Making the Right Moves: Amanda Robinson

Amanda Robinson (27) is a professional dancer, model, and fitness trainer in the New York City metropolitan area. She has made several television and film appearances including roles with actress Amy Schumer in the movie, Trainwreck and Will Smith on The Tonight Show, a performance on Saturday Night Live, and the lead role in the music video to R. Kelly’s song, “Cookie.” Robinson, who specializes in all styles of dance, has also been casted in theater performances with the School of American Ballet and served as a member of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets’ dance team (Brooklynettes) from 2011-2016, including two years as captain. 

Amanda discusses her experiences as a dancer, how she prepares mentally for performances, and the importance of health and positive body image.

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The Road to Rio: Colton Brown

Colton Brown, 25, is ranked 20th in the world in the men’s judo 90-kilogram division. Brown, who reached the Round of 16 at this summer’s Olympics and served as the USA’s team captain, is a 3-time NCAA national champion, 5-time national medalist, 21-time international medalist and 9-time world cup medalist.

Colton discusses his journey with judo including his initial reluctancy to participate in the sport, his experience competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and how working with a sport psychologist benefited his performance during challenging times.

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Rob Polishook: More Than An Athlete. Person First, Everytime!

Rob Polishook, MA., CPC is the founder of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, TennisChannel.com and ESPN. He has a Master’s degree from Seton Hall University in Psychological Studies with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is also a certified professional life coach, an author, an adjunct professor at Seton Hall and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. As a mental training coach, he works with hundreds of athletes and teams worldwide from junior players to professionals. (Polishook, 2015)

Rob, discusses his approach to Sport Psychology and describes the paradox of accepting the notion “More than an athlete, person first every time!” in order to achieve peak performance.

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Two-Track Minded: Trae Proctor

Trae Proctor is a dual-sport threat, having dominated in both Track & Field and BMX racing during his athletic career. While running Division I track for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Proctor was a seven-time America East Conference champion in the hurdles and made two NCAA Regional appearances. While racing bikes, Proctor won countless amateur races, including two national championships and four world championships, and eventually reached professional status.

Trae discusses his experiences with both sports, including how he started, motivations, successes, and challenges.

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Keeping Your HEAD Up: Lauren Chase

Lauren Chase played Division I basketball at George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C. from 2012-2015. Chase graduated from GW with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a masters degree in Counseling with a concentration in Traumatic Head Injury. She also led her team to two Atlantic 10 conference championships and two NCAA tournament appearances.

Lauren, who suffered three concussions within two years, discusses her injury experience including physical limitations, mental struggles, and recovery.

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