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June 24, 2015


June 24, 2015

Training in the Moment

As coaches, we see different gym habits across our athlete membership. Some people arrive early and have a warm-up routine while others skate in a few minutes before class. Some athletes review the workout the night before and are prepared with the appropriate gear while others read the WOD for the first time on the gym’s whiteboard. Obviously, we prefer preparation over flying by the seat of your pants, but there is another element to the daily workout that is also important: being in the moment.

What we mean by “being in the moment” is focusing on what you are doing NOW. If the day’s programming starts with clean & jerk, think solely about the points of performance of the clean & jerk, prepare your mental checklist for set-up and execution and “feel” the lift – repeat what went right and improve on what went wrong. This means you aren’t concerned with setting up your wall ball/band/kettlebell/etc. for the metcon. And it definitely means not checking your phone during the rest periods. You are 100% enthralled on your performance NOW.

Another tactic for staying in the moment is focusing on breath. Diaphragmatic breathing (belly breathing) is much more effective at helping you maintain your composure than chest breaths, which signal panic. When you’re in a tough workout, you can stay in the moment by finding a rhythm and focusing on filling your belly with a deep breath and letting it out in a controlled manner.

I like to stay in the moment by focusing on what’s going right in the workout. Instead of focusing on the pain of a particular exercise, I find a groove with a movement that I like or do well. This is supposed to be fun, right?

Similarly, training in the moment is all about a positive attitude. You can look at a workout and think “UGH! Thrusters” or “I hate burpees!” or “I suck at snatch!” There can be negativity associated with any given WOD. But, I challenge you to look at the workout each day and think about what you LIKE about it instead of what you dislike. Going into the gym with a positive mindset can be the difference between a good and a bad training day.

REMINDER: squat mobility session tonight at 5:30 PM!

pat_rob post wod

Workout of the Day
:05 (heats of 10 stagger start)
For time:
75 wall balls
100 double-unders
75-calorie row

2 x 250 m walk, hugging a kettle bell at chest level 55/35

Post your scores to the Whiteboard.

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