Tikkanen has coached two-time Games champion, Annie Thorisdottir, ever since the summer after the 2009 CrossFit Games. Annie Thorisdottir, Azadeh Boroumand, Jaime Gold, Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir, Frederik Aegidius, and members of CrossFit Rejkjavik have spent time following his training plan, and many have been quite successful.
In 2009, he traveled to the Northern Ireland Regional to compete for a spot in the Games. There, he faced an unknown athlete from Finland, Mikko Salo, and got hooked on the spirit of the competition. When he was younger, Jami did judo and his judo coach was the one he learned a lot from. He had really disciplined approach and that was very influential. Another Tikkanen´s big influence is the book Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life from Eric Greitens.
Jami Tikkanen is founder of The Training Plan. The idea of the plan was to scale training experience for those athletes who have the aspiration to do something big but they don´t have access to the world-class team, resources or a fame yet. The Training Plan itself is an experiment to uncover the principles and to refine the methods to take the athletes from where they are to further than they ever thought was possible.
He believes that to help athletes to be great people that have a bright future ahead of them is more significant than their success in a sport. At the same time he thinks a success in the sport comes as a consequence of that process. The best way to get where you want to be is to pretend that you are already there.
“In the morning when you wake up, choose who you are going to be and take actions accordingly.”
Sport is a good metaphor for how to be a better human.
How you should set your mind for training according to Jami Tikkanen:
- Before you start your training session, you should go to gym with an intent. Don´t just show up!
- After the session think about 3 things that you are proud of based on your goals. Then ask yourself what you are not happy about, what you could have done better and work on it.
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