Barriers to Championship Performances, by Dan Pfaff, Altis, for FreeLaps USA


Barriers to Championship Performances

Dan Pfaff Coaching at ALTIS

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By Dan Pfaff, ALTIS

The below are a collection of thoughts and observations acquired through 40 plus years of coaching and interaction with Championship Performers from across the globe. Championship Performance is no easy feat ... I hope some of these points may offer clarity on the reality of what it takes:

  1. Risk taking is a common trait among champions. Learning to be comfortable taking calculated risks to drive positive change - whether that be in mindset, mechanics, strategies, tactics or training methods is essential. Perpetual residency in the familiarity of comfort zones and associated risk avoidance will consistently blunt your progress. If you want to be a Championship Performer, get comfortable being uncomfortable.
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Editor's note: If Dan Pfaff tells you to do something, do it! His twenty points should be considered by all coaches. Dan Pfaff was one of the late James Dunaway's favorite coaches. James would note that Dan knew how to get athletes ready to race and perform.

If you want to see an example, just look at the 100 meter final from 1996, and watch Donovan Bailey perform!

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