Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 5)

haters(This is part 5 on this continuing series on how to elevate your pain threshold. Read the other parts in past blogs from this series)

Strategy #6  Imagine those that want to see you fail. In other words, the next time you are being a puss to a little pain and whining like a baby, think about your haters. Imagine the pleasure your past and current doubters will get to see you giving up because you can’t handle a tiny bit of suffering. In fact, go a little deeper –imagine the assholes of your life smirking, taunting and laughing at your lack of wiliness to handle pain.

If that don’t get your fighting spirit going, I don’t know what will.

For me, thinking about those that spite me gives me an instant rush of protection gear against the pain from any formidable WOD. I just couldn’t live with myself if what I do and don’t do, validates the low opinion of myself from my haters

Fuck that.

This strategy against pain is not only effective, but works very quickly. Sometimes, we chug along in a WOD in a comfort zone without any fire in our belly, which can come to haunt us. When this happens, you will face an onslaught of pain that is waiting to knock you down on your face. To counterattack the upcoming hurt that is waiting to crush your soul, you can’t be in Mr. or Mrs. Nice mode

You need to have an edge to yourself

When our minds and bodies start to adapt to this CrossFit workout regiment, we forget the fire that got us hooked into this training in the first place.

My job is to remind you to never forget

You can never let go of your past trauma. I am no way saying I want you to remain traumatize forever from your past horrors. That is the last thing I want you to do. The goal of mental toughness training is to heal you from the abuse. One way to cure yourself from the past torment is to use the oppressors to motivate and shield you from current pain. By reflecting back on them, you it will give you that extra fire that you need in your belly to raise your tolerance from any suffering from the workouts

Instead of humiliation, you can now extract a strong reservoir of pain tolerance that you never knew existed in your soul. By using your past pain and converting into unstoppable power is the ironic gift you can get from your haters

This is not easy to do and many of you may not be ready for this coping skill. However, when you have grown from this mental toughness training, this is one of the most powerful techniques to not only make you impervious to WOD suffering, but to heal you from past abuses

Instead of letting your enemies continue to control your life, you can turn the tables around on them

You have the choice and ability to control the hell out of them. Not only have you survived their torment, but you have grown stronger because to them. And by seeing their fucken faces during a painful WOD, they can give you that extra fuel that is missing in your current skill practice.

Sometimes, we need to see red in order to deal with our physical pain. Critics to this method will say this can lead to further neurosis, but I beg to different. From my experience and the testimony of many of my clients and readers to this site, you have found for yourself how potent this method is against pain, but more importantly, how cathartic it is you’re your spirit.

It is my greatest intention for me to teach all of you how past hurt can be transformed to your strongest protection too.

Again, I want to caution some of you. If you are not ready to confront your past tormentors, then you should avoid this strategy. In time with this mental toughness training, you will find the courage to do so.

When you are ready, let me know

I’m more than willing to help you destroy and stomp out these demons for good

This is the purpose of

Now go train.

(To be continued)

Today’s barbell complex WOD –

6 sets of 5 reps each

1. Thrusters (squat to a press)

2. Good mornings

3. Bent over rows

4. Back squats

5. Barbell roll outs

One minute of jump roping

If you think the last barbell WOD was rough, this one’s going to be even worse. Adding the anaerobic aspect of jumping rope, just takes this barbell complex WOD to another level of misery. Your ability to endure the upcoming suffering will be tested here. After you do the complex movement and drop the bar, the sight of the jump rope will begin mind fucking you. Understand that it is coming and prepare yourself for it.

During the WOD, you must constantly remind yourself of one of the basic beliefs of being mentally tough – just  because the body is tired does not mean the mind is. The mind can summon the body to regenerate itself, even when the body is feeling at its weakest. In order to do this, the mind must rebel against the body when it is urging you to quit. Normally when the body is exhausted, the mind acquiesces to it and gives in. To be mentally tough, you must go against to what the body wishes. During the WOD repeat to yourself over and over that the mind is in control and not the body. It is the mind that decides to continue to go on or to give up. In order to do this your thoughts must be oppositional to how the body is feeling when it is most fatigued.  In other words, your thoughts must be the opposite of how the body is feeling. For example, whenever my body is feeling like it is about to collapse, I have contradicting thoughts like  – My legs are hurting, but my mind feels no pain…My body is feeling weak but my mind is getting strong….I don’t want to go on, but my mind will push me forward….

Also, I remind myself over and over throughout the WOD that “Just because the body is tired, does not mean the mind is.” By shifting the emphasis from the body to a more powerful energy source, a proactive mind can always re-energize a tired body. Does this mean, one can literally get stronger and faster when they have their energy zapped out of them? Sometimes yes, but most of the time no. Most likely you will feel most tired during the end of the WOD, so you will probably move slower and with less force, but what is important is that you didn’t quit and that you kept on going. By reversing your actions from almost giving up to finishing strong is the ultimate sign of toughness. This ability to mentally turnaround your energy level is what you are trying to achieve with this training. Continuing to fight when you are at the highest state of fatigue is in my opinion the greatest of strength. This is where I am trying to take you and where you must be in order for you to get over the worst of the worse adversities that you will face in life. In order to get to this harder to kill level, you must first learn to work when you are physically at your most weakest. In time, this mental toughness training will teach you how to transfer this feeling of invincibility to your personal life. But, for now you must discover the fighter in you with each WOD, especially when you are close to being knocked out.

With this brutal WOD, you will have more than the opportunity to going from feeling dead to feeling unstoppable. So prepare yourself with oppositional thoughts before you go into the WOD. The more connected you are with strong statements on how powerful the mind is regardless of how fatigue the body is, the more likely you will finish the workout with authority.

Prepare yourself for war and now go destroy the enemy.

Scaled back version of this WOD:

1. Omit the barbell row outs.

2. Do only the barbell complexes and omit the jump roping.

3. Do only 3 reps per movement.

Appropriate alternatives:

1. Run for a minute on the treadmill instead of jumping rope.