Sports Psychology

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.
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.
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?
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.
"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.
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.