Mastering the Mind Podcast
Ep. 44 | 3x CrossFit Games Athlete  | Brandon Luckett

Ep. 44 | 3x CrossFit Games Athlete | Brandon Luckett

March 13, 2022

Today we welcome 3x CrossFit Games athlete, Brandon Luckett, to the podcast 🇺🇸🏋️

 

✅ Topics Discussed:

 

🇺🇸 Childhood & growing up
🤼‍♂️ Brandon’s wrestling career after having competed at a high-level
🏋️How he got into CrossFit
📆 Insight on Brandon’s daily & weekly routine as a CrossFit athlete
🧠 Mental demands of being a crossfit athlete & his thoughts on the psychological qualities which make a successful CrossFit athlete
♟What competing at the CrossFit Games is like
🤕 Brandon’s experience of competing at. despite having an elbow injury during a CrossFit Games qualifier
🔮Future goals & ambitions

Ep. 43 | Two-time Olympic Fencer  | Laurence Halsted

Ep. 43 | Two-time Olympic Fencer | Laurence Halsted

March 6, 2022

Today we welcome two-time Olympic fencer, Laurence Halsted, to the podcast !

 

✅Topics Discussed:

🤺 Growing up with parents who were ex-Olympic Fencers

⚔️ Laurence’s rise to success in the sport 

🇬🇧Experience of competing at the London 2012 Olympics

🧠Psychological qualities he believes makes a professional fencer

🇧🇷 Experience of competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics

👊🏼 Experience of retiring from fencing

🌎 Laurence’s thoughts on the current Olympic system & what could be done to create a more sustainable one

🇩🇰 Role of being the performance director for the Danish Fencing Federation

🦋 Work with the True Athlete Project & his recent book which was recently published “Becoming a True Athlete: A Practical Philosophy for Flourishing Through Sport”

🔮 Future goals & ambitions

Ep. 42 | Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co’s Sleep Coach  | Nick Littlehales

Ep. 42 | Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co’s Sleep Coach | Nick Littlehales

February 27, 2022

Today we welcome world-renowned sleep coach, Nick Littlehales, to the podcast 💤 !

 

✅Topics Discussed:

🛏How Nick got into a career as a sleep coach & some of the challenges her experienced at the beginning of his career

⚪️🔴Working with Sir Alex Ferguson & Manchester United, hugely influencing their perception on sleep

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Nick’s work with the England National team at the 2004 Euros

🚴 His work with Team Sky’s cycling team & the minimal gains strategies him & his team implemented to optimise the riders sleep & recovery during the Tour de France

⚽️ Working with Real Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal & Cristiano Ronaldo

🥱 Nick’s R90 technique which has redefined sleep in elite sport

💤Various sleep tips & tricks to maximize recovery 

Ep. 41 | Ex-Doncaster Rovers Academy Player | Jordy Tucker

Ep. 41 | Ex-Doncaster Rovers Academy Player | Jordy Tucker

February 21, 2022

Today we welcome Australian footballer, Jordy Tucker, to the podcast!

 

✅Topics Discussed:

 

⚽️ What it was like moving to the UK from Australia to pursue his dream of becoming a pro-footballer

🔴 Being recruited & signing for Doncaster Rovers & what it was like being a player in a professional football academy set up

🧠 The process of being released from the academy & how he felt & coped psychologically during this difficult period

🇷🇴🇬🇧Experience going on trial at Ludogrets & playing at non-league level in the UK

🇦🇺 Returning to Australia to pursue his professional football career playing in the second tier

🧠Jordy’s thoughts & experience with sport psychology

🤕His current experience with being injury & the numerous challenges that come with it

Ep. 40 | Wheelchair Fencing No.1  | Piers Gilliver

Ep. 40 | Wheelchair Fencing No.1 | Piers Gilliver

February 13, 2022

Today we welcome, Piers Gilliver, to the podcast 🤺

 

✅Topic Discussed:

🤺How he got into wheelchair fencing & his rapid rise to success

🇬🇧 Piers’ experience of being a part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme

🇧🇷 The lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympics & the Rio experience

🧠The psychology of fencing & his pre-performance routine

⚔️The differences between the Épée & Sabre events

🇯🇵 What it was like winning 🥇,🥈 & 🥉at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

🇬🇧 Piers being appointed as MBE at the start of the 2022 year!

🔮Future goals & ambitions

Ep. 39 | Moving to Mexico to Pursue Basketball Dream  | Joey Hewitt

Ep. 39 | Moving to Mexico to Pursue Basketball Dream | Joey Hewitt

February 6, 2022

Today we welcome Joey Hewitt to the podcast 🏀 !

✅Topics Discussed:

🏀Catch up since we last spoke in Part 1

🇲🇽 Joey’s experience playing high level basketball in Mexico & adapting to the culture & language

🤕 His injury experience whilst playing in Mexico

🧠 Psychological qualities he believes makes a successful basketball player

🏀 Some NBA chat & his thoughts on the Warriors who are currently performing extremely well as a team 

Ep. 38 | 5x Time Paralympic Medalist at 20 Years Old | Isis Holt

Ep. 38 | 5x Time Paralympic Medalist at 20 Years Old | Isis Holt

January 2, 2022

Today we welcome double Paralympian & 5x time Paralympic medalist, Isis Holt, to the podcast 🇦🇺.! Topics Discussed:

🏃‍♀️How Isis got into professional sports
🧠Sheds light on her condition (cerebral palsy) & how it affects her sporting performance & daily life
🏆Winning & breaking the world record in her first major competition in Doha (2015)
⏱What it was like to consistently break world records from 2015-2018 (aged 14,15,16)
🗣Why it was important for her to take a break from competing in 2018 for a couple of years to focus on herself & her studies (aged 17)
🇧🇷First Olympic experience in Rio in 2016 & winning 2 silver medals
🇯🇵What it was like competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics & winning silver + how important this delay of the Olympics helped her better prepare
🧠Psychological strategies & techniques she used before & during competition + the work she has done with her sport psychologist
🔮Her future plan & aspirations

Ep.37 | Team GB and England Rugby 7s Captain | Tom Mitchell

Ep.37 | Team GB and England Rugby 7s Captain | Tom Mitchell

December 19, 2021

Today we welcome professional Rugby 7s Rugby player as well as Team GB and England captain, Tom Mitchell , to the podcast 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧.

🏉How Tom got into the sport of rugby.
📚 How studying a university degree whilst playing was hugely important for him as it enabled him to develop a wider identity than just that of being a rugby player.
🏉Key differences between Rugby 7s & Rugby Union + the physical & psychological of Rugby 7s players tend to endure.
🤕Tom’s experiences with injury & how he managed to cope with these difficult periods.
🇧🇷What it was like competing at his first Olympics, particularly as the sport of Rugby 7s was making its debut at the Olympics + thoughts of coming short of picking a gold medal.
🇯🇵Experience of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics & explains how he coped with the Games being delayed a year.
🗣 Psychological skills Tom believes make a successful Rugby 7s captain & player
🔮Tom about his future projects & ambitions.

Ep.36 | Arching European Champion & Olympian | Bryony Pitman

Ep.36 | Arching European Champion & Olympian | Bryony Pitman

December 13, 2021

Today we welcome professional Archer, Bryony Pitman, to the podcast. ✅Topics Discussed:

🏹How Bryony got into Archery & how important her father was in introducing her to the sport (being an ex-professional Team GB Archer himself).
💪🏻Sheds light on the different elements of training a professional archer undertakes on a weekly basis.
👨‍👧 The dynamics of being coached by her father & how this father-daughter coaching relationship has been so successful.
🥇🥉Bryony then takes us through her exciting 2019 year where she won both Bronze at the World Championships and Gold at the European Games after having successfully qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
📚How she managed to balance studying a university degree with her professional archery career.
🧠Psychological qualities she believes make a successful archer.
📖 The importance of imagery & journaling & how it helps her manage her thoughts & emotions before and after competitions.
🧠Qualities Bryony looks for in a sport psychologist.

Ep.35 | Great Britain‘s No.1 Shot-Putter | Scott Lincoln

Ep.35 | Great Britain‘s No.1 Shot-Putter | Scott Lincoln

December 5, 2021

Today we welcome professional shot-putter, Scott Lincoln, to the podcast.Topics Discussed:

🧱How Scott managed to balance working a full-time job as a bricklayer & his professional career as an athlete.
📆The couple of months leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, being a rollercoaster journey as Scott was initially struggling to find some form until he successfully qualified for the Olympics.
🧠Scott’s experience of working with a sport psychologist & how helpful it has been for him to remain calm & perform optimally during competitions.
😍His first Olympic experience & how he best prepared himself for this major event.
🗣His relationship with his coach, being a huge source of motivation & an important figure for him in & outside of sport.
🎯Some of his goals & ambitions he hopes to achieve now that he has competed at his first Olympics.

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