Focused Sport Performance
By Steve Farver
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Focused Sport Performance helps athletes and coaches master the mental game to enhance performance.
||CleanEpisode 011: 4 ways to concentrate||In this episode we explore 4 ways to concentrate using attentional focus. Understanding how you focus can help you keep the mental edge to stay on top. If you are interested in learning more about how to focus better you email FocusedSportPerformance@gmail.com or you can schedule an appointment talk about your specific needs. Here is the free worksheet that is offered to go with this episode. Download Worksheet||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 010 - Why you need a mental game plan||In this episode we explore why it is important to have a mental game plan and how it can help you.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 009 - Daniel Slater- Ultra Marathoner||I interview ultra marathoner Daniel Slater about his adventures running epic long distance races and the mental approach he takes to perform at his best.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 008: Matt Landry - Author (Forward, Upward, Onward)||In this episode I interview Matt Landry, author of the new book 'Forward, Upward, Onward'. He shares about his experiences with his hiking challenge of 48 peaks in New Hampshire of 4000 feet within a year. What is your climbing/hiking experience? I can say that I've hiked fairly extensively in the Southwest, and parts of Colorado, though (anlong with the 48 highest mountains in NH). I've also been hiking in one form or another for over 35 years. What inspired you to write this book? It was the personal challenge of trying to convey the feeling of both accomplishing a major goal, by taking you along with the steps involved with it (both good and bad), and the lessons I learned along the way. The lessons don't come at the end, they happen during the journey. When/how did you get started in hiking? I had a mountain local to me, and I used to climb it often as a kid. I've always loved the outdoors. Hiking over 35 years What is your favorite place to hike? My favorite place is still in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It's not just the logistics of the location (it's a very driveable place for me), it's probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever encountered in the United States. Next place or mountain you would like to hike? Yosemite is pretty high on that bucket list, along with some Alaska peaks. Favorite quote: “You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.” - Jim Whittaker Fun fact: I wrote my first book last year at the age of 49. Newest book: Forward, Upward, Onward - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0789LCC6H First book: Learning to Be Human Again - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y1SWBJH Personal Webpage: http://www.mattlandry.com||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 007: Alex Hutchinson - Author (Endure)||I interview Alex Hutchinson, author of the newly released book - Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. He is a National Magazine Award-winning science journalist focusing on endurance sports. Currently writing for the Sweat Science column for Outside, and was a former columnist for Runner’s World.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 006: Sandy Stiner - Long Distance Runner||I interview Sandy Stiner, a long distance runner. In December 2017, she completed running all 300 miles of Rochester Hills road, every road in the city.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 005: Todd Buckingham - Triathlon||Interview with Todd Buckingham, an endurance athlete specializing in the Olympic Distance Triathlon.||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 004: Cameron Rowland -Volleyball Coach||I interview Cameron Rowland about his experience as a coach teaching the mental game at the college and youth level. Where are you currently coaching: I am currently the Director of Volleyball Operations Western Michigan University. I also coach for the Dead Frog/ Far Out (DFFO) Volleyball Club as the 13 Black Head Coach and the 13s and 14s Master Coach. How long have you been coaching? 7 years, actually listed as a coach on a roster and sat on my mom's bench since the age of 5. How you got into coaching: I got into coaching by watching my mom build Lakewood High School's volleyball program into a yearly state title contender. I was in the gym everyday surrounded by the sport and simply fall in love with it. I always knew that volleyball was my passion but did not realize I wanted to coach until my sophomore year of college when I was asked by the club director at DFFO to be his assistant coach for the 18 Black team that season. Once I was in the gym everyday once again surround by elite level female athletes I knew that I had to pursue a coaching career. I just could not see myself doing something that did not involve volleyball everyday. Memorable match/moment as a coach: The most memorable match for me as a coach was watching my mom's team win the 2012 state championship. This match will forever be the best day of my life (11/17/2012). My mom had been so close so many times over her career to grabbing a title but could never quite get over the hump. Once they finally were able to win it all, everything we sacrificed as a family for the Lakewood Volleyball program felt worth it. Also to see so many alumni and their families celebrate the title as if it was their own truly showed the family that was built by Lakewood Volleyball. I have been around many high school programs through my involvement with DFFO and can honestly say that nothing compares to the culture and community that Lakewood Volleyball has created. The 2012 State Championship victory made everything Lakewood Volleyball stands for come to light for all individuals involved in the program. Fun Fact: Although I love coaching and it is my passion, my dream job is to be the Executive Director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 003 - Scott Kohen - 1000 Days Running||Running 1000 Consecutively in a Row||1/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 002: Max Petit - Crossfit||I interview Crossfit athlete Max Petit. He currently enters several competitions throughout the year and trains regularly at Next Level Fitness and Black Anvil Training. Favorite WOD (Workout of the Day) - Fran...or anything with thrusters. Fun Fact: Played intercollegiate dodgeball Last Competition: Individual: Crossfit Downriver Open in September 2015 (placed 3rd) Team: October he competed as a part of the Next Level Fitness team in the Great Lakes Bay Regional Throwdown (team placed first).||12/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 001: Ian Philbrick - Cross Country||I interview former track athlete, Ian Philbrick. He ran cross country and track at the University at Minnesota at Morris. Events: 8k in Cross Country and 5k in track Memorable Times:15.53 (15 minutes and 53 seconds) 5k time in April of 2010 at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. This was my fastest 5k time and this came in my junior year of track. I really hoped to break 15.30 my senior year, but I got injured before the season started and never really had a chance. 27.18 (27 minutes, 18 seconds) 8k time in November of 2010 at the NCAA Regionals at Wartburg College in Iowa. This race was memorable because it was my last cross country race of my college career and it was also my fastest. (One of my goals was to be continually improving, so going out with my fastest race was pretty fun.) Fun Fact: I never ran Cross Country until my sophomore year in college. Last Race I Ran: The Great Lakes Bay Half-Marathon on May 19th, 2013. Permalink||12/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|