Original Firebreather Greg Amundson sits down with the camera at Reebok CrossFit One. He shares what it was like to be an original student of CrossFit founder Greg Glassman and what his experiences have taught him about leadership.
In Part 1, Amundson shares the evolution of his positive self-talk strategy. He says the early days of his CrossFitting were physically and mentally challenging.
“Performance on demand is essentially what it was, and it was hard because I didn’t want to let Coach down,” he says.
According to Amundson, the expectations, competitiveness and workout anxiety took their toll. He regained his competitive edge only after changing his focus to factors he could influence. For him, that was: “First my mind, then my body, then my performance as an athlete.”
In his captivating storytelling style, Amundson shares his experiences with leadership, including the mental fortitude shown by elite CrossFitters at SEALFIT’s Kokoro Camp.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Coaching the Mental Side of CrossFit by Greg Amundson, published July 7, 2010.