We all have weaknesses … even super heroes! It’s hard to imagine Felix Baumgartner, the man affectionately known as “Fearless Felix” would suffer from claustrophobia when inside his pressurised jump suit required for his world record-breaking sky dive from 39 kms above the earth. Fortunately, he was able to overcome it with some help from psychologists and SCHUHFRIED’s training system.As we know, Felix also became the first human to break the sound barrier without the use of a vehicle (thanks gravity!) reaching an incredible mach 1.25 or 1357.64 km/h. So how does a man capable of such extraordinary feats and bravery overcome a challenge that threatened his safety and mission success? Of course Felix has a strong personality and behavioural style that is up for a challenge and he is naturally the type of person who faces his fears. That’s about half the battle but it’s still not enough when so much is at stake. As Felix said, “Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home.”
As part of his training and preparation program prior to the big jump, Felix undertook training using SCHUHFRIED‘s Biofeedback training system. Thanks to professional help and mental training, the extreme athlete got over his inhibition. This demonstrates how targeted training programs can overcome an identified human deficit. Training programs must be tailored to a specific deficit to achieve meaningful results and progress. In many cases where specific deficits exist, generalised training has been shown to cause performance to actually deteriorate rather than improve.
SCHUHFRIED’s training tools are developed by prominent cognitive and rehabilitation scientists and specific training programs are always developed in the light of relevant up-to-date scientific literature. Furthermore, training programs are only offered for cognitive, perceptual and psychomotor functions that are scientifically proven to be trainable.
We’d like to think that helping Felix overcome his weakness, contributed in some part to giving him the inspiration and confidence when he said just before making the big jump, “I know the whole world is watching, and I wish the whole world could see what I see. Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.”
We think Felix is an absolute legend and what a great honour it was for SCHUHFRIED to be involved in his training and preparation program.
Download: BioFeedback Catalogue SCHUHFRIED