“Get your mind right” are words we throw around a lot at Force Barbell. However, we don’t throw them around lightly. We say those words with a lot of meaning behind them. We say those words because your mindset can make or break your performance as an athlete or a person.
Having the right mindset is the one variable you will always have control of. We tend to coach mindset just as much as we coach lifting technique. Below are some huge ways to get your mindset dialed in.
Take Your Warm-up Seriously
The best time to get your mind right for a training session is right smack dab when that training session starts. Use your warm-up not only to warm the body up but to also get your mind focused and dialed in. WAY too many athletes use the warm-up as “fittle-fartin” around time. Seeing an athlete lethargically warming up is one way too guarantee a wasted training session. This is when our job as coaches is crucial. The warm-up is the time to set the tone for the training session and if we see athletes not using that time productively that is when it is our time to step in and say something. I am a true believer that the warm-up can make or break your training session. I have seen athletes and clients walk through the doors like the gym is the last place they want to be, only to turn around, have a great warm-up, and one of their best training sessions. All it takes is a little bit of energy. As a coach, lead with your energy and body language, and people will really feed off of that. As an athlete and client, be aware of how important the warm-up is to set the tone for the entire training session. Use that to get your mind right and set the focus for the training session.
Remember Why You Are Here
Remember why you are training in the first place. Remember those long term goals you set for yourself. Those goals once got you really excited and inspired, and while the journey can get monotonous, those goals can still excite you if you get focused on them. Remember those goals are why you are here in the first place.
Not every day is sunshine and rainbows. I have seen really dedicated athletes come in and give very mediocre effort. You’re not going to feel 100% each day and there are days when you are not going to want to go to the gym and train at all. Don’t let that affect your attitude. Realize this is a natural tendency, and reset the focus to getting as much quality work in as you can, even if you don’t feel 100%. The days you feel like 60% and still put in work are the days that will really pay off in the long run. If you can always keep the end in mind and remember why you do what you do, that will rewire your mind to get the most out of the present circumstance.
Body language sets the tone above all else. I call people out all the time in the gym for yawning. While I am trying to create laughs I am also serious. Yawning, walking slow, depressed eyes, bed head, and numerous other expressions are huge indicators to yourself and those around you that you don’t want to be there. That attitude is like a virus and effects everyone around. Either change that attitude or don’t bring it in the gym. Don’t ruin everyone else’s training session just because you are having a bad day.
You should want to be there and show every body else that you want to be there and it is important to you. Body language is so huge in creating a culture and environment for people to succeed in. I have coached group fitness training sessions where 40+ year old men have brought energy to the class that resulted in everyone else upping their game. I actually found myself almost standing aside and letting these men and women take the lead.
Your body language is everything. It controls how you think and also how everyone else feeds off of you. Whether you are a coach or an athlete, get rid of the negative body language. There is no place for that in the performance industry.
Get Your Mind Right
Your mind affects your training session more than your body ever will. Once you have learned how to control the way you think and realize it is a choice, you have made a great leap into being a better human being. At Force, we coach high performing athletes, mothers and fathers, competitive Weightlifters, Strongman, but above all else, we coach people first. Getting your mind dialed in is the one thing as coaches we will always be able to control. We can’t make a pitcher throw a 100mph fastball, we can’t make a Weightlifter snatch a new PR in a national competition, but we can control what kind of attitudes we want in the gym. We can control the culture and your mindset matters to that culture. So, before you grab that foam roller and begin foam rolling mindlessly. GET YOUR MIND RIGHT.