Training the Whole Person: Chris Gizzi, Green Bay Packers Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Today on the Coach and Coordinator Podcast we welcome in the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, Coach Chris Gizzi, onto the show. Coach Gizzi spent his five previous seasons on the Packer’s strength staff as a conditioning assistant. Prior to that he worked on the University of North Carolina’s staff as well. An undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 1998, Coach Gizzi played linebacker at the Air Force Academy. In 2019, Gizzi was inducted into the Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame. Coach Gizzi finished his NFL career in 2001 with the Green Bay Packers.

On today’s episode Coach Gizzi breaks down his career path and how to train the whole person for both physical and mental hurdles.

3:27 First game after 9/11
5:28 Playing Career
9:06 Importance of a father figure
11:12 Factoring in wrestling
12:57 Multi-Sport athletes
15:14 Getting into strength and conditioning
18:20 Team Culture
22:12 Training the whole person
25:45 Locking in when you hit the field
28:06 Coach LaFleur
30:19 Tools for life
33:39 The winning edge

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