As Christmas approaches and things begin to slow down at work or school, and the rush, stress and excitement for the holidays picks up, you might find yourself losing motivation to take care of you! Check out this article from Adam Berry from Mindset Sports Psychology about motivation.
A key component in sport and athletic success is motivation, but to understand someone’s motivation we must first understand what success and failure means to them, and to appreciate that we must examine a person’s achievement goals and how they relateto the individual’s perceptions of competence, self-worth, or perceived ability.
The two forms of goal orientation are “task” and “outcome”. Task-oriented individuals participate in activities in an attempt to self-improve and master the sport in which they play. They base success and perceived ability on their own performances, and do not depend on the performances of others. Outcome-orientated individuals, however, focus on comparing themselves with and defeating others, and competing with others instead of themselves.
An example of an outcome-orientated goal athlete is one who is focusing on out-performing someone in an event, or winning a bodybuilding competition. These types of goals are in large part out of the control of the individual because athletes cannot control how their competition prepares for an event. For instance, even though an athlete showed up in the best shape of their life for a body building competition, the other competitors may be much better than anticipated, and if this resulted in the athlete losing then they would have failed in their goal, reducing their self-perceived ability, and as a result would feel bad about themselves.
An example of a task goal orientated athlete is one whose aim is to master the sport of tennis and to constantly improve in all aspects of the game. The player is not comparing his or her own ability to that of other tennis players, but instead to how he or she performed yesterday, last week, or last month. Subsequently, the results are within his or her own control.
I agree with most sport psychologists who contend that task orientation, more often than outcome orientation, leads to a strong work ethic, persistence in the face of failure, optimal performance, and a greater enjoyment of physical activity. I also believe that focusing on task goals leads to greater athletic success, mainly because such athletes have greater mental regulation and control. They possess a healthier, more controllable theory of the causes of success, believing that success is a result of positive thought, effort, teamwork, and support.
When athletes who use outcome-orientated goals experience defeat, they will often start to reduce their efforts, cease trying, or make excuses. In an effort to protect their self-worth they are more likely to select tasks in which they are guaranteed success or are so outmatched that no one would expect them to do well. If such an athlete participates in a team that is losing, their belief system will prevent them from believing that they were at fault for the loss, which will result in them blaming their teammates or the coach.
When I work with athletes I encourage the use of task orientated goals as it helps make them more self-aware,inspires them to better themselves, and helps them to become more stable, more consistent, and harder working. They are also less apt to be brought down by failure and adversity.
Strength in Conditioning for Monday, December, 16, 2013
Have you been keeping up with the SICFIT Scottsdale 12 Days of Christmas at home? Just because there wasn’t a class yesterday doesn’t mean you get to skip out on this tradition! If you didn’t complete you 25 push ups and 50 overhead squat yesterday for day two, then you’d better get it done before you show up to class today for day three! The SICFIT Santa knows, and you better believe he will still put you on that naughty list!
FITNESS: 5-8 back squat + 5 board jump + 10 push up
SPORT: 3-5 back squat + 7 broad jump + 15 push up
Welcome to day one of the SICFIT Scottsdale 12 days of Christmas! Just like in the classic song, each day brings new gifts for us to enjoy — but the SICFIT version doesn’t include any turtle doves or pear trees. No, the gifts in our version of the 12 days of Christmas are gifts of fitness! Each day we will add a new physical task to complete, in addition to all the tasks dished out previously. On the 12th day, Christmas, we will all meet at Northsight Park at noon to complete the workout in its entirety! What better way to celebrate the holiday of giving than by giving yourself, your family, and your friends the gift of fitness! All are welcome and the event is free!
Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, December 14, 2013
1000 Meter row
50 Kettlebell swings
100 Sit ups
50 Kettlebell swings
150 Sit ups
50 Kettlebell swings
100 Sit ups
1000 Meter row
Teams of four
Only one can work at a time
Strength in Conditioning for Friday, December 13, 2013
I challenge you to dedicate today’s workout to the new, old you. The new, old you is the person that you are just on the brink of becoming. It is the you that will manifest once you overcome whatever obstacles have been in the forefront of your life as of late. Theses can be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or even multidimensional. Dedicate this workout to your own victory over these obstacles. Dedicate it t to the new, old you, that you will be able to look upon in awe of how much you have grown, achieved, and transformed.
Kettlebell swings | 4×8 unbroken sets | 1 minute rest between sets
It’s time to make 2014 ALL ABOUT YOU! Get started with this KILLER offer from SICFIT Scottsdale. From now until January 5th, you can purchase three (3) 30 minute Private Training sessions for only $99!! Get some for you, or for someone you love! All PT sessions must be used between January 1-31st.
New year, new you.
Questions? Please see a coach in the gym, call 480.922.3253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Strength in Conditioning for Thursday, December 12, 2013
What motivates you to show up at SICFIT Scottsdale day after day? Is it for the pure joy of getting your butt kicked? Maybe it gives you a fresh boost of confidence and an adrenaline rush? Perhaps getting your daily dose of strength in conditioning empowers you to live your life to the fullest?
SICFITTER since 2008, 70 year old Bill Gold would likely agree with the last statement. He recently shared his story about how SICFIT has helped him get the most out of the things he enjoys, like on his recent hunting excursion.
“I enjoyed a great hunt in the Yukon this October. I hunted for moose, caribou, and wolf. I went with a friend of mine, Wayne Greene. At Watson Lake, we flew in a float plane 45 minutes into the wilderness and landed on a lake called Meeting Lake. We met our guides and our horses there. The next morning we packed up the horses and rode 21 miles from the lake and into the wilderness and arrived at a small Trapper’s Cabin. Each morning we were up at 5am and saddled up after breakfast and rode out to hunt. We didn’t return until after dark. The hunt was one of the best I have ever been on and thanks to SICFIT I was able to get along and enjoy it. Thank you.”
Keep living your passions and let SICFIT help you make the most of them!
Partner stretch on pull up bar
Foam roll upper thoracic spine
Wall walk + handstand holds
Press | Push press | Push jerk
5 Each | rest 2 minute
4 Each | rest 2 minute
3 Each | rest 2 minute
2 Each | rest 1 minute
1 Each | rest 30 seconds
5 Clusters 1,1,1,1,1 | 10 sec rest in between each
600 Meter row + 10 burpees
400 Meter row + 10 burpees
In case you missed the post on Facebook about our November Athlete of the Month, then check it out! SICFIT Scottsdale would like to introduce you to Ricki Baldwin! Ricki and her daughter Brooke have been students at SICFIT Scottsdale for almost a year! Ricki is one tough mama and consistently conquers every workout thrown at her. Keep it up Ricki! ALL your coaches are still wanting to see you out competing!!
Strength in Conditioning for Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Anything for just 400 meters can’t be too bad… right? Wrong! Not for today’s WOW anyway. And don’t be fooled by the the single task on the agenda. Sometimes the simpler the workout seems on paper, the more trying it is in practice. Make the commitment to yourself before you take even your first lunge to keep a positive outlook no matter how taxing each step becomes. In this workout especially, the only way to finish is by taking one step at a time.
Lower extremity mobility
Stretch of the Week