TOMORROW is one of our favourite days. No, not Tuesday...it is... “Mental Toughness Day”
This time we’ve programmed a partner version this WOD that we’ve dubbed ‘Buddy Up Schmalls’
More than anything – “MT” days are opportunities to work on breath and mind control.
The idea is simple yet challenging to master: Control your breath and thoughts. Generally, we turn off the clock for these workouts.
If you walk away from the workout with a sense that you were able to calm your mind and negative thoughts through breath, then you’re headed in the right direction.
We will be honing specific techniques in the coming months. For now, dig yourself a hole, and dig yourself out one breath at a time. WORD.
Within our Mental Toughness (MT) sessions we would like you all to practice these 4 tools to deal with the adversity of the WOD, in the hope, this crosses over to other areas of our lives.
1. Visualisation: Imagining success, with a lift, a set of thrusters, a set of/your first pull up/s. You can do this before class or simply take a moment to do this during class.
2. Setting small, achievable goals: This is easy to practice when you see a MT Chipper WOD. Don’t think about the big set of 100 burpees you have to do, instead break this down into manageable sets of 5-10reps. This success, with the little things, will add up.
3. Breathing: One of the most undertrained elements of fitness training and in life. Use the MT sessions to practice controlling the way you breathe, deep slow breathing in through the nose (unless your previous rugby/boxing career has left you with a deviated septum) and out through the mouth to reduce tension. Breathing has a two-way relationship with biochemical, biomechanics and psychophysiological systems of the body. Don’t over look this element.
4. Positive self-talk: Assertive positive statements like: ‘I CAN do this’, reminding yourself to ‘stay calm and keep moving forward’ can be game changers. Turn up the positive chatter in your head when times get uncomfortable during a WOD.
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