Do you know the eight dimensions of mental toughness?

Join Dr. Joanna Zeiger, Olympian, Coach and researcher, as she walks through must-know information about mental toughness. By the end of the course, you will be able to identify and improve specific mental skills your athletes are struggling with. With years of experience as a world-class competitor, as an athlete who has worked through serious injury herself, and as a Ph.D. researcher studying mental performance, Dr. Zeiger is uniquely positioned to introduce you to the field of mental toughness.

You should consider this course if you are an athlete hoping to improve your performance or if you are a coach working to better position yourself to help your athletes push harder and longer. 

What you will learn

  • The eight dimensions of mental toughness

    Mental toughness isn't just pushing through adversity. Learn the skills that make athletes mentally tough.

  • How to improve mental performance

    Learn strategies to improve upon specific mental obstacles, which improve mental toughness as a whole.

  • How the pros use mental toughness

    Hear examples of professionals at the top of their sport and how they employ mental toughness strategies.

Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Find the complete list of CEUs for all courses here.

  • USA Cycling

    2 CEUs

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Meet the instructor

Joanna Zeiger

Olympian, World Champion, Coach

Joanna competed as a professional triathlete from 1998-2010. She placed 4th in the Sydney Olympics and was the 2008 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion. She excelled at all 3 distances in the sport of triathlon, winning races in the Olympic, Half IRONMAN, and IRONMAN distances in additional to qualifiying for Olympic trials in marathon, triathlon and swimming. Joanna has been a coach and mentor to endurance athletes of all ages and abilities since 2003. In 2013, Joanna created Race Ready Coaching with partner Jared Berg. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology (1992) at Brown University, she went on to Northwestern University to earn her M.S. in Genetic Counseling (1995). Motivated by the excitement of independent research, Joanna earned her Ph.D. in Genetic Epidemiology (2001) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She continued her education as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the same institution.

What students are saying

5 star rating

The Champion Mindset: Mental Toughness

Derrick St John

Great course, really helped pull things together, has changed my practice.

Great course, really helped pull things together, has changed my practice.

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome!

    • Before we get started

    • What is mental toughness?

  • 2

    The Sisu Study

    • Take the Sisu Survey

    • The Sisu Study

  • 3


    • Confidence

    • Confidence Quiz

  • 4


    • Constancy

    • Constancy Quiz

  • 5


    • Control

    • Control Quiz

  • 6


    • Determination

    • Determination Quiz

  • 7


    • Visualization

    • Visualization Quiz

  • 8


    • Self Belief

    • Self Belief Quiz

  • 9

    Positive Cognition

    • Positive Cognition

    • Positive Cognition Quiz

  • 10


    • Self-Esteem

    • Self-Esteem Quiz

  • 11

    Mental Toughness Conclusion

    • Conclusion

    • Eliud Kipchoge Crushes Marathon World Record at Berlin Marathon

    • Final Quiz

    • Now that we're finished

    • What's Next?