Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en Why Better Than Average Isn't Good Enough for Me http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-better-than-average-isnt-good-enough-for-me <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/why-better-than-average-isnt-good-enough-for-me" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/100msprinthl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The power of your goals should never be diminished by other people's standards. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> People can be remarkably bold when they begin to notice you are changing your life. <strong>And by bold, I mean downright rude.</strong> Some people seem to have lost the ability to give an honest compliment, without somehow undermining it or trying to relate it to themselves.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-better-than-average-isnt-good-enough-for-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle comparison goal setting motivation Trending Sports Psychology Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +0000 167201 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Train When You're Bored http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-train-when-youre-bored <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/how-to-train-when-youre-bored" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/backsquatwithchainshl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If the fire is gone from your training, make these changes to get it back. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> You&rsquo;ve been plugging away at the same routine for months. While results came fast at first, things are getting stale. You&rsquo;re not getting the same pump you used to, your gains have plateaued, and going to the gym just isn&rsquo;t that much fun. You still love training, <strong>but right now, you&rsquo;re <em>bored</em>.</strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-train-when-youre-bored" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle plateau programming Programming Trending variety Sports Psychology Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +0000 167061 at http://breakingmuscle.com 7 Ways to Break Out of a Training Rut http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/7-ways-to-break-out-of-a-training-rut <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/7-ways-to-break-out-of-a-training-rut" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/trainingmojocolour.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">All the motivation you had at the beginning is still there. You just need to tap back into it. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Wouldn&rsquo;t you love to be able to bottle up your training motivation and have it on tap for whenever you need it</strong>? To be able to remember all those times when you felt so good about your training that you were bursting with energy and commitment?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201608/trainingmojocolour.jpg" style="height: 355px; width: 640px;" /></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/7-ways-to-break-out-of-a-training-rut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mindset psychology sports psychology Sports Psychology Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:00:00 +0000 167031 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Champion’s Mindset http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-champion-s-mindset <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/a-champion-s-mindset" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201608/bjjwinner.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Doing something out of obligation or out of a hunger to succeed are two different things. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>A hot Sunday morning in Atlanta had slowly turned into an even hotter afternoon. <strong>It was a long holiday weekend and the gym was empty with the exception of me and my best friend Richard Trammell, who owned the gym</strong>. Richard is a three-time world champion fighter. On his wall are championship belts; multiple certificates of black belt degrees in various arts including judo, kendo, and shidokan; and action photos of his many fights where he triumphed over his opponents. On any given day you will find Richard working out and teaching and that includes Sundays.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-champion-s-mindset" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle champion discipline judo mindset Sports Psychology Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:00:00 +0000 166731 at http://breakingmuscle.com On Success and the Illusion of Choice http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/on-success-and-the-illusion-of-choice <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/on-success-and-the-illusion-of-choice" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201607/pullupshl.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Defining your purpose will make most of your choices for you. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>Everybody&#39;s work and home calendars are constantly filled with urgent deadlines.</strong> Every day, we face more decisions that have to be made than there is sand on the beach. We might as well stamp &ldquo;URGENT&rdquo; on our forehead in bright red letters, because that is how our lives need to be if we are to achieve success in the home and in the workplace. However, with work and home life constantly competing for our time, how do we make the best possible choices to achieve success in both?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/on-success-and-the-illusion-of-choice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mindset motivation success Sports Psychology Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000 166681 at http://breakingmuscle.com Transform Your Mindset To Transform Your Body http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/transform-your-mindset-to-transform-your-body <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/transform-your-mindset-to-transform-your-body" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201607/jw21712-2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Change your perspective to change your life. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>This article is for those who have been told that you need to stop running because running is bad for your knees, and for those of you that have been told that you need to take it easy because your favorite sport is too &ldquo;high impact&rdquo;, and for those of you who have been told that your hip pain is due to old age. C<strong>onsider for a moment that maybe your ailments are not due to wear and tear, or old age</strong>. Use the mindset check assignment at the end of this article to begin to explore new ways of thinking that empower healing and freedom within your body.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/transform-your-mindset-to-transform-your-body" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle injury recovery mindset perspective Sports Psychology Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:00:00 +0000 166426 at http://breakingmuscle.com Do You Have a Fixed Mindset Or a Growth Mindset? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/do-you-have-a-fixed-mindset-or-a-growth-mindset <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/do-you-have-a-fixed-mindset-or-a-growth-mindset" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201607/mindset.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Adjusting your mindset could be all that stands between success and failure in your sport. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Mindset in training encompasses a myriad of mental techniques and strategies such as meditation, visualization, counselling, and hypnosis. All of them pursue a single goal: helping the athlete cope and thrive amidst the mental stressors of training and competition.&nbsp;<strong>The pursuit of the right mindset is rising above nutrition, periodization, and even recovery in its astronomical rise in popularity amongst the athlete population</strong>. It&rsquo;s fast becoming clear that the mental side of training is just as important as the physical.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/do-you-have-a-fixed-mindset-or-a-growth-mindset" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mindset psychology sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000 166256 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Two Minds of a Barbell Athlete http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-two-minds-of-a-barbell-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-two-minds-of-a-barbell-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/cleansetupheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">How do you keep your brain out of the way of your lifts? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>There&rsquo;s plenty of good advice on <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-breaking-muscle-manifesto" target="_blank">Breaking Muscle</a> about <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/learn/sports-psychology" target="_blank">the athlete&rsquo;s mindset</a>. I&rsquo;m not discounting any of it, but the emphasis tends to be toward improving motivation, discipline, attention to detail, and attitude. These are all important to a lifter, but in the seconds when you&rsquo;re executing the lift, how do you stay in the moment and apply the lessons you&rsquo;ve learned?</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-two-minds-of-a-barbell-athlete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental preparation mindset zen Sports Psychology Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:00:00 +0000 165891 at http://breakingmuscle.com Get Your Fitness House in Order http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/get-your-fitness-house-in-order <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/get-your-fitness-house-in-order" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/atlasstoneheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Tidying up your health and wellness mindset can transform your training from a chore to a joy. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>One of the latest fads to hit Japan is the tidying craze,</strong> thanks in large part to best-selling author <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Kondo" target="_blank">Marie Kondo&rsquo;s</a> 2011 book, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Life-Changing-Magic-Tidying-Decluttering-Organizing/dp/1607747308" target="_blank"><em>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</em></a>. The book detailed the &lsquo;KonMari&rsquo; method for getting organized. Now published in English, the book has sold more than two million copies, taking the Japanese craze global.&nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/get-your-fitness-house-in-order" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle focus goals mindset Sports Psychology Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165601 at http://breakingmuscle.com Lower Stress to Increase Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/lower-stress-to-increase-fitness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/lower-stress-to-increase-fitness" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/handsonkneesheadline.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Find what centers you, shed your stressors, and your training plateau will disappear. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>No one walks into the gym with plans to burn out and invite injury.</strong> We eat clean, take pre-workout, and have a gainer shake waiting for the second we&rsquo;re done training. We do everything we can to recover&hellip;or do we?&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h6 class="rtecenter"> <strong>If you find yourself in an overtrained state, it isn&#39;t the stress of your lifting program. <span style="color:#b22222;">It&#39;s your life.</span> </strong></h6> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/lower-stress-to-increase-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle chinese medicine meditation Recovery Recovery stress Sports Psychology Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000 165261 at http://breakingmuscle.com Be a Fitness Extrovert http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/be-a-fitness-extrovert <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/be-a-fitness-extrovert" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201606/cfempiricalsmilingsquat.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Don't shy away from publicizing your hard work in fear of making other people uncomfortable. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><em>&ldquo;Hey, I know I must be getting pretty annoying posting all my run stuff all the time, so I&rsquo;ve created this other page where I&rsquo;ll be posting it. If you want to, give my new page a follow&hellip;&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/be-a-fitness-extrovert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fitness blogs self confidence social media Technique Sports Psychology Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000 165176 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Dark Side of Fitspiration http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-dark-side-of-fitspiration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-dark-side-of-fitspiration" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201605/darksideoffitspiration.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Social media platforms may not be helping break the cycle of eating disorders and compulsive exercise. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>It&rsquo;s 3 o&rsquo;clock in the afternoon, and you feel like grabbing a donut to tide you over until dinner.</strong> On your way out the door, you find your co-workers oohing and ahhing over the latest Instagram post of some ripped guy doing an exercise stunt that defies all reason and human physical capacity. Everyone in the office is stunned at his prowess.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-dark-side-of-fitspiration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle eating disorders exercise addiction social media sports psychology Strength Trending Sports Psychology Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000 165116 at http://breakingmuscle.com Dave Matthews, the Elliptical Machine, and the Haters http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/dave-matthews-the-elliptical-machine-and-the-haters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/dave-matthews-the-elliptical-machine-and-the-haters" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201605/crossfithaters.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Just because an exercise or protocol isn't for you, doesn't give you license to berate everyone who does it. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/dave-matthews-the-elliptical-machine-and-the-haters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bosu breakingmuscle cardio crossfit elliptical machine Technique Sports Psychology Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000 164891 at http://breakingmuscle.com Life Lessons From the Weight Room http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/life-lessons-from-the-weight-room <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/life-lessons-from-the-weight-room" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201605/100lbplates.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">What you learn in the weight room applies everywhere else. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>The growth in maturity and confidence I have seen in the young athletes I coach has led me to believe all students should have some training in lifting.</strong> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/its-time-to-reform-americas-bad-habit-factories" target="_blank">As I&rsquo;ve stated before</a>, society should creatively and openly reexamine what we consider core curriculum in our schools, and the lessons taught in the gym should be valued by all.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/life-lessons-from-the-weight-room" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle lifting philosophy Technique youth athletes Sports Psychology Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:00 +0000 164701 at http://breakingmuscle.com Are You Having Any Fun? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/are-you-having-any-fun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/are-you-having-any-fun" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201605/groupshotcf.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Life is too short for fitness to be so serious. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><em>It doesn&rsquo;t have to be fun to be fun. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Whatever you don&rsquo;t like doing is probably what you need to do. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Statements like these drive me crazy because they are not true</strong>. Before you leave an angry comment about how important it is to challenge your physical and mental capacity to develop resilience and overcome training obstacles, hear me out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/are-you-having-any-fun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fun motivation movement Sports Psychology Wed, 04 May 2016 08:00:00 +0000 164536 at http://breakingmuscle.com