How to improve your performance with visualisation by September 3, 2017 at 2:43 am Lifestyle 0 Comment We take a look at how visualisation can improve your performance when it comes to training. One trip to your local gym and you will probably spot a lycra-clad fit-girl standing at her barbell in deadlift position – but without actually lifting the bar. Chances are she’s not absentmindedly staring into space but instead using cognitive strategies to psych herself up pre-lift, resulting in bigger and better PBs. The science Psyching yourself up has been shown to improve performance while training, and involves using all of your senses to create a mental picture of the task you are about to perform. This is backed by a recent literature review published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine which concluded that mental imagery was effective in improving tasks that required strength. The thought “There are many mental cues you can use to assist with getting into a positive mindset to perform a task. Psyching yourself up can be done through guided imagery, words of positivity, images, phrases, visualisation and more,” says exercise sport scientist, nutritionist and coach Alice Round. “If the correct mental imagery is employed it helps to clear the mind and to have a better understanding of the task, which will help to focus on the task at hand and improve confidence. The key is to ensure the mental imagery supports the goal and outcome in a positive and realistic way.” Using such strategies might not work in every scenario but can be adapted to suit your individual situation and the training you are employing. For example, Round recommends utilising mental imagery if you are going for a new one rep max (1RM) or rep PB at the gym. This might involve focusing on the outcomes and thinking about the positive emotions that come with success. If you’re a sprinter, the mental imagery might be a little different. “I’d advise the athlete to mentally run through the perfect race in their mind before stepping onto the track; imagine the perfect explosive start, complete power, then charging through the finish line in first place,” says Round. That said, as the great Jim Carey once told Oprah, you can’t just visualise and then go and eat a sandwich – obviously there’s hard work still to be done. Source link Share This Post: Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Post navigation ‹ Previous BE A BADA** WITH A GOOD A** – BODYBOSS 12 WKS FITNESS GUIDE REVIEW | Lauren BenetNext › Are You Fresher’s Fit? Related Content Bedroom makeover: how to get a good nights sleep The key to successful health and fitness resolutions Why the Golden Door Elysia Health Retreat & Spa is the best way to start the new year 5 minutes with February 2018 cover model Ellie Giffen more news from the blog 5 FAT LOSS DINNER RECIPES — Monday Through Friday :) Fitness Sandy E. Personal Training (Official Video) The Benefits Of High Frequency Full Body Training Brick Bodies Free Fitness Guide Healthy Cooking Ingredient Essentials with Blonde Health & The Diet Kitchen! FITNESS GUIDE – lose fat, build muscle My Workout Routine with BodyBoss Fitness Guide! No Equipment Needed! Knee Straps Or Sleeves? | Do They Make A Difference? Best Way to Healthy Cooking – Handi/Earthen Pots Top Tips For Developing Your Hamstrings Is Fruit Bad For You? 3 Refreshing Fruit Infuser Recipes Upper Body Workout Motivation | Tomas Klic & Kaz van der Waard | Video 6 tips for a healthy gut Whey Protein Timing | The Best Time To Take Protein Shakes Cooking Healthy for two – Cooking Game for Kids What I Ate Today | Vegan Food Prep + Supplements VLOG | Healthy Vegan Food Haul Get Bikini Body Fast with BodyBoss Fitness Guide! (No Equipment Needed) FITNESS GIFT GUIDE for ALL BUDGETS I Vlogmas Day 19 H&M 2016 Your Guide to Fitness Amanda Bisk Paragon : Gideon Build and Guide | Space Oddity Gaming + Fitness Podcast with Homemade Muscle & Healthy Gamer Unboxing & Review of TW64 Bluetooth Smart Wristband Fitbit Clone Health Tracker Watch – Subscribe! Why Mason Jars Are Going To Seriously Upgrade Your Meal Prep Gaining Size While Retaining Definition | Is It Possible? BALI LIFE VLOG ║Top Class Vegan Food║ Market║ And Heavy Rain!║ The Muscle Maximizer Training And Fitness Guide – The Muscle Maximizer Works How to Survive a Vegan Food Festival | Veg Food Fest 2017 The Secret To Lean Arms Shahs of Sunset’s Lilly Ghalichi | Healthy Cooking w/ Freshology Fitness- BMR, energy balance caloric intake guide, nutrition diet How to calculate Halloween Party Food Ideas | Sausage Roll ‘Mummies’ Recipe Add Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.