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ITS all Mental!

ITS all Mental!

C had and I had the chance to go to an Olympic Lifting Seminar two weekends ago and I didnt know what we were in store for  actually I was hoping the two hour seminar would be all about ME and the Clean ;) Some of you that have seen my hang clean KNOW exactly what i’m talking about here!  ITS not the BEST lets just keep it at that.  Anyways back to this seminar.  We get there and the first thing out of Carl’s mouth is its SNATCH time…..I immediately start sweating and I think Chad im sure got Gitty (as in child like giggling with excitement)!  This lift is hard! The most difficult and something I have not “practicied”  MAKING LOVE TO THE BAR as Carl would say.  That means love the bar, talk to the bar, take your time with the bar….WELL HELL I LIKE THAT when you put it like that! 

So after an hour, maybe even an hour and half into snatch balance, heaving snatch, YOU NAME IT, it was time to pick the $HIT up and start lifting…..OH my heart rate immediately jumped to 200. Chad well he was just sweating (he sweated alot in this seminar)  WELL i picked up the 55lb bar did it, didnt know how I did it, YALL know the dreal add weight soo we did 65 did it, add weight 70 did it, (started freaking out) 75 DID IT I’m NOW 15 lbs over a PR or can you count a PR if you havent attempted the lift in a year (YEARS)? 

NOW HERE WE GO its time to do the WOD…Immediately I start sliding the weight off…UHHH BIG NO TO THAT they said KAT your doing this WOD with 75lbs Snatch My reply NOPE CANT DO IT!!! Wrong thing to say to Carl & his girlfriend also known as Kat. 

TO MAKE A VERRY LONG STORY SHORT I did it, it was hard, & ALL it was is a mental game.  So many Wods for example today, are mental.  150 Wall Balls everyone is capable of doing it, but that Damn Dynamax Wall Ball Starts talking to you. GREAT JOB TODAY Tracy C. first RXD WOD, Ryan B. PR’d today by 45 sec, Jenn H. ”WALL BALL Queen” PR’d as well.  If i missed anyone I apologize.   Kat

WOD “Karen”

150 Wall Balls FT

YOU ALL KNOW Josh Bridges right? IF you DONT google him 2011 CrossFit Games. He was ammmaaazzzingg! Great article written by him.

Breaking the Mental Barrier
Written by Josh Bridges

The mind is a powerful thing, it can help you get through tough times, or it can cause you to crumble like Greg Norman in the ‘96 Masters. The strong learn how to handle and control their mind when it starts to rant, rave and tell them to stop what they’re doing. The weak let it take over and OWN them.

Is it possible to develop strategies to break your mental barrier?  Absolutely. I prevent this little boss in my head from taking over in a couple of ways.

One more rep.
When that voice inside your head is screaming at you to “put down the barbell” or “get off the bar,” you fight back with one more rep. Completing just one more rep when everything inside of you is telling you to stop is a sure way to grow your mental muscles, and the next time you might do two more reps. Over time, this builds and you begin to control that voice.

Small Goals.
When I am in the middle of a workout, I always have small goals in my head. Small goals add up to big goals. For example, if my workout calls for 30 heavy thrusters, my first goal might just be to get to 5 thrusters.  When I get to 5 and still feel good, I start thinking, “good, I’ll do 5 more without rest,” and when I get to 10 and start to feel fatigued I might just talk myself into “two more.” But at 12, I might use the “one more rep,” and then do it again.  After a few “one more rep” goals, I am at 16 or 20 . . . and all of a sudden I might be close enough to 30 to either take a quick break and knock out the rest in one set, or even finish it off by chipping away on more rep at a time.

Break through that wall.
My old wrestling coach used to yell at us when he saw us start to break mentally, “Break through that wall, it’s the only way to get strong.” He would say it over and over again. We would barely be able to stand up on the mat, but we never wanted to lose the mental battle, so we would fight and fight until we physically could not stand any longer. That became so deeply ingrained that now when things get rough I can still hear his voice yelling “Break through that wall.”

Your body can handle more than your mind thinks it can. Don’t let that little boss in your head beat you; go out there and show it that you are the boss!

Comments

  1. it is a mental game, staying in it, staying positive AND fighting through to just do it!

  2. Thanks Kat, I needed that article! Thanks for posting!!

  3. Great post! Everything about CrossFit is mental! My goodness just look at us….normal everyday people throwing some heavy Shit around….AND DOING IT FAST! So yah…when I look at a bar with 145#…175#…275# I go straight to THINKING “you are a 32 year mother of 2″ “If so and so can’t do, then there is no way I can do it” WTH….WHO IS THIS CRAZY B$#&H TELLING ME I CAN’T DO SOMETHING! Then I kick this stupid person talking in the back of my head in her FREAKIN head and I go back to work! Everyday is a mental challenge…but something brings us back day after day. Our only enemy is ourselves! No one holds you back but YOU!

    • You are so right April! AND you are strong, and are getting stronger! I AMS SOOOOOOO PROUD of YOU and what you have accomplished so FAR! KEEP it UP!!!!

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