Flow Psychology is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Also known as, “getting in the Zone.”
10 minute warm up, a light sweat on your brow, the soft-dry feeling of chalk on your hands, the literal feeling of the thoughts that were flooding your mind being forgotten. Wiped clean. Replaced by a singular thought. A strong, deep thought. A thought that takes on its own life. You are not in control of this thought, this thought is in control of you. You have just entered “the zone”. Coach puts his thumb on the clock. You grab the bar. Go! Flying through the movements with no thoughts of mortgage, bills, or work. The whole of your thoughts are, “10 more reps, 9 more reps, 8 more reps,…” Total involvement in your activity. There is a happiness, a peace about you. This is the result of living in the moment. No worries, you’re as carefree as a child. Something, every adult should experience regularly.
So what is happening? How can we possible function without conscious thought?
Your immensely powerful subconscious took control. Your subconscious mind never forgets. It stores every memory you have experienced. It files away every movement pattern you’ve made and recognizes the ones your currently doing. Allowing you to respond by reflex with improved coordination and a sense of ease. This is the driving force behind every great athletic feat, every gold medal, every championship. So kick back and enjoy the ride.
In order to fully reap the benefits of crossfit, it takes one thing, commitment. You have to commit to every workout, every set, every rep, leave everything you have on the proverbial field. This means that you need to be focused and you need to be intense. These are the factors that will slip you into “the zone”.