1. How to Improve Your Mental Game

    If you come to me, the chances are that you know where you are in the world of sport and you have an outcome that you want to achieve. Then, we are going to work on a plan to achieve this outcome. This plan contains a set of skills to learn (mental training) and committed actions to take. For example Emotions: You do not control your emotions, but you can choose how to respond to them in a way tha…Read More

  2. Directing Your Attention to What is Relevant to Performance

    Let’s start with an example that happened during a bodyboarding competition in Portugal. The event had a record number of participants in the men’s division. The competition schedule was tight, and all the athletes had to stay on the beach because the event would run until the last minute of daylight. Then, the event organizers decided to run the women’s division and the girls got upset. The…Read More

  3. Achieving Your Values-Driven Goals

    If you want to be more successful at completing your goals, those goals must be connected to your values. Values are the principles or standards that you follow in your life. What do you value most? What are the personal qualities and character strengths you want to cultivate? Goals are something that you want to achieve or possess, and as soon as you completed your goal, you go for another one. F…Read More

  4. Flow and High Performance

    Flow is not the same as peak performance. Flow can be defined as a psychological experience when the individual is engaged in a challenging activity. Flow can happen in almost any activity that has a balance between challenge and skill level, involves total concentration, and requires participation to achieve a goal. You cannot experience Flow watching TV, but you can experience Flow writing a boo…Read More

  5. What Is Mental Training? O QUE É TREINAMENTO MENTAL?

    (Scroll down for Portuguese version) Mental Training is the science “Psychology” applied to enhance athletic performance. There are many factors influencing performance, and the mental performance professional will perform an investigation of what is hurting performance and teach psychological skills to change it. Mental training is not magical words that a professional tells and the athlete…Read More

  6. What Do You Eat?

    Energy metabolism is fuel for exercise and human movement. Energy metabolism means using the food consumed to store energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The ATP breakdown produces energy causing the muscle to contract. Metabolism means “to change” and includes anabolism (to build up), for example, the use of amino acids to make the proteins that provide muscle mass. Catabolism (…Read More