How To Overcome Catalyst Health Challenge Anxiety

How To Overcome Catalyst Health Challenge Anxiety
By: Niko Mullings
Inspirational quotes by: Yoda
Today is the day you are to perform the Catalyst Health “Challenge” - that is until you feel anxiety creep up behind you…

Is it because you know the infamous white board is about to display your score to your peers? Or is it your mind questioning whether you have the mental and physical tolerance needed to complete the task ahead? Regardless, your legs begin to shake, your stomach starts to turn, and you begin searching for reasons why you are going to tell your Catalyst trainer today is not the day.

If this all sounds too familiar, here are some key insights and tips to help guide you through the next Catalyst challenge.

“Named must your fear be before banish it you can."
- Yoda

PREPARATION“Perfect practice” makes perfect. Your trainers know your strengths, weaknesses, and how to get the best out of you. The first step is recognizing the benefits of competition. Associate the challenge as another stepping-stone towards your growth in fitness. From that positive insight your team will include exercise progressions and technical tips specific to the challenge at hand. In addition add proper nutrition, mobility, flexibility, with strength endurance to the preparation phase. 

“Patience, you must learn patience!”
- Yoda

The battle is won before the first move is made. This is where your trainer will learn the key objectives to your success by modifying warm-ups and adding specific exercises to your session. Achieving the best possible score for you involves pushing the boundaries of your strengths. Whether you prefer to max out from the start of a challenge and hold on with conditioning or control a steady pace and empty the tank on the last movement - you will succeed. 

“If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are… a different game you should play.”
- Yoda

Positive insight on numbers, movement, and feelings during exertion will develop consistency. Decreasing the chance of errors by being specific to visualizing the goal you desire to achieve. See your movements with as many details as possible. Keep the visualizations simple with a clear direction. 

“Feel the force.”
- Yoda

Drive is the source that influences the need to be motivated towards a goal. This will go hand in hand with the priority factor to obtaining that achievement. Setting a date and time to complete the challenge will reduce anxiety and increase intention. Motivation is mainly grouped by intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic rewards are personal with a clear association to the emotional value of the goal. While, extrinsic rewards can be measured or received as a gift to completing the goal, for an example points on the board and recognition from the team!
“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.”
- Yoda

The day has arrived for you to complete the challenge. You have prepared, strategized, and visualized the task. With your clear and direct drive, you will have a positive result. As you warm-up repeat the visualization techniques and strategy with your trainer. Once you start, clear all thoughts and focus on exercises to hit those target goals. Pain will come, fatigue will join but that won’t stop your movement. Accept it. Conquer it. 

Looking forward to seeing your results on the board.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”
- Yoda


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