Mindfuel Magazine

By Luis Valdes | A digital magazine devoted to the quest for excellence in performance.

Are Physical Limits All in Our Heads?

On Sunday morning in Berlin, three of the greatest marathoners in history will face off under highly intriguing and unusual conditions. It will be a race for the ages, pitting the reigning Olympic champion against a former world-record holder and perhaps the best all-around long-distance runner …

Understanding Aaron Rodgers’s Unique Wavelength

ARLINGTON, Texas — “Hey, Aaron!” Martellus Bennett jumped up from his locker stall and chased after his quarterback.<p>Something momentous had happened …

Aaron Rodgers

Technology Used to Track Players’ Steps Now Charts Their Sleep, Too

BERKELEY, Calif. — For a preseason scrimmage in August, the University of California football team tried to replicate the game day experience as best it could. It stayed in a hotel the night before. It scheduled the kickoff earlier than usual to acclimate to the time zone in which it would play its …

Trevor Siemian's Calm and Collected Demeanor Earning Him Respect—and Wins—in Denver

Trevor Siemian hit rock bottom in a rental car traveling north on I-65 through pastoral northwest Indiana. Earlier that November afternoon in 2014, …

Jordan Crawford's Message To Young Players After Being Out Of NBA For Nearly Three Seasons

Jordan Crawford must be feeling blessed that he’s back in the NBA after spending a couple of years out of it. Crawford was drafted by the New Jersey …

Stanton lines 57th HR, sets club RBI mark

PHOENIX -- For two days, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton entertained the crowd at Chase Field in batting practice by crushing baseballs far …

Bright spots abound at Summer League, but viewing through appropriate lens matters | NBA.com

Believe NBA Summer League at your own risk.<p>It’s easy to get seduced -- plays are simple, guards are in charge, the quality of opponent makes the more …

NBA

Roger Federer: Tennis Genius Is Doing the Impossible

Tennis superstar had nothing left to prove. Not to his fans. Not to his opponents. Not to himself.<p>Part of the joy of watching Roger Federer – which …

Tennis

Roger Federer Wins Record-Breaking Eighth Wimbledon Title

WIMBLEDON, England — In the end, Roger Federer’s record eighth Wimbledon singles title looked easy compared with some of the marathon finals he has had to win on this same patch of London grass.<p>But a race should not be judged only by the last hurdle. Federer had to get so many tough calls right …

Garbiñe Muguruza Wins Wimbledon, Defeating Venus Williams

WIMBLEDON, England — As it turned out, Serena Williams was quite right about Garbiñe Muguruza, and it came at her beloved sister’s expense.<p>After defeating Muguruza in the 2015 Wimbledon final, Serena Williams turned to her teary young Spanish opponent on Centre Court and said: “Don’t be sad. You’ll …

Tennis

Golf Psychology: Quiet Your Putting Demons And Win Under Pressure

Pro golfers agree that mental golf psychology is imperative to winning under pressure. Golf writer Peter Dobereiner said; "Half of golf is fun; the …

If The Process Had Results, It Wouldn't Be The Process

The Process is a success.<p>Not on any of its nominal, publicly-espoused terms, of course. Those terms, laid out by former Philadelphia 76ers general …

Among lessons Bill Belichick learned from his dad: Team is bigger than you

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:<p>1a. Here's wishing everyone a Happy Father's Day, while …

New England

Jordan Spieth, Inside His Own Head, Struggles to Get Out

ERIN, Wis. — For most of Saturday, it seemed as if the most visible part of Jordan Spieth was the top of his golf cap. Five missed birdie putts of 12 feet or less and two missed par putts from inside 6 feet will make any golfer drop his chin to his chest.<p>That would be especially true if you were …

Golf

Trek through post-Super Bowl psychological valley awaits Falcons

In the wake of the most historic collapse in Super Bowl history, the Falcons, individually and colle...

Super Bowl

Canyon Barry is determined to carry on his family’s NBA lineage

For any younger fans who may not be familiar with <b>Rick Barry</b>, he’s a basketball legend with an absolutely amazing hoops résumé.<p>Over the course of his …

A winning culture

Australian NBA great Luc Longley was beginning to fall out of love with basketball, but everything changed when he joined Michael Jordan and Scottie …

LeBron at the line: Anybody’s guess, including his own

After a season of experimentation, fresh ideas arriving nonstop, <b>LeBron James</b> stepped to the free-throw line in Cleveland’s Game 4 of the Eastern …

Steve Alford

LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

BOSTON -- As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending …

Kelsey Plum Is About to Take the WNBA By Storm

Kelsey Plum was second-guessing her commitment.<p>University of Washington head coach Kevin McGuff had abruptly left for Ohio State, leaving Plum unsure …

WNBA

Daniel Gibson Tells Us Why Life After Basketball Was So Hard, And What LeBron Means To Him

Daniel Gibson was hand-picked by LeBron James to become the 42nd pick in 2006 NBA Draft. Coming out of Texas, James saw what Gibson could bring, a ball-handling, gutsy shot maker with lots of potential. As a second-round draft pick, the chances of sticking and staying in a location for a …

NBA

Steph Curry explains the secret to his basketball 'dominance'

Without any hint of exaggeration, David Feherty’s Golf Channel show “Feherty” is probably the best sports interview show on television. It’s not just the slate of guests he lands on the show — which range from George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice to Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier — it’s the quality …

Basketball

Three Sports Performance Companies Combining Technology & Science To Build Superior Athletes

In today’s sports, the difference between winning and losing, success and failure, is small.<p>Football is said to be “a game of inches.” In baseball a player has “less than the blink of an eye” to hit the ball.<p>The bar is constantly being raised as athletes build upon the foundation that the prior …

Atlanta Falcons

Diana Taurasi: A part of her still thinks 'I’m not a good basketball player'

PHOENIX — There isn’t much Diana Taurasi hasn’t accomplished on the court as an individual and with a team, or between college, the pros and overseas.<p>…

John Wall, getting the superstar treatment, shakes off a slow start to play like one

On Sunday night, a line of fans formed in the Verizon Center hallway near the entrance to the Washington Wizards‘ locker room. In the front stood Stephen Jackson, who played for eight teams over his 14-year NBA career. He never played for Washington, but there he was adorned in a “dc” cap and a …

Basketball

Ryan Zimmerman was one of MLB’s worst hitters in 2016. Here’s why he’s now the best.

Ryan Zimmerman’s bounce-back season is truly stunning.<p>The 32-year-old first baseman for the Washington Nationals was underwhelming in 2016, to say the least. His batting average (.218) and on-base plus slugging (.642, 21 percent lower than the league average) were career lows and his minus-1.3 wins …

Ryan Zimmerman

The Real-Life Diet of Jeremy Lin

Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, <b>GQ</b> takes a look at what athletes in different sports eat on a daily basis to perform at their best. …

Jeremy Lin

A New Obsession

I’ve never been a writer before, but you know what?<p>Before this season I’d never really been a point guard, either. So let’s do this.<p>The other day …