Under Armour has been in the business of making athletes better for 25 years now, and they’re just getting started. In 2020 they supported athletes to push themselves to their physical limits, and now in 2021 with the introduction of their Under Armour Performance Academy they’re attempting to go Under the Armour to help grow the mental side of performance, an aspect of health and fitness that can get lost in the constant strive to become faster, better, stronger.
Backed up by high performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais and Under Armour’s stable of top athletes, they have rustled up a free course made up of curated exercises, tips and tools. Requirements to get started are pretty small. All you really need is a set of headphones, a quiet place to meditate for 40 or so minutes, and a connection to stream audio. It’s broken into three sections which itself is broken into smaller achievable steps of just a few minutes each.
Training with the Under Armour Performance Academy begins with visualising success which starts off slow with two minutes of just focusing on yourself and then spreading out to become aware of your own body. This then branches out wider to reducing competitive anxiety by running through scenarios in your mind, and then finally capping off with visualising every outcome for 30 seconds.
The Compete section is made up of two parts; activating your mindset which helps you more readily get into “the zone”, and achieving resilience, exercises that are known for enhancing your performance in high demand situations.
Winding things down happens in the Recover section, useful for after your workout. This section is the single largest block of 18 minutes in total, where you spend the time reflecting on how you performed and then capping off with breathing exercises to aid in your workout recovery.
You can get the full regime in detail at performanceacademy.underarmour.com
“We’re currently living in a world of high uncertainty anxiety. There is really no better time to invest in training your mind to support both high performance and mental wellness.”
– Dr. Michael Gervais
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