To cut a long story short, Louis was a ‘well round-ed’ kid who got into the pure aesthetic side of training at around 16. He then fell into ski racing in his first year of University, began to take it seriously during his 2nd and 3rd year, and committed full time to 3 years of World Cup Racing upon leaving Uni… cue the 2016/17 season.
Motivated to find a career that was geographically flexible, could work around the demands of competition, and directly further him as an athlete, Louis qualified as a Level 2 Gym and Level 3 Personal Trainer in June of 2016.
However, there was an immediate obstacle to his skiing and coaching that had been paining him for the majority of the previous year… extensive damage to a branch of the Sural nerve in his left heel, left him with no option but to operate and have it removed.
The injury, surgery and subsequent recovery, was a defining moment.
It was the real beginning of Louis’ further education and the first window into what it really takes to succeed at the top of anything.
Nothing prepares you for the first major setback. You think you’re doing everything right, you’re working hard, you’re progressing, then BANG. Your world seems to implode but because it’s sport… don’t take this the wrong way, it’s an absolute privilege to compete in high level sport and sport has the power to inspire the masses but at the end of the day, sport is only a game… the real world, the one bigger than us, keeps on going round without so much as a hitch.
This is a big part of the beauty of sport. It is what allows it to act as a training ground for life and it is exactly why Louis’ work has gone the direction it has.
So, whilst you’re over there learning to walk again Quasimodo, your clients will still expect a service of you, and rightly so. Your fellow athletes will continue on with their training and will likely distance themselves from you, often subconsciously to protect themselves, and rightly so. Your family and friends will see that you’re up and about and almost entirely forget about it, and rightly so, because life goes on… But you, you’re just getting started.
Hours and hours of thinking, recovering and retraining. This is the part that no one sees. Nerve-gate, as Louis has fondly named it, was the first but unfortunately far from the last serious injury in his career. In every setback Louis has chosen to see opportunity, all the while compiling knowledge, earning toughness, getting smarter and becoming a better person and in turn, a better athlete.
In the second of the 3-year racing plan, Louis began to work with a young skier on an informal basis and all of a sudden, his purpose became very clear to him.
Louis saw how his own experience could help prepare others for their own goals. How someone could be guided towards wanting to pursue a purpose more in line with their own interests. How he could help prepare a person in a way that no one prepared him by highlighting the skills that life gives you but often doesn’t show you how to recognise. Simply, how he could train success, through sport.
Louis has spent the past two years creating a training and mentoring programme focussed on encouraging an understanding of the trainability of success. He believes that anyone can benefit from a greater understanding of how the mind and body work together, and that it should be a much bigger and continuous part of our education.
Here are some of the programmes’ core themes.