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Aeryn Ejjina's Blog - Part Eighteen - Mindset

Mindset - July 2021

Well, July has started with a bang.

In the last week of June I set PB’s in overhead squat (up to 20kg now), Clean and Clean and Press (26kg) and front squat (up to 35kg now) and was given a really cool new toy by Emma Kennedy of Oak Strength, a Log Press that I can use at home that is small enough for me to use! Super cool to be able to utilise Strongman training at home!

I started my first job at Foundry Gym, and the day before had a photoshoot there for the Shropshire Star who are doing an article on me which comes out today, I’m writing this on 1st July 2021.

Just the job as gym-loving TEN-year-old gets work placement | Shropshire Star

And yesterday I got to work out with my mentor Lish Crutchley, and her mentor, Mr Motivator, as part of a live stream workout for his Mr Motivator Club. Really nice to meet a living legend and he was such a nice man!

So now my week is set up to be super busy, I’m doing heavy squats twice a week, weightlifting and core practice every morning, work at Foundry Gym on Tuesday’s, weightlifting Wednesdays, Telford Athletics Club on Thursdays, CrossFit Shropshire, Oak Strength and Phoenix Weightlifting workouts to fit in around school, business studies and getting in my calories.

So, what am I really working on right now? Mindset.

One thing that has been picked up on is that I am strong enough to lift really heavy, but when it comes to technical lifts like snatch it’s not my technique that lets me down, it’s my own confidence. So I’m trying to work on that now.

One thing my coach did was swap the weights I had been struggling with for smaller weights, I only found it was the same weight after I made the lift, which I did first time! So I can do it, I know I can do it, I’m just struggling with this mental block!

Some of the stuff I’ve looked at is how Katrin Davidsdottir failed in the 2014 CrossFit Regional workout. She had been in number 1 spot and only had to finish in the top 15 to qualify for the games. During the workout she had to do legless rope climbs, she got about halfway through the workout and was doing well, when suddenly she got to the rope climbs and couldn’t do them. She ended up getting overtaken by everyone. As the time cap closed in her competitors who had finished tried to help her, give her encouragement and advice. She tried, but had three rounds to go and knew she had finished last and failed to qualify. She had a total meltdown on the course in front of everyone, crying her eyes out and unable to complete even one rope climb let alone the three she needed, let alone the three more rounds of the course she had to complete.

It was the worst day of her career. She had competed in the 3 previous years, and had now failed to do it while her coach and friend Annie Thorsidottir went on to claim the title for the second year in a row.

She received a text message from a different coach, Ben Bergeron, who said her failure to get to the games might be the best thing to ever happen to her. She was upset and said it was the worst thing, but the asked him what he meant. He said she could spend a year working on her mindset and weaknesses and she moved to America to work with him.

She won the CrossFit Games title the next two years and has been in the top 10 every year since.

So I know I can do this if I get around the mental block. I know I can work on this.

Follow Aeryn Ejjina on her Instagram profile @aerynejjina_athletics and keep an eye out on the Clean and Pressed social media pages so you know when the next instalment is released!

Previous Aeryn Ejjina Blog Posts

Part One - Working on Weaknesses - December 2019

Part Two - Nutrition - January 2020

Part Three - Motivation - February 2020

Part Four - Heroes - March 2020

Part Five - Coping with CV19 Isolation - April 2020

Part Six - Covid 19 Workouts - May 2020

Part Seven - Lockdown & Exciting News - June 2020

Part Eight - Ending Lockdown - July 2020

Part Nine - Exercising on Holiday - August 2020

Part Ten - Scary Workouts - October 2020

Part Eleven - Back In Lockdown - November 2020

Part Twelve - New Year Goals - January 2021

Part Thirteen - Outside School Activities - February 2021

Part Fourteen - Crossfit Open - April 2021

Part Fifteen - Starting a New Adventure - May 2021

Part Sixteen - Is Gloucester me Spiritual Home? - June 2021

Part Seventeen - So I got a job! - July 2021


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