(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)
(Welcome to the 9th installment on this in depth discussion on how we can strengthen our coping skills to suffering. Again, the overall response have been very positive so if what I’m writing is giving you ideas on how to go on when you don’t want to, I’ll continue my investigation.)
Tip #10 Think about how others will benefit from your toughness development. Being mentally weak affects your whole life. You can’t run from it or pretend that it doesn’t exist. You can try your best to suppress it, but soon or later, your true ways will be exposed. In fact, I hate to break the bad news to you, but those around you already know your true weak self. How? Because your weak ways affect all those around you. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 9)
(This is part 8 on this very in depth look on to increase your perceive pain perception to CrossFit. I never realized I was such a pain specialist, but it seems from the responses I have been getting that the advice from this series is helping you all. That’s good to know. I have more thoughts and ideas on how to elevate your reaction to suffering from the WODs, especially now that the CrossFit Open has arrived.)
Tip #9. Take responsibility for your weakness. I’m going to assume most of you follow this site because you want to rid yourself of your evil weak ways. One of the reasons why you are having a difficult time dealing with pain is because some of you are a former pussy while others are still stuck in your pussy ways.
I know for me, I lived all of childhood and adolescent years as a whiney, excuse-making crybaby. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 8)
(This is part 7 on this long series on how manage your perceived pain perception during a CrossFit WOD. I have a couple of more tips and then I will wrap of the series with a conclusion piece. )
Tip #8. Train in a group setting. On my decade plus road to mental toughness, I’ve learned one strong absolute
Never, ever rely on anyone.
I’ve learned if you want something done, you got to do it yourself. This is somewhat cynical view that people will always let you down, especially when you ask them to something hard with you. So in order to overcome this negative view, I made it into a positive outlook, by always relying on myself to get things done Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 7)
(This is part 6 on this extensive search on how we can raise our ability to handle pain during a CrossFit WOD. I would like to thanks all that have emailed me and commented on how they are enjoying and using the mental tips in this series
Since the overall response have been extremely positive and helpful, I will continue with this series with more suggestions on how to deal with suffering and making it less aversive.)
Tip #7 Don’t Freak Out. This mental tip is not really a tip, but an insight. When it comes to a hardcore anaerobic WOD, what causes the greatest sense of agony is not when your muscles start to break down or when they are burning like fire. The first sign of chaos is the uncomfortable feeling of struggling with your breath. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 6)
(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. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 5)
(This is part 4 on this very depth look on how to increase your pain tolerance during a vicious CrossFit WOD. If you want to know the 5 previous strategies, just check out the last 3 blogs.)
Tip # 5 Understand your Why. When you get to the point of a rough WOD and you think you can’t tolerate any more pain and want to quit, guess what? You’re wrong again! Your body can handle more suffering and stress than you can ever imagine. One of the strongest way to turn your aching body into a full armor against pain is to refer back to your why
Your why is the reason you are doing the workout. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 4)
(This is part 3 on this series on how to increase your tolerance for suffering during your CrossFit or HITT workouts).
Tip #4 – Get Angry. This tip ties in with tip#2. The second tip was how cussing can raise your tolerance to pain. Maybe it’ not the F-bombs that elevate your ability to handle shitloads of suffereing, but the emotions that comes when one swears like a mad man or crazy bitch. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 3)
(This is part 2 to this series on how to increase your anaerobic threshold for CrossFit training. See read about tip#1, see last week’s blog)
Tip #2 – Expect the Pain to Come in Abundance
Get ready for the upcoming pain is a coping skill that you must develop in order to perfect your skill to suffer. The better you gear yourself up for the upcoming suck, you better you will be able to handle it and fight back. Continue reading Increasing Your Pain Tolerance for CrossFit (Part 2)