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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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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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Well worth a listen- useful and accessible

Great book with real life experiences. Didn’t realise it was their first book until they said so at the end. Very polished production. Good use of humour and useful information. Really enjoyed it.

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  • MD
  • 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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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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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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Really Disappointing

First, let me say I’m in the U.S., and I found the accents of the readers, particularly Lesley, made them VERY hard to understand in parts ... plus she’s just not that good at telling a story. But I wasn’t reading the book for entertainment, I was reading it for knowledge which, as it turned out in the bitter end, I book didn’t really contain any of.
I was particularly put off by the arrogance of the authors. Apparently feeling proud of yourself for finishing an Ironman is silly ... you must win it. Simply participating is, in their words, bullshit.
I have never given what I would call a bad review before ... but the authors and the book in general deserve it.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Perfect for Athletes

This was a very insightful book to help with my performance as an athlete and dare I say my life. Listened to it once all the way through and now I'm going to listen to it again while taking notes.

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Terrible

I thought the book was going to be about sports psychology. It was more about eating disorders. Not for the true athlete. Maybe for a beginner or for people with mental problems.

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Best sport psychology book I've read

Great information, well organized, factual and scientifically sound. Fantastic narration by the authors kept it really engaging from start to finish.

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A must-have for runners of all levels!

The audiobook starts off pretty slow and spends far more time than necessary explaining the anatomy of the brain and its functions in athletic performance. I was ready to turn it off and get my money back, no joke. But I stuck it out and I'm glad I did! I'm a competitive runner of 10 years, and played volleyball for the better part of my youth (all the way up to collegiate level), and despite the number of coaches and pep talks I've had, and books/articles I've read, I still walked away from this audiobook with new information that was 100% relatable and applicable.

While I'm a more serious athlete, my boyfriend is a new runner of just 3 months. We listened to this every morning on the way to work while carpooling, and he thought he probably wouldn't gain much from it since it seemed more geared toward experienced athletes. I was pretty shocked at how much he took away from the book and how broad of an audience the book actually targetted. New runners: This book is definitely for you. Experienced runners who think they know everything: This book is EVEN MORE for you.

Deal with that boring introduction and anatomy chapter and your performance will reward you in thanks.

Oh also, their little puns and jokes are actually really silly and hilarious for those who don't take themselves too seriously ;)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • David Richardson
  • 09-04-18

save your money and just read "The Chimp paradox

I really struggled with this book and if it hadn't been a holiday listen I would have switched it off much sooner.

large amounts of it are a rehash of The Chimp Paradox - which to their credit the authors acknowledge.

what I really could not stand was the juvenile use of
swear words. I have no issue with swearing in normal life but it added nothing here and just sounded a bit pathetic - a bit like a 13 year old trying to offend an auntie!)

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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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  • davo
  • 10-11-18

wish I sampled first

awful voices very repetitive. Felt as if I were being shouted at, not motivating at all

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-18

Poor...

I swear a lot but the amount of and delivery of swearing in this book is cringe-worthy, distracting and off putting.

Like your creepy uncle or boss trying to act edgy and cool... just no.

Oh and they read the Chimp Paradox once...

Had to get rid and ask for a refund after 50mins.

If you wear lycra, think Grayson Perry is progressive and love an edgey BBC drama this might be for you. If you are cool... leave it alone.

P.s sorry if the you are the author reading this - i dont mean to hurt your feelings.

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  • Chase
  • 10-24-18

A good topic but not my style of delivery

There is some good advice in this audiobook, and though I've heard most of it before, it was nice to have a book specifically on athletic psychology and performance. What I didn't enjoy was the swearing. I thought it totally unnecessary and gratuitous. The dual narration was also distracting. I realize there are two authors, but I think one narrator would have pulled everything together better. Each narrator is good, but going back and forth is a bit annoying to listen to, at least for me. Overall, it's still a good book, just one that is better read than listened to.

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  • nick
  • 12-05-18

fantastic!

loved it, useful on more levels than just sport, great communication for the laymen (well, me anyway) I will listen again as there is do much info

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  • Muzza
  • 11-28-18

Easy listen, great tips...better runner because of it

I got this book last year in hard copy but didn’t get round to reading all of it. I did read the chapter on mentally getting through injury and have come out of it stronger and faster than ever (4 x PBS!). I am so pleased I downloaded it and listened to the rest of it too, it’s a great book. Lots of tips that I will put into practice and hopefully help me give the extra percentage gains needed to get under 3hr marathon! Calm, focused, fast...

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  • Ross Whittaker
  • 11-28-18

Tell it how it is

Loved this book very to the point and no bulls**t. As coach I have found this useful and have asked some of my athletes to read this book who are struggling to recognise issue within them self’s which of course has help them receive help and listen more. I really like how Simon and Lesley read the book on the audio book make all the funny and kept me interested the who time. I would highly recommend this book

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-18

Filled with knowledge bombs left right and centre

Brilliant book for newby athletes, back of the pack, front of the pack and everyone in between. Lesley and Simon share their extensive knowledge in a refreshingly honest and blunt way. I will be revisiting this book at the beginning of each training cycle so the knowledge bombs are fresh in my mind. Particularly enjoyed the unacknowledgements at the end 😉

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

Love the science and practical insights

Thought provoking, well supported by evidence and practical. I will be rereading it to further enforce the insights and directives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-18

To negative

I only got through the first 3 chapters, I just could not listen to any mor of “don’t be like this” “don’t think like that”
I think this book is really targeted at someone who has a low self esteem, little to non mental toughness and wants a kick start.

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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....