You’ve heard us say it over and over again. “It starts within the mind.” Everything from physical pain, planning, success, failure, emotion, creativity, physical actions, and beyond are first interpreted in the mind. If you don’t get the mind part right, the output cannot be right.
I’d argue that most people ignore mental development so much that virtually anything can train their mind for the better. A good dose of adversity would do just about everyone a lot of good, for example. This can come from a smack in the face, managing an impossible task, a tough training session, cold water, and early alarm clock or a combination of all of the above. Hell, these days sudoku can be someone’s peak stressor (but that’s a topic for a whole other conversation).
Mental growth can come with less sting, too. Visualization, breathing work, and meditation are key practices that are thousands of years in the making. Since the massive impact that visualization and breathing exercises have had on my physical prowess since my collegiate athlete days, I have drifted away.
Before your next WoD, I challenge you to take 1 minute, close your eyes, and breathe…visualize the reps in your head…your WoD will go much smoother.
45 Seconds Goblet Squat (35/53)
rest 15 seconds
45 Seconds Burpees
Rest 15 seconds
45 Seconds Cal Row