I am not going to go on a rant about how to training alone creates a greater sense of mental fortitude, and you alone can be the star in your own Rocky training montage. However, as someone who has primarily trained alone for the greater part of my 7 years in CrossFit, I have experimented with a vast array of training methodologies. While working out with the community has a multitude of benefit, I would like to focus on the progressive outcomes of training along.
There is something about the mental part of isolation training that requires a degree of perseverance that I find rewarding. When you are responsible for your own course of training the onus is on you and not the culminating actions of the group. When you do not have the communal energy to feed off of you must delve into your own reserve of determination.
In the warm up you must find the appropriate mindset for that particular day. What are going to be the specific elements of your focus? How will you handle errors or successes? As you look at your videos in between lifts, check your form and work on refining your movement and self-correcting. This is crucial to the development of an athlete because you must build a stronger sense of physical awareness. Coaching is wonderful, but true progression comes with an intrinsic understanding of needs.
In conditioning you must be hypercritical of your form. While this may detract from your score, who cares! The idea here is to move efficiently and appropriately; the outcomes will render themselves in time. No one is there as a means of checks and balance; consequently, your integrity will dictate the strides you make. The score is secondary to you holding yourself accountable
As I finished my interval rowing for today, which I considered quitting several times, I explored the universal need to challenge the “self.” As we are all defined by different matrices throughout the day the unifying one is the internal drive to accomplish. Test yourself and find something new within you that you may not have known was there.
Here is a little test to get you on your way – put your headphones on and see what you are made of…
My rowing workout if anyone would like to try, I’d love the feedback. Courtesy of Chris Hinshaw
Workout 1250m Row rest 90s 1000m Row + 250m row rest 90s 750m + 250m+ 250m rest 90s 500m + 250m + 250m+ 250m rest 90s 250m +250m + 250m+ 250m +250m Pacing (1250, 1k, 750, 500, were all at 12-15s off 2k TT pace 152-155 for me) (250m were at 2k TT pace (140 for me, got into 142-143 on last series) How to perform easier paces right into 250s, rest 10s btw 250m efforts IE, 750m Row @152 - immediately into 250m @140, rest 10s 250m Row @140.
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