Monday, October 11, 2010

Get to Know Your Coach: Nathan Burandt

Hello Everyone!

Athletes at AGSP get to work with the area's best sports performance coaches during their training sessions. Recently I did a Q&A with Coach Nathan Burandt, check it out and get to know your coaches better!

Our athletes know you as Coach Nathan Burandt, what does Coach Burandt like to do outside of making athletes better?
I actually like to do a lot of things out side of training athletes. First and foremost I love spending time with my family. I try to play with Jasmine and Damien as much as possible (my two kids). I personally love to train myself. I'm constantly scheming and developing programs and I try them out on myself. Out side of training I play on some men's league softball teams. Other than training athletes, music is another passion I have. I no longer play any instruments but I love going to concerts. I've seen bands like Throwdown, Chimaira, Poison the Well, Soulfly, Slayer, and Machine Head and many others many times.

How did you get started working with athletes?
I have always had a passion for sport and training. I trained for diving, swimming, football, and rugby. I was one of those gym rats that would spend as much time as possible training. Well that passion coupled with the passion to want to teach others led me to training athletes. I always believed in needing to train mind, body, and spirit and this allows me to teach and train that same aspect.
Based on your experience, what is the one, biggest physical skill that today's athlete lacks? How do you address that need?
I feel today athletes lack mobility. Most athletes spend their time outside of training sitting. Most of them don't take rolling and stretching very seriously and don't really address it the way they should. They may do a very good job here at the facility but when it comes to practice and game times they don't focus on their mobility, flexibility or a proper warm up. I am constantly evaluating the athletes while they are in the program. If I notice that they are having some type of mobility issue I address it right away and come up with a plan that they can follow out side of the program.

You have a lot of Collegiate Division One Speed, Strength, and Conditioning experience, how has time at the collegiate level helped your current athletes?
I learned a lot at the collegiate level. I'm able to parlay the information that I learned at the collegiate level to the athletes here. I can easily say "We trained our college athletes the same way we are training you!" This helps a lot with the athletes when they ask, "Why are we doing this?" I can tell them not only why we are doing something functionally but that the collegiate athletes are also focusing on the same aspects.

What do you like most about working with athletes?
I love the comradery and the feeling that I am helping a person get better and that doesn't always have to be about athletics. Just knowing that the athletes can come and talk to me about anything and that I can give them the best advice I can and to try and make this the best part of their day makes me love what I do.
What advice would you give today's athlete?
Have fun. Try as many sports as you possibly can and don't stop having fun. Remember, it's about the journey not the destination.

Thanks Coach Burandt for you expertise, passion, and great coaching!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart

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