Stop Letting People Control You (A repost)

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(Been really busy this week so I’ll finish the delay gratification series next week. In the meantime, hope you all enjoy this older post).

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 - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/mental-toughness-training-in-the-primal-world/#more-36718.

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

Mental Toughness and Supplements (Part 2)

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(In the last post on this series,  I looked back on a training session I had with a good friend during a CrossFit Class. We were both struggling on a dreadful WOD that featured deadlifts and box jumps. After one of the rounds that we finished, my friend said he was glad he took his B-12 vitamins or he wouldn’t think he could finish the WOD. I thought he’s response was horseshit. Eating a huge bowl of vitamins has no effect on improving one’s ability to get through a tough physical challenge. The only thing that will get you through the misery is your mental capabilities. You must always rely on yourself and not a magical pill.Part one ended with my friend on the ground, looking as if was done with the WOD).
I knew my friend had more in him. When I saw him getting up, I knew what I said must have unnerved him a bit. Continue reading

Mental Toughness and Supplements (Part 1)

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(I”m reposting this series because I got bombarded with emails asking my opinion about supplements to increase endurance, power and strength. Half of the shit I was asked about, I never even heard before or could even pronounce. Alpha-somthing-beta-something-gamma. There’s so much junk out there on the market, it’s difficult to decipher what works or what is bullshit.

If you truly want the secret stuff that will get you to do incredible things, save your money. You already have it. It’s the power of the mind.

Read on.)

I used to waste hundreds of dollars per month on this stuff.

Last week I did a real rough WOD with a good friend of mine. It was AMRAP that consisted of heavy deadlifts and box jumps so you knew the WOD was no joke. It wasn’t even halfway during the workout, when we were both on our back, drenched in sweat, wondering how we were going to get through this bitch of a workout. I encouraged him to get up and do another round with me. As he struggled to get stand up, he looked at me and said “Thank god, I took my B-12 vitamins before this workout. I don’t think I can it make it through this session without them.” He totally believed this to be true.

I went on with the WOD, but my mind with fuming with thoughts and ideas at what my friend just said to me. Continue reading

Holiday Training (Part 2)

oppositeAs I gathered my reading material and left the pool, I was ready to go to work. It seems that my life of living the average Joe was short lived. But, more importantly, I have been right all along on my perception of the general population.

The majority is a bunch of lazy, immediate gratification seeking slobs.

In order to distance myself from this world of mediocrity, I had to workout on a day where most don’t train. Continue reading

Holiday Training (Part 1)

4As you all I know I’m a huge proponent of training on holidays. For example, doing “Murph” on Veteran’s Day is a mainstay of mine. It’s one of my favorite CrossFit holiday WODS. I usually write a blog to motivate you to train right before a national holiday. But, for this Fourth of July I got sidetracked and never even started the article. My apologies, tough people. Continue reading

This is How I Have Changed from Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)

confront 2Now that I given you all the bad news from the last blot that your mental toughness training will never get easier, let’s move on. Accept the fact that your journey towards improving your ability to overtake adversity will always be faced with bumps in the road and WODS that make you feel like you are dying. As you get better with your conditioning skills and tougher in your ability to mow down CrossFit legends like “Fran” and “Helen”, understand that your insecurities will still be a part of you. It is a huge myth that even the bad assess in the world don’t have demons. They do. In fact, you want and need your self-doubt to resurface whenever you begin a WOD.

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This is How I Have Changed from Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)

download 1I got lots of emails about my latest experiment on documenting my thoughts before, during and after a WOD and seems that I was very helpful to many of you. Glad it was. I will continue to takes notes of my thought patters of future training so I can share them with you all.

It seems that the majority of you were very shocked at my daily struggles with the WOD. Many of you commented that my mental battle was very similar to the mind wars that you all go through. Continue reading

My Mental Toughness Thought Process (Part 2)

images 28This is part 2 of my actual thoughts during a WOD. From the emails I got all week, it seems that you all are getting something out of this blog-experiment. If that’s the case, I’ll document more of my thought patterns in upcoming WODs. 

The outdoor WOD at the track:

5 sets

One minute of jump rope

50-yard sprint (approximately)

After finishing the first set, I wanted to quit. All I did was bitch and complain to myself about how rough the first set was. In other words, I was acting like a crybaby. Continue reading