Part 2: You need to consider the emotional component of conditioning.

In part one on avoiding injury, we looked at the value of listening to your body to assess what’s working and what’s not working. An athlete asked me, What about the emotional component of weight lifting in conditioning?

You have to learn to manage your emotions when you are under the duress of elite performance. No matter what conditioning exercises you’re doing, it is crucial that you stay present with what you’re feeling emotionally. Your emotions impact your mind and body. Ask yourself, where is that emotion landing in my body? How is it affecting my focus? Be present with your feelings.

You need to deal with what is. You may need to ask yourself, What was I thinking that led to this feeling? Is that thought supporting me to focus on my training? What might help me address the issue and reestablish emotional balance?

Trouble starts when you stuff a feeling down or ignore it. If you do that, the issue will definitely be lodged in your muscles and in your focus. You can save a great performance and avoid injury when you take the time to acknowledge your feelings, your thoughts, and any conflict going on inside you.

Try reframing your negative thoughts to positives. What would be the opposite of what you were thinking? Notice how a shift in your attitude can shift your mood and restore you to balance as well as give you the energy you need for conditioning.

Listen to your body. Assess what is working and not working. Face your emotions. Look at your thoughts. Be willing to do what you need to do to address whatever comes up. Be willing to shift your thinking and adjust your focus during your conditioning.

In short, this kind of self-assessment can save you.