Managing the Mental Aspect of Your Training

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We recently spent some time chatting with Sylvia Rayner of Cortex Hypnosis. Sylvia is a Sports Hypnotist who works with athletes in a clinical setting. We were telling her about the nature or our training environment and how we try to balance physical training, goal setting, event preparation and generally having a fun time. We explained that our athletes have a high level of commitment to training regardless of their goals, level of competiveness or athletic background. She understands that there is a lot going on at our gym in any given moment, and that we (and you!) have high expectations of you. We explained that inside a training hour you are required to get focused, organized, prepare, perform and walk away with a plan for next time. Many of you spend a fair amount of mental energy outside the gym planning and preparing as well 😉 We explained to Sylvia that you bring into the gym with you very individual and personal goals, varying levels of experience being coached (therefore having someone else have expectations of you and telling you what to do); and varying levels of concentration, organization and planning skills.

Most of you understand that nutrition is a large part of success and generally know how to (or are learning how to) manage it for optimum results. However, many of you may not realize the extent that your mental strategy and thought patterns are another huge factor. People commonly believe that they cannot manage this as easily. The flip side is that others can naturally manage it quite well, until they are in a situation that is unfamiliar or highly stressful and then realize that they cannot.

Sylvia usually works one on one with athletes in her clinic to identify and work on thought patterns and mental strategy, but has offered to come to the gym for three Sunday evening group sessions: May 27th, June 3rd, and June 10th. Sylvia has very kindly offered to do these sessions “by donation”. Jesse and I strongly encourage you to donate $10-$20 per session as she is preparing these sessions specifically for our CrossFit training environment and you will receive 2 hours of information for each session (her clinical rate is $150/hr). The classes will be posted on Mindbody for you to sign up. Please bring cash only for your donation as it goes directly to Sylvia.

I am definitely excited about these sessions 🙂

Here is some info directly from her:


Join Sylvia Rayner, Certified Sports Hypnotist and owner of Cortex Hypnosis, for series of workshops about mental training for sport. These workshops will involve tools & information you can incorporate into your training, to improve your performance. The talk will also feature demonstrations of hypnosis, and plenty of discussion. Your mind is your greatest athletic asset. Learn how to use it!

Each of these talks will be useful on their own; however participants who wish to learn most effectively and solidify their new-found skills should plan to attend all three sessions.

For more information on Sylvia & her practice, visit

Cost: by donation

May 27 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The foundation on which success is built. How to turn off fight/flight/freeze (the fear response), which in inhibits performance, and create instant focus. Learn simple, repeatable mental tools that we reinforce in hypnosis to minimize distractions. Also, the importance of focusing on goals: short term and long term. Focus, then flow.

June 3 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The most important component of pure peak athleticism. When athletes are performing at their best, when people are living at their best, they are in flow. Recognizing & conditioning the flow state, making sport effortless, efficient and enjoyable. More demonstrations & tools round out this key session.

June 10 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Do you push hard right to the end? Or do your own negative thoughts trip you up in competition or practice. Learn tools to kick the “inner critic” and finish strong. Become respectful of the game, the self, and the others. Learn to adopt the champion attitude, in training, competition and life.

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