Cole Sager: Nutrition, Mindset and Fitness

November 4, 2019 0 By William Morgan


[Adee] Cole Sager has been one of the top athletes in CrossFit for the past five years
What does an athlete need to do to maintain that level of performance for so long?
One thing that Cole does better than anybody I know is bringing his mindset to the table
the best thing that you can do is get out of your own way and
we’re gonna talk about all the things that Cole does to make that happen
Cole does an amazing job of adopting a stoic philosophy mindset and one thing in stoic philosophy is controlling
what is within your control and letting go what is outside of your control. Cole does an amazing job of identifying
what is inside and what is outside of his control
some examples of things that are completely outside of his control are
what the workouts are going to be what place he’s going to come in what the weather is going to be outside
Whether it’s a really sunny day or a rainy day
you know Cole is going to be working just
as hard and be just excited to get his training in because he gets to do what he loves
every single day and that’s something that he’s definitely in control of
some things that are inside Cole’s control that he’s definitely aware of and doing everything he can to optimize is his nutrition his mindset his
attitude his work effort his training and his recovery. Cole is one of the athletes that goes above and beyond to keep
everything within his control as optimized as possible
He even went as far as to make this a family affair
If you know anything about the Sagers you’d know that Cole and Genesee are definitely in this together
Genesee is completely on board helping Cole manage his nutrition his recovery working with his coaches
being on top of it herself to help keep him motivated and this has definitely helped Cole be the athlete and compete at the level
that he has for so long
So it might seem like Cole is this perfect human being who never makes a mistake and that’s what makes him
so amazing and that’s not something you can do. But what makes him actually really amazing is that he understands that he’s human too
He notices those moments where he’s focusing on things that are outside of his control
He definitely still gets wrapped up in things that he doesn’t necessarily
need to get wrapped up in but he notices them becomes aware of them and does everything he can to bring him back
grounded centered and focusing on what is within his control
You’ll notice that Cole’s also one of these athletes that doesn’t travel all over the place. Another thing that’s within his control
He limits his travel time so that he can focus on his recovery
He doesn’t have to travel from different time zones
And he really can optimize his training and get everything that he needs from the comfort of his own home
Just by following Cole’s Instagram accounts his Instagram stories or being around him for any length of time
You’ll know that Cole definitely grounds himself in gratitude and I believe that gratitude is one of those
attributes that makes Cole as successful as he is
He doesn’t take for granted the ability that he has as an athlete his talents and his effort
He knows every single day that he’s grateful to be able to do what he does and love it as much as he does
This gratitude definitely helps him be as successful as he is. Being Cole’s nutrition coach
I’ve gotten the opportunity to see firsthand how much responsibility Cole takes for his own performance
He’s not the kind of athlete who’s going to do a workout and just chalk it up to you know
other people are better than him or it wasn’t a workout for him one example is in
18.1 one this past year Cole didn’t get the score that he thought he would get figured
you know, it wasn’t the workout for me
Then he thought about it reflected on it and he understood that you know
he does have some
accountability in that and he actually didn’t put in the effort that he thought he should have so going back in he understood he needed
to put a hundred percent effort ended up getting 40 reps better and regardless of where that put him on the leaderboard
he knew that he could walk away from that workout knowing he did everything that he could
Not only is he taking full accountability for his effort and every workout, but he’s
definitely not a backseat driver when it comes to his training nutrition recovery
anything to do with making him successful
Whether it’s asking me what it is that we’re doing with his nutrition asking questions about why we made changes that we made or
offering a suggestion for what he thinks is gonna work best for him Cole is actively participating in being the best version of himself possible
He’s not just being
hands-off and expecting other people to lead the way he’s taking as much accountability and responsibility for his own success as he possibly can
Often times you’ll see athletes talk about positive thinking they try and pump themselves up or motivate themselves by saying something positive
about something that they might not feel so positive about one thing that Cole does really well is he doesn’t necessarily create these fake or
manufactured aspects of positivity what he does do well is that he doesn’t complain he lives an absence of negativity
This is something that I see somebody like Trevor Moawad talk a lot about
where living an absence of negativity instead of false positivity can be very beneficial to help
keep you focused and in a flow state
That means that if you feel negative about something or you don’t necessarily feel positive about something you don’t have to manufacture
positive words like I’m so excited to do this workout that you’re not necessarily
super excited to do but what you can do is avoid the
negativity catch yourself when you’re complaining about a workout catch yourself saying oh that
exercises my weakness or this is something I’m not super good at just living in void of those statements instead of
increasing the positivity is going to help you stay more focused and something that Cole definitely does
You’re never gonna find him complaining when he’s working out
you’re never gonna find him complaining about having to track his nutrition Cole definitely lives in void of negativity
Competing at the highest level for as long as somebody like Cole Sager has and
achieving the kind of success that he has is a lot more than just getting to the gym and doing your workout and controlling your nutrition
As you can tell Cole puts a lot of emphasis on the things that are within his control and outside of his control
He also makes sure that he focuses on his mindset to get an edge over the competition
because your mental game is definitely where you’re gonna get that edge
he also gathers a lot of support in his community in his relationships and
uses them to help him be as successful as he wants to be