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Jun 6, 2017

Dave and Harv hit the road and headed south to Mankato, MN for an invigorating and enlightening sit-down with Dr. Cindra Kamphoff. There was a hint of nervousness in the air as the guys trekked down for their meeting. Cindra is well established in her field. Some might even suggest the need for a separate closet for all the hats she has worn and continues to wear in her life. That’s a metaphor by the way. Not even sure Dr. Kamphoff wears hats.

Cindra attended the University of Northern Iowa on full scholarship as a Track and Field athlete. It was during her time at UNI that she was captivated by sports psychology and performance. Having tasted the highs and lows of being a long distance runner Cindra realized the need and importance for a balanced and strong mental game. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She has gone on to serve three years on the executive board of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. As a marathoner Cindra has competed in over 12 marathons and even mixed in a win in the 2012 Omaha marathon finishing in an impressive 3 hours and 5 minutes. As you’re beginning to see Dr. Kamphoff has an impressive motor. She has over 16 years of experience helping and coaching Olympic, Collegiate, and High School athletes and teams. She is a professor at the University of Minnesota State Mankato and also directs the Sport and Exercise Psychology program there. Dr. Kamphoff can now add author to her list of achievements. Her book ‘Beyond Grit’ is set to release August 1.  For a full breakdown of her impressive career and services visit her website:

Harvey actually studied under Dr. Kamphoff at Mankato and considers her his Sherpa or Sensei, depending on whether you’re a mountain climbing enthusiast or enjoy watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in your underwear. Marty prefers the Ninja Turtles in his skid marked whitey-tighties. Everybody’s different.  

Harvey and Fish peeled back Cindra’s story and she shared a great deal with them. Starting with her own personal journey and some lessons she learned along the way, Dr. Kamphoff led the young men out of the shallow end and into the deep end. Marty and Dave left their floaties back in Minneapolis so it was time to start swimming.

Jump in the Fishbowl with us and listen to what Dr. Cindra Kamphoff has to share. From overcoming ‘ANTs’ or automatic negative thinking, to driving your own ‘CAR’ (no special tips on owning a Range Rover) Dr. Kamphoff challenges us all to get out of our comfort zone and into our courage zone.