Imagine that there is a muscle that is called “Mental Strength”. Could you train it? (Photo Credit: wikimedia Comments)
Rowperfect has tried to research this and believes: Yes, we can train our mental strength. When we go through the world of elite sports and watch the big athletes, Jeannine Gmelin, Madalena Lobnig, Oliver Zeidler and others, these are all athletes who show us one thing – extreme mental strength.
Mental strength goes through your head:
Today we know that the cradle of our beliefs lies in the mid brain in the symbiotic system. Here, modern mental training sets the lever. It’s about methods and techniques for improving mental abilities and skills (imagination). Underlying is the realization that we influence our subconscious with our thoughts in such a way that it is decided in our heads about the success or failure of our actions. Mental training is the learning or improvement of a rowing movement, an action, a situation in the water, a state, a day of the competition through intensive, repeated, conscious imagining, without performing it physically at the same time. Ideomotor training causes a weak contraction of the muscles. (Carpenter-Effekt) (Credit)
Is there a secret to mental strength?
Yes and no. All successful athletes show a similar pattern: I read in Training world: A mental strong rower…
- achieve relatively consistent performance regardless of situational factors;
- maintain a confident, positive, optimistic outlook, even if the situation does not look good, and he will not “suffocate” under pressure;
- coping with distractions, without allowing it to affect optimum focus;
- Tolerate pain and discomfort;
- stay persistent when the going gets tough;
- have the resilience to quickly leave disappointments behind.
Train your mental strength with goals and visualization:
Most great athletes set goals with their coaches: short, medium and long term. Currently, Tokyo is a long-term goal of what many athletes have set themselves after Rio. Other goals could be: Improvement of the 2000 m Ergo time between October and April by x percent (short term), “top three performance” in the World Cup (medium term), or participation in the qualification race for the Olympics (short / medium term).
Most athletes think about an successful ending. Thinking of the victory won. In the head is solidified again and again, how it is when 250 m after the start, for example, I am lying on position 3. They remember what it is like to be on the podium, or to overtake the opponent after 1750 m. They think that at crucial moments, they either go beyond themselves. They firmly believe that they get better at every stage of the rowing.
Are these secrets? Not really. There are many training methods today that can improve mental strength. Of course mental strength is – as one suspects, also a question of the athlete personality. Not every athlete thinks that his “glass is half full”. So – if you want to train mental strength – talk to your coach as well. He usually has a lot of racing experience and knows how to proceed.
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