Self-talk for sports / gym training and performance

  • Tritimium

    Posts: 261

    Apr 17, 2010 12:39 PM GMT
    How many of you use positive self-talk to help improve your performance at sports / in the gym? Do you find it works? Would you be willing to give us some examples, and when you use them? (i.e., before or during the activity)

    For example:

    "My muscles are on fire today! I'm going to kick ass in the gym"
    "I'm bursting with energy"
    "Explode"
    "Smooth and steady"

  • tazzari

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    Apr 17, 2010 3:36 PM GMT
    I always thought all that was contrived and silly. What I used to say to myself was more along the lines of "this is going to make me stronger" or "this is another step toward winning" - both, I think, more realistic and more lasting during a hard workout.

    And when it was lousy weather out (our training was mostly outdoors), thought was "Cool, lousy weather: some guy in Sweden or Russia is going to cancel training, and I'm going to get stronger".

    If i can add something a bit off-topic, we used to make sure that every workout had a specific reason and goal. That way, you understand the benefit of a given type of workout, and very clearly know how and why you were doing it - which is pretty motivating!

    Nat
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    I just remind myself of how much easier it is to get laid when you're ripped or nicely toned.
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    Apr 18, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    I do, but I use a lot of positive self-talk in my everyday life. I was a very negative person. I haven't been for years, primarily by watching what I say to myself. It's a pretty powerful tool. Being thankful for what I have is another biggie. Keeps me humble, but also reminds me of where I could be, if my luck turns bad (one bad accident can change your life).

    "Wow, I'm feeling really up today!"

    "Look at those bi's!"

    "Bob (one of the 90 year olds at our gym) just upped his weight by 2.5#'s. He's raising his game, I need to raise mine!"

    on and on and on