The history of sport is a history of overcoming barriers. Once one barrier is taken down, another is set up. How athletes handle those barriers plays a big part in how they will progress in the sport. In this episode of the GAINcast we look at how barriers are erected, what role they play, and how to take them down.
Notes and quotes
To start off the episode we look at some historic barriers and how athletes took them down. We also provide examples from different sports, different mindsets to approaching barriers, and the role of coaches.
- 2:30 – Remembering Roger Bannister: “They made an artificial time standard and Bannister, with his drive, just refused to accept that. “
- 6:45 – Erecting barriers and experiences from swimming.
- 8:45 – What we have learned from barriers throughout history: “Just because someone hasn’t done it before doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Just because we’ve set a barrier doesn’t mean it is the real barrier. “
- 11:45 – Learning from shot putter Tom Walsh.
- 14:00 – The two-hour marathon, other major barriers, and how they will be overcome.
- 16:15 – Creating the right mindset for athletes and overcoming mental barriers with athletes. “Barriers are unlocked with a mental key, not a physical key. Finding mental solutions is a tool coaches should have and use. “
- 21:45 – Coaches creating barriers: “Coaches can unconsciously create barriers through their words and actions…Get athletes invested in the process, and you have a chance to break barriers. “
- 24:00 – Quotes and inspiration from Roger Bannister: “Don’t look at barriers, look at opportunities. Get out there, give it your best, and see where the chips fall. “
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
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- For more on the example of Tom Walsh, listen to GAINcast 83 with his strength coach Angus Ross, or listen to his coach Dale Stevenson on HMMR Podcast Episode 121 and Episode 66.
- Track journalist Frank Litsky wrote about Brutus Hamilton’s barriers in the 1980s and provided a good perspective looking back at his barriers and forward towards the future of the sport.
- One book referenced in this episode: Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson.