STEP UP - a brief summary!

On this page you will find some examples and explanations of the trainings. WHAT can be achieved HOW and for WHOM?


What are potential training goals? Depending on the training format and objectives, training goals range from gaining knowledge through individual behavioral changes to strengthening team identity and personal development.

Here are some examples:

  • Knowledge of (sport and exercise) psychological concepts and theories, e.g.: stress-regulating effects of sport and movement, motivation and volition for sports, (sustainable) behavior change, communication and cooperation
  • Accompanying individual behavior change: Habits and motives; plans, goals and goal evaluation; barriers and catalysts; positive and negative thinking and language patterns
  • Team training and personal development: group cohesion through experiential learning, change by mastering challenges, improving team communication and collaboration, self-reflection and self-awareness

Defining the goal of a training is an important part of the training process. An individual initial needs analysis will set goals for each individual and team. During the training, the main objectives and questions can be adjusted if necessary. The chosen training format depends on the training goals. Theoretical input by means of lectures in front of larger groups are as much an option as workshops and trainings with small groups or 1-on-1 consulting sessions with teams and individuals.


STEP UP trainings are for all those who have questions related to sports and physical activity and / or want to develop themselves actively and experience-oriented:

  • Inactive or less active people who want to become more active
  • Stressed individuals who want to learn to handle stress better
  • Policymakers who want to improve their sports policies and incorporate evidence-based sport and exercise psychological findings

  • Individuals who want to develop more sustainably
  • (Sports) teams who want to develop and improve their performance
  • (Sports) clubs that want to improve their bonds with (especially new) members
  • Companies that want more active and healthier employees and are looking for new ways to support behavioral change and team development


STEP UP trainings use a variety of psychological approaches to optimally support all participants - this is called eclectic approach. All practical training is based on a basic humanistic attitude in which the participant is the expert in his / her behavior and the trainer facilitates change. For this purpose, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, humanistic and systemic techniques and approaches as well as methods based on NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) are used.

Reflection and autonomy are central. Throughout the training, the trainee will define clear and achievable goals.

All theoretical lectures focus on knowledge transfer and are tailored to the respective target group. If possible, activating methods are being used.