Endurance and the Mind


The arenas in which we operate and strive for improvement are many; career, athletics, life, whatever it may be. There will be crucial crossroads, and times of exhaustion. They are inevitable.  

At certain points in life or training, we will need to go the extra mile and put in the extra effort, but it will rarely be without purpose. The experience of successfully pushing through discomfort helps us to grow, and helps us to handle even more of what life may throw our way. 

Whenever we challenge ourselves and wiggle out of our comfort zones one step at a time, we not only strengthen our confidence to do more, we ultimately train our endurance.

Endurance is built from the inside-out; one step, one workout, one day at a time. It is the decision and will to do so, the discipline to keep moving forward, and belief in ourselves to do it.

At some point we notice that we automatically gain second wind, third wind, or even a fourth wind. Each time we meet circumstances that demand an expanded capacity within ourselves, we will be better capable to meet those demands with less fear or worry. It doesn't matter if it's a chosen goal, physical training or life just throwing us a curve ball. 

Needing less time to re-group and re-coup, we catapult ourselves further than we initially imagined. 

Now hold that thought, and let's put it aside for a moment...

Individual responsibility put aside; the number of people preferring to engage trainers and coaches is on the rise for a variety of reasons. 

For athletes, this is a given circumstance.    

What role can a trainer/coach play in motivating and inspiring that extra effort out of their clients/students/athletes

Aside from the obvious talking points, there are also subtle little tools in the process of coaching and teaching lending great effect on the brain and more generally, the mind.

Building endurance is, in my opinion, most influential at breaking points of exhaustion. The point of surrender. The main reason being that in these moments, the mind moves beyond a state of perceived control, regardless if that state is negative or positive. It capitulates to frustration. In some cases, it short-circuits into a state of emptiness. Ego perception reaches a breaking point of what it thinks you can, or cannot do.

When you temporarily take the mind out of play, there resides chance that the physical body still has an ounce or two left. Squeezing those out builds that incremental variance, becomes stored into muscle memory, and expands consciousness. 

The mind is a tricky coyote to trap, yet at certain moments it can be beneficial to side-step it to a degree. Endurance is one of them

We can either walk through the front door, but we can also slide in through the backdoor. Preferably both. The purpose being to keep pushing for the mind and body to land on the same page.    

It may not seem so, but in this state the brain is wide open for suggestion or direction as to the next step forward. The next movement. 

When the client, student, or athlete seemingly cannot produce one more ounce; the window of opportunity opens wide. 

Important is how the performing individual has trained themselves to self-talk and power through. This is vital, yes. 

However, the trainer/coach/teacher also gains opportunity to amplify the sub-conscious effect, and it should never be underestimated. 

Mistakes made at these points can hinder and tense the individual, and create subconscious blocks. A teacher or coach must therefore strive to be a role model in mental mastery; ever present in the moment, and flexible and fluid in communication. They must believe in their student/athlete's highest development and potential. Moreover; caring, patient and generous with their energy and skill.

Fundamental elements:
  • Trust is fundamental.
  • Authentic expression. The trainer's exuded energy is paramount.
  • Proximity is important.
  • Intonation is vital.
  • Hands-on guidance is many times purposeful.

They are all subtleties for the experienced teacher and coach to internally check themselves, and master. Replay responses and results, and learn to better read the body language of athletes/students/clients.

  • It can mean a more effective endurance training
  • It can mean less frustration
  • It can mean better cooperation
  • It is functional and sets the stage for optimal teamwork 

Strength is little worth without endurance to utilize it. 

Want to know more 
Contact me at Solborg  

Stay safe and warm wishes,
Tamera Daun

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