171204 - Motivation Monday and Burnt Toast Again!

Focus : A Wondering Mind is an Unhappy Mind


The box jump is a perfect example of where losing focus and letting your mind stray has consequences. The unforgiving box will eat your shins for breakfast the second you start thinking of what you're cooking for dinner instead of concentrating on the task at hand! 

Matthew Killingsworth is a Happiness Researcher who created an app to track happiness and it's correlation to tasks we are performing, levels of happiness, and how much our mind in wondering. In his findings, he discovered that it doesn't matter what you are doing, your mind is likely to wander. So, even though commuting in heavy traffic might be an unpleasant task,  people recorded having less satisfaction when they were thinking of tasks they had to do at work when they arrived AND MORE satisfaction when they focused on just driving. So we are happier when we are completely engulfed in the moment and the more our mind wonders away from what is happening in the now, the less happy we will be. 

When you are at CrossFit this week, let your mind stay on the task at hand. If you are snatching, focus on just snatching. If you're in the middle of a workout, concentrate on each movement as you are doing it, try not to think too much about the next thing. If you can do that, not only will you're focus produce better results for you on the scoreboard, keep you from getting injured, help you keep higher quality form, but you will also be happier for it! 

Strength - Snatch Push Press with Overhead Squat
5+1, 5+1, 5+1

WOD - "Burnt Toast" - see 171102
EMOM 24: 
1. Row for Calories
2. Wallball
3. Double Unders
4. Rest


Michael Reynolds

CrossFit Level 1 Coach