In 10 minutes you won’t feel a thing: get one more rep, push a little harder

This is quick line grab from an interview with the 2016, 2017 and 2018 fittest man on earth Matt Fraser. For those of you who don’t follow Crossfit or the Crossfit games (their version of grand final day), here is a quick intro. For a whole week, the fittest on earth battle it out through a series of gruelling workouts with insanely varied of goals and features. Day one might include performing pushups, pullups and air squats… for 200 reps each. Day two might include a half marathon – in the morning, followed by a max effort squat that afternoon. The aim of this competition is to test these athletes over as many disciplines of fitness as possible to determine “the fittest on earth”

 How does one train for this event you might ask?

Hard.

We are talking 2 – 3 workouts per day, 7 days per week for to be competitive – let alone a glimpse at winning.

If that doesn’t leave your mouth agape in awe of these incredible humans, the guys at Crossfit HQ seeming take pleasure at throwing them thoroughly in the deep end. Literally. Only a few years back an ocean swim and stadium length wheel barrow load and carries were included!

But again, how do you train for this? How do you turn up day in and day out and push your body to its limits?

A great interview with Matt Fraser shed some light on this and hinted at a technique that I still use for myself AND my clients today.

In 10 minutes you’ll feel fine.

What Matt was discussing here is mental toughness, present state awareness and the knowledge that all hard things must end.

“when I’m really feeling it at the end of a workout and thinking about slowing down, I just need to remember that in 10 minutes – I’m not going to feel any of this”

In a typical heart pounding, leg burning, metabolic conditioning workout – athletes could be asked to produce the following:

15 Calories on the Rower Ergometer

10 pullups

20 Alternating lunges

…For as many reps as possible in 20 minutes.

What this entails is cycling through these exercises scoring points for every calorie on the rower, ever pullup performed and every lunge – lunged I guess?

Your goal, to accumulate as many points as  possible in the time allocated and to beat that score when you retest weeks or months later.

The hardest part – it makes you want to quit. It makes you want to slow down, pause for a moment and with shaking hands on knees give up.

Don’t.

In 10 minutes you won’t feel a thing.

Legs will stop burning, you breathing will returnto normal, you will feel good.

Actually no, you will feel INCREDIBLE!

When things are getting tough, double down. Push a little harder. See if your legs can get you one more squat.

What do you think this mentality will do for your results?