The Underlying Concept of Strength Psychology:
“Our true potential via physical training is limited.
Our true potential via mental training is limitless…”

What Is It?

“Strength Psychology” provides strategies for improving performance by managing emotions and mindset.  During the 2-day workshop you’ll learn about:

  • MG Quote 4Intentionally harnessing mind-power to improve focus, eliminate self-limiting beliefs & attain specific goals”
  • How to design excellent goals
  • State-Dependent Learning – What it is and why you need to use it
  • Mental toughness – What it is and how to get it
  • How to relax on demand
  • MG Quote 2The words you use to speak & think are critical – Master the “language” of achievement
  • How to see “everything” around you
  • Tactile/kinesthetic drills to develop hand/eye coordination
  • Impact drills to cultivate positive aggression
  • How to manage pain
  • The real secret to overcoming FEAR
  • How to help your clients to tap into their hidden potential
  • The Elimination of a Limiting Mindset
  • You will leave the weekend tougher than you came!

Where & When?

Join Us In Beautiful Sunny St. Petersburg, FL – This September 19th and 20th!

Hotel Entrance  Welcome to the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park  Outdoor Swimming Pool

The Venue Is Located 15-Minutes From Tampa International Airport (TPA)

2675 Ulmerton Road 
Clearwater, Florida 33762 USA

Workshop Times:

Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 5 PM

Your Instructor Mike Gillette

MikeFeatured_banner2-1024x313What makes Mike Gillette qualified to be your instructor?  To be perfectly blunt with you, I can’t think of anyone more qualified in the world to teach this subject matter.  Glance over his resume below and you’ll see exactly what I mean.  Mike’s resume can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming but he is an ordinary guy that does extraordinary things.  Check your ego at the door and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime.

Mike Gillette is a Speaker, Author, and Peak-Performance Coach with a life story that reads like an action-adventure novel. A life which includes time spent as an Army Paratrooper, SWAT Commander, Government Counter-Terrorism Expert, Bodyguard to Fortune 500 Executives and a Record-Breaking Motivational Strongman whose feats have been documented by Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Gillette’s Background:

  • GmanBodyguard to Fortune 100 CEOs, domestically and abroad
  • Member of Martial Arts Masters Hall-of-Fame
  • Counter-Terrorism Subject-Matter Expert for Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration
  • Interviewed by numerous media outlets including Forbes Magazine, The New York Post, CBS-TV, “America’s Most Wanted”, Chicago Tribune and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Developer and author of the “Savage Strength Training Program” sold in over 20 countries worldwide
  • Certified Hypnotist – International Certification Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Former Physical Fitness Instructor – US Army
  • Former Police Academy Physical Fitness Trainer
  • Certified Fitness Trainer – 20+ years
  • Former Police Officer, SWAT Commander & Army Paratrooper
  • Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Kempo and Arnis
  • Chief Instructor of Strength Psychology

Meet & Hang Out With Your Host – Team Critical Bench

teamThe event is awesome and you are going to learn a ton.  That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself.  We work hard and we play hard.  You’ll have two full days of practicum on Friday and Saturday which are explained in more detail below.

Team Critical Bench is hosting the event and we are looking forward to meeting you face to face.  VAULT members and other Critical Bench fans are going to be soaking up knowledge while hanging out during the off-hours.  You better bring a big appetite because we are catering a feast for lunch on both Friday & Saturday.  

Saturday night after we complete the course and EARN our certification we are going to celebrate at Vertigo/Yard of Ale.  What’s happening there you ask? 

Mike Gillette himself will be performing a Feats of Strength Show live on stage for the public and we are the VIP guests!  That’s right our coach is going to show everyone how mental strength can manifest itself into the physical.  You know by bending steel bars, rolling up a frying pan like a newspaper, putting his hand in an animal trap, dropping a bowling ball on his stomach and snapping arrows with his neck.  Cool stuff like that!

     vertigo    courtside       venue-stage

Additional Weekend Topics

Sports Imagery – The performance challenges faced by most athletes are not the result of poor conditioning, a lack of physical skills or technical ability.

When the pressure is on, the person who fails most usually does so due to mental factors such as anxiety, negativity, lack of focus or an inability to let go of previous mistakes. A key aspect of strength psychology is imagery; the process of training purely within your mind. And it is the successful harnessing of imagination that provides the fuel for successful use imagery.

Gman3Achievement Motivation – Our beliefs about success and failure – are we striving to succeed or just trying to avoid failure?

Achievement Orientation – Our perception of how static our ability-level is. With a goal-based approach, we believe we can grow and improve our abilities. If we take an identity-based approach, we believe our abilities are a part of who we are and there is little we can do to change them.

Behavior Modification – A process by which we retrain ourselves to adjust behaviors to be aligned with our performance goals. Through the application of reinforcement (whether positive or negative), we condition ourselves to behave in an intentional, goal-focused manner.

Anchoring – A technique used to make a strategy automatic. The subject associates a small physical action with a particular mental thought process. The physical action triggers the mind to begin a specific process, for example, a relaxation technique.

Conquering Athletic Anxiety – Despite feeling positive about an upcoming competition and training hard for it, when the moment comes go out and “make it real” an athlete can still be overcome by emotions that they don’t understand.

GilletteAnd when that happens, they suddenly can’t seem to think straight or do what they’ve done hundreds of times in practice. People who experience these overwhelming often wonder if there is something wrong with them.

The Conquering Athletic Anxiety module teaches that this response is perfectly natural and under the right circumstances these feelings can be utilized.

This module takes the user out of the subjective experience of feeling nervous and transitions them into an empowered state they can re-enter and rehearse, allowing them to master the feeling of being in control of their emotions.

The Winning Mindset – The Winning Mindset teaches athletes how to master the psychological skills that will help them make the most of their physical skills and attributes – to win.

This hypnotic break-out session examines the common characteristics of winners and at what gets in the way of winning when, externally, everything looks great. The criticality of setting self-concern aside during competition is emphasized.

We’ll show you how to connect the process of physical relaxation with the process of getting into the ‘flow-state’. This connects the user to the experience of being ‘in the zone’ where seemingly effortless, high-quality performances are possible.

Reactive vs Proactive Thinking- Fight, Flight or Freeze?

 Conquering & Overcoming Physical Pain – Preview Video

Becoming Strength Psychology Certified

logo-wow500Each student will be given the opportunity to use their coaching skills when they serve as a team leader for a given exercise.  This also gives the other class members a chance to grade the team leader on their coaching ability.  There will also be a written multiple choice test on the last day.

To become “Strength Psychology Certified” you have to earn it. If you do not receive a passing grade you’ll have 30-days to submit a retest after studying the course materials.

At the end of the weekend you’ll receive your certificate with the Strength Psychology official seal as shown to the right.

Use your new skills to provide greater value to your clients which in turn will result in you being rewarded financially.  Improve the mental toughness of yourself and everyone around you.

Most importantly you’ll continue to “Build Your Legacy of Strength“. 

We all leave one.  You can leave a powerful legacy or you can be remembered as average.  God wants us all to use our gifts and talents to serve and love others.  Becoming the strongest man that you can physically, mentally and spiritually allows you to lead and protect those under your sphere of influence.    That is the legacy we strive to build.  One that teaches and passes on true strength for generations to come.

Become Strength Psychology Certified & Build Your Legacy of Strength

Early Bird Bonuses!

This is not marketing, it’s just business.  There are 24 total spots.  That’s the max-capacity Mike is willing to instruct at this event.  We already snagged 5-tickets for our own team members which means there are only 19 total tickets for sale.  When they are gone, that’s it.  If you missed out, you’ll have to wait until the next cert.

However if you’ve prayed or meditated about this and feel that this is a growth area for you and you NEED to attend this workshop, there’s nothing more I want to do than reward you.  Why?  Because you are doing the most important thing in the world.  Taking action.  That’s what it’s all about.  Don’t freeze, invest in yourself and claim greatness.

Join the First Group to Become Strength Psychology Certified & Get These FREE Bonuses!


 Bonus 1:  Free Professional DVD Recording of the Event ($49.99 Retail Value)
Bonus 2:  Free Strength Psychology Tshirt  ($19.99 Retail Value)
Bonus 3:  Digital Copy of Mike’s Savage Strength Training System ($47 Retail Value)

Total Bonus Package Value:  $116.98


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Extend Your Trip For a Day & Decompress On Our Country’s Finest Beaches

Fort Desota Beach, St. Pete Beach & Clearwater Beach are all within 20-minutes away.

Or Add Another Day To Go Visit Bush Gardens



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Thank You & We Look Forward to Working
With You If We Decide to Open This Again!

Soli Deo gloria,  – Mike Westerdal, Mike Gillette & The Entire Critical Bench Team!


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