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The Gym Is War: Prepare Your Mental Game

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Cogito Ergo Sum: I think therefore I am. These words of wisdom were originally dropped by the philosopher René Descartes at the turn of the 17th century. And through the ages, they have stood the test of time as a to-the-point representation of the power of the human mind.
Like the Latin language itself, the mental approach to bodybuilding has long been forgotten by the majority of gym-goers worldwide. The psychological aspect of the iron game is consistently being overlooked in favor of more literal concerns: things like exercise choice, number of sets, and number of reps. Although these things have an important role in our sport, they’re inconsequential if you’re not psychologically prepared to approach them with the mentality indicative of a champion, and more importantly a warrior.
A mental state of self-assuring maniacal consciousness needs to be attained before physical limits can be transcended. The mental approach to physical progression continues to be put on the back-burner, as the spiritual warrior now finds his home between the pages of antiquated literature; not in the arena where he belongs.

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Dream Job: Becoming a Health Coach or Personal Trainer

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Personal Training 12: Ethics

This post is part of an ongoing series about my learning process as I train to become a personal trainer.  In this post, I’m going to look at the code of ethics that we sign up to as personal trainers … Continue reading →...

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Mental Toughness Training

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In the broadest sense, mental toughness can be defined as the ability to maintain the focus and determination to complete a course of action despite difficulty or consequences—to never quit, period. To many athletes and coaches, it’s an innate quality that can’t be trained. 

 Still, it’s fair to assume that anyone can improve his tolerance, patience, and concentration, just as anyone can get bigger, leaner, or better educated.

Those who are deemed mentally tough typically exhibit what sports psychologists call “intrinsic motivation.” A study featured in Psychology of Motor Behavior and Sport defines this as the desire to be self-determining. People who are intrinsically motivated are self- starters, willing to push themselves to the brink for the love of their sport or activity. They need little encouragement to give their best effort, and they often do well setting goals for themselves. 

Under the umbrella of achievement motivation are two opposing mentalities that can drive a person to be tough. Both exist in all people, but you’re more likely to lean toward one or the other. Those who are dominated by the motivation to succeed are, predictably, people who gather their energies best when they feel a great opportunity lies ahead for them.

The flip side of that is what’s known as the motivation to avoid failure. These folks only get going in response to challenges that threaten their egos. Calling a person who’s motivated to avoid failure a pantywaist if he doesn’t get 10 reps on his next set of squats makes him feel his manhood is under attack and that he’d better prove his detractor wrong or suffer humiliation

If the task seems uncomplicated, their confidence is high. But if an obstacle is perceived as an extreme challenge, they’re just as likely to cop out, believing there’s no way they could overcome it.

Most coaches report that players who are motivated by success don’t need as much instruction or cajoling when the chips are down in a game—they see it as an opportunity to turn things around and be heroes.


However, players whose focus is on avoiding failure need that direction.
Consider this: “World-class endurance athletes respond to the stress of a race with a reduction in brain-wave activity that’s similar to meditation,” says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., a strength and conditioning coach and triathlete. “The average person responds to race stress with an increase in brain-wave activity that borders on panic.” This is a prime example of how getting into the “zone” athletes talk about—the cool-headed state that allows a person to perform optimally even under high-pressure conditions—can make all the difference in your performance. Achieving this state and holding on to it despite distractions, pain, and your own instincts to give in for the sake of self-preservation is the essence of mental toughness.

The best athletes train their brains to be as tough as their bodies, using techniques like these:

BE POSITIVE. “Every day, there is a dialogue going on in your mind,” says Cosgrove. “These thoughts are usually a mixture of outside stimuli and your own beliefs about yourself.” Some will be negative, but to be successful, you must focus on the ones that make you feel better about yourself.TALK TO YOURSELF. You should be your own coach. “Speak to yourself in the second person with statements such as, ‘You are going to give this every- thing you have,’” says Cosgrove. It can simulate the extra bit of motivation a real coach would provide. It also allows you to control what kind of encouragement your “coach” gives—as discussed above, you may respond better to one kind of advice than another.VISUALIZE.  Imagine the steps you’ll take to get into position and the way your body will look performing the movement, and rehearse each repetition in your mind. Think about how all that will feel to you. “Because it’s already been done in your mind,” says Stankowski, “all you have to do is repeat it with your body.”MEDITATE. Various forms of meditation have been used for thousands of years for almost any purpose you can fathom, including reduction of stress, enhanced mental clarity, and simple relaxation. GET UNCOMFORTABLE. You can’t settle into a routine and expect to make progress. Just as progression is an important part of training, applying any challenging stimulus to your life will give you a greater ability to handle stress of all kinds.” It teaches you problem-solving skills and critical thinking, both of which can help you tough out any number of situations.BE PREPARED. Naturally, you can’t be prepared for every eventuality, but try to be anyway. Anticipate any problems that could arise, and have a solution in mind.  “Knowing you have done everything possible to get to your goal will help you mentally,” says Cosgrove. “When it comes to the event you are training for, you can go into it with peace of mind.”


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Andrea Brooks's curator insight, February 7, 4:59 PM

This article explained the importance of not getting stuck in a routine; finding ways to stay motivate,  finding ways to push yourself for peak performances. However, it is important to " love yourself". Finding ways to redirect failures to successes. Finding ways to improve and not over thinking mistakes. 

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How to choose a Personal Trainer | Fitness Blogs, Articles, Videos

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This article talks about how to choose a Personal Trainer in a simple 5 step checklist.

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NCSF Certified Personal Trainer Code of Ethics : NCSF

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The NCSF Personal Trainer Code of Ethics outlines the roles and responsibilities of certified personal trainers.

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Alexaner Burrows's curator insight, March 16, 2013 1:06 PM

This site is a nationally recognized corporation and supplies great information on personal training ethics

Dominick Caiazzo's curator insight, June 15, 2014 10:22 AM

Very descriptive code of conduct for personal trainers.


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This poster gae me a great laugh. Many people forget the aspects that create a Personal Trainer. We motivate and help others reach their goals! Enjoy...

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The various points of view on what a personal trainer does.

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The Mindy Project Review: “Danny Castellano Is My Personal Trainer” (Episode ... - Paste Magazine

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5 benefits of a personal trainer | YMCA of Greater Toronto

5 benefits of a personal trainer | YMCA of Greater Toronto | Sports Ethics: Ratts, D. |
Author Sherry Perez is a personal trainer/fitness instructor/fitness program developer at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. "I can plan my own workouts, why do I need a personal trainer?" "Why see a personal trainer at the gym ...
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