Driven to Succeed.
This week we are so pumped to share our chat with Matt Wichlinski. He is the head strength and conditioning coach at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. As you’ll hear, Matt is responsible for making the mediocre athletes stronger and keeping the strongest, most prized wrestlers safe. In a sport where theatrical performance often trumps athletic performance, Coach Wichlinski strikes the appropriate balance to ensure the success of these men and women.
It’s not difficult to get Matt heated on any number of subjects. This verbose character is reminiscant of past guests such as Zach Even Esh. He explains to the crew what it’s like to work with the personalities of the WWE and how like any client-coach relationship, some are better than others. Ultimately, it’s the ones with the strongest work ethic whose success trickles into all facets of life.
Matt is a huge proponent for simple training. He believes that to become a better athlete you must be consistent in order to perfect the basics of strength training. This ethos echos into his approach to sports specific programming in that the program must prioritize competition over training. As you’ll hear, his struggles with the WWE are no different than what we see in traditional HS or College weightrooms.
I’m so excited to bring you this really invigorating chat with the one and only Matt Wichlinski.
EMPOWER YOUR PERFORMANCE.
You can also take a video tour of the WWE Performance Center by finding the video on this episdode’s blogpost or by going to the WWE website. It is truly an impressive place to train.
Next week we welcome Dr. Dan Reardon of Fitness Genes to talk about how testing your genetics to improve training and diet may be the best thing you’re not doing.
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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