An informal chat with Ed Solomons after we had finished coaching at Sporting Targets…
An informal chat with Ed Solomons after we had finished coaching at Sporting Targets…
As well as providing expert private coaching, we also use a variety of brain-training technologies in our courses. These include various EEG systems. Some are more advanced, for the trainer to perform detailed assessments of your brainwave activity. Some are more interactive, enabling the student to learn to recognise various optimal mental states. This is a basic form of neurofeedback and we provide home-training equipment on our more advanced courses.
Here is video of a sports student flying a helicopter when their level of focus increases…
At this time of year many people just focus on the remaining weeks of the year and then Christmas. Typically there is not much forward planning or goal setting happening for 2014 at the moment. But if you want next year to be your most successful year, you need to start planning now!
Wouldn’t it be great to work on improving your mental performance whilst enjoying the sunshine? In England at the moment the days seem short and the temperature has really dropped. So at this time of year I like to head to Florida.
Mental fitness courses will be available during December and again in January. There will be a limited few places in coaching programmes and regular training courses will be available. (training vs coaching)
This is a perfect time for new students to begin their mental training or past students to brush up on their mental skills and move onto an advanced level of training.
Are you a busy executive and feel you could achieve so much more with improved mental skills? Would you like a better memory, with key facts easily recalled? Or what if you could read three times faster while retaining more information? And sometimes we just need to learn how to control our stress levels.
You will learn how to control your brainwave activity for peak mental performance. You will be provided with your own brainwave technology to continue your brain training at home after the training. Maybe we’ll see you at the World Memory Championships next year..,!
The popular “Mind Maximiser” training for executives will be available as a “Training only” course.
Private training is available from $2,000
To compete at the highest level in your sport you need a solid mental game. You would like to develop better levels of focus and concentration? Can you reduce stress and control your mental states on demand? Would you like a mental programme which is designed just for you?
You can attend either a one or two day private training course based on the successful Get The Mental Edge programme.
Private training is available from $1,000
The training location will be focused in the Vero Beach area, but other location in Florida can be available after discussion (Orlando, Jacksonville, Palm Beach)
Training days are available between:
6th – 17th December 2013
14th – 31st January 2014
(possibly again in February but TBC)
The first thing you need to do is contact us to schedule a phone call. During this call we can discuss with you which format of training is going to be of most benefit to you. We will then discuss which dates are still available.
During 2014 I will be coaching a select group of eight athletes helping them achieve greater success through improved mental performance. For the 2014 season my personal coaching will only be available to a limited group of people, who are prepared to work hard. All other courses will then only be available in a “training only” format.
“Henry Hopking is one of the world’s leading sports trainers.” – Financial Times
If you are a new to The Brain Training Company, the first stage will be your personal two day training course. This will be scheduled for either December 2013 or January 2014. You must be able to attend training in either the UK or USA. For previous students, you will be invited to attend an initial one day training course in advanced skills at a similar time.
– Initial training (two days for new students, one day for previous students)
– Brain Buddy AVE equipment customised to your training goals
– EEG equipment – brainwave measuring and training equipment
– 10 months of personal coaching*, including weekly email / phone training sessions (planning, goals, insider knowledge providing additional training resources etc)
– Support at tournaments (Henry Hopking will only be supporting Team 2014 members at major events such as World or National Championships)
– VIP access – you will be able to call me at any time directly on my personal mobile / cell phone, no office switch board, no scheduling calls. Direct access. All other calls go to my office team. Only Team 2014 members can call me directly.
– Two additional training days during the year
* – It is officially ten months rather than 12 months as a) sports seasons typically don’t last 12 months and b) We will both be taking a holiday / vacation at some stage!
The value of this is £3,000 in training days + £6,000 in coaching + £500 equipment =
£9,500. Successful applicants will be able to be part of Team 2014 for the special price of £3,950.
If you are an existing student, you will receive the same as above except shorter initial training (one day) at the start of the season. You will also get the new EEG equipment, 10 months coaching, support at tournaments and one additional coaching days (two in total) for the single price of £1,950
If required this can be completed by a schedule of monthly payments.
Team 2014 is open to top athletes in different sports. The most popular sports for our mental coaching have historically been golf, tennis, archery and sporting clays. If you are ranked or have ambitions of a top 30 world ranking in your sport then being part of Team 2014 is for you. Your suitability will be discussed during an application interview.
Places are available to both new and past students.
There will only be eight places available on Team 2014.
With the increasing popularity of our mental fitness coaching programmes, we have reached a crossroads. At one point during 2013 I was providing active coaching for 18 people and this was too much. I felt the quality of coaching decreased and frankly I was working more hours than I enjoyed to deliver this! There are now some new training formats available.
Define: Coaching is where I work with a student over an extended period of time; typically 3-6 months. Training is where a student attends a private course,typically 1-3 days in duration and they then implement their new skills independently.
To maintain the quality of coaching, the number of places available at any time will be limited. Historically the most popular coaching programme lasts three months. As students reach the end of their coaching, new students will be invited to join. So there is very likely going to be a waiting list.
The coaching programmes which start with a one or two day private course will now also be available as a “Training Only” option.
If after you attend a training course you feel you do actually need a little coaching assistance, coaching can be purchased separately on a per month basis.
US Nationals is a marker for the approaching end to the main Sporting Clays season in the USA. Does that mean that you put your gun away until next year? No!
This is the time that you should be making some changes and improvements ready for the 2014 season!
As usual I will be at US Nationals in San Antonio at the end of October supporting students who have been working on their mental game.
Every year after Nationals I stay in the USA for a few weeks providing coaching to those determined to improve their performance the following season. We head down to 74 Ranch for a few days of intense coaching in great surroundings.
This year I am really pleased to announce a new training format. I have teamed up with World Champion Gebben Miles to provide a unique training programme combining both technical and mental coaching.
Gebben and I have become firm friends after I first started coaching him on his mental game in 2009. That year he became US National Champion and since then with other titles, he has also become World FITASC Champion.
What is now being offered for the first time is the opportunity for you to start your preparation for the 2014 season by attending a coaching day with both Gebben and me; working on your technical and mental game. You will be provided with a training programme to follow over the coming months. You will also receive one month of follow up coaching from me, as we put together a strong mental routine.
“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
World FITASC Champion 2012
USA National Champion 2009
To ensure you receive a high level of personal coaching, only two people can attend each one-day course. This enables personal attention from both Gebben and myself during the day. The training will be at 74 Ranch, just south of San Antonio. The available dates immediately after Nationals are:
Monday 28th October
Tuesday 29th October
Wednesday 30th October
The cost per person for the complete training package is $1,500 per person, which includes your follow up support. This is great value for you, as both Gebben and I typically charge more than that each per day and you’ll be getting both of us at the same time! (My popular coaching programme, Get The Mental Edge, is still available and costs $3,800)
So this is only available to six people (two each day) and will not be repeated again this year. So if you want the formula for perfect winter training and can be in Texas at the end of the month, contact me now.
Before you make any booking to secure this training, I will schedule a call with you to discuss the details and ensure it is suitable for you.
If you are committed to having a better season in 2014, then contact me now to secure a date before all places are booked.
Sir Clive Woodward discusses “The British Olympic Coaching Programme [BOCP]" with Owen Slot of The Times.
A recent study published in the April 23rd edition of Science shows how poor quality teaching will limit the reading potential of children. This reinforces the importance of children having high quality teachers.
“Teachers have an effect on student reading achievement,” said psychology Associate Professor Jeanette Taylor, the study’s lead author. “Better teachers provide an environment that allows children to reach their potential.”
The classroom environment will also
Research has shown that people who dream about a task perform it better on waking compared to those who do not dream about the task. (BBC News)
This reinforces the knowledge shared in our brain training courses, where the importance of theta brainwave activity in learning is discussed. For optimal functioning, new information is received in a high-alpha state. That is then memorised or integrated in a theta state. The theta brainwave is an important brainwave for a healthy sleep cycle, as well as delta.
During our training courses, like the Mind Maximiser, you learn how to access this state by increasing the amplitude of the theta brainwave at will. For anyone wishing to learn information at an accelerated rate, it is essential to be able to control the levels of high-alpha and theta brainwaves. Some people talk about the “super-learning state”.
French scientists have researched the brain’s ability to multi-task. The reported research suggests that the brain can do two things and only two things simultaneously. And more tasks and our brains start making irrational decisions.
This backs up the training at The Brain Training Company where people are taught that their brain’s like to perform two functions and they learn to control that process for optimal performance.
It is interesting that the brain imaging showed that the primary task is controlled by the left frontal lobe and the secondary task is help by the right frontal lobe. The brain switches the focus between the two hemispheres during the tasks.
It is known that women have a larger corpus callosum, the part of the brain connecting the two hemispheres, with more neural pathways. So women are hard wired to have a better connection between the two sides. It has been hypothesised that this maybe why women are generally better at multitasking than men.
This research would seem to back this up, as women can switch between the two tasks in the two side more easily. Men are better at focusing on a single task, in general. Someone once said to me that this comes from our hunter-gatherer evolution – men go and hunt for food, women manage the tasks at home.