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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 mental.

For those of you who walk out of a good weight workout feeling more confident and powerful than when you walked in, you know what I’m talking about: weight lifting expands the mind just as it expands the body.

But did you know that the mind can actually benefit from lifting weights even when the body cannot?

Read further, this is just plain amazing.


Mind or muscle?

According to HumanKinetics.com, “there is a temptation to focus entirely on an idea of humans as motors when one considers resistance training.”

Sure, the human body is an incredible machine with lots of motors (aka muscles). In addition to our motors though, there are a lot of things that make humans...

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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.

When did that happen? You ask yourself.

Then it sinks in: you’re unhappy. You haven’t been happy for a long time. This heavy realization begins to weigh on you as you consider the "what if's" of your past. You ask yourself, What if I had traveled more. What if I had taken the job I actually wanted. What if I had taken that year off to spend time with my family. What if...

What if you had made your life decisions based on the parts of yourself that you wanted to preserve. What if you had chosen the life course that would best reflect the strengths in yourself that you value, not your parents, friends, or professional community. The strengths in yourself that you value.

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How fear impacts performance

In this article:

  • Learn what fear is, and what it isn’t.
  • A CLOSE-UP LOOK AT 3 TYPES OF FEAR.
  • Understand how irrational fears affect you.
  • Learn to control your fear by finding your Zone.

 

Control your fear


I work a lot with athletes on fear. Unfortunately, most believe fear is a weakness. It’s not. Our bodies are designed to feel fear. The problem is that we humans commonly lack the mental tools necessary to deal with fear, thereby allowing fear to run our lives.

I had three experiences lately that made me reflect upon fear in a more personal way: two were in the ocean; the last was on a flying trapeze (yes, that’s me in the photo at right).  

Fear experience #1: Powerlessness.

I was in Hawaii over the holiday. While i was there, my boyfriend and I decided to go snorkeling...Terrible idea.

We had just traversed the rocky shore and immersed ourselves in the water when the tide shifted. We were caught in a washing machine of currents. The waves threw us...

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