The difference between winning and losing is emotional fitness
Most people will agree that in any sport, particularly professional sport, the margin of difference between a superbly conditioned, physically fit athlete is slight, even negligible.
Winning and losing, at the highest level of sports play, is a result of who has better emotional and mental training i.e. who is emotionally fitter. Our mental training for athletes programme will help you build your emotional fitness and get better results.
There's loads of science to back this up too. Research in sports psychology has shown that that mental training for athletes enables successful performance and enhances their overall levels of well-being.
Easing the psychological stress to perform and being in the limelight
Being an athlete, especially an elite one means you have to manage and deal with the psychological impact of a number of elements: injuries and overtraining; being in the public eye and the media scrutiny that goes with it; managing the ongoing competitive pressures to perform at your best.
Our mental training for athletes programme is supportive, generative and empowers you to manage any mental health challenges by building your emotional fitness and mental resilience.
Get results faster & heal injuries quicker
Our mental training for athletes programme gets results faster and quicker than any other method. We support you to achieve outcomes that stick.
Whether you want to boost performance, reduce anxiety and nervousness, function better under pressure, improve overall mental health, build emotional fitness or even heal injuries we'll help you to beat your best.
Manage athletes? Protect your investment
If you are the sponsor, agent or manager of an athlete then you know that injuries, a mental health challenge or the lack of emotional fitness can compromise your investment or endorsement.
Because our method works faster and more effectively than other approaches, downtime is minimised and athletes are back sooner where they belong, doing what they love. It's a win-win for everyone.
Online and easily accessible, anywhere in the world
If you are looking for mental training for athletes near me, then our mental training for athletes programme and sport performance enhancement sessions are an ideal match. They can be held online and are easily accessible using Zoom or Google Meet.
If face-to-face is preferred then this is an option too. Our headquarters and 5th Place home can be found in the beautiful leafy suburb of Linden, west of Johannesburg South Africa. Contact us for more details.
Mental training for athletes and building emotional fitness for sport
Our model and approach to effecting change, improving mental training for athletes and building emotional fitness for sport is threefold. Together we initially assess where you are. Then we map out and create a plan for where you want to be. Thirdly you act and implement the plan.
This cycle is repeated with adjustments made where necessary. These adjustments also account for and incorporate experiential, environmental self-reflective feedback.
And if none of this makes sense, don't worry, our mental training for athletes programme will guide you through each step to achieving kick-ass results.
A detailed process of documenting where you are, who you are and what's happening in your world right now. We also explore possible past causes and source events that may have contributed to your current state and situation.
What's in the way of you achieving your desired outcome? We look at the negative psychological effects of things like your beliefs, levels of mental toughness and how emotionally fit you are. How well can you handle pressure both on and off the sports field, court or track?
Acceptance of the current situation and where you are is key to successfully moving into the next stage.
A three part process. In the first part of the mental training plan we explore where you want to go, what you want to achieve and what it will take take to get there.
In the second part the focus is on the mental and emotional blocks that impact and get in the way of the goals outlined in the first part.
In the third part we create a roadmap incorporating mental training techniques, mental training exercises and emotional fitness workouts that will take you to these goals.
This is vital information we bring to the next stage.
Nothing is achieved without action. Consistent and dedicated action following the mental training exercises and steps outlined in the plan leads to success and goal achievement, as well as improved results and emotional fitness.
Self-awareness is a critical component of this stage and allows us to fine-tune and adapt as new information — from the environment as well as personal insights — are gathered to be incorporated into the next cycle of the assessment.
Meet your emotional fitness and mental training for athletes coach
Matthew has been working since 2007 to improve the mental training for athletes and other high achievers.
Whether it's professional sport, recreational activity or a desire to improve and beat your current best, Matthew can assist with the limiting thoughts, feelings and emotions that get in the way of optimal performance.
He's a qualified emotional fitness coach and the co-founder of 5th Place.
What others have said about mental training for athletes and building emotional fitness for sport
Our approach is one of the best mental training for athletes programmes. But don't take our word for it. Here are a selection of testimonials and feedback from people who've been through our mental training for athletes sessions.
I worked with Matthew for several months with significantly positive results. My skiing moved to a whole new level and I improved my personal best more in one season than I had in the previous 5 or 6 years. As an added benefit, my golf game improved as well even though we did not specifically focus on that.
Gentle yet powerful technique to bring more balance in my system and life, whether I want to work on a long-term topic / emotion / pattern or something acute after experiencing a difficult situation / emotion, observing and fully feeling it shifts so much for me.
I found the session amazing, profound and very powerful. It left me feeling a bit shaky and it shed some light onto an absolute blind spot of mine.
I went to see Matthew for a one-on-one session to deal with my lingering threshold anxiety. This was a real game changer for me! It gave me the boost I needed to get started, and I have since frequently attended 5th Place’s online Emotional Fitness Classes to deal with a variety of emotions that have come up. What 5th Place offers is really a very powerful tool, I can wholeheartedly recommend it!
I treat many sport injuries including dislocated shoulders. I was amazed and impressed at my client's speedy recovery. My client recovered at an unexpectedly rapid rate. One of the fastest holding results I have witnessed! I can attribute a large portion of this remarkable recovery to the work my client was doing with Matthew.
I’m deeply grateful for the inspired, intuitive and incredibly compassionate way in which you have helped me. You have a profound gift that you have nurtured through your commitment to truth and goodness, and you choose to use this to bless others, which is rare and special.
Free mental training for athletes and emotional fitness coaching Q&A
Request a free Q&A session to discuss your mental training for athletes and other emotional fitness needs with Matthew.
You will meet up online, via Zoom or Google Meet, without any cost to you or obligation to take up the mental training for athletes program.