Imagine participating in an experiment in which you’re asked to ride a bicycle until you’re completely exhausted.
A group of scientists will soon be measuring your heart rate, pedaling power and pace. They instruct you to rate how hard the exercise feels during different points of the exercise and attach electrodes to your forehead and cheeks to monitor your grimaces.
You get on the bike and pedal feverishly at about 80 percent of your predetermined maximum force until you simply can’t take it anymore and stop.
In two weeks, you’ll do the same test again. Only this time you’ll have been doing your regular exercise after being coached in ”self-talk”, the verbal banter many athletes use during workouts and competitions.
Compared to the control group that’ll receive no self-talk coaching, how well do you think you’d do? [Read more…]