How stress affects your training.
Everyone that comes into Endeavor has a reason for being here. For some it’s losing weight, for others it’s gaining strength. Some come to learn a new skill and gain self-confidence, others come to learn how to defend themselves and their loved ones. For all of us, the gym is an hour or so of the day when we can come in, let loose, and have a great time improving ourselves. For most of us, our lives are not all sunshine, rainbows, PRs, and unicorns. We all have stress from work, home, and life in general. Unfortunately, that stress can make its way into your training in a negative way. Fitness can be a great way to reduce stress, but it’s crucial that you learn how to keep that stress from creeping into your training. Stress can cause mistakes: missed lifts, missed punches, throwing too hard, or trying for a weight that is simply too much. Unchecked stress leads to a cloudy mind and loss of focus.
Clear. Your. Mind.
When you step into the gym, the clock begins for training time. Whether you’re on the platform or the mat, the time is now for you to go on with a clear mind. Leave that stress at the office, don’t take it out on your training partner. We are all here to make each other better. If we’re not clear or focused on our training and the task at hand, we risk not only hindering ourselves, but also our training partners. Give yourself to your training session. Give it your undivided attention. When you approach the bar, repeat the cues from the coach to nail down that form. Make each set up the same. Try to move the same for each lift. During the workout, push yourself to that uncomfortable place, but keep going. When you’re hitting the mitts or the bag, make each punch perfect. Hit with power and accuracy, creating effectiveness. Know when to push and when to hold back. When you are rolling on the mat, focus on using your weight and leverage, don’t muscle everything and spaz. All of these aspects of our training require a clear mind. No matter what your discipline, a clear mind leads to better results.
Train with meaning and purpose
Make your training meaningful and train with purpose. Remember why you come to this amazing place. Do not let outside stressors affect your experience during training. You can use your training as an outlet, but in a controlled manner. Know when you can go all out. If you’re throwing that last ten seconds of punches, give that bag all you’ve got. If you’re in that last ten seconds of conditioning, sprint as fast as you can or get as many reps as possible. With a clear mind, you can reach your full potential. Get out of your own way. Clear. Your. Mind. And reap the benefits of your focused training. –AJ