Competition Preparation: 6 Articles to Get You Ready For Battle

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Preparing for a competition can be a daunting task, especially if it's your first one. It's important to be in the best mental and physical state possible. This involves the careful combination of a number of factors, including strategies and rituals to maximize performance, controlling anxiety, and even abstaining from "adult time" activities!

 

These six articles have been written by coaches who have put themselves and their clients through this process countless times. Take advantage of their collective experience and wisdom to help prepare yourself for battle.

 

 

competition anxiety, performance anxiety, competition nerves, anxiety nerves5 Ways Competition Preparation Is Like College (Valerie Worthington)

I have advocated elsewhere that BJJ be treated like an academic discipline. Today I muse on how preparing for competition and studying for college exams are quite alike - in exactly five ways.

 

The Cost of Competition: When Bad Programming Puts Athletes at Risk (Katie Chasey)

Between official CrossFit competitions and unofficial fundraisers and throwdowns, there is plenty to pick from for the avid competitor. But at what cost? And is it all worth it?

 

No Sex Before Competition? The Medicine Behind the Myth (Traver H. Boehm)

When I was an MMA fighter I had to sit my wife down and tell her I would be abstaining from our regular “adult time” activities for the month and half prior to my fight. This did not go over well.

 

3, 2, 1, 0 Meet Countdown - Competition Preparation (Chris Duffin)

Even those who are not powerlifters can benefit by seeing an extremely simple, yet extremely effective method for maximizing performance for a specific day - the "3, 2, 1, 0 Meet Countdown."

 

Techniques for Controlling Competition Anxiety (Dresdin Archibald)

There are three main ways to deal with pre-competition anxiety - damping it down, thinking about other things, and finally thinking about THE thing. Let's look at them closer.

 

Preparing for Competition: Psyching up in the Eleventh Hour (Valerie Worthington)

How do you prepare for battle? Many competitors have rituals they follow to get them in the best physical and mental state. Do any of these descriptions fit your pre-contest rituals?

 

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