Episode 052: From Harvard to Kingston City FC & Making Your Dream a Reality featuring Oliver White

Oliver White is a soccer player with Kingston City FC, an Australian soccer club from Clayton South, Victoria. Kingston City FC compete in the National Premier Leagues Victoria. Oliver grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and played club soccer with multiple teams while growing up in the US. He went on to play collegiate soccer at Harvard University as a student athlete where he tallied nine goals and five assists over the course of his collegiate career. Jon and Oliver crossed paths as Oliver was preparing to play in a series of trial games in Boston for scouts from professional soccer clubs. Topics discussed in this episode include:

  • What Oliver misses most about home
  • Kingston City FC season review
  • Biggest learning moments as a collegiate athlete
  • Most enjoyable aspect of being a student athlete
  • Advice for people who want to make their dreams a reality
  • What US soccer needs to change in order to be successful
  • Pre-game preparation strategies
  • Post game recovery routine
  • Reasons to track sleeping patterns
  • Stress management techniques
  • Nutritional approach to game days
  • Premier League discussion

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Rua Gilna is a strength coach based in New York City. Originally from Ireland, Rua grew up using training as a way to excel in sports and tries to empower this same feeling to others through his coaching. Rua is now the head of personal training at the Wright Fit gym in New York as well as operating his own training in person and online called Bua Fitness. On the show, Jon and Rua chat about what animals they would like to cross breed and why Cadburys is so much better than Hershey’s. Other topics include:

  • How Rua originally got into strength training & coaching
  • Rua’s training philosophy
  • Explaining why people need to breathe before and after their training
  • Why stretching is a waste of time
  • Why coaches need to constantly strive to be better for their clientele
  • Suppressing the ego
  • The benefits of breathing resets
  • Exhaling and the immune system
  • Rua’s goal setting system
  • Why you need to be on a program
  • The front line of healthcare
  • How Rua manages the four pillars of health

 

Show Notes:

Shift work study: “Carcinogenicity of shift-work, painting & fire fighting”

Book: “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Wim Hof breathing techniques: “The Way of the Ica-Man: How the Wim Hof Method Creates Radiant, Longterm Health”

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Rua’s website: buafitness.com

Rua Gilna on Instagram: @ruabuafit.com

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