It creeps in, and left unchecked, will slowly start to gain ground in your life. I’ve seen, heard, and experienced it a lot as an athlete. Perhaps it’s staring at a loaded bar for your 1-rep max at a weight you’ve never attempted before. Maybe it’s the box jumps you struggle to perform. Or the pullup bar. Or the rings. Whatever your challenges are, doubting in your ability to perform them will likely become a self-fulfilling prophecy if left untended. So how can we combat the uncertainty that comes with testing our physical limits?
First, embrace the doubt. It has it’s place. It can alert us of potential trouble and keeps us safe when we perform a movement. Second, realize that it’s only the truth if you let it be the truth. We’ve all surprised ourselves in the gym. If you look back to your first WOD versus how you’re performing today, I bet you now have a whole list of skills you never thought you’d be able to do.
Remember that when you find doubt worming its way into your thoughts. And finally, stir up your doubts. Take some time each week to really think about the skills that you doubt yourself in the most and face those head on. Find some progressions to work through. Try a few mobility exercises. Ask a coach for advice.
The trouble with unchecked doubt is that it starts as “can’t” and ends as a “won’t”. Don’t let it get there. Keep those suckers in check!
Ninja Training starts next week!
Former UNC track star Coach Lindsay will be leading a weekly Ninja Training running class on Tuesdays at 7pm. The Atlanta area hosts so many road races and obstacle/mud runs that it’s time we get a CFM team together!
This is also great prep for Memorial Day Murph (MDM), a hero WOD we’re hosting at the box on Monday, May 27th… if you’ve never done Murph, there are several versions for any level of CrossFitter to participate. The full WOD consists of:
1 mile run
100 pull ups
200 push ups
1 mile run
More details on MDM comin’ atcha next week. But basically, plan on joining Lindsay for Ninja Training every Tuesday as we test drive the new CFM running/ninja/obstacle training club.
Whether you plan to join us at the box on Memorial Day or not, enjoy this beautiful weather with a weekly run over to Piedmont Park, some speedwork and bodyweight exercises, and a run back! Meet at the box at 7 for a warm-up run to the park, or meet at the Piedmont Park Active Oval at 7:15.
Yoga tonight at 8:15 with Monica!
Workout of the Day
A. Goat work: Pick a skill to work on for 10 minutes!
B. As many rounds as possible in 15 minutes:
500m row OR 400m run
10 ring dips
10 strict pull ups
And coming tomorrow…Benchmark Friday
A. Front Squat: Work to a heavy single in 8 minutes
150 wall balls for time 20#/14#
Beginner options – scale to 50 or 100 wall balls, or 150 air squats, for time.