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Define Your Success

Define Your Success

By Abigail Irozuru

Podcast led by Team GB Olympian, Speaker, Coach, Businesswoman and woman of God, Abigail Irozuru. Featuring personal reflections and guest interviews with Olympians, Paralympians and many other successful individuals on Peak Performance, Resilience and Holistic Health & Wellbeing. More about me on https://abigailirozuru.com/
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Dr. Rob Miller: Developing Technical Excellence in the Weight Room
Dr. Rob Miller: Developing Technical Excellence in the Weight Room
Originally published 15th November 2022.British Athletics' Strength & Conditioning Coach  A conversation with S&C Coach, Rob Miller Rob is co-owner of Informed Performance, alongside Michael Johnston (MJ). https://www.informedperformance.co.uk/ Both work at British Athletics as part of the Strength & Conditioning Performance Team. https://www.britishathletics.org.uk/ We discuss Rob’s: The opening / warm up convo - COVID Lockdown Training Diaries (gym kitted out by Blk Box Fitness - https://www.blkboxfitness.com/ ), which is a reminder of the importance of accountability to produce positive results, and also the convenience benefits of ‘100 rep sessions’ - not for high performance, though!; ‘The deep stuff’ - from approx the 10 minute mark onwards Coaching Philosophy, highlighting the importance of trust and buy-in in any coaching relationship, not just the theoretical and technical knowledge of the coach; S&C Philosophy, including how Rob structures a training program, his perception of ‘technical excellence’ and his tips for anyone looking to improve their Olympic lifts, specifically cleans and snatch; World-class lifting numbers in the track & field world (how does your PB match up against Britain’s best athletes in the power clean?) Hobbies (jiu jitsu, cooking and music - singing and guitar) PhD on Muscle Morphology for Elite Sport Running, which was funded by British Athletics and, in year one, by EIS (the English Institute of Sport) https://eis2win.co.uk/ Definition of Resilience and Success. Social Media Handles Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/robem10 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-miller-726844b0/?originalSubdomain=uk Twitter - https://twitter.com/robem10 Informed Performance - https://www.informedperformance.co.uk/ PhD - https://repository.lboro.ac.uk/articles/thesis/The_muscle_morphology_of_sprinters/19722865 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33009196/ Article on PhD by the National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine - https://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/2020/10/02/buttock-size-matters-researchers-reveal-a-large-gluteus-maximus-is-key-for-sprint-speed-and-performance-after-examining-the-anatomy-of-elite-athletes/
44:32
December 02, 2022
Performance Psychology & Mental Health with Lacey J Henderson
Performance Psychology & Mental Health with Lacey J Henderson
Part One of a 2-Part Conversation with Lacey Henderson, Team USA Paralympic Athlete & Performance Psychology Consultant  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/laceyisyourfriend Performance Psychology Consultant @parallelperformanceconsulting LinkTree - https://linktr.ee/laceyisyourfriend This episode is for you if you’re grieving the loss of a job, a role, a life; if you’re looking for some practical sports psych tips or if you just want a laugh. Conversation centres on her Sports Psychology Masters, USOPC (US Olympic & Paralympic Committee), the mental health toll of high performance sport when athletes are seen as or at least made to feel as disposable by their federations ; dynamic identity - how we face and journey through grief and loss - the healthy and unhealthy ways from our experiences and from a trained psychologist’s perspective on the best way through. Fun fact: Lacey's Sports Psychology Masters is led by Team GB Rio 2016 Olympian, Lennie Waite - https://twitter.com/lenniew8  A favourite quote on this episode - 'everything waits for you’. Finally, full disclosure - there are a few swear words dotted through this conversation, but they’re few and far between so don’t let that dissuade you from listening. Subscribe to be notified of Part Two when the episode drops next Tuesday
37:00
November 29, 2022
Karé Adenegan: An Equal, One-Team Approach to Disability in Sport & Life
Karé Adenegan: An Equal, One-Team Approach to Disability in Sport & Life
Kare Adenegan has so many medals to her name, I don’t even know where to begin- She has won medals at every major championships: British, European, Commonwealth, World and Paralympic Games - and she achieved these great feats alongside her studies, most recently having graduated from the University of Warwick. Congratulations! As we warm up into this conversation, things get a little deep. Equality in diversity -  specifically between non-disability and disability sport as we saw exemplified at the CWG - that oneness and cohesion of the team; the superhuman Paralympic trope and her perspective on that vs the real daily struggle of a disabled person, athlete or not; her faith; and her tips for future Paralympians in any sport, not just on the track. I also ask, how do we get more coaches involved with para sport to increase access to sport for disabled people. Finally, as a Black-British female wheelchair athlete, she may have experienced racism; but she says ableism features more profoundly in her life as a form of discrimination than anything else. So… What is ableism? And how can we ensure we aren’t complicit, passive bystanders or even instigators to this form of discrimination? Please listen up and let me know your thoughts on this enlightening and informative conversation. Kare on Twitter - @adenegank  Instagram - @kareadenegan Email: info@defineyoursuccess.uk  Twitter: @definesuccessuk Instagram: @defineyoursuccess.uk Kare mentions under-eating and its connection with RED-S which refers to relative energy deficiency syndrome. Unfortunately, I didn't explore this topic further with her, but you can find more info on it here - https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/health/a33589189/red-s-relative-energy-deficiency-running/  P.s. I use the term 'able-bodied' and have recently learned this isn't a term some will be comfortable with, so I apologise if I have offended you. Please share your preferred terminology, so I can make the right changes! Also rather than editing this term out, I wanted to keep this an example of the fact we all have lessons to learn to be less discriminatory and more inclusive in our language and behaviour re disability!
33:35
October 25, 2022
Collaborative Coaching: What it is & how to do it effectively
Collaborative Coaching: What it is & how to do it effectively
This episode is a solo conversation with you and your host, Abigail about Collaborative Coaching: a hybrid of the self-coached and the standard coaching model. Get an insight into how it can work well to create successful outcomes, e.g. her 2018-2021 seasons and how it can disappoint without the "four C's" / 4 C Thinking in place (think 2022 season! Yikes!). Share your thoughts on this episode and how you can apply 4 C Thinking in your workplace or coaching set up with Abigail on Instagram @absisdabest , Twitter @airozuru , email or LinkedIn! If you've enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a 5* review ;) #DYSPodcast #4CThinking Finally... how do you define your success? Share your definition in a voice message (max 60 seconds) via the link below on Spotify!
30:59
October 11, 2022
Cindy Sember - Faith, Tenacity & Breaking Her Sister's British Record
Cindy Sember - Faith, Tenacity & Breaking Her Sister's British Record
Kicking off season 2 of Define Your Success with my friend and teammate, 100m hurdles Commonwealth Bronze Medalist and New British Record Holder, Cindy Sember (nee Ofili).  We discuss:  - the surprises of the 2022 season - the highs of medals and national records; the lows of disappointment and distress at the European Championships.  - what keeps Cindy going - her faith in God and belief in her gifts and calling, including her favourite Bible verses (Psalm 46:5 & Jeremiah 29:11) - how Cindy got into the sport - her sister (Tiffany Porter, nee Ofili) as an incredible role model - Cindy's life after sport  - her Nigerian heritage and how it connects her with some of her competitors  - Cindy's advice to us all to achieving success, practising resilience and living healthier, happier lives! Stay connected with Cindy on social media - Instagram : @cindyofili Twitter : @cindyofili YouTube Channel  
34:14
October 05, 2022
A Human-First Approach to Performance Nutrition with Louise Bloor
A Human-First Approach to Performance Nutrition with Louise Bloor
Louise Bloor is a Performance Nutritionist for British Judo, Diving and Athletics' teams.  Her food philosophy, which is helpful for us all to remember, is explored in this half hour conversation - 'food is fuel, fun, emotional and you've got to enjoy it' - as we discuss the following: fuelling correctly around training sessions - before, during and after - to optimise performance, reduce injury and retain a high level of focus and engagement from the start to the finish  long term and acute weight loss and weight management strategies female athletes' weight management around their menstrual cycle a human-first approach to performance nutrition    I also did a little bit of digging and found one of Louise's docs from 2016: An introduction to performance nutrition for British Judo -  Introduction to Performance Nutrition for British Judo - 42 page doc This episode also discusses in brief Louise's entry into performance nutrition, where she works with the following British Teams - Judo, Diving and Athletics - helping these elite performers to make and manage their weight, gain a healthier relationship with food and learn from not only her theory of performance nutrition, but also her own personal experience as an Olympic sprinter. I hope you enjoy this episode as part of the 'Athlete Experience' series of the Define Your Success Podcast.  If you did, please rate, review and subscribe.  Follow Louise Bloor on Social Media! Instagram: @louise.bloor Twitter: @louise_bloor Also mentioned: The English Institute of Sport IG, FB, TW: @eis2win Feel free to drop me an email on info@defineyoursuccess.uk 
31:45
March 23, 2022
More Than An Athlete with Naomi Metzger
More Than An Athlete with Naomi Metzger
9 x British Champion in Triple Jump. And only 23-years old. But that's not all...  This conversation with Naomi covers her creative side, delving deep into NFTs - relevant for you whether you're a newbie and have never heard of the term or you're a pro; it's all inspiring and educational.  We also cover her other creative exploits, including Three-Point Start (which she was supported and advised in the development of by her mentor at the Women's Sport Trust, Unlocked Program) and her recent partnership collaboration with House of Marley.  Naomi is all about taking ownership of her future and the conversation; shining a spotlight on who she is beyond sport and what she and other athletes and marginalised groups (specifically black women in tech and arts) can achieve in every area of their lives.  Tags - AfrochicksNFTS - https://mobile.twitter.com/afrochicksnft  https://mobile.twitter.com/randizuckerberg Randi Zuckerberg Three Point Start blog - https://threepointstart.com/  Women's Sports Trust - https://www.womenssporttrust.com/  Livewire Sport - https://www.livewiresport.com/ Twitter Spaces hosted by Naomi & @WomenInNFTs It's not too late to get involved in NFTs - https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/nft-ownership-metaverse-crypto-bitcoin-b1986530.html - NFT ownership is concentrated to just 0.1% of crypto owners 
23:04
March 15, 2022
10 Things You Didn't Know About My Athlete Experience
10 Things You Didn't Know About My Athlete Experience
After a 2-month hiatus, The Athlete Experience series is back with the BTS (behind the scenes) of your host, Abigail Irozuru’s athlete experience. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about me…some are obvious; some not so obvious! Contact me: Email - info@defineyoursuccess.uk Website - www.abigailirozuru.com  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/absisdabest/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/Airozuru YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAKgIKMA1rkd7mZP-ok4gHA Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/abigailirozuru LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/abigailirozuru/ Link Tree with product and service partnerships - https://linktr.ee/airozuru DYS Podcast - https://anchor.fm/abigail-irozuru
30:42
March 01, 2022
High Performance Teams with Paralympian, Richard Whitehead MBE
High Performance Teams with Paralympian, Richard Whitehead MBE
Lockdown conversations with Paralympic athlete, Richard Whitehead MBE.  https://www.whitehead.foundation/ Throwing it back to my Zoom conversation with Richard way back in May 2021 where he takes us through his perspective on building and working with High Performance Teams. Now in his mid-40s, Richard has had a vast range of experience in high-level sport in teams and individual events and is someone who proactively puts the right people in the right places within his team so that he can thrive. Key words include - ‘values’ and ‘expectations’ - and ensuring there is alignment on these core foundational areas to ensure a high-functioning team. I also love his determination to build a team who BELIEVE in his ability to perform to the standards that he sets, and if they can’t get on board with the vision, well keep listening to find out… It’s several months late, but the info is surely timeless Podcast cover art photo credit - By Ben Sutherland from Forest Hill, London, European Union 
39:48
December 20, 2021
Doing Hard Things & An Intro to Abigail Irozuru
Doing Hard Things & An Intro to Abigail Irozuru
An introduction to your host, Abigail Irozuru and answering your questions about doing hard things. I'm often asked, how do you train so hard each day? How do you jump so far? How do you eat healthily consistently? Maybe you think athletes are made of sterner stuff than you. Well, you're wrong! You can do hard things too! In your own life, living your own purpose. Let me introduce you to the athlete mindset... Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fmSI-SHOBFE
31:57
December 13, 2021
On Retirement from Sport with Judah Simpson
On Retirement from Sport with Judah Simpson
A different perspective on the retirement conversation with tri-sport athlete, Judah Simpson. We discuss athlete retirement for paid and unpaid athletes, the pros and the amateurs; and we discuss the importance of having honest, deep and vulnerable conversations to help grieve the loss of one career whilst transitioning into the next.  Join the Define Your Success Facebook group to share your thoughts and tips on retirement - https://www.facebook.com/groups/507108950286443 Connect with Judah Simpson on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/judah-simpson-6ba546146/?originalSubdomain=uk on Twitter - https://mobile.twitter.com/JudahSimpson or Facebook - https://m.facebook.com/judah.simpson.7  Article on retirement from sport for amateur athletes, shared with me originally by Dan Pfaff - https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/women-in-sport/300217845/retirement-a-precarious-balancing-act-with-limited-support-for-amateur-athletes  More on retirement from sport - https://abigailirozuru.com/?s=retirement
37:01
December 06, 2021
On Retirement from Sport with Curtis Beach
On Retirement from Sport with Curtis Beach
Interview with Team USA ex-decathlete and Duke University coach Curtis Beach. ------------------------------------ Curtis Beach on Twitter & Instagram - https://twitter.com/curtis_beach + https://www.instagram.com/curtisbeach/?hl=en Curtis’ T&F Training App - https://train.curtisbeach.com/ Link to Define Your Success Podcast community - https://www.facebook.com/groups/507108950286443/ Article from Dan Pfaff re amateur and recreational athletes - https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/women-in-sport/300217845/retirement-a-precarious-balancing-act-with-limited-support-for-amateur-athletes My posts on retirement - https://abigailirozuru.com/?s=retirement Youtube on UK Sport World Class Performance Program perks, including the Personal Development Allowance and partner connections, e.g. PwC - https://youtu.be/BHSBzL-s0K4 Thrill of the Chase article on Curtis Beach (2015) - https://abigailirozuru.com/2015/06/27/thrill-of-the-chase-an-interview-with-curtis-beach/
31:18
November 29, 2021
BONUS: My Olympic Experience by Abigail Irozuru
BONUS: My Olympic Experience by Abigail Irozuru
Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes (all PG btw) from an Olympic athlete's perspective before, during and after the Games? Well, here goes....  Also available to read and view photo at - https://abigailirozuru.com/2021/11/22/the-olympic-experience-tokyo-2021/ 
21:39
November 22, 2021
The Olympic Experience: Interviews with Morgan Lake & Tom Gale
The Olympic Experience: Interviews with Morgan Lake & Tom Gale
Abigail Irozuru interviews Team GB Olympians in track & field athletics to find out their perspective, lessons learned, highlights and lowlights of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Morgan - https://www.instagram.com/morganalexandralake https://twitter.com/morgan_a_lake  Tom Gale - https://twitter.com/tomgale_hj https://www.instagram.com/tomjamesgale/
41:56
November 22, 2021
Acts 3: Surprise Miracles, Faith & Expectation
Acts 3: Surprise Miracles, Faith & Expectation
My personal reflections after morning Bible study on the miracle of Peter healing the lame beggar in Acts Chapter 3. Let's raise our level of vision and expectation for what we hope for and expect in our lives - relevant to us all to expect for greater!
07:22
November 22, 2021