Distance Yourself from Mediocrity ( A repost)

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(Here’s one of my first posts. You can see how I grew as a writer over that last two years. Happy Thanksgiving and I’ll have a new blog next week).

Today’s mental toughness WOD:

8 rounds

15 push ups

25 squats

Spiderman Crawl Sprint (approximately 20 yards)

Here a good demo of what a Spiderman crawl should look like - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwWLTzooiNI

This is usually the first mental toughness WOD I give to all my clients. Its simplistic, but very brutal because most of you are not accustomed to doing any crawling movements.If you are new to high intensity work, you can scale down the WOD to 5 sets. If you’re already a bad ass, you can amplified the intensity of the WOD by replacing the regular push-ups with explosive clapping push-ups. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 2)

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(This is part two on this extensive series on how be more positive in your daily life. Having a positive outlook will be one the most challenging aspects to your journey towards mental toughness. Again, the goal is not to completely get rid of the negativity, but to work against it. Doubt will always be a part of everybody’s persona. The difference is confronting it instead of running away from it.)

To make this positive transition in your life, you must be patient. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #3– Using Positive Self-Talk and Visualization (Part 1)

image 6As I mentioned in the mental strategies for attacking the WODs, I stated that using positive self-talk will be one of the most difficult aspects to this mental toughness training program.  If you think using positive dialoguing will be hard during the physical aspect of this training, it will be even more challenging once you step out of the gym. Most of you are so used to your regular routine of daily negative beat downs that it defines who you are – negativity sums up your identity. Continue reading

Stop Letting Others Control You (a repost)

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(Here is a repost that I know some of you will enjoy. I’m reposting this blog because I’ve getting a lot questions on how to handle rejection. Rejection sucks, but you can use it for your advantage.)

I am so lucky and fortunate to have two articles published in Mark’s Daily Apple in the last month. I am very grateful to Mark’s editorial staff as they were very supportive, gracious to helping me put out the best product ever. Aaron at Primal publishing – thank you from the bottom of my heart. You and Mark really have opened the door for me. I am forever grateful.

My second article in MDA was on mental toughness development. Here’s the link - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/mental-toughness-training-in-the-primal-world/#more-36718.

This post is not about the article, but about overcoming my past voices that continues to haunt me during moments of adversity.  Continue reading

The Toughest WOD (part 3)

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This is the third part to my series on the toughest WOD. If you have read the last two post, I have talked extensively on the Litvinov protocol as one of the best and fastest way to get in you in shape and mentally tough.

Awhile back, I wrote an article for Elite fitness on some variation WODs for this workout system. You can read it here.

In the article are various WODs that you can do for today’s workout. Hope you enjoy the article and I will have a new blog next week.

The Toughest Workout (Part 2)

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Sergi Litvinov was one bad ass dude.

(This is a repost due to the high volume of emails I have been getting asking me what I thought the toughest WOD is. If you are new to mental toughness training, the Litvinov method is a great place to start. The first time you do a workout from this Russian protocol, it will knock you on your ass. Your whole body and mind will hurt like it never has before. However, after you finish a Litvinov WOD, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that is so high and rewarding. Something traditional workouts can never do.

Now get ready to get mentally tough and go suffer)

When I first started to develop my mental toughness, a majority of my workouts were in CrossFit classes. Continue reading

The Toughest Workout (Part 1)

I am reposting this blog about the Litvinov workout because I have been getting a lot emails about a good tough WOD for new comers to toughness training. I especially got a lot of response this week due to my article in bodybuilding.com this week. Here is the link.

For all my new readers from bodybuilding.com, welcome to mentaltoughnessguy.com!

Ascendftermath_b(In part one of this post, I talked about the Litvinov workout as one the major workout protocols that will be used in this mental toughness program. The concept of the Litvinov workout is so simplistic – you pretty much pick so heavy weight and then run like hell. You are combining anaerobic and aerobic movements in the same session. The problem with conventional training is that they separate weight training from cardio work. On one day, they lift weights and on the next day, they hop on the treadmill. The Litvinov workout mixes both heavy strength works with cardiovascular work. This approach may not sound like a big deal, but trust me, when you lift something really heavy like a deadlift and then do a short run, your body has never felt this level of overall discomfort before)

The first challenge you will have with the Litvinov workout is the set-up. If you belong to a CrossFit facility, you won’t have this problem. Lifting weights and then going outside to do a run is commonplace. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #2 – Making a Strong Connection with your Will (Part 9)

images never give up 7(This is part 9 on this series on how to translate your determination from the gym to your personal life. When it comes to persevering over great challenges, you must have a strong will. If not, you will always be vulnerable to a being a coward and let your enemies have their way with you. If you are tired of living a life of being weak and mentally frail, you must build your will up. Once you get a taste of hard powerful your will is during the WODs, you must translate this strength to how you live your life.)

The enthusiasm from your will should never die. When you finally feel like you had enough, your will must resurrect you from the dead or literally when you feeling like dying. Nothing is a better shield against the unfairness of life than a defiant will. Continue reading

Mental Toughness Life Skill #2 – Making a Strong Connection with your Will (Part 8)

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(This is part 8 on this series on how to strengthen your will. One of the best ways to learn how to hone in on your will is to dive headfirst into a challenge. It will be uncomfortable and painful, but this is how you sharpen your will. There is no other way to harden your will. You must battle the demons in your life and stop running away from your problems. Once you do, you will develop a hard to die will that will save you from your greatest adversities).

So, from the last couple of posts the message was – you can never, ever assume any adversity you overcome is over. Continue reading