What I Forgot About During the Training (Part 2)

friendly-reminderI was really struggling with the hill sprint. My legs were like mush and my mind seemed to be else where. I just did 3 and had 3 more to do.

As, I started my fourth set, I seemed to be regressing in my speed even more. But, in a quick instance like how people see their life flash in front of them before they are going to die, I saw the several reasons why I needed resilience training in my life. In other words, the movie projector in my head flashed memories of me when I was at my most weakest mentally. Continue reading

What Really is Holding You Back (A Repost)


(Had the flu this week so I didn’t get to do much writing. Instead caught up on “Daredevil.” Will be back next week with new blog.)

This mental toughness blog is about strengthening your mind to overcome adversity. The benefits of having a strong mind is that you know you can overcome any disappointment or asshole pricks in your life. When your mind is empowered, those around you know that you are a force to be reckoned with and will begin to treat you differently. Continue reading

I See Myself In You (A repost)

may 2 (I reposted this blog, I wrote a couple of years back because I get lots and lots of email about the pros and cons of joining a CrossFit box. I will address this question in a future blog. In the meantime, this blog may answer some of your questions about CrossFit)

The emails are coming in and I really appreciate you all for participating in this mental toughness symposium. I love questions as they force me to think and solidify my beliefs. Keep the questions coming. Answering them is very enjoyable for me so thank you all very much.

One of the main question that I have been getting is how they can instantly improve on their scores of classic CrossFit WODs that I posted like “Cindy” and “Mini-Murph.” It seems that a lot of you have Goggled your scores of other CrossFitters and compared them to yourself. I’m not going to be politically correct and tell you not compare yourself to others.Actually, I think making self comparison is a natural curiosity that we all have. Continue reading

The Best Movement for Mental Toughness Training (Part 3)

image 1I got a flood of emails from mentaltoughnessguy.com readers who are veteran car and Prowler pushers. So repeating five sets of shoves wasn’t mentally and physically challenging enough to them. My apologies and I’m sorry I underestimated you readers. I was actually planning to up the ante on the automobile WODs down the road, so why wait. If some of you want a more difficult opponent, I’m more than happy to obliged and add to your welcoming suffering.

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Finding the Hidden Message (Part 2)

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One of the main objectives of mental toughness training is having the ability to convert any negative into a strong positive. This skill is not easy and takes a lot of patience, practice and insight to develop. The good news is that mental toughness mostly introspective. In other words, it’s all about how you interpret a problem. With this training, you’ll learn how to find the silver lining with each crappy situation. Continue reading

The Best Movement for Mental Toughness Training

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The dreaded car push.

If I had to pick one equipment  that defies mental toughness training it’s the Prowler.  However, I doubt that many of you have a Prowler sled at your crappy commercial gym so I would say car pushes are the next worst thing. In fact, I would say pushing cars are twice as bad than sled work. Both are equally terrible, but pushing a 4 ton automobile is more physically taxing on the body and mind.

When you push a car for distance, you can feel the extreme burning in your legs and pounding in your chest. Your lungs just feel like their going to explode. It’s pure agony, making it one of the ultimate WODs for mental toughness development.
If you have never done a car pushing workout before, get ready for an overall bad experience. The good news is that the WOD won’t take very long and the volume is rather low. A challenging mental toughness session requires about 5 pushes at approximately 50 yards. That’s it. The entire WOD should take less than 12 minutes. So there’s no excuse on chickening out on this challenge.
I know some of you girls don’t think you have the leg strength to push a car, but that’s not true. I have yet to see any of my female clients fail to successful move an automobile. If fact, I have this girl that weighs less than 115 pounds and she has the leg power to move a SUV. it just takes a lot of momentum and mental desire.
The key is to look forward, extend both arms, keep your abs tight and move your freaking legs. Again, move your freaking legs. This will be your mantra with every car push as you want your legs to be in continuous motion, driving as much force as possible. Remember this is not a slow trot, so you don’t want to walk with the car. Instead, move your legs like a sprint. If you are doing it with excessive force, the movement should resemble “mountain climbers” from a plank position.
Have clear ending point for each sprint. If not, you will give up when your legs are beyond pain and you are having a difficult time breathing. The test is to keep on pushing the car when you are feeling at your worst. Working when are at this extreme level of discomfort is the whole purpose of this mental toughness drill.
So give it try. Take as much time in between pushes to fully recover and getting your breathing back to normal. But, the more you wait between car pushes, the more agonizing it will be on you mentally. This is when the mental games begin to happens and the excuses to quit begin to dominate your thinking. When this happens, it when the WOD really begins. Get ready for the onslaught of negativity and logic to end the WOD early.
For me, I like to crank them out just get get them over with.
Either way, get ready to take your mental toughness training to the next level.
Today’s WOD
5 sets of car pushes (approximately 50 yards or less)
Scale back version of this WOD:
1. 8  Spiderman crawls about 80 yards or less.



Sorting Out the Hidden Message in the Adversity (Part 1)

index 35Mental toughness training requires a lot of reflection time. You must confront your past with the hard questions. At first, it may be too painful, but if you distance yourself and give it some time in between, you can gain a strong perspective and further your mental toughness growth. By revisiting the painful situation, you can break the code that was meant for you to learn.  Continue reading

Your Challenge Has Arrived (Part 1)

index 20The only absolute in life is that it is full of disappointments and letdowns. You may be very successful with where you are in life, but a potential tragedy that can negatively alter your life is right around the corner. You can eat strictly organic foods and shop only at Whole Foods, but a deadly disease can strike any time. Although this may sound like a negative outlook, it is not. On the contrary, it’s a very positive one because when you are mentally tough you expect the unexpected, but more importantly you know you can handle the darkest of obstacles. Continue reading