WORKOUT: Minute of Doom (so named by young JD)
Odd minutes: MB Clean; Even minutes: Burpee
Minute 1: 1 MB Clean
Minute 2: 2 Burpee
Minute 3: 3 MB Clean
Minute 4: 4 Burpee
…and so on until you can’t complete the # of reps in that minute.
*The early minutes have alot of rest…but it heats up quick. Work on fatigue management.
The good doom:
We can approach doom…the downfall, ruin and fate with intention. It’s what High Intensity workouts are for. Yeah, forget the fuel mobilization, VO2, and other metabolic benefits.
The purpose of HI workouts is to kiss your max HR full on the lips, and then return to go about your day.
It’s a combination of cognitive, spiritual, and bio-chemical processes, whatever —
…it’s the intensity of experience we need to remind us we’re alive.
…it’s the “practice of dying” that snaps us out of sleepwalking through one more banal, mundane day.
How do you get yourself ready to eat pain?
Ethan Kross and his colleagues have found that non-first person self-talk is most effective in these situations.
When completing a difficult, stressful, or anxiety-provoking task,
…talking to yourself in the language of “you” or calling yourself by first name is best.
…during a HI workout, to get as close as possible to approach doom, say, “You are a dragonslayer.” “Bill, you don’t get tired.” (of course, only use that last one if your name is Bill).
“Not only does non-first-person self-talk help people perform better under stress and help them get control of their emotions, it also helps them reason more wisely.” (Ayduk & Kross)
The bad doom:
We can approach doom…the downfall, ruin, and fate with mindlessness. It’s what negative thinking, self-doubt, and narcissism can do
…lead us to self-sabotage and end up steering our ship to ruin.
…consistently destroy the best laid goals and plans.
Appropriate self talk (ie, quieting the inner critical voice) is necessary.