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

When Life is Unfair (a repost)

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(I decided to repost this blog again after watching  a couple of episodes on the nightly world new this week. I usually avoid watching the evening news, but  my wife watches every night. I put on my headphones and listen to music or a podcast instead. Unfortunately for me, my headphones broke so I was force to listen to daily news of depression and despair. Being subjected to the news just put me in a foul and cynical mood.
The news reinforced to me that our world is cruel and a shitty place to be in. It reminded me of this blog and why this training is so crucial to me and hopefully to you all).

I had a recent philosophical debate with a friend about whether or not life is fair. I told him I thought it wasn’t and that anybody that believes that the world is a fair place is a real sucker. My friend was surprised as he considered me to be one of the most optimistic people he knows. What overrides my optimism is the fact that I am a realist. I’ve seen so much awful shit over the years that has happened to decent people that I not only think life isn’t fair, but downright cruel. Continue reading

What I Did This Week

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This week, I hit new PR’s in my snatch and cleans. My old personal best in the snatch was 121 and I was able to make 130. For my cleans, my old best was 170 and yesterday, I got 176. However, I missed the jerk on all three attempts.

These are not big numbers to brag about. When compared to others my weight, I suck big time. Continue reading

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 bodybuilding.com. 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.