Working in the fitness industry isn’t just about lifting weights, setting PRs and eating correctly; it's also about having a mindset that is going to support your goals. A big part of creating our success in the gym is as heavily influenced by what comes out of our mouth as what we put into it. As one of my clients likes to say, there’s a lot of pop psychology that goes into it as well.

Our words create our reality, our perception of what happens to us, and what we are capable of achieving. When we choose powerful language it allows us to make choices with confidence and empowers us to take risks and go for things that we might not have thought were possible.

Examples of Powerful Language include:

  • I am….
  • I can…
  • I feel…
  • I create…
  • I choose to, or not to….

Our life is up to us. Our path is determined by what we are willing to create and how much we are willing to put ourselves out there, and that begins with what we say. Ultimately we are solely responsible for what happens to us. It’s easy to get into a slippery slope of victim language such as:

  • I can’t…
  • I need….
  • I should…
  • I have to…
  • I couldn’t…
  • I shouldn’t….
  • I had no choice…
  • If only you, they….
  • You make me feel….
  • They, you, made me…
  • It’s too late, far, expensive…
  • I’m too old, young, uneducated, out of shape…

Listen carefully to what you say for an entire day, and note whether you use more powerful or victim language to communicate. Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think that you can or you can’t, you’re usually right.”

As the summer ends and you determine your new fitness goals for fall, it’s a great time to practice powerful language about what you want to create, and to walk into the possibilities of your choices. Regardless if you are where you think you should be or not, don’t give up – really dedicate these next several weeks to yourself and using powerful language.


at CrossFit Hard you've made some adjustments in what you eat, drink, how many times you are working out each week and how hard you are pushing yourself. Hopefully, you are also becoming more aware of how you communicate to others. Are you feeling sorry for yourself and catching yourself complaining a lot, or are you grateful for the various things in your life – such as health, a roof over your head, being able to put food on the table, etc…. I challenge you to make Powerful language a part of your everyday life going forward.

Strong mind, strong body,

Coach Graham


WOD 081116

Where were your parents born?

Warm-up 7

3 sets:
10 OH Squats
Triple/Double Under Practice
Kipping Toe to Bar Progression


Empty Bar:
10 Deadlifts
10 Back Squats
10 Power Cleans
10 Thrusters


Three sets of:
Thrusters x 6 reps
Rest 2 minutes
Push Upsx 8 reps
Rest 2 minutes

Metcon (Time)

Four rounds for time of:
60 Double-Unders
30 Wall Ball Shots (20/14 lbs)
15 Pull-Ups

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100 Russian twists with your wall ball

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