Mental toughness is "Having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to: generally, cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle) that sport places on a performer; specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure." (Jones, Hanton, & Connaughton, 2002, p. 209). Mental toughness is not only important in CrossFit, but also in everyday life. Raising a family, working in the business world, vying for that promotion, being a spouse, all those things require mental toughness. This month, I want you to memorize the 7 C's of mental toughness for athletes and apply them to your workouts as well as your everyday life.
2/24/14 - 3/29/14
1960 CrossFit Friends and Family,
The Seven Characteristics of MENTAL TOUGHNESS:
1. Competitive – “A competitor will always find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves even further. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up” – Nancy Lopes (professional golfer)
2. Confident- “Every time I play, in my own mind I’m the favorite” – Tiger Woods. Confident athletes have a can-do attitude, a belief they can handle whatever comes their way. They almost NEVER fall victim to self defeating thoughts.
3. Control – successful athletes are able to control their emotions and behavior. They focus on what they CAN control and don’t allow things that are out of their control to effect them. Mentally tough athletes possess the ability to maintain poise, emotional control, and concentration under the greatest pressure and the most challenging situations.
4. Committed – Mentally tough athletes focus their time and energy on their goals and their dreams. They are self-directed and highly motivated.
5. Composure – Mentally tough athletes know how to stay focused and deal with adversity. How they manage their emotions will determine whether they win or lose.
6. Courage – BE A RISK TAKER!!! That’s what peak performers do. Only climbers get to the top. The campers, those who get part of the way up and stay where they are, will never feel as alive or proud as the climbers. It takes courage to grow up and achieve your full potential.
7. Consistency – Mentally tough athletes possess an inner strength. They often play their best when they’re feeling their worst. They don’t make excuses
Competition is won on the playing field between the ears. Practice the 7 c’s of mental toughness. Learn to love competition.
Chad & Liani Oistad
We'd like to welcome our new 1960 CrossFit athletes:
Teresa, Karl, Omar, KD, David, Crystal, Gaston, Monica, Maria, Joseph, Vicente, Mariana, Colette, Tess, Andrea J., Marcus, Sonia, Valerie, and Quentin.
Welcome to the family!
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We want to give a huge shout out to Jacky, Andrea G., Byron, Herman, and Fido for their awesome performances at Ranger CrossFit's Border Wars competition. Fido finished 9th overall and our team finished 6th overall. They missed top 5 by just 3 points! There is something pretty awesome about traveling over 5 hours for a two day competition. It brings you closer. One of the coolest things about that weekend was meeting a CrossFit wunderkind named Josh. At just 17 years old, he was competing in the Rx division and ended up placing 3rd overall. We basically took him under our wing for the weekend. He may just pay us a visit this summer so be sure to welcome him with open arms.
Not only were we proud of the performances, but we also were incredibly proud of the camaraderie our people displayed. Here is a copy of a post to the 1960 CrossFit timeline on Facebook:
We couldn't be more proud of 1960 CrossFit!
We want to encourage everyone to sign up for the 2014 Open, by clicking here. The 2014 CrossFit Games season begins with the worldwide Open competition. Everyone in the world is invited to compete in five workouts over five weeks, posting their scores online in real time. Last year, almost 140,000 athletes competed in the Open. This is a great opportunity to test yourself and push yourself to the next level. The first day of the Open is February 28th. We will be doing the workouts during class on Fridays and then again on Saturdays at 8am to be judged by your coaches. See where you stack up against the world. Learn your strengths and weaknesses. Become a part of the greater CrossFit community and experience a deeper appreciation of the CrossFit Games experience.
To those who feel intimidated by the idea of "competing:" this experience isn't about making it to the CrossFit Games. This is an opportunity to push yourself. This is a chance to grow as an athlete and to make new friends at the Box. There are filters on the leaderboard where you can see how you stack up against people your age who have been doing CrossFit for as long as you. Don't let fear get in the way of growth.
St. Patty's Day 5K
Be sure to join us for this year's St. Patty's Day 5K. It's a super fast course, a straight shot down 1960, that starts in front of Sun & Ski sports on Champions Forest Dr. and ends right in front of the box. The best part of the day is the crawfish extravaganza we have afterwards. To sign up for the run, click here
, and be sure to use the code 1960CF for a discounted rate.
Metrics Saturday & Spring Break
On March 8 at 10am, I'll be at the gym doing metrics. This is your opportunity to get measurements and set new goals. I highly encourage everyone to come consistently to Metrics Saturdays. They come around every eight weeks.
Spring Break will be March 17 - March 23. We will do "Bring a Friend to Class" on Monday and Wednesday. We will be closed Tuesday and Thursday. Friday will be Open WOD 14.4 during regular class times. Due to the more advanced nature of that workout, friends will not be allowed on Friday.
We are encouraging everyone to participate in the following two fundraisers:
This one is for Firefighters helping Firefighters
Iron Belle Competition
April 26th, we will be hosting our very first all-women's partner competition. There will be a scaled division and a Rx division. The cost will be $70/team. Registration will go up next month...
Athlete of the Month
Meet Ryan. He has been working hard for the last year to lose weight, gain strength, and become a more fit and confident version of himself. We are proud to say he has succeeded!
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Sports, traveling, and meeting new people
4. One interesting/Unusual fact about you
I love computers and like to watch the Discovery Channel
5. How long have you been doing CrossFit
6. How were you introduced to CrossFit
Saw it on TV and wanted to try it
7. What is your usual class time
8. Favorite CrossFit Exercise
9. Least favorite CrossFit Exercise
10. Biggest improvement you've noticed since doing CrossFit
Weight loss and muscle gain
11. What have you gained from being a part of the 1960 CrossFit family.
A new family and a fit body
RECIPE OF THE MONTH - Lemon Artichoke Chicken
This recipe comes from Paleo Lifestyle Magazine:
Lemon Artichoke Chicken
- Artichoke Hearts
- Lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 Tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 medium sweet onion (I like to shred it, but chopped is fine)
- 1 ½ lbs. of boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced or pounded.
- 3 Tbsp EVOO
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Heat 2 Tbsp EVOO to saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, a pinch of salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion become soft and start turning brown. About 10-15 minutes.
- Add chicken and brown on both sides. Thinly sliced chicken should not take too long to brown, so watch it.
- In a separate pan, combine additional EVOO and artichokes. Cover the saucepan and sauté, on low heat, for about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Uncover, and add in lemon slices and sauté for 2 more minutes.
- Add the chicken to this saucepan, along with thyme and salt & pepper. Stir a few times and remove from heat. Plate and serve! Enjoy!
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