NO DISCOMFORT – NO TOUGHENING
NO PUSHING – NO TOUGHENING
NO PERSONAL CONFRONTATION – NO TOUGHENING”
….from “The New Toughness Training for Sports,” by James E. Lowher, Ed. D.
My thinking on training and life has been focused recently not on the physical, but on the mental and psychological.
One aspect has driven my curiosity: What mental effect does hard gym training have on physical performance?
I’ve identified three effects so far.
First, increased confidence, which leads to increased capacity and improved performance.
There is something about getting stronger that makes you feel better about yourself and your abilities.
If you think you can do more, you can.
Difficult, intense training in the gym requires a demanding level of commitment, discipline, and suffering by athletes.
Instead of simply “working out,” my athletes are “training.” Few sacrifice like this just to have fun on the weekends.
These athletes want to improve in their sport, and the attitude and work ethic demanded in the gym transfer to life.
Third, a stronger will, and hard-earned mental toughness.
Mental toughness cannot be achieved through mind games, meditation or “thinking positive.” It has to be earned through hard work and focused preparation.
The athlete who has trained hard for their event, has paid their dues, they know it. They have earned the right to be there through buckets of sweat and hours of being uncomfortable. Commitment and discipline have forged an iron will.
“Does a strong will come from years of multi-hour training runs or do those runs result from a dominating will?,” writes Mark Twight of Gym Jones. “There is no right answer because will and action feed one another.”