Sweat and Swagger: Leveling Up Your Mindset

Written by John Main

There’s an often-overlooked secret to successful workouts, and while we are undeniably about growing our physical strength at Performance360, it’s equally important to build a strong mental game.

Embrace Your Inner Trainer: Imagine self-talk as your favorite coach, but without the scruffy beard and powerful attitude. You should be your biggest cheerleader, and the one who pumps you up when you’re ready to lift a barbell heavier than you thought possible. Start by replacing any negativity with affirmation. Instead of, “I can’t do this,” switch it to, “Yes, I’ve got this!” In terms of sports psychology, it matters more to believe you can, than that you will.

It’s Okay to be Hilarious: From catching your nose with the bar during a Push Press, to the occasional trip on a Box Jump, there is no shortage of moments to use humor to your advantage. When you stumble (literally or metaphorically), don’t be too hard — laugh it off, because even the best among us have likely had some epic fails.

Set Realistic Expectations: Aiming high is great, but if you’re constantly berating yourself for not achieving the impossible, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Good goals are specific and achievable. Saying, “I’ll add 10 pounds to my Back Squat in the next four weeks” is far more effective than “I’ll make the Gym Records in six months.” Smaller, practical objectives boost your determination and help hold the internal critic at bay.

Picture This: You’re preparing to tackle the infamous 5′ Row Density. Now, close your eyes and visualize crushing those meters like a champ. Visualization can be a forceful tool to increase confidence and reduce anxiety and doubt. And when you open your eyes, it’s time to turn that vision into a reality!

Positive Vibes Only: P360 is a team, and your fellow members are there to support you, so don’t hesitate to lean on them. Share your hopes, struggles, and achievements with your gym buddies. Encouragement and camaraderie is key to drowning out deprecation faster than you can say “burpee.”

Post-Workout Pep Talks: After a difficult class, take a moment to reflect. Don’t dwell on what you could have done better, but focus on what you accomplished, and celebrate it! A small victory is still a victory, so always remind yourself of your progress.