In the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘performance’ is defined as ‘the action or process of performing a task or function’. It goes on to add that it is a ‘task or operation seen in terms of how successfully it is performed’ and also it is ‘the capabilities of a machine, product, or vehicle’.
I like to use the third definition when thinking about sportsmen and women. When we put our minds to something, how capable can we be? What can our bodies, our very own personal machines achieve? Can we accomplish the tasks that we set ourselves? Can we exceed our own limits and expectations?
ALP stands for so much more than Alpine Lifestyle and Performance. Our core performance values at ALP are:
Aim: Set your goals. Have direction. Be clear about what you want to achieve.
Learn: Study, practice and analyse your journey.
Perservere: Keep going and train smartly. Success takes many hours of hard work and we learn best from mistakes that we make along the way.
We often think of performance in sports in terms of the elite. We can measure it through competitions and races where the end result is defined and quantifiable. To achieve this, athletes usually tailor their training towards a specific goal.
However, we should think of performance at all levels of sport and fitness. It is achievable by everyone at some level. Even recreational athletes and weekend warriors aim to improve their endurance, technique or time and this is achieved through enhancing our own capabilities.
So many factors influence performance at all levels of sport and it is by analysing these individual components that we can identify where improvements are needed. We can then make changes and implement strategies to improve performance. Factors may be environmental, psychological, physical, related to equipment and coaching.
We have classed our performance blogs into three main sections: