I'd like to talk about the mental side of High Intensity Fitness. Would you agree that doing these types of wokouts take a certain mental style, a certain mental game, a certain motivation, a certain drive? What is it that YOU do that gets you motivated to workout this way? POST TO COMMENTS. High Intensity Fitness is a very physically, emotionally and mentally challenging methodology.
" Fulfillment is in achieving your desires. The thrill is in the getting there."
Kimerly Adamson --- New Zealand
Motivation, Determination, accomplishment, success, challenges, the will to survive, the drive to be better, empowerment, demanding, awesome, fun, greatness. These are all words that come to mind when we think of working out. Imagine for a moment if we all approached our lives like we did our workouts. I know for me, high intensity fitness has definitely proven to me time and time again that I can push physically and mentally beyond what I think I can handle.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: Time after time, I get nervous before the workout. Uneasy, uncomfortable and unsure of how I will perform, I start my workout. The warm-up becomes a time of calming nerves, relaxing the body and becoming mentally clear. I become determined to perform to the best of my ability, not knowing what my body has in store for me. And then, the workout comes. During the workout, I don't think, my mind is blank, I feel no pain, all I know is completion of the workout. I feel my heart pounding, my respiratory rate increasing, the power coming from the hips, the movements becoming smoother with each repetition, the break down of form occuring as I get exhausted. At the end, I look at the clock and realize I have made another gain, had another success, another triumph. Even though this triumph was for the day, for the moment, for the workout, it pushes me that much further to succeed the next time I come in to the gym!
Realize these workouts are more than physical for most of us. There is a whole entire sports psychology. I want to talk real quick about the fear we instill or the nervousness we instill before these workouts. This FEAR... or False Expectations Appearing Real.... Is a natural human reaction to the unknown. One of the great challenges is the anticipation of what the workout will be. I understand this as a coach and as an athlete. On both sides, I LOVE it. What it does is prepares you for LIFE. The mental aspect of this is that life never is the same... correct? So since we rarely know what the next day holds for us, it teaches us to expect the unexcpeted in life. That was one of my famous quotes to my recruits in the fire academy was to always expect the unexpected. Life is no different and our experience with our high intensity workouts is no different than how we may have to deal with life! The Expectations we place on ourself and the expectations of the reactions we will have to certain situations can sometimes set us up for failure. Once you accept that failure is part of success... i.e. not completing a workout, or not understanding the mechanics of an exercise, then it will be easier to realize the workouts are designed to help you succeed! The FEAR we have of ANYTHING is what we tell ourselves. It is a program we have been taught. And working out like this is no different. It creates mental challenges and sometimes brings up thoughts of "I can't" rather than "I can and will"
We need to be aware of how we are talking to ourselves. we need to understand that our negative self talk can hinder us from completing what we know we can do. We are capable of way more than we give ourselves credit for. When we complete a workout, and are laid out on the floor, that is what this is about. Overcoming fear and breaking through barriers. What barriers are you going to break through today??