Motivation – Using the left or right brain

Motivation never comes easy, especially when it comes to exercise. Busy lifestyles, schedules and the need to train on a high level will all butt heads at some point. Let’s face it, if you want to be good at a sport, then you are going to need to train when you’re tired, stressed, and pinched for time. So, what motivates you? Are you motivated by the sights and feel of a workout or by the numbers? Determining this will help you figure out which side of the brain you like to use most, which will then help you dig deep for motivation when you need it.

Most athletes will train on a daily basis but never think about what motivates them. As a coach, I try to figure out what motivates people, but as a self-coached athlete, you need to do this on your own and it’s important to do. You need to determine whether you are a left or right brained dominant person and use this to your advantage. So let’s take a look at the differences between left and right brain characteristics.

Left or Right Brained

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A coaching viewpoint

When coaching athletes, there is always a lot to think about on an ongoing weekly and monthly basis. Keeping in mind the goals for the upcoming season, weaknesses and strengths of each athlete, the seasonal focus, current weather conditions, available schedule, current training fatigue and more. So what is the best training focus for one athlete may not be the best focus for another athlete. The goal with each person is to create the most individualized program possible to push personal limits, but to also gear training towards a specific goal, whether the race goal is a short or longer distance event. Continue reading