It always amazes me how there are simple ways to trick our brain into thinking that something is easier or harder than it really is.  We already know that our brain will try to stop us from doing something that will be uncomfortable because it is trying to protect us.  But we all have ways that we use to help us get through or push just a little further than we normally think we would be able to.  If you have 10 reps of something to do, do you count up or count down?  Some will say that counting down is better because they know that they are getting to those smaller numbers and KNOW that the end is almost there.  Others will say that counting up reaffirms to them that they have done have the work, or 3/4 the work and the end is almost there.  Its kind of a personal choice which you think is easier.  What about the difference between a minute and a half left or 90 seconds?  I think that most of us feel that since minutes are bigger than seconds that 90 seconds sounds less.  This is why you will usually hear me say this rather than the later.  But you need to figure your own way to trick your brain.  Here are three tricks:  1) How do you make yourself pick up the bar when you don't want to?  Well first, don't let yourself get into a conversation.  The second that happens, you will default to a looooong talk.  You need to put a box around your brain and not let it get into trying to assess how bad it feels or how much it burns or how much you would really like to stop.  2) You NEED to get into the set.  In fact if you can start your next set or movement as soon as you can, the break time you take during the movement will be less.  For example, if you have Wall Balls, Double Unders, and Cleans, try to go immediately from one move to the next.  Take your "breaks" during set.  If you wait between then you will sub consciously try to "rest" before you start the next task/movement.  If you rest during the set then subconsciously you feel like you need to finish it and you will go faster.  And 3) Break up the numbers into smaller manageable chunks.  If the rep set is 20, then you can break it up 12/8.  This makes the second half shorter and "easier" to do.  Or you can do 4 sets of 5 reps with a quick couple seconds rest between.  You know that 5 reps is VERY easy so you wont be in the set worried that 5 reps might be hard.  In fact you will probably move faster because you know they are easier.  These are all ways you can trick your brain into thinking its easier that what yoyu need to do.  Remember, in a competition, it isnt always the one thats moving the fastest that wins.  Its usually the one that has the LEAST amount of rest time and stays most consistent from rep 1 to rep 300.  What are your tricks? :)

FEEL THE BURN!!! 

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INFERNO WARM UP X 2

Complete the following: 

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Strict Press Wave (12 min)

2 Rounds:

.......7 reps@65%1RM

.......5 reps@75%1RM

.......3 reps@80%1RM

.......2 reps@85%1RM

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then...

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10 min AMRAP:

.......5 reps Front Squat (245/165, 75%1RM, wt to get 4-8UB)

.......10 reps Box Jump Over (30/24")

.......30 ft HS Walk (20 rep ALT shoulder touches, or kick ups)

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MWOD:   BB Mash of the quads and IT Bands, roll out the calves,achillies and feet with lacrosse ball