CrossFit is “largely more mental than it is physical,” says HQ Seminar Staff member Miranda Oldroyd. “Yeah, I’m doing stuff that I never would have imagined I could do physically, but I’m a different person mentally than I was three years ago.”
Sports psychologist Dawn Fletcher says she’s trying to combine aspects of physical fitness with the mental skills needed for success in CrossFit. She takes Oldroyd through a mental performance exercise.
“You’re trying to become as aware as you can of your thoughts, emotions, behaviors and how it affects you—that’s part of it. Then you’re going to develop skills to control those thoughts and behaviors, and then you’re going to apply them in a performance setting,” Fletcher says.
From a list of suggestions, Oldroyd chooses what is holding her back from an optimal experience or performance. She provides an example of where this has negatively affected her. The next step is asking others she knows what they would choose as her trait. Oldroyd continues the exercise in Part 2.
Additional reading: Coaching the Mental Side of CrossFit by Greg Amundson, published July 7, 2010.