Why Some Athletes Choke In Competition
Written by Calvin Sun

Have you ever noticed that some athletes do great in training and practice but seem to choke in competition? Maybe you have personally experienced this as an athlete; a skill you can nail every time in practice somehow falls apart in the competition environment, or maybe your performance is sub-par compared to what you’ve done in training.

There’s no shortage of stressors in competition – the noise of the crowd, your coach yelling at you from the sidelines, and judges waiting for you to make a mistake are some of the more common ones we’ve witnessed as CrossFit coaches.

Write it Down – The Benefits of Keeping a Journal
Written by Kim McLaughlin

Oscar Wilde once said, “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”

Now, I am not a playwright and I’m positive that if someone picked up one of my journals they would not describe it as “sensational reading”. Nevertheless, I have kept a journal for as long as I can remember and will continue to keep a journal well into the future. In fact, it’s something that everyone should do.

3 Tips For Success This Season
Written by Calvin Sun

We are less than seven weeks away from the start of the 2015 CrossFit competition season! Are you mentally ready for the upcoming CrossFit Open?

First, you must ask yourself exactly what ‘mental toughness’ is. Mental toughness is not about winning; it’s about not quitting. And we want to help you become as mentally prepared as possible as you go into the upcoming competition season.

Here are a few quick tips on how to make the most of this year.

How to Approach a Workout
Written by Nichole DeHart

You walk in and you see the white board – and shudder. It is your least favorite workout (or movement or time domain) on the board. You know you are going to have to do it but you aren’t happy about it. You are not alone – this happens to EVERYONE! But some people thrive in this situation. They are well versed in mental toughness and can push through on days like this to look completely unphased in the workout. In fact,

3 Ways Meditation Has Made Me a Better Athlete
By Bridget Regan

**Note: As part of our Fall ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ Challenge, Bridget will be leading a meditation class with Q&A on Saturday, October 4th at our Point Loma location from noon – 1:30pm. Open to all challenge participants and competitive athletes!**

When I first tell people I’m a meditation teacher, the looks on their faces usually range from confusion (“Aren’t you supposed to smell like incense and enlightenment?”) to nervous apprehension (“Shoot… I hope she didn’t see me pick my nose a second ago.”) I kid you not: I’ve actually had people take the beer they’re holding and slowly hide it behind their back in the fear of being judged.