Mental Performance Coach
As a high performing young athlete, I remember struggling with pressure and obstacles that stood in my way of reaching my dream. It was so much harder than I thought it would be and although on the outside everything appeared fine on the inside I continually battled with anxiety, self-doubt, and frustration.
When I finally learned about the power of the brain in relation to performance I couldn’t believe no one ever taught me this both as a young athlete and then as a professional. I’m convinced I would have gone farther in my career if this was the case.
When I began coaching I made it a priority to, not only prepare my athletes physically, technically and tactically but to emphasize the psychology of performance – that is, to train their brain! The results were amazing. This took me to the path of becoming a ‘Mental Performance Coach’ and now more than 10 years later it’s more applicable than ever. It’s the competitive edge athletes of all ages and levels need to succeed.
This is why I've put together a very practical, convenient and affordable program anyone can benefit from regardless of age and level.
Gad Espinosa is a certified Mental Performance Coach, Diversity Coach, author, speaker and founder of the Mental Toughness Academy. He’s been interviewed in numerous newspapers, radio shows and podcasts.
Clients include athletes and teams at all levels, from those just starting their athletic careers to full-time professional athletes and others who have gone on to represent their country and succeed at World Championships and Olympic Games.
As a former professional athlete, who has represented his country internationally, Gad has a thorough understanding of the professional sports culture and the psychological and emotional challenges professional athletes and organizations face on a regular basis.
As a member of a visible minority, Gad has personally gone through and overcome stereotypes and bias’ in his athletic and corporate working environment. These experiences prompted Gad to be an activist of social change through athletic development.
Gad started an inner-city program called ‘Yes to Sports - No to Trouble’ delivered through local public school boards that eventually incorporated Adidas, Reebok and Gatorade as corporate sponsors. This led Gad to start his Mental Toughness Academy where he focuses on mental-strength components for athletic performance and social change leadership.
Currently, Gad also is the Mental Performance and Diversity Coach for Redeemer University in Ancaster, Ontario.
Gad is a proud Canadian-Latino who lives in Toronto, Canada and in his spare time loves to play sports and spend time with his wife, son and daughter.
“I’m passionate about helping teams and organizations find mental strength breakthroughs that allow them not only to find higher levels of achievement but higher levels of conscious sensitivity so as to embrace diversity and inclusion for overall well-being. - Coach Gad
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