Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en How to Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Actions http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-turn-negative-thoughts-into-positive-actions <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-turn-negative-thoughts-into-positive-actions" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/kwblizzard22.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When you experience negative moments in your chosen competition or adventure, I recommend you take these two actions. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><em>In <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-powerful-mental-strategy-for-success-on-game-day" target="_blank">part one of this series</a> on Get Your Mind Right on Game Day, we looked at the methodology behind creating and using motivational themes. In part two, we are going to talk about something everyone struggles with - negative thoughts.</em></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-turn-negative-thoughts-into-positive-actions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle challenges motivation negative positive thinking Sports Psychology Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 25066 at http://breakingmuscle.com Perfect Practice Makes Perfect - Or Does Nature Trump Everything? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/perfect-practice-makes-perfect-or-does-nature-trump-everything <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/perfect-practice-makes-perfect-or-does-nature-trump-everything" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock90912071.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Researchers have determined that accumulated hours of practice are actually behind what we mistakenly call "innate talent." </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Remember back to your school days when you were finding it hard to get better at a sport or musical instrument, yet one of your friends made it look simple? </strong>Your parents probably did one of two things:</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/perfect-practice-makes-perfect-or-does-nature-trump-everything" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle learning nature nurture practice skill aquisition skill development Sports Psychology Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 24826 at http://breakingmuscle.com Do Violent Sports Create Violent People? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/do-violent-sports-create-violent-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/do-violent-sports-create-violent-people" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock158039450.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A look into the violence - on and off the field - of football, boxing, and mixed martial arts. Why it happens and how we can stop it. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>If you&rsquo;ve been anywhere near a TV set or the Internet in the last month, then you most certainly know the names <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/5/23/5744964/ray-rice-arrest-assault-statement-apology-ravens" target="_blank">Ray Rice</a> and<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24713131/adrian-petersons-high-school-coach-says-he-used-corporal-punishment" target="_blank"> Adrian Peterson</a>. </strong>Both are star NFL players. One beat his wife and one allegedly beat his son.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/do-violent-sports-create-violent-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> boxing breakingmuscle community domestic abuse football MMA self defense violence prevention Sports Psychology Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 24881 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Most Effective Ergogenic Aid for Your Performance http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-most-effective-ergogenic-aid-for-your-performance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-most-effective-ergogenic-aid-for-your-performance" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock163200311.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When looking for performance enhancing supplements, we need to first identify where our positive thinking lies on the spectrum. </div></div></div><div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-most-effective-ergogenic-aid-for-your-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental training placebo positive thinking supplements visualization Sports Psychology Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 24661 at http://breakingmuscle.com A Powerful Mental Strategy for Success on Game Day http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-powerful-mental-strategy-for-success-on-game-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/a-powerful-mental-strategy-for-success-on-game-day" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/brain.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Trying to fix your motivation by attempting to go even harder is a long-term recipe for injury or burnout. So what's the answer? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I believe that training should have a purpose. It should be a means of building your body and mind<a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-successful-people-dont-set-goals-and-you-shouldnt-either" target="_blank"> kaizen style</a>, with the ultimate goal of being <em>game day ready</em>. <strong>Being <em>game day ready</em> means being ready to perform at your best when it counts most - whether in a CrossFit WOD, a tough endurance race, or, for some of us, in real life battle</strong>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-powerful-mental-strategy-for-success-on-game-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle failure mental toughness mental training motivation psychology success Sports Psychology Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 24631 at http://breakingmuscle.com Science Says Imagery Is a Powerful Psych-Up Tool http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/science-says-imagery-is-a-powerful-psych-up-tool <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/science-says-imagery-is-a-powerful-psych-up-tool" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/tjg9217.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">In a new study, a quieter version of psyching up was proven effective, as long as the timing is right. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>We&rsquo;ve all seen powerlifters, strongmen, and fighters screaming and shouting or being slapped prior to competition</strong>. There are many ways to <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/sports-psychology-warning-do-not-psych-up-til-you-read-this" target="_blank">get fired up</a>, and we know it works. That leaves many athletes wondering how to go about it.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/science-says-imagery-is-a-powerful-psych-up-tool" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental training psychology sports psychology sprinting strength and conditioning Sports Psychology Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:00:00 +0000 24416 at http://breakingmuscle.com Using Powerful Body Language Can Increase Your Actual Power http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/using-powerful-body-language-can-increase-your-actual-power <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/using-powerful-body-language-can-increase-your-actual-power" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/comeatmebroxx.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">What if acting more dominant can help you lift more weight? Research says your body language can change your body’s physiology. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">You may have heard that smiling can make you happier. <strong>What if acting more dominant can help you lift more weight?</strong> Recent research suggests that your body language changes the body&rsquo;s physiology to increase testosterone and decrease cortisol.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/using-powerful-body-language-can-increase-your-actual-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anxiety body language breakingmuscle cortisol powerlifting sports psychology strength testosterone Sports Psychology Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 24426 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Fitness Existentialist: It Starts With You http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-fitness-existentialist-it-starts-with-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-fitness-existentialist-it-starts-with-you" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock198328943.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Actively limit the amount of jive turkeys that you allow into your process of self-improvement. Change starts with you. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size: 18px;">There is a piece of advice that I give to all of my clients before they embark on a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/excuses-that-derail-your-fitness-journey-and-how-to-stop-making-them" target="_blank">journey toward newfound health and fitness</a>:&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Don&rsquo;t tell anyone about what you are doing.</span></strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:18px;">Why?</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-fitness-existentialist-it-starts-with-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle facebook goals habit motivation willpower Sports Psychology Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 24276 at http://breakingmuscle.com Use Motivational Interviewing Techniques to Create Positive Change http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/use-motivational-interviewing-techniques-to-create-positive-change <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/use-motivational-interviewing-techniques-to-create-positive-change" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock179459927.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These techniques can provide an effective way for people to make big life changes and can be used by coaches and athletes alike. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>There is a powerful technique to help people make positive health changes by reframing how they see their goals.</strong> These motivational interviewing techniques can provide a simple and effective way for people to make big life changes.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/use-motivational-interviewing-techniques-to-create-positive-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching motivation Personal Training progress psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 24196 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Success in Exercise Is Like Success in Investing http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-success-in-exercise-is-like-success-in-investing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/how-success-in-exercise-is-like-success-in-investing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock189844643.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These two endeavors come down to the exact same working principles - hard work, discipline, determination, and focus on a long-term goal. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Every so often my dad used to sit us down as kids and talk about the importance of investing.</strong> I always rolled my eyes when he would start his saving lectures, but deep down, I knew he was right.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-success-in-exercise-is-like-success-in-investing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> balance breakingmuscle business money success Sports Psychology Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 23991 at http://breakingmuscle.com This Is Fitness: Move Beyond Instinct and Get Uncomfortable http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/this-is-fitness-move-beyond-instinct-and-get-uncomfortable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/this-is-fitness-move-beyond-instinct-and-get-uncomfortable" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/104986167602650140326194047357598873244254o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When we feel discomfort our immediate instinct is often to run in the other direction. Do that, and you'll never grow. </div></div></div><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">What are you made of? Why are you here, and when it comes to your fitness, why do you do what it is you do?</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/this-is-fitness-move-beyond-instinct-and-get-uncomfortable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle comfort zone crossfit fitness learning mental toughness mental training sports psychology Sports Psychology Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 23791 at http://breakingmuscle.com Can Exercise Make You Happy? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/can-exercise-make-you-happy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/can-exercise-make-you-happy" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock145132672copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Money makes you happier - but according to science, only to a certain point. Is exercise the same? Is there a a perfect amount that creates happiness? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Much has been written on the subject of happiness.</strong></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/can-exercise-make-you-happy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle happiness obesity psychology stress Sports Psychology Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000 23136 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why All Coaches Need Courage http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-all-coaches-need-courage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/why-all-coaches-need-courage" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/img7982sm.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Personal trainers may not need to run into burning buildings or work in a combat zone, but working with clients requires a certain kind of courage. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Personal training is hardly the sort of field where you would think courage is a necessary character trait.</strong> It&rsquo;s not like being a police officer and having to deal with armed gang members, or being a fire fighter and having to enter burning buildings. Nor is the gym <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/military-first-responders/are-pseudo-military-challenges-and-programs-disrespectful-to-real-operator" target="_blank">anything at all like a combat zone</a>, despite all the comments about #goingtowar that people seem to post.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-all-coaches-need-courage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching Personal Training psychology Sports Psychology Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 22931 at http://breakingmuscle.com Squats Now, Facebook Later: Stop Dreaming and Start Doing http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/squats-now-facebook-later-stop-dreaming-and-start-doing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/squats-now-facebook-later-stop-dreaming-and-start-doing" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock69572626.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's the CrossFit New Year. Here's how to stop dreaming about being better and start doing it every day. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Somewhere along the way someone instilled in me the value and importance of setting goals.</strong> It may have been a teacher, my parents, a summer camp instructor, or some combination of the above who really hammered home that you need to <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/how-to-set-goals-with-vision-possibility-and-balance" target="_blank">pick goals and work toward them</a> to ensure success in life.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/squats-now-facebook-later-stop-dreaming-and-start-doing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle goal setting goals Sports Psychology Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22911 at http://breakingmuscle.com Build Competitive Teamwork, Not Just Competition http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/build-competitive-teamwork-not-just-competition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/build-competitive-teamwork-not-just-competition" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/104994216596533274512346734696478580455413ocopy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The social psychologist in me always wants to point out that context is really what makes people work as a team versus stab each other in the back. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I usually stay away from the reality TV shows. However, I have sometimes been sucked into watching <a href="http://www.cbs.com/shows/survivor/" target="_blank"><em>Survivor</em></a>. I found it interesting to see the dynamics of people in a group. <strong>The social psychologist in me always wanted to point out that the context is really what made people work as a team or to stab each other in the back.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/build-competitive-teamwork-not-just-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching competition crossfit group dynamics group exercise teamwork Sports Psychology Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 22516 at http://breakingmuscle.com