Thanks for hopping over from my “What’s Slowing You Down: Brain or Body” post…
I apologize for the organization of the end of this post. I had to bullet each paragraph to separate it from the the previous paragraph. A glitch in WordPress I believe. I don’t know… Sorry about that…
Ok, where I left off…
Well, maybe nothing. Most of you will never push yourself to the point where your brain or body begins to tell you to, “fuck off”. It’s not a knock against you, it’s just a reality.
Two years ago I dove head first into the SSST (Secret Service Snatch Test), which is a kettlebell challenge not for the weak of heart. The SSST is comprised of:
- 24 kg (53lb) kettlebell
- Perform as many snatches as possible in a 10 minute timeframe.
- If you are a competitive minded person, this is something to shoot for. I got about 190 snatches into the SSST and my brain flooded with “just quit this shit” thoughts. I fought them off for another 1:30min or so, then tapped out. I destroyed my old snatch record, but still, the thoughts came and engulfed me.
- It’s easy to succumb to your thoughts during physical activity.
- Next time you are on a run or bike, pay attention to how many times you start thinking about how nice it would be to be finished already, or how you could just walk for a bit, or no one is looking so you can dog it for a minute or two, blah blah blah. I am human, I have these thoughts, so I know that you do too.
- I think what the average person struggles with the most with is their thoughts. Just one negative thought that slips passed your “will-power filter” in your brain and will infect your entire body during a workout, or ever before you ever strap on your shoes pre-workout. Negative thoughts are infectious. Once you start thinking about quitting on a task, for most people, it’s ALL OVER.
Think about it. I know that everyone has had those thoughts during a long run, during a personal training session or even back in high school or college as an athlete.
When your brain quits, you quit.
Controlling your thoughts will build you a body, I firmly believe this.
***Go do something great today that your body will thank you for in the future.***