How many of us after a hard WOD, collapse on the floor/sit on a box and have nothing left?
Those who keep walking afterwards to catch their breath and making sure not to collapse. Not because they where holding back or not putting out the effort, but they refuse to let the WOD defeat them.
I have been on both sides.
Keep this in mind…CrossFit is not just about getting physically strong, it’s also training our mental strength as well.
After the smoke has cleared, and the chalk dust has settled, your heart is pounding in your chest as if someone is playing the congas on it.
Every ounce of your body is telling you to STOP, SIT, LAY DOWN, or lean over and hold onto your knees
and gasp for air. As if you where beaten like a dog.
But…if you don’t yield and you deny yourself from giving in, and you walk and breath after the WOD to get your heart rate down, you can hold your head up and get some more oxygen in you but at the same time hold your head up with a sense of pride by saying to yourself ”WOD you didn’t beat me! You didn’t bring me to my knees! I beat you…because I am still standing!”
When I was an active duty Marine, we trained hard. After our training or physical fitness test, we all where still standing, even if we wanted to put our hands on our knees, over our heads, or on our hips. We would be reminded to never show that your tired, never show that you are defeated. In Marine speak “Hey Nasty! Get your freaking hands off your hips and keep walking”
Military, Firefighters, Police Officers, UFC fighters, Football players, and the list goes on and on. They don’t lay down when they have given it their all. They rise up and keep pushing forward. They get beat down and they keep pushing forward. You will do the same. Keep pushing Forward and stand up!
You are a champion! At any level…Work hard, push yourself, never quit or give up. After the last second, the last round, the only thing that should be lying on the ground is that barbell; if you can do this consistently, you will get tougher. The Mental WOD starts at the end. You will be able to push harder in the pain zone, get in that dark unpleasant place in the WOD and keep pushing forward.
Next time you motivate someone to keep going during the WOD. Make sure you pick them up afterwards. Walk with them; give them a high five and a smile. No words need to be exchanged. Just the simple fact that you were there for them at the end and you are victorious together.
COACH Andre Castro
WOD – 10.01.2012
15 – 20 minute Skill/Strength work: 5 x 5 Back Squat (80%-85%)
10 Minuite AMRAP:
10 Tuck Jumps
5 Push Jerks (135#/95#)
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