Recalling “In the Zone” Experiences

Last October, I wrote a blog about “Being in the Zone.”  After Saturdays Mud Blast it made me recall the article and all the psychological things I learned when working on my masters degree at Chico State.  About half-way through the race Jerrad Fisher and I were coming up on the obstacles and I tried to completely leap over one of them catching the top of it with my trail leg.  I almost fell down, but somehow I managed to catch myself and continue moving on forward.  Before this little incident happened my mind was completely focused on just having fun in the race and not even slightly focused on competing.  But, after tripping something in my mind sparked, and competition mode was surfaced.  My mind quickly began searching and scanning for past experiences in which I had been in “Zone” mode.  From this point on my eyes were just wandering around the course and searching ahead for the next competitor to pass or obstacle to conquer.

This is something that is very common in most competitive athletes who have competed in many athletic competitions.  But, “ANYONE” can have these experiences.  It takes a little practice using the mind to search for times in your past when you felt like you were in the “Zone.”


Written by Matt

Matthew Brown has been involved in athletics for most of his life. He developed a huge passion for running at a very young age and ultimately competed for Chico State University in Track and Field for 4 years. After graduation he felt the continued drive to be involved in athletics in some way, and pursued a Masters degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. While working on his degree he was actively involved in the Chico State Track and Field program coaching both sprint and middle distance athletes in addition to working with them on their strength programs. His compassion for fitness and people continued to grow even after finishing his degree. He felt there was still room for growth and improvement in his overall knowledge in fitness and found a new home at Norcal Strength and Conditioning. While training at Norcal he found a new way to be competitive in fitness, and that was in the sport of Crossfit. After competing in a few competitions and training at Norcal for a year and a half he decided to pursue an opportunity as a personal trainer. He is excited to be a part of the sense of community and compassion that surrounds NorCal strength and Conditioning. Before Matthew attained his Masters degree in Kinesiology, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Management. He has been a supervisor for over 13 years at a large canning and packaging corporation. Working with a variety of people offers many types of challenging situations and Matthew loves to be a part of these experiences. With his long history of involvement in management and athletics, Matthew has the skills, leadership, and enthusiasm to help motivate any person from any walk of life to achieve their fitness goals.

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  1. Great post….Teach me how to be in the ZONE….. I got my boat shorts ready(Matt)

  2. Matt B

    Any time Mario! It takes practice and meditation. Another blog post to follow to help reach success later too! Stay Tuned!

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