Building a bridge between coaching and parenting and sharing conversations about balancing the high demands of elite sport and being a father
Dad Strength Podcast Ep. 8 - Bo Sandoval
Bo Sandoval is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the UFC. He is the father of two young sons and has been a strength & conditioning coach for almost 16 years. He started working at the UFC after 8 years at University of Michigan. We discuss the differences between collegiate and professional settings, what young coaches need to do to set themselves up in better positions, and the importance of developing trust with your children and athletes by always having an answer for them. He also talks about the importance of honest communication, mutual decision making, and teamwork with your spouse to maintain a strong relationship when work and kids get demanding. I hope you enjoy the episode!
Mom Strong - Becky Bonaventura
Today is our first Mom Strong Episode with Becky Bonaventura, Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Rutgers University. In episode 5, MK Feit talked about the importance of having coaches that are moms mentor young coaches who want to become moms. With the growing presence of woman in high performance sport, it is important to share stories from current mothers in order to show that being a a high performing coach and a high performing mom is possible. Becky does just that in this episode by discussing how she takes care of herself in order to be the best mom, wife, and coach she can possibly be. Also, she talks about what the S&C profession and universities need to do to help moms realize they can be a mom and a successful coach throughout an entire career.
Dad Strength Podcast Ep. 6 - Andrew Stuart
Andrew Stuart is the Head Performance Coach for US Speedskating where he is entering his 3rd season in that position. Andrew has a 2 year old son, Thomas, who makes a guest appearance on this show! We discuss the importance of managing work hours by not stressing about things you cannot control, and remembering that S&C is only a small piece of the large performance puzzle. Andrew also discusses the importance of thinking about the legacy you want to leave as a parent and as a coach. Thinking about this question creates more intentional, meaningful action and leads to more satisfaction in both professional and personal arenas. Enjoy!
Dad Strength Podcast Ep. 5 - Mary Kate and Adam Feit
Mary Kate and Adam Feit - The Do-It-All Strength & Conditioning Couple. Mary Kate and Adam just finished their PhD work at Springfield College, where they are professors and coaches in the Strength & Conditioning Department. Both Mary Kate and Adam have years of experience in the field at all different levels. Mary Kate grew up training and working at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning and went on to work at University of Iowa, University of Louisville, and several different private facilities. Adam has worked at several different Division 1 football programs, the Carolina Panthers, and both Adam and Mary Kate started RYPT with Bobby Smith in New Jersey.
Mary Kate and Adam bring loads of experience and information to this conversation. Adam discusses how they help their children make more informed, independent decision rather than telling them what to do, and Mary Kate discusses the importance of female mentorship in the S&C profession so that young female coaches know that being a mom and a strength coach is a possibility.
Dad Strength Podcast Ep. 4 - John Mayer
John Mayer, Head Beach Volleyball Coach at Loyola Marymount University and former Beach Volleyball superstar, joins me on this episode! John brings the experience of both a coach and an athlete to this conversation, and he discusses how to manage the schedule in both of those roles. He also goes into detail about creating opportunities for his daughter to try new things and be okay failing at them in order to help her grow mentally and physically. I hope you enjoy!
Dad Strength Podcast Ep. 3 - Jason Pullara
Coach Jason Pullara is currently the Director of Olympic Strength & Conditioning at Purdue University and a father of 4; 5 year old son, 3 year old son, and 1 year old twin daughters. He brings years of experience to the conversation and discusses the importance of figuring out your values and establishing your personal mission statement in order to create more sustainable, satisfying work situations.
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A must-listen for aspiring coaches and parents!
Christian and his Dad Strength Podcast marry two oft-discussed yet rarely combined topics, coaching and parenting. As a coach and aspiring father, I’ve found this podcast does an excellent job shedding light on a lot of the intricate details great coaches and their families focus on to achieve success professionally and as parents. The guests are experts in their field and offer great anecdotes and time-tested strategies to help manage/balance their daily life. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in shared stories of coaching, strength and family.
Christian is knowledgeable and personable. Love this podcast. A lot of great wisdom and advice. If you want to improve your strength and health look no further you found it.