Have you ever been in a gym and heard lots of grunts and groans, especially from the guys (and some ladies too) who are really serious about lifting weights?

Another Alpha Edge for Athletes --

"Yeah / Ummmph"

or

"Bigger / Stronger"??? 

This article was originally published March 15th, 2011 by William C. Smith

“You have power over your mind - not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength.”
Marcus Aurelius AD 121-180)
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Have you ever been in a gym and heard lots of grunts and groans, especially from the guys (and some ladies too) who are really serious about lifting weights?  What’s all that noise about? 
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Let me give you another tool I teach my Athletes during their Sports Hypnosis sessions with me. During a workout, when you really want to build your stamina and endurance and make the workout even better, talk to yourself – but in a special way.  
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Let’s pretend you’re lifting weights. And with each upward move you say “Bigger” and each downward move “Stronger”. Maybe you misunderstood when I said “say”. I don’t mean like a wimpy “bigger”. I mean a real “BIGGER!!!” 
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Do you have to do it out loud? Sure, why not? Are you really that worried about what someone else will think? If you are, can you scream in your head? You can – either way, whichever suits you best. When possible, I would suggest doing it out loud – VERY LOUD! 
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But I know some of you are thinking “what will other people think?” or one of my Athletes pointed out to me that by saying it out loud, maybe other Athletes would start doing it too and improving.
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OK – if they’re on the same team and it’ll get you closer to a Super Bowl if you play football or hockey players might want to win the Stanley Cup, then it might be worth it.  If it’s your high school or college teammates, why not share something that will help the team? 
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But here’s what you’ll have that they don’t. You’ll know why you’re doing it and you’ll be using that as only one tool in your mental toolbox to begin to change any negative self talk to powerful, Positive Self Talk. 
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And a very important aspect of this tool – when you’re saying it, in your mind see / feel yourself as BIGGER and STRONGER! 
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You may be wondering how I came up with that. One of my professional Athletes invited me over to his home to visit and do a session with him there.  
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"Champions aren't made in the gyms.

Champions are made from something

they have deep inside them

 - a desire, a dream, a vision."
Muhammad Ali... 
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His wife let me in because he was still doing his workout. He has his own gym, probably bigger / more expensive than most. She took me to his gym, and he asked me to watch him work out to see if I could spot any ways he could improve.
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Now remember, I’m an Alpha Process Coach – a Mental Trainer, not a physical trainer. But I said “Sure, go through your regular routine and let’s just see what I notice.”
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He was lifting weights and doing his Self Talk with each up / down, but instead of “Bigger” / “Stronger”, he was saying “Yeah” and “Ummmph”. Not just saying, but LOUDLY! 
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When I asked him why he was doing the “Yeah / Ummmph”, he said it helped him focus. That’s when I suggested using “Bigger / Stronger”. He really liked it and you know what? He said it kept him focused even better, and he could also see the benefit of using the positive words. And he began to see even more excellent results quickly.... 

One of the main things I like about doing Sports Hypnosis with Athletes is I’ve never heard an Athlete tell me “I’m not really sure if I want to improve my Sports Performance.”  Every single one of them – no matter what age or what sport always wants to improve their Sports Performance and Boost their Confidence.... 

And this particular Athlete is a great example of that.  Even though he knew I couldn’t find my way around a gym with a guide, he knew that I would be able to observe and offer him an insight.  Does he still visit with me?  You bet he does.  He knows that he using a Mental Coach is just as important as a sports coach or a personal trainer.  ... 

“The difference between a successful person
and others is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge,
but rather in a lack of will.”
Vince Lombardi 
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A funny thing happened not long ago. Two of my high school sports clients were working out at a gym in their neighborhood. They didn’t know each other, but noticed that each was doing the “Bigger / Stronger”.  
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They got to talking to each other after their workouts and found out they were both my clients. One played football, the other hockey. They became good friends and started working out together. They both reached their goals. 
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Here’s another question. Do you do your workouts once, or a practice once, and say “that’s enough – just once will get me all the results I need”. Would you really go to the gym only once and think one workout would get you the strength and stamina you need? Would one practice give you the skills you need to win? 
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It’s the same with mental practice. Just like you do physical workouts and practice for your sport over and over, you need to do your mental practice over and over as well. ...

It’s about repetition – physical and mental! ...

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind
 and nourish with repetition and emotion
will one day become a reality.“
Earl Nightingale 

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And recently I’ve been working with a TriAthlete.  His goal is to do the big event in Kona – the “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon”.  He was asking how this might be adapted to swimming, cycling or running.  He said especially the running was difficult for him.  He explained that his legs felt heavy as if they were slowing him down.... 

What did we come up with?  Faster / Lighter!  He said that would work great for the cycling and swimming as well.... 

Could this be adapted to other sports?  Of course.... 

What about Golf?  Focused / Relaxed as they walk from hole to hole.... 

Send me an email and make suggestions for other sports.  Here’s something else I have discovered – different Athletes will want different words – even in the same sport.  Why?  Because they each have their own focus on what their needs are!  And so do you!

My professional office is located in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. And I am available to travel (at your expense) worldwide for individual and group programs. I am also available for Video Skype Sessions
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