I 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.
I got a lot emails from you all taking about how rough the car push WOD was. I tried to warn you, but words just don’t describe the nauseous feeling you will get when you going around shoving a 6 thousand pound object on wheels for a few yards. Continue reading
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 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.
Mental 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
The 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
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
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
I 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
So 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