Have you ever been in the middle of a workout and thought "why the hell do I do this to myself?!"
I have... and I'm a CrossFit coach!
People think that others (especially coaches) must LOVEEEEE working out all the time. But, to be honest, I have had multiple workouts in the past week alone, that I have struggled mentally.
Workouts can be a great time to get you out of your head and into your body; However, what happens when you get MORE into your head?
"I can't do this." "I should be more fit." "I need to just quit." "This shouldn't be this hard."
I've noticed, when I am in my head at the gym, I am usually struggling outside of the gym too.
So what can I do about it?
Firstly, is tell myself to stop shoulding [read "shitting"] all over myself. When has negative self-talk ever helped me? Probably never.
The next thing I do is tell myself that I showed up. What more could I ask of myself?
I don't feel fit? Well, guess what? I am in the gym, doing the thing that makes people more fit.
The last thing I do is ask myself what I would say to a client or a member at the gym? Cause you can be damn sure it wouldn't be "ya, you're a real piece of..." should ;).
Speaking to myself negatively ain't gunna cut it. If I can't get out of my head in a workout, I need to sit with that emotion/feeling outside of the gym.
Now, how to do that? That is a topic for another blog post!
Until then, try these tips:
Call yourself out when you are "shoulding" all over yourself
Give yourself a gold star for showing up
Ask yourself what you would say to a friend saying those things
Name the emotion/feeling that is coming up. See if it translates to something else going on in your life right now.
Much love!! You are strong. You are powerful. You are already doing the damn thing! Continue to show up, and be a rockstar <3.