(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 Workout Protocol #2 For Mental Toughness Development – The Litvinov Workout (part 2)
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. Continue reading I See Myself in You
Sergi Litvinov was one bad ass dude.
When I first started to develop my mental toughness, a majority of my workouts were in CrossFit classes. However, I love my autonomy and sometimes I needed a break from a class setting with a bunch of people. Also, I was still clinging on to my old bodybuilding routines that was having a hard time letting go for good. I continued to investigate other strength and conditioning programs that can give me the same intensity as CrossFit which I can do on my own and throw in some bodybuilding like workouts every once in a while. The two training systems I discovered were not only as demanding as CrossFit, but also gave me the same mental satisfaction. Luckily, one of the systems was very bodybuilding friendly so I was able to gradually wean myself off them.
The second workout protocol in my program is called the Litvinov workouts. These workouts are based on the training sessions of Russian track star Sergei Litvinov. The term Litvinov workout came from strength and conditioning coach Dan John from an article he wrote for T-nation. The concept is so simple that it’s brilliant. Continue reading Workout Protocol #2 For Mental Toughness Development – The Litvinov Workout (part 1)