G.U.T.S. believes in a comprehensive approach to training, which means not only training your body physically, but also mentally and emotionally. This includes empowering athletes, building on their strengths and providing them with the essential mental tools essential for gaining an upper edge, reaching peak performance and improving their athletic experience.
Ashley Anderson Owner/Lead Consultant
M.A. Sport & Performance Psychology
Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Performance & Resilience Specialist
Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Consultant
USATF Level I Certified Coach
Ashley has a passion for working with athletes to help them reach their optimal performance and improve the quality of athletic experience, which is inspired by her own running background.
Ashley ran Division I cross country and track for Central Michigan University, earning All Conference honors. Ashley continues to run competitively and is currently focused on marathon. Being a competitive athlete she realizes the way an athlete thinks and how they mentally prepare can have a tremendous impact on their performances. This inspired her to pursue her M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology.
Ashley received her BS in psychology from Central Michigan University and her M.A. in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. She has also been certified as a Level 3 Master Resilience Trainer from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Certified Sport Psychology consultant from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
She specializes in working with endurance athletes and has extensive experience working with athletes of all ages and abilities. In addition, she is a Performance Enhancement Specialist with the U.S. Armys Comprehensive Solider Fitness Performance & Resilience Enhancement Program. In this capacity, she works with Soldiers and their families on increasing their personal and professional performances, as well as teaching skills that will promote psychosocial health and overall well-being. Through her work with the Army she also had the opportunity to work with the Ft. Bliss Army 10 Miler Team and the Ft. Bliss Wheelchair Basketball Team.The 4 Common Myths of Sport Psychology
The athlete must be a head case if they are working with a sport psychology consultant.
The word psychology often has a negative stigma associated with it in our society, so many people feel that working and sport psychology consultant means that there is something wrong with them. However, the truth is all of us have areas that we can work on both physically and mentally to improve ourselves and our game.
Mental training is only important for elite or professional athletes.
Research has shown that using mental training is important and beneficial for all levels of athletes. Mental training is about helping you get the most out of your training, increase your enjoyment of the sport, and become the best athlete you can be. Also, the skills learned will transfer to improve other aspects of your life.
Mental training or working with a sport psychology expert is only for slump busting or used as a last resort when all else fails.
This is the most common time a team or athlete calls upon a sport psychology consultant, but taking a proactive approach to mental training can help you to perform more consistently, provide you with the tools necessary to effectively deal with difficult situations you may face and prevent slumps or burnout from occurring.
Mental Training is a quick fix.
You can't expect to be fit by only training once a week or practicing the night before your competition, so the same standards apply to becoming mentally fit. The brain is a muscle too and just like all the other muscle in your body you have to train it in order for it to become strong. Therefore, mental training takes dedication and practice, and to get your mind to work for you, it needs to become a key component of you daily training schedule.