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I’ve been wanting to share this with all of you about the benefits of meditation for athletic performance. You must have an open mind to understand this. All the world class elite athletes that I’ve been so lucky to have worked and trained with through out my career, all had this in common. The ability to what we call center themselves. MEDITATE! ……Read on….
Meditation for Athletic Performance
by Abdul Matynne
It is a known fact that athletes cannot win when they are mentally defeated. An athlete that “doesn’t have his head on straight” can rarely perform in a manner that will prove successful. As such, athletes need to employ effective strategies that can aid in developing a clear mind. One way this can be achieved is through integrating the process of meditation into one’s sports training.
No, this is not an obtuse concept or one rooted in mysticism. It is simply a process used to train the mind in a manner no different than one would train the body. When the body is strong, it can perform well. The mind is no different. If you can effectively train the mind to conduct itself properly in athletic performance, it will do so. Meditation can definitely work towards attaining such goals.
This is not even a new concept. Russian and Bulgarian athletes initiated the concept of neurogenic conditioning (nervous system conditioning) to improve their performance in athletic events. It definitely worked for them as their results indicate. Other athletes the world over began to employ such tactics. Meditation can be considered a modality of this type of training which is why it is recommended.
Additionally, meditation is not exactly a very difficult process to learn or take part in. Here is a look at how it works in the framework of improving athletic performance:
As previously mentioned, a mind that is not calm cannot effectively perform in an athletic endeavor. Those that are suffering from anxiety and other issues need to reduce such mental noise or else the focus needed for athletic performance will be impossible to attain.
Meditation entails emptying out the mind and calming it. Is it easy to empty out the mind? No, it takes time and deliberate effort to do so. Performing meditation regularly and in the traditional zazen position can certainly help you keep your mind placid even when you are not meditating.
PUSH JERK 1-1-1-1-1-1
20 C2B Pull-ups
10 Snatches (full squat) 115/75#
15 C2B Pull-ups
7 Snatches (full squat) 115/75#
10 C2B Pull-ups
5 Snatches (full squat) 115/75#