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The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,056 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Even amongst the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn’t necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—it’s the mental game that matters most.Sports participation—from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level—is ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Rodale Books
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Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I decided to take up running last year and more recently I've been going to the gym. I'm trying to get more fit and in better shape before I get older and it becomes harder. I also love running. It's probably my second favourite past time after reading. This is a book I kept seeing athletes and people into training and running recommend. I thought I'd check it out since it's combining 2 things that I enjoy.

It's a fantastic read about preparing and training yourself mentally so physically you ca
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book through a Goodreads first reads giveaway.

The Champion's Mind is a great resource for anyone not just athletes for improving and developing mental skills in any domain of performance. Dr. Afremow provides several practical mental skills proven to be effective based off psychological research. He also provides famous studies to learn from as well as an assortment of Zen and Taoist stories that emphasize the effectiveness of mindfulness. Also, a chapter comprised of Olympian's anecd
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full Review: The Champions Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive Review

While 'The Mindful Athlete' focused more on combining meditation with sports psychology, 'The Champions Mind' combines sports psychology, motivational stories from world-class athletes, and routines for becoming top-level in your game.

Top level athletes typically require a mentor who has excelled in their game previously. A mentor will cut your learning time, and inspire you to push a few steps further than before
Jason Sanders
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I started reading The Champion's Mind and I couldn't put it down. I have always focused on the physical side of my game but have become fully aware now how important the mental side is too. I would recommend Dr. Afremow's book for anyone serious about understanding the psychology of excellence and HOW to actually go about mastering the mental skills and strategies. I wore out my highlighter marking favorite quotes and passages >>> "Think Gold and never settle for Silver". Definitely worth your t ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So helpful for the mental game. I read this as recommended, only one chapter a day, so that I could really reflect on and apply the lessons. Some of it I already knew, and some of it is logical, but it's always good to be reminded of how to think to be your best. ...more
William T.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Not only about the Mental Game or Sports Psychology, but one of the best books I've read in personal development. From the start it dives right into applicable skills, scenarios, affirmations, and awesome quotes. This book is not only a book on Championship thinking for Athletes but also for business professionals, leaders, and daily life.

Dr Afremow looks at every challenge as an opportunity for growth no matter the circumstance and staying present to achieve success on and off the field. I bega
The bad: sometimes it feels like a watered down mix of motivional techniques obtained from Tony Robbins and the like mixed with athlete testimonials to legitimize it.

The good: the reverse side of the previous point. It's a summary of existing visualization, motivation and other techniques, but it's a nice not-before-seen mix of them that meshes together pretty well.

I read this book in one go the day before my first marathon. I love it. It's a very skilfully and well put-together set of chapters
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Easy read effectively divided into bite size chunks so you can read a bit each day and practice your mental discipline. Had great insights into developing your champion mindset even if you want to be a champion at something other than athletics. I'm not an athlete, but I still thought the concepts were helpful for pursing to the fullest extent the things I am passionate about.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. (Thank you!)
Christopher Barry
Apr 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: running, non-fiction
One long, unreadable cliche after another.

As an athlete and a coach, there was nothing new or valuable about this book. I knew most of these stories and techniques already. The tone of the writing was almost condescending at points. What didn't feel condescending was just boring.

I gave up reading it and scanned large sections of it to see if there were any stories I could bookmark to potentially review to add to my bag of coaching tricks. Nope. Didn't find any.

Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read. Repeat. Read. Repeat. I'm an athlete and this is one of the best sports and performance books I've read. ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 - Great book about positive sports psychology, but a lot of this could be applied to life in general too.
Kelly K
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
If I were to subtitle this book it would be "Quotable Quotes and Think This". The first four chapters are chalked full of great information to implement and relay to a team and leaders fairly quickly. If you were pressed for time and needed information I would definitely get through the first four chapters and finish the rest at a later date. Each chapter was about 45 min listen through audible. I ended up pausing it to take notes and wish I would have bought the hard copy. I appreciated his kno ...more
Mark Mitchell
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a good exposition of practical, applicable sports psychology. Afremow is an experienced practitioner who has worked with a number of professional athletes. Though he makes his points in part through anecdotes featuring Olympic athletes, the ideas involved are in no way sport-specific; a sprinter, a basketball player, and a golfer could all benefit from the book.

For those that have read other sports psychology books (such Harvey Dorfman’s seminal _The Mental Game of Baseball_), ther
Morgan Thomas
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Champions Mind (How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive) by Jim Afremow, is an inspirational, all around great book. I have always focused on the physical side of my game, and this book has taught me just how important the mental side is as well. I recently tore my ACL, and was given this book by a family friend. It has motivated me to get back to doing what I love (sports). While I'm pushing through therapy quotes from this book are constantly running through my mind. Reminding me to ke ...more
Derek Neighbors
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much good content, but delivery pretty rough. Book could have been half as long and delivered a better effect. Great layout of the mental side of performance. Lots of ammunition for my sports/team analogies. Really has me re-thinking about what greatness is composed of. The best sacrifice in the short term for what matters more in the long game. Willpower isn't enough and it's not exactly grit. It's something different. ...more
Alex Devero
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Great book on developing champion's Mind and traits to get what do you want from your life. You don't have to be an athlete to learn a lot from this book. Everyone looking for developing their mental game will find many useful tips and advice along with interesting stories straight from Olympionic athletes. Are you ready to be a champion? ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Written by a sports psychologist, it is full of advice and proven techniques for peak performance. There is a good balance of tips and references to Olympic and pro athletes who use the same mental techniques. I especially enjoyed the chapters on Zen and the importance of relaxation in a training plan. I know this is a book I will continually reference and reread.
Kenneth Gentry
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book should be required reading for any athlete wanting to compete at their personal best. I imagine I will read my highlights thousands of times to refocus the mind of a champion.
Roxanne Millar
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great insights. Definitely a must for anyone wanting to improve athletically - pro or not. And lots of relevance to business. I run a team in a business setting and found a lot of relevant stuff in here.
Troy Farley
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We can all be Champions

Reduce Delay.

Commit to do what needs to be done. Every single day.

Win your Fight Thrus...

Have a good bad day.

Develop Sustained Obsession.

Excellence is not random.
Have the courage to start.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A extraordinarily helpful "how to" book for thinking like a champion in sports and daily life. ...more
Kristy Leconte
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a coach or an athlete, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. Listen when you workout!
Joo Young
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the book I was searching for ever since I took sports seriously at a high-school level. The Champion's Mind is filled with life lessons, perspectives, strategies, and advices for anyone to be the creme de la creme. This is the holy bible for any athlete from a varsity high school player to a professional NBA All-Star to reach their full potential. Not only limited to sports, but to every field of life, Jim Afremow fully divulges into the mental aspect of what it takes to maximise your f ...more
Alex Gustin
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I personally really, really enjoyed this book. My coach recommended me to read it when he started coaching me. The book is about setting goals motivating you to accomplish them. This book is an exceptional motivator and drives you to set goals and follow through with them. Some of the quotes that stuck with me the most is "brain over pain" encouraging the reader to tough through the bad. "There is no golden road to excellence, excellence is the golden road." This quote just makes me think about ...more
Erick Corona
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great ideas and thought to make you mentally tougher for sports or life in general. Lots of good exercises and things that work on to make yourself better. Just need to apply them. Good book. Only four stars cuz it didn't keep my attention enough to read it fast... ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nothing new here but a well-curated set of useful ideas.
Julie Akemann
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, sports
I picked up this book to read while training for my first marathon. It provided a lot of helpful tips and mental exercises to achieve your athletic goals. Although the book is geared towards professional or semi-professional athletes, the average person who wants to become more athletic/healthier (like me) can take a lot of useful information away from it. The chapters are short and easy to take all at once, or one at a time, depending on where you need the most assistance with your regime.
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