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Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 6 - Discharging
After you relax, center your mind, visualize the lift, ground your body, and charge up your lungs, you are ready to lift. During that lift you have one other process to consider - discharging.
Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 4 - Getting Centered
This week we look at the art of psyching up. What is it, what does it do, and how do YOU do it effectively to make those big lifts.
The Athletic Mind, Part 2: Training Yourself to Be a Positive Thinker
How does a pessimistic or catastrophic thinker become a positive go-getter? Here are some ways to change your perspective, whether you are an athlete or not.
Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 3 - Controlling Internal Noise
It is important to know that you give your inner voice power. Just as you can think negative thoughts about your performance, you can transform your thoughts into positive, productive ones.
See How It's Done: 6 Lessons on Visualization
Mental imagery can be a powerful tool for achieving your goals. Here are six lessons on improving your performance through visualization.
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Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 2 - Fighting External Noise
I remember my first tournament back in my amateur boxing days. I was eleven at the time. During the round I couldn't hear the crowd. What is this sensation and how does it help us as athletes?
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
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