| | EP 344 – Ivy League Coaching With Tom Newman

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2 hr 00 min listen

Emotional Intelligence for Athletes

With access to some of the greatest minds in academia, Director of Student Athlete Innovation & Performance Tom Newman [@bulldog.strength] has been successful in creating a winning culture at Yale. Tom brings his knowledge of training and sports science to the table but has learned that the key is to “stay humble, stay hungry”. With this mindset, he’s exposed himself, and subsequently his athletes, to a world of research and human behavioral studies that he feels is the future of athletic performance. There’s no doubt that the incorporation of concepts like emotional intelligence into his program has given his college athletes an edge and awareness that is generally overlooked by traditional athletics programs. This, Tom says, is just the beginning.

Visit the weight room at Yale University and you won’t find Coach Tom Newman [@bulldog.strength] screaming at his athletes or hyping his teams up. Newman says the environment of focus, precision, and accountability is something that can only be appreciated in person. This is not a lucky happenstance because he’s working with some of the smartest young minds in our country, it’s by design. Luke and Tex present some of the common issues seen at the collegiate level and Tom provides pointed solutions with ease. His organization of the student athletes into a system of accountability has proven effective. He also tackles the delicate sport coach/strength coach balance. It’s obvious Newman’s love for performance has caused him to seek the mental edge in some unconventional places. Listen NOW!

Empower Your Performance

Find Coach Tom Newman at the Yale weight room or contact him directly via email at Thomas.Newman@Yale.edu to throw your hat into the Ivy League internship ring.

Here are some of the “actionable items” Tom presented in this episode:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k8TcF-3ofY  – Chris Argyris
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf-lDPXVW9I – Chris Argyris
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcFefehMpZ0 – Mark Brackett
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0cOjOWmmI – Mark Brackett
  5. https://moodmeterapp.com/science/ – Mood Meter App 
  6. https://lexingtonathleticclub.com/blog/the-myth-of-discipline-2/ – Poliquin Myth of Discipline 


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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


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