Mental Toughness Lessons from a World Champion | Angela Lee Pucci

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Physical toughness will only get you so far. Learning to build resilience and mental strength in the face of overwhelming challenges is something everyone can benefit from.This episode's guest is Angela Lee Pucci, mixed martial artist, and world champion. She competed in the Adamweight and Strawweight divisions of one championship where she was the inaugural one Adamweight world champion. Undefeated at Adamweight, she has successfully defended the belt five times before vacating the title when she retired from the sport in September 2023. She still holds the record for longest championship reign in one history at more than seven yearsIn this episode, Angela and I discuss:Why mental health is just as important as physical health.The reasons why losing weight is challenging for athletes too.How martial arts can shape your character and help you overcome challenges.What it takes to succeed as a female in a male-dominated sport.How to bounce back from your lowest, darkest moments.00:00:00 - The Journey of Success00:03:05 - Getting Started in Martial Arts00:06:27 - Training Camp Challenges in Combat Sports00:09:49 - Gender Equality00:13:04 - The Inner Thoughts of an Athlete00:16:06 - Battling Inner Challenges00:19:19 - Turbulent Relationship with Food00:22:32 - Intense Training and Under-Eating00:25:53 - The Struggle to Make Weight00:32:28 - The Comeback after the Car Crash00:36:03 - Mental Health in High-Risk Sports00:39:13 - Neurology and Sleep Physiology in Coaching00:45:42 - Fight Story: Mental Wellness in Combat Sports00:48:49 - Building a Community for Combat Sports Fighters Links and Resources:Fight Story - https://fightstory.org/Angela on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/angelaleemma/Sponsor:Regenerate, rebuild, recover while you sleep with CortiSleep https://fixyoursleep.org/For the visual learners, come on over to YouTube for long form brain health related content  https://www.youtube.com/@LouisaNicolaWant to ask me a question? You can ask me anything I have covered on this podcast, go to : https://dexa.ai/louisaThe NACC course has certified over 500 coaches now. This is the state of the art human performance coaching company lead by a team of experts. Learn more about the NACC: https://www.neuroathletics.com.au/naccThe Neuro Athletics Newsletter Instagram: louisanicola_Twitter : louisanicola_YouTube: Louisa Nicola

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