Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en You Are Going to Die, So Stop Wasting Time on Facebook http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/you-are-going-to-die-so-stop-wasting-time-on-facebook <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-so-stop-wasting-time-on-facebook" 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-so-stop-wasting-time-on-facebook" 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-martial-arts-lessons-on-peak-performance-for-the-non-martial-artist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/5-martial-arts-lessons-on-peak-performance-for-the-non-martial-artist" 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-martial-arts-lessons-on-peak-performance-for-the-non-martial-artist" 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/athletic-resilience-coaching-athletes-to-success-after-mistakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/athletic-resilience-coaching-athletes-to-success-after-mistakes" 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/athletic-resilience-coaching-athletes-to-success-after-mistakes" 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-the-pathway-to-peak-human-performance <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-the-pathway-to-peak-human-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/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-the-pathway-to-peak-human-performance" 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-or-does-nature-trump-everything <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-or-does-nature-trump-everything" 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-or-does-nature-trump-everything" 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 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