“The greatest adaptation to CrossFit takes place right here: in our mind,” Greg Amundson says, paraphrasing CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman.
The physical aspects of CrossFit are obvious: you have to learn how to squat, press and deadlift. But there’s far more to CrossFit than barbells and box jumps. The mental aspect of high-intensity fitness is incredibly important, and weakness in the brain and heart of an athlete will cause just as much trouble as weakness in the posterior chain and core.
Greg Amundson’s Goal Setting Course teaches athletes how to set goals and achieve them, both inside and outside the gym. Amundson says a goal must be specific, it must be stated in the positive sense, it must include a time frame, and it must provide motivation, inspiration and direction.
“Our words become real,” Amundson reminds, so if you’re drowning in negative self-talk and self-pity, you’re not going to optimize performance. But if you speak in positive terms and maintain the right frame of mind, many great things are possible.
With 2012 drawing to a close, what’s your goal for 2013?
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Additional reading: Forging Elite Leadership by Greg Amundson, published April 18, 2011.