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When To Retest Benchmarks or WODs

Benchmark workouts are a staple in CrossFit training and in most other strength and conditioning programs. If you’re taking your workouts seriously, it’s best that keep your scores, times and lifts in a journal or an online tracking system. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to continue to feel and see progress. The main way you’ll know if you’re progressing is by actually improving your score, time, lifts, amount to which you scale a movement, etc. It’s helpful to actually SEE your performance gains. So, a question I’m frequently asked is, “how often should I retest benchmarks?” […]


5 Ways You’re Wasting Time At The Gym

Are you wasting time at the gym? If any of these things are habits of yours, it’s likely that you are. 1. Checking your phone between sets or parts of your workouts. Do you find yourself posting while training and getting back to non-urgent messages while you’re at the gym? You may use your phone for a timer or to record a video, but when you do, be careful not to respond to messages or check your social media. It’s best to turn it off or put it away while you’re working out. 2. Talking to everyone else about their workouts. Do you find yourself talking to […]


7 Truths About Intensity

Let’s get some things clear about training intensity. Intensity is not about how long your run is, how many calories you burn, how much you sweat, or how sore you are after a workout. Intensity is a mentality. It is all about your drive, purpose, passion and focus.  1. You’ll only know true intensity if you’re willing to get incredibly uncomfortable A lot of people think they are “going hard” but they are only kidding themselves. Of course, intensity is different for everyone. But, if you never try to lift as much as you can, with people screaming at you and cheering you […]


GPF: 5 Simple Tips To Free Yourself From Perfectionism

It’s time for “Guest Post Friday!” On Fridays, I feature tips from other individuals who have helpful input about the mental side of fitness, training or life. All of the other posts on this site are my thoughts, so I like to share different perspectives (especially so that you don’t get too tired of my ramblings). Enjoy this post from TheFeelGoodLifestyle.com, written by editor Pia Savoie   Simple Tips To Free Yourself From Perfectionism “The Crippling Effect of Perfectionism How good is good enough? For some, good enough doesn’t even figure. There are only two options: perfection or total and complete failure. Although it’s essential to dream big, perfection […]


GPF: When Are You Unstoppable?

It’s time for “Guest Post Friday!” On Fridays, I feature tips and insight from individuals who have helpful input about the mental side of fitness, training or life. All of the other posts on this site are written about me, so I like to share different perspectives (especially so that you don’t get too tired of my ramblings). I select witty and honest pieces, that give practical advice. Enjoy the post below from Black Wolf CrossFit’s owner Ben Jocz. It was originally posted here. I Am Unstoppable “This started as just a writing exercise but I think it maybe could be useful to someone. I’ve been in a funk lately. […]


Ask Coach: Who Should I Train With For Max Results?

Occasionally I will post frequently asked questions and my quick answers. These posts will be tagged “ask coach”, so you can find them easily. Feel free to tweet or email me if you have something that you want more insight on. Question: Should I train with group classes, by myself or find a training partner? Which is best? My Quick Answer: There is no right or wrong way to train…as long as you are staying fit and improving. But, are you doing what’s best for you? There are benefits to training by yourself, with different individuals and in groups. I highly suggest […]


Learn A Lesson or 2 About Urgency

“The doorway to our next step of growth, is always behind the urgency of now” What does this quote mean to you? To me, it exposes how “caught up” we can become in thinking that so many situations and “to-dos” are urgent. When really, if realized that most situations aren’t urgent whatsoever, we may find there is a lesson to be learned. When you feel like you can’t sit still, you might really need to sit still. When you feel like you need to do even more, you may need to do nothing or less. When you feel like you need […]


Avoid Mental Burn Out W/ This Trick

This post is for those who regularly go from one task, right to the next. It’s specifically for the athletes who are training and focusing hard for hours at a time. I’m talking to the people who are super engaged throughout the day, and for that reason might feel regularly stressed, tired, or “all over the place.” We can’t be “on” all of the time and that’s why sleeping well, and staying balanced are so important. Rest and downtime help us recover so that we can go hard again. Some people believe that when you’re just chilling, and your brain and thoughts […]


A Quick Pick-Me-Up

Life gets hectic, and it’s “easy” to put off the stuff that often matters most. Why is that? When we are feeling most “burnt out” it’s simply because we haven’t prioritized correctly and we haven’t created time for play, stillness, and connecting. Instead of doing what most others are doing, can you make a conscious effort this holiday season to stay grounded, and prioritize your health and mindset? Meaningful, positive relationships play a vital role in overall well-being. The more quality time we spend with the people who really light us up, the better.   Your Challenge For Today: Set […]


What You Can Simplify

Can you get rid of more that is “unnecessary”, so that you can focus better on what really matters?  There are a great number of benefits from simplifying and minimizing. We can lessen our stress and improve the quality of our lives by getting rid of the excess. 4 Things you may be able to reduce to live more simply, joyfully, and fully 1. Your Language – Try not to chatter or gossip and aim to speak with fewer words. Eliminate negative talk to yourself and about others. Talk purposefully, honestly and positively. 2. Your Possessions – Remove the “extra” from your life and […]


Do You Regularly Feel Tired In WODs?

Do you regularly feel fatigued, lethargic, fatigued, weak, or “out of gas” during your workouts? You could have mental signs like negative self-talk or feelings of discomfort. You might be recognizing physical signs like sloppy form, tripping up, slow movement or poor body language. If you’re always feeling tired in workouts, here’s a list of 6 things you may want to assess 1. Rest – Are you on a regular sleeping pattern of 8 hours or more a night? Could you do a better job at making sure that you’re well-rested and recovered? More HERE 2. Fuel – Are you eating enough nutrient-dense […]


How To Remember What’s Important

Occasionally I will post frequently asked questions and my quick answers. These posts will be tagged “ask coach” so you can find them easily. Feel free to tweet or email me (info@mentalitywod.com) if you have something that you want more insight on. Question: I have a lot going on in my mind and you have tons of stuff to do. Coach, how do I keep myself on track and make sure that I stay focused on what’s important? Answer: If you want to improve your daily balance and your focus, you have to be able to focus on the important things and let go […]