Ego training does it affect your training? This article is applicable to all, who are interested!,This page relates to the Mental aspect of what some beginners and intermediates may experience early on in there training.
If you're not use to anaerobic style training, this type of training often feels euphoric as you change the hormonal balance biologically in your body. So lets look at what is happening with ego training, and your body.
Age, body-type, genetics and gender will see and experience different obstacles in and out of the gym.
For males if you're young, are at a rich age to enter into weight training, your body are already in an incredible anabolic state, e.g., (your body and its hormones are experiencing a large growth rate ).
Physically this is an ideal age to be at, hormone levels are almost off the charts biologically; your body is flooded with testosterone the hormone that will enhances male qualities such as body hair, bone and muscle growth etc.
So there are some advantages at this stage for you as opposed to someone who is much older. But...
With all things that are great, sometimes a small curse can follow in its place...
As I too have lived through this age myself and watched many other young males also go through this in and out of the gym, including my own kids.
This will vary in each person differently; as you develop. Training results can be hampered by the misguided confidence of the Ego.
The ego needs guidance, like a big brother, building self-discipline in your training routine helps guide the ego.
Having a goal an a clear plan towards your goal and seeing it through will build one of the hardest things there is to attain as Beginners - and that's the discipline of being there, week in and week out to see your goal become a reality.
Ego training is simply how we act, conduct or perceive ourselves. Often beginners and intermediates don't even know, recognize or realize for that matter that this is going on as their training.
Early foundation training is both physical and mental, this is no different from intermediate all the way to senior advanced level lifters. Ego training is something that as you get older you learn to understand and curb.
The ego of course is important to have on your side in the gym, if it wasn't for the ego, you probably wouldn't be there in the first place. Train at your lifting level while refraining from overdoing it, instead focus on exercise form.
Life has many distractions, don/t let ego training get in the way, stay focused on your goal.
Find a goal that inspires you and make a plan of how you’re going to get to that goal, often accomplishes two things...
Understanding all aspects of any sport or fitness lifestyle, is important...
As a beginner, your body’s hormones; specifically testosterone, will present changes even challenges from the stimulation of weight training.
Some males handle this well, while others don’t! Most guys that struggle with this the hardest, are the gung-ho types. some gyms will often have a few guys like this them.
Some may swagger or holler when lifting, so others look, some spend a lot of time admiring themselves in the gym’s mirrors, or in front of friends or girlfriends.
This constant need for attention looks unpolished on most. The real polish comes from time and experience, and exercised effort of controlling the ego in and out of the gym.
Many of those that do this may not know that they're even doing it, What is happening is hormonal and biologically normal.
One of the biggest contributing factors to the stroking of the male ego can often be felt as 'euphoria' that goes with the pump, as oxygen rich blood travels to the brain and muscle as a by-product from the the pump, can become deeply stimulating to any athlete.
Ego training can be manifested in some by bragging, expressing your opinion, always being right, showing off, or the need for your efforts to be noticed.
Not to mention as this stimulation is occurring, endorphin's will be released from the brain and can vary in everyone. This too can also vary from different body parts and intensity levels as to how intense this can feel...
So if someone is hinting, or out-and-out telling you that they’ve noticed you behaving this way and you are not noticing, or if you’re not getting asked out to as many parties anymore - this might be why.
Trust me, this is normal, these are new things and some can be difficult to understand there can be a lot to get your head around at times for some.
The ego is natural in each of us and is no different than breathing air.
Exercising self-control early on as beginner will always increase a stronger sense of self-discipline and confidence. How this is manifests itself as your experience increases, will reflect on how you look and feel about life.
Most males, especially young males possess two sides to this relationship of our personalities. The first one is:
This can manifest in different ways as to how we want others to see us as... super-human or maybe extremely smart are only examples. This need to be recognized and respected, is complicated and little understood.
Why we want others to see us in a different light generally results from childhood upbringing of our experiences, whether these were good or bad: can affect the intensity greatly, some males/females may use this to go on and achieve great things in their weight training and life...
While others will struggle and never really seem to find the path that suits them best.
Controlling and keeping the ego in check has more to do with how you honor yourself, If you find that you really struggle with this, try to separate these two if you can.
As mentioned earlier, our personalities and understanding of them can be complicated at best. From the outward face that we show every day to the deep psychological one that we feel each day...
These personalities, can really struggle and conflict in both males and females. If you find this happens, you are very normal in this. Sometimes these reactions can be caused, 'as mentioned'; from a negative upbringing or lack of direction in it.
You're not alone, weight training is a tool like any other. Any discipline that you pick-up that's not easy, taking a lot of mental or physical effort, generally winds doing at least one thing for everyone. It builds positiveness into your character, while building new self-esteem and a new life direction.
This now brings a new, exciting and very positive influence into the direction of where you want to take your life and your weight training.
Understanding that you do have an ego and how to use it to your advantage, separating the daily face that you show outwardly each day; from that of the deep psychological and imaginary face of the ego and learning to balance them, is the essence of ego training.
The ego is the shadowy figure and second side to each us, often a manifest of thoughts and beliefs from life's experiences, that resides in the imagination of how we want to perceive ourselves.
Mentally making an effort to control ego training in the gym while using the egos positive energy and intensity to keep you consistently motivated helps to keep overconfidence at bay.
Try to use just enough of the driving strength of the ego to push yourself in the gym is Paramount as beginners or intermediates, but try to leave the rest at the gym doors...
Trust me, it won’t be long before others will begin to notice how you train, not only will you be noticed, but also respected for it.
The ego can be both delicate and aggressive I’ll admit; as all of us start out as beginners' at one time .
Finding your strength in the delicacy of your ego can be achieved by: learning and accepting humility! It is okay to be wrong. Keep your mind and opinions open to new and maybe even exciting ideas, of different ways to do and accomplish things...
You may be very surprised as to what you might learn in and out of your gym.
I encourage you to use the site, to help learn and build your knowledge and understanding, as it was built for you and I of course wish you all the best in you training. DWT