Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 4)

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(In early posts on this series, I talked about how mantras can be used to get you’re the toughest moments in the WODs and in life. There are a variety of mantras that you can use. I like ones that develop a rage in me. However, at times, I need other ones that can calm me down so I can think straight and stop my mind from swirling with anxiety.  So create a wide range of mantras that you can use during moments of crises. In this post, I will some give you some creative examples of mantras that my clients came up with.  As long as they are personal and meaningful, mantras can help recharge you when you are feeling your weakest.) Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 4)

Sports Injuries and Mental Toughness Training

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Getting over an injury is one of the biggest adversities that many of us face. This is especially true if you hurt yourself during an athletic event and can’t workout for an extended period of time. For me, when I tore ligaments on three sides of my ankle and found out that I couldn’t run for at least six months, I was devastated. This was during my running phase of my life when I was a zealot long distance runner. Continue reading Sports Injuries and Mental Toughness Training

Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 3)

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Always be on the lookout for babying yourself during a WOD.

(This is part three of this series on how to use mantras during your WODs. Most people may think of mantras as some sort of positive affirmation statements that you tell yourself over and over. Yes, they can be that. If saying these types of “feel-good” mantras give you the extra source of energy that you need during an imposing WOD, then use them. However, from my experience and the feedback from my clients, when it comes to high intensity CrossFit WODs, you need something more powerful than just telling yourself over and over how good you are. You need something extra that will provoke some rage in you to get you to fight back when your will is at a low point. Mantras that get some old fashion anger out of you is one of the most powerful and fastest way to wake you up when you are feeling sorry for yourself during a brutal WOD. You never want self-pity while training because if you do, you will become vulnerable to quitting. The whole point of this training is to teach you how to resist or better yet, put your fucken foot down to all notions of surrendering to the enemy.) Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 3)

Black Friday and Mental Toughness Training

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The day after Thanksgiving I trained with two of my toughest girls – Alice and Rita. We went to the track at the community college in the morning. It was very cold as the temperature was in the low 20’s. Not surprising, there was nobody there. It was also, Black Friday so most people were foolishly caught up in the shopping mentality, still suffering from turkey coma, or just waking up and eating more crappy foods. This is the typical morning routine after Thanksgiving that the mainstream follows. Continue reading Black Friday and Mental Toughness Training

Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 2)

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(In the part one of this series on using mantras, I introduced how powerful mantras are to this training.  Mantras are relatively easy to use. You repeat personal statements that have special meaning in order provoke you into action.  The controversy here is that sometime I advocate using mantras that arouse some anger in you. I call it controlled anger. You never want to be so riled up that you are out of control and let your emotions get the best of you.  Being so pumped up to the point that you wear yourself out or lose your focus has nothing to do with being mentally tough. That’s just being self-absorbed. The anger I’m talking about is controlling your “rage.” By knowing just how much emotion to evoke, but more importantly, when the right time to use is anger takes practice. Working with your rage is a skill in itself. However, when harnessed appropriately, it can be strong mental tool that enables you to be almost unstoppable in your purse to overcome adversity.)

When your rage is flowing, you must be stay within rational boundaries. So a calm and focused mind is a must.  If you can do this, you can tap into a powerful source of energy. Learning mental toughness is that it will teach you how to work through your anger issues. Continue reading Mental Toughness Strategy #3 for the Workouts – The Power of Mantras (Part 2)