The Craft: Andy Walshe on Human Performance

Freddie Luchterhand-Dare
May 25, 2023

In our newest episode of The Craft, Hian speaks to Andy Walsh on the topics of improving human performance, handling pressure and collecting data on human performance.

Andy Walshe is an esteemed performance consultant and expert in the field of human performance. With a background in sports science and psychology, Walshe has dedicated his career to understanding and optimizing human potential in various domains.

Walshe has worked extensively with elite athletes, teams, and organizations across multiple sports disciplines, including but not limited to professional cycling, golf, skiing, and motorsports. His expertise lies in helping athletes and teams achieve peak performance by employing a holistic approach that combines physical training, mental conditioning, and cutting-edge technology. Throughout his career, Walshe has collaborated with renowned sports organizations, such as the Red Bull High Performance program, where he served as the Director of High Performance. In this role, he was responsible for designing and implementing innovative performance strategies to enhance athletes' abilities and push the boundaries of human achievement.

Walshe's work extends beyond the realm of sports. He has also lent his expertise to industries such as entertainment, business, and the military, where he has helped individuals and organizations optimize their performance and reach their goals.

Here are some key takeaways from their conversation: 

  • The number one element of talent is having a purpose.

Having a mission-driven perspective is critical in inspiring people to get better, which is a key marker of those with top talent.

  • Being able to identify triggers is important in handling pressure.

Handling pressure is a skill that can be mastered. There are breathing techniques that can help one relax after recognising their stressors to prevent it from becoming a problem.

  • You have to get worse to get better.

Improvements are non linear. As Andy says, after you train, you get worse, you recover, you get a little better, and then you train again. Improvement plateaus over time, and over a long period of time, minute improvements take much effort to achieve.

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