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CrossFit Mental Training – Part 2

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Check out this tidbit from Tabata Times and give a try to their ‘Think Small‘ and come up with your own motivation’ for tackling your next big WOD (maybe 13.2 on Thursday?) and note the difference in your attitude or outcome.

Think Small to Tackle Big WODs

A veteran of CrossFit and CrossFit competitions, Josh Bridges of CrossFit Invictus echoes the sentiment of having a positive mantra. His wrestling coach encouraged him with “Break through that wall” during strenuous matches to help him maintain a strong mind over a tiring body.

One step at a time: Besides working to stay in the present moment, set manageable mini-goals and celebrate as you complete them.

If you can’t think of anything positive to tell yourself, or perhaps you forgot to make a plan before the workout started that day, Dawn Fletcher suggests replacing harmful cues with counting reps, counting breaths, or using key words for particular movements (i.e. “shrug hard,” “hip extension”).

Upon feeling or hearing a negative thought creeping in, stave it off by completing one more rep. Getting into the habit of overcoming self-defeating thoughts gets easier the more often you can do this.

During a longer WOD – say at minute 12 or 13 of Cindy – it’s easy to start “future-gazing.” Same thing happens when you are starting round three of a 5-round workout and thinking, “I am so far from finishing.” Besides working to stay in the present moment, set manageable mini-goals and celebrate as you complete them. A trainer at CrossFit Redondo writes:

Let’s say you are doing the “Lumberjack 20” which consists of seven 400m runs and seven difficult movements each with 20 repetitions. After finishing the first run and movement, instead of thinking “Oh Geez, I’m only 1/7 of the way done” think “I rocked that first round; I’m going to push it on this next run.”
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