Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en 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 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