Adam Feit has paid his dues. He had to in order to gain the amount of respect he has among his colleagues. Adam did what most wouldn't and sacrificed time, money, and relationships to pursue what he wanted: to become a full-time strength and conditioning coach.
That drive and passion provided him with opportunities that most coaches his age wouldn't be ready for. It takes a special coach to give everything to the athletes while still pursuing what is best for his career. That attitude landed Feit one of the youngest head strength and conditioning coach positions in Division 1 Athletics at Eastern Michigan University. From their, his hard work paved the way for a full-time assistant coach position with the Carolina Panthers under the tutelage of Joe Kenn.
One of the most sought-after qualities of any coach is being honest with yourself. Being able to understand the big picture in a cut-throat, ego-driven profession is an attribute rarely seen among coaches. Feit made the decision to join Bobby Smith at Reach Your Performance Training. A decision that was made easy knowing the importance of the impact he can have on athletes regardless of sport or level.
Topics Covered in this Podcast
- Feit's Career Path
- Springfield College
- From Assistant to Head Coach
- Developing Assistants
- Finding What Makes You Stand Out
- Empowering Assistant Coaches
- Nutritional Strategies for Athletes
- Adjusting from College to the NFL
- Adjusting to the Private Sector
- Communication with Youth
- The Experience of a Private Sector
- The YSCC: Networking to Coaching Frustrations
- Contacting Feit
The Adam Feit File
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- National Strength and Conditioning Association- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
- Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association- Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa-SCCC)
- United States Weightlifting Coach- Level 1 Certified (USAW-1)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine-Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES)
- Precision Nutrition- Certified Nutritionist (PN-1)
- B.S. Applied Exercise Science (Springfield College, 2006)
- M.S. Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention (California University of Pennsylvania, 2009)
Adam Feit is the Director of Sports Performance for Reach Your Potential Training and is responsible for the design and implementation of the center's sports performance programs. Adam brings a host of college and professional strength and conditioning and nutrition experience to Reach Your Potential Training. Previously serving as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutrition Coordinator for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, Adam designed and implemented the strength and conditioning programs for the Panthers' specialist and quarterback position groups. Adam also supervised the strength and conditioning programs for the offensive and defensive skill players while overseeing the entire team's performance nutrition program, including meal plan design, supplement protocols and on/off-site meal services.
Before joining the Carolina Panthers, Adam served as the Head Sports Performance Coach for Eastern Michigan University in 2010-2011. Adam designed sports performance programs for football and women's soccer, while supervising a full-time staff in charge of 21 varsity sports. While at Eastern, Adam implemented the university's first nutrition training table and supplement station and directed major advancements and renovations to the school's strength and conditioning facilities.
Prior to assuming head coaching responsibilities at Eastern Michigan, Adam served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Louisville's Football Team. At Louisville, he assisted with the design and implementation of the football team's athlete development programs through the 2008 and 2009 football seasons.
Earlier in Adam's career, he served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He also performed strength and conditioning internships with Arizona State University, US Olympic Training Center, University of Connecticut and Springfield College.
As a college athlete, Adam played football for Springfield College in Springfield, MA. During his years as an offensive lineman, he was a team captain and garnered all-consensus 1st Team All-American and All-Empire 8 League honors. As the Division III's East Region Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2006, he helped Springfield win its' only Empire 8 Championship and reach the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Adam also represented Team USA in the Division III All-Star game, the Aztec Bowl, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Adam's passion for sports performance doesn't end with coaching. He is an active competitive lifter in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman. Adam is married to Mary Kate Feit (Jones), also a sports performance coach and competitive lifter, and have a newborn son Cody.
When not coaching, training or spending time with family, you can find Adam writing on his blog at http://www.adamfeit.com or working with his online social network of young strength and conditioning coaches with the YSCC (Young Strength Coaches Corner).