Tuesday, January 24

For those of you competing Saturday, there will be a blog tomorrow on what you need to do for the rest of the week to prepare. Just keep going normal for Tuesday and Wednesday and then make adjustments based on how you feel. A full breakdown will be on Wedesday’s blog!

Research: Performing a Ritual Before a Stressful Task Improves Performance

Can’t remember how I came across this article from the Harvard Business Review (other than it’s on my regular reading list, ha ha), but I think the practice of having a ritual could benefit us all.

We already use this a little bit when we warm up in class. If we’re Olympic lifting we will go through our standard barbell warm up. This not only reinforces the positions and technique, it prepares your mind for what we’re about to do.

The article says, “Our findings suggest that performing a ritual before entering a stressful situation can reduce feelings of anxiety and improve performance.”

In the gym this can be your standard warm up routine, but in life it can be anything. If you read the article, you’ll see that it doesn’t matter at all what the ritual is (In the Harvard experiment it was: Draw a picture of how they were feeling, sprinkle salt on the drawing, count to five, crumple the paper, and throw it in the trash.), the point is that it removes some of the pressure you put on yourself.

So, if you’re taking a test, competing in CrossFit or going in for a big job interview, give yourself a ritual to help yourself relax. Getting your mind right will make a big difference in how the physical side behaves.

Workout for Tuesday, January 24
Shoulder and Hip Mobility – 10 minutes

5X10 of DB or KB Overhead Lunges – Holding in both Hands
10 reps total (alternating, 5 on each leg)

For Time:
Calorie Row
Wall Balls (20# to 10′, 14# to 9′)
Push Ups