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Maximizing Strength Training Performance Using Mental Imagery

Richter, Jeremy MA, CSCS; Gilbert, Jenelle N. PhD; Baldis, Mark PhD, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: October 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 5 - p 65–69
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182668c3d
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SUMMARY: IMAGERY OCCURS WHEN ONE USES THE SENSES TO CREATE OR RECREATE AN IMAGE (OR PICTURE) IN THE MIND. USING IMAGERY INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF PERFORMANCE SUCCESS, YET IMAGERY USE HAS NOT BEEN FULLY MAXIMIZED IN STRENGTH TRAINING. ATHLETES SEEKING TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE CAN BENEFIT FROM USING IMAGERY SCRIPTS THAT HELP THEM MENTALLY REHEARSE A TASK BEFORE ACTUALLY ENGAGING IN THE TASK ITSELF. AN IMAGERY SCRIPT IS PROVIDED FOR THE DEADLIFT. WITH PRACTICE, INDIVIDUALS CAN INCREASE THEIR ABILITY TO USE IMAGERY, WHICH CAN RESULT IN WORKING SMARTER, RATHER THAN HARDER WHEN STRENGTH TRAINING.

Kinesiology Department, California State University, Fresno, California

Jeremy Richter received his Master of Arts in Kinesiology: Sport Psychology Option at California State University, Fresno.

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Jenelle N. Gilbert is a professor in Kinesiology who specializes in Applied Sport Psychology and Performance Enhancement.

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Mark Baldis is a lecturer in Kinesiology who specializes in Clinical Exercise Science.

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