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Basic Principles of Performance - Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 4:17 am

These are the basic principles of performance for athletes - and developing an awareness of all themes is what I teach in the athletes i coach: Matt :)

PHYSICAL

Diet: Food alters your electrochemical energy, as it provides fuel for working muscles. It also effects the regeneration of cells. Quite simply, good food strengths your performance and  bad food weakens it. 

Strength and conditioning: How your body moves right now, is exactly how you've trained it to move. As a priority, train your body for correct posture and alignment. This is your foundation, from here, you can train your body specifically to whatever it is you want to achieve.

TECHNICAL

Technique: Most surfing movements are based on good posture and being able to access all positions with your body and the wave. This gives you range and is ultimately what I teach - the ability to score between 8-10... in any scenario.  If you are or want to be a professional surfer, there is an ASP criteria, with plenty of room for self-expression (style). Important to develop your own point of difference here and find your way.

Equipment: Become aware of design fundamentals and develop a quiver for all conditions. Don't forget the no-brainers like having wax, legropes etc.

TACTICAL

Goal-setting: Short and long term goals give us a path to follow. From here, we can build routines and actions that will create the success you desire.

Event preparation and strategies: Doing your homework in understanding the environment you will be competing in, then narrowing your focus to how your best applies on any given day.

PSYCHOLOGICAL

The mind and performance: Psychology is understanding the human mind. Your mind is the deepest part of you and when you understand it is the mind that runs the physical, you will see it is worth studying. If you look closely at your mistakes, you will see you make them either because you don't know how to do the skill, or you weren't paying attention. i.e distracted. There are many blocks to everyone's success, both external (other people, noise etc) and internal (fear, nerves, anxiety... etc). The opposite of these distractions is pure focus, achieved through stillness and contemplation of one's mind. I learn and teach this through Kelee Meditation. 

 

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Daily Disciplines

Knowledge needs to be accompanied with daily action and discipline to acheive long term health, happiness and high performance.

Here are some things to focus on... daily!

1. Meditate (meditation clears the mind of clutter, develops focus and awareness, as well as healing via a calming of the nervous system.

2. Contemplate: Take the time every day to contemplate the direction of your life and how you could move foward in a more harmonious way

3. Exericse: Move with awarness of correct posture and enjoyment, every day! 

4. Hydrate: Drink 0.03 times your body weight a day (in kg's) as a minimum to help the body process toxins and function at an optimum

5. Trust your feelings: Feel first, do second. This means you are not running on auto pilot devoid of feeling and awareness of what you are getting into.