3 Great Ways Meditation Will Help You Perform Better in the Gym
Meditation is everywhere nowadays, and for good reason.
What was once just a practice of some ‘eastern’ religions or those with a ‘west coast alternative’ lifestyle has now become an entire mindfulness movement that is helping people cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and general life stresses.
It’s no surprise that meditation can even have some profound effects on your performance in the gym… without requiring you intake even more protein! Imagine that.
Let’s explore some of the ways meditation can help you become a better athlete in the gym:
1. Rhythmic breathing
Have you ever noticed a baseball pitcher take a deep breath before he throws the ball? How about a weightlifter stepping up to the squat rack right before he’s about to set a new personal record? In each of these instances, the athlete is synching his or her breathing with their motion. Any serious athlete knows a poor breathing sequence can ruin an entire lift, for example. Meditation helps you become conscious of those breaths so that when you go for that personal record, you nail it.
This is how Arnold Schwarzenegger explains this:
“When I used to do seminars about how to become a champion, I would always ask people why do you wannabe a champion? What do you want to accomplish? Why are you training?
And if a guy would get up and he would say: ‘well I want to train because I think that if I get muscular, then maybe I can enter a body building competition’.
I said: ‘sit down, if you think this way, you are gonnabe a loser you never gonna make it because there is no maybe. You gotta get up and say ‘I want to be a champion and I’ll do whatever amount of hours it takes; the posing, the visualisation, looking at training footage, looking at motivational books, reading… whatever it takes. That’s the answer I want to hear from you.’”
3. Calm the Mind
We all know life can be tough. We’ve all experienced days when we’re up and others when we’re down. And if you’re in the gym, you really know how much a ‘down’ day can dampen your workout. How many times have you said or heard someone say that ‘their head isn’t in it today’?
If it has been one of ‘those’ days, or even just your usual busy day, try taking 2-minutes in your car before stepping into the gym: use those moments to focus on your breathing, scan your body from head to toe and clear your mind. Chances are you are one step closer to transforming your workout from ‘meh’ to ‘amazing’.
Meditation enables you to drop your proverbial ‘baggage’ before you get into the gym so that once you’re in, you can focus on dropping some heavy weights.