Welcome to The Forza Athletics Life & Coaching Podcast!
The purpose of this podcast will be to interview strength athletes from an array of disciplines to get a closer look at how they prepare for competition, their mindset, routines/rituals, how they got their start in their respective sport, and the work/life/sport balance. This podcast is will give the listener a behind-the-scenes look at how athletes and coaches alike achieved their success, what they did to get there, and how they compete at that level over a period of time.
New interviews will drop at 9am EST on Monday mornings.
Catching Up With World Class Mom and Triathlete Kristen Lipscomb
This week I had to catch up with world class Triathlete and super mom Kristen Lipscomb. Kristen and I were teammates in high school (track and field). We both competed in the throwing events, with some shorter races sprinkled in. Since graduating from high school, Kristen has become a world class Triathlete, having qualified for the 70.3 world championships in 2020. Besides being a world class athlete, Kristen is a wife and mom of two little ones. Even after our interview, I still struggle with figuring out how she is able to balance a career, family, and training all through a world-wide pandemic.
In this episode, Kristen and I discussed:
1. All things Webster
2. Competing in high school track and field
3. Overcoming injuries in high school
4. Making the transition to Triathlon
5. When she realized she might be a "good" Triathlete
6. Racing for two
7. Managing a work-life balance
8. The mental conditioning required to race longer distances (half and full Ironman races)
9. What goes into the physical preparation of competing in longer distances
10. Advice for those interested in competing in Triathlon
Catching Up With Pan American Gold Medalist Olympic Weightlifter Alyssa Ritchey
This week I got the chance to catch up with Pan American Games Gold Medalist Olympic Weightlifter Alyssa Ritchey. I was so pumped to conduct this interview that we just kept on talking! Alyssa's weightlifting credentials are amazing:
2019 Pan American Championship 2019; 1st for snatch, Clean & jerk, and total
Strongest athlete pound for pound in the history of the USA for the clean and jerk at 107kg made at Pan Americans in 2019
Pan American record holder for clean & jerk
12th at World Championships in 2018
4th at the Pan American Championships in 2018
7th at World Championship in 2017
Medalist at the 2017 Pan American Championships
3rd in total & 2nd in snatch
5th USA woman to ever clean & jerk double bodyweight in the history of the USA made Pan Americans in 2017
Alyssa is also a 4x Regional Crossfit Games competitor. In this interview Alyssa and I discussed:
1. Her childhood and how she got her start in athletics
2. Her introduction to Olympic Weightlifting
3. Competing in Crossfit
4. Qualifying for Crossfit Regionals
5. Making the transition to only Olympic Weightlifting
6. Qualifying for her first international Olympic Weightlifting Team
8. Cutting weight
9. The USA Olympic Weightlifting International Team selection process
Catching Up With Thrower Nick Ponzio
This week I got the chance to catch up with USC graduate and all-round badass thrower Nick Ponzio. It was great conversation, one in which I realized that we have more in common besides throwing. Nick's family came to the United States from Italy shortly after the conclusion to World War I, settled on the East Coast before finally settling in Southern California.
In this episode, Nick and I discussed:
1. Growing up Italian-American
2. Picking up the shot as a junior in high school
3. Selecting Florida
4. Making the transition to USC
5. How his family encouraged him to continue throwing post-collegiately
6. Training in Arizona with Ryan Whiting
7. Competing on the international stage
8. Finishing 4th in the world
9. Training for the 2021 season and Olympic Trials
10. Advice for others stuck at a crossroads in their lives
Catching Up With Olympic Weightlifting Master's World Champion Kristi Brewer
This week I got the chance to catch up with master's world champion Olympic weightlifter Kristi Brewer. Besides being a world champion lifter, Kristi is also a world record holder and all world wife and mom. In this episode Kristi and I discussed:
1. Her introduction to Olympic weightlifting
2. When she realized she could be a "good" lifter
3. Qualifying for USA Nationals in her first competition
4. Competing internationally
5. Managing a home/training balance with her family
6. Advice for new Olympic weightlifters
7. Making the decision to train full-time and get away from the corporate world
8. Next competition steps
Episode 2 - Your Questions Answered
In this episode I answered questions I received on Instagram.
1. How did you end up at Alfred St.?
2. How do you set up your practice schedule through COVID restrictions?
3. Best ways to keep kids engaged
4. Thoughts on missing the indoor season
5. Keeping athletes motivated with the potential loss of the indoor and outdoor season
Episode 1 - Back to Collegiate Coaching
In this episode I discuss how I got back into collegiate coaching by becoming the throwing coach of the Alfred State Pioneers. I also share my thoughts about coaching through restrictions, quarantine, and limited schedules.