“Off the Pitch with Active”

These episodes are to help parents accelerate their children’s development and confidence in their sport by applying the recommendations from professionals, coaches and specialised educators.

Active#005: Trevor Ragan, Founder of Train Ugly

3:00     Introduction and background of Train Ugly

8:30     Concept of the Jungle and Zoo tiger and how he uses this concept with schools and Fortune 500 companies

15:45   It started with a dream

19:30   Times have changed but the brain has not is the start of discussions about Train Ugly videos. Development is rapid all around us but is the way we are using the brain when learning and teaching keeping up?

24:00   FEAR

29:00   Growth Mindset

47:37   Our mind may feel that our child’s performance is a reflection of us parents so we try to help them avoid mistakes.

53:17   Creating a safe learning environment


My next guest, Trevor Ragan, Founder of Train Ugly has a BA in Sociology. He is on an adventure to discover and share the science of growth and development.

He has done workshops with groups from all over the world. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, Major league Baseball Teams, Olympic teams, 100’s of schools and even a few prisons.

Like he describes it “He seeks out the scientists and thought leaders in the world of development, consume their research and discoveries. He connects the dots and shares with anyone who will listen. I was one of those who wanted to learn.”


I discovered Train Ugly through his excellent descriptive videos in my own research. He displays powerful diagrams and animations about the mind and learning. Trevor’s videos have over 500,000 downloads


Here are some comments from a couple of people

Thanks Trevor,

One of the best emails I’ve received in 2015 and undoubtedly the best article I’ve read. I’ve just shared it with all the coaching staff at West Bromwich Albion. Thanks! and keep up all the work.

Aaron Danks, UEFA A Licensed coach West Bromwich Albion 2015

Here is another one

Firstly can I say..WOW! What a fantastic site! I absolutely love what you have done here. I just wanted to reach out and commend you on this. I think it is fantastic and I will be linking and tweeting about this to everybody I know.

Stewart Armstrong, England Rugby


Recommended books by Trevor Ragan

Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Rising strong by Bren Brown

War of art by Steven Pressfield

Brain Rules by John J. Medina

Obstacles in the way by Ryan Holiday


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Instagram:       @trainugly

Facebook:        @Train Ugly

Twitter:           @train_ugly


Two of Train Ugly’s top videos