stress management

Visualization

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

Visualization, like segmenting, is exactly what it sounds like – the practice of mentally rehearsing something before you do it.  Researchers use the acronym PETTLEP to break down the components of a visualization exercise that should be accounted for: Physical, Environment, Task, Timing, Learning, Emotion and Perspective [1,2].  Skills are contextual. When you’re practicing something […]

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Self Talk

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 0 Comments

We’ve all got a running commentary in our heads throughout much of the day–scientists call it an “internal monologue”. During intensely challenging workouts or events in selection you’ll find out just how loud this voice can get, and it’s totally inescapable. It can be a force for good or an agent of your destruction. Learning […]

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Segmenting

By Jonathan Pope / May 27, 2021 / 2 Comments

A little-appreciated fact about selection is that a surprising amount of the quitting happens on a Sunday night or Monday morning, not in the middle of training evolutions. That’s right, GI Jane was a lie. It’s not the immediate prospect of doing push-ups for another hour that really messes with your head, it’s reflecting in […]

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Breathing and Performance

By Jonathan Pope / November 26, 2020 / 1 Comment

Breathing is an integral part of nearly every skill you’ll need in SOF selection from stress management to running, rucking and every physical task you’ll do. And, just like how quickly you can run five miles or how much you can barbell back squat, how well you breathe is highly trainable.  Today you’ll take around […]

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