Monday 1.5.15

Train Like a Champion: Techniques, Habits and Positivity

"If you've been training for a couple years, you've done thousands of reps of any given common exercise. I find it fascinating that athletes will employ a corrective drill or exercise for maybe 30 total reps and be shocked when it doesn't cure their technical problem. They then abandon the exercise because it doesn't work, and move on to another one that, unsurprisingly enough, doesn't work either in the same 30 reps. Do this for a month, and you can quickly exhaust the list of potential corrective exercises while managing to make no progress at all."

 "....it's important to recognize the importance of engaging in positive behavior and attitude rather than negativity. I mean this in the conventional new-age sense of actually being mentally positive about what you're doing, but also in the sense of actively doing things rather than not doing things. Instead of thinking about how stupid your habit of dropping your jerks early is and wishing you would quit missing lifts, create a new habit of holding all of your jerks overhead for a second before dropping them. Not only will this improve your lifting, but it will improve your attitude and your training experience." Do you have this positive mindset in the gym? 

It's a new year, and a great time to start examining yourself. While this article talks about training like a champion in the context of working out at the gym, these same ideas can be applied to your mindset and habits in other aspects of your life. What "bad" habits would you like to replace this year, in and out of the gym? Are you taking the time to do what it takes to form new ones, or are you looking for the quick fix? What's your mental approach to these habits? Do you get down on yourself about your "bad" habits, or do you look for positive things to replace them with? 

Read the entire article from Catalyst Athletics here: http://www.catalystathletics.com/article/136/Train-Like-A-Champion-Technique-Habits-and-Positivity/

Strength
Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3
then, ME @80% of heaviest successful set

WOD
9 min AMRAP:
5 burpees
5 thrusters (95/65#)
5 chest to bar pull ups
10 burpees
10 thrusters
10 chest to bar pull ups
15 burpees
15 thrusters
15 chest to bar pull ups
...keep increasing by 5....