Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en Maximize Performance Through Controlling Your Arousal Level http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/maximize-performance-through-controlling-your-arousal-level <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/maximize-performance-through-controlling-your-arousal-level" 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/201411/perfsquare.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">Have you ever been really excited about an event and found that then things went really well? </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Have you ever been really excited about an event or training session and found that then things went really well? </strong>This phenomenon was examined as long ago as 1908 and resulted in the classical <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerkes%E2%80%93Dodson_law" target="_blank">Yerkes-Dodson model of arousal and performance.</a></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter"> <img alt="" height="461" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/images/bydate/201411/performance-vs-arousal2.jpg" width="633" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/maximize-performance-through-controlling-your-arousal-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> anxiety arousal breakingmuscle mental performance positive stress success winning Sports Psychology Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0000 27396 at http://breakingmuscle.com Lack of Food Might Make You Better at Making Decisions http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/lack-of-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mind-body/lack-of-food" 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/201411/shutterstock172255796.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 might want to hold off on eating dinner before your next big poker game. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Many people who have used <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-for-athletes-the-why-and-how" target="_blank">intermittent fasting</a> and other hunger-inducing dietary strategies have noticed some interesting effects.</strong> Many of these claims may even seem counterintuitive, such as more energy or less hunger over time.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/lack-of-food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle diet focus Food mental health nutrition Sports Psychology Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 27366 at http://breakingmuscle.com For Weight Loss, the Scale Can Be Your Friend http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-often-should-you-weigh-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/how-often-should-you-weigh-yourself" 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/201411/shutterstock60419377.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 new study suggests daily weighing provides beneficial feedback and motivation for weight loss clients. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Many fitness and nutriton professionals warn against weighing yourself frequently.</strong> However, the practice might have some benefits after all, according to a<a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0113164" target="_blank"> recent <em>PLOS ONE </em>study</a>.</span></p> <p><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201411/bm2blacklinedivider_6.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-often-should-you-weigh-yourself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body weight breakingmuscle gaining weight losing weight scales weight loss Sports Psychology Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 27291 at http://breakingmuscle.com 6 Daily Practices for Learning to Love Your Body and Your Self http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/6-daily-practices-to-cultivate-body-respect <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/mind-body/6-daily-practices-to-cultivate-body-respect" 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/201411/shutterstock86020333.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">Through these practice I no longer stress about being perfect. Instead, I love my body for simply existing. </div></div></div><p><strong style="font-size: 18px;">I&rsquo;ve suffered from body dysmorphia since I was a young girl</strong><span style="font-size: 18px;">. Though I used to compete in fitness competitions, train twice a day, look &ldquo;great&rdquo; in a swimsuit, and eat only my non-GMO, </span><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/organic-produce-is-it-really-worth-it" style="font-size: 18px;" target="_blank">organic</a><span style="font-size: 18px;">, clean, free-range meals, I still wasn&rsquo;t happy with my body.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/mind-body/6-daily-practices-to-cultivate-body-respect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> body awareness body image breakingmuscle happiness Health respect self confidence self esteem self improvement Sports Psychology Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:00:00 +0000 27056 at http://breakingmuscle.com Study Gives Tips for Healthy Habit Formation in Kids (and Adults) http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/study-gives-tips-for-healthy-habit-formation-in-kids-and-adults <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/study-gives-tips-for-healthy-habit-formation-in-kids-and-adults" 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/201411/shutterstock64888276.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 recent study investigated how forming habits successfully is related to setting goals. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>If we could master turning our healthy goals into ironclad habits &ndash; habit defined as &ldquo;a learned process that generates automatic responses to contextual cues&rdquo; &ndash; we might just achieve the pinnacle of health.</strong> </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">A recent <a href="http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/11/1/135" target="_blank">study in <em>the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity</em></a>, the first of its kind, investigated a habit-forming model to improve diet.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/study-gives-tips-for-healthy-habit-formation-in-kids-and-adults" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle diet goal setting goals habit habits Health nutrition Sports Psychology Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:00 +0000 27041 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 5 Most Important Words for Succeeding in Fitness http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-5-most-important-words-for-succeeding-in-fitness <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-most-important-words-for-succeeding-in-fitness" 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/201411/shutterstock228566392.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">Words are the fuel behind the the endless reps, miles, and sweat. The right word has the power to transform. </div></div></div><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:18px;">&ldquo;Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by humanity.&rdquo; - Rudyard Kipling</span></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>For years I had the word&nbsp;<em>confidence</em> taped to my bathroom mirror. </strong>The word served as a reminder to believe in myself. One of my first bosses bestowed the word on me at a dinner where every team member was given a particular word by which they excelled.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-5-most-important-words-for-succeeding-in-fitness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle commitment discipline habit inspiration motivation perseverance sports psychology Sports Psychology Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:00:00 +0000 27006 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Motivational Lessons Rocky Balboa Can Teach You http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/4-motivational-lessons-rocky-balboa-can-teach-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/4-motivational-lessons-rocky-balboa-can-teach-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/201411/shutterstock66766786copy.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">Welcome to the Rocky Balboa School of Motivation! Here are powerful lessons drawn from the life of Rocky, the ultimate underdog. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Welcome to the Rocky Balboa School of Motivation!</strong> Here are four powerful lessons drawn from the life of Rocky Balboa, the ultimate motivational underdog. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">Each lesson features the message broken down and explained,<strong> but also includes videos taken from the various Rocky films</strong> that will be sure to get you hungry to get back in the gym and kicking arse.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/4-motivational-lessons-rocky-balboa-can-teach-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle inspiration motivation rocky balboa success underdog Sports Psychology Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 26831 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 5 Key Mindset Qualities of Successful Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/get-your-mind-right-on-game-day-mindset <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/get-your-mind-right-on-game-day-mindset" 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/201410/shutterstock222864607copy2.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 everyone has a different personality, I have found there are five key mindset qualities common with nearly all successful athletes. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><em>In parts one and two of this series, I detailed two powerful practical mental tools to help get your mind in the right place: <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-powerful-mental-strategy-for-success-on-game-day" target="_blank">motivational themes</a> and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-turn-negative-thoughts-into-positive-actions" target="_blank">not fearing the negative</a>.</em></span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/get-your-mind-right-on-game-day-mindset" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle mental toughness mental training mindset psychology sports psychology Sports Psychology Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 26521 at http://breakingmuscle.com You Are Going to Die, So Stop Wasting Time on Facebook http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/you-are-going-to-die <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/you-are-going-to-die" 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/201410/october-2014-covercopy.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">No matter how much we argue, there will never be a be-all and end-all when it comes to exercise and nutrition. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Last month, the fitness world waged an Internet war on itself over <a>the cover of a magazine</a> that featured (I will use a pseudonym here) &ldquo;The Produce Princess.&rdquo;</strong> I couldn&rsquo;t believe it. Even some of my favorite coaches were being <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/4-mistakes-coaches-make-on-the-internet" target="_blank">dragged into the mix </a>like Odysseus to the Sirens.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/you-are-going-to-die" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle facebook internet mindset psychology social media Sports Psychology Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 25931 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Martial Arts Lessons on Peak Performance for the Non-Martial Artist http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/5-lessons-from-martial-arts-on-achieving-peak-performance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/5-lessons-from-martial-arts-on-achieving-peak-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/201410/shutterstock222154315.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">Performance is everywhere. Interviewing for a job. Competing in a fitness competition. In order to succeed, you must be prepared. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Performance is everywhere we turn.</strong> Interviewing for that next job. Going on that first date. Competing in your local fitness competition. </span><span style="font-size:18px;">In order to succeed at anything, <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-value-of-competition-what-weightlifters-know-that-the-hippies-didnt" target="_blank">you must be prepared to perform and compete</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/5-lessons-from-martial-arts-on-achieving-peak-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle bruce lee competition martial arts optimal performance performance Sports Psychology Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:00:00 +0000 25891 at http://breakingmuscle.com Athletic Resilience: Coaching Athletes to Success After Mistakes http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-art-of-being-resilient <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-art-of-being-resilient" 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/201410/shutterstock84892435.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">All athletes make mistakes. What sets an elite athlete apart is his or her ability to quickly recover from a mistake. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You often hear the term resilient in reference to sports, but first, let&rsquo;s define resiliency in general terms.</strong> The <a href="http://www.apa.org/" target="_blank">American Psychological Association</a> defines resilience as:&nbsp;</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <blockquote><div> </div></blockquote><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-art-of-being-resilient" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adversity athletes breakingmuscle challenges mistakes resilience success Sports Psychology Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 25816 at http://breakingmuscle.com Group Flow: The Pathway to Peak Human Performance http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/group-flow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/group-flow" 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/201410/groupsquare.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">if you’ve ever watched a team rally and come back from a huge deficit, then you’ve seen people in group flow. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Ever wonder why group workouts are so successful and popular? </strong>Training for marathons, triathlons, CrossFit, and <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/why-weightlifting-training-is-best-done-in-a-group" target="_blank">many other physical activities and sports</a> often have a huge group-training component.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/group-flow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletic performance breakingmuscle class group dynamics group exercise Group Fitness neurotransmitters Sports Psychology Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 25711 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Actions http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-turn-negative-thoughts-into-positive-actions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/how-to-turn-negative-thoughts-into-positive-actions" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/kwblizzard22.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When you experience negative moments in your chosen competition or adventure, I recommend you take these two actions. </div></div></div><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><em>In <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/a-powerful-mental-strategy-for-success-on-game-day" target="_blank">part one of this series</a> on Get Your Mind Right on Game Day, we looked at the methodology behind creating and using motivational themes. In part two, we are going to talk about something everyone struggles with - negative thoughts.</em></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-turn-negative-thoughts-into-positive-actions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle challenges motivation negative positive thinking Sports Psychology Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:00:00 +0000 25066 at http://breakingmuscle.com Perfect Practice Makes Perfect - Or Does Nature Trump Everything? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/perfect-practice-makes-perfect-but-does-it-really <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/perfect-practice-makes-perfect-but-does-it-really" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock90912071.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Researchers have determined that accumulated hours of practice are actually behind what we mistakenly call "innate talent." </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Remember back to your school days when you were finding it hard to get better at a sport or musical instrument, yet one of your friends made it look simple? </strong>Your parents probably did one of two things:</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/perfect-practice-makes-perfect-but-does-it-really" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle learning nature nurture practice skill aquisition skill development Sports Psychology Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 24826 at http://breakingmuscle.com Do Violent Sports Create Violent People? http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/do-violent-sports-create-violent-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/do-violent-sports-create-violent-people" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock158039450.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">A look into the violence - on and off the field - of football, boxing, and mixed martial arts. Why it happens and how we can stop it. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>If you&rsquo;ve been anywhere near a TV set or the Internet in the last month, then you most certainly know the names <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/5/23/5744964/ray-rice-arrest-assault-statement-apology-ravens" target="_blank">Ray Rice</a> and<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24713131/adrian-petersons-high-school-coach-says-he-used-corporal-punishment" target="_blank"> Adrian Peterson</a>. </strong>Both are star NFL players. One beat his wife and one allegedly beat his son.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/do-violent-sports-create-violent-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> boxing breakingmuscle community domestic abuse football MMA self defense violence prevention Sports Psychology Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 24881 at http://breakingmuscle.com