Have you ever had that when exercising?
Maybe lifting a weight, or when running, cycling, swimming, playing rugby?
And it holds you back ?
This intriguing little scenario presents the often unspoken about topic of psychology in exercise (when you train or compete)
And this is big for you…
As it’s the extra cylinder in your engine which can up the results with your training
In fact last night I was invited to speak at Solihull Swimming Club, and one girl asked…
‘Why is it sometimes you feel tired, but actually are moving faster?’
And this perception of effort and performance is the golden key in the door to get your head around, so let me explain to you…
A scientist called Gandevia in a cheeky little experiment showed how when you fatigue, feedback from your muscle inhibits your ability to recruit/turn on that muscle (i.e. perform)
Despite a grey area, evidence is building to show how much influence your PERCEPTION to the sensations of fatigue are…
The aches, pains, tingles and burn
But also your ability to COPE with these
Ultimately better coping skills give you ability to tap more into your body’s true capacity to perform (run faster, jump higher, pedal harder)
Think back to the first time you did a tough training session, one that was totally new
It’s a challenge isn’t it? YET, very soon, before your physiology improves, when you re do these sessions you get a lot better, why?
You’ve experienced the fatigue, the emotions, they are no longer new and you’ve begun to develop the coping skills to battle them
Ultimately this is what we refer to as MENTAL TOUGHNESS
So what beautiful piece of advice can I give you?
You only build this mental toughness by putting yourself in situations which require it to be challenged
I.e. – would you have got better at maths if once you had learned 1+1, you didn’t go on to learn 9+12?
As with all things related to the human body, improvements/gains/results only surface when you’ve challenged it, not played it safe
Having the motivation and support to do this is key to actually achieve results with your body from training
And no coincidence why we place so much emphasis on supporting this at the CP training facility (don’t confuse this with ‘beasting’, that’s just non sense!)
Now I’m about to start putting fingertip to keyboard and type an article for a company on this very topic…