Mental Toughness and Semantics (Part 3)

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When it comes to recovery between sets, I prefer to use the word “reload” over “rest” for several reasons. First of all, the word “to reload” implies recharging a firearm. In essence, getting yourself mentally ready to attack is what you should be doing between your working sets. You should view your mind like a gun chamber. After you had used up some of your intensity from the last set, you need to add some more violent ammunition to your arsenal. You never want to go into a battle without weapons that can destroy the enemy, so why would you want to train with a mind that is defensiveness and ailing? A mind without a forceful intent is like having a shotgun without any bullets. If you are unprepared to fight in the trenches and in the gym, you will be useless and be prone to taking a bad beating. In order to go head to head with a formidable opponent, you must bring in your most powerful weapon.

In this training, you’ll learn the most potent and dangerous apparatus to your enemy is an aggressive mind-set. Nothing will scare the shit out of your adversity more than a mind is that is has taken aim on the target and is ready to fire.

Yes, mental toughness training is all about being trigger-happy.

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Mental Toughness and Semantics (Part 2)

wordsJust the other day, I ran an athlete through “Fran.” This client struggled with the pull-ups, but made it through as she bull-rushed the shit out of the thrusters. When the WOD was done, she collapsed to the floor and was gasping for air like how most CrossFitters do after a date with “Fran.”

I told her how proud I was of her for finishing the workout in such an attack mode mindset. She barely broke out a smile and said, “You really kicked my ass with that workout.”

I explained to her how simple word choices affect our mind and sub consciousness. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Semantics (Part 2)