Dr. Simon Marshall is a Professional brain wrangler for endurance athletes and author of The Brave Athlete.
It's high time to dig into another one of the dog-eared books on my shelf - one of those titles that I folded over, highlighted and scribbled in profusely. The book, entitled, "", claims to solve the 13 most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races. It's based on the idea that you don’t have one brain - you have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for control all the time and that’s when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look. What if you could stop the thoughts and feelings you don’t want? What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero, and handle any stress? According to today's podcast guests and the authors of the book - Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson - you can indeed take control of your brain so you can train harder, race faster, and better enjoy your sport. Dr. Simon Marshall trains the brains of endurance athletes and fitness enthusiasts to become happier and more mentally tough. He is former Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and Professor of Exercise Science at San Diego State University where he was Director of the Graduate Program in Sport & Exercise Psychology. He has published over 100 scientific articles on the psychology of exercise and has been cited in the scientific literature over 10,000 times. He has served as invited expert on exercise science for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Cancer Society. He is currently the Performance Psychologist for the BMC Racing team, an elite WorldTour professional cycling team. As the sherpa-husband of professional triathlete Lesley Paterson, he is the founding member of Team S.H.I.T. (Supportive Husbands in Training), and competes in triathlon or cycling events as the husband of Lesley Paterson. Lesley Paterson is a professional mountain biker, 3-time world champion in off-road triathlon, an Ironman® triathlon champion, endurance coach, and foul-mouthed Scots lassie. Growing up in Scotland, Lesley was the only girl on an all-boys rugby team, which is where she nurtured her love of dirt and dirty words. Banned from the team when puberty struck, she took up cross-country running and triathlon and was soon winning national titles and competing internationally. Lesley founded Braveheart Coaching to train and inspire endurance athletes to compete with passion, toughness, and an unwavering “Braveheart” spirit in overcoming obstacles. Paterson is a trained actress, a screenwriter, and personal trainer to Hollywood actors. During our discussion, you'll discover: -What made Simon and Lesley work on this book together as a dual process...8:45 -What an athletic identity is, and how to form a strong one...12:45 -How to use a self-schema process to build your identity and avoid a damaging "identity mismatch"...20:45 -Why an alter-ego for yourself is one of the most powerful things you can do to form an athletic identity...38:00 -Why rituals seem less and less common in an era of "holding your smartphone for a selfie" before the race...42:30 -Simon and Lesley's best of the best advice for getting through an injury...50:45 -Simon and Lesley's tips for getting outside your comfort zones...1:01:45 -A thumb tapping exercise for increasing your tolerance to pain and getting outside your comfort zone...1:10:15 -And much more! Episode Sponsors: -. A bioavailable blend to support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility, and bone health.Use discount code "benflex10" and receive 10% off your first order of Kion Flex! -! You've got to try their new Elk bar. Not only is elk one of the most flavorful, but it's high in Vitamin B and many other vital nutrients. Save 10% off your order from Onnit using my ! - Molecular, hydrogen-infused water. They've just released the H2 Elite X, a combination water/inhalation system. Get 30% off their H2 Now tablets when you enter the code "ben" at checkout. -. The best shave you'll ever experience. Get their full trial set for FREE at . Resources from this episode: - - - Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Simon, Lesley or me? Leave your comments at http://bengreenfieldfitness.com/braveathlete and one of us will reply!
(This interview first aired in June of 2017) Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson are the dynamic duo behind Braveheart Coaching and the new book The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion (2017, VeloPress). Lesley is a three-time off road triathlon champion, Ironman champion, coach, actress and screenwriter. Simon is a PhD. and former professor at University of California at San Diego and San Diego State. He's written extensively and currently provides performance psychology support for the BMC Pro Cycling team.   The Show Increasing mental performance is not just for the elite athlete--age groupers of any level can benefit greatly by harnessing the power of their mind. Conversely, they can suffer ill effects when certain parts of their brain use fear, anxiety, and poor self-image to sabotage their efforts. Simon and Lesley talk about some of their unique approaches, formed from plenty of formal education and research, and tested by the mentally demanding lifestyle of a professional athlete. Some topics include: "Textbook" approaches to mental performance that may not work as advertised The importance of developing a mature athletic identity The use of an "Alter Ego" to help athletes "fake it 'til they make it" Why "Motivation Monday" social media posts are really not that motivational (and sometimes just plain suck) How social media and comparing yourself to someone's idealized "presentation" can be very harmful to your self-image Using triggers, rituals and rewards to create new positive habits     Buy The Brave Athlete  Order from Simon and Lesley!  Amazon.com  Barnes & Noble  Chapters/Indigo  IndieBound  Cordee (UK)   Follow Simon and Lesley Braveheart Coaching Lesley Paterson Lesley Paterson Facebook Lesley Paterson Twitter Simon Marshall Twitter
  Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson are the dynamic duo behind Braveheart Coaching and the new book The Brave Athlete: Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion (2017, VeloPress).  Lesley is a three-time off road triathlon champion, Ironman champion, coach, actress and screenwriter. Simon is a PhD. and former professor at University of California at San Diego and San Diego State. He's written extensively and currently provides performance psychology support for the BMC Pro Cycling team.   The Show Increasing mental performance is not just for the elite athlete--age groupers of any level can benefit greatly by harnessing the power of their mind. Conversely, they can suffer ill effects when certain parts of their brain use fear, anxiety, and poor self-image to sabotage their efforts.  Simon and Lesley talk about some of their unique approaches, formed from plenty of formal education and research, and tested by the mentally demanding lifestyle of a professional athlete. Some topics include:  "Textbook" approaches to mental performance that may not work as advertised The importance of developing a mature athletic identity The use of an "Alter Ego" to help athletes "fake it 'til they make it" Why "Motivation Monday" social media posts are really not that motivational (and sometimes just plain suck) How social media and comparing yourself to someone's idealized "presentation" can be very harmful to your self-image Using triggers, rituals and rewards to create new positive habits      Buy The Brave Athlete  Order from Simon and Lesley!  Amazon.com  Barnes & Noble  Chapters/Indigo  IndieBound  Cordee (UK)   Follow Simon and Lesley Braveheart Coaching Lesley Paterson Lesley Paterson Facebook Lesley Paterson Twitter Simon Marshall Twitter
This week I get to have a helluva fun conversation with Dr Simon Marshall the other half of Lesley Patterson - the sports psych half that trains the brains of athletes and fitness enthusiasts to become happier and more mentally tough. We delve deeper into their new book “The Brave Athlete – Calm the Fuck Down and Rise to the Occasion” and do so in a fun way that just makes you want to roll up your sleeves and get into it. Simon makes the subject really fun and easy to understand.  I had a helluva lot of fun speaking with Simon and I know you’ll get lots from this. And if you haven’t yet ordered their book. Do it, you won’t regret it but be willing to work to make a huge positive impact on your life.  Lets do this.   Enjoy. IN TODAY’S EPISODE, WE DISCUSS: We go into the Brain basics, then jump into the heart, the wings and the fight Dealing with obstacles, setbacks and conflict Mirror mirror on the wall... Is it real? Developing battle skills We talk feeling FAT Comfort Zones Why we need love and compassion for ourselves and our competitors The real swim conversation going on in your head Mind viruses Bringing baggage to training, racing and life And so much more training between your ears Listen & Subscribe on iTunes | Stitcher Radio SHOW LINKS: Web: www.braveheartcoach.com Get the Book: The Brave Athlete – Calm the F*ck Down and Rise to the Occasion   Join (for Free) our TRISPECIFIC CAFE https://www.facebook.com/TriSpecific http://www.instagram.com/trispecific SHOW SPONSOR: TS LIFE – Are YOU worth the investment? Our TS LIFE Yearly membership gives you access to 12+ plans, all the content you do need so you can turn down all the other noise and access to a great community and the coaches to get your most pressing questions answered. Join now and enter the coupon code “fatblack” to save $100 off. PLEASE HELP US GROW… To subscribe to the podcast, please use the links below: Click Here to Subscribe via iTunes If you have a chance, please leave an honest rating and review on iTunes by clicking here. It will help the show and its ranking in iTunes immensely! We appreciate it! Enjoy the show!
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San Diego, California, USA
Episode Count
4
Podcast Count
3
Total Airtime
4 hours, 44 minutes