Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/all en Go Outside and Play! 5 Fitness Lessons From Your Inner Child http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/go-outside-and-play-5-fitness-lessons-from-your-inner-child <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/go-outside-and-play-5-fitness-lessons-from-your-inner-child" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201505/screenshot2015-05-05at20712pm.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">Here are five lessons from childhood to help you on your journey to optimum wellness. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In a few short weeks, kids will be flooding the beaches, malls, and playgrounds of the United States to enjoy their summer break. </strong>Many of us wish we were them. Of course, we once were and while you can never turn back the clock, all of us have the capacity to live our years ahead by drawing from the important lessons we learned as kids.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/go-outside-and-play-5-fitness-lessons-from-your-inner-child" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids kids fitness kids sports outdoors outside sports psychology Sports Psychology Wed, 06 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 151696 at http://breakingmuscle.com What These 7 Misguided Motivational Memes Should Really Say http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/what-these-7-misguided-motivational-memes-should-really-say <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/what-these-7-misguided-motivational-memes-should-really-say" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201504/isquat2.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 problem with Facebook, and the Internet at large, is that soundbites like memes become widespread and accepted as truth. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Facebook is a cheap form of self-therapy.</strong> A psychologist&rsquo;s dream - or nightmare. I include myself in the group that uses Facebook this way, too.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/what-these-7-misguided-motivational-memes-should-really-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle facebook internet mental motivation social media sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 151531 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why the Fitness World Is Full of Monkeys (And How to Stay Safe) http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-the-fitness-world-is-full-of-monkeys-and-how-to-stay-safe <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-fitness-world-is-full-of-monkeys-and-how-to-stay-safe" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201504/shutterstock252628672.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">Sometimes when I look at the interactions in the fitness world, everyone turns into monkeys squabbling over bananas. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>A former colleague of mine, Ben Blom, had this interesting way of describing human interaction in terms of primates. </strong>In meetings, he would lean over to me and describe the &ldquo;monkey&rdquo; interactions. &ldquo;There&#39;s so-and-so beating his chest showing his alpha maleness.&rdquo; &ldquo;Now so-and-so is offering him a banana to placate his alpha-ness.&rdquo; </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-the-fitness-world-is-full-of-monkeys-and-how-to-stay-safe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletes breakingmuscle crossfit crossfit athletes relationships sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 151281 at http://breakingmuscle.com Question Everything: Get Stronger With a Scientist's Mind http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/question-everything-get-stronger-with-a-scientists-mind <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/question-everything-get-stronger-with-a-scientists-mind" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201504/feynmanbohr.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">Clients seek out hairdressers to “do” their hair. Students seek out knowledge. Are you a client or a student? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:18px;">&ldquo;I would rather have questions that can&#39;t be answered than answers that can&#39;t be questioned.&rdquo; - &nbsp;Richard P. Feynman</span></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Scientist are taught to question everything. </strong>This mindset might be helpful to your training. Do you question your coaches about their directions? Do you question the program you are following?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/question-everything-get-stronger-with-a-scientists-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clients coachable coaching knowledge mind motivation sports pscyhology Students Sports Psychology Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 150781 at http://breakingmuscle.com Unexpected Lessons on Training and Happiness - From Wine http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/unexpected-lessons-on-training-and-happiness-from-wine <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/unexpected-lessons-on-training-and-happiness-from-wine" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201504/shannonheader.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">Exercise and health isn't just about what you do, it's about what's behind your motivation. Do what works. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Well, it is official - <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/opinion/the-myth-of-high-protein-diets.html?_r=2" target="_blank">meat makes you die again</a>, and now, <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lawsuit-claims-high-levels-arsenic-found-some-california-made-wines/" target="_blank">so does wine</a>.</strong> At least I can anticipate the cause of my demise as opposed to worrying about being eaten by a shark or losing in the Hunger Games.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/unexpected-lessons-on-training-and-happiness-from-wine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aerobic exercise back strength breakingmuscle cardiovascular fitness Health wine Sports Psychology Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 150566 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 5 Differences Between "Trainee" and "Athlete" http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-5-differences-between-trainee-and-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-5-differences-between-trainee-and-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/shutterstock195518516x.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">Take your athleticism to the next level by having rules and enforcing training standards. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">What qualities decide whether you are or aren&rsquo;t an athlete?</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-5-differences-between-trainee-and-athlete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletes athletic ability athletic performance athletics breakingmuscle coachable coaching elite athletes Sports Psychology Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:00:00 +0000 150371 at http://breakingmuscle.com Exercise Is Not a Final Destination: How to Enjoy the Journey http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/exercise-is-not-a-final-destination-how-to-enjoy-the-journey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/exercise-is-not-a-final-destination-how-to-enjoy-the-journey" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/10830088869017523157367958812887726245950o.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">If you hate exercise and find it devoid of meaning and inspiration, I have some advice for you - stop. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>What if a magic pill could replicate the effects of exercise?</strong> A way to get a healthy and toned physique without all of the blood, sweat, and tears. No more crowded gyms or grueling hours of road work, and the only weight you&rsquo;d have to lift would be a cool drink at the end of the day.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/exercise-is-not-a-final-destination-how-to-enjoy-the-journey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fitness fun goals long-term psychology sports psychology Sports Psychology Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000 150126 at http://breakingmuscle.com Tough Lessons From My Teacher: Learning to Value Our Learning http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/tough-lessons-from-my-teacher-learning-to-value-our-learning <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/tough-lessons-from-my-teacher-learning-to-value-our-learning" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201503/shutterstock247159153.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">Some of the toughest lessons we learn in the classroom can teach us to cope with the challenges we face as coaches and athletes. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Recently I heard the sad news that one of my high school teachers passed away.</strong> I was fifteen when I started her Honors U.S. History course, and it was not long after that I started fantasizing about creating a dart board with her picture on it or park benching her - just once.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/tough-lessons-from-my-teacher-learning-to-value-our-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BJJ breakingmuscle coaching learning mentorship professor Teaching Training youth sports Sports Psychology Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 149726 at http://breakingmuscle.com Don't Always Take the Green Run: 5 Lessons From the Slopes http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/dont-always-take-the-green-run-5-lessons-from-the-slopes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/dont-always-take-the-green-run-5-lessons-from-the-slopes" 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/201503/shutterstock186875537.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">Like life itself, alpine sports come down to balance. But sometimes finding balance is easier said than done. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>One of the benefits to living in Colorado is my weekly venture up the Rocky Mountains. </strong>There&rsquo;s something awe inspiring about being out in nature and finding a little relief from the merry-go-round of work and the big city grind.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/dont-always-take-the-green-run-5-lessons-from-the-slopes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle resilience skiing snowboarding sports psychology winter winter sports Sports Psychology Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000 149586 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Spot a Non-Toxic Fitness Community: It's About People http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-spot-a-non-toxic-fitness-community-its-about-people <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-spot-a-non-toxic-fitness-community-its-about-people" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/tjg8238.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">If you aren’t paying attention, a community can be based on some pretty negative stuff. Ain't nobody got time for that. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>When it comes to food, lifting, or love there is no one perfect way. </strong>There is only the way that works best for you and fits within the framework of your goals and life.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-spot-a-non-toxic-fitness-community-its-about-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle business practices community crossfit friendship gym relationships small business Sports Psychology Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:00:00 +0000 84156 at http://breakingmuscle.com Can Mental Distractions Help Fight Fatigue? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/can-mental-distractions-help-fight-fatigue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/can-mental-distractions-help-fight-fatigue" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/crossfitempirical14.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">We preach about focus and determination during training, but sometimes letting your mind wander can bring the best results. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">I believe all trainees fall into three different categories, subjectively speaking, relative to effort expended during exercise.</span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/can-mental-distractions-help-fight-fatigue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle conditioning fatigue motivation sports psychology sports research Training Sports Psychology Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000 84096 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Real "Ideal" Body Type Is Up to You http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-real-ideal-body-type-is-up-to-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-real-ideal-body-type-is-up-to-you" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/tjg0202crop.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">I’m pretty sure what is really ideal has little to do with a big butt or ripped abs. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">In 1985, the movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090305/" target="_blank">Weird Science</a></em> depicted two teenage boys who created the perfect woman with the help of their computer and a sort of magic electrical accident. <strong>The end result was Lisa, played by model-actress <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_LeBrock" target="_blank">Kelly LeBrock</a>.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-real-ideal-body-type-is-up-to-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body composition body image body type breakingmuscle mind body self confidence self image weight loss Sports Psychology Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 +0000 84151 at http://breakingmuscle.com Don't Let Fear of Failure Get In the Way of Your Dreams http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/dont-let-fear-of-failure-get-in-the-way-of-your-dreams <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/dont-let-fear-of-failure-get-in-the-way-of-your-dreams" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/shutterstock236648287.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">Forget about weighing yourself down with "what if" and "I can't" - just make a plan and take action toward what you want. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:18px;">&ldquo;There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.&rdquo; - <a href="http://www.paulocoelho.com/" target="_blank">Paulo Coelho</a></span></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/dont-let-fear-of-failure-get-in-the-way-of-your-dreams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle courage fear goal planning goal setting goals internet motivation Sports Psychology Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 31391 at http://breakingmuscle.com How Training Can Turn You Into a Self-Made Superhero http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-training-can-turn-you-into-a-self-made-superhero <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/how-training-can-turn-you-into-a-self-made-superhero" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/newyorkcomiccon2013supermansuitscrop.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">Training can help us discover our inner strengths, cope with adversity, and use these strengths for greater purpose. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Pavel Tsatsouline once asked a question to which I did not know the answer and it has stuck with me for a while. </strong>&ldquo;What is the American fascination with superheroes?&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">I did my best Clark Kent impression (Christopher Reeve version) and bumbled through an answer. <strong>To someone from outside of the American culture it might seem foreign to dream of having superpowers.</strong> In our convenient lifestyle, maybe we dream of hardships that show our true character.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-training-can-turn-you-into-a-self-made-superhero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle goal setting goals hero workouts mind body sports psychology strength and conditioning Sports Psychology Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000 31331 at http://breakingmuscle.com Lessons In Fitness and Life From Bruce Lee http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/lessons-in-fitness-and-life-from-bruce-lee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/lessons-in-fitness-and-life-from-bruce-lee" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/wankamleungandbrucelee.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">Lee's philosophies can teach us how to be better students both in and out of the weight room. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><p><em><span style="font-size:18px;">&ldquo;Absorb what is useful. Discard what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.&rdquo; &ndash; <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Lee" target="_blank">Bruce Lee</a></span></em></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">I imagine you&rsquo;ve seen this quotation before.<strong> It&rsquo;s one of Bruce Lee&rsquo;s most popular and for good reason. </strong>It captures the essence of his learning process in three simple sentences.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/lessons-in-fitness-and-life-from-bruce-lee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle bruce lee clients coaching fitness industry goal-setting motivation physical therapy strength training Training Sports Psychology Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0000 31276 at http://breakingmuscle.com