Timing Training Cases
An Accountant Who Wanted More Focus
An Accountant took our synchronization training to improve her work focus and concentration. She achieved the kinds of results she wanted on the job, but was surprised about the changes in her recreational running.
A couple of months after finishing her training with us, she wrote us to about her running results. Three times a week she runs either 5km or 10km. She told us that she is not running harder or trying to run faster, but she has shaved minutes off her runs.
When the brain and the body are synchronized properly, movements become streamlined and with less wasted movement there is less wasted energy. When the brain and body are properly synchronized and wasted movements are streamlined out, more of the energy is focused on speed.
Volleyball (HS & University)
A business acquaintance contacted me about his daughter. She was a high school student who was highly focused and motivated about playing volleyball. She was a good player and needed a little improvement in several parts of her game to be able to get a university athletic scholarship for volleyball. She was entering her Junior year in high school and had the Summer to improve her game.
I worked with her remotely for a few weeks and she continued practicing the exercises on her own for a couple more months. She improved her timing to a high level and this improved her basic skills including speed, reaction time, accuracy, timing, and mental stamina. Her volleyball skills of spikes, blocks, serving, and setting up all improved dramatically.
She obtained a full-ride four-year athletic scholarship to an Ivy League university and performed there until graduation. That school won multiple regional and national championships during her time on that team.
Annual Marksmanship Qualification
A police Lieutenant was concerned about his annual marksmanship qualification. He always tested a little below the acceptable threshold for this requirement. He was able to take the test multiple timers until he passed the threshold each year.
His superiors thought that he might benefit from our timing training.
After he had completed most of the training program he was not able to attend for several sessions because of the intensity of his workload. When he returned for his last session, he was very excited because he had passed his marksmanship qualification the day before.
This qualification test was the one we see in movies and TV, where the candidate walks down a street and doors and windows open showing posters with good guys or bad guys with weapons.
The candidate must shoot the bad guys and not shoot the good guys. The candidate’s test is timed and the candidate loses points for shooting a good guy, missing a bad guy, taking too much time responding to a window or door showing a bad guy, and taking too much time on the firearms course overall. The course requires that the candidate eject an emptied clip and insert a fresh clip during the test and the candidate is penalized in reaction time if they pull the trigger on an empty clip.
Because of our training, our police Lieutenant client had passed his weapons qualification with a score of 98 (on a scale of 100). He told me he had not been anxious or nervous about taking the test. During the firearms course, he ejected the empty clip and inserted a fresh one without having consciously counted the rounds he had fired. The only penalty he received was for missing one of the bad guys and having to fire twice at that target.
Nine-Year Veteran MLB Baseball Player
A nine year professional in-fielder with a successful MLB franchise in the Mid-West was facing Free Agency at the end of the 2004 season. He was batting just over .200 after the first month of the season and he needed to improve his batting average to have a change of being picked up or being extended by his team.
He started our synchronizing training and did not finish it. Many times he would perform the practice before a game and that helped him improve his playing skills for that day.
Without completing the training, he was able to improve his batting average for the year to around .250 and he was picked up be another team for an additional 2 years.
South American Soccer
We worked with an adolescent soccer player in a South American club. We took him through the complete training and he achieved excellent results.
He had been playing defense in that club since he was in baby-futbol. He progressed up through the ranks until he became a pro with this traditionally second-division team.
As a teenager we asked him about his play as he moved through his synchronization training with us. After the second week he was recognizing an improvement in his passing and his running speed. After the third week he told me that he had started to see opposing players moving in slow motion.
After the fourth week, he told us that he was finding it easy to reach in with his foot and take the ball away without making a fault (because they were playing slowly). After the fifth week he admitted that he didn’t have much chance for taking the ball away, because the other team didn’t bring the ball into defensive area for the whole game.
Within two years his team was promoted to the first division and his team moved up to first division his first year. His team has stayed in the middle of the first division for the past 10 years. He still plays defense, but because of his speed and accuracy, he is now making goals. He is now his team Captain and is talking about retiring.
High School Baseball Pitcher
We were asked to help a high school pitcher improve his focus and concentration to raise his academic performance. He completed the training in 6 weeks during the Summer before his 11th grade school year.
His coordination improved as well as his focus and concentration. His academic performance improved and he had 4.0 as his grade average for the last two years of high school. His classroom behavior improved because he was no longer distracted by the behavior of others.
He attended multiple baseball showcases between his 11th and 12th grade. He was offered scholarships with multiple universities.
During his last two years on the high school baseball team, he batting average was ~500.
Golf (Teaching Pro)
After Vijay Singh completed a similar athletic synchronization training during the Christmas break of 2002-2003, his golf performance improved to the point where he overtook Tiger Woods as number 1 PGA golfer within two years.
We had a chance to explore these kinds of golf results with a local teaching golf pro. He completed the training in 5 weeks and we were disappointed to learn that he was so busy teaching that he did not get out on the links to play golf during any of this training time. So, he had no report for us about his own golf performance.
But, he did report that all of his students improved dramatically.
One of the attributes of this training is that it increases the number of frames per second the person processes. The more frames you can see, the more precise your visual acuity and the more you see in the movements of people and objects.
This golf pro had more than doubled the frames he saw in his student’s swing. With this change, he had a lot more precise information about their swings and he could teach more precisely how to improve their performance. So, his students improved dramatically, because he was able to see more of what the were doing.
A South American Lawyer – Entrepreneur
This South American lawyer wanted to improve his golf game. He was 65 and had been playing golf for 40 years. He had a handicap of 30 and had never been able to improve on that. When he had taken golf lessons over the years, he was never able to implement anything from those lessons and his play never improved.
He took our synchronization training and within 12 months his handicap was 19. He made that improvement without any golf lessons. He simply had better synchronization between his brain and his body and his body gave him better results on the links.
In the 12 years since he took that training, he has retired from work and is playing golf more regularly. On average, he is now reducing his handicap by 2-3 strokes per year.
He is not driven to improve his golf game. He is approaching this with curiosity. He wonders what will happen as he goes to the links and he is usually pleasantly surprised by his score.
Figure Skating (Amateur)
An Eight Year Old Figure Skater
This child had been taking figure skating lessons for 5 years when she came for synchronization training, because her coach had indicated that she would not be able to make any more progress in her training. As far as her coach was concerned, she had plateaued and had probably made all the progress she could make as a figure skater.
In the second week of her training, her mother came to me and complained that her child was falling on the ice and was tripping on her skates. We continued the synchronization training and by the next week she was performing okay again. When she graduated from our training, she was making progress and was learning and performing better than she had ever done before.
Compensations and Adaptations
When your body is not very well synchronized with your brain, and the activity you are doing requires more synchronization than you can deliver, your brain builds compensations and adaptations. You brain figures out how to make your body do the activity, even if you are not able to do it with good form or timing.
This child’s compensations for her poor synchronizations were no longer working well after she started having better synchronizations. With better synchronization, those compensations and adaptations were actually interfering with good performance instead of producing good performance.
Ice Hockey (HS)
High School Ice Hockey Goalie
We worked with a high school ice hockey goalie to improve his academic performance. We were successful in getting his academic performance elevated. His test scores improved and his homework became easier and faster for him.
As we were finishing the synchronization training, his mother started talking about his improvement as a goalie. She told us that he had progressed to the point where he was now catching an incoming puck without looking in the direction the puck was coming from. His reaction time and accuracy was significantly improved.
Recovery From Injury
A few months after he finished his training with us, the mother asked if he could have a refresher course. He had been injured and had recovered, but his play was not at the level he had attained with our training program.
He returned for a couple of weeks of training. After that, he was back in the form he had when he graduated from his synchronization training with us.
A University Football Player
Parents of a university student asked me to help their son improve coordination and reaction times. This young man had played football with his high school team, but when he got to university he was on the ‘team’ but was not allowed to suit up for games. He could not pass the two thresholds needed to suit up for games: 1) he could not run fast enough and 2) he could not pass the playbook test.
I worked with him in the first part of the Summer between his second and third year of university. He progressed very well. He was highly motivated and he achieved the numbers we normally see professional athletes achieve.
When he returned to the team for the Summer training, the coaches were amazed at his speed, coordination, and knowledge of the playbook. When he was tested for his speed, he was now the fastest lineman on the team. When he took the playbook test, he aced that test. So, for his 3rd and 4th year in university he played in every game.
For the first two years of University this young man had been with the football team, but had not been able to suit up for games. After his synchronization training, he was one of the most accomplished players on the team.
Tennis (Amateur Champion)
This young man had excelled at tennis in high school and university. His coaches talked with him about becoming a professional tennis player. But, he had to follow his father as a Lawyer and take over the family law practice in his South American country.
He continued in his intensive interest in tennis and played tennis at lunch several times per week. He would always choose to play with those who were better than himself. He constantly challenged himself to learn and improve his game.
He came to us for the synchronization training when he realized that he was not able to focus and concentrate as well as he wanted at work. At that time he was in his late 20s. He went through our training program in 6 weeks.
Over the course of our training program, he realized that those tennis players who would always beat him at tennis, were now losing to him. He still wanted to play tennis with those who were better than himself and as he continued improving his game through the training, the only players available to match this criteria were the ATP tennis pros who lived in his country. As he finished his training with us, he was playing as well as those tennis pros were playing.
He was able to improve his focus and concentration at work as a result of our training program. And, he dramatically improved his tennis game.
A few weeks after finishing his training with us he entered his country’s National Tennis Championship. He won this tournament and the prize was a slot in the qualifying rounds at Roland Garros: The French Open.
An International Businessperson
A European, living and working in South America, has been playing handball for a couple of decades. For many years, he had been the Second Place winner in his adopted South American country’s National Handball Tournament.
He took our synchronization training program and easily won over opponents against whom he almost never won. Now, in tournaments in Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina, he is beating opponents he had never been able to beat before. Now, he is the tournament winner more often than not.
Athletic Performance And “The Zone”
The Zone is often described as a time in sports when some aspect of a sport (ball, puck, player, or any other aspect of the game) seems to slow down or other wise change. For instance, the baseball hitter sees the ball slow down as it leave the pitcher’s hand. Or, the basketball hoop seems to become larger as a player shoots.
These perceived changes give the player a performance advantage in speed, reaction time, accuracy, or other aspect of the sport. Racquetball players tell us that the court changes dimension. Soccer players tell us the goal becomes larger and other players seems to slow down.
The Zone is a perceptual change which is common among those who go through our synchronization training.
An Old Research Project By The US Army
Before the Second World War, the US Army was trying to be more intelligent about its operations. The Army started using IQ testing to determine into which training path they would channel their new recruits.
They also wanted to know at which point in the basic training (boot camp) was the best time to introduce marksmanship training for the new recruits. Their research showed them that introducing marksmanship in the first week produced very poor results. And, their research showed that starting marksmanship in the last week did not give the recruits enough practice time to become proficient.
The result of the research was that the sixth week of the eight-week boot camp was the best time to introduce the marksmanship training. Until now, few people have been able to understand why the marksmanship training was less effective for the the new soldiers in earlier weeks of boot camp. What were those new soldiers learning in the first 5 weeks, which improved their marksmanship learning ability?
We understand what was happening, which made those new soldiers more steady and more accurate at that point in their boot camp. We bring those characteristics of synchronization into our training and we are able to improve a person’s ability to absorb the lessons of their training and coaching regimen.