The day after Thanksgiving I trained with two of my toughest girls – Alice and Rita. We went to the track at the community college in the morning. It was very cold as the temperature was in the low 20’s. Not surprising, there was nobody there. It was also, Black Friday so most people were foolishly caught up in the shopping mentality, still suffering from turkey coma, or just waking up and eating more crappy foods. This is the typical morning routine after Thanksgiving that the mainstream follows. Continue reading
(In the part one of this series on using mantras, I introduced how powerful mantras are to this training. Mantras are relatively easy to use. You repeat personal statements that have special meaning in order provoke you into action. The controversy here is that sometime I advocate using mantras that arouse some anger in you. I call it controlled anger. You never want to be so riled up that you are out of control and let your emotions get the best of you. Being so pumped up to the point that you wear yourself out or lose your focus has nothing to do with being mentally tough. That’s just being self-absorbed. The anger I’m talking about is controlling your “rage.” By knowing just how much emotion to evoke, but more importantly, when the right time to use is anger takes practice. Working with your rage is a skill in itself. However, when harnessed appropriately, it can be strong mental tool that enables you to be almost unstoppable in your purse to overcome adversity.)
When your rage is flowing, you must be stay within rational boundaries. So a calm and focused mind is a must. If you can do this, you can tap into a powerful source of energy. Learning mental toughness is that it will teach you how to work through your anger issues. Continue reading
In the fourth part of this series on mental strategies, I will talk about extensively on the power of mantras. Mantras are strong one-sentence phases that motivate us to be aggressive and relentless in our behavior. They should be short and full of action words as you will repeat them often during a workout. I repeat mantras to start off a workout, to help me remain focused during a WOD, and most often when I feel like quitting. They are meant to inspire you in times of need. In other words, they better make you haul ass and finish the WOD.
You’ve seen a lot of mantras in sport commercials. Known world-wide, Nike’s “Just do it” mantra is simplistic yet quite effective in motivating people to take action. Other mantras in the media are so damn cheesy, but hey, if they get you off your sofa then that’s a good thing. Continue reading
(In part one of this series on dealing with being unemployed and mental toughness training, I talked about how getting laid off can be one of life’s biggest challenges. When your family is depended on you and you suddenly have no cash flow, it can be a very stressful time in your life. I know for me when I was let go of my job a couple of years ago, I was devastated. Being fired wasn’t the hard part. It was the constant frustration of looking, applying for work and getting no responses. I can’t tell you how mentally down I was. Unless you have tons of money stacked away in your saving account, getting whacked from your job will be one the most difficult things that you will have to deal with.) Continue reading
I get a lot emails and questions from my readers about how to obtain mental toughness during a life crises. Unfortunately, I’ve been getting some requests about how to deal with life when one just got laid off or fired. Nothing sucks more in life when you are suddenly jobless, especially when you have a family and kids to take care of. I been through this situation is the past and I know how grueling it can be on you psychologically and the drain it can put on between you and your family. It was just an awful time in my life and one my darkest periods where I felt like a complete failure. I’m usually an upbeat person, but during this time when I was constantly getting rejected from potential new employees, I went into a deep self-destructive depression. My mind was ravaged with negativity and just bad thoughts about everything. I was so full of frustration and anger, I wanted to lash out on my ex-boss and those new businesses that wouldn’t bring me for at least an interview. When I had nobody to direct my hate to, I inwardly pointed all the bottled up pain I was feeling towards myself. Continue reading
(In this continuous series on combining mental toughness training with physical enhancement, I discuss how you can simultaneously improve your body and your mind. In the last post on this series, I went over the importance of bracing your abs during movements. By getting your abs tight, you are protecting your spine, but also working your abdominal much harder than with traditional ab movements. The problem must people have when training their mid-section is due to all the fitness lies that the media has been brainwashing us to believe. Most of the information on how to get a six-pack is so wrong and down right ineffective. As a result of the poor advice, the majority of people work their abs for hours every week and they still can’t see any definition.)
The worst advice all those celebrity fitness trainers are tell you is do “spot reducing training.” This is when you concentrate on a specific area of your body to lose fat, like just targeting your stomach and ignoring the rest of your body. Continue reading
Although it doesn’t seem like an ab movement, deadlifts are one of the best ways to get your abs to pop out like with this CrossFit chick.
(In the last part to this continuing series on getting tighter and leaner body, I started to talk about how to get a six pack. Before getting into the specific methods on how to achieve washboard abs, I talk about the main function of your abdominal muscles which is to protect your spine from collapsing. In order to guard your spine, I follow the Kelly Starrett method of getting your whole body tight: get your shoulders back, tighten your belly as if somebody is going to punch you, squeeze your glutes and screw your feet into the ground. By stabilizing your overall body as tight as possible, you are protecting your spine, but also indirectly working out your abs as well.)
So getting your body stiff and remaining tight during a movement will not only save your back from injury, but the key to getting that elusive flat stomach that we all dream and wish we had. Continue reading
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
The legless rope climb is true test of your mental toughness skills
If you hate climbing rope, don’t worry this post isn’t a tutorial on how to climb rope. Nor is a rope climb part of today’s WOD. So keep on reading. This post is on the lessons you can be gained from this challenging exercise. Continue reading