Josh Bridges is a CrossFit Athlete and has won three Regionals and holds a career highlight of finishing second at the 2011 CrossFit Games ™.
He is renowned for his charismatic humour, phenomenal fitness, trojan work ethic and exceptional mental toughness. Josh combines talent with intelligent training and recovery work in a way that has seen him operate as an elite level Crossfitter for many years.
As an older athlete he shows exactly why training for the long term is so important, and it a clear example of how the right equipment, attitude and dedication to fitness can help anybody achieve their full potential.
The first part of this article gives you 8 tips from Josh Bridges followed by a selection of his workouts. We hope they can help you.
Josh’s positive and dedicated mentality is a huge part of his success. The way he simplifies what’s ahead of him can be helpful for you to apply to your own workouts:
DON’T OVERTHINK A WORKOUT
“It’s just a workout man, go out there and do it. If you have to put the barbell down for second then put it down and pick it right back up again. I think overthinking can get you caught up in some bad scenarios.”
NEVER WALK AWAY
When you train, and need to take a short rest during a WOD, stay where you are. Don’t turn your back towards the object you are working with. When you are ready, attack it once again.
“I never walk away. I’m never going to rest and walk away from what I’m doing. For me it’s a bit of a defeated posture. It feels like that barbell just beat me and I’m never going to let a barbell and weights beat me.”
LEARN TO MAKE THOSE HARD DECISIONS
Make the hard decisions a habit.
“I could do this which is easier or I could choose that way of doing things which is harder. Once you start to always choose the hard decisions over and over then it stops being a decision and starts to become a habit. Doing one more rep, going the extra mile, adding a little more weight will then become a part of you and who you are.”
“Once you start to make the hard decision every time you start to feel comfortable with the uncomfortable and enjoy what you’re doing. You also become a better athlete.”
SMALL GOALS EQUAL BIG GOALS
Break up Reps
Whenever you are faced with a large number of reps to complete, always break the workout down into smaller manageable chunks. Mentally, this will help to make it a much easier task.
“If I’m faced with a set of 30 I’m gonna do 5 then see how I feel, then I’m gonna do 5 more. Then 5 more. Once I hit 15 it might be starting to hurt so I change the goal to 3, then hit 3 more and so on. All of a sudden I’m at 25 and then it’s only one more, and you can always do one more.”
It doesn’t hurt to run a little bit faster
“A buddy of mine once told me that it doesn’t hurt to run just a little faster – and he was right.”
Keep this phrase in your mind when you train. Can you pick up the pace a tiny bit on longer endurance based workouts? Can you go slightly faster on that long set of burpees or box jumps? Think about improving your performance in fractions, and these will all add up into better overall performances.