Bob Palmer is a leading high-performance trainer and mentor of champions, working with athletes and coaches in over 40 different sports, on six continents. He is also the creator and host of his own podcast named ZoneTalk.
"Just like a company looks to create an edge and find something that differentiates its product or service, an athlete is going to look for that opportunity to separate themselves from the pack as well." Zach WeissbachIn this ZoneTalk episode, we speak with Zach Weissbach, Vice President of Hudson Athletic Recruiting in Canada. When Zach played junior-level hockey, he saw a real need for athletic advice and assistance, particularly with respect to college scholarship opportunities, which would have been highly valuable for him when he was a young athlete looking at his future.Now in his current role, he has the opportunity to influence the future of up and coming athletes. With sound, practical advice and comprehensive services for scholarship seekers, parents and coaches, Hudson’s scouts aim to maximize the opportunities for pursuing athletic scholarships and financial aid packages to post-secondary institutions in both the US and Canada. This is especially critical at this time of the COVID-19 crisis when many sports have stalled.
What do you do when you want to solve a problem? You simplify it with a powerful metaphor.In this week's ZoneTalk podcast episode, I sat down with Matthew Cartisser, a resilient and successful young athlete who is currently prepping for college, with aspirations of being a surgeon.Matthew is no ordinary athlete. First, he chose to take up trap shooting, a sport that none of his friends participated in. And second, he started his life behind the eight ball, so to speak, with a benign cancerous facial growth at 12 months of age. He fought back with incredible strength during multiple surgeries only to get Lockjaw after facial reconstruction. At that moment, his simple dream was that someday he would be able to chew a gumball – and he successfully climbed that mountain. From that day on, Matthew has represented every new goal and challenge in his life as just another "gumball" ...win competitions...make the national All-American all-star team...graduate from college...become a surgeon.Matthew talks to us about his journey, his challenges and the gumball machine he received from his surgical team.Regardless of your sport, there are some great take-aways in this podcast that are applicable to athletes and their coaches on aspiring to great success in your sport, school and life.
“I look for the fire that someone has inside them. When someone has the fire, they're the ones who love to work. They love to go train. Most skills are teachable, but if they lack the fire, they lack that desire of what motivates them to want to succeed. That's the one thing you can't teach.” Two-time Olympian, Don Kwasnycia, talks with Bob Palmer about how his experience as an Olympic competitor shaped him for his current role as the head skeet coach for the Canadian Shooting Federation (SFC-FTC), a member of the ISSF. As a coach for the next generation of Canadian Olympians, Don gets his best results when he builds trust with his athletes, where they create a bond to stay in the Zone, both in practice and in competition.As their coach, he encourages and supports them by being their rock, fanning the flames of the “fire within”, and by taking a “team approach” to supporting all aspects of their game (technical, fitness, nutrition, mental training) in order to help them achieve what they want in their lives. Now that’s coaching!
"Winning is amazing. There is almost no better feeling than realizing that all of your hard work, dedication, tears, sweat-all of that-has finally paid off!"Staff Sergeant Amanda ElsenbossIn this episode of ZoneTalk, Bob Palmer talks with SSgt Amanda Elsenboss, who spent ten years in the US Military, with notable record-holding performances as part of teams representing the US Army and the US Army Marksmanship Unit. For the duration of her ten-year army contract, it was Amanda’s job to win in individual events or as a part of her team. She speaks about her strategies for staying in the Zone during competitions and for coaching both soldiers and civilian athletes. She is a fierce competitor and jointly holds records with two teams and sets the standard for excellence in competing. SSgt Elsenboss is currently working in the private sector in a test facility and is also a member of the competitive team that represents the National Guard.