The Art of Mental Training, by DC Gonzalez

The Art of Mental Training

Recommended by Kailan Kalina, content editor

You've probably heard that your mind is a muscle that needs to be worked, just like the rest of your muscles. Your mental game can truly affect your success, whether that means achieving your fat-loss goals, a squat PR, or a technical lift like the clean and jerk (my current project).

In "The Art of Mental Training," author D.C. Gonzalez, a Peak Performance Coach, leads you through bite-sized, scientifically proven components of mental training, including how to channel desired outcomes in your performance, implement the power of visualization, and practice positive thinking to fend off the Debby Downer in your head, to name a few.

I enjoyed reading this because it gave me practical methods for tackling the silly thoughts that leave me second-guessing myself on big lifts or doubting my ability to learn a new skill in the gym. Because—let's face it—if you believe you can't, you probably won't.

Once you read Gonzalez's wisdom, it's up to you to put these techniques into practice. (The book is super short, so even the "I hate reading" people can get through it.) Don't let your hard work go to waste!



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My style of exercise at the gym has always been the same: Go for a short jog to warm up and then head straight over to the weights. I lift heavy and utilize much longer rest periods than anyone ever should.

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Fitness accessories need to adapt to whatever type of fitness I'm in the mood for, which is why I love these yoga bolsters from Yoga Direct. Whether you're new to the practice, need a little extra support while getting bendy, or just want a comfy surface to sit on while you meditate, these nifty little bolsters provide extra height and comfort to keep your mind and body centered throughout your asana.

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