3 Ways to Build Extreme Mental Toughness

 – July 14

​Want to crush your next workout or fitness challenge? Unf*&K your mind. Here’s how

Our most important training philosophy at Gym Jones: The Mind Is Primary.

If your mind is strong, your body will be strong. You’ll be able to handle stress, cope with suffering, deal with adversity, make sacrifices, and push through limitations. This is how you become something greater. This is how you conquer every goal, every workout, every challenge.

But building mental toughness isn’t easy. It takes work to get your brain to a point where it is willing to push longer and harder than it ever was before. Here are 3 ways we teach our clients to train their minds so they don’t fatigue and they don’t quit. These strategies will set you up for success in and out of the gym.

Go Green 
Self-doubt can be a powerful saboteur. So change the dialogue. 

Instead of thinking I’m tired or I need to slow down during a workout, think positive thoughts. We call them “green light thoughts.” 

Constantly tell yourself things like I’m going to crush this, This is easy, and I feel great. Keep repeating. This will reinforce your confidence and boost your energy so you won’t give up when things get hard. 

You can even take this one step further. When I was in the UFC, my sports psychologist, Brian Cain, had me put green stickers in my house, car, and desk. Every time I passed a green sticker, I had to tell myself one “green light thought” about why I’d be successful in my next fight. 

Visualize the Win
Some of the greatest athletes ever—including Muhammad Ali and Jack Nicklaus—have used visualization to boost mental toughness. Imagining a situation can reinforce the same neural pathways in your mind that performing the actual behavior can. So when it’s time to do the workout or exercise or task, your mind is already prepared.

(For more ways to transform your body and brain, pick up a copy of The Better Man Project, a new book from the Editor in Chief of Men’s Health. It has 2,476 tips and techniques to flatten your belly, sharpen your mind, and keep you happy and healthy for life.)

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-Written byBobby Maximus for Men’s Health