Mental Toughness in CrossFit and Martial Arts
As a CrossFitter, you’re doing push-ups and burpees and wall balls and presses and push presses every week. And cumulatively, you’ve done—here’s an epiphany, a big fancy word for lightbulb moment— you’ve actually done more core-to-extremity in the kinetic chain of that push-up or that push press is that same movement as a palm strike. You’ve actually done more palm strikes than most martial artists ever have. And in CrossFit, what you have is every time you do a serious WOD you’re actually working on pain management and mental toughness, every fucking day! Where martial artists don’t do that. Combat sport athletes do that, right? Like you’re not faking sparring, you’re not faking grappling. What’s missing in a lot of the protocols is the “detect and defuse” part. Detect and avoid the situation, awareness, the defuse, the verbal defuse, and so forth.