You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 4)

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(In the last part of this series, I talked about how you must transfer what you’ve learn in the physical aspect of this training to your personal life. This training is about being mentally tough only in the gym, but with your everyday world. Whatever personnel problems you will face, you must apply the same 3 mental strategies that you used in the WODs. Continue reading You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 4)

The Importance of Self-Discipline with Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)

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When it comes to making through this mental toughness program, most people would probably say physical strength is the number one criteria. If I used how much one can bench press as the number one predictor if someone can last two months in a mental toughness boot camp with me, I would say those who can bench press 85 pounds or less usually have a better chance of making it than those who can bench nearly twice their bodyweight. Continue reading The Importance of Self-Discipline with Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)

Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – Optimizing Positive Self-Talk (Part 2)

images (34)  (In part 1 on this series, I introduced mental strategy #3 for this training. Using positive self-talk is pretty straightforward, yet very difficult to implement. Our mind is so inundated with and polluted with negative thoughts. Lot of the negative chatter is not from you, but a collection of people from your past that have told you what you can’t do. Instead of shutting up these voices, they have settled in your mental psyche for years. Now is the time to turn off these voices for good. One of the best ways to do this is through the physical training. By fighting through the WODs, you will slowly begin to hear another voice encouraging you to keep going. That positive voice is your true self talking to you.)

Like your mental preparation warm-up and your will, you must view positive self-talk as a skill that you can acquire. You are in control of the direction your inner dialogue takes. This does not mean you will never say any unwarranted destructive comments to yourself; that would be unrealistic. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – Optimizing Positive Self-Talk (Part 2)

Guest Post by CrossFit Competitor Kristen Gemme

 

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Kristen is one mentally tough CrossFitter.

It’s an honor to have one of my favorite and toughest CrossFit sisters write today’s guest post. What I love best about Kristen is her work ethic. Before we became friends, I used to watch Kristen work on trying to get her first muscle ups before and after class. She struggled big time as you could see the frustration on her face whenever she missed. However, you can also see the fierce determination in her too. I knew eventually she would achieve the muscle up, but what I found so admirable about Kristen is the dedication she put in. I’m telling you all –  this girl was relentless.  She would go to the gym before class and work on her muscle up attempts on her own. After a hard WOD when most people are completely drained, I’ve seen her hop on the rings and do more muscle up work. This was all a sign of somebody really wanting it and the heart of one that refuses to give up. Continue reading Guest Post by CrossFit Competitor Kristen Gemme

Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – Optimizing Positive Self-Talk (Part 1)

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(Using positive self-talk is the third mental strategy in this mental toughness program. The first skill is preparing yourself to be aggressive and the second skill is engaging your will. Although, using positive self-talk is a straightforward technique, it can be a difficult skill to learn especially if you are the jaded type. With guided practice and focus, even the worse cynics can may huge improvements in their ability to use positive encouragement statements to themselves while battling out with WODs. That, I am very positive about.) Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – Optimizing Positive Self-Talk (Part 1)

Being in the CrossFit Zone with Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)

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(In part 1 of this discussion, I talked about being in the zone. Athletes described being in this zone state as when everything goes right for them. Their performance becomes effortless with no distractions at all. Sports psychologists have been studying this zone phenomenal for decades and are nowhere close to discovering how a competitor can get in this win-win mental state on a consistent level. For CrossFitters, getting in the zone can have a quite different meaning than when a baseball player or basketball player is in this mental state. For us, being in the zone is when you don’t let any distractions interfere with your overall goal of wanting to finish the WOD.)

When I’m on a roll with a WOD, I know my coaches and teammates can sense it. I know it when I see it in my CrossFit brothers and sisters in their zone state. For those who are new to CrossFit, they may wrongly interpret my fluid and up tempo motions is  a sign that I am pain-free while I am cranking it out in my zone state. This may be true in the beginning of the WOD, but as it goes on, some sort of physical discomfort is always a certainty. Continue reading Being in the CrossFit Zone with Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)

Guest Post by Olympic Lifter Daniel Flagg

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Don’t let Daniel’s big smile fool you. This dude is one bad ass lifter.

Today I have a guest post from Olympic lifter Daniel Flagg. I met Daniel this summer when he first joined PVCF this summer. Dan is an amazing lifter and has strong interest in mental toughness training. After an intriguing conversation we had about toughness development, I asked Daniel if he would write what we just talked about. Luckily for all of us at mentaltoughnessguy.com, he obliged and wrote this wonderful post. Continue reading Guest Post by Olympic Lifter Daniel Flagg

Being in the CrossFit Zone with Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)

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(In part 5 of this series on engaging your will, I talked about the dark side of having a will that is on top of the food chain of defiance. With a will this strong, you are on the edge of meanness. If you are competitor, there is nothing wrong with being ferocious on the playing field. It is an admirable trait to have, especially if you are up against a formidable opponent. However, if you are just your average desk jockey, you should not fear a will that can teeter on the dark side. The game of life is a hundredfold more cruel than any sport. Sooner of later, an adversity will sneak up on you and hit you below the belt. When it does, you are going to need a will that is so forceful to help you get through the situation or even save your life.)

When everything is going right for an athlete, they get into that a state of mind where performance is on higher level than normal and it becomes effortless for them. The athlete is able to block out the normal distraction that usually impair performance like crowd noise, pressure, or personal issues. Many sport psychologists call this being in “the zone”. Continue reading Being in the CrossFit Zone with Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)

You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 3)

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(In the first and second part to this series, I talked about the importance of finishing what you intend to do. If you consistently fall short of finishing the WODs, it may be a sign of you being a quitter. The only to find out if you have are a habitual problem is to ask yourself if you have this problem in your daily life. If the answer is yes, then you have a serious problem. You and I must make it a top priority to get rid of this debilitating problem.

Learning to finish the WODs is where you must begin. By constantly getting through them will help you discover what you mentally need out of yourself  to learn how to stay in the fight. Once you can establish this pattern within the workout, it is time to transfer the skills to your personal life.)

I was serious when I ended part 2 with this – All the lessons that you have learn during the WODs, must be transferable to how you live your life. If your personal life does not improved, this training will be a waste of time. Continue reading You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 3)

You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 2)

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(In part 1 of this series, I discussed the importance of finishing what you intend to do in the WODs. If you set out to do 5 total sets, you must do 5 sets. Anything less and it may be a sign that you gave up on reaching your goals. if you have a habit of not finishing with the WODs, more than likely you have the same problem with your personal life as well. This is a sign that you are the kind of person that looks for the easy way out and lacks not only toughness, but character. If this sounds like you, we must put all of our attention in destroying this bad habit of yours.)

I have always said that the WODs are the best indicator of one’s personality. I can give you all sorts of psychological test to revel your true self, but nothing works better than having you do one of the CrossFit girls.  Continue reading You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 2)