A for Athlete
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  • abs, noun. abdominal muscles
  • associate, verb. an act where athletes heighten their experience, becoming an integral part of every event. Part of mind/body fusion and opposite of disassociation
  • astral being, hallucinated being in my own image and likeness
  • Danny Austin, a world champion lifter.
  • bootie, noun. butt, ass, behind, bottom
  • brain nothingness, Until “tanking it,” I had never experienced it. When my mind went blank, it wasn’t merely that I saw black or nothing at all; it was a complete disappearance of a sense of vision.


  • Church’s Chicken, noun. a place to eat chicken, and some are owned by Jim McCoy, a sponsor in Judd’s world-record lifting attempt.
  • Sam Colson, noun. a Clemson coach who made the news
  • Bobby Cuzzo, a one-time foe of Judd’s
  • déjà vu, the illusion that one has previously had an experience that is actually new to one
  • deprivation tank or flotation tank, noun. a large enclosed basin that is filled with dense saltwater solution. The saltwater allows the subject inside the tank to float in a type of suspended animation.
  • Dr. George Dinteman, president of the National Association of Speed and Explosion
  • disassociation, the very opposite process of what is necessary for total involvement. Disassociation is easiest to understand. An athlete who disassociates is one who uses environmental or cognitive stimuli to distract his mind from the task at hand.
  • discrimination without awareness, higher-brain centers withdraw for a time being, our lower-brain centers can respond appropriately to supraliminal stimuli.
  • Donggong, dynamic exercise, one of three different types of Qigong exercises.
  • DMR, deep muscle relaxation
  • drug-free, the only way to be. Judd is drug-free, as he has never taken any steroids, human-growth hormones or other artificial drugs.
  • flooding, a technique in which you flood or expose the individual to a great amount of the fear-evoking stimuli all at once.


  • Thomas R. Foote, author and illustrator of the highly suggested book, Lifting In the 5th Dimension, regarding mind/body fusion and the esoteric experience


  • Eric Fromm, “The pity in life today...”
  • ganzfield, a totally patternless visual field
  • Gong, refers to Gongfu, which means practicing skills.


  • Jing-Donggong, a combination of the exercises of Jinggong (quiet exercise) and Donggong (dynamic exercise), one of three different types of Qigong exercises.
  • Jinggong, quiet exercise, one of three different types of Qigong exercises.
  • groove lifter, a lifter who can better perform when good form or specific mechanics are followed.
  • GSR, galvanic skin resistance (GSR), increases during Rujing


  • Doctor Fred Hatfield, author, world-record holder in the squat


  • hypothermia, a lowering of the body temperature
  • Dan Land, training partner and spotter for Judd who played for the Los Angeles Raiders in the NFL
  • limen, The Latin word for threshold
  • LSD, an illegal and dangerous drug that causes hallucinations
  • leukemia, a horrifying and gut-wrenching disease for all involved, cancer of blood-forming tissues
  • mind/body fusion, when mind and body are harmoniously one.
  • model training, to incorporate practice sessions that induce social, psychological, and technical stressors in the athlete’s environment.
  • muscle it out, a successful lift, but performed with poor form and technique that is biomechanically undesirable
  • NIMH, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Nirvana, Yoga term, much like one-pointedness and brain nothingless
  • One-pointedness, Zen term, much like Nirvana of Yoga and brain nothingless
  • Phenylbutazone, an illegal drug, anti-inflammatory, simply known as bute
  • psychoneuroimmunology, a technique that incorporates hypnosis, deep muscle relaxation, and visualization to combat various diseases.
  • Qi, pronounced as (Chi), a life force that flows through channels. It’s invisible and can’t be detected by scientific means. Refers to the body’s vital life force
  • Qigong, A psychopneumatological exercise method that incorporates posture, breathing, and mind focus. a kind of self-training technique in which exercises (movement, posture, breathing, and mental energy) are used to increase the flow of Qi. the word used in China to identify develop one’s Qi or energetic capacity.”
  • REST, Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy
  • Rujing, the secret to Qigong. It is a unique experience for each person — a state of quietness — A condition where the mind is completely at rest and the body is totally relaxed.
  • running fix, some long-distance runners actually exhibit characteristics of true addiction. They run in order to get what has become known as a fix or euphoric feeling. The runners’ experiences are thought to be brought about by endogenous-morphine-like substances called endorphins
  • Chris Sheffield, training partner and spotter for Judd. Former Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL


  • Dr. Mackie Shilstone, a nutrition analyst


  • Lefty Solomon, Dr. A.H. “Lefty” Solomon, a nationally renown physiologist and sports psychologist


  • Robert Sommer, a psychologist at the University of California (Davis) who wrote about “personal space.”
  • spotter, person who stands near a weight lifter and assists with the weights to prevent injury and at times helps with motivation
  • squat A weight-lifting exercise in which Judd holds a world-record for his weight class.
  • subliminal stimulus, a stimulus so weak that you would be conscious of it less than 50 percent of the time. A subliminal stimulus is above the sensory threshold, but below the perceptual threshold.
  • trashed, drunk, intoxicated
  • unity, Yin and Yang are as one. This is called unity. Think of it like a psychic intercourse.
  • James Vicary, a motivational researcher
  • Joe Weider, Publisher, editor and one of the most respected person in the fitness industry and publishing
  • Mike White, training partner and spotter for Judd. Former All-Pro with Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. Main character with Judd in the book, Hypnotize Me and Make Me Great.
  • M. Woody Wilson, a pharmacist in Franklin, Tenn.
  • Yi, the training of your consciousness
  • Yin and Yang, refers to the unity of the two opposites. Yin and Yang depend on each other, but also oppose each other. Yin and Yang are the source of each other and under certain conditions are opposites to each
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