The mind-body package deal
Your body does not work without your mind and your mind doesn’t work without your body – they are a package deal. For some reason though, most physical movement disciplines focus on physical aspects only when it comes to training. The mental aspects are often left for the sports psychologist or mental coach. Conversely, when mental training takes place, the physical aspects and applications of the mental skills in functional environments are often left for the athletes themselves or their sport-specific coaches. This scattered approach separates mental from physical aspects to let the experts do their work and to keep their life simple.
We believe making life easy for coaches is is a bad motivation when it comes to athletic development, especially if it leaves the athlete with a sub-optimal environment for development. So, enter mind-body training…
Our unique flavor of mind-body training
First of all, throwing a bunch of exercises together doesn’t get you a workout. In fact, properly progressive workouts are an essential component of any training regimen and mind-body training is no different. So, the 2Mynds approach to mind-body training is delicate and unique.
Mind-body training or MBT is a term that is used rather loosely by many, but not by us. In 2Mynds, we reserve it for a training approach that in which mental (mind) and physical (body) components are alternated and progressed with a specific methodology. The physical exercises are not there for the sake of physical development, but they serve the mental exercises. The way we combine them and progress them has special advantages.
2Mynds MBT, although it has physical aspects, is designed for optimal development of mental skills and it is not designed to optimize physical skills. This doesn’t mean that 2Mynds MBT does not have physical benefits, it just means they are a nice side effect of the overall approach to optimize mental fitness.
The reasoning and physiology behind our approach is simple: mental skills are needed most when people are under pressure in real-life situations – so you should train them with progressive stress and situational transitions!
It’s interesting that there are million dollar companies like Calm and Headspace that provide hundreds of meditation exercises in various formats. Still, they don’t provide progressive workouts and workouts plans. That means that meditations and mental exercises are rarely done under functional stress – which means the skills don’t translate to functional stress – hence you can see someone who meditates diligently in the morning exhibiting road rage in busy traffic! Their meditation never progressed…
This is where 2Mynds has a unique edge – you train your skills progressively and towards function. We add uncertainty, complexity, and movement, which means you learn to calm your mind when you are out of breath, you learn to relax while your lactic acid has built up, and you learn to visualize when your heart-rate is 140, to name a few examples. Now your meditation becomes functional!
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