We focus a lot on training and diet when it comes to bodybuilding or powerlifting however you rarely see anything on the mental aspect. In this article by Greg Nuckols on his blog Strength & Science, he does an excellent job of explaining how the power of your mind plays a critical role in your results. I highly encourage everyone to take the time to read this article and unleash your inner superhero!
What you’re getting yourself into:
-3200 words. 8-12 minute read time. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip to the last section for the takeaways, but they may not make as much sense unless you actually read this one all the way through.
1) Your beliefs influence your physiology directly, and the choices you make. In these ways, they strongly influence your training success.
2) These effects have been noted in almost every area that’s relevant to your performance and progress.
3) Mental hang-ups can harm your success just like a bad training program or diet can. Remove them to unleash your inner superhero.
Beliefs have consequences.
Usually this statement is a segue into a discussion about how it’s important to use reliable criteria for coming to beliefs about the world, because beliefs motivate action, and our actions affect others. More often than not, it’s a launching point for a (typically condescending) discussion/diatribe about some political or religious issue. That’s not what this article is about.
This is an article about the beliefs you hold, and how they influence your ability to make sweet, sweet gainz.
As I’ve talked about before, it’s not appropriate to try to sum up who you are and the results you get from training solely by describing physiological processes. Obviously those things are important, but they aren’t everything. (I realize there’s an argument that can be made for strict determinism, but I think we can all agree that regardless of that philosophical possibility, we don’t know nearly enough about the body to describe it yet in such terms.) What you think, what you expect, and what you believe about yourself can make a huge impact on your progress.