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The Brave Athlete solves the 13 most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races. You don't have one brain - you have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for control all the time and that's when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look.

What if you could stop the thoughts and feelings you don't want? What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero, and handle any stress? You can.

The Brave Athlete from Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson will help you take control of your brain so you can train harder, race faster, and better enjoy your sport.

Dr. Marshall is a sport psychology expert who trains the brains of elite professional athletes. Paterson is a three-time world champion triathlete and coach. Together, they offer this innovative brain training guide that is the first to draw from both clinical science and real-world experience with athletes.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson (P)2017 Tantor

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too many silly jokes

they tried to make it light hearted, but is a distraction. the technical content is good, but the performance is not professional and the metaphors about metaphors make it a less pleasurable listening

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F-ing good book

I normally just click on the stars and do not leave a review. But this book is going down as one of my top ten books of all time to listen to on a run (and I read about 24 sports books a year). Every chapter gets better and better until the best chapter is left for last. This is also one of the only audible books that has a decent pdf that goes with it.

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interesting and practical

...the authors also did an amazing job reading the audio book version. Kept me interested and wanting to find opportunities to try their strategies. Also made me laugh out loud quite a few times.

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  • Kennesaw, GA USA
  • 08-09-18

Should be titled "The Brave Elite Athlete"

If you're a pro or elite athlete, then you might benefit from this book. Fair warning, you should listen to the sample audio first, just to make sure you can understand the Scottish dialects, especially Lesley's narration. (Note: if you hear them say "re-juice" what they are actually saying is "reduce." "Fook" means "fuck." Seriously. I laughed out loud when I heard them swear, which is frequently.)
I'm not an elite, but I'm an experienced endurance athlete and trying to come back after an injury. It was discouraging to hear each chapter start out with the author heaping scorn upon other methods (for coping with pre-race jitters and anxiety) -- many of which I've tried with varying degrees of success -- and then for the chapter to end up with just another version of another idea that's not so new. Also, I heard maybe 5 or 6 derisive references to "your local 5K Turkey Trot," then I just gave up listening. Sorry Simon and Lesley, but that's where I'm starting out again after a long recovery. It might not be a relevant or important goal for you or your clients, but it's an important next step for me.
The book is unique in that it employs plenty of tough talk and swearing, which is what some people might need. I was hoping for more actionable things.

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great book to help you get out of your head

loved the detailed way the authors explained our the brains and how the conflict of these brains create our emotions/thoughts/internal conflict.
it is one of many books that I've read recently talking more about croc/chimp brain, with others more towards business (principles, pitch anything etc). definitely could relate to a few nuggets in this book, such as the tapering off blues.
working towards races being a chance to deliver a flawless process, using the 1%ers to elevate your performance, really hit home and is something we should all remind ourselves of. this mindfulness approach works in the office, relationships and for athletic endeavors.

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to the point

educational and inspiring i learned not to listen to self criticisms and doubt but to be honest with youself

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Very informative and in depth.

Great listen. Very detailed. Best to know something on the topic before you read it.

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Awrsome book!!

Stop commenting about the authors type of english and listen to all awesome insights being taught to you!!!

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Loved the theories but couldnt relate

I really enjoyed this reading

However I wish thst drew more example from different sports.

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Fantastic and honest. VERY detailed too!

This was by far the most honest (and I loved the foul mouthed humour as well!) of sport psychology. Gives tools to help yourself learn how to sort out certain things and help others with the same things. The book came two weeks before the Comrades Marathon, so a little bit late but a fantastic read!(aka listen) i would definitely buy another book by the authors if it is anything like this...

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  • 01-23-18

Hands down the best book I have found on the topic

What made the experience of listening to The Brave Athlete the most enjoyable?

Life - changing, from both a performance and general life point of view. A lot of complex information, provided in an easy to understand format. I have purchased a copy of this book to support the audio version, and even sent one as a gift to a friend. Its the first book I've ever felt compelled to write a review for, it was that good.

After competing in my first tri event last year I had a lot of questions / fears about stepping up from a half to full distance event, and having the mental fortitude to complete it. With the tactics and information in the book I feel a lot more confident that I will be able to train my mind over the coming months, as well as my body. The book certainly delivers on this front.

I have spent a lot of time researching / reading similar books and this is really the only one I found to contain a lot of relevant content, not just pushing a couple of simple points home.

I feel that it is going to have a massive effect in my personal life too, as I start to try and wrangle my professor and chimp brains !

What about Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall ’s performance did you like?

Its nice to hear the voices of the actual authors, it makes you feel like one of their athletes

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  • louise price
  • 03-13-18

Great content and told in entertaining way

Really enjoyed this audio.
Enjoyed that it was narrated by the authors and that they were both experts in their field.
Explanation style was really good and content very interesting.
Would recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-18

I just loved the title

I don’t compete in any sport but just loved the title of this book! In truth I don’t believe this book is restricted to calming the f—k down as an athlete but can be applied to other walks of life. The book is well laid out in terms of overall flow and the chapters providing a good mix of practical advice, case studies and ‘nerd alerts’ (you’ll understand when you read the book ;). Finally, I loved the jovial manner to the audiobook and believe it assists when I’m trying to manage my chimp.

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  • RLS
  • 07-01-18

Really interesting and useful

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The subject matter was interesting, science based and focussed on practical application.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-18

brain food!

a very well presented book with some very interesting insights and tips. I look forward to putting it all into practice. the relaxed writing style, and easy narration, make it an entertaining as well as educational audiobook

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  • Haidee
  • 04-08-18

Awesome book for helping me work on mindset during training!

I am not an endurance athlete, or coach, but so many of the stories, techniques and advice in this book can be applied to my training! I feel like it's relevant to anyone looking to better their performance....athlete or not working on and understanding our crazy brains during challenging sessions/days/months definitely makes us better, stronger, and perhaps most importantly happier along the way! The sense of humour throughout also made it a super enjoyable listen :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-17

Brilliant book

Absolutely brilliant. Easy to listen, with a good balance of science based evidence and storytelling. Suitable for all levels of athletes, and even business owners too

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  • Mirte
  • 06-09-18

Not just for athletes.

As most of us would understand e.g. procrastination as a result of underlying fears and worries this book is great for anyone wanting to accomplish things in life/careers - not just for athletes. It has a great and palatable way of explaining why you fight with your inner self and it's a great daily reminder when confronted with those mental blocks that are holding you back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-18

Practical Way to Overcome Athlete Mental Minefields

This audiobook provides so many great examples of issues many athletes face and ways to overcome them. It also does this whilst providing a great document to complete your own appraisals. Tick Tick Tick!

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  • Niall
  • 02-27-18

Interesting but hard to digest

Constantly referencing other chapters and so not very suitable for audio format. You cant just flick back a few pages to.check the reference....