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Welcome to The Forza Athletics Life & Coaching Podcast! The purpose of this podcast will be to share my thoughts and experiences about coaching high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate throwers. I’ll be discussing research based ideas as well as my personal thoughts about various topics, including but not limited to; coaching, routines, rituals, coach/life balance, motivation, preparation, and self-efficacy.

The Forza Athletics Life & Coaching Podcast Charles J. Infurna, EdD

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Welcome to The Forza Athletics Life & Coaching Podcast! The purpose of this podcast will be to share my thoughts and experiences about coaching high school, collegiate, and post-collegiate throwers. I’ll be discussing research based ideas as well as my personal thoughts about various topics, including but not limited to; coaching, routines, rituals, coach/life balance, motivation, preparation, and self-efficacy.

    Season 2020 - Episode 12 Do You Really Want to be Great?

    Season 2020 - Episode 12 Do You Really Want to be Great?

    In this episode I continue to conversation from last week about re-evaluating expectations and the work it truly takes in order to move forward in a positive manner throughout your throwing journey.

    I do want to revisit this topic again because I think it is important to provide coaches out there with some strategies and tools they can implement when encountering situations like this.  First off, I’d like to share some feedback I received when I was working on a project a couple of years ago.

    The scope of my project was to ask post-collegiate throwers why they continued throwing after graduating from college.  I was really fortunate to interview three American Olympians for the project.  I cannot share their names or the events they competed in because it would give away their anonymity (and would show poor ethics on my part).  

    While I was conducting the interviews, I asked everyone the same follow-up question about how much time each individual spent training per week and season.  When I interviewed the Olympians, I asked them how much time they spent training for the respective event per Olympic quad.

    • 19 min
    Season 2020 - Episode 11 Re-Evaluating Expectations After Returning From Break

    Season 2020 - Episode 11 Re-Evaluating Expectations After Returning From Break

    In re-evaluating expectations after break with my athletes, I would; 1) review their goals with them, 2) develop an action plan with them on how to get back on track, 3) input accountability metrics along the way, and 4) share with them that at least for the first couple of meets (usually through the beginning of February) to focus on the process of getting back into throwing shape and not stress or feel anxious about the distances they thought they should be throwing at this point in the season and weren’t.

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    • 12 min
    Season 2020 - Episode 10 Inspired by Adriane Wilson

    Season 2020 - Episode 10 Inspired by Adriane Wilson

    Last week I got a swim session in at the local YMCA with my dad.  After my swim, I sat down in the sauna.  There was a gentleman sitting there.  After a few moments we started talking about training, life, and inspiration.  I usually get anxious after sitting in the sauna at around the 30 minute mark, but on this day the time was flying by.  Before he left the sauna, he asked me what gave me the inspiration to train as much as I do at my age.  Earlier in the conversation I told him I was going to turn 38 in February and that I had three little boys.  I said to him, “What inspires me to train as much as I do?”  He said, “Yes.”  Without hesitation I told him about my friend Adriane (Blewitt) Wilson.

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    • 11 min
    Season 2020 - Episode 9 Fear and Apprehension

    Season 2020 - Episode 9 Fear and Apprehension

    In this week's episode I thought it would be fitting to discuss the summer of 2004.  I had just graduated from college, was enrolled in graduate school, and I was beginning my teaching career that fall.  With all the positive opportunities in my life at that time, I reflect back on how fearful and apprehensive I was to follow my dreams.  Rather than try to continue pursing my passion of throwing, I reluctantly made the decisions that everyone in my life expected of me, and here we are almost 16 years later.  

    This episode shares my early post-collegiate throwing story, how I got there, but more importantly where I really wanted to go.  Sitting here now and looking back to that summer, I wish I wasn't as fearful and scared to follow my dream.  

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    • 25 min
    Season 2020 - Episode 8 Reflections From 2019

    Season 2020 - Episode 8 Reflections From 2019

    As a coach at Forza Athletics for the past three years, I can honestly say that I have been truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with such an outstanding group of post-collegiate and high-school throwers!    This past year saw our athletes grow by leaps and bounds in the circle.  It marked the 3rd year in a row we have had a thrower accept a Division I scholarship and the 2nd year in a row we have had a male thrower in New York State join the 70' weight and 50' shot-put club during a season.  This year William was able to accomplish the feat in the same meet.  On the women's high school side, Monique Hardy won the 2019 New Balance Indoor National Championship in the 20lb. weight throw with a distance of 64'7", moving her up to 6th all-time among high school female throwers and 2nd all-time in New York State.  I appreciate everyone that has taken the time to engage with me here on social media.  It means a lot to mean that you have taken the time to watch a video, leave a comment here and on Instagram, and engage with our Forza Friday series.  I hope that the content shared with everyone is helpful, meaningful, but most importantly that you are able to apply the concepts, thoughts, and ideas discussed within your own throwing world.  Thank you!  

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    • 17 min
    Season 2020 Episode 7 - Making the Transition to Post-Collegiate Throwing

    Season 2020 Episode 7 - Making the Transition to Post-Collegiate Throwing

    I asked our social media friends on Tuesday if they had any ideas about podcast episodes.  I received two great ideas from a graduate assistant throwing coach in the Mid-West.  Her first question was about making the transition to post-collegiate throwing.  In this episode, I discuss three facets I think are important when making a successful transition to post-collegiate throwing.

    1.  Why do you want to continue throwing post-collegiately

    2.  What sacrifices are you willing to make in order to achieve your goal(s)

    3.  Do you have a support system that is as enthusiastic about you achieving your goal(s) as you are

    • 24 min

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