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The Brave Athlete

By: Simon Marshall PhD,Lesley Paterson
Narrated by: Simon Marshall,Lesley Paterson
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The Brave Athlete solves the 13 most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races. You don't have one brain - you have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for control all the time and that's when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look.

What if you could stop the thoughts and feelings you don't want? What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero, and handle any stress? You can.

The Brave Athlete from Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson will help you take control of your brain so you can train harder, race faster, and better enjoy your sport.

Dr. Marshall is a sport psychology expert who trains the brains of elite professional athletes. Paterson is a three-time world champion triathlete and coach. Together, they offer this innovative brain training guide that is the first to draw from both clinical science and real-world experience with athletes.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson (P)2017 Tantor

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F-ing good book

I normally just click on the stars and do not leave a review. But this book is going down as one of my top ten books of all time to listen to on a run (and I read about 24 sports books a year). Every chapter gets better and better until the best chapter is left for last. This is also one of the only audible books that has a decent pdf that goes with it.

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  • 08-09-18

Should be titled "The Brave Elite Athlete"

If you're a pro or elite athlete, then you might benefit from this book. Fair warning, you should listen to the sample audio first, just to make sure you can understand the Scottish dialects, especially Lesley's narration. (Note: if you hear them say "re-juice" what they are actually saying is "reduce." "Fook" means "fuck." Seriously. I laughed out loud when I heard them swear, which is frequently.)
I'm not an elite, but I'm an experienced endurance athlete and trying to come back after an injury. It was discouraging to hear each chapter start out with the author heaping scorn upon other methods (for coping with pre-race jitters and anxiety) -- many of which I've tried with varying degrees of success -- and then for the chapter to end up with just another version of another idea that's not so new. Also, I heard maybe 5 or 6 derisive references to "your local 5K Turkey Trot," then I just gave up listening. Sorry Simon and Lesley, but that's where I'm starting out again after a long recovery. It might not be a relevant or important goal for you or your clients, but it's an important next step for me.
The book is unique in that it employs plenty of tough talk and swearing, which is what some people might need. I was hoping for more actionable things.

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Well worth a listen- useful and accessible

Great book with real life experiences. Didn’t realise it was their first book until they said so at the end. Very polished production. Good use of humour and useful information. Really enjoyed it.

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Really Disappointing

First, let me say I’m in the U.S., and I found the accents of the readers, particularly Lesley, made them VERY hard to understand in parts ... plus she’s just not that good at telling a story. But I wasn’t reading the book for entertainment, I was reading it for knowledge which, as it turned out in the bitter end, I book didn’t really contain any of.
I was particularly put off by the arrogance of the authors. Apparently feeling proud of yourself for finishing an Ironman is silly ... you must win it. Simply participating is, in their words, bullshit.
I have never given what I would call a bad review before ... but the authors and the book in general deserve it.

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Terrible

I thought the book was going to be about sports psychology. It was more about eating disorders. Not for the true athlete. Maybe for a beginner or for people with mental problems.

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Its a no from me

Having listened to this husband / wife team on a Training Peaks podcast, I was keen to check out the book. They both came across really well in the interview. I like the British accent and the Scottish accent is probably the stand out. Simon's posh and smarmy accent is tolerable because he makes up for it by being reasonably articulate. Sadly, I had gotten all this information away from the audio book through an unrelated podcast. Within minutes of embarking on their audio book I was disappointed. The 'humour' is utter garbage. I'd read some reviews that gushingly referred to it as being hilarious. Nope. Anyway, humour wasn't my primary purpose for the book. I sadly could not get past the 3rd chapter before urgently looking for the emergency rip cord (nice that Audible allows you to return / refund). Both authors / narrators seemed full of self grandiose which made it difficult to listen to for more than 15 minute intervals at a time.

For the tiny chunk of the overall book I did manage, it came across as a bit gratuitous and corny. And also a little condescending.

Less swearing, less bad jokes, less references to the authors own achievements - and I might have persevered for longer

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Really good!

This book is chalk full of interesting and helpful insights to change the way you approach your athletic training and performance. The book is root d in science but presented in a very accessible way.

While this book is written for endurance athletes, it has helped me in all my athletic pursuits - golf, pickleball, etc.

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Substitutes contents with curses

Thought this would be a good choice while rehabbing an injury, but rather than focusing on sports psychology, the authors use a mix of Wikipedia level anatomical terminology and swearing to differentiate themselves from others. But don’t bother improving the subject genre with anything substantial or effective.

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Not a Fan

I tried, but didn't feel it. Traded the book for another.. it was that bad.

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Loved the theories but couldnt relate

I really enjoyed this reading

However I wish thst drew more example from different sports.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-23-18

Hands down the best book I have found on the topic

What made the experience of listening to The Brave Athlete the most enjoyable?

Life - changing, from both a performance and general life point of view. A lot of complex information, provided in an easy to understand format. I have purchased a copy of this book to support the audio version, and even sent one as a gift to a friend. Its the first book I've ever felt compelled to write a review for, it was that good.

After competing in my first tri event last year I had a lot of questions / fears about stepping up from a half to full distance event, and having the mental fortitude to complete it. With the tactics and information in the book I feel a lot more confident that I will be able to train my mind over the coming months, as well as my body. The book certainly delivers on this front.

I have spent a lot of time researching / reading similar books and this is really the only one I found to contain a lot of relevant content, not just pushing a couple of simple points home.

I feel that it is going to have a massive effect in my personal life too, as I start to try and wrangle my professor and chimp brains !

What about Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall ’s performance did you like?

Its nice to hear the voices of the actual authors, it makes you feel like one of their athletes

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  • 09-27-18

Poor...

The amount of contrived swearing in this book is cringe-worthy, distracting and off putting.

Just go listen to the chimp paradox as its a hashed version of that.

Had to get rid and ask for a refund after 50mins.

P.s sorry if the you are the author reading this - i dont mean to hurt your feelings.

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  • David Richardson
  • 09-04-18

save your money and just read "The Chimp paradox

I really struggled with this book and if it hadn't been a holiday listen I would have switched it off much sooner.

large amounts of it are a rehash of The Chimp Paradox - which to their credit the authors acknowledge.

what I really could not stand was the juvenile use of
swear words. I have no issue with swearing in normal life but it added nothing here and just sounded a bit pathetic - a bit like a 13 year old trying to offend an auntie!)

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  • louise price
  • 03-13-18

Great content and told in entertaining way

Really enjoyed this audio.
Enjoyed that it was narrated by the authors and that they were both experts in their field.
Explanation style was really good and content very interesting.
Would recommend.

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  • davo
  • 10-11-18

wish I sampled first

awful voices very repetitive. Felt as if I were being shouted at, not motivating at all

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  • R.J
  • 04-22-19

applicable to daily life,

thank you for this brilliant book. I highly advice if you are into personal development this is a real angle to build up your skills. you can apply pushing the pain strategy in you everyday life and it will do wonder, different level of applicable motivation and skills.

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  • Chase
  • 10-24-18

A good topic but not my style of delivery

There is some good advice in this audiobook, and though I've heard most of it before, it was nice to have a book specifically on athletic psychology and performance. What I didn't enjoy was the swearing. I thought it totally unnecessary and gratuitous. The dual narration was also distracting. I realize there are two authors, but I think one narrator would have pulled everything together better. Each narrator is good, but going back and forth is a bit annoying to listen to, at least for me. Overall, it's still a good book, just one that is better read than listened to.

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  • Murgy
  • 11-01-22

Brilliant

Based on this book, I went from a losing streak in competitive martial arts to winning 4 matches and a gold medal in one day.

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  • Stephen
  • 07-17-22

The missing piece of the puzzle

This has so much. Depending on who you are some chapters may be irrelevant some will be extremely relevant. What I really liked was there were practical solutions and advise to overcome psychological limiters not just hypothesising and talk about it. Next level will, go back to some chapters pre race from now on

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  • Tess1
  • 06-09-21

Simple straight talking common sense.

Absolutely brilliant delivery of what can be sometimes a bording subject. Totally enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-18

To negative

I only got through the first 3 chapters, I just could not listen to any mor of “don’t be like this” “don’t think like that”
I think this book is really targeted at someone who has a low self esteem, little to non mental toughness and wants a kick start.

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  • Richard
  • 12-10-17

Brilliant book

Absolutely brilliant. Easy to listen, with a good balance of science based evidence and storytelling. Suitable for all levels of athletes, and even business owners too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-22

unecesscary use of bad language

some of the themes and theories were quite interesting, however.. the use of foul language as an attempt to connect to the reader came off as immature and served no benefit, additionally, some parts eg. the section on impression management seemed unwise and had definitely didn't align with my idea on the technology or its purpose, the book quickly took a turn for me at this point as the dryness and attempted witt came off as spiteful, negative and unhelpful.

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  • Zouhair Karime
  • 09-15-22

Tge book I have been looking for😊

I have found the book I have been looking for! This audio has given me great strategies as a beginner athlete. it is reassuring to know that at all levels of competition, most people feel anxiety and pressure when performancing, though now I know how to find a place of calm before and during competition. Thank you so much for your insight 🙏 Brilliant!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-22

Some great insight into the mind

I enjoyed this book and the narration. It focuses heavily on triathletes and their training but is valuable otherwise. I got some good tools that I can apply as an equine endurance athlete.

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  • Lisa Robson
  • 11-13-21

Sporty but adaptable to other areas

Loved this book. The humour also helps and the way complex topics like neuroscience are simplified.

I will listen to this one again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-20

A scientific but approachable book with loads of swearing

Lots of sound explanations on the mental side of triathlons and indeed life. At times it felt like the narrators were talking to you personally. It has spurred me on with my late in life foray into triathlon.

Let’s hope Tony paid back the $1500 and became Margaret.

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  • Jason
  • 02-05-20

every competitor should read

preparing for my first event this book was everything I was looking for. Clear to understand and cheerful humour along the way a must read for any athlete or competitor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-19

Great book

Loved it! Such good information and plenty of humour which lightened what could have been a heavy topic

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  • Carolin
  • 06-14-19

Brillant book

Brilliant book for any athlete or want to be athlete.

It explors why we like to stay within our comfort zone and how we can program our brain to push us to where we want to be, athletically speaking.

Apart from awesome advise I really enjoyed the narration by the writers of the book, who are very down to earth and matter of fact. Properly, going to listen to it another 5 times or so, to make sure the wisdom sticks in my mothers brain.