Thursday, December 10

I’ve heard a lot of talk around the gym lately about mental toughness. Yesterday’s thruster workout was meant to test that toughness. Can you keep picking up the bar? Can you keep doing three more reps? Most of us found we were much more capable of continuing than we had previously thought.

The Navy Seals have a 40% rule and it basically says when you hit your proverbial wall you are only at 40% of your capacity. The video below gives you the full story from the author of Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, Jesse Itzler.

As we approach the 2016 CrossFit Open we will be doing more and more workouts to test our capacity and mental toughness, because those are the types of workouts we see in the Open.

As Itzler says, we can apply this toughness to everything in our lives, not just workouts.

He would say that when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done. And he had a motto: If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it. And that was his way of every day forcing us to get uncomfortable to figure out what our baseline was and what our comfort level was and just turning it upside down. We all have that will. It’s just a matter of how we apply it not just to the once-a-year marathon, but to a variety of things in our daily lives.

Think about your approach to everything. Is it positive? Are you telling yourself you can do it, or are you thinking you’ll fail? You can train mental toughness just like anything else.

Workout for Thursday, December 10
5 Rounds, One Round Every 3 minutes
70 Double Unders
10 Pistols (alternating legs)

Then (no additional rest):

5 Rounds, One Every 3 minutes
20 Calorie Bike
10 Ball Slams

Hips: 2 min Mashing + 1 min Pigeon Stretch Each Side
Shoulders: 1 Min Delt Mash w/ Ball + 1 Min Trap Mash w/ Bar