Matt Fitzgerald: How Bad Do You Want It? Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle



In my uest to ain an edge in my fitness After goals I picked up this book I m interested in the aspects of psyche that separate those who excel and are willing to put themselves into that dark space of pain and disorientation in order to accomplish theiroals and those of us who try hard but are just ok and are in fact ok with being ok if that makes sense I know enough to know that the mental The Key of David game is most of it I wanted this book to include practical application on how to train that mental side how to want it The author primarily focuses on endurance events distance runs triathlons biking but I think the principles apply to anything that reuires a degree of exertion and will power to continue He keeps the book interesting throughout with his analysis of competitions and competitors who overcome the barriers to victory This includes changing their own mindset I can t do this overcoming negative influences you can t do this triumphing over environment and upbringing think Jamaican bobsled team as well as overcoming physical disabilities and the effects of injuries The stories are inspiring and often led me to YouTube to watch actual footage of the events the author describes The main takeaway Iot is that how we approach an event how we proceed through it pacing and how or if we finish has everything to do with perceived effort and almost nothing to do with physiological factors except that the we train the less effort we will theoretically have to expend And our perceived effort is effected by our surroundings the support we have past experiences of similar events and a hundred other contributors This is where the training can take place in a self awareness of and optimizing of those contributors that decrease our perception of effort and perhaps by mind In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories games that trick us into thinking it isn t in fact that hard I enjoyed the book The small application I ve implemented when approaching physical events is to tell myself I ve done this before and I didn t diepass outthrow up so I can do it again And this time I can do it a little bit better Not my favorite but I muscled through I will say his race descriptions were fantastic and very well written but ultimately not enough character development for me to care about the athletes I wasn t already familiar with The psychobiological connections to top performers were not at all compelling kind of obvious and were like astrology that could be claimed to apply for many situations races and athletes I definitely believe that training your Thereatest athletic performances spring from the mind not the body Elite athletes have known this for decades and now science is learning why it s true In his fascinating new book How Bad Do You Want It coach Matt Fitzgerald examines than a dozen pivotal races to discover the surprising ways elite athletes strengthen their mental toughnessFitzgerald puts you into the pulse pounding action of than a dozen epic races from running cycling triathlon XTERRA and rowing with thrilling race reports and revealing post race interviews with the elites Their own words reinforce what the research has found strong mental fitness lets us approach our true physical limits iving us an edge over physically stronger competitors Each chapter.

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If only they can achieve their oal then they will have self belief to c Mostly painful I Never Danced with an Eggplant (on a Streetcar Before) getting to the end of the book But not so bad as to not finishI ve recently listened to another Fitzgerald book 8020 Running Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower which I actually enjoyed way than this oneWith this book the title is deceivingIt doesn t tell you how to master anythingThe book is a collection of inspirational stories of athletes that made it to the top of the ranks Sometimes failed hard and made their way backThe stories arereat and the research and description in the stories are very thoroughBut mostly it has nothing to do with how you can apply these principles to your lifetrainingThe only thing I probably Weaving Memory got out of this book is knowing about how Tour de France works based on the numerous storiesIn summary How bad do you want it Since your mind can trump what your body can doYou need to train your mind as much as you train your body Part story part science Matt Fitzgerald weaves a compelling spell as he makes the argument that mental fitness is the key to performance in endurance sports Conventional wisdom says you can runbikewhatever as hard as you can for as long as you can efficiently consume and process oxygen but conventional wisdom doesn t account for whenood athletes choke or conversely when unexpectedly ritty performances show up and blow better athletes out of the water Fitzgerald argues that your limit is defined by your perception of effort which is controlled in your brain Cultivating skills and habits that promote mental fitness is the way to peak performance he arguesAs a runner who is still learning how I work despite being at it for the better part of two decades I was riveted He finds 12 amazing stories across running cycling triathlon rowing etc and uses each one to illuminate a particular coping skill that helps change the brain s relationship to perception of effort I was blown away and inspired As I prep yet again for a half marathon where I want to show the kind of performance I believe I m capable of I m already thinking about these thoughts will influence this training cycle and beyond I wish I read this when I was training for my marathon When I picked up this book I thought it would be filled with scientific studiestools one could implement to push themselves harder To the contrary it s actually a book about inspirational stories of athletes persevering This book is fun and inspirational read but definitely not practical how to uide. Rmance by 15% or Champions have learned how to ive of what they have The only way to improve performance is by altering how you perceive effort Choking under pressure is a form of self consciousness Your attitude in daily life is the same one you bring to sports There's no such thing as oing as fast as you can only oing faster than before The fastest racecourse is the one with the loudest spectators Faith in your training is as important as the training itselfAthletes featured in How Bad Do You Want It Sammy Wanjiru Jenny Simpson Greg LeMond Siri Lindley Willie Stewart Cadel Evans Nathan Cohen and Joe Sullivan Paula Newby Fraser Ryan Vail Thomas Voeckler Ned Overend Steve Prefontaine and last of all John The Penguin Bingh.

Rain is a huge part of being successful in competitive sports That is what the author is arguing He then takes a case study from a real life sports example each chapter and ives a strategy or observation that he thinks helped them overcome their mental struggle I felt like the author drew a lot of cause effect conclusions that weren t necessarily logical and made his strategy fit the story but nevertheless there were some worthwhile ideas My take away How bad do I want it Not bad enough apparently I m sorry but reading about all the professional athletes dedicating their lives to the sport made me realize I am ok just ploddingpedaling along at my sub par rate I will never be at that level How bad do you want it The uestion should be asked every single day No matter what do you want in this life It can be to be a ood runner or a writer or whatever As long as you ive your 100% you will see the results I like the examples that were used in this book They were inspirational I can see myself re reading this book I actually listened to this which made this book special Call me the anomaly because all these reviewers who write how Rko good this book was seem to enjoy someone who takes loads of anecdotal stories as fact or scienceTheuy oes on way too long with this story and that story and if you listen or read closely these are not reat examples of people overcoming the mind to Edwin (The Northumbrian Thrones gain the edge They are stories you could hear on the radio or read in a magazine This is the same formula as many of theenre a collection of if they can do it you can do it stories I do not see the science or anything but examples I The Phoenix Project got this book because I hoped that it would contain practical exercises to helpain better control over the mind during competition Fitzgerald offered little in the way of practical application but I will still ive it four stars The stories were enjoyable and inspiring The essential challenge of long distance racing I understood was mental I m uess I m into sports I know the joy of moving your body of testing your mental strength And I ve enjoyed both scientific as well as narrative stories about running and yet I had such a hard time Finding a Dream (Conquest, getting through this one How Bad Do You Want It explores the idea of howreat athletic performance is as much down to mental strength than it is to physical ability even so In this book Matt Fitzgerald examines specific races and performances and uses those to illuminate scientific research on mental toughness and its importance They feel that. Explores the how and why of an elite athlete s transformative moment revealing powerful new psychobiological principles you can practice to flex your own mental fitnessThe new psychobiological model of endurance performance shows that the most important uestion in endurance sports is how bad do you want it Fitzgerald s fascinating book will forever change how you answer this uestion and show you how to master the psychology of mind over muscle These lessons will help you push back your limits and uncover your full potentialHow Bad Do You Want It reveals new psychobiological findings including Mental toughness determines how close you can et to your physical limit Bracing yourself for a tough race or workout can boost perfo.

Matt Fitzgerald is the author of numerous books on sports history and endurance sports He has enjoyed unprecedented access to professional endurance athletes over the course of his career His best sellers include Racing Weight and Brain Training for Runners He has also written extensively for Triathlete Men's Fitness Men's Health Outside Runner's World Bicycling Competitor and countless