Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 7)

images 28I know is extremely difficult to be positive when face with an awful adversity that causes you to be down in the dumps. When this happens, it just feels like the whole world is crushing down on you. When you are at these lowest moments, you need to monitor yourself daily to make sure you don’t let the massive negative frustration turn into self-pity.

This is the worst kind of negative self-talk. It is all too easy to wallow up in sorrow and become the victim. Continue reading

This is How I Have Changed (Part 2)

images 20So besides making the 225 back squat for 8 reps, I did another significant thing that week to show how I have changed since dedicating my life to finding inner strength. It was two days later when I had to back squat again, but at a slightly lower weight but at a higher volume. The program called for me to do 5 sets of 5 reps at 220 pounds. Continue reading

This is How I Have Changed (Part 1)

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When you make a dedication to becoming mentally tougher you will see life changing actions. Even though, I have been doing this type of mind improvement training for over ten years now, I still see noticeable changes in my behavior, especially with my integrity.

I’ll give you two examples this week of how I have changed since working on fixing my mental flaws. As most of you know, my coaches have put me on a four month squatting program. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 6)

index 8I highly suggested using positive visualization during your WODs and I would again recommend you apply this method as you hunt down your personal obstacles as well. Take the philosophy of seeing your future as how you like it. By visualizing yourself getting over your individual problem can be a very powerful means of helping guide you through the process. I usually take time to visualize the whole experience until it elicits the positive emotion that I know I will feel when I really overcome it. Learn to dangle the pleasurable outcome in front of you to help motivate you to take action. Continue reading

Newest Mental Toughness Article

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Here‘s my latest article in I have to be on my best behavior when I’m writing for an online magazine. Void are my usual f-bombs. So, if the article doesn’t sound like my regular voice, just bear with it. My editor does a great job with censoring my profanities.

A new blog and more F-bombs will be back next week.

Have a great week of training.



Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 5)

index 7(This is part 5 in this series on how to break the negativity in your life. Let me remind you all that it isn’t realistic to think that you can completely get rid of the negative thoughts in your life. They will always be there. What you want to do instead is to counter-attack the bad thoughts in your head with positive self-coaching. This is not an easy thing to do if you spent most of your life being a sad sack cynic. However, with lots of practice, you can acquire this vital skill in your pursuit of becoming mentally tougher.)

As soon as the negative bickering starts to proceed in your regular life, recognize it. Identify it as the beginning of the negative onslaught and immediately replace them with positive thought patterns. Continue reading

It All Comes Down To Your Interpretaton (Part 1)

index 200In my last blog, I talked about how I was training outside and was about to go inside due to the cold weather. When suddenly, I saw an overweight neighbor smoking and coughing uncontrollably. Instead of packing it in, I was motivated to fight it out in the freezing weather and ended up getting a tremendous mental toughness builder and  bodyweight workout.

The difference between those that are mentally tough and those with feeble souls is in their interpretation of a problem. In simplest terms, one can interpret a bad predicament as something that will defeat them or something that they must conquer. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Christmas (Part 2)

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I got emails all week asking me what my Christmas WOD was.It seems that I hyped it up so much that many of you expected it would be the craziest and roughest WOD of the year. I hate to disappoint you all, but my Xmas WOD wasn’t the gut busting and lung tearing epic workout that some of you were salivating for. I chose a basic outdoor bodyweight WOD of ring muscle ups, dips, handstand and pushups.

Why did I choose this simplistic WOD over a workout that could potentially give me a heart attack? Have mentaltoughnessguy gone soft? Continue reading

Mind Over Matter Again (Part 1)

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Last month I got a PR on my front squat. You can see it HERE ( It was a struggle as you can see I was stuck on the ascent, but I was able to plow through it because of sheer determination. It always comes down to how bad you want something.

And I wanted 232 really freaking bad as I was training my ass off for 12 week just to get this new PR. What was interesting about the lift is that I thought I was going for 232. Since, I am a dumb ass and can’t count in kilos, I always rely on Coach Brett to add up the weights for me. The actual weight was 243 and he didn’t tell me. He tricked me into thinking it was 232, but in actually it was 243 pounds. Continue reading