Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en 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 Talent Doesn't Lift Weights, You Do: Ignite Your Motivation http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/talent-doesnt-lift-weights-you-do-ignite-your-motivation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/talent-doesnt-lift-weights-you-do-ignite-your-motivation" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201605/ignition.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">Hard work is not enough. Identify your inspiration to achieve the lifting goals of a lifetime. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.co.uk/uk/strength-conditioning/talent-doesnt-lift-weights-you-do-own-your-practice" target="_blank"><span style="color:#2f4f4f;">In the first installment of this series</span></a>, we learned about myelin, the neural insulator critical to the development of skill, and examined how to stimulate its growth with <span style="color:#2f4f4f;"><strong>deep practice</strong></span> in your weightlifting training.<strong>&nbsp;Deep practice is practicing actively, mindfully, and with awareness of your errors</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/talent-doesnt-lift-weights-you-do-ignite-your-motivation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle olympic weightlifting skill acquisition skill development Strength talent Sports Psychology Tue, 03 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000 164501 at http://breakingmuscle.com Stop Apologizing for Your Goals http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/stop-apologizing-for-your-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/stop-apologizing-for-your-goals" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/girlonbarbell.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">You don't owe anyone an explanation about your lifestyle. Do what's right for you. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>It seems like it&rsquo;s birthday season at work. You worked hard to limit the damage through the holidays, and the endless carry-ins and banquets and family gatherings. You even stayed on track through Super Bowl Sunday, <a href="http://mashable.com/2015/01/28/super-bowl-food/#U1uXnMNQ7mqc" target="_blank">the second biggest feast day on the modern calendar</a>. <strong>You thought you were in the clear, finally able to focus on your nutrition and body composition goals</strong> without undue influence from those who, to say the least, don&rsquo;t share your priorities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/stop-apologizing-for-your-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body composition breakingmuscle goals motivation nutrition nutrition sports psychology Strength Strength Sports Psychology Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 164041 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Mindset Lessons From the Legends http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/4-mindset-lessons-from-the-legends <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/4-mindset-lessons-from-the-legends" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/aliwantsyou.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 difference between world-class and second-tier begins between the ears. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <strong>Great athletes are not born great.</strong> They are molded into legends through hard work, experience, and setbacks. Some of the greatest athletes of all time, the rule changers, have qualities that extend beyond talent, genetics, training, nutrition, recovery, and work ethic.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Their success came from something much deeper: mindset.</strong> Any athlete who wishes to climb to the top must find inspiration from the greats and adopt these four powerful mindsets.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> 1. Expect Greatness</h2> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/4-mindset-lessons-from-the-legends" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mindset Technique Technique visualization work ethic Sports Psychology Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:00:00 +0000 164021 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Tough Is Your Mind? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-tough-is-your-mind <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/how-tough-is-your-mind" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn3.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201604/mindfulnessrowing.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">Mindfulness training will take your performance to the next level. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>At the pinnacle of every grueling workout live two types of athletes: <strong>those who choose grace, and those who choose chaos</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Certain workouts reveal these qualities more than others, like a descending ladder of thrusters and burpees. <strong>These workouts are like a freight train en route to the pain cave</strong>, and unless you&rsquo;re Superman, there&rsquo;s nothing you can do to slow it down.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-tough-is-your-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental toughness mindfulness sports pscyhology Technique Sports Psychology Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000 163926 at http://breakingmuscle.com Life Ain't Easy: Train Anyway http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/life-aint-easy-train-anyway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/life-aint-easy-train-anyway" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201603/femalepostworkout.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"> You have two choices: Find comfort in excuses or attack training obstacles head on. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Most of us spent a huge portion of our childhood being told to do things we didn&rsquo;t want to do</strong>. We had to be told every day to get out of bed, get ready for school, eat our vegetables, do our homework, brush our teeth. And on it went on for years, until we finally struck out on our own in the world, fully capable of doing it all for ourselves.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/life-aint-easy-train-anyway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle drive goals motivation sports psychology Technique Sports Psychology Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:00:00 +0000 163711 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Build an Indestructible Foundation for Training http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-build-an-indestructible-foundation-for-training <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-build-an-indestructible-foundation-for-training" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn6.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/skyscrapersjpg.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">You have to lay unbreakable groundwork to construct your best athletic self. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.co.uk/uk/strength-conditioning/video-how-to-anchor-your-feet-for-a-monumental-squat" target="_blank"><span style="color:#2f4f4f;">In my last article</span></a>, I shared a phrase I like to use with all my lifting clients:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="color:#2f4f4f;">&ldquo;Build a big foundation with your feet and you&rsquo;ll build a skyscraper of a squat on them.&ldquo;</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-build-an-indestructible-foundation-for-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle discipline mindset progress sports psychology Strength Strength Strength Training Sports Psychology Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000 162976 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why You're Thinking Yourself Out of the Perfect Body http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-youre-thinking-yourself-out-of-the-perfect-body <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/why-youre-thinking-yourself-out-of-the-perfect-body" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201602/frontsquatheadline.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 you fall into one of these five mindsets, you could be sabotaging your efforts. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Most human beings want an ideal body</strong>. It&rsquo;s just natural. Our bodies are a symbol of attraction, and it&rsquo;s engrained in our DNA to want to be attractive to other members of our species.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-youre-thinking-yourself-out-of-the-perfect-body" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body composition breakingmuscle diet goals motivation sports pyschology Technique Technique Sports Psychology Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162746 at http://breakingmuscle.com Your Body Is Your Business: Be the Boss http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/your-body-is-your-business-be-the-boss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/your-body-is-your-business-be-the-boss" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn4.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201601/femaleheavyfrontsquatbw.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">You are the CEO of your most precious commodity. Call the right shots for lifelong profits. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Improving business and management skills appeals to almost everyone. Go to any airport and you will see scores of books about this. <strong>If you&rsquo;re not already the boss, chances are you&rsquo;re either dreaming of being so, or running your own business</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/your-body-is-your-business-be-the-boss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body breakingmuscle injury prevention mobility Mobility movement prehab rehab rest and recovery Technique wellness Sports Psychology Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162496 at http://breakingmuscle.com Is Perfectionism Holding Your Training Back? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/is-perfectionism-holding-your-training-back <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/is-perfectionism-holding-your-training-back" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201601/sammacheader.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 your standards are improperly high, you may never see the progress you're looking for. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>In today&rsquo;s world, perfectionism is a popular term. </strong>It&rsquo;s dropped by apologetic neat freaks as they adjust skewed picture frames, not-so-apologetic brides at meetings with their florists, and far too many job seekers at office interviews.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have had a lifelong struggle with trying to be perfect. <strong>Now, I believe the concept to be at best harsh and at worst, dangerous.</strong> It isn&rsquo;t something I strive for in my training. And it shouldn&rsquo;t be something you target, either.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/is-perfectionism-holding-your-training-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mindset perfection Recovery sports psychology Sports Psychology Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000 162451 at http://breakingmuscle.com See It, Do It, Win It: Charge Up Your Visualisations http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/see-it-do-it-win-it-charge-up-your-visualisations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/see-it-do-it-win-it-charge-up-your-visualisations" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201601/christiejenkinsheadline2.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 more intense your visualisation is, the more effective it will be at improving performance. Here's how to mimic the real-life action. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>The Soviet Union started using visualisation in sports from the 1970s, and now it is in the toolkit of most elite athletes. <strong>From scoring the goal, to flipping the somersault, to winning the race, visualisation helps you succeed.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a> </a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/see-it-do-it-win-it-charge-up-your-visualisations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mind-body connection mindset Technique visualisation Sports Psychology Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:00:00 +0000 162291 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Gym Culture Shift: Stop Shaming and Start Welcoming http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-gym-culture-shift-stop-shaming-and-start-welcoming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/a-gym-culture-shift-stop-shaming-and-start-welcoming" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn2.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201512/hug2.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 gym doesn't have to be intimidating. We have to do everything in our power to give those around us the opportunity to succeed. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>With the new year approaching, the inevitable crowds will begin to show up at gyms</strong>. No elliptical or ab machine is safe. In March, things will be back to normal. Why does this happen?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I believe the main reason people fail is because they do not feel welcome</strong>. Whether it is a gym or a diet group, they don&rsquo;t fit in, and the gym never becomes a habit.</p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-gym-culture-shift-stop-shaming-and-start-welcoming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> beginners breakingmuscle etiquette gym sports pscyhology Sports Psychology Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000 161956 at http://breakingmuscle.com If It Feels Bad, Do It http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/if-it-feels-bad-do-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/if-it-feels-bad-do-it" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://cdn5.omidoo.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201512/craigboxjumpheader.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">Avoiding your fear reinforces the idea that you can't get past it. Face your fear straight on. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>It is that time of year when people start making resolutions to change. What are you reluctant to try? <strong>By avoiding what we fear, we make that fear stronger.</strong> It is now time to change that gut reaction and go toward what you fear.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/if-it-feels-bad-do-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle challenges fear relationships strength and conditioning Technique Sports Psychology Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000 161746 at http://breakingmuscle.com