Chris Nieves is the founder and director of Empower Mental Training where he aims to help athletes, performers, and pageant contestants reach their potential and goals. Chris has a BS in Athletic Training and recently earned a Master's degree in Sport Psychology at Texas Christian University (TCU). Playing sports have always been a major component of Chris' life. In high school, Chris excelled in track and field and had the opportunity to continue to compete in track and field at the Division I level. From being a Division I athlete, Chris learned the importance of the mental aspect of sports. From this experience, he developed an interest in sport psychology. He decided to pursue a career in helping athletes and performers learn mental skills to help them succeed and overcome obstacles. Aside from track and field, Chris has a diverse background playing other sports like football, baseball, and basketball.
Chris is also very passionate about how mental skills training can help other populations such as pageant contestants. After attending various pageants and working with pageant contestants, Chris realized that mental skills training can be extremely beneficial for those competing in pageants. He also noticed that the mental aspect of competing in a pageant was missing and not emphasized enough in most pageant coaching. As a result, Chris decided to enter the world of pageant coaching by offering mental skills training specifically geared for pageant contestants. He believes that mental skills training will revolutionize how pageant contestants prepare for pageants.
Aside from competing in athletics, Chris is also a licensed athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning coach. From this, Chris has worked alongside coaches and athletes of various levels. He also spends much time helping injured athletes stay motivated and getting them back on the playing field. From his educational background, Chris has a well-rounded knowledge of the physical and mental skills needed to be successful in sports. Chris is also a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and continues to keep up with the current literature on mental skills training for athletes, performers, and pageant contestants.
In his free time, Chris enjoys exercising, attending sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family. Chris currently resides in Long Island, New York.