Friday, January 22, 2010

The Power and Importance of Visualizing

Visualization is a powerful and often necessary tool that can make a huge difference in not only your workouts but in your life. Since this is, in fact, supposed to be a blog about Crossfit, I want to keep it on that track by providing you with some tools for visualization.

First of all, what is visualization? In this context, it's not just "imagining" or "wishing" or "wouldn't it be great if..." but this is for a very specific, very focused vision of what you want. I'm going to use pullups as an example because, for many of us, that is an area we are always working on and something we are desperate to finally achieve!

Visualization works best if you can incorporate as many of your senses as possible. Close your eyes. See yourself effortlessly pull yourself over the bar. Feel your hands grip the bar then push off as you lower into your kip. See yourself kipping effortlessly and perfectly as you again pull yourself over the bar. Feel how easy it is. Feel the feelings of excitement and joy as you pull yourself up over and over and over. Here's the important part: You have to really feel those feelings. Feel the endorphins wash over your body. You have to imprint how it feels to accomplish your goal then access that feeling over and over each time you visualize.

This is how your brain imprints a visualization.

"The assimilation of the repeated image causes the belief in the desired outcome."- from Hypnobirthing: A Celebration of Life by Marie Mongan

So what does that all mean? It means the more you visualize something, and really put yourself there emotionally, the more your brain will begin to accept that vision as reality. Whatever you want to achieve, you must do this visualization exercise every. single. day.

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