A lifetime of successes
Today, 25 years later, Dana Sheets Coussou and her husband are the parents of two teenage daughters. Dana, an interior designer who owns her own business, is still winning first-place trophies at invitational tournaments. She has won more than 30 first-place trophies the past three years, several at the state level.
Dana still uses the Exercise workout and fitness techniques. She watches master players at tournaments and on video, then, at her level, imagines that she is duplicating all the winning workout and fitness techniques. Last year, Dana amazed tennis players and fans when she won a state tournament despite what many would consider a catastrophe.
On the way to the tournament, she had stopped at a Houston shopping center. When she returned to the parking lot, her car was gone – stolen – along with her racket, shoes, water jug, “lucky shirt,” energy bars and other items. Dana had time to get a replacement racket, shoes and clothes, but not the water bottle and the energy bars. She used her level to program relaxation, a feeling of excitement and energy to win. Doing this, she converted the stress of the theft into positive energy that helped her win the first-place trophy.
And just as Nelda helped her daughter Dana, Dana is now helping her daughters, who both play tennis. The eldest, Jill, learned the Exercise Method from Nelda when she was seven. When she entered high school, Jill became the first freshman in the history of Kelly High School, in Beaumont, Texas, to make the varsity tennis team
“Regular practice, clear goals and some support from family and other Exercise Method graduates can help you make your dreams come true,” Nelda said.
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Mental workout and fitness techniques are ageless
Our final story is about a man who was thought to be too old to keep up with the younger players.
“I play slow pitch softball in a very competitive league where most of the players are younger than myself,” said Gary McMonagle of Mineral Ridge, Ohio. “As the natural speed and agility of youth begin to fade, I find I must use my mental abilities more to stay ahead.
“On the afternoon before each game,” he continued, “I go into level and imagine myself playing flawlessly. Visualizing myself prepared at shortstop, I imagine myself moving fluidly to the left, picking up a hard ground ball, throwing accurately to first base. The next play I move to the right, skillfully field another ground ball, throw accurately to first.
“Then I charge a slow rolling ball, scoop it up quickly and throw accurately to first. And finally I leap up for a high line drive, time it perfectly and come down with the ball in my mitt.
“Always in level I do each play to perfection, performing without error and hearing the congratulations of my teammates.
“With batting I take it one step further. The difficulty with slow pitch softball is that the bat is swinging horizontal, while the ball is coming down almost vertical. So while I’m at my level, I imagine myself using my Three Fingers Workout and Fitness workout and fitness technique.
“I walk up to the plate, touch my three fingers together while taking a deep breath and say, ‘slow motion.’ Then from when the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand until it crosses home plate, time appears to be slowed down so it takes about 30 seconds.
“Even with a vertically falling ball and a horizontally swinging bat, it is difficult to miss such a s-l-o-w moving object. And hit! I mentally picture the ball being lined into the outfield and falling in for a base hit. In the actual game, I can only achieve the time distortion about one-third of the time. But one-third of the at-bats being guaranteed hits does wonders for the batting average!
“At season’s end,” McMonagle concluded, “I always have one of the highest averages on the team and for the past three years have been voted by my fellow players to represent them on the All-Star Team. Thanks to Exercise!”