I used to train this one athlete who made fantastic gains with me. He gained about 8 pounds of pure muscle on his thin frame, but also made strong progress with is mental toughness as well. This client suffered from self-confidence issues, especially with his life goals and pursing chicks. However, his newly founded muscles and stronger mind give him the encouragement to live a better life. Continue reading Losing Motivation with Mental Toughness (Part 1)
(This is the conclusion to my long journey to finding a cure for my high blood pressure issues and to get off dangerous prescription drugs. Again, I would like to admit that after nearly 20 years of looking, I got lucky when I met my new brilliant physician Dr. Keroack. In fact, it was completely by accident.)
So finding the solution to my hypertension problem was purely inadvertent. I was seeing a new doctor and my visit with him had nothing to do with high blood pressure issues. I went to him to get a blood test after a friend of mine recommended Dr. Keroack to me. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 3)
(This is part two on my secret confession on my health issue. Like many of you, I have struggled for years to get myself of prescription drugs. For me, it was hypertension medicine. For you all, it could be statins, anti-depressives, or some other kind of pharmaceutical. Whatever drugs are hidden in your cabinet, I’m sure you don’t like digesting in your body and would prefer to be drug-free. However, getting off them is very difficult and a long process. The journey to be healthy and drug-free will test your perseverance skills, but once you find the solution to your issues, it will be worth all the struggles. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a safe pharmaceutical drug. All of them have dangerous side-effects that can kill you.
Here is part 2 to my story.)
When I first diagnosed with HPB and my doctor prescribed drugs for me, I assume I would get of the drugs immediately. I figured I would add some positive changes in my life and i would be off drugs quickly.
I never was so wrong. I had no idea it would take me nearly 20 years to be free of harmful prescription drugs. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 2)
For the over 15 years, I have struggled with hypertension. When I was first diagnosed with the health issues, I knew nothing about it. My doctor prescribed drugs for me because he said my blood pressure was approaching a dangerous level.
That shocked me out so I took them without thinking twice about it. Since I was always working out and relative healthy, I assume the drugs would be a temporary solution.
As a couple of weeks went by, I asked my doctor if I could get off the drugs since my blood pressure was now normalized. He looked at me with a deep gaze and said my blood pressure was a sign that my heart was having problems and that I need to be on the drugs for a bit longer. Again, I was frighten by his comment. I never consider myself as having a weak heart as I was in my early 40’s. Once more, his fear arousal approach coaxed me into feeling it was OK to take the drugs.
After the fear has settled down about a month later, I did some research and found out how dangerous hypertension drugs were. I was bodybuilder-health freak at the time so I made it my goal to get off the drugs as soon as possible. Continue reading Mental Toughness and Health Issues (Part 1)
(This is part 2 in this blog about shutting up and just training. I been wanting to write about the philosophy of stoicism so here was the perfect opportunity. I just had a tough workout and I wanted to whine and complain the whole time, but I didn’t. By keeping my big mouth shut and suppressing my negativity from infecting my workout partner, I would say the WOD was a success. Not just for finishing the session, but for not reverting back to my former self when I was a chronic whiner.)
Working out and training without making excuses is a huge step towards your resilience skills. Keeping your mouth shut may not seem very beneficial, but in my book, silencing negative remarks is monumental.
Most people are not only mentally weak, but they can’t shut the fuck up and stop themselves from constantly complaining. Verbalizing your list of can’t-does will disable your actions and pollute your intentions. Once this bad habit of being the constant whiner becomes ingrained in your personality, it becomes very difficult to break. Extremely problematic. Continue reading Enough With Your Excuses (Part 2)
I had a very challenging Olympic lifting workout last month with a new gym friend. His name is James and he has a lot of experience with the lifts and I need all the help I can get. The workout wasn’t planned and was improvised when we at the gym training at the same time.
When I first start to train with somebody new, I make a lot of effort to show I can handle anything thrown at me. That’s the problem of living a former life of being weak. Pathetic memories are still vivid and I’ll never be able to completely rid myself of the bitter after taste that almost ruined me. Continue reading Enough With Your Excuses (Part 1)
(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)