Let’s talk mental toughness.
Mental toughness is something we talk about pretty regularly at End of Three Fitness. One of the most popular articles at Eo3 is Simple(ish) Ways to Build Mental Toughness and Mental Toughness is one of the three driving principles in the End of Three Fitness Philosophy. So it makes since that the Mental Toughness Militia is on it’s way (will reveal more soon)!
Later today, I will be interviewing, perhaps the most accredited mental toughness expert in the world, Mark Divine, and I want to know what YOU would want to ask Mark before I head into the interview today. I will explain more in this post, but I wanted you to know upfront I am looking to see what YOU would want to ask him, and if you have any questions please add them to the comments.
Then I want to briefly talk about Mikko Salo, as he is no doubt the most mentally tough person I can think of. A lot to cover today, so let’s get started!
Mark Divine: Mental Toughness Expert
I first found Mark Divine about three years ago when I followed the programming at SEALFIT.com. If you haven’t heard of SEALFIT programming, check it out. It is not for the faint of heart. Anyway, Mark Divine is the founder and CEO of SEALFIT and one very impressive dude. If you have two minutes you should…
If you don’t have two minutes, Mark is a former Navy SEAL officer, he graduated as honor-man (#1 ranked trainee) of his SEAL BUD/s class number 170, former CPA, collegiate athlete and a successful entrepreneur. He really knows his stuff and he KNOWS mental toughness.
- Who better to interview for the Mental Toughness Milita than Mark Divine??
I have already prepared for the interview and plan to ask him some practical advice and application for the creation and implementation of the Mental Toughness Militia, but….
- What do you want to know??
I would love to have a few questions from my readers to ask, so if you have any questions about mental toughness, or a related topic, please add them to the comments!!
This is one of many interviews (and probably the most important) I am doing to make the Mental Toughness Militia the most valid resource available for you, me and anyone else who wants to build mental toughness.
Mikko Salo: THE Mental Toughness Practitioner
I pointed you to an article I wrote a few months ago called, Simple(ish) Way to Build Mental Toughness, and the first piece of advice I gave was…
- Take away extrinsic motivators in a workout
This is something I do quite often, well, Mikko Salo who won the 2009 CrossFit Games, seems to think this is a good idea too.
Mikko Salo is a big name in CrossFit, but CrossFit has nothing to do what I am talking about. I only want to focus on this guys approach to mental toughness.
There is a new video on YouTube of him doing one of the recent open workouts. It is a 30 min video, but you really only need to watch minutes 8-10 to catch the Mental Toughness discussion.
Some quotes from Mikko:
In response to the question “Will anyone cheer you on in this workout?”:
No, it’s (cheering) for ladies (laughs). If you can’t do a workout without cheering, what’s the point?
Another thing about training; if you need music for training, go get another hobby. You have to be able to train without music also.
I think we could all take a page out of the Mikko Salo mental toughness book. If you haven’t tried the “no extrinsic motivators” workout yet…go try it!! It is one of the only ways to really get to know yourself.
Who are you when your guard is down and you are at the point of exhaustion? Go find out!!
If you don’t like the person you find…change it.
End of Three Fitness: Mental Toughness Militia
The mental toughness militia started off on a small scale but it is quickly escalating to something much bigger. I thought I was ready to start with beta testers a few weeks ago, but a few opportunities have presented themselves and I want make the mental toughness militia something very relevant and useful for all who use it.
That means I am continuing in my quest to talk to the right people (Mark Divine) and study the right things to get this perfect. Don’t worry, I will have an announcement for when beta testing is ready.
I am getting really excited about where things are headed and glad I can involve the End of Three Fitness community in every step of the process.
Remember, any questions for Mark Divine add them to the comments ASAP, my interview is today.
For the Mental Toughness Milita!!