(In part 4 on this series on engaging your will in the WODs, I discussed how having a will with an unusual level of high pain tolerance can lead to recklessness and an injury. This is how potent your will can be. You must always be cautious when you have a will that is this defiant. However, when you are faced with a brutal WOD that is close to defeating your spirit or up against a life threatening adversity, you must summon the power of your will. In times of trouble, nothing will help you more than a will that refuses to go down. With all the mental capacities that you have learned from this site, the most powerful and dangerous weapon against the enemy is always your will.)
For me when I am in a desperation moment in the WOD where I feel I am completely spent and need a sudden burst of energy, my will can drive me to a dark area of my soul when I seem possessed by a higher order of meanness. This does not mean I become a big time jerk or a bully. I leave others alone as long as they don’t interfere with my lone goal of tearing up the WOD with authority.
This is what typically happens whenever I’m at the most painful point of the workout and is about to quit, my will overtakes me with the highest level of rebellious defiance that absolutely refuses to give in. I know those around me while I am this state may wrongly interrupt my former look of despair to one who is infused with malice, but there is definitely a potent transformation that encompasses my mind and whole body.
A rush and charge of determination from my will takes over my soul completely. Instead of wanting to quit, my mind quickly swifts to one who would show no mercy for anyone that attempts to stop me from finishing. I literally want to crush all those who get in my way. Lucky for me, I have never laid my hands on anyone during a workout nor do I think I ever will either, but the attitude to use excess force of is always there. I have no doubt that those around me can read my militant body language. I begin to pick up the pace in the workout as if I have tattoo on my forehead that reads “If you try to stop me, I will punish you to no end.”
I can go from one extreme to another when I am most desperate. From being at my lowest point to suddenly generating relentless action, makes me feel so damn unstoppable. You would think I would strive for the perfect workout where I can cruise through it without breaking a sweat or have any thoughts of failure or quitting. But, this training is all about creating the self-doubt in you. This program is designed to see how you will deal with yourself when you are at you are close to falling apart. If the workouts do not back you into the corner, they are worthless for the development of your will. The CrossFit, Litvinov, and complex workouts must test your psychological and physical limits by pushing you past your normal past threshold. Only through overcoming undesirable tasks many times over, are you able to train your will to be uncompromising. People, there is no other way to learn how to persevere.
My will has rewired my genetics to always have to ability to convincingly comeback stronger, faster and a lot meaner than ever when facing adversity from the WOD. For the last 7 years, my will has been this reliable and consistent. If you are an athlete, MMA fighter or CrossFitter and you want to compete at a higher level, you must bring some nastiness to your will. If you are not a competitor and just somebody that is trying to wipe out a past trauma, you got to have some fire in your will to if you want to overcome your former pain.
When you are mentally tough, you will have this fury in abundance. All the great athletes have this ability to switch on the ferociousness in their will to the point that they seem like a different person from how they regularly are. I have no doubt their opponents could see the filthiness in their eyes as well. In the mind of the enemy when they see some much mental force and desire building up inside their opposition, terror will strike them and weaken their heart. They will know that it is just a matter of time when damage will be done upon them. In war, nothing is more intimating than a will that refuses to die.
With a lot of hard work and practice from this program, you too can have this lethal connection with your will.
Today’s Litvinov WOD –
Deadlift – 6 reps
Push-ups – 15 reps
Heavy dumbbell farmer’s walk (one minute)
Today’s Litvinov variation has heavy farmer’s walk which will be quite a challenge for all you. This combination of deadlifts, push-ups, and farmer’s walk will be a great session on how to teach your will to be on the offense. A good rule for the farmer’s walk is to pick two dumbbells that you would use for a moderately heavy dumbbell bench press. Also, to get the most out the walks, squeeze the handles as hard as you can while walking. The extra tension will stimulate your arms and lats to make the farmer’s walk a whole-body experience.
After the first two compound movements, your upper body should be close to being spent. The first couple of seconds of the walks will seem like nothing, but after the first 30 seconds, you will definitely feel the punishing effects from this WOD. At this point, you’ll have to impose your will into the WOD because your grip will be close to be giving out. The stronger your will power, the less likely you won’t drop the dumbbells on somebody’s foot. If you can’t hold on, you might as well drop the weights on the meathead that’s doing concentration curls. Maybe the hard pounding might jar some sense into him.
The biggest challenge some of you will have with this WOD is the lack of space when you are doing the walks. If your gym is small or really crowded, you have to be really careful. You don’t want to bump into somebody that’s in your direction nor do you don’t to want to maneuver and zigzag around people either. This is really a pain in the ass especially when your hands are full of sweat and you are barely holding on to the dumbbells. What you want to do instead, is to make people want to get out of your way.
The only way to do this without yelling and screaming “Get out my way!” like a crazy maniac is to make sure your mind is filled with aggressive thoughts of wanting to run people over if they get in your way of your training. Let me reiterate, I am not advocating physical confrontation or suggesting that you literally run into people. This WOD is only a drill for you to get in touch with the dark side of your will. I am only promoting aggressive thoughts and would never, ever suggest the use of a forceful altercation. That would be mentally stupid and has no place in mental toughness training. I hope I am clear on this point.
So having said this, If you have overly aggressive thoughts and plow straight ahead of your path with sheer determination – your thoughts, grunting and body language will come through.
It won’t take person with ESP to read your mind either. It should be clear to even the most naive person in the gym that you are on a mission and you will not be stopped for anything or anybody. For me, whenever I do this WOD, I usually am thinking of only one thing – “You better get the fuck out of my way or I will run your over.”
You want those around you to not move away from you, but to go run and hide from your fury. This is the aggressive thought process that you must have if you want your will to be lethal and to be intimidating to your competitors.
When your will is driven by your mean streak, the energy will be translated throughout your personal as a force not to be reckon with
Those in the gym will take noticed. If they are smart, they will part the sea for you when you walk towards them. If they don’t, have pity for them as you bulldoze through them. Just be careful not to drop the weights on their head. That would not be a good thing at all.
This overly aggressive attitude is exactly what you need when you do this WOD. Those around you must know what a mistake it would be if they interfered with your training. When you can convey this message though with only your actions, you are on your way to having a will that’s more than powerful.
It’s even on the lethal side.
Scaled back version of this WOD –
1. Do only 4 sets.
2. Instead of 15 push-ups, do only 10 reps.
3. Walk with the dumbbells for 30 seconds.
4. Walk in place with the dumbbells for 30 seconds.
Acceptable alternatives –
1. If you have no room to do the walks, run on the treadmill or jump rope for a minute. Going for a 400m run is also acceptable.