The Mental Muscle


I. Strength
♥ Final weight at 70lbs
1 1/4 Back Squat
5 Reps EMOM for 10mins @50% of 1RM
*When you fail, your emom is over.
II. Metcon
♥ Completed 5 rounds. 5kg wall ball, 20″ box (did step ups), 65lbs bar. 
10 Rounds For Time:
9 Wall Balls (20/14)
6 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
3 Squat Cleans (135/95)
*17 minute time cap
RX+: (185/125), (30″/24″)

At the end of the back squats, my thighs were burning. I know I wasn’t warm enough coming into the WOD. Everything was stiff. Everything hurts. I wanted to quit, but I learned early on to NEVER EVER QUIT A WOD. Mahiya ka sa sarili mo. Kayanin mo. Haha!

This Metcon is a mix of everything I hate, so this was more a mental battle than a thigh-burning issue. I started aiming for 5 rounds, so I got 5 rounds. If I aimed for more, maybe I could have completed the WOD. No buts.

Pinning Katrin Davidsdottir’s video below to remind myself that nothing will improve unless I change my mindset. There’s so much that I need to learn if I want to compete in this sport. I need to distinguish actual fatigue versus mental weakness, because most of the time, the latter wins.

Needs improvement:

  • I squat ass-to-grass. Not necessarily good in all situations.
  • Warm up. Warm up. Warm up.
  • Mobility work. My back is tight because I’m too lazy to roll it out.
  • Stop letting the wall ball go. Catch it. Don’t let it drop.
  • Learn to catch in squat position. There will come a time when the weight is too heavy to catch and you need to squat it out.
  • Stop thinking that you can’t, because you can. You’re just in pain. In pain for 17 whole minutes. 🙂