Gym Psyche: What should your mind be focused on to optimize a training session? What is an ideal gym mindset?
Two important and good questions.
I’ve always found a combat or warrior-spirit oriented focus the most fun and useful one in my mindset repertoire. It requires the same confident, switched-on, ears and eyes open, body oriented, sense prioritized, equal to your opponent and ready-for-anything state of being and readiness that while entering a potential battlezone, an experienced soldier might feel.
For me, with my rather naturally lazy, semi-introverted personality, this sort of prep provides the energy and sense of power and of purpose that, after 40 years of almost non-stop training, I still respond favourably to.
The process most resembles the way an actor might prepare for a well defined role, one that he has played many times.
Or, if you prefer, a singer in a rock band gearing up to sing that song he has sung a 1000 times before.