Moving along with our 13 fitness values, this week we look at silence.
At a first impression, silence would seem contrary as a value in any physical arena.
Watch most sporting events and you usually see the exact opposite of silence and calm.
Even a technique-based refined sport such as golf is met with thunderous applause and an eruption of cheers after that concentrated, silent, skillful winning putt.
But, through all the noise and chaos, the athlete must have a singular focus and a quiet mind blocking all external and internal noise out.
We have talked before about overt-ness in the gym but this week I want to touch more on silent concentration.
Visualization is extremely helpful in pursuit of any goal, particularly those that involve kinesthetics.
To truly concentrate and visualize you have to “quiet” your mind.
As mentioned earlier the golfer that is attempting that winning putt, the basketball player trying to nail that free throw, the goalie trying to stop that final shot all have to have a similar mindset of silent concentration on the task at hand.
All other thoughts have to be extinguished.
The same holds true for performance in the gym.
So make it a point to focus intensively on every rep of every set of every exercise you perform.
Make it the most important thing in the world at that given moment.
Silence all other external and internal noise, concentrate and give your very best effort!