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Why the Option to Quit Actually Makes Us Work Harder
Researchers found when people had a choice to quit they actually become more persistent and accomplished more.
How to Learn From Both Success and Failure
While we may indeed learn through failure, we can also learn through our successes. In a recent paper, some scientists examined exactly how.
Quiet Strength: What It Is and What We Can Learn From Those Who Have It
Have you ever seen the strong quiet person who carries him- or herself with a presence of strength and humility at the same time. Here's what I think we can learn from these people.
New Study Suggests Subjective Factors Impact Performance
Aside from physiological markers, coaches might want to take their clients' preferences and tolerance of exercise into mind when designing exercise programs.
Resolution Check-In: How to Get Back on Track
How are you doing with your New Year's resolution? For those of us who have broken down, here's a chance to reconsider your approach and make a new plan for success.
The Most Underrated Principle of Strength Training Is...Balance
If you are able to tweak your training balance through life’s ups and downs, you will be able to keep yourself in check, and more importantly, keep yourself in training.
7 Life Lessons from a Ball on a Wire and a Barbell
Track and field hammer throwing and weightlifting have both provided much insight into my greatest strengths and weaknesses as an athlete - and more so, as a person.
See It Happen to Make It Happen: How Visualization Makes Athletes More Successful
What's the best way to psych up before a lift, sprint, or other athletic attempt? A new study found visualization blows other methods out of the water.
The Other Guys (And Why They Don’t Matter)
In 1988 Carl Lewis lost his focus and lost his shot at a gold medal. Why? Because he let Ben Johnson get in his head. If it can happen to someone like Carl Lewis, it can happen to any of us.
Why Successful People Don't Set Goals and You Shouldn't Either
It's popular to push the setting of goals, but what if setting goals could actually be a negative thing? And is it something that successful people actually even do? Evidence shows otherwise.
Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover: Instrinsic Motivation vs. External Goals
A study concluded those who were slightly overweight actually lived longer than those who were of normal weight. How can this be and what does it have to do with our goals?
Eric C. Stevens
Top 10 Sports Psychology Articles of 2013
Here at Breaking Muscle we want to help you become better at every aspect of training, including the mental side. These ten articles cover visualization, self-image, goal-setting, and more.
Breaking Muscle HQ
3 Things You Absolutely Need to Achieve Your Goals
Having spent a plethora of hours coaching people in both nutrition and movement, there are some key factors that are extremely consistent among almost all clients who actually meet their goals.
How to Calculate Your Fitness Age (Though Your True Age Is an Attitude)
In my experience, being "young" is a decision. So, if you’re stuck in a rut and feeling older than you are, here are a few tips to get you moving towards feeling young.
Eric C. Stevens
5 Mental Cues to Bulletproof Your Brain for Training
How you mentally handle hardship when it arises can make or break your ability to stay on a fitness regimen. Consider the following five tips for when life is trying to get you down.
What Science Has to Do With Our Comments on Fitness-Related Articles
Everyone has a different opinion in the fitness arena. But remember your comments may be representing more than just yourself.
Eight Articles to Help Bring Out Your Inner Winner
Here are eight articles on how to predict, prepare, learn from, and analyze what makes a winner.
Breaking Muscle HQ
Hey, Protein Powder Boy - Suck It Up and Work Harder!
Proper strength training also happens to build strength of mind, aka willpower. Do you have what it takes to build mind and body or will you stay a weeping willow?
Richard Ham Williams
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