Can Visualizations Really Help You PR?
Written by Jaimie Bougie
A new trend that’s popping up not only in the CrossFit world but also in professional sports is athletes discussing how “visualizations” were the key to their success in competition.
Visualizations have been popular since the Soviets started using it back in the 1970s to compete in sports, and some of the most recent popular names such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Muhammad Ali, have all stated they’ve used mental practices to enhance their performance during competition.
But can visualizing a lift really help you PR?
Well, science says so.
A study looking at brain patterns in weightlifters found that the patterns activated when a weightlifter lifted hundreds of pounds were similarly activated when they only imagined lifting . Other studies have shown that doing both - the physical practice and the mental practice - is more effective than either alone .
So how does one go about mentally preparing before a competition or max out day?
In a blog post titled, Five Ways to Mentally Prepare Before Competition, Calvin Sun discusses a variety of ways you can prepare mentally before stepping onto the competition or hitting up a hard training session. If the thought of sitting still and silent for any length of time for visualizing isn’t in your wheelhouse, there are other ways you can mentally prepare.
Good luck and happy lifting!