Archive: Training

Using Visualization to Improve Learning and Performance

September 30, 2020

Visualization (also known as imagery) is an area of study in sport psychology that has received a great deal of attention over the last few decades. It is often discussed from the perspective of players and how they can use it for mental rehearsal and preparation. Novak Djokovic is a good example of a player […]

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Why You Should Read Nietzsche For Inspiration

April 21, 2020

Many of us have role models, people we look up to for inspiration. Especially as competitors. Having an idol that serves as an example of what is possible can be one of the most supremely powerful ingredients in your personal development.  In fact, you can go as far as saying that actualizing your full potential […]

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Mental Skills Training Plan for the Corporate Athlete

April 15, 2020

Do you work in an office or work for a company?  Perhaps you’re in sales.  If so, you’re not just an employee.  You’re also a corporate athlete.  And athletes have to train in order to manage their physical, mental, emotional, and motivational energy.  In today’s environment, that could be more challenging than ever. For many […]

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Practicing Against A Wall – Find A Way

April 8, 2020

In 1974, I started playing tennis.  I was 6, and tennis was booming in the US.  It was so popular, that it was difficult to get a court at our swim and tennis club.  Fortunately, there was a backboard.  It was always available. Over the next few years, that wooden backboard became my most reliable […]

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The Pursuit of Mastery: The Key to Happiness

April 1, 2020

In this article, I’d like to address a thought many amateur athletes may have from time to time. That is what I’d like to call the “it-doesn’t-really-matter” thought. You might know just the thing I’m talking about.  This is that rather seductive feeling that emerges when you’re really pushing yourself during your training sessions or […]

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Mental Training During Coronavirus Isolation

March 15, 2020

By this time, it is probable that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted your athletic activities in some capacity.  College seasons and championships have been canceled.  Tennis tournaments across the country have been suspended for several weeks.  Pro sports are on hiatus until the situation improves.  None of us know when these organized activities will resume.  […]

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Askēsis: Stoic Ethics For Reaching Your Highest Potential

October 31, 2019

Every competitor is familiar with the necessity of training. This is nothing new. Everyone knows they need self-discipline to achieve success in any endeavor, whether that be in sports or otherwise. But many of us have difficulty in acting as disciplined as we could be. Some days we’re not feeling it. Some days we’re feeling […]

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Rhythmic breathing

Rhythmic Breathing – 50 for 50 Idea #47

December 23, 2018

Breathing. It’s kind of basic. So basic that most of the time you are completely unaware that you are even doing it. But obviously it’s critical to survival as a human being, and beyond that, taking conscious control of it can have some profound effects on our well-being. There are many different exercises that one […]

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Workout Partner – 50 for 50 Idea #46

December 20, 2018

If you’re someone who goes to the gym to workout on his or her own, perhaps the following scenario will sound familiar. On the way to the gym, you’re all fired up for a great workout. You’re thinking about how great you’re going to feel later. Those 6-pack abs you’ve been dreaming of are already […]

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Turn Professional in Preparation & Recovery – 50 for 50

December 9, 2018

In The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield writes about the attitude of going pro in the things that you do. The true professional doesn’t wing it every day. He or she knows what it takes to be successful, and does those things systematically. There are no shortcuts, only the commitment to do what is […]

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Listen to a podcast once a week – 50 for 50 Idea #32

September 28, 2018

One of the more interesting innovations of the modern age relative to information and entertainment is podcasts. Formerly known as “audioblogging”, the podcast format started to become more popular in the early 2000’s, and now in 2018 they are ubiquitous. Everyone seems to have one; I even did a single episode (and would like to […]

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50 for 50 Idea #29: Get a massage once a month

August 21, 2018

In the late ’90s, I started experiencing some pain in my left knee while playing tennis. The pain was tolerable, so I played through it and then iced it after playing. That worked for a little while, but eventually the pain started to get worse, and my mobility on the court was compromised. The pain […]

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50 for 50 Idea # 27: Practice competing

July 26, 2018

Over the last several years, there have been many books extolling the virtues of practice and mastery. Grit, Peak, and The Talent Code are just a few. The 10,000 hour rule, popularized and oversimplified by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, has become part of the daily lexicon. Want to be a master of what […]

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50 for 50 Idea #24: Drink plenty of water

June 19, 2018

To say that there are a lot of articles available on the internet discussing the benefits of hydration for athletes would be an understatement. I discovered this while doing some research for this post. Clearly, drinking water is important for athletes and many of us could be better at doing it. Why else would there […]

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50 for 50 Idea #21: Watch your sport more

May 24, 2018

When Bill Belichick was a youngster, he used to watch a lot of football film. At the time, his father, Steve, was a coach at the Naval Academy and one of his duties was to scout Navy’s upcoming opponents. That meant a lot of watching of film, and young Bill was there by his side. […]

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