Mentally strong….

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Just three weeks of training left before the Open kicks off…..

Those of you who have entered, are now cursing the lack of practice on box jumps and wallballs and aerobic power, despite best intentions to remedy that back in April 2013!

You can still improve your technique and efficiency, good quality practice can still help.  And talk to the coaches about interval training work you could do, if you find your engine fails you during metcons.

But where I think most of us can make the MOST progress in over the next 3 weeks?

Our mental game.

Last year about 5000 men and 3000 women entered in the Australasia region.  The difference 1 rep will make in every event will likely cost 50-250 places.

That 1 rep could be from a dropped lift, or no rep, and then you’re just going to have to live with it, that’s sport.  What you DON’T want, is a lower score because you weren’t tough enough.

And by that I mean mentally tough.

Usually with the exception of one heavy event, and maybe one technical event, the Open is designed to be quite gassy and aerobic in nature.  People who do well in these workouts don’t stop at any point.

Now if it’s a workout that is heavy for you, then yes, you’ll be stopping to rest, but that’s because of factors outside your control at this time.  But you can still hone your mental toughness to get back on that bar as soon as possible.

For those whom the weight is not a problem, the burn will be.....  Once things start to hurt, deep down inside, your body will be telling you to shut it down.  And it’s only going to be your mind standing in the way.

If you've ever tried a 10min Lactic Capacity Test on the Airbike, which involves going almost as hard as you can for the entire time, you're in for a treat.  I’ll be honest, I wanted to stop at 2mins!

I started hearing voices in my head, telling me that I couldn’t do as well as last time, because I had done squats that day, and I hadn’t eaten as well as I could, and that my knee was hurting and that I should probably stop and try again later.

All these thoughts flash around the head in the blink of an eye of course, I'm not a complete softie!!  But they can gain control just as quick and then you’ll fall prey.

Instead, silence those voices with new, positive ones.  I started telling myself how strong I was feeling, that I knew I was going to do well, as I had put in the work over the last few weeks.  I told myself how important it was to work just as hard as everyone else, and how proud I was of them, and that I would not let them down.

Boom!  Mental state shifted from negative to positive, and I ended up PR’ing my score!

So next time you’re training, practice your positive voices.  When the first Open event rolls around, or any particularly tough workout; you will step up to the plate confident and ready to show the community what you are made of.  Your score is not important to me, and shouldn’t be to you.  What matters is that the score is an exact reflection of your effort, and as long as that effort was 100%, you should be proud.

M3

DRILLS

Frog Stand to candle stick

Hanging Scap Pulls

Medball Planche Roll Outs

Strict TTB

Headstand Hip Extensions

Monkey Hangs

Partner Handstand tilts

Single Arm TTB

SKILLS/STRENGTH

Hanging L-sit

Pike HS

Getups (Sandbag/Deadball/Plate/Double KB)

Strict Pullups/Ring Pullups with leg assist

sHSPU (abmat, prrltts)

Deadball Shoulder

CONDITIONING

1 Rope Climb

3 Wallwalks

10 Sandbag Walking Lunge

15 Kipping Ring Rows

20m Deadball Front Carry

100m Run

AMRAP in 7mins

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