(Here is the final wrap up for this continuing investigation on how to be impervious to pain during your CrossFit or HITT WOD. I’m glad this intensive research has helped many of you tolerate your agony and manipulate your suffering to your advantage. Below is a review of the 14 mental strategies that you can use to up your game when it comes to elevating your ability to handle physical stress.) Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Final Wrap-up)
(Enjoying spring break and spending a lot of time in the sun and out door training. I’ll will be back next week with new blog. In the meantime, find an empty lot and implement a car push routine in your training.)
The dreaded car push. Continue reading The Best Movement for Mental Toughness Training (Part 1) A repost
(This is possibly the final suggestion on how to lower your perception to pain, at least for now. I’m sure I’ll discover and experiment with other mental tools to help you deal with your upcoming discomfort. This is a never-ending pursuit that I will continue to investigate. In the meantime, you have a myriad of strategies to help you fight through the suffering of any high intensity or CrossFit WOD).
Tip #14 Break down the WOD to workable segments. The worse part of a CrossFit class is walking up and seeing a dreadful WOD on the whiteboard that you know is going to suck royally. The immediate reaction is a sick feeling in your stomach and a hidden desire of wanting to run away and hide. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 13)
(This is 12th tip on changing your perception of pain for a CrossFit or HITT WOD. I’m about to wrap up this report soon so keep your email coming. BTW – I got lots of responses from readers saying how caffeine really lowers their tolerance to pain. Also, some readers report how sleep improves their pain levels as well. Scientific studies have shows that both caffeine and long nights of shut-eye does indeed raises your perception to pain. You can add this two tips your painkiller list.
Even though I’m a huge proponent of both green tea before WODs and at least 8 hours of sleep every night, I choose not to write about these effective methods. What I wanted to investigate were mental and psychological strategies that can raise you insensitivity to discomfort. I didn’t want to explore non-mental strategies in this series. Maybe in the future, I can do this.
Caffeine is an external stimulant while sleep is a physical need. Both will help you overcome a challenging WOD.
I always have some caffeine before a WOD and if I don’t at least 8 hours of sleep per night, my performance and pain tolerance will drop. I factor in both caffeine and quality sleep in my training regimen and so should you.
Now, back to the mental stuff.)
Tip #13 Make the training meaningful to you. The main problem I see at any commercial gym is the void or empty looks with most gym participants. I can’t read their minds, but most people just look lost. They walk around mindless, thoughtless and without any purpose. The other day, I asked one regular gym rat what he was doing today.
His response was “I don’t know. I’m just going to wing it.” Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 12)
(This is part 10 in this never-ending discussion on how you increase your pain tolerance during a high intensity or CrossFit WOD. I would like to say thanks for all the kind words of encouragement from all of you on this series and glad it is helping you all, especially for those who are participating in the CrossFit Open. I have a couple of more suggestions and then I will have one final wrap up.)
Tip #12 Be grateful for what you can do now. One of the powerful emotions you can have is feeling grateful. When you create a sense of gratitude it can lead to whole cascades of other positive attributes like strength, courage, ambition and of course, pain tolerance. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 11)
(The following blog is part 11 in this extensive exploration how to lower your pain perception for a hard CrossFit WOD. I’m about to conclude this series and move on. So, I would love to hear about your experiences in using some of these techniques to dealing with your suffering. Look forward to reading some of your emails. Thanks)
Tip #11 Train hard today so it will be easier tomorrow. For the last month, I knew I had an upcoming devastating WOD featuring heavy deadlifts and car pushes with my group of hardcore CrossFit friends. The last time we did this workout, I struggled badly and felt some of the worse pain ever from a WOD. I was very sloppy with my form and I barely finished alive. It was that tough.
I vowed the next time I do this workout; I won’t suffer as much and will be better prepared for it. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 10)