Mental Toughness

By Josh Becker
Looking around the gym, I’ve started to notice a trend that disappoints me. I’ve started to see people giving up on themselves mid-workout. It’s not that the weight is to heavy or the rep count is to great, it is simply the lack of mental toughness.
So, what is mental toughness? Mental toughness is pushing through a workout when everything inside you is telling you to quit. I understand we all take breaks or get discouraged when we do our met cons (conditioning part of the workout). This is normal. What I am referring to is when I see someone stop mid-workout and tell me they can’t finish.
We all have our off days, but no matter how hard the workout, if you push to finish you will be amazed at what your body can accomplish. The feeling of fulfillment after a mental battle is euphoric and I encourage you to strive for this feeling. So when your brain is saying quit or slowdown or I’m tired, take 3 deep breaths and then push on, push harder than you ever have and you will be amazed at what goals you can reach or what limits you break.

Group Classes:

5 Rounds

5 Strict Pull Ups

5 Broad Jumps (continuous and explosive)

Followed by,

“Buster”

21-15-9

Thrusters (if you are feeling frisky, use some dumbbells ;-) )

Burpees

 

 

2 Responses to “Mental Toughness”

  1. Cal McNeill
    January 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Eat my shorts Josh! You aren’t looking around at my group! Old people kicking butt…

  2. March 2, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Very true! It’s the brain’s natural response in fear of failure. You have to break the patterns through creating new habits… mental toughness. I’ve just started CrossFIT and really enjoying it… it’s been easier to be tough as my husband counts reps and doesn’t let me stop! Great feeling with you go heavier, go harder and see improvement! All worth it :)

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