With some of CrossFit’s top athletes in Lake Tahoe, Calif., for the Rogue Vs. Again Faster Throwdown, it was a great opportunity to throw the athletes into a room and get them talking with the cameras rolling.
In this installment, the athletes discuss the mental side of CrossFit. James Hobart asks the stoic Mikko Salo, “What is it that you do or what is it that goes on in your head that keeps you so psychologically determined and psychologically put together?”
Salo says his strength is in his confidence. He explains that he always gives his best effort, and he says, “If it’s not enough for the win, so be it.” This mental fortitude comes from many years of training—more than most of the other athletes—and a regimented pattern of training.
For Chris Spealler, he pushes himself, and his hardest critic stares right back at him in the mirror. The athletes agreed that it’s tough not to hinge your self-worth on your performance.
“Your performance and your identity are two totally different things,” Spealler says. “You have to walk that line of being vulnerable and allowing yourself to believe you can win, but if you don’t, it doesn’t matter.”
Has CrossFit put the fire in them or is CrossFit just the outlet for that passion? Watch this animated discussion about mental challenges and different ways to overcome them.
Additional reading: The Mind Game by Steven Shrago, published March 27, 2010.