When it comes to recovery between sets, I prefer to use the word “reload” over “rest” for several reasons. First of all, the word “to reload” implies recharging a firearm. In essence, getting yourself mentally ready to attack is what you should be doing between your working sets. You should view your mind like a gun chamber. After you had used up some of your intensity from the last set, you need to add some more violent ammunition to your arsenal. You never want to go into a battle without weapons that can destroy the enemy, so why would you want to train with a mind that is defensiveness and ailing? A mind without a forceful intent is like having a shotgun without any bullets. If you are unprepared to fight in the trenches and in the gym, you will be useless and be prone to taking a bad beating. In order to go head to head with a formidable opponent, you must bring in your most powerful weapon.
In this training, you’ll learn the most potent and dangerous apparatus to your enemy is an aggressive mind-set. Nothing will scare the shit out of your adversity more than a mind is that is has taken aim on the target and is ready to fire.
Yes, mental toughness training is all about being trigger-happy.
Just the other day, I ran an athlete through “Fran.” This client struggled with the pull-ups, but made it through as she bull-rushed the shit out of the thrusters. When the WOD was done, she collapsed to the floor and was gasping for air like how most CrossFitters do after a date with “Fran.”
I told her how proud I was of her for finishing the workout in such an attack mode mindset. She barely broke out a smile and said, “You really kicked my ass with that workout.”
I explained to her how simple word choices affect our mind and sub consciousness. Continue reading
Speaking is simplest terms, mental toughness is all about how your words influence your behavior. What you think, say to yourself influence your actions. The ultimate goal is to have positive and encouraging thought patterns to help you align how you perform in the gym and in your work field.
However, this is not a realistic goal. Continue reading
The biggest misconception from mental toughness rookies is that they think this training will make their problems go away. Your issues will never disappear. They will always be there to haunt you and attempt to destroy you. I have a client right now who I consider to be as harder than nails. She is up there in terms of people that I admire for her grit and toughness. Continue reading
Dealing with the pain and suffering from the WODs have only one purpose. Sure, a high pain tolerance in a CrossFit WOD to muscle burning and your heart pounding wildly like you’re going into cardiac arrest can make you fit as hell. However, building muscles and having a beach ready six-pack is not high on my priority. I careless about how shredded you get from this mental toughness program.
My main and only concern is that it is improving your perseverance skills. Continue reading
I’ve been working with a new mental toughness newbie this month. So far, he has made it through the first three WODs. Most people don’t make it past workout number 1 so he’s way ahead of the mental toughness journey. Continue reading
(In this final installment on how to prepare your mind for life’s problem, I want to stress how important it is for all of you to do the morning prep work. It must be treated as a skill and be taken seriously. If you find yourself going through the motions with the self reflective questions, you will not benefit from this mental toughness program. It must become part of your daily morning routine. So get up, brush your teeth, take shower, make breakfast and get off your social media. Instead, prime your mind to face the landmines in your life that are waiting to blow up in your face. The more prepare you yourself to do battle with your new and old adversities, the better your chances of defeating them.)
By signing up for in this mental toughness program you have taking a defiant stand against those who want to have their way with you just for their amusement. Continue reading
(In part 11 on this series on how to get yourself ready for life’s problems, I talked about how sometimes we all lack motivation with our mental toughness training. When you catch yourself feeling laid-back instead of wanting to attack the WOD, you can use self-questions with negative outcomes to push you into action. Like having an ace up my sleeve, these types of question have always inspired my clients and myself with much needed fuel when one gets lazy. The problem with having early success with this mental toughness program is that it can lead to complacency. When that happens, you will be a risk at having a physical and mental regression if you get inconsistent with the training. To prevent this catastrophe from happening, you must always be on the lookout for a lethargic mind-set. When you are less than inspired, go ahead and implement these self-questions with negative results.
If they don’t jolt you into action, you have no business being in this mental toughness program. )
For me, I always have to remind myself that everything I’ve earn can also be lost. The major point is that we can never forget how bad things used to be. Continue reading
Instead of the tagline “Stay Fit and Strong,” it should read “Stay Skinny and Weak.”
(In the last part of this series on training for the aesthetics with mental toughness training, I discussed the flaws on individual body part training. A better method to changing your body’s composition is with full-body workouts. When you train your whole body during a workout, you release muscle building hormones throughout your blood system. Single body part training does not have this hormonal effect. Athletes, bodybuilders, strongmen have been doing full-body workouts since the beginning of the century. Single body part training only become popular in the 1970′s when bodybuilders on steroids promoted this new way of training. In today’s post, I will discuss the second biggest fitness myth – long distance running is a good protocol for fat lost).
If you asked person on the street what do you think is the best workout protocol to lose weight, a majority of them will say long distance running. It has been assumed for nearly 50 years, that jogging is the most effective method to shed fat. Like individual body part training, the jogging craze evolved during the 70’s. It was pushed heavily by the shoe companies, particular the fledgling “Nike” which was one the early pioneers of the running trend. Running took the nation by storm. It was believed to prevent heart disease and was fun to do. Plus, the runner’s high was very addictive. Continue reading
In most instances, being stubborn can be viewed as a negative trait. As much as I love my wife, when she gets into her stubborn state of mind, she can be very difficult to be with. I’m not perfect myself; sometimes I am terribly inflexible when it comes to getting myself in a cleaning state.
However, when it comes to mental toughness training, being a bit pigheaded can go a long way. It can make you resistant to quitting like how it did for Joe at the bottom of the hill. He just flat out refused to give in. Continue reading