Sports Psychology http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1171/%2A en What Housekeepers Can Teach Us About Weight Loss http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/what-housekeepers-can-teach-us-about-weight-loss <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/what-housekeepers-can-teach-us-about-weight-loss" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shutterstock280788620.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Recognizing the value of everyday movement might be the key to shifting your mentality toward success. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/placebo-power-the-placebo-effect-and-athletic-performance" target="_blank">In a previous article</a>, I discussed how taking a placebo can improve performance. For example, taking a supplement, which contains no active ingredients, helps athletes perform better. T<strong>he placebo effect is dependent on what we perceive the substance will do. The stronger we believe the substance to be, the greater our benefit.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/what-housekeepers-can-teach-us-about-weight-loss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle calories energy movement placebo sports psychology weight loss Sports Psychology Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:00:00 +0000 153476 at http://breakingmuscle.com Take the Power Away From "I Can Only" http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/take-the-power-away-from-i-can-only <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/take-the-power-away-from-i-can-only" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/106395858397327294005983098257130514611696n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">When someone says, “I can’t,” I know where we stand. But I would permanently strike these three words from my clients’ vocabulary if I could. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><strong>If I could permanently strike three words from my clients&rsquo; vocabulary, it would be these: &ldquo;I can only&hellip;&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li> &ldquo;I can only lift fifteen pounds.&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;I can only come to the gym twice a week.&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;I can only run a quarter of a mile.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/take-the-power-away-from-i-can-only" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle motivation self confidence self talk sports psychology Sports Psychology Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000 153421 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Totally Valid Reasons You Shouldn't Exercise http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/5-totally-valid-reasons-you-shouldnt-exercise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/5-totally-valid-reasons-you-shouldnt-exercise" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shutterstock245757499copy2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It may come as a surprise, but exercise is not the answer to everything. Here are five reasons to hold off on breaking a sweat. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p class="rtecenter">&nbsp;</p> <p>I know what you&rsquo;re thinking. You&rsquo;re scratching your head thinking that as a fitness writer<strong> I am supposed to be writing about the reasons you <em>should </em>exercise.</strong> Fair enough, but honestly, that story is so played out. You already know the reasons you should exercise. The fact that exercise is good for us and that we should do it is news to exactly no one.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/5-totally-valid-reasons-you-shouldnt-exercise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fitness benefits injury sports pscyhology weight loss Sports Psychology Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000 153371 at http://breakingmuscle.com Placebo Power: The Placebo Effect and Athletic Performance http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/placebo-power-the-placebo-effect-and-athletic-performance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/placebo-power-the-placebo-effect-and-athletic-performance" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shutterstock214625335.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The placebo effect has negative connotations, but could it actually help you be a better athlete? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p>Placebos have powerful effects on strength, endurance, and pain tolerance. But they&rsquo;re also not completely understood. <strong>So, I&rsquo;m going to discuss how traditional placebos have been used and how you might use this effect to lift heavier weights and to improve cardiovascular performance.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/placebo-power-the-placebo-effect-and-athletic-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletic performance breakingmuscle ergogenic optimal performance placebo supplements Sports Psychology Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:00:00 +0000 153161 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Be an Expert: Knowing You Know Nothing is Everything http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-be-an-expert-knowing-you-know-nothing-is-everything <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-be-an-expert-knowing-you-know-nothing-is-everything" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/9950823642409670567116853360260643839602n.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The first rule of being an expert is to never think you are an expert. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You&rsquo;ve been lifting a while now. </strong>It feels like you&rsquo;ve been training for ages, but in actual fact it&rsquo;s only been a year or two. You&rsquo;ve made fantastic progress, and you are leaps and bounds ahead of the new kids coming into the gym. Or so it feels.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You remember what it&rsquo;s like to be new, so you offer advice at every opportunity about whatever you can.</strong> After all, you&rsquo;ve been doing this for a while now, right?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/how-to-be-an-expert-knowing-you-know-nothing-is-everything" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching education knowledge learning Programming trainee Sports Psychology Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:00:00 +0000 152946 at http://breakingmuscle.com Escape the "Busy" Trap and Find Time to Exercise http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/escape-the-busy-trap-and-find-time-to-exercise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/escape-the-busy-trap-and-find-time-to-exercise" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201506/shutterstock277625795x.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">You can make excuse after excuse about why you aren't being active, or you can simply find a way to make it work. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You&rsquo;ve heard them. Maybe you&rsquo;ve even used them. Excuses to avoid the one thing you know you should do - exercise.</strong> While it is so easy to make or find an excuse to <em>not</em> work out, it can sometimes be not so easy to find reasons <em>to</em> workout. If you&rsquo;re a busy parent, this challenge can be even harder.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/escape-the-busy-trap-and-find-time-to-exercise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> beginners breakingmuscle Exercise mature athletes motivation parents sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000 152541 at http://breakingmuscle.com 6 Steps to Becoming a Better Athlete (and Person) http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/6-steps-to-becoming-a-better-athlete-and-person <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/6-steps-to-becoming-a-better-athlete-and-person" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201505/img4821.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Find the deeper meaning in your own training to be more purposeful, directed, and successful. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>You are an athlete. And you spend more time on your sport than you admit to your friends and family.</strong> It&rsquo;s more than a hobby. It&rsquo;s a part of you.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>When you have a great session, it leaves you feeling on top of the world. And a bad session is one of the only things that can make you feel miserable.</strong> Like it or not, your training is part of your moods and feelings, your life, and your identity. Your athletic self is undeniably connected with your human self.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/6-steps-to-becoming-a-better-athlete-and-person" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athlete breakingmuscle lifting mindfulness sports psychology Training Sports Psychology Thu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 152371 at http://breakingmuscle.com Go Outside and Play! 5 Fitness Lessons From Your Inner Child http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/go-outside-and-play-5-fitness-lessons-from-your-inner-child <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/go-outside-and-play-5-fitness-lessons-from-your-inner-child" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201505/screenshot2015-05-05at20712pm.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Here are five lessons from childhood to help you on your journey to optimum wellness. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In a few short weeks, kids will be flooding the beaches, malls, and playgrounds of the United States to enjoy their summer break. </strong>Many of us wish we were them. Of course, we once were and while you can never turn back the clock, all of us have the capacity to live our years ahead by drawing from the important lessons we learned as kids.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/go-outside-and-play-5-fitness-lessons-from-your-inner-child" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids kids fitness kids sports outdoors outside sports psychology Sports Psychology Wed, 06 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000 151696 at http://breakingmuscle.com What These 7 Misguided Motivational Memes Should Really Say http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/what-these-7-misguided-motivational-memes-should-really-say <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/what-these-7-misguided-motivational-memes-should-really-say" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/isquat2.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The problem with Facebook, and the Internet at large, is that soundbites like memes become widespread and accepted as truth. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Facebook is a cheap form of self-therapy.</strong> A psychologist&rsquo;s dream - or nightmare. I include myself in the group that uses Facebook this way, too.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/what-these-7-misguided-motivational-memes-should-really-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle facebook internet mental motivation social media sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 151531 at http://breakingmuscle.com Why the Fitness World Is Full of Monkeys (And How to Stay Safe) http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-the-fitness-world-is-full-of-monkeys-and-how-to-stay-safe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/why-the-fitness-world-is-full-of-monkeys-and-how-to-stay-safe" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/shutterstock252628672.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Sometimes when I look at the interactions in the fitness world, everyone turns into monkeys squabbling over bananas. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>A former colleague of mine, Ben Blom, had this interesting way of describing human interaction in terms of primates. </strong>In meetings, he would lean over to me and describe the &ldquo;monkey&rdquo; interactions. &ldquo;There&#39;s so-and-so beating his chest showing his alpha maleness.&rdquo; &ldquo;Now so-and-so is offering him a banana to placate his alpha-ness.&rdquo; </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/why-the-fitness-world-is-full-of-monkeys-and-how-to-stay-safe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> athletes breakingmuscle crossfit crossfit athletes relationships sports psychology Sports Psychology Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000 151281 at http://breakingmuscle.com Question Everything: Get Stronger With a Scientist's Mind http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/question-everything-get-stronger-with-a-scientists-mind <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/question-everything-get-stronger-with-a-scientists-mind" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/feynmanbohr.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Clients seek out hairdressers to “do” their hair. Students seek out knowledge. Are you a client or a student? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><blockquote><p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:18px;">&ldquo;I would rather have questions that can&#39;t be answered than answers that can&#39;t be questioned.&rdquo; - &nbsp;Richard P. Feynman</span></p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Scientist are taught to question everything. </strong>This mindset might be helpful to your training. Do you question your coaches about their directions? Do you question the program you are following?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/question-everything-get-stronger-with-a-scientists-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle clients coachable coaching knowledge mind motivation sports pscyhology Students Sports Psychology Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000 150781 at http://breakingmuscle.com Unexpected Lessons on Training and Happiness - From Wine http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/unexpected-lessons-on-training-and-happiness-from-wine <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/unexpected-lessons-on-training-and-happiness-from-wine" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/shannonheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Exercise and health isn't just about what you do, it's about what's behind your motivation. Do what works. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Well, it is official - <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/23/opinion/the-myth-of-high-protein-diets.html?_r=2" target="_blank">meat makes you die again</a>, and now, <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lawsuit-claims-high-levels-arsenic-found-some-california-made-wines/" target="_blank">so does wine</a>.</strong> At least I can anticipate the cause of my demise as opposed to worrying about being eaten by a shark or losing in the Hunger Games.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/unexpected-lessons-on-training-and-happiness-from-wine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> aerobic exercise back strength breakingmuscle cardiovascular fitness Health wine Sports Psychology Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:00:00 +0000 150566 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 5 Differences Between "Trainee" and "Athlete" http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/the-5-differences-between-trainee-and-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/sports-psychology/the-5-differences-between-trainee-and-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/shutterstock195518516x.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/10830088869017523157367958812887726245950o.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/shutterstock247159153.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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