Working out is hard. Pushing to the best of your ability takes drive, passion, and bravery. You have to be brave enough to stand up to that little voice that says “this is getting ridiculous, let’s just sit down and have a snack.” Part of the difficulty lies in our inherent fear of “failure”. What we don’t realize is that we often set ourselves up for feeling like a failure unintentionally. When you walk into the gym and see the workout and think “I want to beat Joe at this,” or “Oh great, running, good thing there’s a time cap,” you’ve already set yourself up to walk away from the gym defeated.
*Know and embrace your weaknesses
I am bad at wallballs. Every time they show up, my initial reaction is “$&!@.” But I’m learning to replace cuss words with “Ok. This is a day that my workout buddies may wait on me and cheer for me to finish, but that’s what teammates are for. I’m going to do bigger sets than last time, and today is a day I get BETTER.” Weaknesses are an opportunity; workouts with only your strengths rarely push you to improve. Self-talk feels silly at first, but you control your thoughts. Practicing positive talk, even if you have to force it at first, can change your outlook over time.
*Have a plan
The workout is on Beyond the Whiteboard daily (6a will just have to plan fast). Take a look before you work out and come up with two or three mini goals to keep in the back of your mind: maintain X rpm on the bike when tired; only take three breaths before getting back to work; focus on good depth on every squat. Sticking to your plan is a win. If you can’t, you learn what to shoot for next time (also a win).
*Stay in your lane
No one cares if you are the fastest, so you might as well do everything you can to become a better athlete. Most importantly that means not comparing yourself with the guy next to you; you know your goals for the day so stick to them! This also means picking weights and modifications that are manageable but challenging for you.