Podium Prepared

The Podium Prepared Mental Training Program Professional and Olympic Mind Training

What does it take to deliver world-class performance “on demand” and “under pressure” at your Olympic Games?

Are You Mentally Tough?

Do you want to have access to the Mental Toughness Training Programs that Olympic and Professional Athletes utilize to gain a psychological edge over the competitors?

How do you know if you could benefit from the Podium Program?

Start by asking some key questions:

  • Are you performing up to your ability?
  • Do you perform as well in competition as you do in practice?
  • Do you find yourself making excuses for not performing?
  • Do you have a tough time performing in front of others?
  • Do you fear living up to your performance expectations?
  • Do you find yourself practicing your technique while you are performing?
  • Do you maintain doubts about your abilities?
  • Do you feel anxious before or during your competitions?
  • Do you attach your self-worth to your performance?
  • Do you lose focus or have mental lapses in the middle of your competition?
  • Do you just want to be mentally tougher?
  • Are you and your team reaching all of your goals?

Let us help you:

  • Eliminate head games
  • Keep your mind in the game
  • Destroy self-defeating behaviors and thoughts.
  • Break through mental barriers
  • Stick to the game plan-achieve your goals.
  • Develop the tenacity to persist to the end.
  • Increase your motivation for both training and competing.
  • Shake off that performance slump.
  • Rid yourself of doubt.
  • Perform without fear.
  • Build confidence in your abilities.
  • Improve your ability to focus and re-focus and quickly “let go” of mistakes

Now, for the first time Zone Performance clients will have the opportunity to use the same techniques and technologies as the medal winning Canadian athletes in the 2010 Olympic games, the Vancouver Canucks, Chelsea Football Club, Manchester United Football Club, AC Milan, NASA astronauts, and the Canadian and American Military.

This program as you just witnessed is designed so that clients will produce performance results “under pressure and on demand”. Clients participating in this program will improve in the following areas:

  • Sustaining motivation
  • Focusing despite distractions
  • Controlling emotions
  • Preparing for competition
  • Performing well under the most extreme pressure
  • Becoming mentally tough even when obstacles arise
  • Develop winning routines
  • Indentifying the beliefs and attitudes that hinder your performance
  • Shattering the mental obstacles to break through your performance barriers
  • Develop self-regulations skills that will create confidence, build trust and enhance performance

This program combines the best traditional sports psychology interventions with the latest sport science technology available today (e.g., biofeedback, neurofeedback, Dynavision D2 Light Board, Cognisens Neurotracker) so that Zone Performance Clients will be better equipped to:

  • Control their stress levels by changing their brainwaves, heart rate, breathing, skin conductivity, temperature, respiration, and muscle tension.
  • Behave intelligently and responsibly in the face of challenges and adversity.
  • Learn how to quiet their mind and control their thinking and emotions to perform consistently and effectively at their highest levels of personal excellence.
  • Learn how to set personal, achievable goals.
  • Learn valuable life skills and mental skills that can positively affect all aspects of their lives, including formative relationships with their coaches, family, teachers, employers, and peers.

The Podium Program is comprised of 20 one hour one-on-one sessions that will change your preparation for that performance event (s) so that you can perform your best under pressure. This comprehensive Mental Skills Training Program focuses on developing and mastering the following techniques and strategies:

Mental Toughness Coaching


Relaxation/Stress Management Techniques


Forms of Biofeedback


Vision and Cognitive-Perpetual Skills


The process of The Podium Program begins with a comprehensive initial assessment. Clients undergo a neurofeedback and biofeedback profiling assessment, a vision assessment, and a mental toughness assessment. The results from these assessments provide each client with an objective detailed analysis of their strengths and weaknesses which in turn allows us at Zone Performance to customize their mental training program so that they can maximize their performance in the most effective and efficient time frame as possible. Please Note: This program is for the serious athlete/performer. It’s designed for those who really want to benefit from the latest cutting edge technology to take their game to the next level. The podium protocol requires a serious and dedicated commitment from the client (each week the client will receive homework-audio, workbooks, and routines to develop and master these skills).


Who Should Apply?

Clients in this program are mainly Company executives, Entrepreneurs, University/College Students, Performing Artists, and Elite Athletes. Women, men, and children from many different walks of life have benefitted from this program usually moving on to more rewarding careers, or higher positions within their companies. A person who feels that they are not realizing their full potential and wants to excel is a excellent candidate for this program.

What is Mental Game/Mental Toughness Training?

Mental Game Coaching is not simply sports psychology

  • It focuses on the strengths of an athlete’s mental and physical abilities and mental preparation skills.
  • It helps athletes develop the ability to prepare mentally for competition.
  • It gives them tools and strategies aimed at getting the best results
  • It equips today’s athletes with mental/life tools…on and off the field

Mental or Psychological Skills Training is that segment of sports psychology that concentrates specifically on helping athletes/clients through the mental barriers that are keeping them from performing up to their potential. The primary goals is to teach performers how to be more confident, focus better, stay composed under pressure, practice more efficiently, and develop better pre-performance routines. The main difference between a Mental Game Coach and a Psychologist is that Mental Game Coaches work with athletes on sport performance enhancement and not personal challenges or abnormal behavior.

How does Mental Toughness Training Work?

As mentioned above, the first step in Mental Toughness Training is to identify your mental game strengths and weaknesses. Prior to training the client is given two empirically validated questionnaires to complete. This assessment in conjunction with the Biofeedback and Neurofeedback assessment serves as guideline towards developing a complete picture of their mental game, regardless of the specific sport or performance.

Once the athlete/client grasps the basic concepts and skills, the application plan of the mental game coaching starts. This is where Zone Performance helps you apply what you learned in the sessions to your sport performance. Zone helps you integrate the mental skills into regular practice and performance routines.

Finally, the follow-up phase of mental coaching helps you apply what you’ve learned on a consistent basis. Zone Performance assists athletes to stay committed to sound thinking and maintaining a positive attitude until their positive mindset becomes second nature and habitual. The best results of mental coaching come from long term application of mental training as you apply these skills day after day.

What is Biofeedback?

If you have ever had you temperature taken, you have received biofeedback. Your temperature is “feedback” about your body that tells you whether or not you have a fever. Once you realize you have one, you can improve your condition by going to bed or drinking plenty of fluids.

Biofeedback therapists rely on Biofeedback machines in the same way that you rely on your thermometer. A biofeedback machine detects your internal body functions with sensitivity and precision. Then, the therapist uses this is information to train you to understand your body’s “feedback” and, with this knowledge, shift your emotional responses and behavior to improve your health. Biofeedback is not a “new age” therapy. In fact, it isn’t new at all. It has been around since the 1960’s as a treatment for a number of health concerns. Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change or self-regulate specific physiological activity (e.g., heart rate, respiration, muscle tension, skin temperature & skin conductance) for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise biofeedback instruments measure your physiological activity which rapidly and accurately “feed back” information to the athlete/client. The presentation of this information-often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior-supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can be self-regulated by the athlete/client without continued use of any equipment.

What is Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Training?

Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a technique that measures your physiological functions under stress and peak performance like breathing (respiration rate RR), heart rate (HR), and blood pressure (BP). This technique teaches athletes/clients how to self-regulate these functions through diaphragmatic breathing techniques taught at an optimal pace to ensure coherence between heart rate and respiration. More specifically, heart rate is coordinated with your breathing patterns and vice versa. The athlete/client will receive feedback on the monitors how these physiological functions change (HRV) under situations of stress and optimal functioning in both performance and life situations. The aim of the process is to teach athletes/clients how to control or self-regulate HRV for optimal functioning under pressure on demand.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also called EEG feedback also known as Electroencephalography (EEG) Biofeedback is a learning strategy that enables a person to alter their own brain waves. For over four decades, EEG has been used in research and medical settings to help train individuals to change brain wave patterns. Only recently, have advances in computer technology made it widely available for the general public and athletic populations. Thus, neurofeedback can be referred to as brain exercise or mental training. Neurofeedback is training in self-regulation. Good self-regulation is necessary for optimal brain function and performance optimization. Self-regulation training enhances the function of the central nervous system and thereby improves mental performance, emotional control, and physiological self-regulation.

How does Biofeedback and Neurofeedback work?

The therapist will un-intrusively tape or strap between two to six sensors or electrodes onto your body in order to collect data. The sensors may be attached to your head, fingers, hands or abdomen. There are no needles or painful procedures involved.

Once the sensors are attached, your body’s responses are communicated to the biofeedback machine and charted in a way that your therapist will explain. Most machines can measure your body’s blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, galvanic skin response (sweating), muscle tension and/or brainwave function.

During a 50-minute Neurofeedback session, sensors are attached to the scalp at preselected locations with EEG paste, which detects the brain waves. It is a painless procedure and does not involve the application of any voltage or current to the brain. It is entirely non-invasive. The Neurofeedback Performance Psychology Consultant observes the brain in action on the computer screen from moment to moment by monitoring brain waves and rewards shifts towards more optimal and stable brain states. As the athlete /client engages in a training or video game that responds to the athlete’s brain waves that represent well-regulated attentional focus and arousal levels the graphics appear uninterrupted. Conversely, when the brain waves are not meeting the parameters set by the intervention, the training screen or video game is temporally stopped. Specifically, neurofeedback (auditory and visual) allows the client’s brain to detect and release unuseful or sub-optimal patterns, which can be a source of distraction-such as negative self-talk and self-regulate them and convert them into a positive attentional focus. Consequently, the brain responds to the challenge of the feedback and moves towards a more adaptive and flexible functioning. During the course of the training program settings are continuously adjusted on the feedback program to define greater challenges for the athlete until the client achieves mastery. In some cases, this can be done in 5-10 sessions, in others it could take quite a bit longer.

Can Vision Training really improve performance?

There is a difference between ‘peripheral vision’ and ‘peripheral awareness’. Peripheral vision cannot be changed. What you’re born with is what you’ve got, and barring injury or disease, it’s what you will die with. On the other hand, peripheral awareness can be greatly enhanced by retinal stimulation. Retinal stimulation involves having the client/athlete maintain their focus directly in front of them while simultaneously reacting to a target that is rapidly moving in their peripheral field. At first, objects in the periphery may seem very murky and indistinct, but with training the athlete will quickly become more aware of them and as a result, react faster to peripheral action with losing their focus on the target or objective. This improvement in peripheral awareness translates directly to improved athletic performance.