Mental Toughness

May 1st, 2019

Category: CrossFit

Mental Toughness

Joe – Intense FOCUS

Mental Toughness
Round 4 of a 5 round WOD: legs, hurting; heart, pounding; lungs, exploding; fatigue sets in.

“Every CrossFitter from novice to elite will reach this critical threshold and SHOULD reach it every time we WOD. This marks the turning point where we will either beat the time we have striven for, or fizzle out in a fatigue-induced slouch over our barbell.

The difference between these two polar opposite paths comes down to one intangible factor: mental toughness.

Mental toughness represents our will to succeed; the driving force that will push us past our pre-conceived physical limits. Too often, I see athletes who assure me they cannot go further because something on their body “hurts.” Of course they’re “hurting” – that’s the point of CrossFit. If this WOD was easy, it wouldn’t be doing the job it was programmed to do. A massive difference exists between injury and hurt. Injury = physical inability to continue because something is broken. Hurt = pain from workout.

Greg – Pushing Through at The 2018 Southie Showdown

Suck it up. All of us feel it and all of us have been guilty of sandbagging during a WOD at one point in time. I can personally tell all reading that my most frustrating WOD experiences have come after I have quit on myself and personally known that I could have and should have done better – no one should ever have that feeling post-WOD. We all reach that point where putting down the bar for a minute or stopping a run feels like the easy thing to do. Leaving a WOD should parallel the feeling of leaving the arena after playing for a championship or walking out of the office after interviewing for our dream job. We should have the feeling that we put our maximum effort and every ounce of sweat and blood into this endeavor and if we came up short of our goal, at least we gave it all we had, physically AND mentally.

When the athlete who tells me they “can’t” is pushed and encouraged a little, they do exactly what they insisted they could not. Every time. As a staff, we will not always be there every time to tell an athlete to push themselves. It comes down to your own mental toughness. Push past your pain threshold. Suck it up, think “I can crush this” and pick up the bar. Don’t sell yourself short – any of us can do anything if we believe in our abilities and act upon this realization.”

Warm-up
2 Rounds
2 Minutes Machine of Choice (Row/Bike/Ski/Runner)
10 Deadlifts
10 Good mornings
10 Banded Clamshells
*Add light weight each round

L1/L2 classes- take weight off bar for drilling
Rx classes – drill with light weight on the bar

Mobility
Adductor Rolling
IT band Rolling
Banded Leg Stretching

WOD
5 Rounds
15 Bar Facing Burpees
12 Deadlifts (135,95)
9 Hang Squat Cleans
6 Thrusters

Rest 1 Minute

Level 2- (115,75)
Level 1- (95,45) 10 Burpees, 4 Rounds

Extra Work
100/75 Cals Bike
100/75 Cals Row
100/75 Cals Bike

ADV – 150/110 cals