Staying Focused in the Off-Season and Meditating to Improve Mindset Control with Jason Leydon

Episode 119

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This week’s guest is Jason Leydon, owner of Crossfit in Milford, CT. Jason is one of the most successful Crossfit coaches of all time — coaching over two dozen games athletes, including teams, individuals, and masters. We dive into specific ways to improve your mindset, how you should approach the off-season, and how you can get the most out of off-season competitions. He offers specific tips for improving self-talk and staying focused all year round and I think you’ll come away from our conversation with more than one excellent idea on how you can up your training and your game. Enjoy the show!

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Topics of discussion:

[:34] The view from Power Monkey Camp

[2:00] Productivity starts with disciplined scheduling and saying “No.”

[7:00] Coaching elite athletes means offering guidance and having deep conversations.

[11:52] Focus on what is in your control to see quicker improvement.

[13:24] Jason’s tips for greater mindset control

[15:46] Why is meditation so crucial for athletes?

[20:00] “The most contagious thing in the world isn’t a positive action — it’s a negative thought.”

[24:00] What athletes need to be doing — and avoiding — in the off-season

[28:00] How you can tell if you’re overtrained

[33:30] Avoid doing this as you’re preparing for the opens.

[37:48] Treat competitions as opportunities to learn.

[42:40] Unique challenges and insights from coaching master athletes

[45:30] The perfect training program is the one you actually follow.

[47:06] What this coach has learned from his athletes.

[48:47] Jason is a better person because he’s learned to let go of control.

[49:27] Fill-in-the-blanks about BBQ and man-crushes

[52:00] Connecting with Jason

Links:

Jason Leydon

Power Monkey Fitness

InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives, by Joe Ehrmann
and Gregory Jordan

Self Coaching 101: Use Your Mind — Don’t Let It Use You, by Brooke Castillo