Head Games

Doug never listens to the inner voice.

Doug never listens to the inner voice.


I’m not referencing the Foreigner’s song by the same name – although it brings up many good points in its own right.  No, I am talking about the constant struggle you have with that silly noggin’ of yours during the nasty MetCons.  I want to discuss the inner voice we all have that says, “No arms, you can’t push press that 95lbs again.”

We’ve all been there.  We reach that point every day we train where we don’t think we can do another rep, finish another round, or survive the MetCon without some rest.  Hey, I totally understand.  The human body has certain limitations, but our mind is almost too “motherly.”  Your brain has in place safety mechanisms that try to protect you from injury, pain, heavy loads, Fran, and Helen.  But I see it every day at CrossFit Ktown: someone is willing to get that extra rep, finish that next round unbroken, and crush the nastiest of nasty MetCons.

A wise man once said, “Only people willing to work to the point of discomfort on a regular basis using effective means to produce that discomfort will actually look like they have been other-than-comfortable most of the time.”  I think we can apply that to the work we do at CrossFit Ktown, what do you think?

It all comes down to a matter of choice, really.  Are you going to choose to abide by the inner voice’s whining, or are you going to tell it to pipe down while you do some work?  It is pretty hard to increase work capacity when you’re constantly weight gazing.  Next time you find yourself weight gazing, pick the dang thing up and DO WORK!

I no longer have an inner voice,
Coach G

By | 2017-04-25T14:40:25+00:00 June 24th, 2009|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|6 Comments


  1. Jessie June 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Coach G, I’m lovin’ that first real post. Tis so true. I know Crossfit Ktown will be proud of two of its members at the beach spreading CrossFit to those sad LSD people running on the beach :-) Can’t wait to get back into the CrossFit Ktown realm and destroy my inner voice! Meg and I miss it!

  2. Doug June 25, 2009 at 7:48 am

    The only way we can continue to get stronger is to continue to push through our perceived physical and mental walls. Crash and burn, then get back up and do it again.

  3. Coach Cbo June 26, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Couldn’t agree more Mr. Douglas! However, I’ve never seen such a great example of crashing those perceived physical and mental walls better than that which has been displayed by you! Keep it up brother, and you’ll make another headlining appearance on the website!

  4. Kerrminator June 26, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Just wanted to say I’ve been reading your blog posts for a while now and they make me melt. Words can’t describe how many handstand pushups I can do just after reading these little tidbits of motivational literature. As a matter of fact, I’ve been flexing every muscle in my body since I first read this entry 3 days ago. I’m starting to see some pretty serious results! (nausea, vomiting, fainting, bleeding from my eyes).

    Anyways, Sorry I’ve missed a couple days this week, but its actually your fault for being gone on Friday – Monday and destroying my rythm. Holla.

  5. LarryS July 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

    This is one of the reasons I like CrossFit Ktown . . . the ability to enter into battle with my inner voice and at the end of my workout see who is still standing . . . its usually not me but I am working on it.

  6. crossfitktown July 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Kerrminator, I apologize for messing up your rhythm. I hope the newest picture of you ameliorates the situation…

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