| | EP 310 – Bobby Smith and Athlete Resiliency

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Find your Why

Coach Bobby Smith [@coachbobbysmith] battled injury and what he considered less than optimal training as a collegiate javelin thrower and football player. After rehabbing and making his way to California to train with one of the best javelin coaches in the world, Smith threw at the Olympic trials. The training he received opened his eyes to true performance based training and inspired him to pass on the knowledge in his home state of New Jersey. Now he proudly runs RYPT [@igorypt] where he works predominantly with youth athletes and specializes in post injury transitional training. Hear about his experience working with 8 year olds through college age go-hards.
Coach Bobby Smith knows that it takes more than long hours in the gym and countless practices on the field to develop youth athletes. If you want their passion for sport to shine, you’ve got to get to the “why”. It’s not enough to learn that they train for the win. Everyone enjoys the trophy and pedestal moments. But the real question is what personal affirmations drive them to desire those moments of success. Smith says that once you’ve figured that out, you are far more likely to get them through the inevitable strain of failure. Creating resiliency through those setbacks is the most integral aspect to athlete development. And Smith would argue, to human development in general. As he says, he’s doing just that everyday by living out his dream coaching kids.


Get in touch with Bobby Smith from RYPT by emailing him at bobby@igotrypt.com or hit him up on instagram @igotrypt.For anyone who is headed to Sorinex Summer Strong next weekend, we will see you there!

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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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