Ready To Rock Black Friday

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Ready To Rock Black Friday

Let's do this.

Black Friday is two weeks from today. It's a day that symbolizes holiday craziness and, for many athletes, a higher level of difficulty staying in our performance and fitness routines. 

Team DeepFit can change that story. I want the entire team to reach "black" status on their dashboards on Black Friday. I want you to feel your best as you head into the peak of the holiday season.

With a bit of focus, it's not hard to accomplish. Here's the plan!

  1. Get your recovery right. Eat well, sleep well, zap soreness and, most of all, congratulate yourself daily on these improvements. Feel good about what you're doing for your body.
  2. Push hard in your training all next week. Assuming you aren't injured or sick, go ahead and push yourself to a high level of exertion through next Friday. You know you won't be able to push as hard during the week of Thanksgiving, especially if you're traveling.
  3. Prepare for emotional and mental stress. Uncle Joe will definitely get tipsy and say something rude on Thanksgiving. Holiday shopping will definitely take its toll. Prepare in advance by doing some extra yoga and meditation for the next two weeks. 
  4. Be grateful on Thanksgiving. That's what the holiday is all about. Don't beat yourself up if you eat more calories than you think you should. Don't add internal stress on top of the external factors. You're an athlete. You're strong and healthy. You're an inspiration to friends and family. That's something to be very thankful for.

I'll send individual Black Friday tips to each DeepFitter as we approach Thanksgiving, based on trends and correlations I'm seeing in your data. Keep up with your reports so we can achieve the best results!

You rock!
-Dan

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Time, Task And Self-Motivation

 Justin is one of our strength athletes who tends be left-right in his orientation to time. Park (background) is more forward-facing. Both these guys have tremendous inner strength and mental focus.

Justin is one of our strength athletes who tends be left-right in his orientation to time. Park (background) is more forward-facing. Both these guys have tremendous inner strength and mental focus.

Know What Drives You

All athletes have default methods for managing time, task-completion and self-motivation. However, most of us don't have a solid grip on these inner "settings" and their implications until we take a few minutes to learn about them.

Stand up, close your eyes and visualize the past. It can be a single moment in the past day, month or year, or it can be the past as a whole. Now, as you are visualizing it, point to the past.

Do the same for the future.

You just laid out a mental timeline for yourself, from past to future. For most people, that timeline runs either left-right or backward-forward. (For many left-right people, it's at a slight forward angle, resembling a fan-like shape.)

Now, take 2 minutes to complete the DeepFit online TEOSQ for either run/bike/tri or strength/CrossFit athletes.

With these 2 pieces of information (default orientation to time and default orientation to task), you now have the basis to develop a well-rounded form of self-motivation. You are also a step ahead of most other sub-professional athletes!

6 Types Of Self-Motivation

Here are the 6 possible combinations of time and task orientations, along with a key phrase that often helps to self-motivate each type during a tough moment:

  1. Left-right and task-oriented. "Drop the past, don't look at the finish line, count the reps (or steps)."
  2. Left-right and ego-oriented. "Drop the past, don't look at the finish line, focus on how physically strong you are."
  3. Left-right and mixed task-ego. "Drop the past, don't look at the finish line, keep Susan (or some training partner) in your peripheral vision."
  4. Backward-forward and task-oriented. "Count the reps (or steps), eyes on the prize."
  5. Backward-forward and ego-oriented. "Focus on how physically strong you are, and how much stronger you'll be when this is done."
  6. Backward-forward and mixed task-ego. "Keep Susan (or some training partner) in your peripheral vision, but keep most of your focus forward."

Keep 1 thing in mind, no matter how you use this information. There is a lot of gray area and a lot of overlap between types. In reality, most athletes end up switching from one mode to another throughout a training cycle or even a single training session. What's important is to know your default settings and to be aware of the possibilities outlined above. With that knowledge, you can choose the motivators you need in any given moment.

We're starting our next cohort of DeepFitters tomorrow, October 17th. It's a run/bike/tri group. Sign up today!

-Dan

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Performance Starting Points

If there’s a 3-line recipe for achieving performance breakthroughs in any sport, it might look something like this:

  • Optimize the stress-recovery cycle throughout your training (get stronger and fitter)
  • Feel confident and ready on competition and test days (prime yourself)
  • Make full use of well-honed cognitive and physical systems during the competition (go hard and leave it all on the field)

From those 3 lines, it tends to get a lot more complicated. Training programs proliferate. Nutrition plans crop up every step of the way – some helpful and some not. “Body” diehards advocate for more and more objective data collection. “Mind” coaches talk about goal-setting, visualization and psychosocial recovery.

Is there a single, unified and “right” way? Maybe so, maybe not. Different tools work for different people, at different moments in their lives.

What we find more interesting here at DeepFit is that there is some real consistency in the end points. And if we can work backward from that commonality, we may be able to help generate more frequent performance breakthroughs.

We may also be able to help build more meaning into our athletes' daily lives.

So, what does the typical breakthrough look like? Elite athletes in every sport we’ve researched put it this way:

  1. I got a breakthrough or contributed to a major team breakthrough
  2. I reviewed what happened, and really absorbed the lessons from it
  3. I applied those lessons to my next phase of training
  4. With each repetition of the performance cycle, I became less dependent on external voices or markers and more trusting of myself

The DeepFit hypothesis is that all athletes (not just pros) can benefit from a little more of that type of self-reflection. It just needs to be an efficient process, because we don't have as much time in our days as pros have. 

Get started on our 2-minute daily self-report platform and see if it works for you!

-Dan

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Water For The Reservoir

DeepFit's Mission

All athletes – from recreational to professional – know that inner strength is just as important as muscle and equipment in achieving their breakthrough goals. What many recreational athletes don’t know is that inner strength is just as measurable and coachable as what the visible body is doing.

DeepFit’s mission is to bring a laser focus on the heart and mind in sports, leveraging today’s research around grit and neural training to support performance breakthroughs for mid- to high-level recreational athletes.

Bodies and movements are relatively easy – they are visible to peers, coaches and ourselves (in mirrors or on video). Heart, and especially mind, are the “underwater” components of athletic performance. They are hard to see and often overlooked. DeepFit is developing both low- and high-tech tools to hack that problem.

In the end, we want you to have the same deep reservoir of mental fitness and heart-centered grit that the world’s elite athletes enjoy. You’ll level up faster and you’ll have more fun doing it!

Fitness and connections are the foundation for everything human communities can achieve. DeepFit is about deep collaboration in the process of becoming stronger and more resilient human beings. In the very long term, we want to help paint an aggregated picture of real health for the globe – collective awesomeness!

Dan, founder & organizer