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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (June 24 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071395970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071395977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Mind Gym hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book." -- Ken Griffey, Jr., Major League MVP

"A great read that helps you understand the importance that your mind plays in reaching the top." -- Michele Timms, WNBA All-Star and Olympic silver-medal winner

"Gary is a genius on how to convince yourself you can do anything you set your mind to." -- Jeremy Roenick, NHL All-Star --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Golfing great Bobby Jones said, "Competition is won or lost on the six-inch playing field between the ears." How do the best athletes gain an advantage on that playing field? In Mind Gym, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack teaches athletes the lessons he's learned about how the mind influences athletic performance as much as physical skill does, if not more so.

Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--Mack shares the same techniques and exercises he uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle."

Achieving this inner excellence requires time and effort. The more you work on the inside, the more it shows on the outside. These engaging stories--covering such themes as overcoming adversity, staying motivated, and following one's dreams--will enable you to perform at your best by choice rather than chance.

Mind Gym will give anyone who spires to be a better athlete the "head edge" over the competition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Daniel Brière m'avait référé ce livre il y a quelques temps. Je l'ai acheté et lu avec intérêt. Comme je donnais des cours en psychologie du sport à des jeunes du niveau secondaire à l'école j'ai trouvé le contenu très facile à vulgariser. Les nombreux exemples sont très bon et facile à appliquer en pratique. Le format du volume est très pratique aussi car les athlètes peuvent l'apporter avec eux en voyage soit dans l'autobus ou l'avion. En connaissant nos athlètes ont peut leur reférer certain groupe de leçons qui s'adresse plus particulièrement à eux et leur demander de les relire constamment avant chacune de leur compétition. Suite aux commentaires positifs des athlètes que je suis plus étroitement je vais reférer le livre aux autres athlètes professionels et amateurs que je suppervise pendant l'année.
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This book is of exceptional quality. I had to read it as a part of my Sport Psychology course and I would stronly suggest it to anyone who plays a sport, used to play a sport, is interested in sports, teachers (particularly physical ed.), the general public and psychologists.

Although the text is more or less based on other people's experiences, the evidence for psychological processes associated with sports is very interesting.

While it sounds like only poeple interested in sports/gym/physical activity can get something out of this book, I strongly disagree! This book can be extremely fruitful for anyone who is curious and wants to learn something about the human condition. It is applicable to everyone.

"It is always too soon to quit." - Mack, Mind Gym
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Format: Hardcover
This book is so good. In every way. You won't be able to get past the book jacket without learning something pricelessly valuable. It's reviewers and Alex Rodriguez's introduction, the author's bio. and words...it just is so deep, yet simple. Please read this book if you want to know the true pathway to success in the gym, at the community track, standing in front of your refrigerator, even in a church pew. This is great. Thank You, so much, Good Gary Mack.
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As the mild winter weather promises an earlier than usual start to the golf and tennis seasons, I am thinking about equipment, exercises, instructional videotapes and maybe a short "spring training" trip to Florida. But at the top of my list this year will be a re-read of a little book by Gary Mack that will have more impact than all of the above preparations combined. I learned from "Mind Gym" that, for most of us, how we approach our games mentally is the greatest key to improvement. It made a dramatic difference for me -- in attitude, enjoyment and score!
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I was referred to get this book after deciding to become a personal trainer. I absolutely love Mind Gym. I have highlighted all the points that hit home to me (I have a lot of them). It has changed my thinking & outlook on life. Thank you so much!
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I am a weekend athlete and this book has helped me tremendously with my self confidence. The lessons are easy to read and the stories are inspiring. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to be the best they can be. It's a winner.
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Dated. Full of athlete name dropping. Elite athletes know they need a sharp mind focus and dedication. All I found for us amateurs was "do your best and have fun". Not worth the read.
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I couldn't put it down, and it has become a valued resource. I was deeply saddened to hear of Gary's sudden passing. After reading his book, I felt as though I knew him.
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