How does your mental state affect your workout???

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    Feb 07, 2008 1:24 PM GMT
    Working out has always been a way for me to vent my anger and frustrations with the world. I was just wondering; how does your mental and emotional state effect how you lift. I noticed on Monday afternoon after bombing a physics test that I wasn't able to lift as much. Any of you guys have any thoughts on this?

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    Feb 07, 2008 2:11 PM GMT
    My mental state has a very big bearing on everything I do including working out. But one thing I have noticed is that if I am in a bad mood or pissed off and I make myself go workout anyway, it makes me feel 10x better.

    The endorphins get to flowing and I think it helps your attitude, mental state and overall feeling.
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    Feb 07, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    I'm with redbull. If I'm down, or feeling bad in any way, it always adversely affects my workout. I seem to be weaker. However, as redbull mentioned, I know that when I feel that way and don't even feel like working out at all, I have to work out even more.
    In spite of myself, I force myself through the workout. Even if it's not the greatest workout, it will make me feel so much better about myself and my attitude will be that much more improved. It never fails.
    This morning, during my warm-up running (which I do about 20+ minutes), I found myself about halfway through, going back and forth in my head as to whether I was going to stop at 12 minutes or 13 minutes etc.) I kept going anyway and I'm glad I did.
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    Feb 07, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    It's absolutely true that your mental state affects your workouts. What most of my clients don't understand at first is that working out is essentially a mental process. Your ability to focus and connect with the muscle being worked is directly related to your ability to get maximal results.

    So when you're mentally tired, emotionally wrought-out, or otherwise distracted, expect your lifts to go down. It's not a good day to go heavy, for example. You might do better to do a fast circuit-style workout and call it a day, or at least go for a mid- rep-range workout at moderate loads.

    - J.
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    Feb 07, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    It absolutely affects your workouts...

    I've found if I'm out of it (mind elsewhere) or just not in the mood, I have to "break the barrier" with the workout... sometimes I've had great workouts after that initial issue.

    I've also found that I can be in a great mindset, but find I'm tired when working out yielding a less than
    optimum workout. Being frustrated, upset and in a great mood also affects my workouts.

    I tend to find those workouts that I would have thought marginal initally, but turned out to be great as the best.
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    Feb 07, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    I know if I'm feeling down, I always feel better after working out, even if I'm not pushing as hard or lifting as much.

    If I'm in a bad/angry mood, I usually skip the gym because I push too hard and end up injuring myself.

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    Feb 18, 2008 5:27 PM GMT
    I think your mental state has everything to do with the kind of progress you can make in the gym. I know it affects my approach, how I'm breathing during a lift, how I feel about the next moment - everything. I don't see how it can't.

    I echo the thing joe said about hurting yourself (!). My big thing is visualizing and feeling positive/ connected while I'm lifting - so for me - cultivating a balanced mindset for a workout is essential - otherwise, I just won't do it or I certainly won't do it optimally, which might be worse...icon_twisted.gif

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    Feb 18, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
    My mood is always better at the start of the day than at the end of it and I work out in the AM because of it. Still, there are mornings when I'm in a foul mood and everything I do leading up to my work out seems to conspire against my getting to the gym and once I'm there I don't want to be there. I curse the spoiled, fat, slow, slacker gen z kids waddling to the school bus from the comforts of their parents' Escalades and BMWs and their bus driver who makes a stop ever 50 f*cking feet for another slovenly worthless going nowhere human sloth of the future. Hmmm. Where was I going with this? Oh, yeah, when I'm in a foul mood, my workout completely sucks, but by the end of it, I'm happier for having done it. Then I go looking for schoolchildren to run over.
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    Feb 18, 2008 5:47 PM GMT
    Your Results in the Gym should never dictate how you feel.

    How you feel will dictate your results in the gym and also in life.

    Attitude is Everything.

    How you perceive yourself is also how the world will perceive you. Try to keep a positive mental attitude!!

    Peace
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    Feb 18, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    redbull saidMy mental state has a very big bearing on everything I do including working out. But one thing I have noticed is that if I am in a bad mood or pissed off and I make myself go workout anyway, it makes me feel 10x better.

    The endorphins get to flowing and I think it helps your attitude, mental state and overall feeling.


    I'm the same way, redbull. I'll workout even if I'm in a bad mood. I usually feel so much better afterwards.

    Kev