Breaking the Mental Barrier
Written by Josh Bridges

The mind is a powerful thing, it can help you get through tough times, or it can cause you to crumble like Greg Norman in the ‘96 Masters. The strong learn how to handle and control their mind when it starts to rant, rave and tell them to stop what they’re doing. The weak let it take over and OWN them.

Is it possible to develop strategies to break your mental barrier?  Absolutely. I prevent this little boss in my head from taking over in a couple of ways.


A Case for the 11th Fitness Domain: Self-Confidence
Written by Invictus Athlete Justin Nahama

What do Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Josh Bridges and Kris Clever all have in common – aside from being generally awesome and having a huge fan base? While these individuals, like each of us, differ in background, strengths, weaknesses, shape and size (see picture of Josh and Aja), they all share at least one common characteristic: the ability to maintain self-confidence in the face of adversity or “failure.” While self-confidence is not one of CrossFit’s 10 fitness domains/general physical skills,


Mental Toughness
Written by Sage Burgener (and her brother, Casey)

I’m not going to say much in this post, I’m going to let my brother’s letter do all the talking (he doesn’t know I’m posting this. He’ll probably be upset. I’m ok with that).

But I will say that last year when I was training for the CrossFit Games I was struggling with feeling like I was mentally weak. I saw all these amazing athletes around me that, during the hardest of workouts, never had one look of pain or struggle across their face.

Workout of the Day
“Performance”

Five sets of:
Back Squat @ 30X0 tempo
Rest 2 minutes
Strict Pull-Ups x Max Reps
Rest 2 minutes

For the back squat, use a high-bar position and perform the following reps and percentages:
* Set 1 – 50% of possible 1-RM x 5 reps
* Set 2 – 75% of possible 1-RM x 3 reps
* Set 3 – 85% of possible 1-RM x 1 rep
* Set 4 – 90-95% of possible 1-RM x 1 rep
* Set 5 – Test 1-RM
* Set 6 (optional) – Exceed Set 5 weight;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Bruce Cl 186 kg (410 lbs)

 

Tue
Cl (Bkn) 50/4×2 60/3 65/3 70/3 75/3 80/1 75/3
F.Sq + J 50/4+4 60/3+3 70/2+2 80/(2+2)x3

Thur
PSn (pause) 50/4×2 60/3 65/3 70/3 75/3×2
Sn PJ 50/5 60/4 70/3 80/3 85/3×2
Plank 3 sets of 30 sec