Tags perseverance


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 […]


2 Week Cold Water Challenge

The Challenge Specifics Every day for 2 weeks spend at least 3 minutes (I’m doing at least 5) in cold water You could use a cold shower, an ice bath, a natural body of water or whatever. If it’s uncomfortable for you, there are likely some benefits to it, even if it’s just the mental benefit of intentionally doing something challenging How cold is cold? Cold water is really anything from freezing to about 70 degrees – Reference the right side of the chart above – I’d suggest practicing a few times in 55-65 degree water before you go even colder and use […]


Control Anger With 2 Questions

When you’re getting angry, you’re beginning to experience a strong feeling of or showing annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. Anger will show up in many different ways and can often lead to statements or actions that aren’t so pleasant. You may end up doing or saying something that you wish you could take back. You may respond to anger by showing aggression or raising your voice, and it could negatively impact those around you. If your anger boils up at home or work, you become short-fused and unable to communicate effectively. If it shows up when you’re competing, you may ruin your chances (or your team’s […]


Getting It Right The First Time

Do you beat yourself up when you don’t get it right the first time? Do you talk down to yourself or become incredibly upset when you don’t feel good at something right away? We all prefer to feel competent. If we could choose, we probably would want to omit the learning curve altogether and instantly be a master at everything we try. Right? The next time you try something new or are working on a project or skill that’s a little challenging, listen to your self-talk, become aware of your facial expressions and check out your body language. How do you respond when […]


5 Benefits of Trials

Trials are inevitable. We are all going to face challenge, and we’ll continue to have hard times in training and in life. If you’re going through a tough time right now, I hope you can lean into your situation and continue to work through it, knowing that the shit won’t last forever. There may even be some benefits to the trials you’re facing. This post is to remind you that something good can and may come out of the trials you’re facing. You may not see the benefits immediately, but you gotta hold on to something and eventually pull a positive […]


Are You Pushing To Failure or Playing It Safe?

When was the last time you pushed to failure in a workout…on purpose? Meaning, you actually let your body decide when it can’t do it anymore, instead of your mind. If you’re always “playing it safe,” you’re never going to know what your true limits are, or where your redline actually is. Of course, your limit will be different each day depending on how you’re feeling, your motivation and the environment. But, the more you practice going to failure in your training, the better you’ll be at monitoring your intensity and therefore the better you’ll be at strategizing for competition. If […]


GPF: How To Have The Best Mindset Everyday

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). Here’s a piece of an article by Sibyl Chavis from possibilityoftoday.com How To Have The Best Mindset Everyday “Keep the Quality of Your Mindset Top of Mind.  As you move through your day and have different experiences and interact with people, always keep your mindset and how you are feeling top […]


2 Keys To Making A Positive Change or Creating A New Habit

If you are trying to create a new habit, then you’ll want to understand your motivations. The more motivated you are, the easier it will be to succeed. The stronger your WHY, the stronger your will. And, we all know that creating change, can be incredibly challenging…so you’ll want all the will you can get. You might be trying to change a certain unhelpful thinking pattern, a nutrition habit, or a morning routine that you know is keeping you from flourishing. As you’re preparing to make a change, or start a new habit think through these 2 things 1. Know the benefits: List […]


What’s The Key To Having A Powerful Mindset?

Do you think that some people are just optimistic, and some are negative? Do you think that you either have confidence or you don’t? Do you see amazing athletes and assume that they don’t have fear, doubt or worries like you do? Here’s the thing, we are all capable of improving our outlook, and thought patterns to live a better life. But also, we can all fall into unhelpful, unhealthy beliefs or attitudes. We can all learn, grow and change if we are willing to. The key to having a powerful mindset is practice. When you practice being more patient, you’ll […]


Incorporate Surprise Workouts To Improve Your Mentality

When was the last time you went to the box without knowing the workout until you got there? When is the last time you let a coach tell you what you were going to do minutes before it was go-time? Do you always “have to know” the plan, so that you can think through it and get yourself properly prepared? How much carryover does that have to the real world or to a competition setting? This week’s challenge If you go to regular CrossFit classes, don’t look at the workout until the coach tells you what it is either during […]


Top 12 Mentalities Going To The 2015 CF Games

Over the years, I’ve seen an incredible shift in competitive CrossFitters. I’ve been at The Games for the past 5 years and I’ve watched athletes improve in every imaginable way. I’ve been most impressed with how the athletes have improved from within. The intangible factors are the ones that I’m particularly interested in, and these days it is apparent that top CrossFitters are training their minds. I hope that I’ve made a small impact on people appreciating just how “mental” this sport is. I’ve chosen 12 athletes who are aware, confident, focused, tenacious, balanced, coachable and adaptable. They also help others, stay grateful and […]


2 Ways To Make A Workout Seem Easier

Do you immediately become negative once you see what WOD you’re going to do for the day? Is your first reaction to bitch, complain or you do you instantly begin to fear how it’s going to feel? Obviously, you can accept that discomfort is going to help you improve, and embrace the suck. But, that strategy might not work for you all the time. Here are 2 other quick ways to reduce your anxiety, or dread for an upcoming workout that you feel is going to be really uncomfortable and tough. 1. Think of something harder that you’ve done in the past. Maybe […]