In the broadest sense, mental toughness is about being able to perform consistently under stress & pressure. We rely on this resilience in those circumstances that seem to have the better of us, when you might be physically tanked but need to complete whatever obstacle is in front of you, & need to work out how to pull something out of your arse to keep going …
This is not just the ability to keep moving but to keep doing it in a way that’s engaged & competitive. It’s about enduring through adversity. Whether that’s competing against the clock, against yourself or other human beings.
People, you are stronger than you think you are … your body can go beyond what your physical perceptions of tiredness, pain or fatigue are. It also means being able to keep on performing whilst in extreme discomfort. It’s the ability to mentally overcome the brain, which is telling you to stop, and keep pushing yourself forward, even if things aren’t going well …
You can’t magically think your way to toughness. You have to prove this to yourself through action, by maintaining focus & determination despite difficulty.
Here’s our Saturday workout.
E4MOM for 40 mins
18 x Calories (Row)
12 x DB Overs 40/30kg
6 x Ground to Overhead 50/30kg
It was a bit rough & definitely tested our endurance, but this is just the edge of mental resilience.
Nothing compared to Kris George – a pure example of what mental toughness is all about. To endure through adversity. To continue his fight despite breaking his hand … no more complaining about burpees!!