Grit is one of the hardest aspects of CrossFit to teach, but is essential in allowing us to push past our physical and mental boundaries. It is raw endurance, perseverance and passion that keeps you going despite obstacles. It is fairly common knowledge that our brain will quit before our bodies give up. Our brain has an internal safety switch that acts as our guard to keep us from taking ourselves to utter exhaustion. However, there is still room for more effort before getting even close to that limit.
When we start to feel like a workout is becoming increasingly difficult, we start allowing thoughts into our head that try to convince us to stop or rest for a while. This is where grit plays an important role; as we become more self-aware and can identify these thoughts, we also become more capable of dismissing them. Once we are able to acknowledge and then remove these thoughts, we can work on our grit; our courage and mental resolve to continue through adversity. Therefore, developing true grit is an arduous process that cannot be taught, but rather must be learned through difficult challenges.
Once we can harness the power of our physical and mental resolve, we are able to push past discomfort. That is my challenge to you as you continue forward: practice recognizing when your mind is trying to convince you to rest or slow down in your workout. That is the first step to developing your grit. From there you can begin to work on dismissing the negative thoughts and continuing to work hard.
Then, 3 rounds
10 air squats
10 ring rows
SKILL: Front Squat 5 x 2 E2M @ 70-75%
This is meant to work on your front squat positioning and to prime your body for the wod, so don't crush yourself!
There was a warning now here it is! Your chance to take on the wod that we featured in the blog on Tuesday. Choose your front squat weight wisely!
Rx: 6-9-12-9-6 reps for time of - Barhop burpees, Front Squats (105/155) and Chest-to-bar pull-ups
TG: Scale as needed, reps 3-6-9-6-3, ring rows
FG1: bar weigth 55/75, assisted pullups
FG2: bar weight 75/115, regular pullups
Comp: bar weight 125/185