Have you ever noticed it?…the five to ten minutes right before class starts. Folks will gather around the whiteboard and just stare. What could they be doing?…in the morning all you have to look at is the WOD. In the afternoon, you have the WOD along with all of the scores of everyone that came in before you that day. So what is it that is so darn intriguing about what gets written on that board?

As someone who gets to witness the reaction of AMers and PMers alike, I generally see a common theme; folks want to see the workout to see what kind of movements are listed and whether or not they are doable. Then, they want to talk about how hard some of the workout components may be. (“Geez, burpees again! I’m horrible at those!”)

STOP. Look back at the whiteboard and focus on something else.

Try this…accept the fact that there will rarely be a WOD where you absolutely love every movement and then, start figuring out how you are going to get through it while performing that movement you don’t love so much better than you did the last time you did it. If you get in this habit of forming your own strategy on how to get through the workout, you will slowly start to like (or at least dislike less) the movement you used to hate so much.

Think about this…as Crossfitters, you should already know that you have more mental fortitude than ninety percent of those who like to simply “stay in shape”. Not only does your warmup blow the doors off of most average folks’ workout, you often have to actually be cognizant of what you are doing through the entire workout. What I mean is that anyone can get on a globo-gym treadmill for their “cardio” and mentally check out. As Crossfitters, there is a high degree of mental focus that must be maintained so you can keep track of your rounds and reps.

So what is my point? My point is to tell everyone that since you’re already using your noggin to keep a rep count (while almost completely exhausted, mind you), take a moment prior to the warmup to NOT think about how much something is going to hurt. Instead, use that energy to have a personal discussion with yourself to figure out how or what you will be improving on that day. Take that snatch load you’re comfortable with and increase it by five pounds. Try fitting in one more unbroken rep into the final seconds of that AMRAP. Hold onto that barbell or pull-up bar three seconds longer than the person you’re secretly competing with. You’re already uncomfortable…a little more discomfort will reap exponential rewards after you’ve gotten up from the recovery floor.