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Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest ...
by Ben Bergeron

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English

Pages

204

Publication Date

July 19, 2017

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CrossFit trainer Ben Bergeron has helped build the world’s fittest athletes, but he’s not like other coaches. He believes that greatness is not for the elite few; that winning is a result, not a goal; and that character, not talent, is what makes a true champion. His powerful philosophy can help anyone excel at all aspects of life.<br /><br />Using the dramatic competition between the top contenders at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games® as a background, Ben explores the step-by-step process of achieving excellence and the unique set of positive character traits necessary for leveling up to world-class. The mindset and methodology that have produced some of the greatest athletes in the world’s most gruelling sport can work equally well for golfers, lawyers, artists, entrepreneurs—anyone who’s willing to commit totally to becoming better than the best.<br /><br />By Chasing Excellence, you’ll discover how extraordinary it’s possible for you to be.
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
by Daniel Coyle

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 16, 2009

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<p><b>What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.</b><br /><br />Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.</p><p>Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.</p><p>• Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.</p><p>• Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.</p><p>• Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.</p><p>These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.</p><p>Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.</p>
Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In
by Brett Bartholomew

Language

English

Pages

286

Publication Date

March 09, 2017

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In the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others—not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally—is paramount to getting the most out of them. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals. Unfortunately, while much attention has been given to the science of physical training, little attention has been given to the science of communication. Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In bridges this gap. Readers learn the foundational principles of improving relationships, enhancing engagement, and gaining the trust of athletes through targeted communication. And, every bit as important, readers also learn concrete strategies to apply these principles in day-to-day coaching situations they will inevitably encounter. The result is a game-changing book that sets the stage for coaches to create a culture of success not only within sport, but also beyond. Conscious Coaching is a movement and its time has come.
The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World's Grea...
by Sam Walker

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English

Pages

275

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b>From the founding editor of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>’s sports section comes a bold new theory of leadership drawn from the elite captains who inspired their teams to achieve extraordinary success.</b><br /><br /><b>Named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, <i>strategy+business,</i> <i>Forbes,</i> and <i>SI.com</i></b><br /><br /><i>The secret to winning is not what you think it is.</i><br /> <i>It’s not the coach. It’s not the star.</i><br /> <i>It’s not money. It’s not a strategy.</i><br /> <i>It’s something else entirely.</i><br /><br /> Several years ago, Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports: What are the greatest teams of all time? He devised a formula, then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world, from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey. When he was done, he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history. At that point, he became obsessed with another, more complicated question: What did these freak teams have in <i>common</i>?<br /><br /> As Walker dug into their stories, a pattern emerged: Each team had the same type of captain—a singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained, historic greatness.<br /><br /> Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating, twenty years of reporting, and a decade of painstaking research, <i>The Captain Class</i> tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional. Drawing on original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries, as well as general managers, coaches, executives, and others skilled at building teams, Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class—from extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart.<br /><br /> Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history—from Bill Russell’s legendary “Coleman Play” in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona’s “Figo Game” against Real Madrid in 2000—<i>The Captain Class</i> doesn’t just bring these events to life; it presents a fresh, counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines.<br /><br /> The men and women who make up the Captain Class were never the most skilled athletes, nor were they gifted orators or paragons of sportsmanship. They were often role players who were allergic to the spotlight. In short, the seven attributes they shared challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.
The Bill James Handbook 2018
by , Baseball Info Solutions

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English

Pages

624

Publication Date

November 02, 2017

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Bill James and Baseball Info Solutions team of analysts continue to pack in new content, including a fresh look at the continues rise and effectiveness of The Shift and a new breakdown of home runs and long flyouts. And, as always, the book forecasts fresh hitter and pitcher projections for those looking to get an early jump on the next season.</
Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championshi...
by Urban Meyer

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English

Pages

255

Publication Date

October 27, 2015

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br /><br />Remarkable lessons in leadership and team building from one of the greatest college football coaches of our time</b><br /><br />Urban Meyer has established himself as one of the elite in the annals of his sport, having lead his players to three national championships. In <i>Above the Line</i>, he offers readers his unparalleled insights into leadership, team building, and the keys to empowering people to achieve things they might never have thought possible. Meyer shares his groundbreaking game plan—the game plan followed every day in the Ohio State Buckeyes’ championship season—for creating a culture of success built on trust and a commitment to a common purpose. Packed with real life examples from Meyer’s storied career, <i>Above the Line</i> delivers wisdom and inspiration for taking control and turning setbacks into victories for a team, a family, or a Fortune 500 company.
Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science
by , Phil White

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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Team sports like football, basketball, soccer, and rugby are hugely popular the world over, on both college and professional levels, and such popularity means that they are big business. Very big. Broadcasting rights alone bring in billions: ESPN paid $5.6 billion to broadcast college football playoffs for twelve years; Turner Sports/CBS shelled out $10.4 billion to show the national college basketball tournament through 2024; and the most recent NBA TV deal came in at a cool $26.4 billion.<br />As the rewards for winning have increased, it's no surprise that sports team budgets have followed suit. Sure, the athletic program at the University of Texas brought in $161 million last year, but the Longhorns also spent $154 million over the same period. Fifteen other college athletics program also racked up over $100 million in annual expenses. But that’s child's play compared to the outgoings at the world's most valuable soccer team, Manchester United, which spent more than $500 million in 2015. <br />The trouble is that all this spending often fails to yield better results. Teams in all sports have tried just about every gimmick to "hack" their way to better performance. But as they've gotten stuck in stats, mired in backroom politics, and diverted by the facilities arms race, many have lost sight of what should've been their primary focus all along: the game itself. <br />In <i>Game Changer</i>, Fergus Connolly shows how to improve performance with evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training. Through his unprecedented experiences with teams in professional football, basketball, rugby, soccer, Aussie Rules, and Gaelic football, as well as with elite military units, Connolly has discovered how to break down the common elements in all sports to their basic components so that each moment of any game can be better analyzed, whether you're a player or a coach. The lessons of game day then can be used to create valuable learning experiences in training, evaluate the quality of your team’s performance, and home in on what’s working and what isn’t. <br /><i>Game Changer</i> also shows you how to expand training focus from players' physical qualities to also advance athletes technically, tactically, and psychologically. His TTPP Model not only helps players continually progress but also stops treating them like a disposable commodity and instead prioritizes athlete health.<br />Bringing together the latest evidence-based practices and lessons from business, psychology, biology, and many other fields, <i>Game Changer</i> is the first book of its kind that helps coaches, athletes, and casual fans: <br /><ul><li>Create a cohesive game plan that improves performance through defined objectives, strategies, and tactics</li><li>Put statistical analysis and technology into context so teams can bypass the hype and get meaningful results</li><li>Identify dominant qualities to maximize during training and limiting factors to improve</li><br /><li>Create realistic, immersive learning experiences for individual players and the entire team that deliver defined outcomes</li> <br /><li>Structure player development with a new, holistic model that puts athlete health first and helps reduce the chance of injury and burnout</li><br /><li>Balance training load so that all players are fresh and ready to play at their best in competition</li><br /><li>Rethink coaching and organizational leadership and enhance communication, group dynamics, and player interaction</li><br /><li>Create a winning team culture.</li></ul>
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
by Bob Rotella

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English

Pages

234

Publication Date

September 17, 2007

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Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella’s delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.<BR><BR>Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game <i>and</i> have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include:<BR> <BR>-On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.<BR> <BR>-Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives—anger, fear, whining, and cheating—do no good.<BR> <BR>-Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.<BR> <BR>-It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.<BR> <BR>Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, <i>Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect</i> will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
by , David Casstevens

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English

Pages

238

Publication Date

June 24, 2002

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<p><b>Praise for <i>Mind Gym</i></b></p> <p>"Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game."<br /><br />--<b>Ben Crenshaw</b>, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain</p> <p>"<i>Mind Gym</i> hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book."<br /><br />--<b>Ken Griffey Jr.</b>, Major League Baseball MVP</p> <p>"I read <i>Mind Gym</i> on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial."<br /><br />--<b>Jason Kidd</b>, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner</p> <p>In <i>Mind Gym</i>, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." <i>Mind Gym</i> will give you the "head edge" over the competition.</p>
Total Immersion: The Revolutionary Way To Swim Better, Faster, an...
by Terry Laughlin

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

March 13, 2012

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Swim better—and enjoy every lap—with <I>Total Immersion, </I>a guide to improving your swimming from an expert with more than thirty years of experience in the water.<BR><BR>Terry Laughlin, the world’s #1 authority on swimming success, has made his unique approach even easier for anyone to master. Whether you’re an accomplished swimmer or have always found swimming to be a struggle, <I>Total Immersion</I> will show you that it’s mindful fluid movement—not athletic ability—that will turn you into an efficient swimmer. This new edition of the bestselling <I>Total Immersion</I> features: <BR><BR>· A thoughtfully choreographed series of skill drills—practiced in the mindful spirit of yoga—that can help anyone swim more enjoyably <BR>· A holistic approach to becoming one with the water and to developing a swimming style that’s always comfortable <BR>· Simple but thorough guidance on how to improve fitness and form <BR>· A complementary land-and-water program for achieving a strong and supple body at any age <BR><BR>Based on more than thirty years of teaching, coaching, and research, <I>Total Immersion</I> has dramatically improved the physical and mental experience of swimming for thousands of people of all ages and abilities.

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