Sports Psychology

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.

Science Says These Simple Habits Increase Your Likelihood to Workout

It’s not always easy or convenient to do our first choice in physical activity, so how can we motivate ourselves to get out there and exercise? Researchers came up with a list of habits that help.

Techniques for Controlling Competition Anxiety

There are three main ways to deal with pre-competition anxiety - damping it down, thinking about other things, and finally thinking about THE thing. Let's look at them closer.

Having It All: How to Cram Training, Working, and Life into Every Day

Life balance is not a destination. Rather, it is a never-ending journey that requires constant adjustment, sometimes major and sometimes barely perceptible. It's a bit like a Swiss ball.

Learning Sucks, But You Should Do It Anyway

When I was 4 years old I could read at a 4th grade level, but I couldn’t tie my shoes so they weren’t going to let me into kindergarten. Find out what this has to do with your athletic performance.

The People You Think Are Naturally Good Are Actually Just Practicing

Do you know someone who is just naturally good at something? They just get it? Well, that’s completely ridiculous, and today science is helping dispel the myth some people get something for nothing.

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