Mental Approach to (CrossFit) Endurance Workouts

If you are like me then you are like most athletes: you start off a workout underestimating your actual exertion and then break down at the last 1/3 of the workout. That confidence of being able to hold your pace increasingly wears off with every second and every rep going by. And towards the end you probably don’t even care about your time that much anymore… as long as you don’t have to DIE to finish.

Everything appeared so “easy” on the whiteboard, like: “6 x 400m with 2:1 rest run can’t be THAT hard?!” Well, maybe not if you half ass the running. But then why are you running when you aren’t trying to hit that sticking point which will lead to actual adaptation?

That’s like lifting weights that aren’t heavy enough to make you stronger. Personally, I am fed up with always losing out on endurance workouts because I continuously break down at that “sticking point”.

And so I’ve decided to treat my attitude and approach to endurance with as much discipline and consistency as I would treat my weightlifting routine. CrossFit & Weightlifting will continue to be my main strength & conditioning program 3-4 times per week. Additionally to that I will perform 2 aerobic (endurance) based workouts per week with 1-2 rest days per week for the next few months. If you would like to know more about my athletic development and receive tips or inspiration, follow me on my Instagram and/or Facebook page!

– Elli

Sources:, NC Endurance, #aerobiccapacity
My Endurance Coach: Chris Hinshaw

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