| EP 331 – Nate Brookreson Calls Out Coaching Bullshit

Author / Cali Hinzman

7 - 20 minutes read

Run Towards the Difficult Conversations

When you’ve coached as many college athletes as Nick Brookreson [@nbrookreson] you learn a thing or two about injury and recovery. The public’s perception is so far from reality that when an athlete finally breaks, all they see is failure. But Brookreson gives incredible perspective on the journey of those athletes who are incredibly successful despite the amount of pain and injury they play through every day. Often times, it’s heart wrenching to see their dreams slip away.  Having coached at the college level for many years, Brookreson is all too familiar with the behind the scenes dynamic between the staff to keep these players performing. Learn more about his journey and how it led him to NC State.

Finding the balance between coach, mentor, and collaborator takes more than an a masters degree and an internship. It takes years of experience testing your role and your approach to strength and conditioning. Not everyone as is forthcoming as Nate Brookreson of NC State. He believes that the real detriment to our community is the illusion that each coach has it all figured out. Nate has taken on the challenge of speaking more openly about training that has worked and protocols that have not. As he explains, the testing is about the individual – their abilities, performance pitfalls, and history of injury. In a position where you’re expected to be an advocate for the student athlete AND a loyal “team player” with the staff, it’s important to run towards the difficult conversations rather than away from them. Listen NOW!

Empower Your Performance

Follow Nate on social media both instagram and twitter @NBrookreson or contact him by email NateBrookreson@gmail.com.


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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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