WOD Thu. 09/02/10

Glencoe Beach 041 Press, quickly build to a tough single (This is a strict Press, form is perfect,
tough single) 10 Min.

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For total reps:
3 min Press – 95#/65#
3 min Push-ups
3 min Split Jerk – 95#/65#
3 min Burpees

QOD: Anyone up for a return Invasion WOD to Glencoe Beach this Sunday?

 

Ten Long-Term Motivational Strategies

 The most recently-published sport psychology book for athletes and coaches is The Sport Psych Handbook (Human Kinetics Publishers, October, 2004), edited by Shane Murphy, Ph.D. Murphy worked for the United States Olympic Committee for seven years as head of its sport psychology department and is now an assistant professor at Western Connecticut State University. The excerpt from The Sport Psych Handbook summarized below was written by John Eliot, Ph.D., Director of Sport Psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at Rice University.]

 

Strategies for long-term motivation — the kind that elite athletes and their coaches need to prepare for future levels of achievement — may be different from those techniques used to prepare for a single game, match, or event. John Eliot says the ten motivational strategies that follow should foster autonomy, competence, and connectedness.

 

Push the Edge

Find a weakness or hole in your game and get excited about where your game will be after you change it. Be creative. Think up something no one in your sport has dared or perfected.

 

Experience Success

When learning new skills and strategies, go step-by-step. Start with an easy piece, master it, and then move on to the next easiest piece. Or begin by modifying the skill to something you can do well. Let yourself experience success. Keep track of your personal records and how many times you can break them.

 

Change Your Thinking

The old adage about learning from your mistakes is okay, but over time you should have a short-term memory for failures and a long-term memory for success. Keep a vivid mental catalog of your greatest performances.

 

Get Involved

Autonomy directly improves motivation, and perhaps the greatest contributor to autonomy is having input on decisions that affect you. In both individual and team sport settings, athletes should feel ownership of training rules, competition choices, and strategy decisions. At the professional level, many head coaches comment that their success depends entirely on their players’ belief in the “system” or playbook. The easiest way to ensure this is to become involved in the process.

 

 

Praise Others

If you can’t see positive or exciting things in the athletes and coaches around you, how can you do the same for yourself? Moreover, a sense of connectedness depends on everyone’s awareness of the contributions made by others.

 

Vary Training

An imbalance between high competence and low task difficulty can result in boredom. So too can constant hammering at one task. A significant portion of training should be devoted to play for the sake of play, without rules or evaluation.

 

Put Yourself First

Human beings are most productive at homeostasis since in that state they are not distracted by conflicting drives. Make sure to eat properly, stay hydrated, and get ample rest.

 

Find Motivated Peers

On and off the field, spend your time with people who want to accomplish great things, who aren’t afraid to talk about it, and who get revved up by other people’s dreams. An effective support team is vital to motivation, especially during difficult times. Conversely, motivational “black holes” are people who always criticize the coach, moan about bad calls, loaf in practices and workouts, and generally focus on obstacles, frustrations, and what can’t be achieved.

 

Think Positively

What conversation goes on in the back of your head? It’s with you all day, but how much of it do you pay attention to? Actually, all of it, subconsciously. You’d better start paying conscious attention. Is it positive or negative? Is it about what you can do or what you can’t do? Is it hung up on difficulties or engaged in a search for solutions?

 

Remember Your Dream

Don’t make revisiting your dream a rare event. Spend time frequently reconnecting with the real reason why you perform — the heart, soul, and will of it all.

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