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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
Simple Steps to Stop Procrastinating About Your Fitness and Nutrition
Procrastination is often an issue of avoidance due to conflict, difficulty, and hesitation. This is a surefire way to achieve a mediocre life and not become the person you truly want to be.
Goal Setting Improves Motivation in Athletes
So you've made a bunch of training goals, but are you motivated? A new study shows that making the goals at all is a good first step to athletic success.
Examining the "Why" - Why Do You Exercise and Is It Working for You?
Are you working out because it's beneficial and enjoyable? Or are you doing it because you're trying to fix something from the past?
5 Training Lessons Learned From My Obnoxious Big Brother
During my younger years my brother hated the fact that I existed. But as we got older his contempt disappeared and he became a sort of mentor. Here's the most important things I learned.
Strong Is Still Strong, Skinny Is Still Skinny
When I first heard the saying “strong is the new skinny” I loved it, but since then, I’ve kind of grown to hate it. Let me explain.
Overcoming Self-Imposed Limitations: Mind Training Strategies From Gym Jones
Our potential is limited by our own expectations. How do you get rid of your limits? It certainly isn't easy but there are ways to do it.
3 Unexpected Keys to Crushing Goals
Here are three keys I've found absolutely critical to creating the life I want. And yes, I learned them in yoga class.
What Do You Really Want? When What You Want and How You Train Don't Match
What is your goal? What do you really want, as opposed to what you say you want, and are you doing everything that needs to be done to support that goal?
Becca Borawski Jenkins
Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 7 - The Lifter's Trance
We now come to a point in competition just before the lifter is to lift the barbell. So what happens at this point? He or she goes into a light trance. Yes, a trance - a weightlifter's trance.
Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 6 - Discharging
After you relax, center your mind, visualize the lift, ground your body, and charge up your lungs, you are ready to lift. During that lift you have one other process to consider - discharging.
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