You’ve been training hard for the past year, your lifting has improved, your gymnastics have made strides, and your conditioning has never been better. But are you mentally tougher now than a year ago?
The Games level athletes are not just physical freaks. When the 3,2,1 GO happens, they are able to endure more pain and discomfort than 99% of the population. I’m not suggesting we all go to that place in our daily WOD’s, but its important to consider the state of our mental game. A strong mental toughness will take you a long way during the Open.
Coming into the gym consistently will create confidence in the movements. The more often you come in, the more opportunities you have to suffer during a WOD and sharpen your mentality. So the number one way to get tougher is to CrossFit more (duh).
How often do you get uncomfortable during a WOD? I mean reaaaallly uncomfortable. The more often you get to this in intensity, the more your body will be able to handle it, and even newer performance territories can then be reached. There is a time and I place to test your threshold. The best in the world do it every day. For us mortals, going to the dark place once or twice a week is probably enough.
There is a massive difference between you attacking the workout and the workout attacking you. We’ve all been there, when the movments seem to come easy, you’re ahead of everyone else in the class, and you feel almost invincible. You are checking the clock and noting that your pace is unwavering. This is attacking the workout. Then there are those days where no matter what you do, the workout continues to crush you, like sets of waves in the ocean. Both experiences are actually valuable. But if you can go into a majority of workouts in attack mode, your performance will undoubtedly be better. Get through the bad days, and live to fight again!
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