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Iron Will – An Insight Into The Power Of Mental Toughness!

Iron Will – An Insight Into the Power of Mental Toughness!

UK Young Athletes League - Round 2- Warrington-2 by Mark Sanderson Photography
There is an intangible trait that I notice in all of my best athletes and clients that far outweighs pure talent. It isn’t something that I can document on paper or critique on a video, but it is there. The amazing thing is that you can only see it when situations in training or competing become difficult. This trait to which I am referring is what I like to call “Iron Will,” otherwise known as mental toughness!

Sports psychologist have studied this very phenomenon and determined that not everyone is blessed with this particular trait, and it generally separates the great ones from everyone else. “Iron Will” is basically the ability for an athlete, competitor, or hard-driven individual to push on harder and longer than the other guy regardless of the circumstances, the odds, or pain the individual may be experiencing. It is an unrelenting drive to do better and fight harder even in the most dire situations. I have seen this same trait in the most successful athletes and clients that I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 8 years. I will say that the people with “Iron Will” are few and far between. Most of the general population isn’t blessed with this powerful trait. Most people don’t have that kind of intrinsic motivation to keep pushing on and willing themselves to new heights. Its not a trait that can be taught or learned. I have spent my career trying to improve peoples’ individual level of performance and fitness by teaching them, but this is one trait that I can’t teach nor can anyone else.

“Iron Will” is certainly the most valuable trait you can have in your strength training and fitness program. If you have the desire it will be much easier for you to obtain your goals.

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I’m Brandon Richey the Strength and Conditioning Pro!



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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