Dave Tate of EliteFTS tells Tony Budding that all mental training for athletes comes down to one thing: creating self-confidence.
In part 1, Dave says: “You need to find out what is the driving force” for individual athletes and proceed accordingly. Motivation can range from love to money to aggression to personal growth to certainty to uncertainty. Some athletes need a structured program laid out in advance; others thrive on the uncertainty of not knowing what to expect when they walk into the gym. For CrossFit-style group workouts, Dave suggests trainers have the same personality types work next to each other. But “if that doesn’t work, try slapping them in the face.”
Good communication between trainer and athlete is essential. Sometimes shifting the conversation from athletic training to clients’ work life can help make them more receptive to change. Just motivating “regular” clients to keep coming back is a large part of a trainer’s job. Dave said he created networking opportunities at the gym for executives. Elite athletes are already highly motivated. Many got into body-building for self-esteem reasons. They thought getting bigger would make them happier. But it isn’t as simple as that. Sometimes self-esteem issues persist. Injuries can provide a real gut check for athletes’ self-esteem.
In part 2, Dave says that people with high self-esteem know their purpose in life. They know why they are here and what they are supposed to do. They are not thrown off by criticism or setbacks. They have a “bring it on” attitude and understand that adversity can create greatnesss.
The footage is taken from a private seminar on January 24, 2009 at CrossFit San Diego. Dave Tate was a successful competitive powerlifter for over two decades. He trained with Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell Club. His best back squat was 930lbs, bench 610lbs, and deadlift 740lbs. Tate is a powerlifting specialist, and he doesn’t claim to be anything else.
Part 1 - 11min 44sec
Part 2 - 11min 26sec