Inside with Brett Hawke

Inside with Brett Hawke

By Brett Hawke
Take an intimate look inside the minds of swimming's highest achievers.
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#008 Béryl Gastaldello
Beryl Gastaldello’s career is taking off. At the age of 25, after taking time off to focus on her physical and mental health and on the tail end of graduating from Texas A&M, she's become a force to be reckoned with. In this episode of Inside with Brett Hawke, Beryl shares some of what she's doing to prepare for French trials, heading into the Olympics. Listen in to hear the work she's put in to develop her confidence as a and trust herself as a swimmer. Find out why she decided to train with the men’s team at Texas A&M and her plans for the future with the ISL’s L.A Current. "Everything I went through made me way tougher than I was, which is dangerous for other people, I guess." - Beryl Gastaldello [04:22] Key Takeaways: Beryl Gastaldello’s unique approach to training. What’s behind her more recent success. How she is coming into her own as a third-generation Olympian. What she is doing to gain confidence in her swimming. Episode Timeline: [00:14] Intro [00:46] Events she’s focusing on qualifying for [01:04] Qualifying in French trials [02:52] Training for morning swims [03:47] What helped her burst onto the scene at age 25 [04:45] Finding her identity as a third-generation Olympian [05:57] Her strength training [06:52] Why she decided to come to the U.S [07:40] The reason she chose Texas A&M [08:20] What she was pleasantly surprised by [09:17] Her experience and future with the ISL and the L.A Current [11:59] Making changes for her mental health [13:12] The difference in training with the men and women at A&M [15:49] Mental breakthroughs she's had this season [17:29] Plans and goals before and after trials [19:28] Seeing herself as an Olympic medalist [20:17] Where does doubt come from? [22:53] How did she qualify for the 100 free in the last Olympics [23:58] Planning and preparing for the day of a race [25:42] Brett's experience working with Beryl [29:23] What she does to work on her underwaters [31:01] What she's thinking about in practice and what she does well [33:61] Her thoughts on Jason Calanog as a coach [37:01] How she feels about the recognition she’s receiving [38:54] Sponsorships [39:23] Outro Key Quotes: “Everything I went through made me way tougher than I was which is dangerous for other people I guess.” - Beryl Gastaldello [04:22] “I want to see this as a step because I'm looking forward to the Olympics and I don't want to just make it. I wanna go there and do great things.” - Beryl Gastaldello [19:04] “It's a little weird because if I get a little confidence then I'm very dangerous and I realize that I just need to build on that. That's what the ISL really helped me with. I realized if I was just a little more confident, everything was different.” - Beryl Gastaldello [19:42] “If you're happy, you swim fast." - Beryl Gastaldello [24:46] Connect: Find | Brett Hawke At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram @hawkebr Find | Beryl Gastaldello On Instagram: @gastaswim On Twitter: @beryl_gasta Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Spotify YouTube Special Thanks: Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019. Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone.
40:01
February 21, 2020
#007 Rick DeMont
If you know swimming, you know Rick DeMont. For about the last quarter of a century he coached at the University of Arizona. He was an elite swimmer himself in the 1970's breaking countless world records at the start of his career and qualifying for the Olympics at the age of 16. On the biggest world stage, in front of millions, his gold medal was wrongfully taken away. In this episode of Inside with Brett Hawke, Rick shares stories from his upbringing, how he developed a passion for coaching and all the ways he has been able to give back to the sport. We talk about his philosophies as a coach, the impact he’s had, and his plans for the future. “Hard times are a catalyst for growth.” - Rick DeMont [27:00] Key Takeaways: What Rick DeMont is up to today & his plans for the future. What shaped him and led him to coaching The effect his 1972 Olympic disqualification had on him. His innovations in sprinting. Episode Timeline: [00:20] What Rick DeMont has been up to lately [01:50] His experience being a highly active kid [02:59] How being active manifested negatively [05:44] Vulnerability and competition as coaches [07:13] His swimming beginnings and leaning into his talent [11:44] Why did he become a distance swimmer [14:63] Being disqualified from the 1972 Olympic Games [21:51] The start of his coaching career [23:40] Explanations from the Olympic committee [25:16] Resolutions, apologies and finding peace [25:61] Lessons he's been able to pass down to his athletes [27:19] What he was trying to achieve with sprinters at UA [31:09] Differences between coaching men and women [33:18] Innovations he is most proud of [39:32] Training your aerobic system with drills [40:31] Rick DeMont's coaching philosophy [42:51] Training multiple elements [47:36] Thoughts on Frank Busch and David Marsh [47:18] How are we going to get faster? [50:41] Will Rick DeMont stay in the sport? [52:03] What Brett is doing in the sport [53:41] Outro Key Quotes: “At that point, I really lost a lot of my heart. I'd been changed, I'd become angry and I thought, maybe by being the first to break four minutes, It might take some of that stuff away. But I was still known as the 'Gold Medal Loser’ and it was just hard on me. It was just really hard." - Rick DeMont [10:44] “Growth comes in hard times... hard times are a catalyst for growth.” - Rick DeMont [27:00] “I was more into the dance of it all rather than the numbers. I need to see the dance, just the beauty of the task” - Rick DeMont [38:59] Connect: Find | Brett Hawke At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram @hawkebr Find | Rick DeMont On Twitter: @demont_rick Subscribe & Listen: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify YouTube Special Thanks: Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019. Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone.
57:01
February 19, 2020
#006 Lenny Krayzelburg
Lenny Krayzelburg has led a life filled with gratitude and grit. Becoming known as one of the best backstroke swimmers in the world did not come easily— despite his undeniable talent. In this episode, Lenny and I get caught up on the work he’s doing with the International Swim League’s L.A Current. Hear the story of what shaped his early days as a swimmer, the challenges he and his family faced in his youth and their migration from the Soviet Union. And most importantly, hear how embodying his life’s motto: “if it’s gonna be, it’s up to me” has earned him 4 Olympic gold medals. “I respect my competitors, I respect the history of the sport, I respect the coaches. I understood, I've seen people that worked just as hard, maybe as I have, but I was just a little more talented... I respected what they went through cause I knew what I went through. and how could you not respect people when they're pursuing their dreams and giving their best?" - Lenny Krayzelburg [43:00] Key Takeaways: How Lenny Krayzelburg is helping shape the future of swimming. What his relationship with former competitor Aaron Peirsol was like. The impact being an immigrant had on him as a person. How he planned for life after swimming. Episode Timeline: 00:27 Impressions on the first year of the ISL with L.A current [01:43] Why did he decide to get involved in the ISL [04:10] Swim right academy- Water skills for kids [06:57] Leaving the Soviet Union as a child [10:58] Learning from his family and their migration [14:17] His college start and developing confidence as a swimmer [20:41] Getting a full-ride scholarship to USC [23:48] Focusing on the goal [25:20] His USC timeline [27:44] Making it to the world stage [31:03] The experience of earning first gold medal [37:34] Learning from mistakes [39:42] What becoming an Olympic champion felt like [41:36] Gratitude and respect in the game [43:51] Summarizing his career and regrets [47:25] His relationship with Aaron Peirsol [49:10] Plans for life after retirement [52:37] Moving forward with the ISL [53:39] Outro Key Quotes: “I've always been a really big advocate and believer that it all starts with fundamentals and if you have those down pat, everything else will take care of itself if you're willing to work hard, persevere and believe in yourself." - Lenny Krayzelburg [05:31] “The reason why we came here is for a better life and better opportunities and a better life and better opportunities only happen when you're willing to work hard and believe and appreciate everything you have around you." - Lenny Krayzelburg [09:24] "I live by a motto. If it's gonna be, it's up to me. I've always applied that and I learned that through all the perseverance and challenges I've encountered. Especially in the first few years in the United States." - Lenny Krayzelburg [10:27] “The first thing I remember is just no one will ever take this away from me." - Lenny Krayzelburg [40:52] Connect: Find | Brett Hawke At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram @hawkebr Find | Lenny Krayzelburg At swimrightacademy.com On Instagram: @lennyk4g On Twitter: @lennyk4g Subscribe & Listen: Apple Podcasts Google Spotify YouTube Special Thanks: Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019. Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone.
54:22
February 17, 2020
#005 Matt Kredich
Matt Kredich has helped to create a culture of accountability within the University of Tennessee’s swim program and as their school heads into the Southeastern Conference Championships — their women’s team has come out as a favorite to bring home the championship.  Listen in as Matt shares his thoughts on college coaching and recruiting. He dives into what has led to the more recent success with his teams, sharing his approach to creating a team that can thrive together. Hear why American college culture is sometimes at odds with what is needed to foster exceptional athletes and how his teams are going against the grain to get results.  “If you, as a coach, are willing to get rid of some things that you're attached to or at least examine them, then you can be open to learn new things.” - Matt Kredich [18:34]  Key Takeaways:  Matt Kredich’s strategy for team building. How he balances recruiting and coaching. Ways his teams are pushing each other. Why a swimmer would choose the University of Tennessee.  Episode Timeline:  [00:28] Intro [00:54] University of Tennessee SEC Championship outlook [01:46] Why this year is different for the women’s team [2:57] What's behind these changes? [04:55] How the women on the team are holding each other accountable [08:41] Is there a culture of excuses for college students? [13:42] What Matt looks for in swimmers [17:31] The importance of never coasting along [20:00] Changes and new challenges in swimming [24:58] Potential Olympians on his team [28:] What sets the University of Tennessee apart [32:06] Outro  Key Quotes: “One of the first things we as coaches tell our athletes is that we're not asking you to be normal. We're asking you to be very abnormal. At the highest levels of performance in anything, you see a degree of abnormality." - Matt Kredich [10:32] “One of our jobs as coaches and the jobs of teammates, as leaders, is to remind people of what they're capable of and sometimes that's uncomfortable— but it should ultimately be inspiring." - Matt Kredich [13:29]  “If you, as a coach, are willing to get rid of some things that you're attached to or at least examine them, then you can be open to learn new things.” - Matt Kredich [18:34]  Connect:  Find | Brett Hawke At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram @hawkebr  Find | Matt Kredich At UTsports.com On Instagram: @mkredich On Twitter: @mkredich  Subscribe & Listen:  Apple Podcasts Google Spotify YouTube  Special Thanks:  Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019.  Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone.
33:24
February 14, 2020
#004 Dylan Carter
Dylan Carter is preparing to become an Olympian for the second time. In the midst of preparing to compete — he set aside a few moments to sit down and talk training, life and fitness outside the pool and some of what has led him to becoming one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most accomplished swimmers. Listen in to hear about his first Olympic experience, his role as an inaugural member of the International Swimming League's L.A Current and why having the right mindset is just as important as physical training when it comes to the Olympics. “I want to inspire a generation, like I was [inspired]. I look at swimming in the Caribbean and I think of these kids. I think these kids deserve to have someone to look up to."  - Dylan Carter [03:27] Key Takeaways: What keeps Dylan Carter motivated. How he was inspired to become an athlete. Why mindset is the most important factor when heading to the Olympics. The effect of Mamba mentality and the power of belief. Episode Timeline: [00:15] Intro [00:45] Dylan’s Journey from Trinidad to where he is today. [02:01] How he got his start in swimming [03:08] What drives him? [04:14] Becoming an Olympian [05:54] What events Dylan Carter will compete in for 2020  [06:35] How he’s preparing and getting even better  [09:05] What Dylan has learned from his coaches [11:08] His strategy for balancing racing and training  [12:08] His experience with International Swim Team, The L.A Current [13:42] What pro swimmers do outside of the pool [14:41] Dylan’s week overview [15:40] Gym and fitness outside of the water [16:45] What Dylan is working to improve [18:21] Family, friends and performing [20:24] What is it going to take to make the final in 100 freestyle? [22:36] Brett on Cesar Cielo breaking the world record [24:29] The power of belief and claiming your victory [25:45] Outro Key Quotes: “I want to inspire a generation, like I was [inspired]. I look at swimming in the Caribbean and I think of these kids. I think these kids deserve to have someone to look up to." - Dylan Carter [03:27] "Once you get there you realize the chase is just a part of the journey. Once you're there, then what are you going to do?" - Brett Hawke [18:19] “You got a lane, you got a chance.” -Dylan Carter[21:43] “It's the power of belief. When you say it, you put it into action and every fiber of your body believes it... You don't hope for something to happen, you know it is going to happen and you're going to go out there and make it happen.” - Brett Hawke [25:12]   Connect: Find | Brett Hawke On Instagram @hawkebr Find | Dylan Carter On Instagram: @djacarter On Twitter: @dylancarter11   Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify YouTube Special Thanks: Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019. Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone.
26:11
February 12, 2020
#003 Annie Lazor
How did Annie Lazor go from being a good swimmer in unofficial retirement to becoming an Olympic gold hopeful in the span of 15 months? In today’s episode, she shares what brought her back to the water and how she worked to get herself back in the physical and mental shape needed to become a Short Course World champion. Hear what she's learned from working with breaststroke champion Lilly King and her insights on the work ethic and mental outlook needed to make her comeback worthwhile. “I didn't want to be the one that looked back in five years, ten years wondering what if?” - Annie Lazor [07:31] Key Takeaways: Annie Lazor’s path to becoming a world champion. Training adjustments that had an impact on her performance. How her environment shaped her work ethic. Episode Timeline: [00:24] Intro [00:61] How Annie Lazor  went from hiatus to Olympic gold hopeful [03:07] The emotional weight of having a coaching disruption [05:40] Never officially retiring [06:24] Deciding to return to swimming [07:38] Her mindset after coming back [08:52] Timeline and process from her return to becoming a world champion [13:11] Deciding to train with breast stroking star, Lilly King [15:53] The training regimen that got her there [22:30] Does Annie Lazor see herself as the best in the world? [24:39] How the environment she grew up in shaped her mentality [26:24] Avoiding limits and pressure [29:14] Her relationship with Lilly King [33:29] When her Olympic dreams started to take shape [36:20] Outro Key Quotes: “I didn't want to be the one that looked back in five years, ten years wondering what if?" - Annie Lazor [07:31] "It's given me this train of thought of, 'okay that was great, lets celebrate it for a minute and now what's next?'... How much better can I get? [23:47] Connect Socially: Find | Brett Hawke On Instagram @hawkebr Find | Annie Lazor On Instagram: @annielazor On Twitter: @lazorlaze Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify YouTube Special Thanks: Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster.   Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019.  Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone. 
36:57
February 10, 2020
#002 Sergio Lopez
Sergio Lopez has played a pivotal role in the training success of countless professional swimmers— many of which have gone on to compete in the Olympics including Joseph Schooling and Santo Condorelli.  Today, in conversation, he shares the motivations behind his coaching methods and how he is helping his student athletes to find themselves. He dives into the importance of teaching and talking about depression in sports and shares how his values have shaped him as a husband, father and coach. Find out what he has experienced in working with some of the world’s best swimmers and hear his amazing story of how he bounced back from a major injury to place 9th in the world.  “Success is a state of mind." - Sergio Lopez [15:35]  Key Takeaways:  Sergio Lopez’s coaching philosophy.  How he is striving to find synergy for his student athletes.  Thoughts on depression in athletes and being mindful.  Sergio’s experience overcoming mental blocks and recovering from a potentially career ending injury.  Episode Timeline:  [00:28] Intro  [01:26] How Coach Sergio Lopez plans his season  [03:21] His coaching philosophy  [06:25] Sergio’s thoughts on changes in college swimming  [11:58] Does Sergio Lopez still love coaching college swimming?  [14:22] The emotional investment that sets his coaching apart  [16:46] Thoughts on depression in swimmers  [19:23] Mental blocks and a story of childhood asthma  [20:42] How Sergio ranked 9th in the world after a major injury  [27:16] Meditation and getting to know yourself  [29:05] Thoughts on working with some of the greatest athletes in history  [31:32] What Jo Schooling, Caeleb Dressel, and Ryan Murphy all had in common  [37:12] Joseph Schooling’s mental state in the leadup to Singapore  [43:32] Outro  Key Quotes:  “Success is a state of mind." - Sergio Lopez [15:35]  "What's important is that every day I'm going to give my honest 100% and I have to accept that. I can cry for 5 minutes because I didn't reach my goal but after that, I can walk away cause I know I did everything I could. Nobody teaches that. ” - Sergio Lopez [18:49]  “I've always used meditation with the kids... because I feel that at least you can get in touch with who you are. One of the things that we have, it's like we're afraid to sit down alone and think. And really feel.” - Sergio Lopez [27:16]  “Sometimes the swimmers, the athletes that nobody knows are the ones that have changed your life even more.” - Sergio Lopez [43:09]  Subscribe & Listen:  Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify YouTube  Connect:  Find | Brett Hawke At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram @hawkebr  Find | Sergio Lopez At Sergiolopezmiro.com On Instagram: @sergiolopezmiro On Twitter: @slopezmiro  Special Thanks:  Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster.  Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted by Swimnerd.
44:56
February 7, 2020
#001 Jack Roach
Do Olympic swimmers feel fear and doubt like the rest of us? Jack Roach has spent over 35 years coaching swimmers of all levels including a robust lineup of world class athletes and Olympians. In today’s episode, he talks to me about life lessons, his growth as a coach and insights gained from observing and working with high performance swimmers. Listen in to find out just what it is that sets high level performers apart from the rest. "If something you're telling yourself going into a high-pressure challenge is not true it will be exposed and it will negatively impact your performance. It is never about the doing, it's always about the being... when we prepare to adjust that's where we get found and that's what those folks can do." - Jack Roach [30:52] Key Takeaways: · Lessons to be learned from the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant · How Jack Roach was able to grow as a coach through working with high performance swimmers. · The thought processes that set Olympic level swimmers apart. · The key to confidence as a swimmer. · Why honesty and vulnerability are necessary for success in both swimming and coaching. Episode Timeline: [00:00] Intro- Jack Roach [00:50] Coaching is like building a fence [02:18] The motivation for this podcast [03:03] Kobe Bryant's passing [06:05] The biggest lesson to be learned from loss [06:33] What is it that helps you connect with the people who admire you? [09:21] Early career mistakes [10:31] What would you say to your younger self? [14:48] What separates high-level performance athletes from the rest [21:07] How high-level performance athletes prepare [24:45] Maintaining consistent performance under pressure [27:09] What Micheal Phelps and Natalie Coughlin have in common [29:01] Do fear a doubt exist in world-class athletes? [32:23] Outro Key Quotes: · "I don't think you can live as crisp of a life, that we're living right now without experiencing pain because things become routined and ordinary." -Jack Roach [04:31] · "Everyone respects honesty and vulnerability. We hear that phrase all the time that the only way to courage is through vulnerability.. you hear it but if you live it, you know it's true. -Jack Roach [09:57] · "I do not believe that someone else can give someone confidence. I think only a person can give themselves confidence and it only comes from doing things very special.” - Jack Roach [24:26] Connect: Find | Brett Hawke At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram @hawkebr Find | Jack Roach At fitterandfaster.com On Instagram: @coachjackroach Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify YouTube Special Thanks: Inside with Brett Hawke is presented by Fitter & Faster. Host a swim camp. More than 1,000 swim clinic sessions in 46 States plus Canada & the Bahamas in 2019.  Inside with Brett Hawke is produced and promoted Swimnerd. Connect your phone to your pace clock with the Swimnerd Pace Clock. Digital, affordable, and Bluetooth programmable from your smartphone. 
33:44
February 5, 2020