Thursday, July 9, 2015

Stay positive

Khaled, Todd, and Lauren all went up in weight on the kettlebell snatches this week. They fought through and held on to good form.
Three ways to psychologically react during a difficult workout are to go quiet, go negative, or go positive. Everyone has that voice inside that starts shouting when things get hard. When you go quiet, you turn off that voice, go into automatic mode and quiet your thinking. That can be very effective, but it's more difficult than it sounds and takes a lot of practice, or maybe a certain personality type. It's also particularly hard to do with the varied, high-skill, high-intensity kinds of workouts we do, as opposed to a long run or swim. But most of us, most of the time, either go negative or go positive.

When you go negative, the voice in your head starts saying, this is heavy, this is hard, I can't do this, how much longer, that hurts, I have to take a break. It's just your head trying to protect you, it's natural, and it happens to everyone. But it keeps you from reaching your potential in a workout and from making progress over time.

When you go positive, the voice says, I am strong, I can do this, each rep will be better than the last, I'm getting better, I'm working hard. You may hear me yell things like, "looking strong" or "strong legs" or "finish strong". I want you to say those things to yourself! Using positive self-talk will make a huge difference in how you feel in the gym and in the progress you're making. Your attitude can make your experience more fun and rewarding. It can even make the sore muscles a badge of honor instead of a cross to bear.

Be careful with the words you speak out loud and the ones you say in your head. Spend the next week paying attention to your words in the gym. Instead of focusing on what hurts or what you can't do, focus on feeling strong, fast, and in control. You are coming in and doing the work - you are on your path and that is something to feel good about every day. Take pride in your accomplishments and the accomplishments of those around you.
8 1-minute rounds:
3 Squats (~80%)