Red Feather, Chris and Katie all hang on. How long can you hang on?
Today's workout is a perfect one for testing your mental toughness. I think people are 20% stronger than they think they are. Meaning, if you think you can only hang on for 10 reps, I bet you can REALLY hang on for 12.
So much of the time, we believe the stories we tell ourselves, and for so many of us, the story is total and complete crap. How often do you doubt yourself before the workout even begins? I hear it all the time! My heart breaks when I hear a True Spirit athlete say, "I can't," or "Yeah, but," or "You want me to do what?"
I want you to discover your power, and you can do that by believing in yourself. Today, you are going to hang from the bar as long as you possibly can. When you think you can no longer hang on, I want to to say to yourself, "Just one more rep," or "I can do this."
Positive self talk during a workout is as equally important as your physical effort. One of my favorite mental toughness mentors is Greg Amundson. He's an original CrossFit firebreather and redefined the 10 General Physical Skills into 10 Mental Attributes of Elite Fitness. We could all use some training in these mental attributes.
Endurance: The ability to maintain belief in self and others.
Stamina: The ability to create and maintain intense mental effort, focus and resilience.
Strength: The ability to maintain resolve of decision.
Flexibility: (1) The ability to independently choose an emotional reaction to a wide range of external circumstances. (2) The ability to apply versatile methods to the accomplishment of a fixed goal.
Power: (1) The ability to encourage self and others in the pursuit of a worthy goal. (2) The ability to immediately generate an intense state of motivation and positive expectancy.
Speed: The ability to make immediate command decisions in the face of opposition, challenge and uncertainty.
Coordination: The ability to invoke the most productive emotional response at a given time and place.
Agility: (1) The ability to support the needs of others while ensuring personal goals and challenges are fulfilled. (2) The ability to respond to environment and circumstance with deliberate attitudes and beliefs so as to achieve a desired end state.
Balance: (1) The ability to maintain individual physical, mental and emotional wellness. (2) The ability to maintain a state of mind or attitude regardless of external stimuli.
Accuracy: (1) The ability to set and achieve specific goals. (2) The ability to listen and correctly identify internal thoughts, emotions and energies.
In which attributes ones are you the strongest? Which ones need the most work? How will you improve upon them today? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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We hope you had a wonderful Christmas weekend! Time with family and friends can be so fun. Are you feeling like perhaps you ate too much pecan pie and drank too much cherry bounce? Oh wait, that's me! But, if you feel like I do, then you're ready to hit the gym, hit the slopes and hit the stop button on too much eating and drinking.
Our New Year Whole Life Challenge is just what we need to set the reset button. You'll spend 6 weeks working on better habits in 7 important lifestyle practices:
Exercise, Nutrition, Hydration, Sleep, Mobility, Daily Reflection, and a rotating Weekly habit. These habits work together to create an effect in your life that’s hard to overstate — after a few weeks, you’ll feel rested, energetic, present, strong, healthy (and perhaps even happier).Even better, you’ll have a base knowledge about health and wellness that will last long after the Challenge ends, giving you the tools you need to build a healthier lifestyle for years to come.
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Join Coach Heidi, if you dare, for her Boxing Day Chipper today at our only class, 10:30 AM.
It's sure to be amazing, and tough, and involve all the things, and did we say tough.
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