The Mental Game
Hey all. . I wanted to share something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I debated on whether or not it would be understood in writing or even if it would be taken to heart by the general CrossFitter. It’s something Coach Jonathan and I have discussed a lot in the past. And just recently coach Maggie and I had a great conversation about it. From personal experience its something that I subconsciously learned but it hasn’t been till lately that I realized how important it can be to actually teach and encourage this.
So here it goes….. Many athletes go through workouts with no real sense of what they should accomplish other than the time they finish. That’s great for some workouts but not for most. Every workout should be approached with some sort of goal. If you want to be a better athlete, there should still be objective improvement even if it’s not a benchmark. That objective improvement is understanding pace and understanding your limits. For instance, if there is rowing in a workout, instead of just approaching it as “get it done as fast as I should”, I should go into that workout trying to average a certain pace. If I hit it, great, if not back to the drawing board next time. The goal is to understand the type of pace you can normally hit in a certain type of workout so that
1) I can confidently game plan the workout
2) I can see increases to my ability to output as the average pace eventually becomes faster
3) Mentally concentrating on something objective during the WOD can take the mind off some of the “suck”. (well maybe just a little. haha)
Another example may be concentrating on the thing that you suck at. For me, in this WOD, that would be the burpees. Barbell work comes easy so my first thought may be to suffer through the burps and kill the barbell work. Instead, how bout making the burpees my goal. Maybe try to average a 12 per min pace? (in this WOD that’s about 2min for 21’s /1min for 15’s /45s for 9’s) Or maybe its just to not stop. Or maybe its to really jump over with two feet instead of step over.
It’s limitless but as long as you find small goals during a workout, that workout no longer becomes random workouts that you grind through on a daily basis, they are short term goals that help you quicker accomplish the long term ones.
That being said, you will start to see a shift in the programming for most days. We want to help give you some mental goals and give you a glimpse into the mindset of the programmer when are looking for a certain stimulus. Also there may be directed scales 🙂