With the additional stress of intense training schedules, competition-day pressure, body image dysmorphia, and the fear of injury, athletes and everyday lifters experience high levels of stress throughout their training.

The mental health conversation has grown recently as more and more athletes open up about their own struggles with anxiety and depression. This series looks at the correlation between exercise and mental health to better understand how they impact one another.

Learn how different athletes are addressing their mental health, from wilderness workouts to positive affirmations to mental reps. Meet top athletes who are eager to share their personal struggles with anxiety and depression to help open up the discussion of how to better manage mental health.

The Idea: Into the Wilderness

Powerlifter Clay Cooper took an unusual tactic to coping with anxiety, changing the way he approached the deadlift and starting a powerful new movement.

The Lift: Finding Balance in Uneven Terrain

Packing hundreds of pounds into remote locations is no easy feat. Find out how Clay Cooper pulls off the king of lifts in some of the most beautiful and extreme locations on earth.

The Movement: How Discovery Deadlift Gained Momentum

What started as a solo adventure quickly became a social media phenomenon. Learn how Clay Cooper's outdoor approach is building a community and a movement.

Exercise can be an impactful tool to help manage anxiety and depression. For more holistic mental health resources, go to adaa.org.

What the Science Says About Exercise and Mental Health

Need a bit of a mental lift? Studies show resistance training can give you the boost you need to help alleviate the symptoms of some of the most common mental disorders.

Mental Strength: The Benefits of Working Out on Mental Health

Your workout provides benefits you can't see in the weight room mirror: a healthier brain, better mood, and the tools to thrive for a lifetime.

Exercise Impacts on Brain Physiology

According to research, a number of hormones are released in the brain during exercise which help modify mood and emotion states, including anxiety and depression.


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