How you talk
We did a blog post last February about self-talk. How you talk to yourself has an impact, and with the 2018 CrossFit Open just around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to revisit that post. However, it’s not just gym based. You should practice this is every area of your life!
How do you talk to yourself?
Whether in the gym, or in daily life, do you pay much attention to that inner dialog you have with yourself? Have you ever said or thought, “I can’t do this!”, “I totally sucked today!”, “I’m not good enough!”, “I’m not in good enough shape!”, “No way I’m going to be able to hit this lift!”
If the coach ever spoke to you that way, I imagine you would think they were an asshole! I’m also fairly sure you would never speak to anyone else like that. So why would you ever speak to yourself that way?
To have a positive mindset both in and out of the gym is essential.
Often times we hear a lot of negative self-talk, and not a lot the positive self talk. Many of us are very critical of ourselves and our performances. Unfortunately, our body tends to follow what our mind tells us!
When you walk through the door we want you to have a positive experience. That being said, it is an easy environment to compare yourself with others, in a negative way. Having you push yourselves is a big part of what CrossFit does, and pushing yourself is great, even slightly comparing yourself to someone can be okay (Maybe you check the whiteboard because you know that you’re weight or time is usually around so and so’s), and that’s okay, but leave it at that, you don’t need to make over the top comparisons!
Everyone comes to the gym each day with different baggage, maybe they didn’t sleep well the night before, or their nutrition was off, maybe they’ve been stressed at work, or it’s that time of the month (for ladies). So while it’s okay to check the whiteboard, please remember that the results on the whiteboard are merely a way for you, and for us, to be able to track progress. It’s also used to track the classes, a way for the coach to be able to sign classes in. Don’t get to hung up on it, or let it be the cause of any negative self-talk.
What do you tell yourself during a workout?….
Get rid of all the negative self-talk. Attempting a 1RM you shouldn’t be telling yourself, “this is heavy, I’m never going to get this.” You should be pumping yourself up, telling yourself you’ve “trained hard for this and you’re going to hit this lift!” Get rid of the “I can’t” do thats! Start talking to yourself the way your coach talks to you, or the way you talk to other people.
Find the positive!
Maybe the WOD didn’t go as planned, but you finally linked 2 pull ups! Focus on the fact that you linked 2 pull ups! It might be a case where today everything was just off during the WOD, maybe it’s harder to find a positive. Focus on the fact that you showed up and put forth your best effort, because the fact that you show up to train, and live a healthier lifestyle, that is key!
We challenge you to spend 1 full day telling yourself only positive things.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6 x 250m Row
Single arm Db Push Jerk 50/35
Burpee over Db
Single arm Db Push Jerk 35/20
Burpee over Db
Single arm Db Push Jerk 25/15
Burpee over Db
Check back each night at 8pm for the next days WOD