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Champion’s Zone

Follow along in the Champion’s Zone for motivation and inspiration to stay mentally fit!


“The attitude with which we approach the situation can determine our success or failure.” -Peyton ManningPeyton Manning

This quote goes along great with Channel Your Inner Athlete’s concept of Attitude, Behavior, Technique, in that if you have a negative outlook on something, it will affect your behavior negatively, and thus your performance or technique. Is there a fitness goal deep down you want to accomplish, but you always say to yourself “Yeah right I could NEVER do that,” or “I don’t have good enough genes to do that.” That perspective and attitude you have is affecting your BEHAVIOR…and no wonder you don’t have the willingness to work towards that goal! Change your outlook to a positive one, and it will change your behavior and actions.

Mental Toughness

Bruce Jenner“You have to train your mind like you train your body.” -Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner always felt his greatest asset was not his physical ability, but his mental ability. Mind over matter, we hear that over and over again. We train our bodies daily with repetitive exercise and progression for reinforcement, but rarely do we do the same for our minds. Just like you develop your physical skills, repetitive daily mental practice and reinforcement in the form of self-talk is just as imperative. Take time every day to work on 1 or 2 things that you may lack in – in the mental department – including goal setting, self talk, confidence, inner strength, etc. Both the mind and body operate in sync, and when one is lacking, the other usually tends to fall behind as well.


Lou Holtz“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.” -Lou Holtz

Let’s face it, our lives are so busy with competing priorities that we can easily slip into a fitness rut. Workouts start to be monotonous and more of a chore, we start making excuses for skipping gym sessions, etc. But MAYBE it’s because you don’t have something you are working towards. Take a day to really sit down and think about some fitness-related goals that you really would want to accomplish, and don’t be afraid to set the bar high, because that high bar just may be what you need to IGNITE that burning desire and breathe life back into your fitness regimen.

Discipline, Drive, Determination

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” -Tommy LasordaTommy Lasorda

Determination can take you to the top of that mountain, and it can for sure help you achieve your fitness goals, regardless of your natural ability. Determination is the ability of the mind to achieve whatever it wants to achieve – it is the WILL power to accomplish, it is your inner strength and wisdom that drives the mind to successful accomplishments. So how do we channel this inner strength you ask? My best advice is to hang around somebody who is determined and has great inner strength, or read a highly-rated book on how to unleash this wisdom, because like they say, the best way to learn is from others. Observe, read, and adopt best practices, and you will take your mental game to the next level.


“With confidence, you have won even before you have started.” -Marcus GarveyMarcus Garvey

What does this mean to you? Have you ever gotten yourself into a situation, fitness-related or other, where you said to yourself “There is no way I can do this, absolutely no way,” where you basically threw in the towel before you even started?

What if you were to have said to yourself in that same situation, “This task seems daunting, but I WILL get through it!” Even if you truly don’t believe it, say that to yourself next time. This reminds me of when I tried to do my first pull up after I specifically strength trained to be able to do one. Those little negative thoughts kept slipping into my mind, “What if I can’t do one?”. Then I finally stomped my foot down, told myself I had trained an entire couple of months to the best of my ability, and I was going to get this done, by hell or high water. I wasn’t quite sure if I truly believed myself in that moment, but just that slight transitional shift in my mind set allowed me to perform my first pull up!

Work Ethic

Don Zimmer“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle, and giving 110 percent all the time.” -Don Zimmer

What does giving 110% in your workouts mean to you? Maybe it is just showing up, pumping out 3 more reps than planned, or maybe working out for an extra 10 minutes. Whatever YOUR 110% is, PRACTICE IT DAILY, and I almost guarantee you will never hit a fitness plateau. A part of giving your daily 110% is also working on how to get to that 120%. For example – what did you do today in your workout that was good? Maybe you were able to complete that third set of squats, that is awesome! But then ask yourself: “What needs to get better?” Perhaps your actual squat form needs a little work. Finally, what changes should you make to become your best? You might find that a few more stretching sessions might give you the mobility you need for that great squat form.


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