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CF Blog September 15

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Sprints
2x25m
4x50m
6x10m Flying Starts

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WOD: “Diane”
21-15-9
DeadLifts (225/155)
HSPU

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Good read from Barbell Shrugged:

It’s not about how you feel

By Dr. Lenny Wiersmayell

how often do you make up your mind about how you’ll perform in a workout before you even touch your first piece of training equipment? My guess is that it happens more than you realize.

When you train, you can become hypersensitive about how you feel, in almost every sense of the word and in every phase of a performance – before, during, and after.

My goal in this article is to simply raise your awareness. Judging the way you “feel” can create a self-fulfilling prophecy that can alter your actual performance, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. I also hope to convince you that, while it would be nice to feel great all the time, doing so is not only unrealistic but, more importantly, not a prerequisite to performing well.

Part of the mindset of all great performers needs to be this – It doesn’t matter how you feel. It’s about how you perform.

 

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Perhaps you think that “feeling well” is a prerequisite to doing well. You can probably think back to a time when you started your warm-up really loose and powerful and, subsequently, had a phenomenal performance. But was it because you felt good? You can also probably think of a time when you started your warm-up and felt sluggish, sore, or just tired and, subsequently, had a really poor performance. Was that really because you felt bad?

The constant temptation is to establish causal connections between how you feel and how you perform. But I don’t think this is the case. You don’t perform well because you feel well. You perform well because feeling well increases your confidence, changes your emotions positively, and gets you excited to train. In essence, you performed well because you made the decision to do so.

The same thing happens when you feel sore or tired, in that these perceptions often lead to negative thinking, decreased motivation, and the development of excuses. You then performed poorly because you made the decision to do so. You changed your approach. With few exceptions, I do believe it is as simple as that.

The truth is that an athlete is capable of having a great performance even though he or she feels far from that leading up to it. And I have a theory that when we look back on our best performances we tend to do so with rose-colored glasses, so excited about our performances that we selectively forget how bad we may have felt going into them. Conversely, when we perform poorly we often try to find a reason for the poor performance and are more likely to recall that we may have not felt great leading up to it, again establishing a causal connection.

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