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Mental Preparedness – Just As Important as Physical

Picture a man entering an elevator and the doors closing. The elevator ascends and by the time the doors reopen, the man has had an epiphany and just invented an app that gives athletes a competitive advantage. This is exactly what happened to Brian Orser.

Parents and Grandparents will remember Brian as the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1987 World champion and eight-time (1981–88) Canadian national champion. He turned professional in 1988 and skated with Stars on Ice for almost 20 years. More recently he has coached both Kim Yuna (2010) and Yuzuru Hanyu (2014) to Olympic gold.

On that particular day, Brian stepped into the elevator and had a chance meeting with Asad Mecci, a hypnotist and motivational coach. While Asad was well aware of who Brian was, Brian had no idea how meeting Asad was about to change both of their worlds.

Asad dedicated many years of his life to researching mental training, visualization and meditation. After experiencing success working with members of India’s junior national tennis team, he had a vision of an app that would help athletes from all sports with mental preparedness.

Working in partnership with Brian, the two developed an app that is appropriately named “Peak Performance Skating”. This app helps athletes get over those rough mental hurdles, like clearing the mind to fall asleep, or finding the energy and the perfect mental picture for success.

The mental aspect of skating made a significant difference for Brian in 1986, when he was favoured to win the world championships. Brian admits that it was his own mental thoughts that limited his performance and not his skating abilities. Well aware of this weakness, Brian reached out to sports psychologist Peter Jensen, who helped him overcome this challenge. The results were outstanding and Brian went on to win the 1987 world title.

“To this day, the mental side of skating is still not talked about enough and there are zero resources that are easily accessible to the average skater,” Brian said. “Only the top tiers of athletes today are fortunate enough to have access to the kind of help that I received.”

Brian’s goal was to develop an affordable tool that would allow anyone to leave all their emotional baggage behind before competing. With this app, you don’t need to hire an expensive hypnotist, you can simply listen to the audio and feel confident that you will perform at your best.

The app is available in the Apple App Store for either iPad or iPhone

Peak Performance Skating