1. Inspire – I can remember as a kid growing up playing sports, I was fortunate to have a lot of good coaches with credibility that inspired me and always had the time to educate and help me improve as an athlete. This shaped my approach to inspire athletes at PSC. Every day, we spend time talking to athletes about an inspirational word of the week that educates and gives athletes the proper perspective on training which in turn builds confidence over time.
2. Accountability – When an athlete is held accountable for their actions, this gives them a sense of accomplishment and reassurance. At PSC, we do this by allocating time for individualized training within our small groups so it is specific to their needs, then we hold each athlete accountable to properly record their weights, date their sheets and write any comments about their training each day which in turn builds confidence over time. In addition, when an athlete knows they are putting in the proper work that is required to get better, this gives them a sense of accomplishment and boosts confidence. I kept a daily journal for over 6 years when I was training for the Olympics with each page dedicated to writing down the daily workout, focus of workout and then comments on the bottom with how I felt, personal bests set, positive self talk etc.
3. Premier Training Index – If you don’t have a goal set, your training has no purpose. We use goal setting as a means to build confidence. We do this by using our PTI which is a motivational scoring system that rates an athletes overall athleticism on a 100 point scale. The rating is based on attendance, strength level and evaluation results. When an athlete has a goal to work towards and feels and sees tangible improvements in their training, this builds confidence.
4. The PSC Team – In today’s society, credible coaches are few and far between. We feel it is important for athletes to have a credible coach they
can look up to that can relate to their needs and has trained and competed at a high level. I was fortunate growing up to have Olympic coaches that took me under their wing and taught me how to train properly. When an athlete has someone to look up to that understands the training process and has been there, this builds confidence.
5. Positive Encouragement –In a society that is filled with negativity, it is important for us to create an environment that is positive and encourages athletes to want to come and train. When an athlete wants to train and get better as a result of creating the proper environment that fosters positive encouragement and proper training, an athlete will get great results and build confidence every step of the way.