Getting into Flow: How the Flow State Helps Athletes Perform

By |2021-09-23T21:32:32+00:00June 20th, 2018|Athletes, Emotion Control, Focus & Concentration, Mental Skills, Priming Routines|

A few weeks ago I was a guest on the ‘Age grouper for life podcast’ - the ultimate source for living the triathlon lifestyle, where USAT certified coaches Collin Cook and Elliot Kawa-oka discuss the most optimal training techniques to get athletes you where they want to be mentally and physically. An interesting takeaway from the discussion we had on mental skills training was when Collin could not pass up the opportunity to bust Elliot's chaps for leaving him hanging when he tried to high five him as they crossed the line on a lap during the 2014 Ironman Canada. Elliot responded by simply saying……”I was in the zone man.” He was so ‘locked in’ so focused that he did not even realize his good friend was trying to exchange pleasantries with him while he was running by. This mental state is called ‘Flow’, also known colloquially as being ‘in the zone’ or ‘on a roll’. It is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, it’s characterized by a complete absorption in [...]

The Impact of Low Emotional Control

By |2021-09-28T17:31:48+00:00June 19th, 2018|Emotion Control, Mental Skills|

I had the privilege of being a guest on the ‘Age grouper for life podcast’ - the ultimate source for living the triathlon lifestyle, where USAT certified coaches Collin and Elliot discuss the most optimal training techniques to get athletes you where they want to be mentally and physically. We discuss several interesting topics on aspects of mental skills training such as imagery, emotional control and being in the flow state among others. We will get into the popular flow state (‘zone’) after, but in this blog, we will explore emotional control and how it affects athletic performance. Emotion is a strong feeling deriving from feelings occurring in response to meaningful or important situations, which can influence mood. Basic emotions such as fear, anger, joy, disappointment are common experiences in sport. Competition brings out the best and the worst in athletes because the psychological demands, especially when there is more at stake, are quite high. In my personal experience as a mental skills trainer not knowing how to control emotions is one of the top two reasons why athletes fail in competition. A lack of emotional control in sports can be triggered by many things. Some athletes lose [...]

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