Creating Powerful Goals

HOW STRUCTURE AND SOCIALIZATION CAN INCREASE RATES OF SUCCESS.  A lot has been written about goal setting. There are books, blogs, and educational courses completely dedicated to the topic. There are lots of theories and lots of tactics out there preaching “silver bullet” solutions to becoming better at setting and achieving goals. It seems however…

Distance Makes the Head Grow Stronger

ELIUD KIPCHOGE SMASHES THE MARATHON WORLD RECORD. On Sunday at the Berlin Marathon Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya broke the world record running 26.2 miles in 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds. The 33-year old Olympic Champion from Kenya smashed the previous world record by an astonishing one minute and nineteen seconds. He averaged a…

SWIMMING IN THOUGHTS

HOW VISUALIZATION HELPED MICHAEL PHELPS DOMINATE IN THE POOL. Visualization is something we all do each and every day, but rarely do with great intention. Intentional visualization can be a powerful tool for athletes both in competition and in long-term goal planning. One of the most famous practitioners and advocates of visualization is swimmer Michael…

Talk is Cheap and Very Effective

HOW SELF-TALK CAN POSITIVELY IMPACT HIGH PERFORMANCE. One of the easiest and most powerful ways to use the mind to stimulate peak performance is through self-talk. Self-talk is the running dialogue that goes on inside the head of an athlete leading up to, and during competition. What we say to ourselves really matters – self…

The Rest is History: How Pros Manage Sleep

EXAMINING THE HABITS OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. As athletes continue to explore avenues for gaining a competitive edge, sleep seems to have emerged as one of the most important tools in their performance arsenal. While sleep requirements are highly personal, today’s research seems to agree that on average, North Americans are not getting enough quality sleep….

Can Avoiding Specialization Make You Special?

HOW MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES COULD BE GAINING A LONG TERM ADVANTAGE. As the nephew of one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time, Toronto Maple Leaf forward John Tavares had not choice, he was always going to grow up as a multi-sport athlete. Tavares didn’t mind, in fact he credits much of his hockey skill…

Mindful Meditation & Sports

HOW 12 MINUTES A DAY CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT. We’ve heard it before, we can’t change the past, and we can’t control the future. Instead what we have is the here and now, and that is our opportunity to make an impact. Mindfulness meditation builds off this thought, as it involves bringing one’s attention…

Out of Sight, To Perform Out of Your Mind

HOW TEAMS AND ATHLETES ARE USING SENSORY DEPRIVATION TO ENHANCE SKILL. We hear it about great team-sport athletes all the time, “he or she has great vision out there on the ice”. We think of athletes like Sidney Crosby, Steph Curry, and Cristiano Ronaldo as great playmakers with an unparalleled “sense for the game”. Having…

Pregame Music: The Key to a Sound Performance

WHAT PRE-EVENT MUSIC CAN DO FOR PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION IN SPORTS. Music has been a part of the pre-game/event rituals of athletes for decades now. The tradition began with teams pumping music through the locker room before the first whistle and has evolved into a more personal experience with athletes in most major sports entering stadiums…

Think Your Way to Improvement

HOW PAUSING TO REFLECT ON YOUR TRAINING PROGRESS CAN BE A CATALYST FOR GROWTH. As athletes look to build their bodies and their craft, particularly during the offseason, it can be easy to get lost in the repetitive “grind” of the process. As off-seasons become shorter and shorter, many athletes find themselves in a race…