When I first started to CrossFit, I could see that my body was changing and felt my mind was evolving, yet I still wasn’t clear on what I was becoming. Mental toughness was all too new to me that I wasn’t able to put a clear label on it. Continue reading On My Own
I know most of you may feel intimated to start mental toughness training because you think you don’t have the physical talent for it. It’s an excuse that seems logical, but far from being the truth.Being mentally tough has absolutely nothing to do with any natural talent. Continue reading You Were Wrong About Yourself
I have no doubt that Kevin Ware is experiencing some sort of depression from this freak accident. Who can blame him? He has a lot to lose like a multi-million contract with some NBA team. If I could advise him or any of you that is currently going through some bad crises, you got to have the mindset that you can benefit greatly from getting over this huge obstacle. Continue reading Making a Positive out of a Negative (Part 2)
Like all of you, I got sick to my stomach when I saw Kevin Ware’s horrific accident. He has a long road of rehabilitation in front of him. I know because a couple of years back I had terrible accident myself which I tore ligaments on three sides of my ankle.I’m not saying what happened to me was as awful as his experience. Continue reading Making a Positive out of a Negative (Part 1)
Today’s mental toughness WOD:
15 push ups
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 Distance Yourself from Mediocrity
After I started to progress in my CrossFit classes, I became obsessed with mental toughness articles, especially on tough minded people and teachers of toughness. I read biographies and did research on tough SOBs like General Patton, Lombardi, Butkus, Pete Rose, boxers’ Jack Johnson, Continue reading When Doubt is Good
In the last couple of posts, I talked about how hill sprints are a good procedure to help you gain psychological toughness, especially if you are new to high intensity training. You don’t need a gym as hill sprints don’t cost you a penny
I just reread my last post and I don’t want to mislead you all. My rise from always being the last one to finishing a CrossFit WOD usually finishing at the top, did not happen over-night. In thinking back about the progress, it all seems like a blur because in between was a lot of hard work that wasn’t very fun and very time consuming. Continue reading The Discipline to do Hard Work
I know many of you have a love/hate relationship with CrossFit. I know I do. I been doing it for 7 years now and sometimes I love it and other times I can’t stand it. There are some major problems with the trend that CrossFit is heading towards, but I don’t want to rant about it about it right now. I’ll save it for a more extensive blog.
One thing for sure, CrossFit got me in the best shape of my life. Continue reading How CrossFit Changed My Life
In terms of toughness training, nothing is more brutal than hill sprints. There’s this vicious hill in Santa Monica that is so grueling physically and mentally.
I know because I could never get anybody to do this hill sprint workout with me for a second time. Continue reading The Hill from Hell