About Nathan Last

Nathan is a passionate Mental Performance Trainer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He holds a Master of Science in Exercise & Sports Science with an Applied Psychosocial Aspects of Sport/Sport & Performance Psychology concentration. As the proud owner of Mental Grit Consulting, where he is dedicated to helping athletes, coaches, program directors, and parents of youth athletes attain their true performance potential in sport, school, and life. When he isn’t training athletes, Nate enjoys reading sci-fi, piloting drones, ceramic pottery and triathlon. (He has successfully completed numerous 70.3 Ironman Triathlons to date.) Most importantly, Nathan loves spending quality time with his lovely wife, children, and dogs.

Softball Mom! Parenting a Self Motivated Athlete

Do you consider yourself a 'softball mom' or any sport parent? This take a look at this article to help your athletes achieve greater self motivation! Parents, guess what? You must know at this point that you are one of the biggest influencers of your child's life than anybody else, especially if your child is under 11 years old. With this in mind, you have the power to help your athlete think about their athletic experience in a way that will encourage motivation, growth, and development. Before I get into this tactic of interacting with you child

By | 2017-11-27T13:24:38+00:00 November 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Indoor Cycling Training – The Body Check

Zwift provides a great space for training on the bike. It is indoors so the rider does not have to worry about weather, pot holes, vehicles, or other items completely out of their control. It simply takes all of the environmental variables out of the training and allows the rider to focus entirely on technique. Cadence, efficient stroke patterns, nutrition, and even strategic positioning in racing are a few technical examples of physical technique work. However, what about the mental aspect of cycling? As a mental skills trainer, I have found Zwift to be a unique tool

By | 2017-10-03T16:45:54+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Being Present

Take a moment right now and look at the people around you. Where are they? Are they being present, engaged in what is happening right now OR are they in their heads, working some problem they have in life or possibly worrying about something they have no control over? Are they in the future dreaming of the life they want for themselves and their families? As mental coaches, we talk a lot about this idea of being present in practice, competition, and engagement in sport and life as a whole. We talk about being ‘in the now’

By | 2017-09-27T15:08:45+00:00 September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Tools to Increase Effective Practice

A swimmer approached me a few months ago saying that she did not make any progress in practice over the 3 months leading up to her state meet. She was not seeing her times drop in practices and just didn’t believe that she could do anything substantial at the upcoming state meet. I asked her what she was working on at that point to help her go faster. She started going down the list of technique items for each stroke and a variety of strategy items. I asked her to start writing these down on a LARGE

By | 2017-09-18T15:06:12+00:00 September 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Mental Training Using Zwift

Let's be very clear here, training for any kind of long distance event is straight up difficult. Period. Now, having said this, as a mental skills trainer I am always working with athletes to stay motivated, focused, consistent, and confident in their abilities. I have trained in a slew of applied techniques to facilitate those critical attributes from my Masters at the University of Utah, however, very few were as effective as the combination of training on the Wahoo Kickr and Zwift. A bit of a background story I began my journey in Ironman Training and completion

By | 2017-11-06T11:35:10+00:00 September 6th, 2017|1 Comment

Utilizing Imagery to Prepare

Have you ever been able to see yourself perform some event in your mind's eye and event almost like replaying a movie on the DVR? What about the opposite looking into the future directing a movie of yourself performing before you play? If you have I might ask you if you see yourself from a bird's eye view or if the movie is being played through your own eyes. This ability we have to imagine (fantasy) or 'image' (realistic) our performance is something that I have found most helpful but I never realized until my masters' career in Ironman Triathlon

By | 2017-09-05T12:53:31+00:00 September 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Coeur d’Alene Ironman 140.6 – Reflection

My name is Nate Last and I am a mental skills trainer who works with athletes to develop their mental game in order to perform up to their physical potential. I train athletes the in’s and out’s of emotional control, focus & concentration, effective self-talk, imagery, and priming. Society could call me an ‘expert’, but really, I am just a very young professional in the work I do. I chose to train for an Ironman event just 18 months ago having never participated in endurance sports in my youth to prove my profession, my passion in the

By | 2017-08-30T12:26:33+00:00 August 30th, 2017|1 Comment

Effective Goal Setting

Effective Goal Setting Have you ever found yourself feeling like you are always thinking about your craft but never actually getting anywhere? This weeks challenge is based in where we put our attention and how we might be able to make a bit more progress by focusing on the most important things to help us achieve out dreams. This is all about effective goal setting. There are a lot of goal setting tutorials out there to help you set effective goals but, in my personal opinion, just having goals does not really do much for us

By | 2017-09-05T13:10:20+00:00 August 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Turning Do Not’s Into Do’s

Let's set up the scene here. Let's go out to the 9th hole of a beautiful green golf course. This hole is a longer par 3 with a pristine pond on the left and the hole lies directly in the center of a large green. There are 2 sand traps on the left of the green and one on the front right. Now, I hope you can imagine this scene in your mind and as you read this I would like you to take yourself to the tee box behind your ball and line up your

By | 2017-08-14T13:03:05+00:00 August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Finding Your Strength

Moving along with the theme of this week: Strength. I wanted to bring a tool that you might be able to use to help you develop a better understanding of your strengths. If you are having a hard time coming up with your strengths as an athlete take a look at this list of questions and answer each to the best of your ability. Remember, staying true to who you are right now rather than being a fake version of yourself will help you become who you want to be later. What are your strengths right now

By | 2017-08-07T09:31:19+00:00 August 9th, 2017|0 Comments