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Strength Coach Roundtable: Performance Psychology for Rowers

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UK (GMT) - February 13th, 12:00AM
USA/Canada (PST) - February 12th, 4:00PM
USA/Canada (EST) - February 12th, 7:00PM
NZ (NZDT) - Ferbuary 13th, 1:00PM

In this episode, rowing strength coaches and Rowperfect UK authors Will Ruth, Blake Gourley, and Joe Deleo are joined by recent Rowing Chat guest Sara Lombardi for a discussion of performance psychology. Learn what makes elite athletes tick and how you can incorporate mental skills training to take your training and competition to higher heights!

Will Ruth is the strength coach for the Western Washington University men’s club team and the author of Rowperfect’s bestselling e-book, “Rowing Stronger: Strength Training to Maximize Rowing Performance.” A former high school rower, Will graduated from Western with a degree in kinesiology (exercise science), focus in sport psychology. He is an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA-Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, and US Rowing Level 2, and is currently pursuing his MA degree in Sport Coaching with the University of Denver. You can find Will’s work online at his website, www.strengthcoachwill.com, for articles, videos, and interview content for rowers, lacrosse players, and coaches. Will also coaches high school lacrosse and competes in the sport of Strongman.

Blake Gourley brings over a decade of rowing experience to the table. He spent 4 years rowing for the Los Gatos Rowing Club where he was team captain and the fastest rower on the team in 2004. In 2004, Blake was recruited to row for Cal’s undefeated freshman crew. An injury at Cal sidelined his rowing career, but led to his passion for injury reduction in the sport of rowing. Over the course of his coaching career his teams have consistently placed in the top 5 at state championships. Blake is a Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist through The National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also a Functional Movement Screen Expert, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Speciality, and Certified Functional Strength Coach. Blake continues to further his expertise with internships at locations such as Stanford Sports Performance, and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (voted the #1 gym in the USA).

Blake is currently the Performance Director at the Los Gatos Rowing Club, Co-owner of Movement Evolution Performance Training, and a board member for the Sports Medicine Certificate at West Valley College.

Joe DeLeo is a former collegiate rower turned strength coach. His practice focuses on working with endurance athletes such as rowers, runners, and triathletes to get stronger so they can perform their best. He also has tremendous experience rehabbing rowing-related injuries and stresses. He uses three modalities to train his athletes and clients: bodyweight, kettlebells, and indian clubs. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds certifications as a Functional Movement Specialist, Rocktape FMT II, and is a Level I Girya with StrongFirst. He lives in Providence, RI, where he can be found both off and on the water helping his athletes get stronger, move better, and race faster! You can read his blog posts at: http://leotraining.io/blog-leotraining/

Sara Lombardi grew up as the oldest of four siblings in Simsbury, CT. She played many sports growing up and tried rowing at Simsbury High School, where she was immediately hooked. She was recruited to row at Princeton University where her collegiate career peaked during her senior season when she was named Captain of the team, rowed an undefeated dual season, a 3rd place finish at NCAAs, and was named First Team All-America. Upon graduation, Sara turned down an offer on Wall Street to continue rowing at the elite level.

Her National Team accomplishments include a 2012 U-23 Gold medal in the Women’s Four, a 2011 Senior Team Gold Medal in the Women’s Four, and a Fourth place finish in the 2012 Olympic Games in the Women’s Pair. Following London, Sara committed to training for another Olympic Cycle, but unfortunately was plagued with injury for almost two years. She ultimately chose to leave the USRowing Training Center in search of health and peak performance. Her journey has lead her around the world where she has been fortunately enough to work with different coaches, pair partners, and training programs and has improved her fitness, rowing skill, and understanding of the human body.

Sara currently lives in Boston, MA where she runs an elite rowing coaching program with her husband called Rowfficient. She is also a Senior Account Manager at SMACK! Media where she works with innovative and authentic brands.

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UK (GMT) - February 13th, 12:00AM
USA/Canada (PST) - February 12th, 4:00PM
USA/Canada (EST) - February 12th, 7:00PM
NZ (NZDT) - Ferbuary 13th, 1:00PM
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