With the 2018 CrossFit® Open in full swing there are plenty of stories circulating not only about the physical training that CrossFit® athletes endure but also how mental conditioning plays a critical role in their performance. It should come as no surprise then, that the mind is the most important yet undervalued tool when it comes to improved athletic performance.
Ultimately, it is the mind that controls how the physical body behaves and is a powerful indication of what the body is capable of. Therefore, it is of the highest priority that you find the resources you need to develop your mind if you wish to be a successful competitive athlete.
(Related: Mindset Training for Competitive Athletes)
Unfortunately, ‘meditation’ is a vast subject and it’s difficult to know where to start and what to do. Our own OPEX Coaches have discovered two apps that are not only easy to use, but will also teach you how to meditate.
“Brilliant things happen in calm minds.”
Headspace was founded in May 2010, by Andy Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, and Rich Pierson. The objective of their entire platform is to help others find their inner sense of peace and calm through guided and easy to understand meditation exercises ranging from 5 minutes to over an hour.
There’s a wealth of content within the app and meditation exercises tailored to address specific issues like sleep, relationships, and sports performance.
Anyone who open Headspace for the first time gets a complete week for free and starts learning immediately the principles of good meditation practices. Even if you don’t plan to continue with the subscription based service, investing some time into the free trial period will provide you with some great insight into how to meditate and the practices around that.
Calm is very similar to HeadSpace in the overall design and execution of the platform. However, the meditation exercises involve natural sounds like rain, or ocean waves, a feature which is missing in HeadSpace.
Calm also offers a free 7 day trial period in which the user will be permitted full access to the platform and tools and resources to learn how to meditate. However, there seem to be less ‘guided’ exercises on the platform.
There’s no such thing as a ‘better’ app to choose, only the one that works for you. We recommend you try out the trial period on each app and determine for yourself which one works best for you. This small investment of both your time and money will pay off tremendously in your athletic performance and the strength of your mindset.
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