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CrossFit Mental Training – Part 3

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From the folks at Tabata Times, liked the ending quote “Experienced CrossFitters know that the mental benefits — and challenges — of CrossFit can far exceed the physical ones. Train your brain to be your best ally.” How many of you have found that to be very true?

Be Self-Centered

Just breathe:
“When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still.”
– Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Instead of constantly checking the clock or staring wistfully at the people going slower or faster than you, save those quick glances for going between movements or sets, or when there is a designated break in a workout, like Fight Gone Bad.

You can also focus solely on your own technique, as highlighted in the Podium Sports Journal. Bobby McGee, an expert running coach, writes, “Concentrating on your form is the purest form of concentration.”

When things get especially rugged, focus entirely on what you are doing.  For one minute at a time, observe a specific element of your running form:

  • the 90 degree bend in your elbow
  • peppy cadence
  • stacking your shoulders over your hips
  • your proper forward lean from your ankles up
  • refocusing  your gaze 35 feet out
  • relaxing your shoulders and dropping your chest.

This ability to engage in each movement — rather than disconnect from it — allows you to stay present in each moment of the workout. Be conscious about the way your body moves and strive for virtuosity. Good, technically-sound movement is often efficient movement.

By embracing the process of the workout, as opposed to focusing on the outcome, you can achieve better results.

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”
-Bill Russell

Experienced CrossFitters know that the mental benefits — and challenges — of CrossFit can far exceed the physical ones. Train your brain to be your best ally.

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