Optimizing Athletic Performance with Sport Psychology
Sport psychology is an interdisciplinary science that incorporates knowledge from many related fields including biomechanics, physiology, kinesiology and psychology. It involves the study of how psychological factors affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affects psychological and physical factors. Besides instruction and training of psychological skills for improved performance, applied sport psychology includes work with athletes, coaches, and parents regarding injury, rehabilitation, communication, team building, and career transitions. Given its importance, Protect The Pug has created Pug Psychology where field experts are invited to proffer their expertise and wisdom to help athletes achieve their fullest potential.
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In Search of Greatness with Dr. Judd Biasiotto
"If you look at me, I don't look anything like a world class athlete. I credit most of my achievements to techniques and belief systems I used to strengthen my mind."
Dr. Judd Biasiotto is a modern day renaissance man with accomplishments ranging from being a sport’s psychologist to three major league baseball teams consisting of the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Kansas City Royals, Multi-world record holder in Powerlifting - which includes a record for the Pound for Pound 4th greatest squat ever recorded in the history of the sport (video below). Judd is a Multi-National and World Bodybuilding Champion and at a height of only 5 feet 7 inches tall was a starter for the renowned Notre Dame Basketball team and a former Golden Gloves boxing champion. Judd is also a university professor, award winning orator, author of 126 books and over 1100 articles for leading fitness magazines such as Joe Weider's Muscle and Fitness. Dr. Judd is here to help you overcome obstacles and reach your potential with his wisdom and unparalleled experience as a world class athlete, sports psychologist and hypnotherapist, and coach in Protect The Pug's "Pug Psychology" Section.
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What some of the best have to say about Dr. Judd:
Of all the things I have ever seen which were hard to believe, perhaps none strains the limits of my mind quite like Judd Biasiotto’s 603 pound squat at 130 pounds. If I had not seen it with my own eyes I would have had trouble imagining it. It wasn’t just one world record he broke that day either. He literally shattered three world records…one right after another and he barely missed a world record attempt at 621 pounds on a fourth attempt. He did 540 pounds, 580 pounds and the 603 pounds resting only three minutes between lifts as the rules required at that time. To my knowledge no one has accomplished such a feat. It might also be noted that at that time every lifter had to weigh-in one hour prior to competition. It goes without saying that weighing in the night before competition is a tremendous advantage. There are a few other things you need to know about Judd’s lift. First of all, Judd is 100% drug free unlike 95% of other powerlifting world record holders.
Second, he did not use all that ridiculous cheating equipment to make the lift that a lot of these so called lifters are using today. He wore a lifting suit with knee wraps. That was it! He unracked the weight alone, unlike the lifters who use monolift racks which makes the lift a lot easier. Perhaps just as significant was the fact that the lift was judged by three international officials. He easily broke parallel and drove the weight straight up. One more thing, he made that lift one year after having major back surgery. At the time, everyone in the sport of powerlifting said that the 600-pound barrier was beyond the physiological limits of a drug free athlete at his weight. They said such a lift was impossible. Well, Judd proved it wasn’t impossible.
Now let me put that lift into perspective for you. When Judd squatted that weight (603 pounds), the world record was 535 pounds, and the average lifter in his weight class was only squatting 370 pounds. The best squat in the world that year was just 487 pounds. Oh, I left out one little detail out. When Judd made that lift he was 44 years old. Think about that…44 years old. At the time the world record in his age group was 395 pounds. When you think about his age, the surgery, the lack of performance enhancing equipment and the fact that he was totally drug free the feat takes on otherworldly magnitude.
When Judd broke the 600 pound barrier I was playing with the Oakland Raiders. We had some of the strongest players in the NFL on our team. I can tell you straight out that less than a handful of them could squat 600 pounds and those guys weighed more than twice as much as Judd and none of them could break parallel with that kind of weight. Oh yea they were half is age too. In my opinion Judd is still, and will perhaps always be the greatest pound-for-pound squatter in the world.I am not talking about age here either i am talking straight up. Like i said nothing strains the limits of my mind quite like Judd Biasiotto’s 603 pound squat at 130 pounds…it is mind-boggling!
Dan Land, Oakland Raiders