Everything You Need to Know to Compete in the New CrossFit Open

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of person you are. If you’re like most people, then your main goal is to get rich quick through some sort of investment or business venture. If that’s the case, then it doesn’t matter how much time and money you spend on training. You’ll never make any real money doing this sport because there just isn’t enough competition for anyone to make a living at it.

If you want to become a better athlete, then it makes sense to train hard and put in the hours. However, if you’re going to pursue this path, then you have to keep your mind focused on other things besides making money. Otherwise, you’ll end up getting burned out and not being able to perform at your best level anymore. There’s no way around this fact.

So how do we get our minds off of other things?

Well, we listen to music! Music helps us relax and focus on something else. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “flow” before. Flow refers to a state of complete mental and physical relaxation that occurs during intense activity.

Sounds pretty similar to what we’re trying to achieve here, right?

So why don’t we take advantage of all these benefits by listening to music while training?

That would certainly help us with our goals! Of course, this is only one benefit of using music in our training regimen. There are a lot more that you can read about on this site. If you’re still on the fence about listening to music while training, then continue reading. I promise it’ll change your mind!

Listen to Your Favorite Artists

Do you listen to music while you train?

If not, then you’re really missing out. There’s a good chance that you like music and you just don’t even think about listening to it while training.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Get online and find some of your favorite tracks! You’ll experience an instant boost in morale, and your mood will even start to change for the better.

How does this help us though?

Well, as I explained earlier, the music will occupy part of your internal monologue and will take over some of your thoughts. This results in a calmer mind that doesn’t worry about anything else going on in your life. Instead, you’ll be focused on the task at hand and enjoy every minute of it.

Can you say the same about your training sessions right now?

I didn’t think so. That’s why you need to listen to music!

One thing you don’t want to do however is listen to music with lyrics. You might wonder why since you like the artist, but it’s not good for training. The problem is that you’ll end up focusing more on the words than anything else. It’s pretty easy to get carried away and start thinking about the meanings of certain songs, the artist themselves, or even yourself in relation to the music!

The less you think about yourself right now, the better off you’ll be. Save the deep thoughts for later. Music with lyrics can also be more distracting than music without, so you really don’t want to take any chances here.

Start listening to your favorite artists as often as you can. Play it during training, play it before bed, play it whenever you have time! With enough listening, your mind will automatically shift to that “state of mind” when you’re listening to it. It’s a very unique feeling that you’ll just have to experience for yourself.

Listen to Mood Music

Now this is an interesting approach that not a lot of people know about, but I find works extremely well for me and for a lot of other people too! The idea here is to listen to music that matches your current mood or energy level. If you’re tired and rundown, then you probably want to listen to something calming and relaxing. If you’re full of energy, then you want something that matches that energy.

It seems like a simple idea, but a lot of people don’t realize that they can change how they’re feeling by listening to different types of music.

I’ll give you an example of how I use this approach in my own life. There’s this one song that I like to listen to called “Artifact” by the band “From First To Last”.

Sources & references used in this article:

Strong is the new sexy: Women, CrossFit, and the postfeminist ideal by MS Washington, M Economides – Journal of Sport and …, 2016 – journals.sagepub.com

CrossFit: Remember What You Have Learned; Apply What You Know. by N Mullins – Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 2015 – researchgate.net

No Sex Before Competition? The Medicine Behind the Myth by TH Boehm – breakingmuscle.com

Organizing and conducting sporting events online: A study of the 2011 CrossFit Games by A VanHouten – 2012 – search.proquest.com

An Exploration of Crossfit Athletes Physiological Self-Regulation and Competition Performance by TMC Wildgoose – 2019 – search.proquest.com