You can call him Sir Charles, The Round Mound of Rebound, gold medalist, NBA MVP and hall of famer, and now you can call Charles Barkley a CrossFitter.
In Part 2 of this series, the legendary NBA player and TNT personality talks about how pro basketball is more than a physical test.
“No matter how hard you train, you can’t prepare for the game. All you have to do is be the best you possibly can physically, and then, late in games mainly, that’s when your mental toughness takes over—because everybody’s tired.”
According to Barkley, it’s mental toughness that separates the good from the great, and it’s an attitude that will no doubt serve Barkley well as he reclaims his fitness at CrossFit North Atlanta.
And does the outspoken superstar fit into the CrossFit box? HQ flowmaster Chuck Carswell thinks so.
“He’s not a guy who has just come in the facility to CrossFit. He really is a CrossFitter to the core,” Carswell says. “He’s exactly what we represent. He’s got a very sensitive bullshit meter, and because of that he’s found a facility he can train in and be himself.”
Additional reading: Coaching the Mental Side of CrossFit by Greg Amundson, published July 7, 2010.