Dr Leif H Smith has worked with NBA teams, NFL players, and athletes from almost every sport.
He’s also the author of “Sports Psychology for Dummies,” the best-selling book on optimising your performance in training in competition.
I was thrilled to have Dr Smith on my podcast recently and get deep into the weeds about the mental components of optimal performance recently. We discussed everything from how to develop mental toughness, how not to choke under pressure, how to maximise your confidence, and much more.
(Dr Smith trains in BJJ and has worked with many MMA fighters so the stuff he talks about in this podcast really applies to martial artists as well.)
Check out this amazing episode in one of the 3 formats below…
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You can listen to episode 263 of The Strenuous Life Podcast about applied sports psychology with Dr Leif H Smith in the player below
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Highlights of the Podcast Episode with Dr Leif H Smith
00:46 – Intro and Dr Leif H Smith’s background
03:27 – Professional sport teams Leif has worked with
06:41 – Differences between team sports and individual sports
08:06 – Example of group of stars that didn’t performed well together
11:59 – Common psychological performance issues combat athletes run into
15:21 – How to develop mental toughness
16:46 – How to manage fear
26:21 – What is the optimal state of arousal for your sport
35:51 – Heart rate monitors, HRV, and other measurements
38:51 – How to avoid choking in competition
42:31 – How you can use breathing to change your mindset
45:47 – Visualisation and peak performance
54:08 – How to handle losses
57:56 – What should be in your training journal?
1:03:22 – How to train BJJ with intention
1:05:29 – Claustrophobia in jiu-jitsu
1:07:07 – The confidence cycle in training and competition
1:14:17 – How to reach Leif
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