Item description for Zone Mind, Zone Body by Palmer Roy...
No doubt you've experienced times in your sport when you feel 'in the moment' or 'in the Zone'. Achieving peak performance seems easy. But when we lose that state we once again find ourselves putting in a lot of effort for little gain. This book shows us how we can rediscover the elusive Zone whenever we choose - by using our mind as well as our body. We build up bad habits based on what feels 'right' to us, even if we're not consciously aware of it. But it is these habits that hold us back and lead to inconsistent performance and repetitive injury. By pausing to notice what we're doing, before we do it, we can enter the Zone at will, achieving previously unattainable levels of performance. Roy Palmer takes us into the unknown, past what has always felt comfortable for us. He helps us define the Zone, examines what stops us reaching it and describes techniques for turning things around when they go 'wrong'. He then translates the latest scientific research into practical and easy steps for overcoming poor performance, frustration and disillusionment. Sharing his first-hand experiences, he shows how we can leave injury behind for good, develop greater self-awareness and focus, and apply the same techniques in many other areas of our lives, too. How to break through to new levels of fitness and performance - by doing less! "In this terrific book Roy Palmer succeeds where many have failed: namely to talk about 'the zone' coherently, elegantly and best of all practically." Malcom Balk, author of Master The Art of Running "This book will be a very useful addition to the tool kit of any coach or performer." Greg Chappell MBE, Former Australian Cricket Captain and current Indian National Cricket Coach
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 11, 2006
Publisher Ecademy Press Limited
ISBN 1905823061 ISBN13 9781905823062
Reviews - What do customers think about Zone Mind, Zone Body?
The ultimate mind over matter book Oct 23, 2007
Reviewed by Vicki Landes for Reader Views (10/07)
Ever heard the saying `it's all in your head?' Author Roy Palmer has taken that phrase and is literally running with it. As a teacher of the Alexander Technique, he explains why and how in his book, "Zone Mind, Zone Body: How to break through to new levels of fitness and performance - by doing less!"
As an athlete, Palmer understands the need for continual improvement; but what happens when your skill plateaus? He insists that this peak can be overcome but not by training harder. Instead, "Zone Mind, Zone Body" explains how to train smarter - by paying closer attention to one's own movements and staying in `the moment.' He calls achieving this elevated state `The Zone' and explains that many athletes have experienced it, but it's only to their surprise. "Athletes will suddenly find themselves in it. Then as soon as they acknowledge it, they lose it." Palmer strives to teach focus and awareness of the body and surroundings, making this physical nirvana more attainable on purpose, and with purpose.
Although written with the serious sports participant in mind, "Zone Mind, Zone Body" can be applied by the casual player and the non-athlete as well. Palmer's small adjustments to normal or unconscious movements alleviate unnecessary stress to the body and minimize energy wasted on avoidable tension. Further, he notes that these techniques can even be used during everyday repetitive tasks such as mowing the lawn!
"Zone Mind, Zone Body" is an enlightening read that will inspire the frustrated athlete, better train the novice enthusiast, and teach anyone to live in this open-minded `moment.' Palmer's strategy, although seemingly beyond one's reach at first, is vividly described with plenty of practice exercises and pictures for the reader to really feel what he's getting at. His style is one of encouraging enthusiasm - the testimony of a tried-and-true believer - keeping the reader interested in delving deeper into these `mind over matter' principles.
Author Roy Palmer isn't your typical sports fanatic. He's a transcended athlete - finding that indescribable place where time, ego, and fear become hushed as a synergy of mind and body take over. Where the moment is only about the athlete and his game and where sport is not just about physical endurance but about using the intellect and muscular mechanics to push ourselves further than we ever thought possible. "Zone Mind, Zone Body" is simply brains and brawn in one.
hands on mind and body coordination Oct 22, 2007
A great book with interesting examples on how we all have been in the zone not knowing what it was or why we got there. With the examples in the book you will get an idea of what happened when you were in the zone and how you get there more often.
Be in the Zone, stay in the zone Oct 19, 2007
Roy has captured the essence of the Zone experience. As a professional athlete I know what it's like to be in the Zone but I also acknowledge how fleeting it can be. I'm incorporating Roy's techniques into my own play with definite positive results. David Balbi
Zone Body Zone Mind Oct 11, 2007
I have counseled top athletes from around the world from a wide variety of sports. I believe this book is a useful tool for athletes who want to learn more about the mind body relationship and who want to perform better.
Zone Mind, Zone Body Oct 8, 2007
Roy Palmer's, Zone Mind, Zone Body presents a unique examination of the link between thought and movement. Written with the casual and the competitive athlete in mind, Palmer demonstrates that working harder is not working smarter when it comes to training. In clear, concise language, Zone Mind, Zone Body instructs how to find "The Zone" of peak athletic performance purposefully rather than by haphazard accident. Based on the most current research and years of practical experience in the field with world class athletes, Palmer has created a work that presents his self-awareness techniques in a manner that is easy to read and even easier to implement . Beginning with basic exercise theory and quickly moving past the fundamental training philosophies of old, the author captures the reader with vignettes of famous athletes and their accomplishments while in "The Zone". Most exercise physiology books feel like treks through a college anatomy and physiology course, it is not often that a book comes along that is free of technical terms yet still communicates to the reader the science and theory like Zone Mind, Zone Body does. Palmer does an excellent job of analyzing what is "The Zone" and how the average athlete strives to get in it. Through observation, experimentation, and practice, Palmer's techniques will help you reach "The Zone" more often. His time proven techniques are a boon for those who have reached a training plateau or are plagued by poor form, lack of confidence, and lack of motivation. Zone Mind, Zone Body provides the reader with a method to reflect on motives, attitudes, and techniques so you can get out of whatever training slump you are currently in and move on to a more confident level of performance. Zone Mind, Zone Body promotes taking responsibility for your training and developing abilities through your own deliberate efforts. Palmer believes that training is part of your personal development and as such should be approached with the same calculated efforts one puts into training for one's intellectual pursuits. Similar to cognitive skills development, athletic skills development requires both confidence and a performance consistency based on continued improvement and learning. According to Palmer, "through mindful practice and attention to detail anyone can reach the Zone". Useful, interesting, and instructive, Zone Mind, Zone Body is a practical and complete how-to manual to develop focus and self-awareness.