How to get motivated

GET MOTIVATED! 101 easy ways to JUST KEEP SWIMMING There’s a reason you started swimming.  There’s a reason you keep training.  But sometimes, especially if you haven’t gotten a best time in a while, and it’s 4:45am, it’s hard to feel motivated. “I wouldn’t say anything…

Does gymnastics stunt your growth?

Does gymnastics stunt your growth?  It must. Right? You might actually be surprised by the answer… Sports like gymnastics, tennis, swimming, ballet, and figure skating, require athletes to specialize at a really young age. What this means: little kids doing rigorous training to reach elite…

Just See It

Five young women walk into a gym… Are you leaning in to hear the punchline? There is no rest of the joke because five strong, confident gymnasts walked into the Olympic arena with shoulders back, heads held high, and steely focus in their determined eyes.…

Goal setting for confident swimming

Swimmers always have a number in their head. For some, it’s in glowing neon lights. You know exactly what time you need. Maybe you have your sights on national level competition, international level, or a local meet your friends all have cuts for. Maybe you’re…

Winning takes brains and braun

I have been mesmerized by the abundance of world class performances by American athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio during these last two weeks. I am particularly amazed at the focus shown by the gymnasts on the US team as they tumble, soar, and…

Parents deserve a trophy too

Being the parent of an athlete is nerve wracking. At times, it can feel like you’re the one with performance anxiety. It’s understandable. After all, you’re the one who may need to pick up the pieces if things don’t go well. You also get to…

3 Ways to Become More Resilient

Everyone fails. Everyone makes mistakes. But, top athletes fail quickly. One of the qualities of elite athletes is resilience: the ability to handle mistakes and setbacks with composure. When resilient athletes fail, they learn something, let it go, and get back to work. It may seem like…

The secret to getting in the zone

What do Michael Jordan, Gabby Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Serena Williams, Steph Curry, Misty Copeland, Usain Bolt, Rafael Nadal, Jason Kidd, and Michael Phelps have in common? They all have a special formula to get in the zone for peak performance. In performance environments there are…

7 Things Olympians Have That We All Need

It’s that time again… When kids remember that anything is possible.  The energy is electric. We spend a month watching people’s dreams come true, and watching others get squashed.   Rio 2016 is right around the corner.  How do little kids with big dreams become Olympians? …