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Mental doping?

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In the early 1970's Ken Norton saw a hypnotist to help him ignore Muhammad Ali's constant talking. He later said it did zero good (though he sure fought well against Ali).

Anyone old enough to remember the East German DDR and their Olympic program and how they had used extensive mental-visual training (in addition of course to the doping)? When it was revealed they had done this, and before the extent of their doping program was known, I met and asked Jack Lalanne what he thought of it, as he had worked with a few university sports teams and fitness programs in his day. He gave a pretty direct answer I remember almost verbatim, "A few colleges in the 1950's were talking about psychological training, mental visualizing, and hypnosis to make their athletes better. But if that's all it took the men would all look like Hercules and the women would look like showgirls. It might help a little, and sure, you have to believe in yourself, but exercise is the key."

Oct 20, 2010
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veganrob said:
I don't know how Ritalin would work in humans, but it has been used in TB race horses with very good results. However the trainers were busted and suspended.
As for mental doping, meditation has been proven to make real physiological changes in people. Don't know if one could actually raise the Hct but, who knows. Why not?
And the placebo effect is also proven that it can make a difference in body. might be just psychological, but remember, perception is reality.


I was put on ritalin as a child and I could see it having good and bad benefits. You probably wouldn't go faster but you wouldn't be feeling any pain in your legs. So maybe over a longer distance you could keep your pace just a tad higher. But if anyone attacked you - you might be slow to react. It dulls you're reaction big time when it comes to sports.
Feb 14, 2010
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Is everyone forgetting The Ultimate Cyclist CD that turned Levi Leipheimer into the man he was a couple of years ago???


It also led to a blog gem by the Fat Cyclist:

"Since winning the 2007 Tour of California, the Ultimate Cyclist has become an indispensable part of my training arsenal,” said Leipheimer.

Added teammate Alberto Contador, apropos of nothing, "Phosphorus," at which point Levi Leipheimer stood up, climbed up on the table, and began clucking like a chicken.

Oddly, when Contador snapped his fingers, Leipheimer returned to his seat and resumed speaking normally.