Peak performance training

No one doubts these days that peak performance in sport is about more than just the physical aspects of performance. The mental side of sport is often where we can find the razors edge that separates success from failure.  How can we develop the mindset of the winner? Can we emerge with a better understanding of peak performance fitness.

Mindset is important alright because it has the effect of limiting what behaviours are possible.  A man came up to me the other day and he says, "I can't be happy". I agree and tell him: not whilst you're thinking like that, you cant. The more you think about what you're not doing the more you won't do it.

Bruce Lee was once accompanying Stirling Silliphant on a 3 mile run and toward the end of the run Bruce wanted to "shift gears" and run a few more miles. The writer complained that he was forty-five years old and just couldn't do it. After an extra few minutes running, Silliphant cried "If I run any more I'll have a heart attack and die," he complained.

"Then die!" said Bruce. This made Silliphant so angry that he carried on for the extra miles.  Later Bruce Lee explained his mindset to him:-

"If you always put limits on yourself and what you can do, physical or anything, you might as well be dead. It will spread over into your work, your morality, your entire being. There are no limits, only plateaux.  But you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you it kills you" [1]

Easy for you to say Bruce!

Sometimes performers seem to naturally come with the attitude and mindset that allows them to survive and thrive in high pressure situations.  But what about the rest of us. 

Sensory representations in NLP

Techniques such as neurolinguistic programming (NLP) when artfully applied can be extremely useful in helping someone achieve a high performance "state" at will. These skills can be learned so that the individual gains greater awareness of how they can manhandle their state - (the mental package of what they are thinking and feeling).  Learning NLP from a genius like Richard Bandler or Michael Breen is amazing and an "eyeopener" but not all who practice NLP are so artful and skillful.

Prior to the computer age, athletes and sports psychology consultants who train them had to make guesses about what was going on inside the body during a great performance.

Now with systems such as the NeXus units we can see this information easiliy and quickly and use biofeedback and neurofeedback to act upon it.  This biofeedback technology allows us to obtain an "inside view" of our body and brain as think, feel and perform.  Our state of what we think and feel determines what behaviours are possible for us and of course our behaviours ultimately determine our results. The use of biofeedback and neurofeedback to assess and train specific sport skills is where key perfomance improvements can be made.

Who can benefit from Biofeedback and neurofeedback?

  • The professional athlete who wants greater intensity of concentration and focus and an ability to reach the most effective high performance state
  • A coach, trainer or psychologist who desires to gain information relating to performance with cutting edge technology
  • An athlete who needs help recovering from a sports injury
  • Anyone who wants to boost their ability to concentrate, learn, and have great control of their emotional balance

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Quote was from Bruce Thomas, "Bruce Lee - Fighting Spirit" Pan Books 1996