Tuesday, September 25

This Wednesday is Wednesday FriendsDay! Bring a friend to any class time throughout the day to try CrossFit for the first time!

There’s this famous social experiment where they give kids a marshmallow and told them they could eat it if they wanted to, but if they wait a certain amount of time without eating it, they can get two marshmallows instead. This experiment has been used as an example of our limited willpower and ability to delay gratification. The idea being that kids that could resist the immediate reward and wait for more were going to be more successful later in life. Watch the video below for the full explanation.

But, as the creator of the marshmallow test explains, this is completely wrong. The test gets used to say we are born with specific traits and you either choose instant or delayed gratification based on your fixed traits. However, the test was actually used to show how flexible we are. (You may remember other blog posts about fixed vs. growth mindsets!)

Even the smallest suggestion could change the way kids behaved in this study. By simply reframing the situation, kids were able to resist instant gratification and wait for the extra marshmallow.

I think this applies to what we do at the gym too. If you picture yourself as “not good” at certain things, or approach workouts with a negative mindset, you are hurting your performance. A positive mindset plays a huge role in how successful you can be. I know it is difficult, but you CAN make physical improvements just by having a positive mental approach.

So, next time you are approaching a workout that makes you a little nervous, try reframing the situation in your mind. Tell yourself that you ARE going to get that pull up, and you ARE going to do that set of wall balls unbroken. I promise that your workouts will be more enjoyable and your physical adaptations will come easier.

Workout for Tuesday, September 25
30 min Clock
Run 1 Mile, then
AMRAP in Remaining Time of
10 Sit Ups
20 Slam Ball Twists (30/20)
Row 400m
Run 1 Lap

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