• Business,  Sports

    Ep. 7 – Lily Abdelmalek on Training Top Professional Athletes to Peak Performance

    Lily Abdelmalek (IG: lilydsatraining) is a professional sports performance training. She owns and operates Atlanta-based DSA Training where she is the go-to trainer for that many professional athletes depend on in the offseason for peak performance.

    Some of Lily’s clients include: NFL players Eric Berry, A.J. Bouye, Takeo Spikes, and Jamal Lewis; NBA players Jaylen Brown and Dwight; and she also works with MLB player Jason Heyward, plus countless other professional athletes.

    SB Nation said of Lily, “You can find her with a group of NFL linebackers or defensive backs, or in smaller groups with NBA or college basketball players. But Abdelmalek’s work goes deeper than just pro athletes. She is helping aspiring sports stars in the metro Atlanta area at local high schools, or at the Forum Athletic Club in Buckhead.”

    In this episode, we discuss how Lily got her start in the sports performance business, the things that she has learned along the way, plus Lily opens up and talks about how the obsession with owning her own business and training professional athletes has impacted her personal life–for the better and the worse.

    Lily was a fantastic interview and you can hear in her voice how much she genuinely cares about all of her clients. She tells the story of going from an intern to one of the most trusted sports performance coaches in the business. I learned a lot from Lily and I know that you will too.


    Show Notes:

    4:27 – What she was most impressed with working with NBA star Jaylen Brown

    5:12 – On her career change from physical therapy to sports performance

    7:17 – On the biggest challenges she faces being a female in a male dominated industry

    8:33 – On how she got her clients to trust her at the beginning

    9:50 – Lily on starting her own training company

    11:00 – On how she developed her ability to train professional athletes

    12:43 – The things that her athletes have taught her and why she loves training defensive backs

    14:50 – On watching film to study her clients

    18:24 – Her typical training day schedule

    19:50 – On bringing in other professional athletes to help coach her clients

    22:48 – On how she deals with the days when she is tired, stressed, and worn out

    24:13 – How Lily balances work life vs. personal life

    28:13 – Why Lily thinks clients keep coming back to train with her

    30:23 – On how she gets professional athletes to change their thinking and correct their technique

    34:08 – Lily on the most common mistakes average athletes make

    35:26 – On what she thinks trainers waste the most time on

    38:28 – Lily’s best bang-for-your-buck exercise

    39:36 – What Lily learned from working for renowned speed trainer Loren Seagrave

    40:40 – The role of competing within her training program

    43:21 – On how nervous she gets working with professional athletes

    47:48 – On how she compares herself to others

    48:55 – On what she envisioned her life being before the training

    49:49 – On how she battled the times when she wanted to give up

    51:01 – On the hard times when she first started

    52:13 – On how to build toughness and perseverance

    52:51 – The struggle that she’s proudest to have overcome

    55:02 – Lily’s mentors and they best advice they’ve given

    56:56 – What Lily wishes she would’ve known at the beginning of her journey

    57:34 – The product Lily thinks everybody should be using

    58:16 – Daily habits that contributes most to Lily’s success

    58:35 – What Lily thinks most people don’t understand about being successful

    59:28 – Lily’s thoughts on social media

    1:00:37 – The message Lily would broadcast to the world

    Show Links:

    DSA Training

    Velocity Sports Performance

    XPE Sports Performance

    Hypervolt by Hyperice

  • Entertainment,  Sports

    Ep. 6 – Joey O. On the Importance of Persistence in Achieving Your Dreams

    Joey O is an award-winning, best-selling author and “The World’s Only Acrobatic Golf Comedian.”  He has been described as the “Best Entertainer in the World” by golf professionals across the country. Joey has performed worldwide for over 40 years, including an appearance along with Tiger Woods on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In each performance, Joey showcases his motor skills genius while giving the audience the most memorable golf experience alongside a motivational message. The legendary Bob Hope said of Joey that he “is the most creative and determined entertainer I know and a great one at that!” According to PGA Tour Professional and TV analyst, Paul Azinger, “…on a scale of 1-10, Joey’s show is a 50. The best ball striking I’ve ever seen!” In this episode, we discuss how Joey got his start in show business, including how he formed an unlikely friendship with Bob Hope and his story about the path he took to appear on The Tonight Show. Joey also talks about how much practice and persistence has shaped his professional life, and the obstacles he had to overcome to become one of the best, well-known golf acts in the country. Joey O is a constant source of positivity and motivation, which listeners will hear throughout the entire interview. This was a fun episode that really makes you take stock of your life and think about if you’re doing all that you can be in order to get to the places you want to go. Enjoy!

    Show Notes: 2:40 – How a circus motivated Joey’s entertainment career 4:28 – On how Joey got his start in show business 9:50 – On how he met and befriended show business legend Bob Hope 13:15 – On his mentorship with acrobat Larry Griswold 16:12 – Joey’s dream of appearing on The Tonight Show and persisting for 27 years 20:30 – Joey on his Tonight Show appearance 23:51 – On how Joey developed his ability to persist 26:05 – On recovering from mistakes 27:07 – On his parents thoughts of him getting into show business 28:25 – His thoughts on being a motivator 29:22 – On achieving with dyslexia and becoming a bestselling author 31:41 – The origins for his award-winning book The Dream Seed 33:19 – Joey’s intense training schedule 36:00 – On being patient and erring to reach mastery 37:24 – The absurd thing that Joey loves doing 38:41 – On what he would put on a cheat sheet to his younger self 41:08 – The best advice his mentors gave him 42:53 – On what gets Joey excited now 43:52 – His thoughts on the most misunderstood thing about being successful 45:40 – Common pitfalls that he didn’t fall into 46:35 – The worst advice Joey hears given 47:50 – How he deals with the times he feels overwhelmed 48:33 – Joey O’s message he would broadcast to the world 49:38 – Joey O-isms Show Links: Larry Griswold on The Frank Sinatra Show Joey O. appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Dream Seed by Joey O. Theme music: DREAM by SackJo22 ft. Jeris Haskel