David Benzel, “From Chump to Champ Part II”

David Benzel – founder of Growing Champions for Life – shares his podcasts here on usagymclub.com.  Each podcast is an interview with new people to get different perspectives on parenting a young athlete.

David Benzel, “From Chump to Champ Part II”

In this interview, David discusses the personal journey of growth from “good to great” in which all athletes are engaged to some degree.

David Benzel, “From Chump to Champ Part I”

In this interview David discusses the personal journey of growth from “good to great” in which all athletes are engaged to some degree.

Mary Lore

Founder and CEO of Managing Thought, LLC.

Managing Thought, LLC, helps individuals and organizations develop self-awareness and change the way they think to attain profound change and long-lasting success. Mary Lore is an internationally recognized thought leader, multiple award-winning author, executive coach, and mentor to key influencers and thought leaders around the world. In this interview she applies her “managing thought” principles to youth sports.

Dr. Rick Jensen

Sport Psychologist

In this interview, Dr. Rick Jensen, author of “Drive to the Top”, reveals the most common traps and best solutions for dealing with athletic fears, concentration issues, and parental performance pressures.

Mandy McLane

Pro Tri-Athlete and former collegiate track star at Clemson University

Mandy shares the story of her journey through youth sports from a young swimmer to pro tri-athlete.

Ben Bollinger

Football Athlete and Air Force Academy First Year Cadet

Ben was named West Orange High School Graduate named Defensive Player of the Year for Orlando Metro Area, and First Team All-State Safety.

Caryn Kadavy

Represented the U.S. at 1988 Olympics in Figure Skating

Caryn currently coaches young skaters in Minneapolis and presents at clinics across the country. She is committed to developing the skills and character of her skaters on and off the ice.

Laury Hammel

President/Owner, The Longfellow Clubs

Longfellow Clubs are locally owned and independent tennis and health clubs committed to the health and well-being of the Boston community. Laury Hammel has coached nationally ranked tennis players for 44 years and remains an avid competitive player as well.

Mike Koleber

Nitro Swim Coach

Mike Koleber and his wife Tracy are the owners of Nitro Swimming in Austin, TX. They have two locations, and serve over 1800 competitive swimmers. Their competitive team has won 9 of the last 11 Texas Age Group Championships, and their older kids just came off of a 3nd place team finish at the United States Junior Nationals this past winter. In this interview Mike discusses the motivation issues that parents and athletes face.

Wendy Bruce Martin

Olympic Gymnast and 1992 Bronze Medalist

Wendy brings a unique blend of experience as an Olympian, a coach, a mental toughness trainer, and a parent of two athletes. In this interview she shares her observations about how parents can find a balance between over-involvement and complete detachment from their children’s activities. Wendy also provides some great strategies about how to have productive conversations with our kids about what they’re learning, and how to use every day activities to help build confidence.