Damien Lafont, Ph.D.

mental training – zone and peak performance




Tyler McCandless – Top American distance runner

“Very informative, well-written, and inspirational! Absolutely one of my favorites.”


Kim Vandenberg – Olympic Swimmer

“Damien Lafont’s Book “Back to the Zone” successfully amplifies the importance of the mental aspect in any sport. His studies and teachings have proven to be effective in developing strength and most importantly awareness in our self-talk that is often times muted by outside distractions. His book has helped me begin to break down the barriers that have prevented me from reaching my full potential, and for this I am thankful.”


Marco Iacoboni – Professor, UCLA, Author, Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others

Words often feel inadequate to describe the quasi-mystical state of ”being in the Zone”. Damien Lafont’s Back to the Zone remarkably achieves a new level of understanding it insightfully using the voices of those who experienced it, blending them as in a Bach’s fugue, as in a collective jazz improvisation. Reading this book, we feel closer to it, we feel it.


Caitlin Cunningham, WNBL – Women’s National Basketball League, Australia – Professional basketball player for WNBL, Australian Gems Under 19’s team, FIBA World championships. Caitlin is also a Youth worker, skateboard program co-ordinator, vegan, musician and animal rights campaigner.

“Finally a literary symphony about sport that takes a peek at the elusive world of an athletes’ inner experience. A book that can ease a professional athlete such as myself in knowing that our peak states are much more than a cocktail of chemicals.  It helps do what is needed in sport – dismantle the notion that sport is purely a mechanical theme and embrace a more fluid and natural approach to our innate abilities. Not only did I relate to this book on the level of an athlete, but as a musician and creative person as well.”


Catherine Louise Birmingham, Author of “Ride for Life – Three Golden Principles for riders” – International equestrian rider and coach.

“Every athlete must go beyond; transcend the barriers of pain, mind and fear.  Here,  they reach a holy land within themselves that gives the athlete the gift and power of feeling oneness – a connectedness. Every athlete and person has the ability to experience this grand unity and I applaud anyone who reads this book and is inspired to allow this true and natural experience for themselves.”


Christophe Pinna – 2000 Karate World Champion and coach

“I had the chance “to enter” the Zone once in my life. It was October 14th, 2000 in Munich during my final at the all categories world championship of karate . That moment changed my life and it is still very present. I will never forget how I felt. This book helped me understand what happened ten years earlier, allowed me to put into words, to see that I am not the only one who had this experience, to see it’s less taboo to talk about it and finally that I’m not crazy.”


Freya Prumm – Surfer – ASP Women’s World Tour

“Back to the Zone” is a must read for any athlete wanting to gain that extra edge to take them to the top in any given sport or hobby. An excellent read, interesting and informative with simple instructions on reaching your potential. Hugely recommended for artists and performers or anyone wanting to achieve mental clarity.”


Greg Grogan – former Professional Boxer, Current Boxing trainer for amateur/professional divisions for Australian/Victorian boxing, Working with Carlton Football Club (1993 – 2004), Melbourne, Australia.

 “As a former professional boxer I have been in this altered state of awareness of the zone. Now as a coach I have seen my some of my boxers in this trance like super-state, the look in their eyes is different – you can tell they are somewhere else, but also completely immersed in the moment of superior concentration. I remember not hearing anything, not feeling a punch, and being flooded by a heightened state of complete awakened invincibility. All athletes can arrive at this sporting pinnacle, and though they may not be able to dictate when this will happen, this book helps them dissolve the barriers and open the door to its ineffable presence.”


Nobuhiro Hagura, PhD – Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

“Insightful for thinking about relationship between action and  perception.”


Scott Ford – Tennis Pro, author of  “Welcome To The Zone”

“Damien is comfortable wearing many hats: scientist, philosopher, mental trainer, vision expert, and elite-level tennis player.  His tireless investigation of flow continues to shine a light on this extraordinary experience of human peak performance we call “The Zone.”   Many thanks, Damien.


Joelle Deane– Occupational therapist, neurophysiology – Melbourne, Australia.

Combining science, sport and spirit is no easy task; making it comprehensive, credible and creative can be even harder. Damien Lafont has managed to do just this in Back to the Zone. In a harmonious and intelligent manner Damien explores the dimensions of inner experiences and courageously delves into a dimension that  too many athletes and coaches choose to ignore. Back to the Zone somehow demystifies “the zone” and yet still simultaneously keeps the ultimate mystery where it belongs.”