CrossFit & Olympic Weightlifting can be a tough mental challenge just as much as a physical one. Your mind can take over and start to control what you are doing rather than letting you body do the work.
You have to learn how to control your mind as well as your body. There is no point in walking into the gym thinking that you can’t do it, because you can and you will.
First of all, you need to think positively. You might be coming up to an exercise, which you struggle with or cannot do. Take a deep breath and tell yourself that you can do it or focus on the progressions, which are going to take you step by step to being able to do it.
If you are walking up to a heavy bar with a weight that you may have only lifted a couple of times before or never then just imagine yourself lifting it before you begin. Having that positive mindset can make the world of difference.
JEDI MIND TRICKS
There might be a time when you are completing a really challenging workout with high reps. A little trick I like to play on my mind is to count the reps in a really low reps scheme. For example, if I have 50 double unders to do I’ll count to 10 5 times. This makes huge numbers seem a lot more manageable.
Tell yourself you are strong, that you can do it and then clear your mind of everything else. Focus on that and your body will take control of the rest.