Been doing mental toughness training for over 10 years now. You would think that the training should become automatic, but it is not. I constantly forget about important issues that are relevant to this sort of training. I have to remind myself daily of what my goals are and why I dedicated myself to this pursuit of mental strength.
(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 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
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