3 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Workouts

Mindfulness. We’ve been seeing this word pop up in conjunction with meditation and self-awareness. In an environment where we tend to put others, work and deadlines before ourselves, mindfulness should be a concept that we latch onto. Taking those few minutes to detach and set a purpose for the day could leave us feeling more focused, less stressed and way more productive. But mindfulness doesn’t end with normal daily activity; mindfulness can be prominent in your workouts — here’s how: Set an intention: What are you intending to achieve in today’s workout? Is it to add a few more miles to your marathon training? Practice your lifting technique? Nail that free-standing headstand? Whatever it is, set an intention. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to have a focused workout. Taking a few minutes to plan your workout, hone in on the skills that you are going to need to execute and acknowledge the methods you are going to use to produce the desired outcome will make your workout purposeful. Sometimes our daily activities are on auto-pilot; but that shouldn’t carry over into your workouts — which are time for you! Be full of mind, literally: Acknowledge how you are feeling during the workout. Are you breathing heavy? Are your muscles burning? Are you failing the lift or pose? Draw awareness to these feelings so the mind can reduce the stress and anxiety and bring you back to your workout. As an athlete, anxiety is part of training. Acknowledging when you are feeling stressed in a workout is a good thing because it will help you to refocus your attention and bring you back to the purpose of the workout. Breath: It sounds so ridiculously simple, yet most of us fail to breath correctly, or at all, during parts of our training. Let the oxygen flow through the blood stream and get into the muscles. It helps to prevent that lactic acid build up (that burning sensation in the muscles) and keeps the heart rate down. When your bring mindfulness to your breath, or lack there of, you can help regulate your breathing to assist in getting you through your workout. Taking what is seemingly an abstract concept and bringing it into practice for working out — an activity that is meant to de-stress and focus on yourself — can be beneficial not only for your mental training but for your physical training as well. Adopting the mindfulness concept will help to provide a more quality workout and productive training regiment.

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5 Habits for Becoming a Highly Motivated Runner

So. Much. Running.  At least that's how it feels at the turn of spring - after months of being a slave to the rower and the jump rope - when Coach Bill$ starts programming run after run.  But after a few 400m workouts, the body starts to adjust and we all get our stride back.  There are some people who just take naturally to running.  They enjoy going out for a few miles either before or after a workout at the gym.  And then there's the rest of us, dreading every step and laboring from start to finish.  BUT, there is hope!  Check out these easy habits that motivate you to keep running.

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Why Your Pistols Aren't Getting Better

Pistols - they've come up in programming a lot recently.  They can be considered an advanced movement, but that's no reason to shy away from trying just because they seem difficult.  I've seen lots of capable athletes default to a scaled movement because they perceive themselves as not being ready to try a pistol. 

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3 Tips on Attacking Helen

Helen: 3 rounds for time: 400m run 21 kettle bell swings 12 pull-ups   Seems simple.  Sort of....

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A.C.T. In-House Competition Video Re-cap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=k6UgCSEFdDs&app=desktop

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3 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up For The Open

It's Open season!!! Every year around the end of January, buzz regarding the CrossFit Open starts to pop-up on social media.  For us seasoned vets, we shutter at the thought of re-doing 16.5 for a third time.  But for some of you new to the CrossFit world, we have to educate you on what the Open actually is.  In short, the CrossFit Open is a worldwide competition that filters CrossFit athletes regionally.  The top scorers in the Open move onto the Regionals and the top scorers in the Regionals go to the Games.  Workouts are released weekly for five weeks.  Each athlete performs the workout at their local affiliate, where there reps are counted by a judge/coach and then validated on the CrossFit Open website.

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