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How To Build Mental Strength Before The Open

6 Ways To Improve Mental Strength Before The Open 1. Write down at least 10 thoughts or strategies that help you keep pushing in a WOD. These could be words, quotes, mantras, reminders, cues, etc. What helps you the most when it starts to suck? If you’re stuck, consider what coaches have said to you that you’ve found helpful. If you really have no freaking idea where to start, I highly suggest the most comprehensive program I offer,The Mental Edge Program 2. Redo some of your “least favorite” CrossFit Open WODs from the past. If you haven’t done any of […]


What Type of Mentality Helps You Perform?

Occasionally I feature posts from other individuals who have helpful input about the mental side of fitness, training or life. I learn a lot from the athletes who I work with, and I love to share their stories and tips. Enjoy this post by April Lowe, CrossFit Masters Athlete (2015 &2016 CF Games) and someone who I’ve had the pleasure of coaching over the past 6 months. She recently finished 3rd place at The 2017 Wodapalooza and is prepping for The Open.     What Type of Mentality Helps You Perform Your Best? I have discovered recently that I perform my best when I approach each […]


3 Quick Mental Prep Methods For Athletes

Do not fall into the habit of walking in the gym and jumping right into the warm up without doing any mental preparation. Don’t chat with others about their plan and their goals until you’ve run through your own mental prep. Don’t even think about looking at the scoreboard or leaderboard without first considering your own focus areas, goals, and purpose. See, most people will do those things, and you don’t want to be most people do you? You want to be more confident, motivated and mentally strong…right? That’s why you’re on this site, reading this. So, BEFORE you talk […]


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?” […]


How To Quickly Assess Your Performance

After a workout, take a few minutes to assess yourself and the quality of your session. Do this regularly and you’ll develop incredible self-awareness, you’ll be more focused and therefore less likely to repeat errors in the future. You’ll learn how to push yourself harder and you’ll develop critical lessons to become a more mature athlete. To be your absolute best, you need to reflect on how you performed and grow because of your experience. It’s not enough to just do the work, you gotta learn from what you do if you want to keep progressing. When you assess your […]


How To Answer Questions About Your Performance

“How did you do on that workout?” “How’d the competition go for you?” “Where’d you end up finishing?” If you participate in CrossFit, or any other type of event, people are going to ask about your performance. Some of those people care about you and really want to connect with you. Others, are simply interested in your result for their own motivations. Either way, you’re going to get asked about the competition or workout, so here are some tips on how to answer those questions.   1. Describe HOW you did, not what place you ended up in, or what the score […]


How To Develop Athletic Awareness

As a CrossFitter, you can probably name your Deadlift PR, Fran Time and Max Unbroken Handstand Walk if you were asked. If you play sports or compete in any other events, you can probably list your personal records, athletic achievements, best games and numbers from training. See, the more you know yourself, the easier it is to perform in a flow state. You’ll be able to make effective adjustments on the fly. You’ll find  it easier to push your limits and stay motivated. You’ll have a stronger understanding of what’s possible and how to set yourself up for success. Developing athletic […]


What NOT To Say On Event Day

When you’re at an event, there are hundreds of factors that can easily grab your attention and distract you from your purpose. Your mind is constantly filtering different stimuli as you try to stay calm and confident. People all around you are asking you questions and trying to engage. To be your best, you have to learn how to navigate conversations and practice only talking about things that will HELP you. You gotta work on what you’re saying, how you’re saying it and who you’re choosing to say it to. What you talk about often becomes what you think about. So, if […]


Instead Of Chasing Wins, Do This

Unfortunately, we can’t control if we win or lose. I bet if we could, well there would be no losing. There would be no letdowns or mistakes, failures or setbacks. We’d always come out on top, we’d always perform up to our expectations. So, since you can’t control whether you win or lose, would you benefit from focusing on something else? Yes. In this post I write about how to focus on process goals instead of outcome goals. Continuing to tell yourself, “I have to win,” “anything outside of first place sucks,” “I need to get on the podium,” or “everything has […]


Social Media, Competitions & Improving Focus

To perform your best, you have to be laser focused on what you’re doing and what you can control. When you can put your energy and attention on a few key variables, you’ll accomplish things faster and you’ll be more successful overall. The problem is, most people don’t have the discipline to get rid of all the things that cause “mental clutter.” Or, maybe there isn’t enough information out there about focus, and how it works. Anyways, on my opinion, the key to focusing better is elimination. What do I mean? I mean by getting rid of the non-essential, you […]


4 Keys To Getting In The Zone

Flow state. The zone. Those special moments when you feel like you’re able to just let go and do. It’s the feeling of being fully immersed in the activity. You’re able to perform naturally and with ease. You’re totally wrapped up in the moment, and time seems to pause or fall away. Have you ever been there? Where something just feels spot on? Where everything is clicking and your body is just doing and it feels surreal yet incredible? “Flow state” is achieved when certain variables all come together. It’s a magical experience and it’s rare to feel totally “in the zone.” 4 Keys […]


3 Reasons You Don’t Perform Better In Competitions

Do you perform better in training and practice than you do in competitions? Do you feel like you just can’t “put it all together” when it matters the most? Do you often finish events feeling frustrated, down or pissed off at yourself for underperforming? What the hell is going on here? 1. Training intensity – Are you pushing yourself in your training regularly? Do you train with others who help you dig deeper and push harder? Or, do you find that you’re working hard in practice, but it fails in comparison to what you feel on competition day? Train with […]