Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en 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 My 5-Step Program to Rehab Your Competition Addiction http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/my-5-step-program-to-rehab-your-competition-addiction <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/my-5-step-program-to-rehab-your-competition-addiction" 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/201407/104625347377240829533793626705447302248800n.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">For years I always thought wanting to do more and move forward was always a good thing. But on the inside, I was pushing myself down. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Track your numbers. Track your food. Track your weights. <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/dont-throw-away-the-scales" target="_blank">Track your own weight</a>. This is advice given to so many clients by so many trainers. <strong>But lately, I&rsquo;ve found that <em>not</em> tracking any of it is leading to much better results for me.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/my-5-step-program-to-rehab-your-competition-addiction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> addiction breakingmuscle competition exercise addiction Sports Psychology Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 21866 at http://breakingmuscle.com Are You Addicted to Exercise? The Tell-Tale Signs http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/are-you-addicted-to-exercise-the-tell-tale-signs <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-addicted-to-exercise-the-tell-tale-signs" 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/20140527/38902815017bf88c1e51zcopy.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">Is there such a thing of too much exercise? And if so, what are the signs that you are taking it too far? Check this list. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>We&rsquo;ve all heard the saying, &ldquo;Too much of a good thing.&rdquo;</strong> Its origin is attributed to Shakespeare&rsquo;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_You_Like_It" target="_blank"><em>As You Like It </em></a>and is oft quoted when it comes to examples of gluttony, excess, and the spoils of riches.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/are-you-addicted-to-exercise-the-tell-tale-signs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> addiction breakingmuscle exercise addiction Sports Psychology Tue, 27 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 18991 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Steve Jobs Quotations and How to Apply Them to Your Training http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/5-steve-jobs-quotations-and-how-to-apply-them-to-your-training <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/5-steve-jobs-quotations-and-how-to-apply-them-to-your-training" 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/20140521/goaloptions.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">"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.” </div></div></div><div> <span style="color:#ff0000;"><em><strong><span style="font-size: 18px;">&quot;You have to be burning with &#39;an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.&#39; If you&#39;re not passionate enough from the start, you&#39;ll never stick it out.&rdquo;</span></strong></em></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/5-steve-jobs-quotations-and-how-to-apply-them-to-your-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle motivation quotations wisdom Sports Psychology Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 18771 at http://breakingmuscle.com Coming to Terms With Being an Aging Athlete http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/coming-to-terms-with-being-an-aging-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/coming-to-terms-with-being-an-aging-athlete" 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/20140501/shutterstock109444526.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">Your joints are achier, muscles tighter, and injuries more frequent. The thought creeps into your mind, "It's not that I can't, but should I?" </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You just hit [insert age here]. You don&#39;t see yourself as over the hill, but you&rsquo;re not exactly a teenager anymore, either.</strong> You&#39;ve been an athlete, or active in some way for the majority of your life, and you&#39;ve had your fair share of injuries to boot.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/coming-to-terms-with-being-an-aging-athlete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aging breakingmuscle hamstrings injury mature athletes Sports Psychology Fri, 02 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 17176 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Science Behind Why "I Think I Can" Actually Works http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-science-behind-why-i-think-i-can-actually-works <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-science-behind-why-i-think-i-can-actually-works" 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/20140428/the-little-engine-that-could-anytime-recordable-storybooks-kob809114701.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">Your brain's number one priority is self-preservation. If it doesn’t function your body dies. So above all else, it prioritizes it's own protection. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">&quot;I think I can, I think I can...&rdquo; We&#39;ve all heard the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Engine_That_Could" target="_blank">story of the Little Engine</a> believing it could puff right over that hill. We&#39;ve all heard Henry Ford&rsquo;s famous quotation, &quot;Whether you think you can or you think you can&rsquo;t - you&#39;re right.&rdquo; <strong>But have you considered there could actually be a scientific reason for why this works?</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-science-behind-why-i-think-i-can-actually-works" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle nervous system self confidence sports psychology Sports Psychology Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 16816 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why Do You Do That? A Primer on Motivation and Goal-Setting http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-do-you-do-that-a-primer-on-motivation-and-goal-setting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/why-do-you-do-that-a-primer-on-motivation-and-goal-setting" 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/20140417/shutterstock140498647.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">Human behavior is a funny thing. So often our goals are detached from reality. How do we align the two? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">The first step in working with a client is to figure out what they want and why they want it. The &quot;what do you want&quot; question usually has a pretty straightforward answer. <strong>The second question &ndash; why? &ndash; can be harder to answer.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-do-you-do-that-a-primer-on-motivation-and-goal-setting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> big goals breakingmuscle goal setting goals motivation sports psychology Sports Psychology Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 16181 at http://breakingmuscle.com Athletes Have More Mental Toughness - In and Out of the Gym http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/athletes-have-more-mental-toughness-in-and-out-of-the-gym <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/athletes-have-more-mental-toughness-in-and-out-of-the-gym" 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/20140408/1391895529416243808277562874274n.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 found athletes have much greater mental toughness than non-athletes, particularly when it comes to hope and perseverance. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Mental toughness has been described as one of the most important characteristics of success in athletic endeavors.</strong> However, defining mental toughness is a bit more difficult. One of the first definitions came from James Loehr in his <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mental-Toughness-Training-Sports-Excellence/dp/0452267951" target="_blank">classic book on mental toughness</a>. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/athletes-have-more-mental-toughness-in-and-out-of-the-gym" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competition mental toughness mental training Sports Psychology Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 15471 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Science and Psychology of Motivation for Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-science-and-psychology-of-motivation-for-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-science-and-psychology-of-motivation-for-athletes" 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/20140406/square.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">What is motivation? And I don’t just mean the basic definition, but the science of how motivation works. What motivates you versus me? </div></div></div><div> <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/motivation-what-is-it-and-how-do-you-build-it" target="_blank">What is motivation</a>? What motivates us, me, and you? And I don&rsquo;t just mean the basic definitions, but the science of how motivation works and the psychology behind motivation. <strong>In this article, we will go into what motivates us in life and in sports</strong>.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <h2> <strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Defined: Motivation</span></strong></h2> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-science-and-psychology-of-motivation-for-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle goal setting motivation punishment reinforcement system Sports Psychology Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 15281 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why the Option to Quit Actually Makes Us Work Harder http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-the-option-to-quit-actually-makes-us-work-harder <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/why-the-option-to-quit-actually-makes-us-work-harder" 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/20140331/pmcarthy.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 found when people had a choice to quit they actually become more persistent and accomplished more. </div></div></div><p>In 49BC, Julius Caesar <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon" target="_blank">crossed the Rubicon River</a>, which was considered an act of insurrection against Rome. Here he uttered the words, &ldquo;The die is cast,&rdquo; to suggest that crossing the river meant there was no return. <strong>What helps us cross our own &ldquo;fitness Rubicons&rdquo; and leads us to our point of no return?</strong></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-the-option-to-quit-actually-makes-us-work-harder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental training motivation quitting sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 14846 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Learn From Both Success and Failure http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-learn-from-both-success-and-failure <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-learn-from-both-success-and-failure" 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/20140320/shutterstock108476333copy2.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">While we may indeed learn through failure, we can also learn through our successes. In a recent paper, some scientists examined exactly how. </div></div></div><p>&ldquo;We learn from failure, not from success!&rdquo; Although these words presented in Bram Stoker&rsquo;s classic novel <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dracula-Bram-Stoker-ebook/dp/B0084B5TK8" target="_blank"><em>Dracula</em></a> seem to be common knowledge, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-6-reasons-your-success-depends-on-your-failure" target="_blank">success and failure</a> may be more closely linked. Thus, can we learn from success as well?</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-learn-from-both-success-and-failure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle failure learning mistakes self image sports psychology success Sports Psychology Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:00:00 +0000 14131 at http://breakingmuscle.com Quiet Strength: What It Is and What We Can Learn From Those Who Have It http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/quiet-strength-what-it-is-and-what-we-can-learn-from-those-who-have-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/quiet-strength-what-it-is-and-what-we-can-learn-from-those-who-have-it" 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/20140313/aung-san-suu-kyi-2.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">Have you ever seen the strong quiet person who carries him- or herself with a presence of strength and humility at the same time. Here's what I think we can learn from these people. </div></div></div><p>Have you ever seen the strong quiet type of person who carries him- or herself differently? He or she has a presence that demonstrates both strength and humility at the same time. The Navy Seals are often called &quot;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/03/binladen.seals/" target="_blank">quiet professionals</a>&quot; because they do out-of-the-ordinary training, but retain a professional demeanor in their approach to life. They are often described as having this quiet type of strength.</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/quiet-strength-what-it-is-and-what-we-can-learn-from-those-who-have-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental toughness sports psychology Sports Psychology Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:00:00 +0000 13616 at http://breakingmuscle.com