"Women are constantly overshadowed by obstacles they cannot shake!" says Carla Lundblade, a licensed clinical therapist who works with some of the country's top professional sports stars and celebrities from her practice in Beverly Hills. "They will most likely not achieve their workout goals because they are not preparing themselves enough mentally for the many challenges ahead."
If you focus on coaching yourself psychologically rather than just physically, you'll get better results, Lundblade says. "Sports psychologists and therapists have studied MRI scans which show how important emotions and mental imagery are to the physical gift of an athlete," she explains. "Women can incorporate brain training techniques very quickly that will make their physical training programs more effective and give them a competitive edge."
Here are five mental mistakes you may be making at the gym—and how to change your brain for better results!
1. Low Self-Esteem
Maybe you're just not confident enough to meet your fitness goals. "This is a problem that has everything to do with mental skills training and requires regular positive reinforcement coaching," Lundblade says. Try picking a personal trainer who provides plenty of support, or a workout buddy who can encourage you along the way.
2. Fear of Failure
It can be embarrassing and discouraging to hit the workout circuit and feel like you can't keep up with other women. "Women are highly affected by what other people think of them and their performance," Lundblade says. "I've seen a lot of women quit working out due to the fear of failing and it's a travesty." The bottom line here? Don't worry about what other people think, if you keep at it, you'll be up to their level in no time.