We've discussed the 10 components of fitness a couple of times, but one of the most important things CrossFit helps develop is mental toughness. We all have that little voice in our head that tells us we can't do it any more, or that we should stop, or that this hurts too much to go on. CrossFit helps develop the mental toughness to work despite that voice, to tell it to shut the hell up, to eventually become comfortable being uncomfortable. The person who can master that ability will be able to achieve not only elite fitness, but success in many other areas of his or her life.
I have heard from many CrossFitters that the most surprising and unexpected aspect of their training is their ability to get through their daily non-physical trials and tribulations more easily... I'm not surprised by that at all! CrossFit isn't easy. It is intense. If you can push yourself to the brink for 20 minutes during a CrossFit workout while ignoring that little voice along the way, then sitting at a desk for eight hours, or meeting a deadline, or completing almost any other job becomes significantly easier! And for those whose jobs are just as hard in their own special way as a CrossFit workout, then the WoD becomes almost cathartic in nature, a release for all that pent up stress. Ultimately, the mental strength and emotional benefits realized as a result of CrossFit are just as powerful as the improvements we make to our health and fitness!
Jason Khalipa, 2008 CrossFit Games Champion, shows his mental toughness during the 1st Open WoD.
7 rounds for time:
10 Kettlebell Swings (24kg/16kg)
15 Box Jumps (24"/20")
10 Supine Ring Pulls
Posted by Zareh.