Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the 7 most popular articles of the week. This week: lessons from the Marines, coaching tips, letting go of excuses, sports psychology for Olympic weightlifters, and more!

 

1. What the Marines Know About Discipline That Will Make You a Better Athlete (Eric C. Stevens)

The Marines know a thing or two about discipline. But what they also know is discipline comes through breaking you down, pushing you, and through failure. Success can't happen without failure first.

 

2. The Coaching Manifesto: 6 Rules for Achieving Excellence (Becca Borawski)

These are the six rules I believe you must follow to be an excellent coach. Do you know them? Do you follow them? I call this The Coaching Manifesto and it will make you and your clients better.

 

3. Dear Self: Let Go of Excuses and Move Forward (Danette "Dizzle" Rivera)

I fell out of my good habits over the holidays and started beating myself up over it, making myself feel worse. So I wrote myself a letter and I'm letting go of my excuses and moving forward.

 

4. 5 Ways You Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity (Fred Fornicola)

Being overweight has an enormous impact on children, physically, mentally, and emotionally. What can we do to change the obesity trend? Here are 5 ideas you can implement with the kids in your life.

 

5. The Psychological Requirements of Weightlifting (Dresdin Archibald)

Rather than physical qualities, what might be most important for weightlifters are 3 mental qualities: affective stability, concentration, and perseverance. Read on for an explanation of each.

 

6. The New Mid-Life Crisis: Testing Our Limits Before We're Too Old (Neil Bednar)

It's NOT all downhill as you near middle-age. If you've never tested your physical limits, there's still time. I've been able to get stronger than ever and avoid injury using bodyweight exercises.

 

7. Virtuosity With Dusty Hyland - Gymnastics, Vol. 8: The Complete Muscle Up (Dusty Hyland)

We spent the last 7 episodes learning all the elements that build into a muscle-up. After practicing and perfecting each one, it's time to put it together and do the entire movement.

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