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Expectations vs. Reality - Mind Over Matter

As I finish up my first couple weeks here at ResoluteFit, I have had a lot of time to reflect on things I have learned and my mental approach to workouts. Before I started taking over classes, PT sessions, and Preps, I went through the 6 Day Prep Course with Coach Nick. He did such an awesome job with bringing me through it, and gave me a really good taste of what it’s like to be a part of the CrossFit community here at RF.

With having my background in Strength & Conditioning, the goals I always have for myself and my athletes are to get stronger, stay healthy, and improve performance on and off the field/court. I did that through my programming by using a power development block, a main movement, and accessory exercises to complement the workout and address the needs for their specific sport. Moving heavy weights for 5 reps or less is right in my wheelhouse, but when you throw in more than 5 reps and some cardio to get the heart pumping, it’s a whole new ballgame for me. I believe that mental toughness plays such a key role in the CrossFit community, because I quickly learned that if you tell yourself you can’t do something, there is no way you’ll be able to do it.

Having the privilege of being a Collegiate Division 1 athlete for 4 years put me in the right mindset, and taught me 3 important life lessons: responsibility, time-management, and mental toughness. Being 3 years out, I have continued to instill the majority of these life lessons, but mental toughness has taken a back seat. Coming into RF I thought I knew what to expect with workouts, but I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of difficulty that came with the 6 Day Prep Course. I found myself dripping sweat after the 9-12 min workout at the end of each session. Mentally, I haven’t been tested this much since college, and it was a much needed gut check for me. I needed that kick start to train my brain to get into the mindset of “I can do this” rather than, “that’s too hard, I don’t want to do it.” While coaching the group classes, I find it so easy to push and motivate others, but when it comes to myself, I am sometimes fall into the habit of feeling like something is too hard. Every day I’m here, I am making it a point to train my brain to be in a more positive mindset and to tell myself I can complete any workout.

Every single person that walks through that door gives me motivation to better myself. You all leave it out on the line, and empty the tank after every single workout. As a coach, that is all I could ever want out of my athletes, and I am getting back into the habit of expecting the same for myself. These workouts are mentally challenging, and that’s what I love the most. Your brain can be your best friend or your worst enemy, and I continue to work every day on making it my best friend again. I can’t wait to see all of the personal growth in all of the members and myself in my time here, and this is only the beginning!

P.S. I just wanted to take the time and say thank you to everyone I’ve met so far for welcoming me with open arms. You all have made these first couple weeks so great, and I always look forward to coming to work every single day. You guys are truly the best!

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