In the past I have teased a few of you about your excessive use of chalk, gloves, tape, lifting belts, and Oly shoes.
I'm not apologising, because it is good fun for me..... No seriously, but the teasing is just to good naturedly make you aware of equipment that can become a crutch. It's important not to ever be overly reliant on anything, whether it's Oly shoes for pistol squatting, your Batman wrist wraps for overhead work, or your favourite pair of undies for long runs.
BUT, at the same time, there is a place where that stuff can come in really handy.
That period of time before the workout starts, where you are changing shoes, pulling on your knee sleeves, taping your thumbs etc, can be a fantastic time to get focused. A pre-workout ritual that is the same every time, can help to get your mind switched into the right gear, and you can use that quiet time to think about the weights you want to lift, the strategy you plan on using during the metcon, and even repeat some positive statements, or do some mental rehearsal/visualisations. The ritual can feel a bit like gearing up for battle, but many ancient warriors followed a precise ritual for exactly the above reasons, to get their mind right, to calm themselves, and to prepare mentally for what lay ahead.
So which is it? Use all this extra stuff? Or don't?! Are you confused?
It's both of course.
The equipment we use is generally designed to make your training more productive, so it makes sense to use it. Especially on testing and competition days.
BUT, perhaps once in a while, try going without. That's a great test all on it's own.
DON'T FORGET, JUST AN 8AM CLASS TODAY, THEN CLOSED FOR THE 1ST AND 2ND. HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AND WE'LL SEE YOU FRIDAY.
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