125 episodes

I’m Rebecca Smith, your podcast host, and High Performance Coach. I’m Director of Complete Performance Coaching and founder of The #PerformHappy Community.Maybe you’re a gymnast with a fear of going backwards. A swimmer who can’t seem to go any faster. Or a parent who is clueless about how to help your child succeed. You might be stepping up to tougher competition and looking to raise your game. Whether you're struggling with a mental block, or you just had the best season of your life, this podcast is for you.Kids need resources to deal with the pressure of competition, but they don’t necessarily want it to be their coach or parents.I teach parents, coaches, and adolescent/teen athletes of all abilities how to achieve their personal best. These are the tips and mental toughness strategies that my clients tell me help them most.I also provide insights for parents and coaches who want to support their kids and their teams.Performing well is a blend of hard work, skill and mental toughness. I’ll teach you how to use all 3 to be the best athlete you can, and have FUN competing in your sport. Mental skills translate to all areas of your life. When kids learn skills to cope with stress & emotion in a sport context, they become better prepared to thrive in school and beyond.Join me each week as I help people reach peak performance and maximum enjoyment.

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    • Sports
    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

I’m Rebecca Smith, your podcast host, and High Performance Coach. I’m Director of Complete Performance Coaching and founder of The #PerformHappy Community.Maybe you’re a gymnast with a fear of going backwards. A swimmer who can’t seem to go any faster. Or a parent who is clueless about how to help your child succeed. You might be stepping up to tougher competition and looking to raise your game. Whether you're struggling with a mental block, or you just had the best season of your life, this podcast is for you.Kids need resources to deal with the pressure of competition, but they don’t necessarily want it to be their coach or parents.I teach parents, coaches, and adolescent/teen athletes of all abilities how to achieve their personal best. These are the tips and mental toughness strategies that my clients tell me help them most.I also provide insights for parents and coaches who want to support their kids and their teams.Performing well is a blend of hard work, skill and mental toughness. I’ll teach you how to use all 3 to be the best athlete you can, and have FUN competing in your sport. Mental skills translate to all areas of your life. When kids learn skills to cope with stress & emotion in a sport context, they become better prepared to thrive in school and beyond.Join me each week as I help people reach peak performance and maximum enjoyment.

    Gymnastics in a New Era with Coach Jessie McDonough

    Gymnastics in a New Era with Coach Jessie McDonough

    Today's episode is all about embracing change in the world of gymnastics, and I'm thrilled to introduce our guest, Jessica McDonough, better known as Coach Jessie from Olympus Gymnastic Club.

    A former Utah NCAA gymnast, Coach Jessie brings a fresh perspective to the sport. At Olympus, she's been instrumental in reshaping the gym culture, moving away from traditional coaching methods to create a more positive and supportive environment.

    What makes Coach Jessie stand out is her dedication to continual growth. She's a role model for coaches at every stage of their careers, emphasizing the importance of always striving to improve.

    Coach Jessie shares practical advice on how to maintain a sense of joy and positivity while still striving for excellence in gymnastics. It's a delicate balance, but one she navigates with grace.

    In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Coach Jessie talk about:

    How Mental Toughness and Supportive Families Fuel Gymnastics Sucess.

    Effective Coaching Techniques in Gymnastics.

    Building Resilient Gymnasts with Parenting, Communication, and Failure.

    Jessie’s Tips for Effective Coaching Communication.

    Strategies for Gymnasts to Overcome Fear and Excel in Training.

    Strong Minds, Strong Performances with Mental Preparation.

    How to Elevate your Gymnastics Coaching.

    5 Things you Should be doing for your Staff Development.

    “Gymnastics is not who you are. It's what you do.” - Jessie McDonough

    Jessie McDonough’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olympuscoachjessie/
    Confident Gymnast Camp AUG 3rd-4th 2024 BREAK THROUGH FEAR & MENTAL BLOCKS 
    Expert mental coaches decode fears in real-timeParent Session reinforces roles & solutionsExpert gymnastics coaches customize drills & break down skillsMax 5:1 ratioRedwood Empire Gymnastics, Petaluma, CAwww.confidentgymnast.com
    Struggling with fears, mental blocks, or confidence? Click the link to get a FREE session with one of our experts to tackle your challenges together! completeperformance.as.me/consult
    Learn exactly what to say and do to guide your athlete through a mental block with my new book "Parenting Through Mental Blocks" Order your copy today: https://a.co/d/g990Bur

    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/complete_performance/
    Join my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/completeperformancecoaching/
    Check out my website: https://completeperformancecoaching.com/

    Write to me! Email: rebecca@completeperformancecoaching.com

    Ready to help your athlete overcome fears and mental blocks while gaining unstoppable confidence? Discover the transformative power of PerformHappy now. If your athlete is struggling or feeling left behind, it's time for a change. Are you ready? For more info and to sign up: PerformHappy.com

    • 54 min
    Building Unshakeable Self-Belief with Elite Cheerleader Hailey D’Lynn Smith

    Building Unshakeable Self-Belief with Elite Cheerleader Hailey D’Lynn Smith

    In this episode, we dive into the remarkable journey of Hailey D’Lynn Smith, who went from an energetic gymnastics beginner to a celebrated cheerleader, clinching the title of 2021 Texas Cheerleader of the Year. Starting gymnastics at two, Hailey transitioned to cheerleading despite injuries and no prior experience in the sport, showcasing her sheer determination and resilience.

    Hailey's story emphasizes the power of self-belief and mindset in overcoming obstacles and achieving greatness. She shares how confidence and a strong sense of self-propelled her through the ranks, even when starting from scratch in cheerleading. Join us as Hailey discusses the lessons learned and the mindset that helped her become a champion, providing invaluable insights for anyone looking to build unshakeable self-belief.

    In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Hailey D’Lynn Smith talk about:

    Hailey D’Lynn Smith Gymnastics Career, injuries, and Transition to Cheerleading.

    Determination and Dedication.

    How to Overcome Fear and Pressure in Cheerleading and Gymnastics.

    Hailey’s Tips For Mental Preparation.

    The Dark Side of Perfectionism.

    The Importance of Mindset.

    Mastering Confidence.

    “You don't get the trophy at the competition, you win the trophy at practice. You just pick the trophy up at the competition.” - Hailey D’Lynn Smith

    Hailey D’Lynn Smith’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hailey_dlynn/?hl=en

    Hailey D’Lynn Smith’s TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@hailey_dlynn

    Hailey D’Lynn Smith’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@hailey_dlynn
    Confident Gymnast Camp AUG 3rd-4th 2024 BREAK THROUGH FEAR & MENTAL BLOCKS 
    Expert mental coaches decode fears in real-timeParent Session reinforces roles & solutionsExpert gymnastics coaches customize drills & break down skillsMax 5:1 ratioRedwood Empire Gymnastics, Petaluma, CAwww.confidentgymnast.com
    Struggling with fears, mental blocks, or confidence? Click the link to get a FREE session with one of our experts to tackle your challenges together! completeperformance.as.me/consult
    Learn exactly what to say and do to guide your athlete through a mental block with my new book "Parenting Through Mental Blocks" Order your copy today: https://a.co/d/g990Bur

    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/complete_performance/
    Join my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/completeperformancecoaching/
    Check out my website: https://completeperformancecoaching.com/

    Write to me! Email: rebecca@completeperformancecoaching.com

    Ready to help your athlete overcome fears and mental blocks while gaining unstoppable confidence? Discover the transformative power of PerformHappy now. If your athlete is struggling or feeling left behind, it's time for a change. Are you ready? For more info and to sign up: PerformHappy.com

    • 45 min
    Building Flexibility the Right Way with Shelby McNamara

    Building Flexibility the Right Way with Shelby McNamara

    In our latest episode of the PerformHappy podcast, we sit down with Shelby McNamara a former American rhythmic gymnast on the USA National Team and the founder of FlexAbilities, a flexibility training program for dancers, figure skaters, and gymnasts. Her flexibility training program combines flexibility, strength, and ballet technique.

    Shelby's story is one of resilience and determination, from her late start in rhythmic gymnastics to her innovative approach to training. Her journey into the world of sports began at the age of five, driven by a dream to wear the national team jacket. Despite setbacks and changes in sports, her determination never wavered. Transitioning through gymnastics, diving, and figure skating, Shelby finally found her passion in rhythmic gymnastics. Her journey to elite training in Chicago was marked by long hours and rigorous practices, shaping her understanding of dedication and discipline.

    Reflecting on her experiences, Shelby recognized the need for a healthier approach to flexibility training. Drawing from her own journey, she developed FlexAbilities, focusing on proper technique and respect for the body's limits. Her method emphasizes safety and body awareness, moving away from harmful practices prevalent in the past.

    In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Shelby McNamara talk about:

    Shelby’s Journey to the USA National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team.

    What Does Rythmic Training and Stretching Look Like?

    A New Approach to Increasing Flexibility.

    Tips and Strategies to Improve Flexibility in Extremely Tight Powerhouse Gymnasts.

    Examples of Stretches and Routines to Achivce All Three Splits.

    Shelby McNamara’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shelby.flexabilities/?hl=en

    Shelby McNamara’s Website: https://www.flex-abilities.com/

    Shelby McNamara’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6UOBpDG6THsjswsVE4fTng
    Confident Gymnast Camp AUG 3rd-4th 2024 BREAK THROUGH FEAR & MENTAL BLOCKS 
    Expert mental coaches decode fears in real-timeParent Session reinforces roles & solutionsExpert gymnastics coaches customize drills & break down skillsMax 5:1 ratioRedwood Empire Gymnastics, Petaluma, CAwww.confidentgymnast.com
    Struggling with fears, mental blocks, or confidence? Click the link to get a FREE session with one of our experts to tackle your challenges together! completeperformance.as.me/consult
    Learn exactly what to say and do to guide your athlete through a mental block with my new book "Parenting Through Mental Blocks" Order your copy today: https://a.co/d/g990Bur

    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/complete_performance/
    Join my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/completeperformancecoaching/
    Check out my website: https://completeperformancecoaching.com/

    Write to me! Email: rebecca@completeperformancecoaching.com

    Ready to help your athlete overcome fears and mental blocks while gaining unstoppable confidence? Discover the transformative power of PerformHappy now. If your athlete is struggling or feeling left behind, it's time for a change. Are you ready? For more info and to sign up: PerformHappy.com

    • 42 min
    Positive Coaching at the Highest Level of Gymnastics with Cleo Washington

    Positive Coaching at the Highest Level of Gymnastics with Cleo Washington

    Today’s episode I'm thrilled to share with you a captivating gymnastics coaching journey, featuring none other than the remarkable Cleo Washington. I Cleo shares her experiences and expertise gained over 20 years in the gymnastics coaching world, where she has coached World Champion Morgan Hurd, national team member Kaliya Lincoln, and the promising Olympic hopeful, Nola Matthews. But beyond the accolades, Cleo's approach stands out for its emphasis on mental health and athlete wellbeing.

    In our conversation, Cleo shares her philosophy on finding the balance between nurturing compassion and fostering excellence. She explains how creating a supportive environment is paramount to unlocking the full potential of athletes and guiding them out of their comfort zones with positivity and empathy. We explore the intricacies of communication, resilience, and staying present amidst the pursuit of audacious goals.

    I couldn't help but feel inspired by her commitment to excellence with empathy. Her words serve as guidance for coaches and athletes alike, reminding us that true success goes beyond winning medals—it's about the meaningful impact we make on others' lives.

    In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Cleo Washington talk about:

    Cleo Washington’s Coaching Journey.

    Fostering Young Athletes' Voices.

    Balancing Big Goals

    Helping Gymnasts Overcome Fear and Anxiety.

    2 Key Elements to Build a Supportive Gymnastics Culture.

    Crafting Connections in Gymnastics Coach-Parent Communication.

    Trust, Transparency, and Triumph.

    Cleo Washington’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ohhclee/

    Cleo Washington’s Website: https://bestdarngymnastics.com/events/womentum/
    Confident Gymnast Camp AUG 3rd-4th 2024 BREAK THROUGH FEAR & MENTAL BLOCKS 
    Expert mental coaches decode fears in real-timeParent Session reinforces roles & solutionsExpert gymnastics coaches customize drills & break down skillsMax 5:1 ratioRedwood Empire Gymnastics, Petaluma, CAwww.confidentgymnast.com
    Struggling with fears, mental blocks, or confidence? Click the link to get a FREE session with one of our experts to tackle your challenges together! completeperformance.as.me/consult
    Learn exactly what to say and do to guide your athlete through a mental block with my new book "Parenting Through Mental Blocks" Order your copy today: https://a.co/d/g990Bur

    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/complete_performance/
    Join my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/completeperformancecoaching/
    Check out my website: https://completeperformancecoaching.com/

    Write to me! Email: rebecca@completeperformancecoaching.com

    Ready to help your athlete overcome fears and mental blocks while gaining unstoppable confidence? Discover the transformative power of PerformHappy now. If your athlete is struggling or feeling left behind, it's time for a change. Are you ready? For more info and to sign up: PerformHappy.com

    • 49 min
    Dealing with Pressure with Olympic Gymnast Sam Oldham

    Dealing with Pressure with Olympic Gymnast Sam Oldham

    In today's PerformHappy podcast, join me in a conversation with Sam Oldham, a key member of the 2012 bronze medal-winning Great Britain Men's Gymnastics Team. Now a gymnastics coach and a new dad, Sam opens up about the intense pressure of chasing an Olympic dream, discussing the weight of expectations, imposter syndrome, and the emotional challenges he faced.

    Reflecting on pivotal moments and the toll on his mental health, Sam shares his journey, shedding light on the often-overlooked aspect of mental health in elite sports. As a coach and parent, Sam offers valuable insights for parents navigating the world of gymnastics, emphasizing communication and recognizing when to seek help.

    Don't miss Sam's practical tips on sustaining the Olympic dream without succumbing to pressure— from avoiding burnout to fostering a consistent senior career. Tune in for an episode that goes beyond the sport, providing inspiration and guidance for athletes and parents alike. 

    In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Sam Oldham talk about:

    Parental Support and Influence in a Gymnast's Career.

    Mastering the Art of Handling Pressure in Gymnastics.

    Overcoming Fear in Gymnastics Competitions.

    Setting Goals and Managing Expectations in Sports.

    Sam Oldham’s Career Struggles and Lessons Learned.

    The Impact of Childhood Trauma and ADHD on Athletic Performance.

    Advice for Overcoming Mental Blocks.

    Mental Preparation for Gymnastics Skills.

    Sam Oldham’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXxJb2BOXfw

    Sam Oldham’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oldham93?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet&igsh=ZDNlZDc0MzIxNw==

    Sam Oldham's Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-sam-oldham-podcast/id1670206588
    Confident Gymnast Camp AUG 3rd-4th 2024 BREAK THROUGH FEAR & MENTAL BLOCKS 
    Expert mental coaches decode fears in real-timeParent Session reinforces roles & solutionsExpert gymnastics coaches customize drills & break down skillsMax 5:1 ratioRedwood Empire Gymnastics, Petaluma, CAwww.confidentgymnast.com
    Struggling with fears, mental blocks, or confidence? Click the link to get a FREE session with one of our experts to tackle your challenges together! completeperformance.as.me/consult
    Learn exactly what to say and do to guide your athlete through a mental block with my new book "Parenting Through Mental Blocks" Order your copy today: https://a.co/d/g990Bur

    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/complete_performance/
    Join my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/completeperformancecoaching/
    Check out my website: https://completeperformancecoaching.com/

    Write to me! Email: rebecca@completeperformancecoaching.com

    Ready to help your athlete overcome fears and mental blocks while gaining unstoppable confidence? Discover the transformative power of PerformHappy now. If your athlete is struggling or feeling left behind, it's time for a change. Are you ready? For more info and to sign up: PerformHappy.com

    • 57 min
    Helping Keep Kids in Sports with D1 Gymnast Kirsten Medeiros

    Helping Keep Kids in Sports with D1 Gymnast Kirsten Medeiros

    Today on the Perform Happy Podcast join me for an inspiring chat with Kirsten Medeiros, a former D1 gymnast, coach, and dedicated mom. She's the force behind a nonprofit ensuring every child, regardless of financial challenges, can pursue their sports dreams.

    Kirsten shares wisdom from her gymnastics journey, discussing discipline, empathy, and valuable life lessons. As a gymnastics mom, she understands the hurdles families face. Her nonprofit dismantles financial barriers, fostering inclusivity and talent growth.

    Discover the story behind Kirsten's initiative – born out of a need for a charity dedicated to keeping kids in sports. It's not just about physical benefits but nurturing personal growth, resilience, and life skills through sports.

    Tune in to hear Kirsten's insights on creating stability for kids during crises and the inclusive approach of her initiative. A mission to make a difference in as many kids' lives as possible.

    In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Kirsten Medeiros talk about:

    Nurturing Passion, Overcoming Challenges, and Finding Empowerment in Sports.

    How to Navigate Emotional Struggles, Overcome Financial Barriers, and Foster Resilience.

    What is the Lineup Foundation Charity?

    Balancing being a Sports Parent with Self-Care, Embracing Failure and Seeking Support.

    The Lineup Foundation Website: https://www.thelineupfoundation.com/

    The Lineup Foundation Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lineupfoundation
    Confident Gymnast Camp AUG 3rd-4th 2024 BREAK THROUGH FEAR & MENTAL BLOCKS 
    Expert mental coaches decode fears in real-timeParent Session reinforces roles & solutionsExpert gymnastics coaches customize drills & break down skillsMax 5:1 ratioRedwood Empire Gymnastics, Petaluma, CAwww.confidentgymnast.com
    Struggling with fears, mental blocks, or confidence? Click the link to get a FREE session with one of our experts to tackle your challenges together! completeperformance.as.me/consult
    Learn exactly what to say and do to guide your athlete through a mental block with my new book "Parenting Through Mental Blocks" Order your copy today: https://a.co/d/g990Bur

    Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/complete_performance/
    Join my FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/completeperformancecoaching/
    Check out my website: https://completeperformancecoaching.com/

    Write to me! Email: rebecca@completeperformancecoaching.com

    Ready to help your athlete overcome fears and mental blocks while gaining unstoppable confidence? Discover the transformative power of PerformHappy now. If your athlete is struggling or feeling left behind, it's time for a change. Are you ready? For more info and to sign up: PerformHappy.com

    • 32 min

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4.9 out of 5
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A must for competitive athletes

Best recommendation I’ve ever gotten for my athletes. We’re only 3 in and it is such eye opening info for both myself as a supporting role and for helping my kids to understand the mind connection in their training and performance. So grateful for this!

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Rebecca’s podcast is fantastic! She has diverse guests and each episode is full of positive energy.

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Solid Insights for Parents

I was recently a guest on Rebecca's posdcast and it was such a wonderful experience. She is a great hostess, thoroughly prepared and knowledgable on the topics addressed as well as able to add great insights. I was blown away by how fast our time together FLEW by!

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