Yep, same guy in the picture above! Kevin is one impressive dude!!
I am all about sharing success stories at End of Three Fitness,Â becauseÂ the ONLY reason success stories exist isÂ becauseÂ ofÂ YOUR effort.
First, read his story. Then we will talk about building your Mental Toughness Brick Wall…something Kevin is clearly doing on a daily basis.
Take it away, Kevin!
Building Mental Toughness
I’m going to be honest and say I was pretty skeptical when I first read about the Mental Toughness Militia. Â I really wasn’t sure what to expect, and after seeing and hearing about so many claims on the internet and TV, I wasn’t expecting much. Â 21 Days later and I feel completely different, and I now have a new mindset on fitness and everyday life! Â This program attacked so many of my weakness (self doubt, negative self talk, extrinsic goal setting, etc..), and it was really eye opening to realize I’m not the only one with these issues. Â I have been studying nutrition and fitness programs for about 10 years, and I feel that this mental toughness militia program has helped me get back to the roots of why the hell I started doing this stuff in the first place.
I had a couple specific experiences that happened during this program that I wanted to share with you:
1.) Mental Toughness Tactics
During day 6 of phase 2, I decided to go to a CrossFit Gym that was hosting the Kevin Ogar fundraiser workout (14 minute AMRAP 1 muscle up, 3 snatches, 12 wall balls), and I had all of my mental toughness tactics in hand (routine, visualizing, rest timing, keep moving, self motivating talk). Â Now, I haven’t done a CrossFit workout in an event atmosphere in a long time, and I hadn’t even attempted a muscle up in about 5 months (could barely do them before). Â I applied everything I had learned and was able to focus on myself even with so many others working out around me. Â I ended up getting 9 rounds which is much higher than I could have expected, I was able to get all muscle ups without failing once (PR baby!!, visualization really helped here) and I was seriously high on life after the workout, one of the best WODs I’ve ever had!! Â It was unreal being able to see instant results from the tactics I had learned
2.) “The Incline”
I was having a hard time coming up with a bucket list item that I could do in 30 days (another part of the mental toughness militia) due to weather here in CO. Â There was a break in the weather the next day, the skies cleared up, and I headed to Colorado Springs to do “The Incline”, a trail that climbs 2000 vertical feet in less than a mile. Â In the past, I would have found every reason to take breaks or stop during the hike, but I challenged myself before the hike to not stop. Â Again, I used all of my newly acquired tactics and climbed without stopping which is something I simply would not have thought possible previously.
Day 21 has come and gone, and I’m hungry to keep challenging myself. Â I’ve started building my wall, and I can’t wait to start building a new one after I get to 200. Â Thank you for this program and all the work you do, you are changing lives my man!
This program has taught me to “be my best”, and this mantra is going to stick with me in all that I do.
Building a Mental Toughness “Brick Wall”
First, I would like to say thanks Kevin for sharing the story! Next, I want to explain what Kevin means by “building my wall”. That statement is commonplace amongst those who are a part of the Mental Toughness Militia, but if you haven’t gone through the course…you may actually think Kevin is constructing a wall…which is not the case.
On day 17 of the Mental Toughness Militia we talk about getting comfortable in the uncomfortable, or “building your mental toughness brick wall”.
See, building mental toughness is like building a house, you have to start with the foundation, then you can start laying brick or stone. After you have laid the foundation, you have to fortify your mind, condition it to be tough and build a wall between you and mental weakness.
You build your wall by laying brick.
In the Mental Toughness Militia, A BRICKÂ is anytime you find yourself in an uncomfortable position and you start to cope and get comfortable in the uncomfortable. Maybe it is a smile when you are doing burpees as fast as possible or a level head when your heart and respiratory rates are jacked.
To develop mental toughness you will need the will power and discipline to get out of the comfort zone. It is the simple difference between being a child and being an adult. Children want it now, adults understand there is a reward in delayed gratification.
This is not what average people do, and to live by this principle will make you much greater than average, screw the norm. No more overeating or passing up the barbell for the couch. You must delay the temptation of immediate relief or gratification for the rewards of the future.
Now, how about actually building something?
Use Lego bricks or stones, hey if you can actually build a real brick wall do it – whatever works for you. Every time you feel you have earned a brick (as described above), take your Lego or stone and write the date you earned it. If you use Lego bricks, build it on a Lego base. If you use stones, write the date on the stones and throw it into a mason jar.
It’s that simple.
Start building your mental toughness brick wall today, and add a brick everyday until you have an impenetrableÂ fortress!
It’s perfectly fine to go at this alone, and you don’t need my products to build mental toughness, but it you think it would help and you want to go through the same course as Kevin, go check it out: MentalToughnessMilitia.com
Thanks again, Kevin!