Season 2 Episode 45, Dr. Bubbs sits down with expert Strength and Conditioning Coach Jorge Carvajal to talk about why his training philosophy starts with “people first”, how to build trust with athletes and the importance of failure in the learning process. He also talks about how strength and conditioning coaches are effectively load managers, the lessons he learned working in NCAA college football and coaching in Russia, and common mistakes made by young coaches. Jorge also shares how the “other 22-hours” in the day impact an athlete's load and why sleep (and naps) and getting the training process right are his big rocks in the recovery process. Finally, Jorge shares his experience with burnout, the alarming number of coaches who reach out to him struggling with burnout and how he rebuilt his ideal life around the things he loves most. Fantastic insights and wisdom from a true leader in the field!
Summary of This Episode
1:30 – Coach Carvajal’s “People First” philosophy
4:45 – How to build athlete “buy-in”?
8:45 – Strength coach are effectively load managers
12:45- Roadblocks to effective load management
21:00 – Training lessons learned in NCAA football
24:30 – Getting outside your comfort zone – Working in Russia
31:45 – Lessons learned from early career mistakes
36:50 – Different mindset working with military and special ops
45:10 - How getting back to nature support mental health & performance
52:15 – Building the life you want & defining success
58:30 – Common traits of great coaches
About Jorge Carvajal
Jorge Carvajal is a performance coach and consultant who has worked with elite athletes in multiple sports and the tactical world for over twenty five years. He has trained thousands of athletes at the University of Florida, the University of Nebraska, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, along with numerous professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, World Surf League Big Wave Tour surfers, and much more. Follow Jorge on Twitter @carvperformance.