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How Bad Do You Want It?

Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle
Written by: Matt Fitzgerald
Narrated by: Matt Fitzgerald
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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The greatest athletic performances spring from the mind, not the body. Elite athletes have known this for decades, and now science is learning why it's true. In his fascinating new book, How Bad Do You Want It?, coach Matt Fitzgerald examines more than a dozen pivotal races to discover the surprising ways elite athletes strengthen their mental toughness.

Fitzgerald puts you into the pulse-pounding action of more than a dozen epic races from running, cycling, triathlon, XTERRA, and rowing with thrilling race reports and revealing postrace interviews with the elites. Their own words reinforce what the research has found: Strong mental fitness lets us approach our true physical limits, giving us an edge over physically stronger competitors. Each chapter explores the how and why of an elite athlete's transformative moment, revealing powerful new psychobiological principles you can practice to flex your own mental fitness.

The new psychobiological model of endurance performance shows that the most important question in endurance sports is: How bad do you want it? Fitzgerald's fascinating book will forever change how you answer this question and show you how to master the psychology of mind over muscle. These lessons will help you push back your limits and uncover your full potential.

©2015 Matt Fitzgerald (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Dee
  • 2019-06-22

Inspiring stories

Inspiring graphic stories about overcoming adversity and choosing your own definition of success. In general informative about athletes, expanding my views.

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Reading style isn't great, but content is worth it!

If you can get past the pretty monotone and robotic style of reading, the content is very enlightening and accessible to connect to.

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  • Rod
  • 2016-04-05

Great inside it's worth the listen

A number of people have commented that the performance is terrible. I've listened to a lot books on audible and there are other books that I haven't been able to finish listening to because the narrator was so terrible. This is not one of those books. Clearly the author is not Charlston Heston but his voice narration doesn't detract from the outstanding and inspiring message of the book. The benefits of listening to the book far outweigh any deficiency in the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-02-19

Great but....

The information was great and the compilation of the stories was incredible, but the narrative was a strong monotone, with no changes in emotion. My suggestion is to have someone else do it, or get a narrative coach... At the end I loved the book...

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  • Mama D
  • 2016-03-14

Great information, horrible delivery

If you could sum up How Bad Do You Want It? in three words, what would they be?

Great information, but the author really should have hired a professional narrator. Instead of a relaxed conversational tone, every sentence is barked out in drill-instructor fashion. Exhausting and unpleasant to listen to.

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  • andrea
  • 2016-11-09

Great book

This book, the philosophy it presents, as well as the narrated stories are second to none. The only thing that made it hard for me to follow was the narration. Even though it is the author himself, it is not the ideal voice from my point of view.

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  • fifth
  • 2016-07-08

Analytical, but a bit too much so.

I liked the book. The audio is clear and very easy to understand. The material in some spots gets boringly analytical and I found myself spacing off. If it had shorter stories about each athlete, and a more personal and emotional connection to them, I think it would've been better. So I liked it, but can't whole heatedly recommend it, unless you really geek out on psychology.

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  • Peter Rode
  • 2016-03-15

Average book but drawn out

Narration felt like a long lecture. The book would have been much better with a better narration. Still, a couple good chapters ended up being drawn out far too long.

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  • Kate S
  • 2017-01-07

Inspiring & motivating read

Even though the book specifically discusses the psychology behind the athlete's mindset, this can be applied to any scenario where you want to achieve to your highest potential.
Packed fully with scientific research and written in a way I felt I was at breaking point on the Tour de France, or collapsing in KONA, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their goals to the next level.

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  • Jim
  • 2017-09-06

A series of barely linked anecdotes

Would you try another book from Matt Fitzgerald and/or Matt Fitzgerald?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Matt Fitzgerald again?

No. Matt’s voice cracks. It becomes increasingly more difficult to listen to as the book roils on.

How could the performance have been better?

Fewer stories, fewer details on the stories. Color of shirt? Number of burgers? Shade of sand? None of these added to the quality, they worked to fill the story.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It has those inspirational stories about others who have faced more challenges than most of us listening to the book ever will

Any additional comments?

Skip this one

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  • Yasuke
  • 2019-02-25

Mr. Matt Fitzgerald do to yourself a huge favor. Do not read any of your books ever again, please!

I always finished no matter what, but I couldn’t do it wit this one. The author doesn’t deserve even not a start in performance. Good histories but horrible performance!

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  • HDsquared
  • 2018-10-21

Powerful Content - lackluster Narration

The meat and potatoes of the book is full engaging and overwhelmingly positive. Each chapter brings a new level of build up but the narration falls a little short. I would still recommend this audio book version if you weren’t able to sit with the book though.

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