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.

If you are a regular follower to, you’ll know how much I encourage you all to separate yourself from the masses. Do what average people do and you’ll be just as average and nondescript as the rest of them. The problem with being average in this society is not a sign of being plain. Average for America is being out of shape, lazy and living a life full of excuses. This is the typical man and woman in our society now. Decades ago, diabetes used to be rare. Now it’s the norm. Many people actually believe that it is normal to be sick as we get older, lose strength and passion as we age. This is the mind-set of the common folks in the world and unfortunately for those of us who are in our middle ages.

Most people do want to change and get physically and mentally strong, but they do take the popular and wrong route that everybody else is doing like working out with machines, single body part training or the most moronic method – running a marathon. The same shit that average people do that don’t work.

So when I was training Rita and Alice this Black Friday, I prompted them to notice that we were the only ones working out on the track. Those who were working out were probably inside some commercial gym chain like “Planet Fitness” pampered in a warm heated room.  We, on the other hand, were outside training in the freezing weather. Some may call us stupid for being out the cold, but we see training in inclement weather as a symbol of strength to our commitment to self-improvement. Weak people let minor issues like rain or humid weather dictate where they workout. Tough minded people like us could care less. We take action and refuse to let anybody stop us from training our minds and bodies. We like doing what most people don’t like to do. In fact, we go out of our way to do what average people won’t do.

People that get no results go the gym and use worthless machines while texting between sets or watching gossip shows on HD TVs that are plastered all over your typical global gym. Bad asses like Alice and Rita don’t train on high tech machines and instead launch medicine balls like weapons on a football field.

Typical folks move slowly and jog on treadmills. Strong women like these two do sprints and run all out like power athletes.

Old folks in their 50’s sit on their ass all down and complain about how sick they are. People in their mid-50 like me and these two she-beasts, refuse to follow the mediocrity lifestyle of the average.

We break the norm. We refuse to be like the rest and we don’t give a fuck about what people think of us.

So today, cut yourself off even more from the disease of being physical weak and mentally frail like everybody else. Find a challenge, confront it and overcome it with vengeance.

When you are done, get ready to want to strut.

Today’s WOD –

Find a steep hill and do 10 sprints

Want do what most people can’t do? Do hill sprints. Nothing is more economical and efficient for mental toughness training than hill runs. Running up a hill is simplistic. Anybody can do them, but most people just don’t. Or let me take that back, most people only do them once. I can’t even count the number of times I did hill sprints with a friend and how they never did them with me again. When asked these people to redo the hill training again, I’m actually surprised at how honest they are. Instead of giving me a lame excuses, most of them just flat out and say “No, I hate hill sprints and I don’t want to do them again.”

I appreciate their honesty, but don’t respect their toughness. Hill sprints are very difficult and if you find a really gnarly one, you will get so nauseous after each run that you will be barking like a seal. The goal of this WOD is not to induce you to vomit, but for you to work through the unpleasantness that a hill will cause in you. The real pain is not the uncomfortable feeling of your lungs wanting to explode, but the mental drain of having to do another and then another hill sprint. Nothing is more of a mind fuck than to be lying on the ground all gassed out and knowing you got more hill sprints to do.

Here lies the test. If you pass, you’ll make a huge development in your mental power. If you give up, you’ll be just like the rest. The choice is yours. You can be extraordinary and accomplish something challenging or you can be like the rest and only wish they can do unbelievable things.

Use today’s theme of distancing yourself from mediocrity. Understand that your detractors, enemies, all the haters in your life can’t do what you can do. Motivate yourself that by realizing how challenging hill WODs are and how the average coach potato would most likely fail at today’s challenge. Let this inspire you even more to do them and finish the challenge.

Hills sprints are not easy, but when you do them and finish reaching your goal, you will feel amazing. Nothing feels better than knowing you just did something that average people won’t even dare to try because either they’re too scared, out of shape or both.

Make a statement to yourself that you are the opposite of these negative traits. You are courageous and full of unstoppable energy.

Let this training define who you are and what you are becoming.

Now go find a hill and fucking run up it.

Scale back version of this WOD –

  1. You can walk up the hill instead.

Acceptable alternatives –

  1. Stadium stairs and indoor stairs in a building are excellent alternatives.


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