I'VE BEEN PUSHED OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE! “I've always loved learning from other athletes, and experts, especially when it comes to mental training - I've never really connected with traditional sports psychology. Working with Nam has been amazing, his approach is different, holistic and I've been pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged working on the breath, emotional regulation and clarity under pressure. Every session has been different and tailored to simulate race conditions or various elements of my sport and I can honestly say it's brought a new perspective and edge to my training and racing”
Jess Fox8 X World Champion Slalom Canoeist, Olympic Gold Medallist
NAM'S MENTORSHIP & TRAINING PROGRAM CONSTANTLY KEEPS ME ON MY TOES I have been working with Nam for close to 8 years now and started my journey pretty young at the age of 17, just an immature kid still finding my place in the world and in my career. Nam has had a huge impact on my life, influencing me to become the person I am today and inspiring me to constantly become a better version of myself. His mentorship and training program constantly keeps me on my toes with tasks that are designed to challenge me physically and mentally so far past what I thought was possible.
Cory Teunissen4 X World Champion Wakeboarding
BET ASSISTED ME GREATLY IN MY RECENT SUCCESS I was first introduced to Nam in 2017 by the WA Institute of Sport and ever since our first session together I knew Nam was going to be the one to help me take the next step in my career. I was starting to find my sailing boring and like a chore. Nam made me realise why I love the sport I do and has assisted me greatly in my recent success. His out of the box training sessions and ability to tailor those sessions to each specific athlete is incredible. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without his unwavering commitment to helping me be the person I am both in and out of competition.
MATT WEARNOlympic Gold Medallist and 2 X Laser European Champion Sailing
THE COURSE WAS INCREDIBLE I just want to say the course on the weekend was incredible, myself, dad, olly and Jacko all learnt so much and have already been using some of the drills. Nam is so patient, supportive and understanding and I am just so grateful I could be apart of this so thank you for everything you and the team do! I’ll definitely be back.
TIARNA MASSIEIRONWOMAN BET ATHLETE JULY 2020
WORKING WITH NAM OVER THE YEARS HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE Working with Nam over the years has been incredible. His enthusiasm to teach, learn and grow is second to none. He has an incredible talent to deliver his message that is easy to understand and practice. He helped me invigorate my second half of my career and capture my 3rd world title and we had lots of fun on the way.
MICK FANNING3X World Champion surfer
I NOW HAVE SO MUCH MORE CONFIDENCE The training with Nam and Devon has made me aware of my breathing and I now have so much more confidence. My cardiovascular endurance also greatly benefited."
PAT RAFTERTENNIS WORLD CHAMPION
WE STARTED WITH BREATH ENHANCEMENT TRAINING AS THE FOUNDATION We brought Nam on board after identifying the importance of not only targeting the physical development of our team, but the mental skills required to be a well rounded elite athlete. The demands placed on footballers are continuing to increase, so having a true understanding of the mental side of the game is critical in achieving ultimate success. We started with Breath Enhancement Training as the foundation and Nam has continued to embed specific processes and skills within our program which are unique to our football club. This program & teachings have added balance to our football program in educating the mental skills and recovery for our athletes.
ALEX RIGBYHigh Performance Manager Gold Coast SUNS
Nam’s philosophies are clear and his teachings have introduced new tools which can be applied by an individual to regulate that fight or flight responsNam’s philosophies are clear and his teachings have introduced new tools which can be applied by an individual to regulate that fight or flight response and bring in a sense of calmness around the intensity. For members of our squad, Nam has introduced techniques which can be applied by a player in the high-pressure environment of a game, encouraging the individual to function with heightened clearness and calmness, without losing the intensity required to function at an optimum in our game e and bring in a sense of calmness around the intensity. For members of our squad, Nam has introduced techniques which can be applied by a player in the high-pressure environment of a game, encouraging the individual to function with heightened clearness and calmness, without losing the intensity required to function at an optimum in our game.
TRENT ROBINSONSydney Roosters Head Coach
EVERYTHING YOU TAUGHT US WAS SO RELEVANT AND INTERESTING Nam thank you for a brilliant training session last week at Sydney Uni. Everything you taught us was so relevant and interesting and has really set me up well to continue to practice and learn more. I did have a few questions but on reading the notes you sent us that covered everything - thank you so much! I’ll put the time into practicing for myself and gradually include more breathing techniques with the teams and people I work with.
LOU LOU STANLEYBET ATHLETES MAY 2019
LEARNT SO MUCH AND GAINED MORE RESPECT FOR HOW AND WHY WE BREATHE I learnt so much and within 4 hrs have gained more respect for how and why we breathe and how it can help me in and out of the water. I look forward to the 6 week training program as I feel this will help greatly with my Maui 2 Molokai paddle in July.
CHEYNE MITCHELLBET ATHLETES 2018
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The minimum age for the group courses we promote to the public is 12 years. Why? They need to be mature enough to BOTH understand the theory section and be physically capable of doing the pool drills.
If kids are too young or too immature, they lose focus in the theory section & just want to play underwater during the pool section (we get it!). Our goal in these sessions is to build their confidence & grow their capabilities whereas if it’s too hard mentally or physically it can become an overwhelming experience – the opposite of what we are aiming for.
BUT there are still options, we can run a course JUST for the young ones (or young ones plus an adult), and the iInstructor will speak in a language that keeps them engaged and slightly shorten the pool drills so they are capable and make great progress.
STRESS – Every time you breathe you can influence the behaviour of your nervous system. If you are stressed, it’s highly likely your breathing is contributing to a fight/flight response, however because this is something you have control over, you can use it to create a calmer state. With a live demonstration we will teach you how to do this effectively within a few breath cycles, whilst it’s being validated right before your very eyes.
ANXIETY – Breathing correctly acts on 2 very important nerves (the vagus & phrenic) which help to calm the nervous system & regulate feelings of anxiety, stress and calmness, so it is one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate anxiety. Initially you may feel anxious breathing differently your norm, however with a little practice & patience you will feel the enormous benefits.
No! Safety is of the upmost priority and in 17+ years we have been teaching no one has blacked out. We do not push maximums. It is not possible to blackout by following the time frames for breath holds & recovery periods – HOWEVER you will make great progress! We start slow & progress so that both your physical AND mental capacities grow together.
We also make it totally acceptable for you to take a breath whenever you need to.
** IF YOU DON’T FOLLOW our guidelines & safety rules by seeing how long you can hold your breath or how many laps you can do underwater etc, then yes you could blackout. We do not support these methods. Please learn how to do this kind of breath work safely.