Friday: Mental Reps

Friday: Mental Reps

Friday: Mental Reps

It’s easy for us all to keep track of our ‘reps’ or repetitions.

Mental Reps

Numbers and mathematics are very straight forward and there is only one way to count so you’ll always know when you’ve finished your last rep.
There is another type of rep that isn’t as quantifiable a little something I like to call mental reps. How well are you doing with those?

There are plenty of times that we may get caught up in our daily lives jobs relationships and any other myriad of excuses not to get in our daily WOD. Don’t get me wrong there are some very real reasons such as sickness or injury that we shouldn’t go into the box. Drawing the line as to just what is reason enough to skip your WOD can sometimes be difficult but that’s where you have to tap into that mental
fortitude. Just like that feeling you get right about the second round of “Fran” you have to tap into that mental strength to push past what your body seems to be telling you is impossible. You’ll be locked in a battle of wills with yourself and it’s up to you to make sure that “I can’t” always loses to the “I will”.

Mental toughness is something that has to be exercised just like a muscle would be. Every time you’re faced with a tough decision is a new opportunity for you to follow the path that is more difficult but always more rewarding. Nobody ever regrets working out. You’ll always feel good about yourself after finishing your WOD even if your body is trying to tell you different through all of the sweat. Every time we chose to carve out that hour during a busy day or push for those last few reps or add another 10# we are re-enforcing the good mental habits and creating new pathways. We’ve all surprised ourselves with what we can do by pushing past our comfort zone.

There is a quote that I really like lately from an article I read online. “People quit because it takes too long to see results because they can’t figure out that the process is the result.” This is particularly applicable to what I’m talking about. The process of you making the right choice every time you decide to work out or eat a healthy meal or get over a mental or physical barrier is what will result in you having the progress you’re looking for. Every time you make the right choice it makes the next one that much easier. ‘The process is the result’ means that by taking the steps necessary to reach our goals we’re sub-consciously rewiring our thought processes into a new normal. That’s what forming habits is all about but now we’re forming good habits with every ‘rep’.

You’re never going to get that first muscle-up or PR that heavy lift if you aren’t putting in the practice. You won’t lose those extra few pounds if you aren’t considering the fuel you’re putting in your engine at every meal. You hear it all the time being yelled out by coaches mid-WOD that ‘every rep counts’. If you’ve ever competed you know this to be true since just one rep or even one second could mean the difference between gold and silver or even 10 places or more at a CrossFit NLI event.

Every day is a new opportunity to start fresh and get in your mental reps and ‘every rep counts’. So start re-enforcing the good habits and flexing your mental toughness until it just becomes a part of who you are.

Friday’s Training:

All Levels CrossFit

Level 1 CrossFit

A1 Overhead Squats

  • 2-2-2-2-2

A2 Muscle Up Progressions

  • 5-5-5-5-5

Rest 90 seconds

Skill: Deadlift

  • Sets of 5 Reps
B. For Time

  • Row 500m 

Immediately followed by
3 rounds of:

  • 21 wall ball
  • 12 Pullups

There are 2 scores for this WOD Row Time and Total Time

WOD: 21-18-15-12-9-6-3

  • Wall Ball
  • Lemon Squeezers
  • Lateral Hurdle Jumps