Few articles about mental toughness give practical advice on how to harness that toughness when it counts. This is a guide to mental preparation techniques that have served me and others in extreme endurance events and competitions.
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Physical training program: A series of stresses and recovery periods that allow the trainee to overcome greater training stress and to exhibit improved physical performance in training and competition.
Translated into English, a program is a series of workouts (stresses) and rest days meant to make you better at overcoming the training stress.
Since I started training strength as a weak 150-pound teenager, I've added nearly 40 pounds of muscular bodyweight and over 500 pounds to my main lifts. That added strength made it possible for this previously weak and awkward guy to compete and win in combat sports, become a successful trainer and to achieve a high level of fitness.
Looking at some of my personal training clients over the years, that's not even mentioning what it can do for your confidence and perspective.
It's no exaggeration to say that strength training has drastically changed the life, appearance, and physical abilities of millions.
But hang on. I'm not saying that you should train strength exclusively and stuff yourself into a squat suit this instant. Strength isn't the only thing that matters.