Sports Psychology

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.
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.
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.
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? 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
If you've ever had an injury you know healing is a physical AND mental process. Here is some advice for getting through the emotional and mental side of healing.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.