplified the intensity of the WOD by replacing the regular push-ups with explosive clapping push-ups. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 2)

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(This is part two on this extensive series on how be more positive in your daily life. Having a positive outlook will be one the most challenging aspects to your journey towards mental toughness. Again, the goal is not to completely get rid of the negativity, but to work against it. Doubt will always be a part of everybody’s persona. The difference is confronting it instead of running away from it.)

To make this positive transition in your life, you must be patient. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 1)

image 6As I mentioned in the mental strategies for attacking the WODs, I stated that using positive self-talk will be one of the most difficult aspects to this mental toughness training program.  If you think using positive dialoguing will be hard during the physical aspect of this training, it will be even more challenging once you step out of the gym. Most of you are so used to your regular routine of daily negative beat downs that it defines who you are – negativity sums up your identity. Continue reading

Stop Letting Others Control You (a repost)


(Here is a repost that I know some of you will enjoy. I’m reposting this blog because I’ve getting a lot questions on how to handle rejection. Rejection sucks, but you can use it for your advantage.)

I am so lucky and fortunate to have two articles published in Mark’s Daily Apple in the last month. I am very grateful to Mark’s editorial staff as they were very supportive, gracious to helping me put out the best product ever. Aaron at Primal publishing – thank you from the bottom of my heart. You and Mark really have opened the door for me. I am forever grateful.

My second article in MDA was on mental toughness development. Here’s the link -

This post is not about the article, but about overcoming my past voices that continues to haunt me during moments of adversity.  Continue reading

The Toughest WOD (part 3)

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This is the third part to my series on the toughest WOD. If you have read the last two post, I have talked extensively on the Litvinov protocol as one of the best and fastest way to get in you in shape and mentally tough.

Awhile back, I wrote an article for Elite fitness on some variation WODs for this workout system. You can read it here.

In the article are various WODs that you can do for today’s workout. Hope you enjoy the article and I will have a new blog next week.

The Toughest Workout (Part 2)

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Sergi Litvinov was one bad ass dude.

(This is a repost due to the high volume of emails I have been getting asking me what I thought the toughest WOD is. If you are new to mental toughness training, the Litvinov method is a great place to start. The first time you do a workout from this Russian protocol, it will knock you on your ass. Your whole body and mind will hurt like it never has before. However, after you finish a Litvinov WOD, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that is so high and rewarding. Something traditional workouts can never do.

Now get ready to get mentally tough and go suffer)

When I first started to develop my mental toughness, a majority of my workouts were in CrossFit classes. Continue reading