Great coaches know that strong bodies are born out of strong minds—and vice versa—strong minds are born out of strong bodies. We know that mental strength is tied intimately with physical training. For example, the simple (or not-so-simple) act of waking up at 6am to get after your push-ups and wall-sits will result in mental toughness gains. This act of determination also increases in your discipline and focus. The same is true if after a long day of work, you dedicate time on the track or elliptical or to engage in interval training.
As a mental conditioning coach for elite soldiers and athletes, Pete, one of tilt's cofounders, spent countless hours teaching individuals and teams ways in which to enhance their mental toughness. Most often these teaching moments were in the context of a physical workout. This is the most optimal place for mental toughness to develop—a mental toughness learning laboratory!
To be clear though, mental toughness is not merely a byproduct of a challenging workout. Mental toughness training needs to be facilitated by a skilled mental toughness coach. Leaving our mental skills to be trained by a strength coach, for example, is like asking a sport psychology consultant to develop an off-season physical strength and conditioning training program.
The mental skills that a mental conditioning coach brings to any system of training can be a force-multiplier for all aspects of training and rehab. Meaning that the skills can be applied during a workout, on a training table, on the practice field, or during competition. This makes the mental conditioning coach an intermediary through which all coaches, trainers, and players communicate. The enhanced synergy and cohesion on and off the field will make for a more fruitful playing/working experience.
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