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Upper Hand Sports Pod

Episode 18: Legacy Sports Performance Owner Bryce Biel

Posted by Upper Hand | Jan 3, 2018 11:20:22 AM

Bryce Biel has a long history with the game of football and was named All Conference, All Area, and All State Honorable Mention while attending Geneva High School. He continued his football career at Elmhurst College -- Eventually joining the coaching staff as an Assistant Coach at Elmhurst, where he also assisted with the Strength and Conditioning program. Upon graduating from Elmhurst College, Bryce became an interim Strength & Conditioning Coach at Northwestern University. Bryce is now the owner and operator at Legacy Sports Performance, since November 2014.


You can read an overview of the interview with Bryce Biel or listen to the podcast below for the full interview.


Q: We are just getting started with the new year - could you tell us a little about what you're working on at the moment and what you’re planning for 2018?

A: I am going outside my comfort zone which is kind of my norm. I like doing things that I would say challenge me mentally and physically, as well as my athletes. So I’m collecting data using a push band… we’re collecting data with all of our athletes, which we normally do, but since we got the push bands it makes it a heck of a lot easier...


Q: What is your vision and mission behind Legacy Sports Performance and How did you get started?

A: ...Our motto is “legacies last for a lifetime.” When I was first thinking about names, I can't even remember the amount of pages I had written down of ideas but what always stuck with me was Derek Jeter. And I'm a huge baseball guy. I love football but I’ve fallen in love with baseball and softball. And Derek Jeter his, I'd say persona or his legacy, is he always left it on the field. Everything he did was to the T, the right way, or the 100th percentile. The hardest and best way you can do it. So for me it was giving back to where I grew up… So it's not what we do on the field or off the field it's what we do in both situations. It creates a little bit of a mindset for the kids to kind of understand it because I want every kid to be beyond successful on the field. That's my overall goal. But my other goal is to help those kids mature...


Q: Tell us a story about one of your proudest moments in your coaching career?

A: … Everyday I have proud moments whether it’s my kids beating PRs and stuff like that or seeing an older kid helping a younger athlete...We had a client, very introverted, not used to being in a weight room, that kind of environment. But after 6 months you could start to see a little bit of light shed on him where his head was picked up, his chest was bigger, his shoulders were back… And it wasn’t just myself it was my college kids that were home on summer, or home on breaks, or my local college kids, they would come in and wait for him to workout...  or encourage him. And I think that may be one of my proudest moments overall...


Q: Tell us a story about some of the challenges you faced in your coaching/athletic career and how you overcame them, or maybe you still are?

A: Probably for a lot of people in sports performance is, I'd say, getting your message across in different ways. I have a lot of athletes that I'd say, everyone works differently. And through the years, you see it more and more that some kids are going to react one way, some kids are going to react another way... so one of the challenges is getting to know personally, every kid that walks in the door… I think other challenges are just continuing to evolve. So whether that’s spiritually, mentally, physically, any of those categories, or any other categories. Whether it's a podcast, a book, a scientific journal, articles - I'm always trying to evolve my knowledge or education...  


Q: What wisdom have you picked up over your years of working in the sport industry that you would share with other coaches and trainers?

A: I think the biggest thing is that for any trainer, wisdom or success is - you can't rush it. I always thought I want more... but in reality you can only handle so much as an individual... take a step back collect your thoughts... Just take it slow. I was always told that the easiest way to win the race is by being the tortoise. Calm and collected. Know what's going on at every single moment. That's one thing I've learned is that being able to control the environment, the business, but not doing it at a rapid pace. I understand everyone wants to grow and everyone wants to grow fast but sometimes growing too fast is going to be a failure at the end if you can't cover it...

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Topics: Coaching & Training Tips, Sports Business Management, Podcast

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