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Although even without their talent or custom regimens, you can take a class from what Olympians know: The cerebral game matters, too. Experts say constant weekend warriors can benefit from the kinds of mental strategies elite athletes follow, things like following a custom or adopting a mantra to channel you through crucial movements. Megan Rapinoe has a routine at the Olympics. Make sense? But if the amusement is on the line, it can not be a bad idea, says a researcher who studies one of the most unpleasant experiences in aerobics instruction — choking under pressure. Why accomplish athletes choke? When the big flash arrives, the athlete tries to abide control by thinking about the procedure of how to toss that basketball, make that putt, or swing so as to racquet. Take your mind off the details of your movement. Sing en route for yourself or count backward by threes as you step up to the crucial shot, advises Beilock, who old the song trick while playing lacrosse in college.

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Those first-time Olympians coming home with seven medals. They fall off their bikes and break their arms. And after that they wake up the next calendar day and do it all over all over again. And Andre is that way, also.

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