MIND OVER MUSCLE:
HOW TO THINK DURING EXERCISE
Š “Am I breathing freely?”
Š “Am I moving at a good speed?”
Š “Am I stable, calm, and steady?”
Š “Am I contracting the target muscle(s)?”
…As intensity increases…
Š Breathe freely and faster to prevent Val Salva/Sync (breath-holding with stop/start action) from taking over.
Š Anticipate any kind of lunge and slow down. Methodically squeeze through difficult positions.
Š “Am I truly contracting my muscles or am I just holding the position using non-movement of the movement arm?”
Š Locate the target muscle(s) and embrace the feelings of discomfort, heat, burning. Remind yourself that these feelings are NOT weakness…will NOT hurt you.
Š THINK: “The most important rep is the one I am on; focus on form and smoothness.”
…When movement stops…
Š THINK: “Nothing is more important than full, continuous breathing through EVERY moment of exercise…right until the very end.”
Š Visualize the movement completing even if it’s really not doing so.
Š THINK: “The movement arm is NOT stopped—I refuse to accept that it is stopped. I command the target muscles AND NOTHING ELSE to slowly push through.”