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The Brave Athlete

Calm the F--k Down and Rise to the Occasion
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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I enjoyed most of this book

Most of the book was very informative to me; I just didn’t enjoy the couple of chapters on food and exercise addition issues but only because they don’t pertain to me. Overall, it was very interesting and gave lots of tools to enhance performance etc. 👍

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Fantastic!

This was such an entertaining book while also being jam-packed with science and incredibly helpful analogies. I was literally laughing out loud at times. I found it so useful that I actually just bought a hard copy so I can read it again and share it with my friends. Highly highly recommended!

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  • Soren G. Brockdorf
  • Jacksonville, fl USA
  • 2018-05-24

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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  • Allan
  • 2018-08-24

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
  • 2018-08-09

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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  • CalebThomas
  • 2019-02-23

Substitutes contents with curses

Thought this would be a good choice while rehabbing an injury, but rather than focusing on sports psychology, the authors use a mix of Wikipedia level anatomical terminology and swearing to differentiate themselves from others. But don’t bother improving the subject genre with anything substantial or effective.

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  • Fun Chad
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • 2018-12-28

Not a Fan

I tried, but didn't feel it. Traded the book for another.. it was that bad.

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  • obie3
  • 2018-11-10

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-05-31

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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  • Tim Jones
  • 2018-05-04

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.

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  • Kristin Moreau
  • 2018-02-01

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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  • Cam Noble
  • toronto, On
  • 2019-06-10

Extremely specific to endurance athletes

There are a handful full of good nuggets but unless you’re an endurance athlete you won’t get the full value out of the book