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

Talent, CrossFit and Mental Toughness (Part 2)

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(In part 1 on this topic, I talked about my lack of physical talent and athleticism that haunted me throughout my life. However, even though I was naturally a weak person and was more on the clumsy side as I got into my early 40′s, I was able to make respectable gains with my CrossFit training through my work ethic. I was finally able to test out my new founded strength when I ran into a former high school star athlete that I haven’t seen in nearly 25 years. When he failed to keep up with me, is when I realized how far CrossFit has taken me.)

I would continue to seek out those in my past that were star athletes. I wanted to see how they’re lives have panned out in the last 30 years, but part of me wanted to display my new and improved athletic skills. Continue reading

My Mental Toughness Thought Process

images (76)I get many emails asking me what my thinking process is during a WOD. This is a very interesting question considering mental toughness training is all about how our thoughts effect our actions in our workouts and in life. To the best of my ability, I wrote down my thoughts in italics so you all can see my mental struggles and mind games that I put myself through from a typical high intensity WOD.

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Talent, CrossFit and Mental Toughness (Part 1)

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(I’m reposting this series because I’ve been getting the same emails about talent and mental toughness. Hope this blogs can clear up some of the confusion my new readers have about mental toughness and physical talent.)

When I started to make some progress with my CrossFit training, I was very pleased. The hard work was paying off. But, at the same time, I resented the lack of natural talent that I had compared to those that came from athletic backgrounds. It always seemed that I had to work harder than everybody else to learn a new skill. My strength was nothing to brag about either. I put a lot effort to get my numbers up with my deadlift, but I would see newbies walk up the bar and pick up my weight as if it was nothing.

I don’t want to sound bitter about it because I’m not. I found great joy in doing all the extra work. It no longer seemed like a chore because I knew I was bettering myself, plus I loved being around my CrossFit buddies. Whenever I was working on a new skill and got frustrated, there was always somebody that went out of their way to help me out. That’s the beautiful camaraderie and best thing about being a member of a CrossFit box. Continue reading

When Doubt is Good

Kirk-Zombie(I’m reposting this blog because recently I got a surge of a lot of new readers to this site. One of the most common questions I get is what do mental toughness people have in-common. This blog will answer this question for you.)

After I started to progress in my CrossFit classes, I became obsessed with mental toughness articles, especially on tough minded people and teachers of toughness. I read biographies and did research on tough SOBs like General Patton, Lombardi, Butkus, Pete Rose, boxers’ Jack Johnson,

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