What makes the SportExcel high-performance program different from other programs?
We make no apologies for talking about pursuing winning in our program. It is what athletes (and parents and coaches) want - for both sport and scholarships. However, we put a high-performance spin on winning—we encourage our athletes to set “unrealistic” goals—because that way it keeps their game growing, as most athletes don’t know how good they can become.
And to that end, we give our athletes the tools to overcome almost any block to their success. And do you know what? With our approach of setting “unrealistic” goals, one athlete just gold-medaled at the Tokyo Olympics. And five others who got to play on that big stage came very close.
Athletes learn a concise, to-the-point system with specific strategies to improve their game now and in the long term. After every strategy video or session, our expectation is that our athletes’ games will improve.
Our athletes prefer an educational approach because they don’t get caught up in the rigidity of psychology, with emotions and being assessed. They learn the Zone with high-performance strategies as easily as they learn how to add 1 + 1.
"Bob's training gives athletes the same great system that I learned. Every pro or aspiring athlete can benefit from learning it — for sport, work, and life."
— HANNAH TETER, 3X Olympian - Gold and Silver Medalist, X-Games medalist, former professional snowboarder
How does enrolling in the ZoneQuest online course differ from working 1-on-1 with high-performance trainer, Bob Palmer?
1-on-1 Coaching Program
Bob immensely enjoys the 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring of his students in over 40 different sports and on six continents. He tailors each coaching session to be applicable to their specific high-performance requirements and gives immediate feedback and strategies for success.
Most importantly, Bob is available to back up his athletes with short calls when they need help – whether that is in training, competition or competition debrief. As a result of the success of his athletes using his system, most of our clients come by referral.
If you are self-motivated or have a parent to help you, the ZoneQuest online course has all the same tools for you to be successful. It is the more cost-effective version of Bob’s 1-on-1 training and is accessible 24/7. Here are some of the benefits:
1) Self-paced. Learn on your time with year-long access to ten modules, 63 dynamic videos, Bob’s book – A Mind to Win in eBook, plus access to Bob’s Knowledge Locker Resource Library of articles, podcasts, and videos.
2) 24/7 accessibility. There is no need for appointments as the program can be accessed from any device, at any time.
3) World-class system with strategies found nowhere else. Based on our athletes’ success (podiums and scholarships), we believe that this video program is currently the best on the market.
4) Unbeatable value. ZoneQuest is priced to make high-performance accessible and affordable to athletes around the world. It's almost one-tenth of the price of 1-on-1 sessions with Bob.
5) Continuity. You can access the video program from year to year by paying a simple, low-cost renewal fee. And you will use it for problem-solving and sometimes just to get supercharged before a competition.
6) Chunking. Smaller bits of information are delivered to you at regular intervals that allow athletes to understand and digest information more easily.
7) Fun. The online program will give you more knowledge, information, and practical applications on high performance than most professionals know.
8) Shared platform. Parents and their athletes get on the same page in order to know what is needed for preparing, playing, and debriefing any given practice, game, or competition.
Doesn't an athlete’s sport coach cover high performance?
Theoretically, coaches are responsible for providing answers and/or resources related to high performance, but most athletes have to figure it out for themselves. The number of coaches who actually understand high performance is very limited. Even at well-resourced colleges and on professional teams, high performance is often relegated to a few visualizations and a PowerPoint.
SportExcel’s high-performance coaching and online courses work seamlessly with an athlete’s other training systems. And athletes who make Bob a part of their team, often call Bob their “secret weapon” and their “game-changer”! It’s the complete package.
"I consider the SportExcel system to be my most valuable competition asset. It is better than any equipment or technique that I have. The system ties together my equipment, my training, and my skills. It is the ignition to the machine."
— John Pettibone, Competitive athlete, USA
Why do some coaches sometimes dismiss high-performance training and systems?
Often it is a lack of knowledge or bad experiences with various approaches. Very few coaches have knowledge of the Zone and the notion that it should be automatic. When they played sports, the Zone was usually hit and miss, and, as a result, they have the belief that it will always be hit and miss.
As for delivery, they think of high performance as psychology and that brings a high level of suspicion and a stigma. Athletes don’t want to be assessed and don’t want talk therapy to discuss their problems. They need strategies to get their game on track.
And, as SportExcel delivers strategy and systems, taught by a high-performance expert with an educational and systems background, not psychology, our coaches love it and are a huge source of referrals for us, because we deliver.
"This is the revolutionary aspect of Bob's program. It helps you change your mind and your physiology by using the Zone experience as the central focus of your everyday activities."
SARA GROSS, PhD, Professional Ironman / Triathlon competitor | First place - Ironman Brazil | Coach and Owner - Mercury Rising
When is the best time for me to enroll myself or my child?
The earliest age we recommend is age 14, but we have had earlier enrolments when parents also attend the coaching session. Whether started early or later in life, the Zone and the system are designed for immediate changes in performance, where the Zone becomes automatic and performance improvements are ongoing.
If you are looking for the advantage in earning a scholarship or wanting to make the cut or aspire to become a professional or Olympian, give us a call and we’ll set you on your path.
"She is a completely different player since working with Bob. In the last tournament, she scored half of the team's goals. She has more confidence and fun and has developed a scoring touch."
PARENT - Competitive teen hockey player
Will this program get me or my child an Olympic medal or pro career?
SportExcel gives your athletes all the skills he or she needs to know to attain a career in sports. But we all know that much more is needed in terms of the athlete’s physiology, coaching, financial investment, parenting, physical fitness, etc.
However, when your game is blocked by frustration, anger, loss of skillfulness, intimidation, or just plain bewilderment, this is the program for you in order to rise above all of that for the sport advantage.
I’ve got other coaches to pay for and equipment to buy. How critical is their high-performance game?
You have to be the judge here. If your athlete would have more fun and be better able to deal with frustration, anger, bullying, intimidation, skill development, difficult academic subjects, leadership, and, oh yes, be way more consistent by being in the Zone, how would that change their game? And your parenting one?
Is it too late if we are already halfway through a season?
No. It’s never too late! If you or your child are already well into the season, it is often the best time to learn the SportExcel system as you’ll see concrete changes and be able to immediately apply them. And you’ll have a mentor in Bob Palmer or the videos of ZoneQuest for reinforcement.
"That was it. I was the champion. My dream came true. The rush was unlike anything else I had ever felt in my life. Because of my training with Bob Palmer, I had the confidence not to push things and to relax during the moments of high intensity. That medal goes out to my teammates, my coaches, my family, and, of course, Bob Palmer."
MICHAEL ROWBOTHAM, Wrestler
How do you gauge athlete success?
Importantly, we measure success by how many of our clients win, by how much more satisfied they are with their high-performance game, and by their resiliency to continue to grow. Our job is to train athletes to perform in the Zone as a default mode, in a continuous, upward loop of performance excellence. We do not post the successes of our athletes unless they allow us to mention them on Instagram or Facebook. So check out our social media pages.
"Stoked…cool…awesome…unfair advantage…it gives me the edge...fun…a secret weapon...wow...I wish I knew this when I was a kid....
These are just some of the words that our clients use to describe the SportExcel Zone approach to winning and the overall experience they have had. The Zone is like that. It's fun, empowering, and theirs for life, and that is the experience that all our clients share.
Do you have to be a superstar athlete to work with SportExcel?
No, although many of our athletes have gone on to become superstars! But you (or your child) do have to have passion for the game, a will to win and a desire to have fun.
How do I know if I am good enough to play my sport and not waste my money or time?
High performance with the SportExcel system is never a waste of time. You will use it in your sport, in school, in your work and for the rest of your life. The SportExcel system cannot be contained to just one area of your life!
Are your services covered by insurance?
Possibly, as we are professional educators but it is unlikely as we are a skills-based program and not therapy. Just as you are unable to claim skills-based coaches in batting (baseball), skating (hockey) or putting (golf), we teach high performance as a critical toolkit of skills. And our athletes prefer it that way as there is no stigma.
"The knowledge that I have gained from him has helped me to realize my ultimate dream."