While aggression can sometimes help pump out that last rep, it’s important to distinguish the line between aggression and anger. Though most fitness fanatics enter the gym intending to build their muscular strength, mental health should not be ignored. One must be sure that any aggressive feelings are channeled toward positive aims and not destructive behavior.
Of course, it is important to have aggression in the weight room, so you can hit the weight with the intensity that you need to break plateaus and to keep your workout productive. This is great, but the aggression, on the other hand, can lead to other problems if carried to places like the work force or home.
A controlled mood is necessary for the vital upkeep of one’s mental state, as well as keeping the others around us safe from ourselves. Controlling your aggression is not just a physical game, but also a mindset.
If you’re a bodybuilder with aggression, it’s important to control it before it starts to control you. There are many ways a bodybuilder can tame their aggression. Some ways include, but are not limited to:
- Taking deep breaths and visualizing a relaxing experience, from either your memory or your imagination.
- Slowly repeating to yourself, “relax, take it easy, calm down, I am better than this, I will not give in to my anger”.
- If weight training, stopping in the moment and trying some slow yoga-like exercises that can relax your muscles and make you feel much calmer.
The keys here, however, are knowledge and discipline. It helps to have a partner in the gym with you to help you look for warning signs that indicate a possible outburst. If you don’t have a partner to help monitor your behavior closely, it’s up to you to be aware of your emotions and to act if necessary. Are there certain factors that push you across the line? Do specific thoughts lead you to angry outbursts? Chances are, you can find patterns in your behavior that foreshadow an imminent explosion.
But merely seeing the signals is not enough – you must have the discipline to respond accordingly. After all, knowing is only half the battle. From personal experiences, I have come to understand that it can be difficult to step back during an intense workout and take a few minutes to cool down. However, having the discipline to recognize that regaining mental clarity comes first is essential. Exercising should make you feel good, and if it doesn’t, it’s time to make some changes.
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