Mind over matter: Use visualization to increase your one rep max

If you’ve ever had a ‘max day’ in the weight room and found yourself staring at an amount of weight you’ve never seen before, much less lifted, wondering what in the heck you are thinking taking on such a task, you know what I mean when I say weight lifting is extremely...

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Why trying to be cool will ruin your basketball career

By Tyson Hartnett, contributing author.


Everybody tries to be cool. That is the goal for everyone growing up. That was the goal for me growing up, too. Coolness was this far away land where the kids who partied and smoked lived.

But guess what?

I wasn’t cool. I was ...

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Are you busy? Banishing busyness in a chronically over-scheduled world

I’m on a new kick these days to limit the use of the word ‘busy’. I mean, really, as a society we’ve become addicted to being chronically over-scheduled. Even more than that, we wrap our ego up in how busy we are by pretending that busyness is equated with importance. In...

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The Coach vs. The Critic: Who's in control?

Picture this: It's 10 years from now and you are up for a promotion. You should be elated, but instead just feel exhausted by your 50+ hour work week. You glance in your reflection in the window. Even through the smudged glass, you see the deep line that has made a home between your eyebrows.

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The 1 thing women don't do (but need to)

If you've never met me, I suppose you could say one of the last things people think about me is, "Wow, this woman really lacks confidence". I teach confidence, I speak in front of hundreds of people regularly about confidence, I try to exude strength and confidence in everything I do.

I FEEL...

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Female athletes and peer pressure

I started getting good at basketball in high school. I was physically growing into a more athletic body and my hard work in the gym and weight room was finally paying off. I remember it being an exciting time as I made varsity as a freshman and was zeroing in on basketball being the one sport I...

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28 Days later: Better than yesterday’s me

Bad habit baby steps

One month ago I gave you a challenge: to break a bad habit. How have you fared?

I was told once that great leaders should never ask for something that they wouldn’t do themselves. In light of that good bit of advice, I took on the 28-day habit challenge along with...

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FAQ: Coaching female athletes

Our live webinar series, Coaching Female Athletes, ignited great discussion. We felt it would be an disservice not to share some of the questions we received  from coaches that attended the webinar. The questions below highlight some of the biggest challenges that our coaches are...

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Confidence and female athletes: Haves or have nots?

Men overestimate, women underestimate.

If only I had a nickel for every time I heard that from a coach when they were asked, “What’s the difference between coaching men and coaching women?”

Which brings me to a question that has literally been nagging me for years:

Do women...

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Pregame reframe: Use stress to improve performance

Is that a look of fear, stress, or nerves?

What's the difference between feeling nervous, and feeling excited?

I often ask athletes what the difference is between feeling nervous before competition and feeling excited.

The responses I typically hear involve this idea of varying levels of...

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