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Jami Tikkanen  I'm a Strength, Movement & Conditioning coach inspired by humans willing to go beyond the ordinary.


It is rare for me to feel satisfied with how a competition weekend goes as I tend find myself focused on what I could have done better to support the athletes I work with.  This weekend, the Meridian Regionals were an exception. Not because there isn’t room to improve (there always is) but because of the exceptional results the athletes achieved through their efforts.
To say that the Meridian Regionals felt like a success as a coach would be an understatement.
for claiming your spots at @crossfitgames
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By far the most rewarding Regionals coaching weekend of my career. I have never felt happier for one the amazing human beings I've had the privilege to coach than I did in this moment for @frederikaegidius
Your hard work, dedication and perseverance paid off my friend!
There's a lot to be grateful for. More words about the last 3 weekends coming soon..

At @thetrainingplan we talk about the concept of “baseline wellness”. It is a mental model to think about your lifestyle and movement quality as an athlete. We are essentially answering the question “what will kill you first if you stop doing it”, and using this as a heuristic to deduce the simple disciplines that form the foundations of a successful practise (for both physical and cognitive performance).
1. Breath well
2. Hydrate well
3. Sleep well
4. Eat well
5. Move well
6. Chill well
As you can see, the first item on our list is to “breath well”. Pause for a moment and reflect “how long can I survive without breathing?”.
Our brains are wired for survival (through prediction) first, and performance comes only as a distant second. Air hunger (that sense of being out of air and needing a breath) is a primitive fear and is perceived as a survival threat. As such it is a strong signal to slow down or to stop until we feel safe again.  Learning to understand breathing, it’s effects on your blood chemistry, autonomic responses, energy production and performance as a whole is foundational to your understanding of yourself as an athlete. Most importantly, building knowledge and understanding allows for application that can enhance not only your sports but life performance as well.
Understanding is gained through knowledge, experience and reflection.
If you are interested in understanding how you can do more with your breathing, go check out #artofbreath by @iamunscared and @preparetoperform

This sign made me reflect on what we tend to notice as athletes:

Too often, as we look around at the gym, in a competition or while scrolling through social media, we focus our attention on the result. More precisely, the results of the other athletes: their new PBs/PRs in training and success in competitions. We compare these results to ours, and think less of ourselves if our accomplishments don't match theirs. This is not important.

What is important is The Work. Instead of observing the results, observe the work that these athletes are putting in. Not "what" they are doing but "how" they are doing it. Their attitude, their approach, their discipline and daily practise. This is how they got those results. If you want the results, you must first develop your practise.

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I had the opportunity to sit down with @wemovemagazine to discuss my views and philosophy on movement. In this clip, we are talking about the creative opportunity that the athletes have in competitions

I see competition as an opportunity for the athlete to bring out the very best in themselves and to challenge others around them to do the same. Simply winning, without your best effort, is not success. Success at that moment is to push yourself to your limits, to your best performance, regardless of the others. If you do so, then the others will only have one choice to make: to follow your lead and find the very best in themselves or to perish in the mediocrity of “good enough” performance. You can only choose for yourself.
While the goal of training is to prepare and that of competing is to win (however you define it) they both represent opportunities to grow as an athlete and more importantly as a human being. Seizing those opportunities in all their forms is the essence of why we do sport: to become who we want to be.
Competition is the path, not the destination.

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If you want to learn to understand and maximise your performance on the rower, @cameronnicholgb is your man.
If you need to improve your rowing, you can find his work @rowingwod and as part of our Open preparation plan @thetrainingplan

Had a good time with the guys from @themindmuscleproject sharing some of my training philosophy and other thoughts for the first time.
If you're interested in better understanding the conceptual foundations behind @thetrainingplan this one is for you.

Hope you enjoy it!

#Repost @themindmuscleproject
"If you look at movement, in a sense it's complex but it's really simple. You have a START position a FINISH position and TRANSITION in between." Ep 109 - Jami Tikkanen, CEO and founder of The Training Plan.

It's been a long time coming, but Jami is finally on the project! We talk all things training, coaching and programming and what the small differences are that cause the biggest improvements for the top CrossFit athletes.
Download and Listen link in bio.

Casual evening @crossfitreykjavik

Kyoto cold drip at @cafe_demitasse
One of the best cups of coffee you'll ever have.

Yet another @crossfitgames season is behind us.  Thank you @thedavecastro and everyone else who came together to create this opportunity for the athletes to test themselves.

The season has been long and we’ve put in more work than ever to support @thetrainingplan athletes in their journey. Now it is time to recover, reflect and uncover the lessons from this years Games and Regionals in preparation for the upcoming season.
I am proud of all @thetrainingplan athletes competing at this years @crossfitgames : @anniethorisdottir (13th), she will be back stronger than ever in 2017, @hogberglukas (14th), his highest finish at the CrossFit Games so far, @bk_gudmundsson (8th), established himself as one of the top male CF athletes in the world with his 2nd top 10 finish in 2 consecutive years. in 2017 the eyes will be on the podium, @mitchsinnamon (37th), 1st but not the last Games for this guy. @crossfitnordvest (5/6 athletes) 12th in their rookie year at the Games.
Big thank you to @crossfitsb_torrance for providing a place to train in LA,  @frederikaegidius for his coaching help with the athletes, @mobilitymatt for keeping the athletes bodies healthy @darrenellis75 for nutrition support, @mr_glutes for his programming support through the year, @mypowersupply for providing the athletes with delicious meals in LA, @thekennykane for his friend/mentorship, @brianmackenzie for helping us with running and swimming prep in LA,  @nwr_productions for his excellent work and commitment to @crossfitnordvest team, @crossfituppsala for helping @hogberglukas at the Games and Regionals, and finally @frankienewall for putting up with me and dealing with the logistics.

It takes a village to get the athletes to the Games so huge thank you to everyone who has been part of this project in 2016 (you know who you are). After 6 years of coaching athletes at @crossfitgames, we are just getting started, the journey will continue in 2017..

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