This is how you become a Sports Hypnosis Expert and work with athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts. You must know this essential mental training method so you have a high-level and in-depth mastery of peak performance!


Fitness Professionals and Sports Conditioning Specialists have seen many clients fall short in their personal goals because of a lack of mental focus, mental training, mental conditioning, state control, and the ability to limit distractions. Learning hypnosis through our comprehensive sports hypnosis training course is fun and engaging. Do you currently enjoy a career in sports psychology, personal training, life coaching or mind-body fitness? This is your next logical step. Career training in sports hypnosis is for you.

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It is often said that sports are 90%, 95%, or even 99% mental.

If so, why do most athletes and their trainers spend 99% of their time working on the physical aspect of conditioning?

Those who have studied sports psychology know the power of guided imagery for peak performance.

Sports hypnosis makes sports and fitness success possible. It’s fast and effective!

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What is hypnosis?

Opinions vary on the exact definition of this natural state of mind. There is no legal definition of hypnosis. Webster’s Dictionary describes it incorrectly as an artificially induced sleep, but it is not sleep and it is actually a natural state of mind that is induced normally in everyday living much more often than it is induced artificially. Every time we become engrossed in a novel or a motion picture, we are in a natural hypnotic trance.

Who should enroll in this sports hypnosis certification program? Sports trainers, strength coaches, hypnotherapists, life coaches, mind-body fitness coaches, NLP practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, yoga teachers, Pilates instructors, high school coaches, speed & agility trainers & athletes seeking an edge.

As the Certified Sports Hypnotist, you simply “plug in” the numerous hypnosis scripts we have provided in your manual. There are endless combinations of processes and types of athletes that will benefit from this course and your knowledge.

This comprehensive home study sports hypnosis certification and business program is designed to be completed in the comfort of your own home. The hypnosis techniques are applicable to ALL SPORTS & FITNESS TYPES and TRAINING PRINCIPLES.

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After you complete this course, you can also use the terms “Peak Performance Consultant,” Mental Skills Trainer,” or “Sports Guided Imagery Specialist.”

If you are a clinical hypnotherapist or NLP practitioner, this is the missing tool for your tool box. Gain knowledge, get the edge and expand your business to a whole new market. Enjoy working with people who truly desire change and are self-motivated.

Hypnosis training will give you an edge on all your competitors in the sports performance and fitness industries. As a Certified Sports Hypnotist, you will also teach your clients the essentials of self-hypnosis, weight loss hypnosis, mental coaching, mental skills training, psychology in sports and more.

It is often said that sports are 90%, 95%, or even 99% mental.

If so, why do most athletes and their trainers spend 99% of their time working on the physical aspect of conditioning? We can all agree that at elite levels of competition, all athletes are very skilled, physically fit and have a desire to excel. It can also easily be stated that those who have a mental edge will win every time when fractions of a second or tenths of a point count. Because of this fact, you need this opportunity to take your coaching, consulting and conditioning skills to the highest level by becoming a Certified Sports Hypnotist.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are my career options as a Certified Sports Hypotist? How will I make a living with this credential?

The great thing about being a Certified Sports Hypnotist is that you have endless career and business opportunities. Some primary careers include: coaching clients one-on-one in their home, your home, or your office. Many coaches coach in groups to help more people and earn more money per hour. In addition, you can seek out alternative (and frequently very lucrative career opportunities) as a blogger, writer, podcast host, author, online content provider, online video host or publisher of digital education products. You can also offer your services online to individuals, small groups or large groups. You can use fun online communication/collaboration platforms such Skype, Google Hangout or iChat for your coaching services. You can become an expert for authority websites such as WebMD, eHow and Livestrong.  You can become a frequent expert guest on podcasts, radio shows, TV talk shows, news programs or in industry publications. The list of opportunities is truly endless.  Nothing is hold you back. So, go make a difference today!

How will I get clients?

This is actually much easier than you may be thinking right now. Here are some examples: Facebook is an excellent resource. An account is free and building a fan page takes less than 5 minutes. You can advertise to very specific groups of people who want and need your services. Of course, you can also use Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and your other favorite social media platforms.  It’s 100% FREE. Create and post a press release about your business launch. It’s simple and free to syndicate your press releases across the web. Creating a blog for your business is very fast and essentially free. We have resources for your online marketing needs here. You can make training/coaching videos and post them to Youtube. When you offer this valuable free help, people get to know you and learn to like you. In return, they want to know more and they are directed back to your Facebook fan page or blog for details.  Of course, you can post your videos to all video sites for an even greater reach. Adding your business to Yelp is also a great idea.  It gets ranked high on Google which makes your job even easier. Make sure you also add your business profile to Google Local.  That’s another free and easy way to get clients. As for off-line client-getting strategies, you can do any of the following: attend local charity events, speak at community events, do a lunch-and-learn at a local business, volunteer for a local charity, distribute door hangers, post flyers, add a graphic/banner to your car, and the list goes on and on.  Once you get started, you’ll see how easy it is to do.  Now that you know what you need to do, you just need to implement and the clients will come in on a regular basis.

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Will this program make me a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist?
No. This program is not designed to have clinical applications. Its intent is to teach coaches, sports psychologists, trainers and conditioning specialists the proper language patterns, internal dialogue (self-talk), and mental conditioning used for peak performance. If you are already a clinical or medical hypnotherapist, this program is an excellent addition to your list of credentials and will provide you with hundreds of additional tools for your practice.

If you are a trainer or coach, this program will give your client or team the edge. If you are an athlete, you may also enroll and benefit directly by completing this program.

What is Hypnosis and how does it differ from hypnotherapy?
Opinions vary on the exact definition of this natural state of mind. There is no legal definition of hypnosis. Webster’s Dictionary describes it incorrectly as an artificially induced sleep, but it is not sleep and it is actually a natural state of mind that is induced normally in everyday living much more often than it is induced artificially. Every time we become engrossed in a novel or a motion picture, we are in a natural hypnotic trance.

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Additionally, the common belief evidenced by research is that a person experiencing hypnosis slows down his or her brain waves from BETA into ALPHA – although some people believe that we may actually enter THETA during deep trance states. (THETA is normally the “dream” state we pass through on the way to and from DELTA – or deep sleep.) Be aware that since we must all pass through ALPHA on the way to and from sleep, we could easily say that all of us experience hypnosis at least twice daily.

It is generally accepted in the fields of psychology that all hypnosis is in actuality, self-hypnosis. In other-words, the hypnotherapist is simply a guide that accompanies the client during a process of relaxed, focused awareness – a process where they are completely aware of their surroundings.

It’s more a question of semantics, for they are one and the same. However, many hypnotherapists feel that the term “hypnotist” refers to someone a) who has not been formally trained and/or uses hypnosis for the purpose of entertainment such as stage shows, and b) believes that the use of hypnosis for self-improvement and/or the release of problems constitutes hypnotherapy. All hypnotherapy employs hypnosis; but not all hypnosis is hypnotherapy. Additionally, mastering the art of hypnosis does not necessarily mean one is qualified as a hypnotherapist. To learn how its worked for others, read the testimonials.

Can hypnosis be used to reduce pain and/or suffering from illness?
Yes, hypnosis can be very effective in alleviating unwarranted pain in the body and discomfort from many ailments. It is important to realize though that pain is a warning that something needs attention with the body, and it needs to be diagnosed by someone qualified to do so. Any competent hypnotherapist knows the importance of requiring a written referral from an examining physician before ever using hypnosis to reduce pain or other physical symptoms. The only exception for those who are unlicensed to practice medicine is if the examining physician is physically present and/or is supervising the hypnotic process.

Is hypnosis dangerous?
Because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and the client is in complete control at all times, hypnosis in and of itself is not dangerous. If it were, we would all be in jeopardy every time we get engrossed in a good book, movie, or TV show. If hypnosis is used in conjunction with drugs or medication, adverse effects may occur; however, it should be noted that the adverse effects are predominately a result of the drugs or medication. An unlicensed hypnotherapist is not allowed to prescribe medication or use chemical intervention with hypnosis; therefore, hypnosis only has the potential to become “dangerous” if it is used by licensed healthcare professionals entitled to administer medication.

Hypnosis used in sports

How does hypnosis work?
The most common example of hypnosis is reading a book, which almost anyone can relate to. When you read a book, your body experiences various emotions. Emotions are nothing but chemical changes within the body. Depending upon the emotion, the body produces a certain “cocktail” of chemicals to produce the desired emotion. It would be absurd to think that the actual text or ink in the book is creating the emotion in the body. It is simply the interpretation of the text that creates a thought in your mind – a thought that is so realistic your body bio-chemically changes to create an emotion. The words of a hypnotherapist to a client cannot create physical or emotional changes within the person any more than the text on a page can. It’s how you interpret the text, much like how you interpret the words of the hypnotherapist, that create the change you desire.

Does a hypnotized person give up control?
Do we give up control of our minds when reading a book or watching a movie? These every-day examples of hypnosis best illustrate how the mind can create physical changes within the body simply through imagination. While reading a book or watching a movie, you are literally in a hypnotic trance; however, you still have the power to emerge from that state if desired. A book, a movie, or a hypnotherapist may guide your mind, but you still have the power to resist or return to normal everyday activity.

How does hypnosis feel?
Since hypnosis is a natural state of mind, clients are often surprised that they hear every word. Unless one enters a deeper state, or at least a medium state, he or she may not “feel” any different than when relaxing in their favorite easy chair with a good book. One may feel quite mellow, and may feel weightless or perhaps very heavy as if sinking into the chair. If one enters a deep state of hypnosis the feeling may even be euphoric. In a light state, it is entirely possible for the client to believe that he or she was not actually hypnotized because it felt identical to the waking state.

Why should I know this information?
Athletes are exceptional individuals. They have dedicated their lives to becoming the best at their discipline of choice. So many fitness professionals have little or no knowledge of how to mentally train, mentally coach, and guide the exact guidance needed to have their client reach the absolute pinnacle of mental conditioning. This program is the opportunity you need to become the best coach or trainer possible and to give your athlete the best possible tools for total success.

It is often said that sports are 90%, 95%, or even 99.9% mental. If so, why do most athletes and their trainers spend 99% of their time working on the physical aspect of conditioning? We can all agree that at elite levels of competition, all athletes are very skilled, physically fit and have a desire to excel. It can also easily be stated that those who have a mental edge will win every time when fractions of a second or tenths of a point count. Because of this fact, you need this opportunity to take your coaching, consulting and conditioning skills to the highest level by becoming a Certified Sports Hypnotist.

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Hypnosis and the brain

In order to properly explain to your client what hypnosis actually is, it may be even more effective for you to first understand what hypnosis is not. There are four common misconceptions regarding hypnosis, and if you try to explain to your clients what hypnosis is before these are addressed, they will not be able to focus on what you are saying. Why? The fear of these myths will get in the way.

Hypnosis IS NOT…

1. Sleep

There are four basic brain wave categories: Beta – Alpha – Theta – Delta. Each of these categories serves a different purpose for the mind and body.

This is the deepest part of sleep. Most bodily functions have shut down and the unconscious mind uses this time for repairing the body, healing, and replenishing the used enzymes from the day’s events. This state is critical for an athlete who needs to heal from injury.

2. A state of unconsciousness

When you are unconscious, your brain is functioning in the Delta brain wave. You have no conscious control over any part of your body, and no conscious awareness over what is going on. This is the exact opposite of hypnosis. Under hypnosis, many people describe having a heightened state of awareness, and a greater control over bodily functions that they normally would not be able to control such as blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. You do not want your clients unconscious. Hypnosis requires the active participation of both conscious and unconscious processes.

3. Being gullible or weak-minded

Hypnosis is not biased against race, creed, sex, intellect, or religion. It is a naturally occurring state that everyone enters into several times throughout the day. To say that you can’t be hypnotized because you have too strong of a mind makes about as much sense as someone saying they can’t lift a vase because they are too strong. Hypnosis is about one thing – following instructions. If you can follow instructions, you can be hypnotized. In cases where the person ‘couldn’t be hypnotized’ this usually means that the hypnotist lacked the communication skills sufficient to speak to the client in a way that they could understand. This is why it’s so important not to become dependant on scripts. If you use a script, you force the client to adhere to the words on the page, if you don’t use a script, you can formulate your words the way the client would like to receive the instructions. There are no non-hypnotizable clients, only hypnotists who lack the flexibility to hypnotize them in the way they want to be hypnotized.

4. Being controlled by someone else or a loss of self control

Despite what Hollywood has tried to inspire, the science of hypnosis is really quite simple, very safe, and easy to do. At no point will you lose control. In fact, most people describe the hypnotic state as a time when they feel even more control over their mind and body.

Many people expect hypnosis to be a magical state where they float out of their body, lose track of their senses, and have no conscious recollection of what happened. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, you remain very aware of your surroundings and can hear anything that goes on. You will most likely have a heightened state of awareness. As far as losing control of your senses, the worst thing that could possibly happen is that you would fall asleep and wake up feeling very refreshed. You are no more suggestible during the time you sleep at night than you would be if you were to just fall asleep during hypnosis.

If in fact you are in control the entire time, how does this explain stage shows where people are barking like dogs? Well, they volunteered to be on stage, they consequently volunteered to have fun. And as long as the suggestions remain fun, the people on stage will happily entertain the audience. The stage hypnotist is very skilled in his or her ability to select the right types of personalities for a show. They select the highly suggestible, highly extraverted people who love being the center of attention. The same people who bark like dogs, or quack like ducks are usually the same people dancing with lamp shades on their heads at a party.

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Therefore Hypnosis is…

1. An awake state

Hypnosis requires the active participation of both conscious and unconscious processes. So you must remain awake in order for it to be considered hypnosis. Yes, it is possible to fall asleep during hypnosis, but then it becomes sleep and stops being hypnosis. The diagram below best describes the difference between a normal waking state, and a hypnotic state, in which you are still awake.

As you can see, during hypnosis, the conscious mind, and the unconscious mind are still present. The only thing that is missing is the critical faculty. The term, critical faculty has many different names depending upon what school of psychology you come from. It’s been referred to as the analytical filter, the subjective reality filter, critical mind, and so on. It doesn’t matter what term you use, but it’s important to understand its function. The critical faculty has been incorrectly defined by many as the part of you that distinguishes between reality and fantasy. This is not true, for if it was, that would mean during hypnosis you would not be able to distinguish between reality and fantasy. This of course is not what happens. By modifying the traditional definition slightly, it makes much more sense. It’s the part of you that cares to distinguish between reality and fantasy.

During hypnosis you know what is real and what is not, but you don’t care to define any difference. It’s exactly like watching a movie or reading a novel. You realize that what you are watching or reading isn’t real, but you don’t care to acknowledge that while you are being entertained. As a result, your body goes through many different bio-chemical changes as if it were really experiencing the event in the movie or in the book.

2. A state of relaxation

The critical faculty fades away in direct proportion to the level of relaxation the body and mind are experiencing. The deeper into relaxation you go, the further removed the critical faculty is. However, this does not mean you need to be in a deep state of hypnosis in order to accept the suggestions. In fact, there is, to my knowledge, no study to substantiate depth of trance equating to success of a hypnotic process. The only exception to this would be in the case of pain control, where it is generally accepted that the client should be in a deep state of hypnosis before any medical procedures have begun. Knowing this, there have been case studies where people have successfully controlled pain in light states of hypnosis as well. The depth of trance for anesthesia is simply a precaution more than a requirement.

3. All about following instructions

Many people believe that hypnosis has to do with intelligence, but in reality, it has everything to do with following instructions. If the hypnotist uses language which is beyond the intellect of the client, they most likely will not be hypnotized. They can’t, they don’t understand the instructions. However, this is not the clients fault. This is the hypnotherapist lack of sensitivity to the client’s low intellect. This is a reflection of a poor hypnotist, not an unintelligent client. The hypnotist needs to organize their language to match that of the intellect of the client. For highly educated clients, use complex language, for uneducated people, use simple language. It will work much better.

4. The ultimate display of control

When people say they cannot be hypnotized because they are a self proclaimed “control freak” they are mistaken. In fact, when someone claims this you need to inform them that as a control freak, if they cannot reach the deepest states of hypnosis immediately, then as a control freak, they are very bad at control. Here’s why: if you are in total control of your body, you would be able to be as tense, or as relaxed as you want to be. To say you can’t relax because you are a control freak indicates you don’t have the control to relax your muscles. This makes no sense. The more in control you are of your mind and body, the more you should be able to reach both extremes of tension and relaxation.

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Course Title: Sports Hypnosis Certification

Title You Will Earn: Certified Sports Hypnotist (CSH)

Prerequisites: None

Recertification Requirements: Certification is valid for (2) two years. You are required to complete 2.0 units (20 hours) of CEUs (continuing education credits) to keep your certification valid. Please review the 2-Year Recertification Guide for further details.

Learning Format: Online access of materials including video PowerPoint lectures, audio lessons, comprehensive digital manual, and non-proctored online exam. Internet access is required. Content is provided in an online format which is accessed through an online secure web site.

2 full-length videos on sports hypnosis interviews, inductions, processes and results.

  • Training Video 1 – (MMA) Mixed Martial Arts Competitor goes through a sports hypnosis process to better enhance his performance and confidence
  • Training Video 2 – Water Polo Athlete overcomes training challenges and takes her game to the top
  • Training Audio 1 – Discussion with Dr. Topher Morrison and Dr. John Spencer Ellis. Learn about specific success strategies for your career success
  • Training Audio 2 – Business strategies for financial success as a Certified Sports Hypnotist

Official Certified Sports Hypnotist PDF Manual – Complete color .PDF manual with scripts, graphs, charts, images and details of how to use this program and work with athletes of all abilities. (PDF/digital)

You will gain immediate access to your study materials after registration. The materials will be released to you at one time. You can test when you are ready. If you want to take longer to complete the materials, or prepare for the test, you can.

You can review, listen and watch materials online or download to your computer. The manual can also be printed and downloaded.

Certification Exam Requirements: Passing a 100 multiple choice, non-proctored online exam with 80% or higher. Two attempts at the exam are given. Results are known immediately upon completing the exam.

Retest Fee: $95 retest fee applies if the passing requirement is not met at the end of the second exam attempt.

Estimated Completion Time: Course and exam should be completed within one year of purchase. The average student can complete the course if they dedicate approximately 20 hours of study time.

Your Income Potential: $60 – $150 per hour for 1-on-1 coaching.