Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en 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 Pursuing Your Athletic Passion: Are the Trade-offs Worth It? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/pursuing-your-athletic-passion-are-the-trade-offs-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/pursuing-your-athletic-passion-are-the-trade-offs-worth-it" 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/201501/8696088661e84bb100d3z.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">You need to be ready to make some big sacrifices if you plan on making it to the top of your game. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I&rsquo;ve read that we only regret the things we don&rsquo;t do.</strong> Of course, we can&rsquo;t do everything, but I like to think I am living each day as if it is my last, because, as Breaker Morant&nbsp;observed, one day I&rsquo;ll be right.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/pursuing-your-athletic-passion-are-the-trade-offs-worth-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> balance BJJ brazilian jiu jitsu breakingmuscle discipline jiu jitsu martial arts money relationships sacrifice Training Sports Psychology Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000 31251 at http://breakingmuscle.com Prioritizing Your Fitness Isn't Selfish - It's Necessary http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/prioritizing-your-fitness-isnt-selfish-its-necessary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/prioritizing-your-fitness-isnt-selfish-its-necessary" 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/tjg8273.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">Allow yourself to sacrifice time for exercise to see improvements in your career and personal life. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>As a lifelong fitness enthusiast, I&rsquo;ve been called selfish more than once. </strong>Back when I had an office job, coworkers would meet for happy hour after work and I&rsquo;d head off to the gym. When friends and family meet for early dinners, I sometimes show up late, making sure my daily dose of exercise is complete first.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/prioritizing-your-fitness-isnt-selfish-its-necessary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle career Exercise family habits routine sports psychology time management Sports Psychology Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 31116 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Manage Arousal Levels for Competitive Advantage http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-manage-arousal-levels-for-competitive-advantage <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-manage-arousal-levels-for-competitive-advantage" 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/psychsquare.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">You could be the strongest person at the event, but if you can’t psych up and down, you might lose. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <span style="font-size:18px;">In sport psychology circles around forty years ago, there was a lot of talk about arousal levels and how they affect athletes of every level and every sport. <strong>Over the years I have done my own exploration, and this is what I have determined about when and how to get yourself wound up.</strong></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-manage-arousal-levels-for-competitive-advantage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> arousal level breakingmuscle breathing competition mental training nlp psyching up relaxation Sports Psychology Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 29171 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Achieve Big Athletic Goals After the Age of 35 http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-achieve-big-athletic-goals-after-the-age-of-35 <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-achieve-big-athletic-goals-after-the-age-of-35" 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/201501/shutterstock232351576.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">At any age, proper perspective and solid planning are the keys to achieving your athletic goals. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>To achieve a lofty athletic goal you usually have to be selfish with your time. </strong>This is easier when you are young and have nothing to lose and nobody to look after but yourself. But what happens when you get a little older and carry all those responsibilities to your family, career, and community? <strong>Can you still go big?</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Absolutely. You just have to be smart.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-achieve-big-athletic-goals-after-the-age-of-35" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete breakingmuscle goal planning mature athlete motivation sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:00:00 +0000 28831 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Top 10 Sports Psychology Articles of 2014 http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-top-10-sports-psychology-articles-of-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-top-10-sports-psychology-articles-of-2014" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/shutterstock152853110.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 all want to succeed, in the gym and in life. These articles will help you get motivated and exceed your own expectations. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Looking for a way to improve your training <em>and</em> your life? </strong><span style="font-size:18px;">This year&#39;s top psychology articles are free of self-help fluff. </span>Motivation, goal-setting, mental toughness, balance, and a healthy dose of science -&nbsp; it&#39;s all here.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><strong style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0); font-size: 18px;">Here are the top ten sports psychology articles from 2014, counting down from number ten to number one:</strong></p> <p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-top-10-sports-psychology-articles-of-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental training mind body psychology psychosocial sports psychology Sports Psychology Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:00:00 +0000 28446 at http://breakingmuscle.com