Another needed workout. Heavy clean and jerks, which I have little confidence in and bar muscle ups.
My bar muscle up form sucks, and I’ve been struggling with them. I struggled today. But once I got over the hump so to speak, I got them again.
For me, nothing is really easy in CrossFit except body weight exercises and the long game. Everything else is a push to the end.
Overcoming Mental Barriers
In CrossFit, so much of this sport is overcoming mental barriers. You see a workout and you think, “I can’t do that.” And then you do and you wonder what why you thought you couldn’t.
Our bodies will do whatever we tell them to do–if we tell them to do it enough. This is the essence of building strength. With enough practice and repetition, human bodies can do anything–almost anything. We can’t jump to the moon!
How do You Overcome Mental Barriers?
There is no easy way to overcome mental barriers except to push them. Until you do them or push to the edge, your mind will tell you that you can’t do it.
For instance, heavy clean and jerks. I suck at them. They are hard for me. But I keep doing them. They don’t really get any easier. But in my mind I know I can do them; whereas, before I would doubt myself.
Ring muscle ups. I still don’t have them. I took a break from trying to do one because I strained my right arm. It’s finally better, so now it’s time again to take them on again.
No part of me wants to, I’ll be honest. It’s not going to be easy.
But when I finally get one, that moment will be magic.
It was an awesome day, great weather, full of fun and friends and challenging workouts, laughter, and camaraderie.
The gals and I finished third place, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Both are some strong ladies who know how to bring it! Thanks, Michelle and Candice, for making great memories!
My daughter and I ran the 5k Pancake Stampede today in Littleton, CO. The 5K race course ran along the Platte River on the Mary Carter Greenway with the start/finish in front of Hudson Gardens Event Center.
It was a flat 5k running course with plenty of geese and ducks swimming in the river. It was an early start (8am), so we beat the heat. It wasn’t my best time, but it was good enough for 3rd place in my age group.
Afterwards, Littleton was celebrating their Western Welcome Week and had a pancake breakfast at Arapahoe Community College. My daughter ate 4 pancakes, while I drank coffee.
For the past 2 months or so, I’ve been extremely unmotivated to do CrossFit. My arm was messed up for a while (it’s much better now). I got frustrated with ring muscle ups. And I’ve been fighting bloating issues for two weeks out of every month–which leaves me feeling drained and blah.
Tips to Regain Motivation
I’m at the point now I need to get re-motivated. So how do you do that? Here are several ideas I’ve had:
If you don’t feel like working out, don’t. The workout will only be half-hearted and you’ll leave feeling like you wasted your time.
Do a different sport. Run, swim, basketball, biking, hiking, soccer, etc. Do a different activity that takes you away from the barbell.
Hire a private coach. Nothing is more motivating that having to show up and do what you’re told. Try a couple sessions for an added boost.
Get an accountability partner. Nothing pushes you like someone else. Set a time and place and show up and do the work!
Finally, let time pass. Soon enough, circumstances will change and a switch will flip. Try not to get impatient and let time do her thing.
Am I there yet? No. Still muddling through the days one at a time, but I know it’ll come again.
After all, the CrossFit Open is 6 months away. That’s my motivation…