If there’s a 3-line recipe for achieving performance breakthroughs in any sport, it might look something like this:
- Optimize the stress-recovery cycle throughout your training (get stronger and fitter)
- Feel confident and ready on competition and test days (prime yourself)
- Make full use of well-honed cognitive and physical systems during the competition (go hard and leave it all on the field)
From those 3 lines, it tends to get a lot more complicated. Training programs proliferate. Nutrition plans crop up every step of the way – some helpful and some not. “Body” diehards advocate for more and more objective data collection. “Mind” coaches talk about goal-setting, visualization and psychosocial recovery.
Is there a single, unified and “right” way? Maybe so, maybe not. Different tools work for different people, at different moments in their lives.
What we find more interesting here at DeepFit is that there is some real consistency in the end points. And if we can work backward from that commonality, we may be able to help generate more frequent performance breakthroughs.
We may also be able to help build more meaning into our athletes' daily lives.
So, what does the typical breakthrough look like? Elite athletes in every sport we’ve researched put it this way:
- I got a breakthrough or contributed to a major team breakthrough
- I reviewed what happened, and really absorbed the lessons from it
- I applied those lessons to my next phase of training
- With each repetition of the performance cycle, I became less dependent on external voices or markers and more trusting of myself
The DeepFit hypothesis is that all athletes (not just pros) can benefit from a little more of that type of self-reflection. It just needs to be an efficient process, because we don't have as much time in our days as pros have.
Get started on our 2-minute daily self-report platform and see if it works for you!