About 2018-01-16T16:00:12+00:00


Mental Grit isn’t just about mental toughness; rather it is about having the ability to make the tough decisions that need to be made in order to accomplish success. The decisions to go harder when your body is telling you that one more rep, step, or move will land you in despair. The decisions to look inside and be honest with the performer you are, see the performer you want to be and then act upon the journey to get there. The decisions to DO when you don’t want to and the decision to act in the face of fear. You see, there is a gap between what science knows and what performers do. You already know how important the mental game is; now I ask, what are you going to do to train it. Most don’t realize this but what science knows is that you can become more confident, more positive, and more in control of your thoughts. You can be more focused, more resilient, and more consistent. You can train your mind and when you train your mind you are giving yourself the best chance at becoming the performer you want to be on the big stage. You are optimizing your potential; you are Mental Grit!

Meet the Mental Grit Team

Nathan Last, MS
Nathan Last, MSMental Conditioning Coach/Owner
Shawn Stringham, MS, MBA
Shawn Stringham, MS, MBACOO/ Mental Coach
Clay Frost, MS
Clay Frost, MSMental Coach

What is a Mental Skills Trainer?

Mental skills trainers play a variety of roles within athletics from working directly with the athletes to supporting the coaches, parents, and directors of programs. Below are 5 things mental skills trainers can do.

1) Help athletes optimize performance potential through mental training

All athletes train the physical side of their sport more and more effectively however, we all know how impactful the mental game is when executing inside of competition. Here at Mental Grit, we believe the athletes we work with do not have problems that we are here to fix, rather, our athletes have potential that we are here to realize and optimize. Mental training consists of training the mental skills individualized programs built and executed to help the athlete perform. These skills include emotional control, focus and concentration, self-talk, imagery, and priming routines.

2) Help athletes cope with fear and injury

Mental skills trainers can help athletes overcome the mindset known as fear of failure, embarrassment, or states of performance anxiety. The trainer can help the athlete develop confidence, self-belief, composure, energy, and overall trust in their performance ability.

3) Help parents understand how to support their athlete in a high-performance environment

The parents have a primary influence on the athletes while they are not in the performance arena. In this environment, the parent can play a negative or positive role in their athletes’ performance. The mental skills trainer can help the parent and athlete have the appropriate conversations that are integral to a supportive performance environment. The trainer can also help the parents understand the mindset and impact they have on the athlete both on the field and at home.

4) Help athletic programs develop high-performance programming

The athletic environment that a program creates around their athletes is another primary area of effect for athletic performance. Athletic programs can do a lot to develop an environment and culture where athletes can thrive. However, the program can also do a lot to negatively impact the optimal performance from their athletes. The mental skills trainer can work directly with the program director to help develop and maintain an effective performance environment. Help coaches develop effective training methods and performance environments for athletes

5) Help coaches develop effective training methods and performance environments for athletes

Coaches are the last major influence of the athlete. As is such, the mental skills trainer can help the coaches develop effective training plans that are optimized to help the athletes learn faster and trainer more effectively. The mental skills trainer can also help the coach develop themselves into a more effective through a variety of methods. As they say, Rome was not built in a day and no great coach had ever just been born. Great coaches are built and the mental skills trainer can help the process.