The MA Zones

Understanding the Mental Agility Zones
Every athlete begins and ends their day as a human being.  Human beings are empowered and encumbered by the same types of events and dynamics as athletes.   In the MA world, we focus on two very distinct zones:

  • The Proximity Zone  covers the people, problems and events that you cannot escape.  They are present in your daily or weekly life and the touch points are very close to you.   Some examples would be your teammates, coaches, spouse, finances, injuries, etc.
  • The Peripheral Zone – covers the people, problems and events that you can escape, even if you feel that this is not true.  This zone extends to cover social media, relatives, colleagues, friends, former teammates, coaches and almost everything else that may touch your life.

The management of these zones, will determine an athletes ability to reach their top 10%, or their A-Game, on a consistent basis.    Mental Agility training was designed to ensure athletes can always remain in their top 10%.  Naturally, every athlete’s focus should be to achieve their top 1% of their ability. However, 10% is realistic for your bottom range of performance, if you are MA trained.


We draw parallels to fighter jets (body) and fighter pilots (mind) to connect athletes to the true performance experience.


Additional Areas of Focus

  • MA Zones – including Proximity and Peripheral.
  • Behavioral issues (e.g., substance abuse, problem gambling, over training and under-recovery, coping with media pressure)
  • Mental health challenges (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body dysmorphia)
  • Trauma (e.g., catastrophic career-ending injuries, physical and sexual abuse)
  • Identity and self-image (e.g., existential concerns, career transitions)
  • Relationship problems (e.g., athlete-coach, athlete-family, intra-team player relationships)