Intimidation and Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)

images (46) (In part 1 on this series on being intimidated, I talked about how one of my CrossFit coaches, was the last person I ever expected to be intimated during a competition. Once you give into being intimidated, it makes you vulnerable to more occurrences of giving into your fear. The effects of letting yourself get intimidated can be disastrous.  It starts to eat away at your confidence level and makes you doubtful of your skills. When this happens, your enemies and competitors can sense the fear in you and will go after you seeking your blood. To avoid letting your foes having the mental advantage over you, it must be top priority for this mental toughness training to never let anybody bully or intimidate you.)

In the animal world, the predator at the top of the food chain is the aggressor. When picking his prey, the hungry animal may not pick the smallest victim to be his next meal. The animal in power usually attacks the one that is most intimidated.  This is very interesting in understanding the psychology of the aggressor. It may not matter how large or small the next victim is, but the fear that is being projected is more crucial. The most powerful animals must have a natural instinct to decipher those who are most fearful.  Continue reading Intimidation and Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)

Intimidation and Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)

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Awhile back, one of my CrossFit coaches was participating in a regional throw down.  This dude is a real bad ass and one of the favorites to win. I saw the upcoming WODs and I knew he had the potential to crush every single one of them. When I found out that he didn’t even place, I was flabbergasted. After the contest, he confessed to me that he was psyched out by the competition and some of the daunting WODs. During the warm-ups, he told me that the competition was tossing heavy weights like nothing and was doing ring muscle ups with ease.  Watching the others practice with such confidence and displacing such athletic prowess, made him feel incapable.  When the meet began, he just froze up. He ended up performing very poorly and didn’t even make the top ten. He was completely intimidated. Continue reading Intimidation and Mental Toughness Training (Part 1)

The Importance of Self-Discipline with Mental Toughness Training (Part 3)

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(In the last article on this series on self-discipline, I talked about how crucial it is to your mental toughness growth. If you have a strong sense of inner discipline, you can make up for your physical flaws. When I first started with my CrossFit training, I had nothing going for me. Everybody was younger, faster, stronger and more athletic than me. I had to find something that would give me an edge. That advantage was my commitment to being ultra disciplined with myself.  I never missed a training session and was strict was my eating habits. If you have serious issue with being weak, I highly feel you must be this committed to the training as well. It must be a top priority in your life. Anything less and you won’t be able to handle to constant demands and pressure from this training.)

I know a lot of you probably think I’m a stick in the mud when I talked about how people skip out on training so they can go to a party. It may sound like I’m all work and no play. That’s not true at all. I believe in balance and sustainability. Continue reading The Importance of Self-Discipline with Mental Toughness Training (Part 3)

Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 6)

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This position is sign that EPOC is taking effect.

(In part 5 on this continuing series how mental toughness training can be used to improved your aesthetics, I went over how heavy training is the most effective method to packing on slabs of muscle. Lifting big loads stimulate the anabolic hormones in your system, while training with puny ounces does nothing to get your body to generate these hormones. Also, strength training can have a cardio effect on your body to help burn the the spare tire off you belly. The key to shedding fat in your body is raising your resting metabolic rate. Today, I will get into the science behind this concept.)

I ended the last article on this series with the following profound statement – To lose weight, you don’t want to burn fat during a workout, but after a workout is done. Continue reading Getting the Best Body Ever with Mental Toughness Training (Part 6)

Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – Optimizing Positive Self-Talk (Part 4)

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(In the last part of this series on using positive self-talk during your WOD, I talked about how being positive is not enough. Lots of people are positive, however, they have little to show for their positive frame of mind. If you have positive thoughts, but don’t have the confidence to implement them into action, your positive thoughts will then be of no use to you. What is more important is believing you can put your positive self-talk into a behavior. When you can do this, you will believe beyond any doubt that you can achieve what you are thinking. When your sense of belief is this strong and unyielding to self-doubt, you will feel unstoppable and always be able to act on your thoughts. This is the positive mind-set that we are going after with this mental toughness program.)

When your thoughts and actions begin to mesh as one, you don’t hesitate or hold back on your actions towards your goal. In other words, your conviction is so strong in what you are thinking that nobody or any bad situation can convince you to do otherwise. Having an unbending sense of conviction is what separates those who succeed in life and those are too afraid to take chance. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – Optimizing Positive Self-Talk (Part 4)

You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 5)

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(The inability to finish projects is a sign that you are mentally weak and have poor perseverance skills. This series is dedicated to helping you overcome this bad habit. The first thing you must do is to fix this problem in the physical training. By constantly defeating the WODs day after day, will teach you the ability to fight through and complete challenging tasks. Now you must transfer this skill of finishing to your personal life.

The first mental strategy is preparing yourself to be aggressive. You must come up with a plan everyday to help you get into the habit of taking some actions. You must learn to follow through on your plan instead of just wishing or hoping things go your way. Continue reading You Have to Learn How to Finish What You Started (Part 5)

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

images (42)(In part 2 of this series on using positive self-talk during your training, I talked about specific tips that you can use during the WOD to overcome negative thoughts. Changing negative verb patterns, adding a positive connotation at the end of a sentence, and understanding that sometimes there is magic in the misery are just some of the simple techniques that you can use to reform a negative mind-set during a WOD. The more positive your outlook, the more likely you will get through the punishment from the WODs.)

The positive mechanisms that I discussed in the part 2 can all be helpful as you try to drown out the complainer within yourself. However, I just want to be sure that nobody gets confused about my take on having a positive outlook. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – Optimizing Positive Self-Talk (Part 3)

The Importance of Self-Discipline with Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)

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(In the first part of this series on self-discipline, I talked about how impossible it is to predicate if somebody will make it through a CrossFit program. It’s just too hard to make an educated guess on somebody’s desire based on their appearance. This is even more of an issue if one is training alone without the guidance of coach working directly with them. If you are doing this program independently without being in a CrossFit box, you still can make substantial gains with improving your body composition and inner strength. However, your margin of error is very small. You must take greater responsibility than the average client who has the advantage of working with a trainer directly. In other words, your self-discipline can either make you or break you.) Continue reading The Importance of Self-Discipline with Mental Toughness Training (Part 2)