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If you came to CrossFit Boomtown yesterday for a workout you were faced with an Open workout from 2011; a 10 minute AMRAP of 60 bar facing burpees, 30 overhead squats and 10 ring muscle ups. For a lot of people this workout is a scary one. I heard a lot of people say things like “I won’t even be able to get through the burpees in 10 minutes”. Doing CrossFit pushes you outside of your comfort zone and makes you realize that you can do things that you thought you couldn’t. This workout was an example of that for a lot of people.

The CrossFit Open starts this week. For the next 5 weeks we are going to be faced with an unknown workout every Friday. We are working to have some friendly competition amongst others in the gym but more importantly, we are working against ourselves. We are pushing past what our mind says we can and cannot do. Our bodies are able, its usually our mind that slows us down.

So how do we get our mind to shut up and not stop us from accomplishing the things we actually can? Here are my top 5 ways!

  1. Stay flexible.  If you have the ability to react positively to the unexpected, especially when things aren’t going well or as planned, you will be able to quiet your mind and push harder throughout the workout.
  2. Believe you can. Your thoughts will control your actions and the way you feel. Actually believing in yourself and being confident about the task at hand will truly allow you to work harder, push faster and ultimately do better.
  3. Embrace failure. Mentally tough people embrace failure because they understand that it is a necessary part of life and overall success. If you don’t do well in a workout, its ok. These experiences will help you learn and grow for next time.
  4. Stay Positive. Try not to complain or whine about the task at hand. Look at the big picture and break it down into manageable parts. Create small goals and celebrate small victories along the way. Use this as motivation to continue to push.
  5. Don’t worry about what others think. Ultimately the work you put in should be for you. Don’t worry about what others are doing or what others are thinking. Do your best, push hard and be proud of what you accomplished, even if you are dead last.

Hopefully these tips help you during the open workouts, and any workout presented. Our minds are amazing, powerful tools that have the ability to help us grow or hinder our progress. Use yours to make you the best version of yourself, don’t let negativity stop your growth. You are stronger than you think you are and you can do way more than you think you can. Now, PROVE IT.