Every once in a while I like to go long with these blogs and discuss on a deeper level subjects that I think you’ll find interesting. Today I want to talk about “mental reps”.
One of the great things about numbers and mathematics is that they are very straight forward and there is only one way to count, so you’ll always know when you’ve finished your last rep. If the workout has a specified amount of work, you always know where you’re at, you can complete it, and then you’re done.
There is another type of rep that isn’t as quantifiable though that I refer to as 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 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. You have to call upon your inner resolve to push past what your body is telling you is too difficult.
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, it’s a new opportunity for you to follow the path that is more challenging, but always will be more rewarding.
Nobody ever regrets working out. You’ll always feel good about yourself after finishing your WOD, even 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 to create new neurological 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 to achieve your goals.
Every time you make the better 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, you’re sub-consciously rewiring our thought process into a new normal. That’s what forming habits is all about, and you can form good habits with every ‘rep’.
You’re never going to get that first pull-up or PR that lift if you aren’t putting in the consistent practice. You won’t lose those extra few pounds if you aren’t considering the food you’re putting in your body at every meal.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘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 multiple places or more at an 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.
I’m looking forward to a great week of training with all of you!