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When Was The Last Time You Did This?

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If you want to be a great athlete, it’s easy to spend a lot of time at the gym. You’re following a specific program and always looking for ways to get just a little stronger and faster. Of course, to perform at the highest level, you’ll have to commit to a strength and conditioning plan, which often means a lot of your time may be spent indoors. But remember, there is an undeniable magic about training outside in new conditions.

You can improve your mental strength and confidence simply by putting yourself in different environments. Plus, being outside can help you feel rejuvenated, invigorated, and grounded. The more comfortable you can be in uncomfortable training situations, the better.

Have you ever trained, or when was the last time you trained

  • in the sand?
  • in the mountains?
  • in a lake or ocean?
  • in muddy, dirty or wet conditions?
  • snow?
  • in high altitude?
  • in an incredibly cold place, or directly in the hot sun?
  • outside in the dark before the sun comes up or long after it’s gone down?

*Of course, you gotta be safe and use caution when pushing yourself in any of these situations

In the next month, get yourself out of the gym 1-3 times to try something new.

The athletes who are regularly training in different terrains and conditions will have a mental and physical edge.

Bottom Line: Continue to challenge yourself by looking for new places to train, and trying new to get yourself in uncomfortable, or slightly different environments.

What’s the craziest condition you’ve ever trained or competed in?

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7 Comments on “When Was The Last Time You Did This?

Adrian James
January 14, 2015 at 11:01 AM

When I was living in New York City (Bronx) my best friend and I who live football would train in the snow at the local football field. It was great to have experienced that. It worked well also. We were faster because we built those stabilizer muscles.

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January 14, 2015 at 1:27 PM

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Nick
January 14, 2015 at 6:24 PM

I live in New Jersey, my gym is an un-insulated and partially open barn, my pull up rig is in the open out back and my run loop is whatever I feel like in the woods and field surrounding it. These last few weeks have been snowy and cold to say the least. But I can’t think of any way to appreciate summer and spring more then grabbing a barbell in ten degree weather or doing pull ups in the snow and sleet.

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Mentality WOD
January 15, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Adrian and Nick, I love to hear about those moments. I know that getting out in those conditions makes us mentally and physically stronger, but it’s also a damn good memory too, right?

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Nick
January 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM

The memory of this morning doing 30 strict muscle ups from a tree branch in the sleet will certainly haunt me for a while. But the whole time I was thinking of this post, when I couldn’t feel my fingers and ice was growing in my beard all I could think was ” get uncomfortable to get better”

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Eric Daniells
January 18, 2015 at 4:24 PM

The craziest place I ever trained was out on the mudflats in Anchorage Alaska. Have to be super careful out there though, because it’s a lot like quicksand if you go out too far, and then when the tide comes in you’re pretty well hosed. With it’s sticky texture, it makes any exercise done twice as difficult due to the resistance. It was also briskly cold outside, at negative 15 with wind chill, so dressing for it was huge in importance. I don’t think I’ve even been so exhausted after a beach sand run, which is in itself difficult, those mud flats are killers.

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Mentality WOD
January 19, 2015 at 7:10 AM

Damn you guys have had some crazy experiences. You’re right Nick “get uncomfortable to get better”! Love that story Eric

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