Matt is deeply focused during his dumbbell thrusters.
The ability to focus in the midst of physical or mental stress will save your life. Focus is a mental toughness trait that can (and should) be trained. Lucky for us, CrossFit and yoga provide excellent opportunities to help us learn how to focus.
CrossFit and yoga force us to be in the present moment. When you're doing your dumbbell thrusters today, you probably won't be thinking about what you're going make for dinner. However, you might be thinking about how hard the workout is. If you're anything like Coach Leslie, you might be thinking, "Crap! I'm only half way through these thrusters and I still have another round of burpees to do."
Thinking of your next rep is an unfocused moment. Thinking about this rep, and this rep only, allows you to be fully committed to this rep. By focusing on this rep, you eliminate all of the mental chatter. The mental chatter is a distraction from our present moment. When we're distracted from the present moment, we are unable to learn, listen and live as our authentic self. Living in the present moment provides us with clarity, and enables us to make better decisions.
Learning how to focus amidst stress will help us navigate the stress and make decisions that positively serve us. If you're interested in developing your mental toughness, connect with Coach Leslie. She and a few other True Spirit members are interested in creating a mental toughness workgroup.
Power to the People Deadlift Day 10
Set 1 = 5 @ 45%
Set 2 = 5 @ 55%
Set 3 = 5 @ 65%
Set 4 = 5 @ 60% + 45lbs
Set 5 = 5 @ 90% of Set 4
3 Rounds for time of:
15 Dumbbell or Kettlebell thrusters 45/30#
Record your WOD on Beyond the Whiteboard.
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