Coaching for Champions goal is to take your sport performance from great to outstanding! We are excited to offer professional athletes cutting edge tools to optimize performance and stay durable for the long run. These tools have been created as a synthesis of several methodologies Kamala Nellen has practiced, experienced and taught over 40 years. She has had astounding results with her clients.
We offer targeted one-on-one and team sessions to address specific challenges you bring to the table, so you can quickly get back to performing the way you know you can. Common issues may include distractions, injury, exhaustion, fear, and team discord.
Sessions may be scheduled in increments of 1-hour, 1.5-hours, or 2 hours. Contact us to set up a consultation.
For optimum results we recommend the Coaching for Champions Foundation Program. We also recommend for mental issues around performance, that you purchase Kamala Nellen’s book, Working IN; The Elite Athlete’s Guide to Working Out from the Inside.
Some of the clients we’ve helped
When an athlete needs to perform at the top, distractions, lack of confidence, and fear can get in the way.
A teenage baseball player came to me to learn meditation. When Joseph arrived at the training facility where I worked, I noticed he was self-conscious and easily distracted, his eyes darting continuously around the room. There were a number of other baseball players at the facility working on various hitting and fielding techniques, or in conversations, and loud music blared on the speakers. These distractions would have challenged even the most resolutely focused athlete. In light of the situation, I determined that sitting still for an extended time as required for meditation practice was not going to work for Joseph. Instead, we practiced focusing for a few minutes at a time while in motion. Here is what his mom said after session one:
I think the meditation is working because last night at practice my son hit all the balls pitched to him and hit a home run over the center field fence. Additionally, he did his meditation on the way to the game today and during the game and he was very light on his feet moving from place to place on the field making all the right defensive moves at second base. He was like a butterfly gliding while mentally sharp. He continued the meditation at bat and he hit a double. I could see through the fence he was using his breathing technique.
In 2006, a free diver called me. This diver told me he already held the US record and his goal was to beat this personal best record. However, because of the depth and duration of his dives, he was experiencing intense fear. He wanted to slow his heart rate and overcome the intense fear he was experiencing. He used the technique described in my book Working IN: The Elite Guide to Working Out from the Inside which involved learning a specific pattern of breathing and a technique for focusing. He overcame his fear and slowed his heart rate. He did beat his personal record and the US record.
A high school cheerleader came to me plagued by a memory of the previous year’s international competition, when she had fallen while executing a complex move. While performing the move, she had glanced at her boyfriend who was sitting in the stands, and that glance had thrown off her concentration. She fell. Faced with the same competition a year later, Kim’s nerves were really getting in the way, her focus was unsteady, and she was searching for her lost confidence. She needed a way to avoid distractions, keep her nerves steady, and regain her confidence. We used mental techniques from the science of yoga involving focus and breath. The young woman stuck a perfect performance.
A college baseball player was the team MVP. He was finishing his senior year, and the next step was to sign a contract with a professional baseball team. He was having a big year athletically at school; however, a number of personal issues were affecting his performance. He explained to me that he had been feeling irritable and had trouble breathing, and that his chest had felt tight on and off for about a year. He wanted to know what he could do about the problem. We used a breathing practice to get him on track and he was soon drafted by a professional team.
A baseball player’s contract was in jeopardy. Through coaching sessions, he got to the heart of matter and kept the contract, as well as learning mental techniques that helped him increase his batting percentages.
When an athlete comes with a training imbalance, strain or injury, they may want extra help to get back on track as fast as possible.
A triathlete had suffered an injury and although he was well, he could not seem to get his stride back. I worked with him using variations of yoga postures to balance the flexibility of his legs, the ligaments around his knees and his hips. He was so happy with how he felt that he did not want the session to end.
A tennis player came with ongoing back pain. He had tried everything else so he was ready to learn yoga. We worked with a number of postures and soon he was winning more games, smiling a lot and he told me he was sleeping deeper at night as well.
A competitive kayaker had upper back and neck pain. We worked with about 8 different neck and shoulder exercises as well as some recuperation postures from yoga and he was quickly back to competition. He told me his entire back felt healthy again which surprised him as he only came for the upper back and neck issue.
An MMA professional had tight hips which affected his kick. He learned a specific series of postures for this issue. The next day he told me his kick went up six inches.
Road trips, packed schedules, relationships, and other demands around time can leave an athlete feeling depleted and lead to injury or mistakes on and off the field.
A university softball team came in for a session late one afternoon, fresh off the field from a challenging three-hour practice. They were coming to the end of a very busy semester, packed with a competitive game schedule and a full class schedule at the university. On this particular afternoon, the team was dragging, and some were pretty banged up as well. After our session, they had to study for finals, which were coming up on Monday. So, we focused on recuperation. Having watched a recent game, I was aware that the players could also benefit from learning to manage their energy more effectively in the dugout so we added a focus on that toward the end of our session. As the players, one of them came up to me with a big smile saying, “I feel like I just slept 8 hours.”
Team discord and self-management issues can keep a team from championship performance.
The coach said his college softball team had been fighting on the bus and losing a lot of games. I sent them a survey before we started. The majority consensus was to focus on self discipline, communication, and time management. After 3 one-hour group empowerment sessions, the team ended the season one away from state champs.
A junior Olympics gymnastics team had come off a losing season. We had a group coaching session to address their loss of heart. After the session, the coach told me the team had a 180 degree change in perspective and were pumped for the season ahead.
A group of ballet dancers were overwhelmed with packed schedules and staying the course of their contract. Through self-empowerment sessions, they realized they each had the power to successfully address their needs.
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