A new article I wrote is available on Breaking Muscle.
There is what for some may be a surprising study found in the book Peak Performance by Charles Garfield. The study shows just how powerful mental training can be for athletes:
“In my meetings with the Soviet researchers in Milan, they discussed government funded athletic programs that integrate sophisticated mental training and rigorous physical training. One study evaluating these intensive programs suggests their potential. Four matched groups of world-class Soviet athletes diligently trained for many hours each week. The training regimens were as follows:
Group I – 100% physical training
Group II – 75% physical training, 25% mental training
Group III – 50% physical training, 50% mental training
Group IV – 25% physical training, 75% mental training
When the four groups were compared shortly before the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid…Read more here.