Psychology of Strength Review

Psychology of Strength Review

I am in San Diego at the moment at a Mastermind event with Craig Ballantyne, Bedros Keuilian, Mike Whitfield, Shawna Kaminski and about 30 other health and fitness professionals.

Rick Kaselj in Seattle

(Okay, this is not from San Diego, but a shot when flying over Seattle at sunrise.)

While I was flying down, I got a chance to review the Psychology of Strength program from Mike Gillette.

It’s a great program, and here is my take on things…..


Instructor Mike Gillette presents an inspiring and easy-to-understand manual in Psychology of Strength. He begins this manual with a glimpse into his personal story of strength, and tackles one of the major limitations of acquiring desirable outcomes regarding strength-building routines and procedures. This major limitation is the mind. Having the wrong mindset could derail the entire process of strength-building. Where other products may dive right into doing exercise routines, this Strength Psychology manual spends significant time in addressing the importance of the mind and how this can be vital in creating your personal story of strength.

Some highlights from Psychology of Strength:

Understanding mental toughness

#1 – Understanding Mental Toughness

Sometimes, understanding the reason behind a process or attitude can go a long way in preparing an individual for success in an activity. This is what the early sections of the Strength Psychology manual map out. The instruction manual gives you reasoning behind certain foundational concepts. This is a key element that other instruction manuals may lack. While there is an informal tone in this manual that helps to set the stage for the information presented, there are also many formally accepted concepts contained in the manual, such as the importance of having the right mindset and accepting a situation without necessarily embracing any negativity associated with the situation. Mental toughness helps us put things in perspective, and this is what the Strength Psychology manual is all about.

#2 – Presentation Of Exercises

Rather than read only about stories, there are some real exercises presented in this manual. These exercises include mindfulness, concentration, relaxation, visualization, autogenic practice and progressive muscle relaxation. One important thing to note about these exercises is the conciseness used to present each of the exercises. The instructions for the exercises are easy to follow. Just imagine being given instructions by a friend who is close-by. Also, Mike Gillette thinks of various areas which could serve to derail you as you practice these exercises, including distractions, thoughts and feelings that may impede your focus. This really helps a person embrace the concepts.

#3 – Going beyond the exercises

Another highlight of the Psychology manual is that it goes beyond the provision of guidelines for exercises and also focuses on affirmations and goal setting principles. It may have been expected that a manual associated with building strength and transforming a person from weakness to power would have body and muscle building exercises. However, in reality, it’s not only about the exercises – although these exercises are certainly important. Nevertheless, there are other areas beyond the exercise that need attention too, including how we think about the process, the ideas and issues that have limited us in the past, and the goals and objectives that can help boost a person into the desirable realm of possibilities, including the possibility of transforming from weakness to strength.

#4 – Easy to read and quite inspiring, too

There are different products you may come across. However, being able to understand what the product is about can be quite the challenge! However, the Psychology of Strength provides a personal approach that stirs up the desire to be strong, inspiring a person not to be limited by weakness that may currently exist, but to embrace the strength transformation that can occur.


#5 – From weakness to strength

The potential to transform from weakness to strength can seem impossible, especially for those who have lived in a state of weakness or low energy levels for most of their life. The power of this Strength Psychology instruction manual is that Mike Gillette has the exact story of weakness, right from childhood. He describes himself as growing up as a kid who was “small, weak and seemingly afraid of everything”. It can be easy to tap into this mindset when there is a great example to follow. That’s what this manual provides.

#6 – A less than perfect past or beginning?

Perhaps you have a less than perfect past or beginning. If this is the case, it’s time to set this aside and step into the realization of the strength you can build! The strength that you can have!! It is nice to have some hope. You can take advantage of the personal story of strength from Mike Gillette and use these instructions and exercises to help transform your life. Mike also discusses his beginning or starting point which included an unintended pregnancy, a broken marriage and poverty. Perhaps you have different circumstances that have helped to keep you in a state of weakness. You could overcome this as the Psychology of Strength instruction manual shows you the way forward.

#7 – Peak Performance State (PPS)

If you ever thought you could not accomplish something, your mindset could have something to do with this. The Psychology of Strength instruction manual emphasizes the mindset as a learned skill. If you consider this to be true or can find logic in this frame of thinking, then you will be on the right path with this manual, because there is a high correlation between what the mind thinks and what the mind determines you can do. Discover your Peak Performance State! The good news is that even if your mind does not think that a strength transformation is possible, there is the opportunity for your mind to L-E-A-R-N to think this way. Mindset is a learned skill! Doesn’t this knowledge alone make you want to dive into the manual to learn more?

Yes! The Strength Psychology instruction manual is a product that guides you to build up your strength and to do so with a good understanding of the WHY and the HOW components related to making this happen. These components are the glue that help the information come together. There is a good emphasis too on setting goals plus being able to track these goals. What point is there if we simply do these exercises without actually committing to setting and keeping up with goals? So, if you really want to be tough as nails, but are unsure of how to begin, the Psychology of Strength instruction manual is a great place to start! With this manual, you will learn about the power of your mind and some exercises, too. Let Mike Gillette teach you how a tough mind is a ‘winning’ mind!!

Rick Kaselj, MS

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