"Amy Twiggs is absolutely incredible. I was at a standstill in helping some of my athletes get through some mental and physical barriers. In truly one 30-minute session, she helped me understand my athletes better... and help my athletes control their thoughts better. So many times, we have tried mental training that has just caused our athletes to over-think and over-analyze even more. It has been extremely difficult for them to buy-in to mental training because of this. After working with Amy, there was no over-analyzing or no over-thinking. It was just the opposite. You saw the athlete take control of their thoughts and have so much more confidence."
Kasey Crawford, UW- La Crosse Head Gymnastics Coach
She’s basically like my therapist. I’m better equipped to handle baseball’s inevitable failure, and hopeful some new ways of thinking will help me deliver on the field. This is a big year for me to try to keep my mind right. She really helps me. She always tells me: she’s not my friend, she’s there to let me know her opinion and then be real with me. I feel like I’m in a better frame of mind–the best frame of mind I’ve been in since I can remember. Whether it’s interactions with some people, things that happened on the field, maybe a couple of failures that I had–just getting over them, because I could never get over them. Looking back, I wish I could have, but I just didn’t know how to. She gave me the tools to do that. She’s really big on sitting on those feelings. Realizing how it makes you feel and once you identify those feelings, then it’s easy to change that feeling into something more positive. I could tell her anything without feeling as though I had to hold back. It felt good to be able to do that. I feel better-equipped to handle the ups and downs between the lines. I feel like I’ve definitely changed.
"I have talked to a handful of sport psychologist in the past and even took a college class on sport psychology for the college athlete. None of them compared to what Amy has taught me. All of my past experiences resulted in dozens of relaxation methods and never really getting to the bottom of the actual issue. Although the relaxation methods do help some, none of their techniques led to the fresh new perspective Amy has produced in my life. Talking to her for just a half hour has changed my life and I can not express with enough words how much she has given to me."
Before talking with Amy, I wasn’t confident in my dismount off of bars. I experienced two injuries from my dismount earlier this year. I was scared of getting hurt again, so I had a hard time just doing the dismount in my routine. When talking with Amy, we came up with something I could do going into my dismount every time that kept my mind off the actual dismount itself. Now I can confidently go for the dismount in my routine every time! I feel my gymnastics has become cleaner and more consistent since talking with Amy because I have gained so much more confidence and I am able to focus on the corrections I am being given rather than my fear.
Level 10 Gymnast
"I am a gymnast’s mom and I have loved my sessions with Amy. My sessions have helped me support my gymnast more sincerely by guiding me to discover that my fears of her getting injured were not my daughter’s fears. I have been able to be enjoy my daughter’s gymnastics journey because I am there and present. I have focused on making every day a great day without holding back or worries. My daughter has thrived off that new honesty in our relationship because she can sense I’m completely supportive of her gymnastic journey whatever it may bring. I recommended Amy’s sessions to other mom’s because the sessions allowed me to work on a better version of myself so that I can be there for my daughter strengthening our relationship in and out of the gym."
Vickie Vinson, parent of Level 9 gymnast
"My daughter is a gymnast... I felt like I was better able to understand the emotional pressure my daughter deals with and the courage she has to muster as a gymnast... The truly pleasant surprise was how many things I was able to apply to my own life as well! Amy outlines very specific tools anyone can use if they are trying to mentally conquer difficult things and navigate the mental roadblocks to high performance."
Brittany, Gymnast Mom
"There is a quote from Amy Twiggs that I will forever memorize: "There is no situation that will ever have power over you if you know who you are. Knowing who you are will change what you want. Knowing what you want will change what you believe. Knowing what you believe creates a future of limitless possibilities!" I just got hired as head volleyball coach in high school and I am going to apply her tools to crush fear & increase confidence for volleyball players."
Missy Julien, High School Volleyball Head Coach
"Sometimes I wish I had an extra hour each day with my gymnasts just to talk to them individually about what is going on inside and help them process through their struggles. But even if I found the time, I wouldn't know the best way to do that. It has been so amazing to have a few of my gymnasts be able to go to Amy and have a professional give them them tools they need as individuals to succeed in the gym. My gymnasts have come back more confident, more engaged, and better able to express themselves. If I ever come across a gymnast who lacks confidence or a coach who has a gymnast struggling in the mental realm of gymnastics my first thought would be to recommend them to Amy."
Meagan Tabla, Team Director-Head Team Coach
"Amy! We cannot express enough gratitude, for all that you have done and are doing for our little family! were so grateful for you in our lives. Thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and knowledge that you have been and are sharing with (my athlete)! She always feels that everything is going to be OK and she gets a wonderful boost of confidence after talking to you and spending time with you! I appreciate you so much Amy, We ALL do!"
Tamara, Parent of Athlete
"Your sessions are like EFY for Gymnasts! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED the call in last night’s group session. It helped me so so much at gym and I know it will in the future. I really like the thought this week that fear is a choice. It was super awesome and was something that would help us all. It was really well worded and understandable too.
Thanks so much for putting time in to help us."
Ella Frank, Level 10 gymnast