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“The greatest adaption to CrossFit takes place between the ears.”
-Greg Glassman-Founder and CFO of CrossFit
As you are crawling in from a 400m run on the fourth round of a WOD to pick the barbell up or jump back up on the pull up bar, how often does your brain hold you back? What you are telling yourself? How you NEED to rest? How you CAN’T do the last 10 reps unbroken? Are you afraid of failing?
What if you were telling yourself that you do not NEED to rest, or that you ARE going to do the last 10 reps unbroken?
How might that affect your end result? Too often we hold ourselves back because of how or what we think before and during.
You need to walk into the gym with positive thoughts, rather than reaching into your bag of excuses. You telling yourself you are tired or that you suck at wallballs will be cycling through your head eating away at your confidence. Tell yourself you have gotten better at wallballs. Tell yourself you GET to get better at wallballs today rather than saying I HAVE to do wallballs today. You would be surprised that a few words can do.
Think about a deadlift…If you start to the pull the bar off the ground with a rounded back, do you think your back will straighten out mid lift?…..No chance
But what if you start to pull the bar off the ground with a flat neutral spine? Your chances of completing the lift like that are exponetialy higher. Compare that to a workout. If you start it with negative thoughts, you are already falling behind.
Aside from workouts, CrossFit does far more for just your physical abilities. That is one of the main reasons I fell in love with it. If you replicate the same train of thought throughout everyday life you will be happier. Whether its at work or at home with the family, it makes a difference. Positivity is contagious, but so is negativity.
YOUR BRAIN WILL STOP YOU FAR BEFORE YOUR BODY WILL.