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Emily Mattes 09-19-2009 11:31 AM

Psychological training
 
Do you have any recommendations on books, text, or exercises to develop mental focus, especially during competition? Losing focus and concentration and letting my head get in the way of my lifting has always been my weak point in the sport. I'd like some tips or techniques on relaxing and focusing on just doing the lift well, rather than getting hung up on a billion technique details or letting outside stressors affect my performance.

Kevin Perry 09-19-2009 12:01 PM

Aimee has an article in the Pmenu on mental focus, issue 36.

Jay Cohen 09-20-2009 03:11 AM

Emily;

Google the reviews of "Mastery" The Keys to Success and Long Term Fulfillment by George Leonard.

I found it a good read, in fact, just pulled it down, will read again(thanks).

Also look into "Thinking Body,Dancing Mind: by Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lynch, another pretty good book.

Master the mind, everything else falls into place.

Master the Force, well, potential unlimited.

Good Luck Grasshopper.

Greg Davis 09-20-2009 04:24 AM

Highly recommend:

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook

Brian DeGennaro 09-20-2009 07:35 AM

"Finding the Champion Within" by Bruce Jenner is one of my favorites.

Also, when it comes to lifting heavy things, just do it. By the competition you have ingrained in your muscles and CNS what to do exactly, so don't think about it, just lift the damn weight. This actually applies to any other sport. Stop thinking on the platform or field.

Harry Munro 09-20-2009 10:31 AM

I don't think this is applicable for lifting competitions but here's a story of how Jure Robic, an ultra distance competitor, wins the mental battle.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/sp...gewanted=print

Arden Cogar Jr. 09-24-2009 06:40 AM

Leo Totten at ECG and Werksan has an awesome CD for that issue - directed at lifting.

All the best,
Arden

garrett stack 09-25-2009 01:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Harry Munro (Post 62979)
I don't think this is applicable for lifting competitions but here's a story of how Jure Robic, an ultra distance competitor, wins the mental battle.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/05/sp...gewanted=print


That was a really interesting read , but not really applicable to weightlifting :D

Donald Lee 09-25-2009 12:37 PM

I just finished reading the psychology chapter for the CSCS book. If you have the book, I'd recommend you read that chapter.

Otherwise, from browsing around, these books looked good:

http://www.exrx.net/Store/HK/MentalAthlete.html
http://www.exrx.net/Store/HK/Psychol...csSportEx.html

The first book is more practical, while the second is more of a textbook, but I liked all the topics that the second one covered.

They're cheaper on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Mental-Athlete...3902408&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.com/Psychological-...3907246&sr=8-1

Andrew Wilson 09-28-2009 01:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Emily Mattes (Post 62940)
Do you have any recommendations on books, text, or exercises to develop mental focus, especially during competition? Losing focus and concentration and letting my head get in the way of my lifting has always been my weak point in the sport. I'd like some tips or techniques on relaxing and focusing on just doing the lift well, rather than getting hung up on a billion technique details or letting outside stressors affect my performance.

Hey Emily where's your focus going? (wfs, check this podcast lists).

another one wfs
my mantra before stepping on the platform, is just focus on what you can control, step to bar, grab bar, have the bar, clear knees and by then the lifts done


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