There’s a reason top athletes work with top sports pscyhologists. When it comes to sport, and to fitness in general, mental strength is as important as physical strength.
Anyone else seen that classic #fitspo “Your body is not giving out, your mind is giving up“? Well I believe that to be true. And here’s why:
I’m a big fan of training with others. Sometimes I need someone else to push me to (and through) the limits I wouldn’t be able to dig up the grit and determination for on my own. For example, if I’m in the gym I may manage 20-30 press-ups (on a low-motivation day I may also manage none). However, if I’m in a training session, a class, with a coach or trainer, I can just about pull a good full minute of (admittedly rather painful) press-up perserverence out of the bag. The ability is there in both situations-the difference is in the mind.
…The point being? Master the art of self-motivation and you’re half way there folks!
So what do I do when my mind is giving up and determination is running low? I bring in the mantra…(just hear me out here). I repeat certain words and phrases to convince my mind it can do what my pounding heart and aching muscles are leading me to believe that I can’t. Ok it may sound cheesy but it works. And it’s not like you have to shout it at the top of your lungs in the middle of the gym- although be my guest, you rebel you! You can chant it under your breath or just silently in your head and, trust me, it can make a big difference to your performance and endurance when you need it most. Don’t believe me? Try it and see…
Here are my Top 3 “Training Mantras”:
1. Speed, Strength, Power:
If you are sending your brain the message: “speed, strength, power…speed, strength, power…speed, strength, power” that, my friends, is what you’re gonna get! This one’s great for running-or strength training exercises (by the time you’ve said it 3 or 4 times you’ve managed a full set!)
2. Sky above me, earth below me, fire within me.
This one’s a Pinterest find, which, in the heat of the moment, turns into a nice rythmic: “fire within me, fire within me, fire within me.” That’s your most determined, fiercest, firiest self right there!
3. I can and I will.
This is a great one for when you need to be fast because it’s nice and easy to repeat rythmically, at pace. Imagine if you will: you’re on the treadmill, sprinting, your legs ache and your resolve is beginning to wane: “I can, I will, I can, I will, I can, I will!” Yeeeah that’s right…you got this!
Give it a go and let me know in the comments if it helps 🙂 What do you tell yourself when the going gets tough? Any other mantras that keep you going?
Till next time!