As the title suggests, this post is a continuation of a blog post I wrote two weeks ago. If you have yet to read that post or need a refresher, start here

In part 1, I discussed how each day of context (situation) at Oak Park has a particular outcome (result) that the context serves. 

Situation Behavior Result
Practice Pace: Slow/systematic; Priority: Task, process, goal oriented LEARN
Competition Pace: Fast/spontaneous; Priority: Outcome, ego oriented TEST
Mental Toughness Pace: Depends on student
Priority: Goal oriented specific to the challenge
CHALLENGE

Our three types of context (practice, competition, mental toughness) are external contexts, meaning they are programmed independent of you and your internal experience. However, you need to also consider your unique, internal context. 

Consider your internal context in terms of past, present, future.

Past: What has your life been like over the past 48 hours? (sleep? mood? food? hydration? social? work?)

Present: What has your life been like over the past 12 hours? (mood? food? hydration? work? social?)

Future: What will your life entail over the next week? (projects? travel? gatherings? deadlines?)

At Oak Park, we WANT you to have autonomy. We WANT your training to support your life outside the gym and NOT hinder it. Therefore, it is imperative that you take into account your internal context in conjunction with the external context of the day, particularly if it is a mental toughness or a competition day. 

The easiest example of this is showing up to class on a competition day after having been out sick for a week. Most people in this situation know it serves them best to forego the external context of competition in support of their internal context of easing back into training by behaving more in line with what would be more appropriate on a practice day. While this concept is easy in theory, it can be VERY HARD in practice. Why? Because of the social psychology. If 95% of the class is getting after the workout in a competition manner, you, too, in spite of your internal context, are tempted to do the same. We are all guilty of this, myself included. That is why this mental skills work of S x B=R is so important: It helps us to protect against falling prey to what has short term appeal and, potentially, long term consequences. Moreover, this type of behavior is the antithesis of Oak Park’s highest context: INTENTIONAL, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH. 

When in doubt of how to approach a workout, ask yourself: what decision/behavior will be most in service of my sustainable growth as a human being? 


Tuesday
Mental Toughness
For time:
800m DB Farmer’s Carry (1/2 bodyweight)
400m DB Front Rack Carry
200m DB OH Carry

Wednesday
Competition
“Thanksgiving Potluck”
FT:
1 x Main Course
2 x Sides
2 x Desserts
(35-minute cap)

Main Course
1 Mile run (1600m total)

Choose 2 Sides from this list:
60 Jumping lunges
60 Split Squat Pivot on 2×4
60 Air squats
60 Mountain climbers (2-ct)
60 Pretty Gonzalez
60 Crab Cakes
(Can be completed in any order, while completing main course)

Choose 2 Desserts from this list:
40 Pullups
40 HSPU/Push Ups
40 Med Ball Up & Over
40 KBS
40 Wall Balls
40 Hungarian Trombones
40 Magic carpets
(Can be completed in any order, once main course and sides are finished)

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