Ahmad Taufiq Muhammad: The Singaporean Goliath

Ahmad Taufiq Muhammad  was 10 years old  when he first saw Worlds Strongest Man on Sunday morning television, it was a revelation. A thought passed through his head,  he wanted to have a go at becoming a strongman. The idea that a man can pull a plane,  lift stones or lift a car, It's all about pushing the human body to its limits. Taufiq won his first competition 14 years later at 24 and since then has never looked back and always improving to get faster and stronger. There are so many challenges for a strongman, both mentally and physically....

GameChanger - Rethinking Positive Thinking by Gabriele Oettingen

Reading this book was bitter-sweet for me. The bitter part came from the realization of all the time that I wasted in "positive-thinking-lala-land". The sweet part came from a deep sense of excitement about the possibilities ahead of me with this new found knowledge.For those that don't want to read the entire book or even this entire blog post (I know how tired athletes can get), let me give you a quick summary.  Through more than 20 years of research Gabrielle discovers that positive fantasies do not help us achieve our goals as much as we believe they do. In...

Dylan Cunningham: Squashing the Opposition

Dylan Cunningham comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and started playing squash at the age of 7. His love for squash began when he received a squash racquet as a Christmas gift. Following a lesson with a squash coach the young talent was hooked. At the age of 10 Dylan started getting more serious. One of the many difficulties Dylan faces in squash is the mental side of the sport. As rallies get longer so does the point and often the heart rate skyrockets to over 170 , this makes decisions much harder. Focus is key and if one is not focused...

"Crazy Good" - Steve Chandler - Important lessons for athletes

I've stumbled upon some great wisdom in a book called ‘Crazy Good' by Steve Chandler.Steve, has a lot of practical wisdom that as an athlete, I found incredibly useful in improving my performance. Below, I outline some of the lessons that I took away from reading 'Crazy Good' and I hope that you will gain as much insight as I did.Here is a video summary of what I learned & below is the written summary : A bit about the author :Steve Chandler had an challenging life but he was able to turn things around and create a 'Crazy Good'...