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So You’re Having A Bad Day

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We’ve all had that day where we walk in the gym and in spite of our best efforts, things don’t seem to click. Warm up weights feel heavy. That 400m run feels as if you’re slogging through a mud pile. You’re missing lifts you’ve made a hundred times. You’re tired and not “feeling” it.

You’re having a bad training day.

In the grand scheme of things, having a bad day – or even a bad week – is nothing to worry about. There could be any number of reasons you feel this way. Sometimes life is throwing a lot at you. Work might be stressing you out. Maybe you didn’t eat and drink properly or get enough sleep the night before. What’s important is how you respond to those days – how you make adjustments and keep yourself moving forward in spite of the circumstances.

Here are a few tips to help you when your mojo is missing:

1. Laugh. CrossFit is supposed to be fun, remember? When you’re feeling down, tap into the energy around you. You’re all in this together.

 

 

 

2. Remember where you came from. No matter what’s happening today, you can look back to a time when you couldn’t even do some of the things you’re doing right now. Take time to appreciate how far you’ve come.

 

 

3. Small victories. If the workout is overwhelming you, pick one small thing you can achieve inside of it, like doing one movement unbroken, or focusing on doing the best reps you can muster for that day.

 

 

 

4. Take it down a notch. Leave your ego out of it and meet the workout where you are. Scale weights or reps back to something that feels more manageable. It’s okay not to try to win everyday. Some days it’s just enough that you’re doing it.

 

 

 

5. Don’t assume the worst. Sometimes, once you get going, that mojo kicks back in and you wind up surprising yourself. Be patient and feel things out. You just might start to feel better!

 

Which is why you came in the first place, isn’t it?

 

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