Relaxation Technique – proper breathing

Breathing correctly is nature's automatic relaxant. When a person takes a deep, diaphragmatic breath the muscles along the back involuntarily relax as part of the movement. Since the shoulder muscles are largely tied into the lumbar support muscles of the spine this effect cascades throughout the upper torso. Additionally, the amount of oxygen in the [...]

Getting your head in the game

Conversation leads to collaboration Last week there was a fantastic discussion in the comments after I posted my article on pre-performance. One of the topics that came up was simply, "Where do I start?" That's a good question to ask, because on a site that is filled with new information it is hard to find [...]

Improving Consistency, Pre-Performance Routines

The Frozen Sea Recently I found myself in Vaasa, Finland, and for the first time in my life I have encountered the frozen sea. Of course, I know that the sea does freeze, but somehow I always imagined it as the far North, where the seals and an occasional polar bear milled about. Here is [...]

The power of momentum in Feast vs MMA – IEM Kiev

During IEM Kiev there was a short match in round 1 of the Starcraft 2 playoffs between Millennium's Feast and Slayers MMA.  After the game Mr. Bitter, a commentator at the event, interviewed Feast and we had a chance to hear about his qualification for the tournament, the games versus MMA, and his hopes for IEM Sao [...]

D4rker discuss how to train – IEM Kiev

Thursday at IEM Kiev the League of Legends caster Phreak interviewed D4rker from team White Lotus after their loss versus Curse Gaming. During the interview D4rker gave some fantastic advice about training a pro gaming team. My favorite part of the interview was when he talked about keeping motivated and focusing on learning through your [...]

A class of athletes lacking goals?

Today I was teaching a class of high school student athletes. They go to a top sports high-school and typically have four or more hours of practice a day. It's quite a nice gig actually. After the first period, which is usually morning training, there is a breakfast served. It's a delicious and healthy, whole [...]

Improving self-talk part 2 – helpful self-talk

Read the first article in the series! - Introduction to self-talk Read the second article in the series! - Improving self-talk part 1 - awareness Focus and drive, the mental edge Now that you are convinced that your self-talk can give you an edge in training and competition it’s time to practice making the best [...]