Sports Psychology

When Stress and Genitals Collide

New science shows that stress increases risk-taking in men and decreases risk-taking in women. What does this have to do with your workout? Read on to find out.

More Is More: What If We Believe There’s Enough to Go Around?

It's easy to feel like when others get ahead in training or competition that it means you're behind. But what if there's plenty for everybody? What if the success of others is proof you can do it too?

You’re Not Making the Godfather: Quit Taking Your Training So Seriously

While it's great to have passion about your fitness, it's not healthy for the long-term to act like you're headed for the Olympics. It's time to look at the big picture.

Why We Prefer Individual Sports Over Team Sports

Many of us grew up in team sports, but we didn't stick to them and chose an individual sport instead. Why do some of us prefer individual sports, and what are the pros and cons of this?

Facing the Pain: Let It Be Your Guide

Pain can't be avoided in our lives - either in the gym or outside of it. But how we handle our pain can determine what we learn and how successfully we move forward.

How to Take Our Goals From Dreams to Reality

Success in the gym is a little like grade school, we have to take it one level at a time or be overwhelmed by the enormity of our goal. Plus, we have to really, really want it.

Mental Strategies from Professional Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Researchers questioned over 100 experienced strength and conditioning coaches to find out what mental strategies they employed with their athletes. Are you using these techniques?

The Importance of Ownership and Initiative in Your Training

If you want to achieve your fitness goals, then you need to take ownership of your training. Take the initiative instead of asking your coach the same questions day in and day out.

How to Own Your Training: A Personal Example

I like to use the phrase "owning my training." But what do I mean by that? I'm going to share a personal (and not so flattering story) to illustrate what is actually an empowering concept.

Motivational Coaching Increases Exercise Compliance

According to new research, clients are still motivated by their coaches even when they meet infrequently and don't actually do workouts. It's easier and less expensive, and still gets results.

Balance is My Breath: Competition, Goals, and Character

I have a felt a bit of guilt that what I want most is balance and happiness for my family. I am not the by-any-means-necessary athlete. But I am myself and I never have to compromise my character.

The True Meaning of Having Heart

We talk a lot in sports and specifically in the world of fighting about the heart. But what does it mean to have heart? Let's take a look internally and examine the physical and spiritual meaning.

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