I have a way that you can keep upgrading your sporting performance.

All you need is an inexpensive piece of technology you probably already own.

 

I was lucky enough to be at the high performance centre for diving at Sheffield before the London 2012 Olympics working with a couple of clients.

 

I saw something in the dry-land training area that didn't seem to belong.

 

Amongst all of the gymnastic style equipment and trampolines, I noticed some TVs mounted on the walls. They had big buttons on the wall near them.

 

Olympic divers don't have TVs on in the background while they train, do they?

 

They do sometimes.

 

But it's not to watch Jeremy Kyle, surprisingly.

 

They watch themselves back.

 

They hit the big button on the wall and set about doing some training on the trampolines.

 

Cameras start rolling immediately.

What they film is shown on the screens with a 20 second delay.

This gives the athletes just enough time to perform a work set, land, gather themselves and watch their performance back there and then.

 

Having been coached for many years, the athletes know where they can make improvements given this chance to see their performance from the outside.

 

This is handy in many ways.

 

The coach doesn't need to be present to help the athlete improve because they can watch and coach themselves as well as performing the training.

 

Even if the coach is present, video provides a more irrefutable version of events than lots of people's memory will. There's less room for arguments over body positions when you can watch them back a few times.

 

Depending on the set-up, you may also be able to manipulate the video you record.

Slow motion can help you see things you may not have otherwise.

Certain software programmes let you draw on videos to help you mark angles and trajectories.

 

Even your smartphone will allow you to do this.

 

 

 

Video can help you become your own coach and improve your performance more than training alone.

 

If you've never tried self-coaching from video, it can be quite a revelation.

 

If you have a camcorder of some type and just can't bare looking at your fugly mug or being critical of your own performance

 

GET OVER IT

 

or wear a mask.

 

 

If Kim Kardashian can press record and get to work, so can you.

 

Get your camera rolling, Spielberg.

 

 

 

 

Arton "The Fugliest Mug" Baleci

 

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