Creating Space to Perform

In a moment that requires us to be physically and mentally present in order to complete a task we must have the capacity to meet the demands. What if we don’t have that capacity? We’re physically there, but mentally we’re somewhere else. This means we’re not complete with a situation that we either have or have no control over. Regardless, we have to find a way to come complete with that situation in order to perform optimally in the physical moment.

These destractions can make or a break a moment. Can set us back. What I really want to say is that I struggle with this everyday. It’s a life challenge built on years of work of trying to make something out of apparently nothing. It’s like playing in a puddle of mud that is just thick enough to make something, but not dry enough for it to hold.

What does it mean to create space?


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What happens when a single night sleep rips it all apart?

Wake up grateful for another day to take a deep breath and do it right. Learning from the night before.

I have chosen to not answer those two questions I posed, because I want to read your thoughts, ideas, what’s worked, what hasn’t worked. I learn just as much from you as I hope you learn from me.

This is all about building community.

Published by: Coach DanielH

Daniel Heller is a strength and conditioning coach, working in the field since 2007 where he began as an intern at Hope’s Gym in Monroe, Washington. In 2009, a month after graduating from Bastyr University, Daniel became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since then, he has served as a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, helping athletes from youth through college level in ice hockey, figure skating, mountain biking, football, and motocross. He works closely with each athlete’s physical therapists and doctors to ensure safety and performance improvement. In 2013, Daniel received the designation of Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the NSCA. On the side Daniel was the exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology consultant for the Advanced Products Development Team at Oakley Inc. He is the Cofounder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Seattle Institute of Athletic Performance providing Functional Movement Screens, corrective exercises, athletic performance programs, as well as educating athletes and parents on the importance of Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and practice of heads up sports. Daniel’s passion for strength and conditioning stems from his days as a competitive ice hockey player and mountain biker, aside from the many recreational sports he participates in. He is the true strength & conditioning coach for competitive youths aiming for long careers as athletes but also the weekend warriors that train during the week to stay safe on the weekends. In 2015, Daniel took a year break from coaching in Seattle, Washington to pursue his dream of acquiring a masters degree. He returned to Seattle in September 2016 with a Masters of Science in Strength & Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for a year. By immersing himself in the cycling community of Scotland, he was inspired to focus his dissertation on competitive cyclists from varying disciplines where he researched a potential method of improving stationary sprint start performance. He is excited to return to coaching mountain biking combining his childhood passion with his academic and applied expertise.

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