The fastest, strongest athlete can be undone by a weak mind. Steven Shrago recommends using positive beliefs, mental preparation and mental toughness to help your mind drive your body to new PRs.
CrossFit’s 10 domains of fitness cover the full range of physical and neurological components, but do they tell the full story of fitness?
We measure fitness as “work capacity across broad time and modal domains,” which implies a necessary element of performance: you are only as fit as you are able to actually demonstrate your work capacity. Talking a good game doesn’t cut it.
But performance varies on a daily, hourly and minute-by-minute basis. Rest and nutrition can affect one’s ability to perform, but so can another aspect of fitness: the mental game. A wide variety of components go toward making someone mentally ready. For the CrossFit athlete, three are especially important:
Positive beliefs—programming your mind to expect success.
Mental preparation—focusing your mind on the challenge ahead.
Mental toughness—overcoming fear, pressure and adversity.