Mental Performance Workshop

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Nurturing The Whole Athlete

playing sport well is more than understanding technical skills and competing. In today’s highly competitive world of youth sports, it’s not just the most skilled athlete that performs well, it’s the one who’s more physically AND mentally fit for the sport. This is where strength and conditioning and performance psychology meet to aid in holistic athlete development. You can’t have a strong body without a strong mind. A strong mind, without a strong body gets you nowhere in sports performance. This workshop combines both evidence-based principles of strength and conditioning with aspects of performance psychology to truly develop the whole athlete to be successful and happy throughout the entirety of their athletic career and beyond.

UnStoppable: A One Night Workshop

You’re invited to our interactive 60min workshop for athletes, parents, and coaches who are interested in taking their physical and mental game to the next level. We’ll be bringing in top level pros from both sides of athletic performance and fusing their insights together to help your athlete achieve their fullest potential. See below for full details.


Date & Time: May 9th 6:15pm

Location: Applied Fitness Solutions Rochester Hills 1136 S. Rochester Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48307 (Located Behind Dick’s Sporting Goods plaza-or behind Home Depot if coming from Avon Rd)


About John Evans: Along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, John earned a doctorate in Kinesiology – Sport and Performance Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Working alongside a wide range of athletes and elite performers, John also worked 7 years with U.S. Army Special Operations Forces (SOF), training mental performance and human engagement skills.

“Mental conditioning work with me focuses primarily on two areas: Consistency of performance at a high level and Enjoyment of skill development and competition. The athlete is able to move toward these areas by exerting control over one of the few things that can be controlled. No, not thoughts or emotions, but rather where attention and energy are directed. The majority of performance inconsistency and anxiety derives from an inability to keep attention in the present moment, in the external environment, and on performance relevant cues/information. These skills of attention regulation and emotional acceptance take time, practice and effort; no different than building muscle at the gym. Have you ever been told, or told someone, to “focus,” “relax,” or “stop being nervous?” Unfortunately, without the skills those concepts are just words. Would you hand an athlete 4 tennis balls and tell them, “juggle!?” Mental conditioning is the work of learning those skills to harness attention and energy to allow athletes to compete at a high level despite internal or environmental conditions, circumstances, and distractions.”

Key Takeaways

  • The mental components to consistent high performance
  • The limited nature of attention and our ability to sustain attention
  • How our thoughts and emotions affect performance and how to manage them
  • The benefits of focusing on skill development (process) and less on wins/loses (outcome)

About Mike Stack: In addition to his role with AFS, Mike is a clinical professor for the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology and Eastern Michigan University’s Exercise Science Program. He also sits on the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team and on the U of M Kinesiology Alumni Board of Governors. Mike currently holds the NSCA’s Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Credential, the USAW’s Sports Performance Coach Certification, he is Speed-Power Specialist Certified. Mike is formerly the educational events director for StrengthPro, Inc., and is a former co-chair of the Arnold Strength Training Summit. Mike has lectured to, and worked with a diverse population with respect to all aspects of health, fitness, and human performance.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand strength training’s critical role in long-term athlete development
  • Isolating and training weak links in the chain that cause injury and limit performance
  • Methods for training smarter to optimize training responses and maximize training time

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