We all know performance in a class can affect our mood. Some of us carry this mood around for the rest of the day, while others can shrug it off and continue on with our routine. But often people forget that their attitude going into a workout can affect the outcome. We talk about self talk and the mental game of working out a lot, but we still often see some common attitude fails that keep people from performing at their best. For fun, I thought we would address some of the more common negative attitudes via the Wizard of Oz.
There is another name for the witch - negative Nancy. This could be the person who has mentally set themselves up to fail. Or it could be someone who just plainly has a bad attitude - "this WOD is too hard," "I dont want to do <i>that</i>," "buddy carries?(insert scowl)" A witch is hard to reason with and will prevent themselves from getting the full benefits of the workout. Sometimes a witch is so wicked that they damper the mood for the entire class. If you feel yourself turning into a wicked witch pre-WOD, try to self talk some positivity back into your thought process.
The Cowardly Lion. This is the person who is afraid to take risks. They won't push themselves and when a coach tells them they are ready to take it to the next level, they just won't believe it. They continue to use weights that feel comfortable and function at third gear. The cowardly lion's mindset obscures their confidence and abilities. If you find yourself in the mental position of the lion -- small steps. Push yourself to go one step out of the comfort zone. Then the next time, one step further. Maybe you at 10 extra pounds on the bar. Maybe you don't let yourself walk the runs. Whatever it is - if you don't challenge this mentality - it will keep you captive.
The scarecrow checks out once they walk in the gym. They don't address their bodies issues -- and then wonder why they can never get rid of their tightness or their injury. They tune out during instruction and just move the weight from point A to point B without focusing on the technique of the movement. The scarecrow is the most likely to get an injury. However, this is also one of the easier dispositions to remedy -- pay attention to your body. If something hurts, don't ignore it, address it and manage it. If you need help on how do do so, ask your coach.
The Tin Man. This is the person who comes into the gym, goes through class, and then leaves without engaging with the community. This might seem harmless but one of the most powerful aspects for CrossFit is community. It holds you accountable. It provides support -- to help you through the difficult workouts and cheer you on in your victories. Community can keep you coming to class when you are having a day, and makes the experience that much more fun. If you are a tin man - take a second to cheer on your neighbor after you finish your workout; offer a high five when you pass someone on a 400m run. Despite your inner socially awkward penguin, you might surprise yourself and get more out of your CrossFit experience.
The Wizard. Like in the movie, wizards are smoke and mirrors - whether it's to get the coach to leave them alone, to impress a fellow CrossFitter, or just plain ego - they give the appearance of having already learned all things CrossFit. This person becomes un-coachable, and frustrated. If you are found out to be a wizard -- don't let a dose of humble pie run you out of town. Take the opportunity to learn and know the next day you will walk into the gym a bigger badass than you are today.
Saving the best for last, a Dorothy adopts a can - do attitude. Whether or not she just wants to just get through it and get home - she listens, and does what she needs to get the job done and get it done right. She participates in the team aspects of class and is willing to live outside her comfort zone of Oz. A Dorothy is courageous and her attitude is contagious.. even in the face of the worst WOD. If you see a Dorothy in class - learn from them. We all should aspire to be Dorothys -- it might just boost your own performance!