The CrossFit Open Hangover

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The past five weeks have been exciting, action-packed, and definitely challenging. We came together as a community to cheer each other on, reach for new heights, push each other to places we have never been pushed to. All of this has lead to a lot of firsts, first RX workout, first HSPU, and first pullup to name just a few. The open does a great job of pushing us to and past our limits. It makes us push harder than we ever have in front of our peers and the results were impressive. However, it also does, maybe even a better job, of showing us what we aren’t as good at and what we need to work on such as Muscle Ups and Double Unders. Many of us made promises that next year will be different, next year our weaknesses will be strengths, that next year will be better… Far too often CrossFit members fall into what I like to …

THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION IN ADDRESSING ATHLETIC WEAKNESS

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You’ve probably heard about the benefits that visualization can have on your athletic performance, but if you’ve ever tried to use visualization to address your flaws then I’m sure you had the same question that I did: Like meditation or any other mental exercise, successful visualization hinges on proper technique and consistency. It’s all too easy for the mind to wander or worry or carry on with negative rhetoric while you’re visualizing, causing your practice to become useless or, worse yet, detrimental. Visualization works so well because it triggers mental confidence when relying on muscle memory. If you can see it happening in your mind’s eye, perfectly executed with confidence, then when you’re caught up in the moment, whether at the gym or at a competition, your body and mind will begin to work in tandem to achieve the desired result, each expecting the other to fulfill their end of the bargain. Learning how to use visualization properly takes practice; …