18 August 2014
Happy Monday gang! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to get back into the box to kick butt. I've heard that you've all been doing great this past week, and I'm looking forward to being back in the box to see all your hard work!
As many of you know already, this past week I was in the Catskills, working as a counselor at a cross country running camp. Now, many of you probably think that cross country running doesn't have much to do with CrossFit, aside from the few WOD's that have some longer runs in them. Surprisingly, the two sports have A LOT in common. What I'd like to talk about here is the mental aspects of both sports. It is known in the running world that distance running is "90% mental (and we're all insane)". Although CrossFit lacks the simplicity of running, and requires mostly technical movements that take time to learn, in the end it comes down to mental toughness too, doesn't it? Don't drop the bar, just keep moving, get back on the bar, just a few more reps. These are all thoughts that go through your head (or are yelled at you by a coach) during a workout. It is so easy to stop and rest, but pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone is the only way that you see results and feel accomplished.
We are a strange breed of people who push ourselves through the pain of a tough workout and beat ourselves up over not performing as we had hoped, rather than settling for something easier. We crave not only the physical demands of CrossFit, but the mental as well. I could go on forever about mental toughness. It is a topic that will come up time and time again because I whole heartedly believe that it is the most important strength to have. This is something that I learned about at running camp back when I was a camper in high school, and it has helped to shape so many aspects of my life. Since we spend so much time coaching the physical aspects of CrossFit here at the box (which is obviously the priority for your safety) I'm going to use this blog post to coach mental toughness and dedication as the "theme" for the week, while all of the amazing things I learn at camp are still fresh in my mind.
12 min AMRAP:
30 sit ups
30 air squats
30 sit ups
30 box jump
30 sit ups
score is total reps...if you complete 3rd round of 30 sit ups then you start over
Motivational video Monday!
This is one of the most motivational running videos I've ever seen. It shows what happens when you WANT something harder than anyone else. Even if you fall on your face, your own will is the most powerful thing in the world. You always have more in you than you think you do!
"The nine inches right here; set it straight and you can beat anybody in the world."
(while holding his fingers up to his head)
Posted on Sun, August 17, 2014