All AM classes canceled due to snow.

There are two components that go into a successful athlete; physical and mental capacity. An athlete can have great physical ability but a mental capacity that almost seems non-existent. Some of the greatest athletes in this world, of course stems from their performances, however, without a strong mental outlook, they would not have been as successful. Ever hear that saying fall down seven times stand up eight? Maybe you’ve been working for weeks to get your double unders and you just can’t seem to get into the proper rhythm for them. Be nice to yourself and be patient. Everything takes time. The ability to keep trying, dedicating yourself to get those double unders, and motivating and encouraging yourself that you can do it, all equates to having a strong mental capacity. It is so important to know how to not become depleted by your own attitude. Frustration is a strong emotion that can get the most of us. We therefore, must be able to calm ourselves down, re-evaluate our goals, and start over.

On the other hand, maybe you are one of those people who are so competitive that you just want to be the best at everything. Competiveness is a great attribute to have; it pushes you to do more every day to get you where you want to be. But, be careful. Of course it is possible to be the best at everything, but this may not happen right away, especially with CrossFit. Channel your inner competitiveness to push you each and every day, but don’t drive yourself into the ground. It’s good to want to have the best time, lift the most weight, run the fastest, but all those results come with a lot of practice and good technique. If you break form just to have a faster time, you’re going to be feeling it the next day, and not in a good way!

So what’s the take home message? Be nice to yourself. Know when to motivate yourself to get through a workout, to be determined to beat your time before, or getting a higher max than previous times, but also know when enough is enough. Develop your mental capacity to be strong willed, one that will not back down in times of adversity but is able to recognize a bad attitude from a good attitude. We are what we make of ourselves. Start today in re-shaping your attitude and more positive things will start occurring for you.

-Hannah