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Take an intimate look inside the minds of swimming's highest achievers.

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Take an intimate look inside the minds of swimming's highest achievers.

    #008 Béryl Gastaldello

    #008 Béryl Gastaldello

    Beryl Gastaldello’s career is taking off. At the age of 25, after taking time off to focus on her physical and mental health and on the tail end of graduating from Texas A&M, she's become a force to be reckoned with. In this episode of Inside with Brett Hawke, Beryl shares some of what she's doing to prepare for French trials, heading into the Olympics. Listen in to hear the work she's put in to develop her confidence as a and trust herself as a swimmer. Find out why she decided to train with the men’s team at Texas A&M and her plans for the future with the ISL’s L.A Current. "Everything I went through made me way tougher than I was, which is dangerous for other people, I guess." - Beryl Gastaldello [04:22] Key Takeaways: Beryl Gastaldello’s unique approach to training. What’s behind her more recent success. How she is coming into her own as a third-generation Olympian. What she is doing to gain confidence in her swimming. Episode Timeline: [00:14] Intro [00:46] Events she’s focusing on qualifying for [01:04] Qualifying in French trials [02:52] Training for morning swims [03:47] What helped her burst onto the scene at age 25 [04:45] Finding her identity as a third-generation Olympian [05:57] Her strength training [06:52] Why she decided to come to the U.S [07:40] The reason she chose Texas A&M [08:20] What she was pleasantly surprised by [09:17] Her experience and future with the ISL and the L.A Current [11:59] Making changes for her mental health [13:12] The difference in training with the men and women at A&M [15:49] Mental breakthroughs she's had this season [17:29] Plans and goals before and after trials [19:28] Seeing herself as an Olympic medalist [20:17] Where does doubt come from? [22:53] How did she qualify for the 100 free in the last Olympics [23:58] Planning and preparing for the day of a race [25:42] Brett's experience working with Beryl [29:23] What she does to work on her underwaters [31:01] What she's thinking about in practice and what she does well [33:61] Her thoughts on Jason Calanog as a coach [37:01] How she feels about the recognition she’s receiving [38:54] Sponsorships [39:23] Outro Key Quotes: “Everything I went through made me way tougher than I was which is dangerous for other people I guess.” - Beryl Gastaldello [04:22] “I want to see this as a step because I'm looking forward to the Olympics and I don't want to just make it. I wanna go there and do great things.” - Beryl Gastaldello [19:04] “It's a little weird because if I get a little confidence then I'm very dangerous and I realize that I just need to build on that. That's what the ISL really helped me with. I realized if I was just a little more confident, everything was different.” - Beryl Gastaldello [19:42] “If you're happy, you swim fast." - Beryl Gastaldello [24:46] Connect: Find | Brett Hawke At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram @hawkebr Find | Beryl Gastaldello On Instagram: @gastaswim On Twitter: @beryl_gasta Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Spotify YouTube Special Thanks: Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019. Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone.


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    • 40 min
    #007 Rick DeMont

    #007 Rick DeMont

    If you know swimming, you know Rick DeMont. For about the last quarter of a century he coached at the University of Arizona. He was an elite swimmer himself in the 1970's breaking countless world records at the start of his career and qualifying for the Olympics at the age of 16. On the biggest world stage, in front of millions, his gold medal was wrongfully taken away.

    In this episode of Inside with Brett Hawke, Rick shares stories from his upbringing, how he developed a passion for coaching and all the ways he has been able to give back to the sport. We talk about his philosophies as a coach, the impact he’s had, and his plans for the future.


    “Hard times are a catalyst for growth.”

    - Rick DeMont [27:00]


    Key Takeaways:
    What Rick DeMont is up to today & his plans for the future.
    What shaped him and led him to coaching
    The effect his 1972 Olympic disqualification had on him.
    His innovations in sprinting.

    Episode Timeline:
    [00:20] What Rick DeMont has been up to lately
    [01:50] His experience being a highly active kid
    [02:59] How being active manifested negatively
    [05:44] Vulnerability and competition as coaches
    [07:13] His swimming beginnings and leaning into his talent
    [11:44] Why did he become a distance swimmer
    [14:63] Being disqualified from the 1972 Olympic Games
    [21:51] The start of his coaching career
    [23:40] Explanations from the Olympic committee
    [25:16] Resolutions, apologies and finding peace
    [25:61] Lessons he's been able to pass down to his athletes
    [27:19] What he was trying to achieve with sprinters at UA
    [31:09] Differences between coaching men and women
    [33:18] Innovations he is most proud of
    [39:32] Training your aerobic system with drills
    [40:31] Rick DeMont's coaching philosophy
    [42:51] Training multiple elements
    [47:36] Thoughts on Frank Busch and David Marsh
    [47:18] How are we going to get faster?
    [50:41] Will Rick DeMont stay in the sport?
    [52:03] What Brett is doing in the sport
    [53:41] Outro

    Key Quotes:
    “At that point, I really lost a lot of my heart. I'd been changed, I'd become angry and I thought, maybe by being the first to break four minutes, It might take some of that stuff away. But I was still known as the 'Gold Medal Loser’ and it was just hard on me. It was just really hard." - Rick DeMont [10:44]
    “Growth comes in hard times... hard times are a catalyst for growth.” - Rick DeMont [27:00]
    “I was more into the dance of it all rather than the numbers. I need to see the dance, just the beauty of the task” - Rick DeMont [38:59]


    Connect:

    Find | Brett Hawke

    At fitterandfaster.com

    On Instagram @hawkebr



    Find | Rick DeMont

    On Twitter: @demont_rick



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    • 57 min
    #006 Lenny Krayzelburg

    #006 Lenny Krayzelburg

    Lenny Krayzelburg has led a life filled with gratitude and grit. Becoming known as one of the best backstroke swimmers in the world did not come easily— despite his undeniable talent.

    In this episode, Lenny and I get caught up on the work he’s doing with the International Swim League’s L.A Current. Hear the story of what shaped his early days as a swimmer, the challenges he and his family faced in his youth and their migration from the Soviet Union. And most importantly, hear how embodying his life’s motto: “if it’s gonna be, it’s up to me” has earned him 4 Olympic gold medals.


    “I respect my competitors, I respect the history of the sport, I respect the coaches. I understood, I've seen people that worked just as hard, maybe as I have, but I was just a little more talented... I respected what they went through cause I knew what I went through. and how could you not respect people when they're pursuing their dreams and giving their best?" - Lenny Krayzelburg [43:00]


    Key Takeaways:
    How Lenny Krayzelburg is helping shape the future of swimming.
    What his relationship with former competitor Aaron Peirsol was like.
    The impact being an immigrant had on him as a person.
    How he planned for life after swimming.

    Episode Timeline:
    00:27 Impressions on the first year of the ISL with L.A current
    [01:43] Why did he decide to get involved in the ISL
    [04:10] Swim right academy- Water skills for kids
    [06:57] Leaving the Soviet Union as a child
    [10:58] Learning from his family and their migration
    [14:17] His college start and developing confidence as a swimmer
    [20:41] Getting a full-ride scholarship to USC
    [23:48] Focusing on the goal
    [25:20] His USC timeline
    [27:44] Making it to the world stage
    [31:03] The experience of earning first gold medal
    [37:34] Learning from mistakes
    [39:42] What becoming an Olympic champion felt like
    [41:36] Gratitude and respect in the game
    [43:51] Summarizing his career and regrets
    [47:25] His relationship with Aaron Peirsol
    [49:10] Plans for life after retirement
    [52:37] Moving forward with the ISL
    [53:39] Outro

    Key Quotes:
    “I've always been a really big advocate and believer that it all starts with fundamentals and if you have those down pat, everything else will take care of itself if you're willing to work hard, persevere and believe in yourself." - Lenny Krayzelburg [05:31]
    “The reason why we came here is for a better life and better opportunities and a better life and better opportunities only happen when you're willing to work hard and believe and appreciate everything you have around you." - Lenny Krayzelburg [09:24]
    "I live by a motto. If it's gonna be, it's up to me. I've always applied that and I learned that through all the perseverance and challenges I've encountered. Especially in the first few years in the United States." - Lenny Krayzelburg [10:27]
    “The first thing I remember is just no one will ever take this away from me." - Lenny Krayzelburg [40:52]

    Connect:

    Find | Brett Hawke

    At fitterandfaster.com

    On Instagram @hawkebr


    Find | Lenny Krayzelburg

    At swimrightacademy.com

    On Instagram: @lennyk4g

    On Twitter: @lennyk4g


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    • 54 min
    #005 Matt Kredich

    #005 Matt Kredich

    Matt Kredich has helped to create a culture of accountability within the University of Tennessee’s swim program and as their school heads into the Southeastern Conference Championships — their women’s team has come out as a favorite to bring home the championship. 

    Listen in as Matt shares his thoughts on college coaching and recruiting. He dives into what has led to the more recent success with his teams, sharing his approach to creating a team that can thrive together. Hear why American college culture is sometimes at odds with what is needed to foster exceptional athletes and how his teams are going against the grain to get results. 

    “If you, as a coach, are willing to get rid of some things that you're attached to or at least examine them, then you can be open to learn new things.” - Matt Kredich [18:34] 

    Key Takeaways: 

    Matt Kredich’s strategy for team building.
    How he balances recruiting and coaching.
    Ways his teams are pushing each other.
    Why a swimmer would choose the University of Tennessee. 

    Episode Timeline: 

    [00:28] Intro
    [00:54] University of Tennessee SEC Championship outlook
    [01:46] Why this year is different for the women’s team
    [2:57] What's behind these changes?
    [04:55] How the women on the team are holding each other accountable
    [08:41] Is there a culture of excuses for college students?
    [13:42] What Matt looks for in swimmers
    [17:31] The importance of never coasting along
    [20:00] Changes and new challenges in swimming
    [24:58] Potential Olympians on his team
    [28:] What sets the University of Tennessee apart
    [32:06] Outro 

    Key Quotes: “One of the first things we as coaches tell our athletes is that we're not asking you to be normal. We're asking you to be very abnormal. At the highest levels of performance in anything, you see a degree of abnormality." - Matt Kredich [10:32]

    “One of our jobs as coaches and the jobs of teammates, as leaders, is to remind people of what they're capable of and sometimes that's uncomfortable— but it should ultimately be inspiring." - Matt Kredich [13:29] 

    “If you, as a coach, are willing to get rid of some things that you're attached to or at least examine them, then you can be open to learn new things.” - Matt Kredich [18:34] 

    Connect: 

    Find | Brett Hawke
    At fitterandfaster.com
    On Instagram @hawkebr 

    Find | Matt Kredich
    At UTsports.com
    On Instagram: @mkredich
    On Twitter: @mkredich 

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    Special Thanks: 

    Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019. 

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    • 33 min
    #004 Dylan Carter

    #004 Dylan Carter

    Dylan Carter is preparing to become an Olympian for the second time. In the midst of preparing to compete — he set aside a few moments to sit down and talk training, life and fitness outside the pool and some of what has led him to becoming one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most accomplished swimmers. Listen in to hear about his first Olympic experience, his role as an inaugural member of the International Swimming League's L.A Current and why having the right mindset is just as important as physical training when it comes to the Olympics.

    “I want to inspire a generation, like I was [inspired]. I look at swimming in the Caribbean and I think of these kids. I think these kids deserve to have someone to look up to." 

    - Dylan Carter [03:27]



    Key Takeaways:

    What keeps Dylan Carter motivated.

    How he was inspired to become an athlete.

    Why mindset is the most important factor when heading to the Olympics.

    The effect of Mamba mentality and the power of belief.



    Episode Timeline:

    [00:15] Intro

    [00:45] Dylan’s Journey from Trinidad to where he is today.

    [02:01] How he got his start in swimming

    [03:08] What drives him?

    [04:14] Becoming an Olympian

    [05:54] What events Dylan Carter will compete in for 2020 

    [06:35] How he’s preparing and getting even better 

    [09:05] What Dylan has learned from his coaches

    [11:08] His strategy for balancing racing and training 

    [12:08] His experience with International Swim Team, The L.A Current

    [13:42] What pro swimmers do outside of the pool

    [14:41] Dylan’s week overview

    [15:40] Gym and fitness outside of the water

    [16:45] What Dylan is working to improve

    [18:21] Family, friends and performing

    [20:24] What is it going to take to make the final in 100 freestyle?

    [22:36] Brett on Cesar Cielo breaking the world record

    [24:29] The power of belief and claiming your victory

    [25:45] Outro

    Key Quotes:

    “I want to inspire a generation, like I was [inspired]. I look at swimming in the Caribbean and I think of these kids. I think these kids deserve to have someone to look up to." - Dylan Carter [03:27]

    "Once you get there you realize the chase is just a part of the journey. Once you're there, then what are you going to do?" - Brett Hawke [18:19]

    “You got a lane, you got a chance.” -Dylan Carter[21:43]

    “It's the power of belief. When you say it, you put it into action and every fiber of your body believes it... You don't hope for something to happen, you know it is going to happen and you're going to go out there and make it happen.” - Brett Hawke [25:12]

     

    Connect:

    Find | Brett Hawke

    On Instagram @hawkebr



    Find | Dylan Carter

    On Instagram: @djacarter

    On Twitter: @dylancarter11

     

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    Special Thanks:

    Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019.

    Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone.


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    • 26 min
    #003 Annie Lazor

    #003 Annie Lazor

    How did Annie Lazor go from being a good swimmer in unofficial retirement to becoming an Olympic gold hopeful in the span of 15 months?

    In today’s episode, she shares what brought her back to the water and how she worked to get herself back in the physical and mental shape needed to become a Short Course World champion. Hear what she's learned from working with breaststroke champion Lilly King and her insights on the work ethic and mental outlook needed to make her comeback worthwhile.

    “I didn't want to be the one that looked back in five years, ten years wondering what if?” - Annie Lazor [07:31]

    Key Takeaways:

    Annie Lazor’s path to becoming a world champion.

    Training adjustments that had an impact on her performance.

    How her environment shaped her work ethic.


    Episode Timeline:

    [00:24] Intro

    [00:61] How Annie Lazor  went from hiatus to Olympic gold hopeful

    [03:07] The emotional weight of having a coaching disruption

    [05:40] Never officially retiring

    [06:24] Deciding to return to swimming

    [07:38] Her mindset after coming back

    [08:52] Timeline and process from her return to becoming a world champion

    [13:11] Deciding to train with breast stroking star, Lilly King

    [15:53] The training regimen that got her there

    [22:30] Does Annie Lazor see herself as the best in the world?

    [24:39] How the environment she grew up in shaped her mentality

    [26:24] Avoiding limits and pressure

    [29:14] Her relationship with Lilly King

    [33:29] When her Olympic dreams started to take shape

    [36:20] Outro


    Key Quotes:

    “I didn't want to be the one that looked back in five years, ten years wondering what if?" - Annie Lazor [07:31]

    "It's given me this train of thought of, 'okay that was great, lets celebrate it for a minute and now what's next?'... How much better can I get? [23:47]

    Connect Socially:
    Find | Brett Hawke

    On Instagram @hawkebr

    Find | Annie Lazor

    On Instagram: @annielazor

    On Twitter: @lazorlaze



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    Special Thanks:

    Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster.  
    Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019. 

    Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd.
    Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone. 




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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

RyanCarver ,

Insightful , Inspirational & Well Presented

This podcast is well presented and informal. Brett comes across as relaxed so the dialogue between he and his guests flows making it easy to listen to. I have enjoyed the 6 episodes that are out so far but two in particular, #001 with Jack Roach who has an open and forthcoming perspective on life, athletes and philosophy and #006 with Lenny Krayzelburg who brings energy and appreciation to his views and experiences in swimming. Both were very inspiring to listen to.

Big Mac11 ,

If you love swimming, you’ll love this

Genuinely, the best look inside the minds that give us our olympians, our world record holders, our highest achieving and performing athletes.

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