Whatcha thinkin?

10-20-30 reps of:
Wall balls

Imagine… The workout is an AMRAP 20min. You are starting to feel it. I mean, REALLY feel it! You look up and it’s only been 10 minutes! Come on! It feels like it’s been at least 18! Who came up with this stupid workout anyway?

I’m sure you can relate to the description above. What do you tell yourself to keep on going? What is your self-talk to push through the pain and see it through to the end? Post to comments below.

Leigh thinking "If I have to pick up that bar one more time..."

46 thoughts on “Whatcha thinkin?”

  1. I usually try not to think at all. I listen to the music and put my body in “auto pilot” mode. I look at the time only to set my pace.

  2. I tell myself that it will be painfull only for X amount of time, so suck it up!
    And only after I will be able to drink water and rest.

    I don’t actullay listen to the music when I am training, I am concentrating of making the moves as efficient as possible so I get more out of each one of them.

  3. I think about what you are going to yell at me if I don’t keep going. I also find using the f— word helps me a lot.

  4. Great question Kev, so okay so here goes…
    Since having the word “Can’t” 99.8% removed from my vocab during Fundamentals last April, its not an option to bring that mentality along in my day to day or for the WOD. Just like Pierre, I think to myself that the pain / discomfort / the suck is only temporary sensation. When it hits down to the final 5 minutes its all about what I OWE MYSELF. The “suck” is the workouts reminder that you’ve pushed yourself to the level that will yield results… of course some times everybody needs a little kick in the ass from coach to remind us WHAT WE OWE OURSELVES…. So thanks Kev, though I’m sure I fire you some nasty stares, I appreciate it!! 🙂

  5. Did some OHS this morning (3 reps)
    45-95-115-135-145 (pr for reps)

    I think about a few things when working out.

    “Where’s Pierre? Is he going to beat me?”
    “I haven’t passed out yet, so keep going”
    “Just GO!”
    “Aron Ralston”

    Let me explain this last one. Aron is an outdoor enthusiast and mountain climber. He was taking a hike in some Utah canyons when a 800 pound boulder came loose and pinned his right arm against the canyon wall.

    For 6 days, he sat there, eliminating his escape options one by one, and recording his goodbyes on a video camera he had with him.

    He then realized there was an option out. He took his multi-tool knife and cut his own arm off, then snapped his bones with one giant twist. He ended up rappelling down a 150 foot cliff with only 1 arm and hiked for 6 miles before help arrived.

    When I think about the pain and agony he went through for survival, my pain in the workout cannot compare. Thinking of him has gotten me though a lot of tough situations.

  6. I just think that it is only temporary and I also think how fortunate I am to be “able” to go to a gym. There are many people with disabilities that would give anything to be able to do what we take for granted.

    I changed my 4:15 to 5:30 so there is an opening now for 4:15.

  7. I’m thinking, the harder I push, the worse I’ll look and the more likely Gym Guy will take my picture and then post said picture on various CrossFit Media Outlets looking like a Crazy-Under-the-Bridge-Dwelling-Troll!

  8. I often hit the wall when I try to compare myself to others. On one hand it’s inspirational to watch Rob do 37 rounds of pushups … but on the other hand it can be discouraging when you realize you are not at that level yet.

    When this happens to me I remind myself that I’m there for myself and to do my best to reach or exceed a personal goal that I have set prior to the workout.

    This personal reminder gets me back on track and I focus on what’s in front of me.

  9. “A pro always wants the puck when it counts”

    and of course….

    “don’t walk away, don’t walk away”

  10. I talk to myself tell my arms to move my legs to keep going that I am strong and healthy. Also the people here help huge!
    Strength Front squat
    Wod 10-20-30
    wall balls(14lbs)
    lunges time- 14:44

  11. CFWU x 3

    Strength – Deadlift – 95×3 – 105×3 – 115×3 – 125×3 – 130×2 – 130×1

    WOD: 10-20-30 reps

    WAHHH Ball (14#)

    Time – 15:57 (Come on man!)

    Well, last week, Kevin spent his evenings grabbing my ass. This week, he’s kicking it.

  12. CFWU x 3

    Strength – Front Squat
    85-95-105-125-135 PR for Reps

    WOD: 10-20-30 Reps of

    Wall Ball 20lbs

    Time – 10:16

  13. CFWUx3

    Strength: 3-3-3-3-3
    135-165-195-225-250 (PR for reps!)

    WOD: 10-20-30 Reps of
    Wall-Balls (20#)

    Time = 11:58 (yuck!)

    Pretty happy about my deadlifts but that WOD was a bunch of suck for me.
    Great work everyone!

  14. CFWU x 3 (practice strict pull up and ring dips, shoot through)

    Overhead squat 3-3-3-3-3
    55-75-95-105(only 2 reps count)-115(2) PR by 10

    wod: 10-20-30 reps of:
    Wall ball #14
    Time: 8:18 I guess its a PR.
    Last Time 10:55 min with #12 vest

    During a workout, I am saying to myself:
    – The Pain will go away
    – Where Gillyon is now? Elissa? Chantal? Shallon and etc? So many people are fast now!! heheh
    – Keep moving…even if its slow…you need to keep moving
    – Heather did that workout this morning! She have more reason than you do to not doing it and she still do it!! You have no reason to walk away!!
    – Its only 20 min!! What is 20 min of your time, huh? You rather do slow pace of 2 hours of boring traditional gym for the same result? Really? COME ON!!

    After I went through all this thinking…the workout is usually done!! lol

    1. Tracy Allen - CrossFit Fredericton

      Awesome OHS, MC! I’m working my way up there and no how much shoulder strength & stability these take.

  15. Deadlift –> 3-3-3-3-3
    155-185-225-250-275-280 (PR for reps)

    WOD –> 7:26.9 (PR since my old time from Sept. 24 was 8:24)

    The burpees and the lunges on the last rounds felt like shit. But I think I can thanks the foam rolling sessions that I started to do in the last week. My legs feels good.

  16. Kevin, can you send me my time for tonight? I was so happy to be done I didn’t even write it down! 🙂 thanks

  17. CFWU X3

    OVER SQUAT :3-3-3-3-3

    Wall ball(20 lbs)
    Burpees (really suck)

    11:28 (In sept. time was 13:16 almost 2 mins. better)

  18. CFWU x3

    Shoulder Press 3-3-3-3-3

    10-20-30 reps of:
    Wall Ball (14#/14#/10#)

    Time: 8:49
    Improved my time by 3:05 from June.

  19. CFWUx3
    Strength: 3-3-3-3-3
    Front Squat
    WOD: 10-20-30 Reps of
    Wall-Balls (20#)

    Time: 11:25

    As for what I say to myself during a workout…I look at the WOD as some bully trying to push me around and I get pissed at it, swear at it (use your imagination), and push back. I hate being bullied so I bully back.

  20. Great question, Kevin.

    There are several things that go through my mind. Mostly I am screaming in my head…ONE more round. Let’s go. 20 minutes is nothing. Did she/he just pass me. I need to catch him/her. Should I count my pennies…no that will waste time. Get on the bar. Pick it up.

    Having others yell at me to pick the bar up or to get on the bar pushes me like nothing else. 🙂

  21. WU X 3

    Deadlift 135-155-175-175-185

    WOD 10-20-30 OF:
    Wall-Balls (14#)


    I tell myself that there is only x amount of time left, only x rounds left … and then it will be another day I worked my butt off! I also always compare myself to who someone whos just a bit faster than I am and try and keep up.

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