Advanced Mental Training to Maximise your Success

Theta brainwaves essential for memory

From Reuters:

Scientists find how relaxed minds remember better.

Stronger and more lasting memories are likely to be formed when a person is relaxed and the memory-related neurons in the brain fire in sync with certain brain waves, scientists said on Wednesday….

…Synchronization in the brain is influenced by “theta waves” which are associated with relaxation, daydreaming and drowsiness, but also with learning and memory formation, the scientists explained in the study in the journal Nature.”

Accessing the theta brainwave is an integral part of the memory training I provide.  Memory techniques on their own are not enough. During both the memorisation and recall process, you need to increase theta brainwave activity and get both hemispheres balanced.

This research reinforces that The Brain Training Company is teaching cutting edge techniques.

You can only develop a really powerful memory with integrated brainwave training.  See the popular Mind Maximiser training course for more information on this subject.  Here you learn the techniques of memory and how to control your brainwave activity.

Have you tried a memory  training system or attended a course?  Did you learn how to access the theta state on demand and have this shown to you on an EEG system?

On a separate yet related matter, did you know that you need to be able to access a high-alpha state for speed reading?  So for effective learning skills, it is critical to be able to shift between the high-alpha and theta brainwave states (as well as other elements taught in the training course).

Be Happy, stay Healthy

In the news today, a recent study suggests that by keeping happy you may ward off heart disease. Does this mean that there is truth in the saying that someone is “heart-broken”?

(This is another story along the similar line on which I blogged last year – Meditation eases heart disease)

“US researchers monitored the health of 1,700 people over 10 years, finding the most anxious and depressed were at the highest risk of the disease. They could not categorically prove happiness was protective, but said people should try to enjoy themselves.”

“Essentially spending a few minutes each day truly relaxed and enjoying yourself is certainly good for your mental health and may improve your physical health as well.”

What do you think about this?  I think any adult who has faced stress or unhappiness will know intuitively that these states of mind are bad for their health.

This article brought to mind the fact that my alma-mater, Wellington College, introduced “Happiness lessons” a few years ago;

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Brain Training Gold at Winter Olympics

Canada’s first gold medallist at Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics used brain training.

The first few reports are starting to come out of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, about those athletes who have utilised brain training technologies.  Various brain training systems are used by an increasing number of National teams.  However for many it is a closely guarded secret to gaining that competitive edge.

Sports Psychology has been applied for many years and is now seen is essential for any top athlete, whatever their sport.  The brain training I refer to is the Sports Neurology – a new field of peak performance giving athletes an extra edge.  This encompasses the maturing field of neurofeedback as well as more cutting edge systems as used by The Brain Training Company.

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NSCA 2010 All American Teams

It is interesting to see that 4 of the top 10 members of the USA “NSCA 2010 All American Team” in sporting clays have learnt mental training skills with The Brain Training Company.

What are your goals in 2010 for your sporting clays, trap or skeet shooting?  Do you need to gain that mental edge?  Perhaps you should also be thinking about attending the same training course as these top level shooters?

Mental Training for Sporting Clays

Testimonials & Media

Here are a selection of testimonials and also some quotes from the press:

“Henry Hopking is one of the world’s leading sports trainers.”

Financial Times

“Henry Hopking, a bronze medal winner in the world speed-reading championships, was in 2002 awarded the title of ‘second most creative mind on the planet’.  In the same year, he helped sporting clients to secure more than 10 major sports titles.”

The Guardian

“Henry Hopking’s training taught me a powerful mental routine and gave me the knowledge to understand how to control my brain states.  It is like a having a reset button I can use whenever I need to boost my concentration or control my nerves.  Thank you Henry for helping me to win Gold!”

Glenn Eller

Olympic Gold Medallist, Beijing 2008

“If you want to maximise your intellectual and physical efficiency then Henry Hopking is your man. Henry knows more about liberating mental excellence in individuals than anyone else I know.”

Dominic O’Brien

Eight Times World Memory Champion.

"I have worked with Henry on my mental game for some time, and have 100% confidence in his knowledge and the support that he provides. He has been a great help both directly and remotely via the phone, and look forward to winning some more world titles with his assistance."

Ed Solomons

2014 World FITASC Champion

“I live in a very chaotic, busy, stressed out world.  The Training with Henry Hopking gave me the opportunity to assess my situation, anyalyse where it could be improved and then implement a course of action.  Utilising Henry’s considerable organisational skills, I was able to revise for my fourth year Open University exam, whilst performing a UK wide concert tour. The brainwave training and AVE sessions were soothing and energising depending on what was required…. I’d say if you’re in need of a mental organisational and boost, Henry Hopking is exactly who is required.”

Lenny Henry

Comedian and TV personality.

“It is clear to see that in the next few years those who recognize the importance of mental training and embrace this form of technology will be the champions”

Clay Shooting USA magazine


"Henry’s brainwave training raises the bar for athletic performance.  If athletes are to remain competitive they will need to learn this knowledge.”

Sir Clive Woodward

“I work in a pressurised marketing and execution environment with a premium placed on the ability to analyse complex issues, make balanced timely decision with conviction based on less than full information, and to give clear instruction and advice. Henry’s course provides me with tools and approaches that materially enhance my ability to perform effectively in this environment, as well as delivering additional benefits to certain related aspects of my personal life.  Henry is an inspirational coach who not only transfers useful information but also inspires improved performance.  If you are on top of your brief but feel that you could refine efficiency and impact, Henry Hopking is your man.”

JP Morgan Cazenove

“Henry, I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me and the level of care you have. You are an awesome person and thank you for being a part of my World Championship!!  Henry helped me develop a powerful pre-shot mental routine. He has been like a dependable friend looking after my mental game. I learnt how to control my mental states for strong focus and concentration, regardless of the pressure.”

Gebben Miles

USA National Champion 2009, World FITASC Champion 2012, Nad Al Sheba Champion 2014

[The Brain Training Company] “…teaches executives and sportsmen how to control their brain activity in order to improve mental skills, memory and reading skills… whatever they’re doing it’s having effects.”

The Independent

“Henry’s brain training has helped my mind to be less cluttered when shooting, keeping me in a more peaceful, focused state of mind. I have also noticed that while shooting my vision is now quicker and my body works as it was engineered to work.”

Wendell Cherry

“I had previously been able to access a state of focus and concentration, but had lost the ability. Henry’s mental training taught me in a clear concise manner how to get back to that state of focus and concentration every time I shoot.” 

Andy Duffy

“Henry Hopking enabled me to become Russian National Champion.  The skills I have learnt from Henry means that I can take any amount of pressure in competition, consistently maintaining my concentration better than anyone else”

Sergei Alexandrov

Russian Sporting Champion

“The training has given me great confidence in my shooting knowing that I can depend 100% on the techniques taught by Henry Hopking to win competitions.  I now understand how to switch into the right mental state when it is important to keep focused”

Inna Alexandrova

Russian Ladies Sporting, FITASC and Compact Champion

“The most positive thing for me is huge strides I have taken in terms of my mental management.  I seem to be able to control the nerves much better and have eliminated -ve thoughts creeping in…thanks to Henry Hopking and his “Peak Performance” training programme!”

Peer Iuel

“Since working with Henry,my performance and consistency have improved dramatically! Henry studies your own brainwave patterns and tailors an exact mental routine,specific to you. Using the methods I have been taught,I am now fully aware of how to mentally prepare and fully focus myself for each shot. It really has taken me to the next level. Without a doubt,Henry is the best kept secret of the shooting world!”

Wayne Martin


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What happens in an actor’s brain?

This is a fascinating article from the BBC.  It looks at what an actor’s brain is doing during a performance.


By Nick Higham
Today programme

Original article here with additional video and images.

For an actor, the performance conditions weren’t exactly ideal: flat on her back in a large machine, under strict instructions to lie as still as possible, speaking in short bursts interspersed with the shrill sound of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner.

But last week Fiona Shaw, one of Britain’s leading actresses – who has in her time played everything from the tragic heroine Medea to Shakespeare’s Richard II – volunteered in the cause of science to spend an hour having her brain scanned while “acting”.

Professor Sophie Scott of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London wanted to know what happens physically in an actor’s head when they pretend to be someone else.

She hoped that scanning Fiona’s brain in action would be able to tell us.

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Brain Training – saves money and you live longer…

The value of brain training is becoming increasingly black and white – you save money and live longer.  This month I have written two separate comments on recent research backing up the value of quality brain training.  However here I want to promote that the two are intrinsicly linked. Brain training in a corporate environment can save companies billions of dollars / pounds each year.  High quality brain training courses for an individual can mean you have more chance of living longer…


  • Stress related illness cost the UK £28 billion each year
  • This is a 1/4 of the UK’s sick bill
  • More than 13 million working days a year are lost in the UK because of work related stress
  • Stress is thought to contribute to coronary heart disease (CHD)
  • More than $475 billion is spent annually in the USA treating CHD
  • Meditation, or relaxing the brain, can reduce number of heart attacks and stroke by 47%

Brainwave training is a simple and cost effective way assist with these issues.

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Controlling brainwave activity ‘eases heart disease’

The American Heart Association has published research showing that 20 minutes of meditation twice a day can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by 47%.  This is a very powerful endorsement for just how important is it to learn to control your brainwave activity.

Whilst many of my clients are looking to improve their levels of focus and concentration, especially top athletes, it is just as important to be able to slow your brainwaves down.  I describe this as having full mobility of brainwaves.

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