Ego training - does it affect your training? This article reaches further into 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 can often feel euphoric as your body's biological balance begins to change from training stimulation.
So lets look a little closer at some things that stimulate and cause this neurological mystery.
Age, body-type, genetics and gender will see and experience different obstacles in and out of the gym.
For males if you're young, is a great age to enter into weight training, your body's already in an incredible anabolic state, meaning: (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 enhances male qualities such as body hair, bone, muscle growth etc.
So there are some advantages at this stage for you as opposed to someone who is 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 athletes 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 this process.
Having a goal, a clear plan toward it and seeing it through will build one of the hardest things there is to attain as a Beginner - and that's the discipline of being their, 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 know or realize for that matter that this is going on as training progresses.
Early foundation training is both physical and mental with little difference 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, but refrain from overdoing it by focusing on exercise form.
Having a Goal that and a plan of how you’re going to get to that goal, often accomplishes two things:
Life has distractions, try to avoid letting the ego get in the way of your training, by staying stay focused on the goal.
Understanding all aspects of any sport or fitness lifestyle, is important...
As experience increases your body’s hormones; 'specifically testosterone', will present changes and challenges from the stimulation of weight training.
Some males handle this well, while others may not! 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, where others may spend a lot of time admiring themselves in gym 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 may not know that they're even doing this, what is happening is hormonal and biologically normal.
The euphoria experienced through the pump that's often felt during and after the workout, amplifies oxygen rich blood levels to the brain and muscle as a by-product from the the pump.
Therefore-further stimulates and strokes the ego, often becoming deeply stimulating to most athletes to varying degrees.
Ego training can also show in the form of bragging, expressing your opinion, always wanting to be right, showing-off, or for the need of efforts to be noticed.
As this stimulation occurs endorphin's are often released from the brain changing adrenal and intensity levels this affect varies from person to person.
So: if someone is hinting, or out-and-out telling you that their noticing your behaving differently and you are not noticing; or if you’re not getting asked out to as many social functions anymore - this might be why.
Trust me, this is normal, these are new things, some can be difficult to understand at first, and a lot to get your head around at times.
Always come back to your starting point:
What is your Goal?
Who do want from your training?
Do you have a plan and how hard are you willing to work to get to that goal?
The ego is natural in each of us and is no different than breathing air.
Exercising self-control early on as beginner often increases a stronger sense of discipline and confidence, this changes as experience increases often reflecting life's look and feel.
Most males, especially young males possess two sides to this relationship of our personalities:
This can manifest in different ways as to how we want others to see us as... maybe it's Heroic, Sophisticated or Smart are only examples; this need to be recognized and respected, is complicated and is still not fully understood.
Why we want others to see us in a different light often comes as a result from childhood upbringing. Our experiences, whether these were good or bad: can affect this intensity greatly, both men and women 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.
Learning from the positive and especially the negative of life's experiences and using these strengths to gain a positive momentum, becomes the recipe for your success as you travel the road towards any goal you set for yourself.
Controlling and keeping the ego in check parallels with self respect, If you find that you really struggle with this try to separate the two.
As mentioned earlier, our personalities can be complicated at best, from the outward face that we show every day to the deep psychological one that we feel each day...
it's very normal that these personalities can struggle and conflict in most of us.
You're not alone, weight training is a tool like any other.
Any discipline that you pick-up that takes a lot of mental or physical effort - is not easy! But, It does build positive character, new self-esteem and a new life direction, of where you might want to take your fitness aspirations.
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 or 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.
Using just enough of the egos driving stimulation to push yourself in the gym is Paramount as a beginner or intermediate - while leaving the rest at the gym doors...
You may find before long - others will begin to notice how you train and not only will you be noticed, but respected for it.
Finding your strength in the delicacy of the ego can be achieved by-learning and accepting humility! It's okay to be wrong. Keep your mind and opinions open to new and exciting ideas, often teaching us different ways to accomplish new things...
often surprising and inspiring to what you may learn in and out of your gym.
I encourage you to use the site, to help learn and build your knowledge and understanding, I wish you all the best in the future of your training.