Myself, Dave, Ali, Anita, and Chris are all here to teach you how to move better and be the fittest you can be. We coach you in every class, but nobody will coach you more than that voice in your head. The best cue, the most enthusiastic encouragement can go unnoticed when the inner voice is too loud. It’s no surprise though. Being negative is WAY easier than being positive. It takes no effort at all!
One goal of a coach, as well as Crossfit in general, is to intentionally put you in challenging situations. Your mental adaptation to these difficulties is just as crucial as the physical adaptation. Yes, we’re all trying to look a little better, drop a few pounds, etc., but our mental strength is what truly determines the floor and ceiling of what we’re capable of. Now, it’s pretty difficult to measure changes in mental strength, but one thing we do know is that physical strength rarely comes without it. It’s a package deal.
What does it sound like in your head after a missed lift or when you’re 15 minutes into a run that should have been done in 10? How about after you find another excuse to skip the gym this week? Does your self talk make it more likely to do the right thing next time or does it perpetuate a negative cycle?
This week let’s focus on better, more kind self talk. Think about what you would say to a frustrated classmate working out next to you. Why don’t you deserve to be told the same thing? Miss a lift? You’ll do better next time. The workout didn’t go as smooth as expected? Then it’s even more impressive that you still finished it! Miss a class? Just go tomorrow.
At the end of the day, the only opinion that really matters is yours. We know you are awesome, your brain just needs to be reminded sometimes!
Move well. Eat clean. Be happy!