Peak Performance

Elite Action Plan Part 5: The Zone Issue

In the Elite Action Series, we explore proven strategies elite athletes have used to reach the pinnacle of their sports and how we can apply them to our lives beyond the playing field. Last time, we explored the strategy of treating our injuries. In this last installment, it's about finding access to peak performance.

Strategy 5. Find Your Access Point

entrance Photo by Rupert Ganzer Whether it’s the warm-up routine of a MLB pitcher, a tennis player bouncing a ball exactly eleven times before each serve, a swimming slapping his chest on the starting blocks or a skateboarder listening to the song that taps him into the courage and creativity of an epic halfpipe run, elite athletes all know what they need to reach "the zone" - a mindset of nearly unconscious peak performance. It's a flow where we do what we need to do, where we exist in an elite level of performance with minimal noise in our heads. (more…)

By Arthur Coddington, ago
Peak Performance

Elite Action Series Part 4: The Ouch Issue

In the Elite Action Series, we explore proven strategies elite athletes have used to reach the pinnacle of their sports and how we can apply them to our lives beyond the playing field. Last time, we explored the strategy of focus. This time, it's about healing's role in elite performance.

Strategy 4. Treat Your Injuries

20090312 - Clint - foot x-ray - right (bad foot) Photo by ClintJCL Treating our injuries is part of the plan. It’s not the fun part. It sucks to be in pain. And yet we don't heal if we bail on our treatment. We stay in pain longer and risk bigger setbacks. When we push our limits in sports, setbacks are inevitable. We plateau. We get injured. (more…)

By Arthur Coddington, ago
Growth

Elite Action Series Part 1: The Doughnut Issue

A balanced diet Photo by Lynne Hand Elite athletes continually push their limits. They find new gears or fall behind. Pushing limits has been the key to me competing at the elite level for two decades and winning 15 world championship titles. In this Elite Action Series, I'll share strategies from elite athletes that can shake up your performance and push your limits. Let's start with the plan that comes from inspiration. (more…)

By Arthur Coddington, ago