Presence of mind is difficult to maintain when you're in the middle of a workout, when you can barely breathe, your legs and back are on fire, your hands hurt, and you're trying to keep track of your reps all at the same time; presence of mind is also incredibly important to maximizing our performance and our fitness. So how do we make this work?
The importance of presence of mind cannot be understated. Being present during a workout may make it feel a little worse because you're tuning into what's going on with your body, how you're breathing, how your hands/legs/back/shoulders feel, and how you're moving. Being present during a workout will dramatically increase your rate of improvement, your scores during workouts, and the quality of your movement because you're tuning into what's going on with your body, how you're breathing, how your hands/legs/back/shoulders feel, and how you're moving.
Keeping presence of mind during the workouts can be tough, but here are a few simple suggestions to help you out:
1. Calm down. Staying calm and collected during a workout can help keep you present. Don't freak out before the workout starts by thinking about how you're bad at double unders, or how much you hate pull ups. Control your thoughts, stay positive, and control your breathing.
2. Slow down. Going fast is great, but going fast while completely out of control is not. You are in control of your body and you are in control of your actions, all you need to do is decide and act according to that decision. Slow down your pace, control your movements, think about the quality of your movement.
3. Ask questions. Asking questions means you're being thoughtful about what you're up to. During the breakout skills sessions, or the warmup, or while getting ready for the workout, or even after that workout you are encouraged to ask us about what's happening with you at that time. If you're curious about why we move the way we do, the reasoning behind the workouts, or why you felt a specific soreness after a workout, ask one of the coaches. Even if we can't answer immediately, we'll get back to you with an answer soon!
4. Be mindful. Be conscious of how you're moving. Be purposeful with your movement, and be consistent with your movement. Listen, learn, and practice completing movements the way that we teach them, using the same order of operations each time. Pay attention to where your hands go during movements and keep them consistent, be aware of where your feet go during different movements, know what's happening with your arms, and back, and legs, and shoulders, and all of it. This just requires you to be mindful about what your body is actually doing.
Finding presence of mind during workouts certainly isn't easy, but without it you're leaving valuable performance and technique gains on the table.
A. 5RM Back Squat
B. EMOTM for 12 minutes:
odd - 5 squats @ 80% of A
even - 10 burpees
Posted by Armen.