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The Athletic Mind, Part 1: The Role of Perception in Athletics
The mind is weaker than the body; so just imagine what the body could do with the right mindset. Fears and self-doubt can stop an athlete in his or her tracks long before the body quits.
Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena (Part 1 of a Series)
I have always thought that you lift as you live (and think). In the weeks to come I will put that into the context of your progress through not only your sports but perhaps of life itself.
The 6 Steps to Building Mental Toughness
The best way to develop toughness is to realize it’s not an overnight process. Learning to embrace the suck when everything in your body is screaming to slow down is not a quick skill to learn.
The History, Science, and How-To of Visualization
You can improve your performance by improving your visualization skills. And if you've never done visualization, I'm going to walk you through how to do it, step by step.
On %$#@ing Up and Then Moving On: The Importance of Perspective in Athletics and Life
I f*ck up. And sometimes when I f*ck up I am unable to maintain perspective. I denigrate myself and grow my mistakes in my mind to be so big that they displace all the good things I am and have done.
Are We There Yet? The Role of Anticipation in Training
No matter how long I train, every time I collect my gym bag, walk through the door, and suit up, there’s always that sense of anticipation, which, I’m not going to lie, has some anxiety mixed in.
Habits vs. Superstitions (Does it Really Matter if You Wear Different Socks?)
Many of us have superstitions about our training. We have our own habits and rituals at the gym, studio, and out on the field of play. But do these habits make a difference?
Eric C. Stevens
Being Present: How to Give Yourself the Best Present Ever
One of the many gifts BJJ has given me is the capacity to be completely and utterly present. So when I find my mind wandering, or when I start to worry, I make a conscious decision to snap out of it.
Take the Red Pill: What the Matrix Can Teach Us About Training
"The Matrix" is one of my favorite movies of all time. Recently, some quotations from the movie got me thinking about how they relate to lifting. Here are 10 quotations and my interpretations.
Community-Based Fitness: Turning the Tide Toward Health
As our "social capital" or involvement in our communities has declined, so has our health. The new trends in fitness are changing this and may be what saves us all.
Eric C. Stevens
The Dark Teatime of the Roll: When Training Gets Derailed
There are times when my life is absolutely on point. This is not one of those. I’m not getting my training in, and I’m not going to anytime soon, at least not to the level I’m used to and prefer.
Visualization: The Simple Tool for Even Greater Athletic Success
In 1984 the Russians realized that Olympic athletes who mentally rehearsed their sport experienced a positive impact on their performance. It's simple, and you should try it too.
Erica Saint Clair
Project Mayhem: Sign Up and Tell Complacency to #$@% Off
Join me in Project Mayhem. Find something that scares you and sign up for it. Look complacency in the eye and tell it to f' off. If you never feel pain, you're never really alive.
And Then What? What Happens After We Reach Our Goals
And then what? This question is about what happens after we’ve reached the goal. It's a question about the long term, who we are, and what we’re seeking at a deeper level.
Eric C. Stevens
The Myth of Willpower: The 3 Step Way to Create Lasting Habits
Willpower isn't actually anything more than good habits. How do you get rid of bad habits and create new ones? Here's an easy-to-follow, 3-step plan.
May I Make an Observation? The Benefit of Letting Our Senses Do the Work
Can you make observations of your training and performance devoid of meaning and emotion? This is an essential skill in learning (and also for your emotional health).
There's No Such Thing as Willpower: How to Identify Triggers of Bad Habits
Do you feel envious of your friend who can skip the brownies or the pizza without flinching? She doesn't have amazing "willpower" - she just has great habits, and you can too.
The Domesticated Life of the Somewhat Feral Athlete
Recently I've been reflecting on my propensity for violence, but what I've realized is that I simply like real things. I like feeling like a human being and interacting on a primal, authentic level.
Becca Borawski Jenkins
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