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.
Continue reading Mental Toughness and Semantics (Part 3)
Just 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)
Speaking is simplest terms, mental toughness is all about how your words influence your behavior. What you think, say to yourself influence your actions. The ultimate goal is to have positive and encouraging thought patterns to help you align how you perform in the gym and in your work field.
However, this is not a realistic goal. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Semantics (Part 1)
The biggest misconception from mental toughness rookies is that they think this training will make their problems go away. Your issues will never disappear. They will always be there to haunt you and attempt to destroy you. I have a client right now who I consider to be as harder than nails. She is up there in terms of people that I admire for her grit and toughness. Continue reading Dealing with the Hurt (Part 3)