Breaking Through the Wall
by Coach Cory O’Connor
Know when you go all out but hit a wall during a workout? You think “I’m not going to be able to finish this” but then you keep pressing. You find a way to finish strong and feel like you’ve accomplish something great. A couple minutes after the workout you even think “that wasn’t so bad.” Well, that is what I want to talk about in this blog: mental toughness and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable just means pushing through when you’re fatigued. When you do this you will be surprised at what your body is capable of. However, if you go in with a mindset of “I got 7 more rounds of this, there’s no way” then you’ve already defeated yourself. To get better at “breaking through the wall”, break things up into little pieces. Focus on the task right in front of you. For example, “Okay, I just need to do 5 more kettlebell swings”. Get through those reps and then make another small goal. Not only is this an efficient way to tackle workouts, but you will also learn how to pace yourself on longer workouts. Once you get good at that, you’ll start to see your training sky rocket and you’ll gain mental toughness. You will notice that your work capacity will go higher and your volume of training will increase as well.
Not only can this be applied to training, but also to everyday life. If you can have mental toughness during workouts, then you can get through problems with your job, family and other daily issues you may have. My Drill Sergeant always said “Everyday I wake up the first thing I do is make my bed because if I didn’t accomplish anything that day, at least I made my bed.”