Thursday, February 25

I've been thinking about my mindset during workouts recently and how that can effect my physical performance. Specifically, can I alter my mindset with my physical actions and make myself feel better during the hard parts of the workout. Basically, the concept of cognitive dissonance: the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.

So, in really basic terms, can I just smile and think about why I like doing these workouts that make me feel so bad in the middle of it all? Can my physical state alter my mental state even if they are in conflict?

I tried it a little today and it worked. I just smiled. In the middle of thrusters and burpees I just made myself smile rather than grimacing and making the "I'm working so hard" face.

First off, it relaxed a lot of muscles in my face and body, which brought some immediate relief. Then I just would laugh because it seemed silly, but in the meantime, I forgot that it hurt and I really did feel better.

Your mindset can really make a difference in a workout. Think about your "why" and how these workouts make you feel great when you're done. Try to focus on the positive and not how bad it feels at the moment. I know, it's easier said than done, but if you get your mind right before you start it's not as hard as you think.

Give it a try next time and never forget to enjoy yourself out there!

Workout for Thursday, February 25 Light Warm Up + 10 min of Mobility

Not for Time: Row 1000m - Medium Pace 3 Rounds of (rest as little as possible) 30 sec Plank Hold 15 Wall Balls Row 1000m - Medium Pace

Extra Credit: Mobility and Flexibility Work Perform stretching immediately after WOD or when muscles are very warm. Example: Row 1000m, 3 Rounds of 5 Pull ups, 10 push ups, 15 air squats. Then Stretch

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