The Performance State: How to Develop Athlete Self-Awareness

A scene from the great documentary Pumping Iron comes to mind when considering what has become known as the mind-body connection. The documentary is centered on the rivalry between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno for the Mr. Olympia Crown.


The scene takes place in the New York gym where Ferrigno trains. As the central moment of the scene about Lou competing comes to an end, the camera pans in on an average-looking guy standing in what was previously the background. Mr. Average is doing dumbbell curls, and from the look on his face he is concentrating neither on the movement nor his muscles. This is in direct contrast to the tremendous intensity displayed by the two titans of the film.

Bob Takano is a highly respected weightlifting coach who was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to coaching. He has been the coach of four national champions, two national record holders, and 27 top ten nationally ranked lifters. Bob has been on the coaching staffs of 17 U.S. National teams to international competitions, five of those being World Championships. His lifters have competed in seven Olympic Trials with one, Albert Hood, the third American...Read more