Two days ago, I told you about an idea I found from Ironmind’s Milo magazine that I really liked.
Now, something I disagree with.
This is from an article on Mental Training for All Athletes by Evan Perperis, NSCA-CPT.
Overall, I like the article as it’s about one of my favorite subjects.
But I have a bone to pick with what Evan mentions with visualization:
“To take advantage of visualization, you need to imagine yourself in the action of your sport…You should try to make the visualization as specific as possible: don’t just imagine yourself standing on the podium but instead imagine yourself going through the specific actions that it would take to reach that podium. Just imagining yourself on the podium is called daydreaming and will not translate the same way that visualization translates.”
First of all: yes, specific visualization of the action, the lifts, or whatever you’re doing, is important.
But that doesn’t mean that seeing yourself on the podium is useless daydreaming!
Both can be useful.
In fact, it was this programming for the win (a combination of both of these) that I did for my strongman competition win a few years back. You can read about that here.
Visualization for sports is not only about seeing the action.
There are many, many ways of doing visualization.
And seeing things as “real” as possible isn’t even necessarily the best way either. That’s why it is important to understand the underlying mechanics behind visualization if you want to get great results with it.
It’s funny because in the next section of his article, Evan talks about “Reminders,” which are essentially what I refer to as anchors. Yet, he misses the idea totally that visualizing yourself on the podium could be every bit as strong, if not stronger, than the things he does mention.