Chad Vaughn is a 2-time Olympian, 9 time National Champion, International medalist including and overall goald at the 2003 Pan American Games, and the American Record Holder in the Clean and Jerk for the 77kG weight class in the sport of weightlifting.
Chad is by far the highest level weightlifter that we have had on the 4th pull podcast. His knowledge of the sport and passion for helping others is amazing.
Another reason we wanted to have Chad on the show is because of his involvement with CrossFit. Since 2009 Chad has been coaching weekly weightlifting classes, programming for every level athlete and leading seminars at athlete camps throughout the world. He understands the sport of fitness and how to relate it to the sport of weightlifting.
Jason Leydon is the Founder and Head Coach at CrossFit Milford, CT. Jason earned his degree in Physical Education and Health from Eastern CT State University where he also played basketball. After college Jason pursued his basketball career and traveled overseas to Holland to continue his dream.
Jason dove into CrossFit Early. He has worked on the Level One Staff has a strong endurance back ground and has lead numerous teams and individuals to the games. He has a wealth of knowledge to pull from and really opens up on the show.
His passion shines through as he dives into story telling and his ability to discover the true reason why athletes want to be successful.
He is now part of the Power Monkey Team and leads his own seminars on coaching and programming.
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This week on the show (Subscribe on iTunes!) we welcome Dave Thomas, head trainer and owner of Performance 360 (http://perform-360.com/) in San Diego, California. Dave’s gym is located in a crowded market, but he has managed to expand to two locations and now manages over 600 athletes. Dave and his partner Bryan are building an empire, and they have some great advice for aspiring athletes out there.
Dave has a few pretty legit certifications- USA Weightlifting, Russian Kettle bell, Nicole Zapoli Gymnastics, CPT-NSCA, CNC, NCAA, but nothing compares to his many hours on the floor and the way he has taken responsibility for actually connecting with athletes. Meeting athletes where they are, usually sweaty and on the gym mat, has given Dave insight into how to get results.
“Dave had a vision to challenge the status quo of what a gym experience should entail. That fitness was much more than competing in a workout. That it was a way to prepare for life.” (Is this a quote from the episode? As a reader I’d like to know who said it – OR – You could add something like: “More in the episode!”)
Are you an athlete with goals of getting better, faster, stronger – goals of winning competitions and mastering your division? To reach the top, successful athletes listen to their coaches. In other words, they are extremely coachable. Does this describe you? Would your coach agree?
In this episode, Dave talks all about how to become a more coachable athlete. Are you stubborn, ignoring advice and critique, or do you soak up every piece of information the coach lays on you? Do you trust your coach even when the instructions seem strange or difficult? There is a right way and a wrong way to react as an athlete, and in the end it can have a major effect on your performance.
Dave has not only built a successful business, but he also built a multitude of successful athletes. If you’re an athlete – there is wisdom for you to gain and help for you to get to the next level. And if you’re a coach or a business owner - there are gems here for your athletes whether they are easy or diamonds in the rough.