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Three Modes of Training: Fun, Flow, and Grind

As an athlete, the quality of your training determines the quality of your performance in games. The better you train, the more you'll improve and the better you'll perform in games. This is why I like to write about training. Today, I want to write specifically about three modes of training that you can use to maximize your development as an athlete. These three modes are categorized by their level of enjoyment and difficulty. I call them "fun training," "flow training," and "grind training." Fun training is pretty self-explanatory. It is training that is very fun and enjoyable. This mode of training may include things such as simply playing your sport for fun, playing scrimmages, and doing fun games and drills. It can also involve training with a group of friends and training with music. For the most part, fun training is done within your comfort zone. While training just for fun, you don't have to exert yourself too much or worry too much ab

The Best Way to Improve Your Ability to Perform Under Pressure

The best way to improve your ability to perform under pressure is to simply get used to pressure. The more you put yourself through pressure situations, the more comfortable you'll be in them. After exposing yourself to pressure situations many times, they'll start to feel less threatening, and your heart rate and anxiety will decrease. As a result, you'll be more confident, and you'll be able to relax and trust your instincts better. Many times, athletes think that in order to perform well under pressure, all they need to do is train a ton and think positive. However, this is often not enough. It doesn't matter how much your train and how positive you think, if you're not used to performing on big stages, with high stakes and a large audience, then you'll still feel too much anxiety before and during these games. It's not until you get more used to pressure that you start to feel less anxiety and perform better. Yes, it's very important to train har

Book Review: Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden

Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange Science of Recovery  by  Christie  Aschwanden is one of the best sports science books I've read so far. In this book, Aschwanden investigates the science behind almost every kind of recovery method, from nutrition, sleep, icing, massage, stretching, meditation, to infrared saunas. This book is very well-researched and well-written. It's also easy-to-read and entertaining. Here is what I learned from this book: In the first chapter, Aschwanden talks about the reality of scientific research, and how you must always take scientific sports claims with a grain of salt. This is because a sports science study may be flawed in many ways. For one, a study may have a small sample size that isn't representative of the normal population. Second, a study may not have a good control group, which can open the door for the placebo effect. Third, a study may not even be measuring something that is relevant for normal athle

The Seven Benefits of Playing Multiple Sports

One of the most common mistakes parents make is having their kids specialize in a single sport starting at a young age. They think that this will help give their kids an advantage over their competition, but in most cases, it does not. In fact, they would help their kids much more by encouraging them to play a wide variety of sports. Here are the seven benefits of playing multiple sports. 1. Playing multiple sports helps you find which sports you're best at and which sports you like most. Many times, parents assume they know which sport is best for their kids. For example, a parent may think that basketball is best for their kid, so they have them specialize in basketball at a young age. Sometimes this works out well, but it usually doesn't. Many times, a kid will come to realize that they don't really love the sport that their parent picked for them. This often happens when a kid is forced to focus on a single sport without having a say in which sports they play or how mu

How to Maintain a Strong and Healthy Identity In and Out of Sports, an Interview with Mykal Manswell

Athletic identity is a very important topic to talk about because the way you view yourself as an athlete and as a person has a significant impact on your life in and out of your sport. This is why I'm very happy to discuss this unique topic with Mykal Manswell, a professional with diverse experience in the field of athletics. Mykal is a Professional Life Coach, Counselor and Mental Performance Coach who has written a published research paper on athletic identity. If anyone knows a lot about the topic of athletic identity, it's Mykal! Here is our conversation: SPT: How would you define athletic identity? MM: Athletic identity is simply the degree to which a person identifies themselves as being an athlete. This means that an individual resonates with the captivating lifestyle that comes with being highly recognized in the realm of sports and is committed to maintaining this lifestyle for as long as possible.  SPT: What is the importance of having an athletic identity? MM: Havin