Open WOD 15.4 Tips | Mental Performance

For each WOD of the 2015 Open I will make a few tips and suggest some Mentality WOD posts to help you perform your best. These 5 weeks are a huge physical and mental challenge, and you have to be adaptable, prepared and confident to get the most out of yourself.

For all of the Open workouts remind yourself why you’re there, be grateful for your abilities and opportunities, surround yourself with amazing support, focus on what you can control and put it all out there.



Before the WOD

1. Get rid of negative thoughts and talk. Whatever category you find yourself in for this workout (scaled, masters, etc) accept the work you GET to do and go for it. You are wasting valuable energy when you talk or think about how upset  you are about the scaling options or how advanced the movements are. If you are able to do ANY of the variations of this workout, then give it your all and see what you can learn about yourself.  You choose to do The Open, don’t take it for granted. 

2. Talk with your judge. Make sure your judge knows how you want him or her to count, what sign he or she are going to give you to tell you that your reps are done, or if you got “no-repped”. Ask your judge to count loudly and clearly and to let you know how many reps you have left. Because this rep scheme can get a little confusing (especially when you’re working your ass off), make sure you communicate with your judge BEFORE the workout and be clear with exactly how you wanted to be signed to or talked to.

3. Go into the WOD with tons of positive thoughts about why and how you’re going to use your strengths to do your best. Pump yourself up with how you’ve lifted way heavier cleans before, how you’ve worked your gymnastics and pressing a ton this year and how this shorter workout is going to be a great chance to use the mental skills you’ve been practicing.

During the WOD

1. There is no extra time for staying flustered or negative in this WOD. It’s a short one, so you’ll want to use every bit of mental optimism and strength that you have.  The moment you feel yourself physically fatigue, or think something negative, use a physical cue (stomping the ground, clapping your hands, nodding your head) or a word to snap out of it and come right back to HELPFUL thoughts.

2. Keep your thoughts on your movement and how to make sure you’re as efficient as possible. Thoughts about the outcome will takeaway from your ability to perform. Know that you want to focus on your big kip and press out in the HSPU and your legs and quick hips on the Cleans. Talk with your coach or training partners about what cues will help YOU so that you can keep coaching yourself as the workout goes on.


Go smash it, have a blast and tag me #mentalityWOD on Insta, or @mentalitywod on Twitter with pictures or questions.


I’m Dawn Fletcher, the owner of MENTALITY WOD. I help driven-individuals perform better and achieve greatness in all that they do.

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