Ever step onto the platform with raging, psyched up adrenaline coursing through your veins…but you end up missing the lift?
This is certainly anti-quit training. Learning to be uncomfortable and not stop or run away is priceless in hard training.
This article is not a guide to running your kids into the ground because, you know, “mental toughness.” If that’s what you’re looking for, I suggest you find a different career field.
I decided to finish the series with what I consider to be the remaining badly misused concepts. The previous one was discipline, and now, the worst of all: mental toughness.
Hear me on this one. If you’re running from your past or managing it in secrecy, bodybuilding isn’t the answer.
Tear after tear, I was seriously never benching again—it’s just not for me, blah blah blah, excuses, excuses. I had injured myself so many times, but I couldn’t let that stop me.
In this interview with Mark Dugdale, we discuss the mental side of training and competing, along with the various challenges that we meet when life, training, family, work, and all of the other areas of our lives intersect.
Mental strength and physical strength are two necessary components for a healthy, happy life of abundance, but you have to get uncomfortable to start building them.
What we all want is to set our freshmen up for success for the future. How we go about it isn’t about ego and “our system” or anything like that; it’s about taking the time to put thought into what you’re doing and what will be the best for them.
After writing about the importance of getting to know your athletes, I decided to take a real look at whether or not I’ve had an impact. I contacted two of my former athletes and asked them to tell me what they learned in the weight room.
Programming for this age must be based on the understanding that most speed and strength gains in young athletes are due to motor learning, improved motor coordination, and nervous system development/adaptation.
Killer mentality means doing whatever it takes to be your very best and being willing to put it all on the line when the time comes. You have to be able to block out all negativity and draw in all positivity.
Today we will look into sports psychology. While the coach and the nutritionist are pushed into multi and interdisciplinarity even when there is not a proper structure for it, the same doesn’t happen with the sports psychologist.
The easy answer is that it builds mental toughness. The strength and conditioning answer, however, involves understanding the differences between lactic acid, glycolytic, and oxidative work.
Where is your confidence and what are you willing to do to strengthen it?
I can only imagine from my personal experience with depression how athletes like Dave Mirra reach the point of tragedy.
This could be the simple rule to great strength — are you following it?
What good is that 500-pound squat if you’re taking a knee in the fourth quarter desperately gasping for air?
After two heart surgeries, I was starting to recover. I was making progress. That’s when my cardiologist called with more bad news.
Surpass your mental blocks and improve your technique by putting your mind in a better place with Cook’s Model of Concentration.
I’ve lost, I’ve won, and now I’m tied with adversity. I refuse to the lose the next round.
Your health and fitness goals will require many sacrifices. Here’s how to ensure you don’t lose the things that truly matter.
Perfect circumstances are created, not found. How are you living out your words?
Master this skill to ensure you don’t let a lack of mental presence hinder your competitive performance.
If you want to be elite in this sport, there are distinct qualities you must possess. This is my guide to identifying and training those traits.
You’ve spent weeks preparing your body for the meet, don’t let your mind hold you back.
Why do we act like the depth of our squat is more important than the depth of our character?
Bulletproof your mind. Bulletproof your back. Hell, bulletproof everything.
Few things in life mimic the feeling of a new deadlift PR.
To be successful, you must be determined. You must imagine yourself succeeding.
Your attitude and approach to life will determine your successes and failures… and what you learn from them.
Working long hours, taking care of the kids, and training at a commercial gym whenever you can squeeze it in? Yeah, you might be a blue-collar lifter. But busy or not, nothing keeps you from the iron.
If you are like most, you have a Love-Hate relationship with the Prowler®. However, if you are only using it to work up a case of the Prowler® flu, you are missing out on these other great uses. (Plus, you may even get to keep your breakfast).
I was known around my gym and by other area lifters as the guy who hit himself, headbutted objects, and always had plenty of ammonia on hand.
This is your only chance; how do you want this set to go down?
Whenever people question me about my religion, political policies, moral code, business ethics, training program, or any other topic that seeks to classify me in some way, I always reply, “supervillainy.”
That night, the doctors in the emergency room told me that I was looking at six months, if I was lucky, to be ‘functional’ again.
How you use your “down time” in 2012 will determine if you stay a wannabe or if you become the success you want to be.
My hands remind me of the steel, the calluses half torn from last night’s deadlift and a sore upper back telling me that those reps were just right.
I find that one of the most overlooked factors by strength coaches is the mental engagement of the trainee.
The most important factor for success isn’t strength, motivation, or hard work—it’s discipline.
I finally knew what was missing in my twenty years of training—the mental aspect.