Welcome to the Sports Training podcast notes presented by Next Level Athletics!
Speaker 1 (00:00):
Third. Time’s the charm go it’s up and recording.
Speaker 2 (00:04):
So this one will be our Jesus. Look at how fast that is.
Speaker 1 (00:10):
I have no clue. Wow.
Speaker 2 (00:18):
Yeah. All right. So this is an introduction podcast. This is well, first off, welcome to the Next Level Athletics Sports Training Podcast. Yes. Welcome. I’m Josh. I’m Ryan. And we’re going to be talking into your ear about us and what we do with athlete training today. Hope you enjoy it. So this introductory podcast, we’re going to go a little bit about who we are, how we met and then what we’re doing now with sports training and athlete training and the stuff that we’re stupid excited about. Like it’s awesome. So, um, you lead it off. Tell us a little bit about who you are.
Get To Know Ryan:
Speaker 1 (00:53):
Uh, my name is Ryan Nelson. I am 37 years old, so I’m the old guy here. Um, about myself. I went to Bixby high school, so local from the area. Um, uh, I joined the Marine Corps, uh, my senior year. So my whole senior year, I was a Puli, which just means you every weekend, you go and train with the Marines and you run PTs and stuff after school and do all that kind of stuff. Getting prepped for bootcamp. So I did a full, basically a full year that my senior year, and then I went in and did five years in the Marine Corps. I was primarily a nuclear, biological and chemical defense specialist with sounds super cool. And really all that means is that I learned everything there was to know about those things, um, and weapons of mass destruction and how to train Marines to protect themselves in those environments, how those things reacted.
Speaker 1 (01:47):
So in, uh, you know, I would be in the command center with the, you know, commander on deck and everything like that and would be telling the CEO, okay, it’s this type it’s going here. It’s going to look like this smell like this, all that kind of stuff. So that was, that was my job that thankfully never had to use. But I did do one tour in Iraq as part of a quick reaction force, which is like a SWAT team. I mean, basically. So that’s what I did for 10 months in Ramadi and Oh five. Nice, uh, moved back here. Actually, when I got out of it into the real estate construction business, my dad’s a real estate developer and has been my whole life. So I kind of grew up in that area. Um, went out to California with him, uh, started building, uh, commercial buildings and things like that.
Speaker 1 (02:30):
When I grew up, he was doing mostly high end residential, but he switched over to commercial stuff. I was in the Marine Corps and, uh, got out and started blowing and going with that and making lots and lots of money and life was good until the whole crash of 2008, 2009 happened. And everything kind of fell apart with that deal. And I moved back here, my dad moved down to Texas and, uh, I’ve just been kind of bouncing around trying to find things to do. Cause I’d always kind of had, that was my, of my life up until I was 27 years old when that happened. And so it was kind of like restructuring who I am and what I wanted to do. And, uh, I got into security work. I owned a security company for a while and then while I was in the security business actually, uh, got, got my, uh, trainer certification. And, but I didn’t have enough time to like really get into it. I did a little bit of athlete training and was too busy with other stuff. And so I didn’t get back into this until I got into the nutrition side of things with sports training. And, um, that’s how we came together at the last sports training gym, which is awesome.
Get To Know Josh:
Speaker 2 (03:39):
Dive into that. I’ll go into me and then we’ll talk about how we met. So, um, Josh is my name. Um, I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma, born and raised, um, played sports all my life. The baby I’m the baby. I’m 25. I just turned 25. I was about to say 24. Um, so played sports all my life. I ran track and cross country starting say seventh grade, I guess, of middle school. And then did that up until junior year of high school decided I wanted to play basketball. And in my family, it was always you. If you’re going to play a sport, you have to play with the anticipation of getting a college scholarship or you’re going to work instead because they didn’t want to just pay for you to mess around, I guess. So I switched over to basketball and I mean, my dad told me he’s going to be hard on me.
Speaker 2 (04:28):
It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve done. And I was like, all right, well, let’s do it. So started playing basketball. I, by no means was, um, the best basketball player anybody’s ever seen, but I was good enough to play and get college scholarship to go play more basketball. I went up and a year and a half in, or I guess no, a year end. I broke my foot and it was an avulsion fracture. So the tendon ripped a piece of the bone away. So it took like 15 weeks of thinking. It was a stress fracture until I went to an actual specialist and they’re like, no, this isn’t healing. So I had to get surgery, plate screws, all that stuff. I decided then your bionic. Yeah, pretty much. Well it’s gone now. They took it out a year later. It was great. But I yeah.
Speaker 2 (05:15):
Had that and decided I went back to play and had a lot of pain in that summer between I had met my now wife, Emma. And so I blame a lot of it on playing and pain while playing, but that paired with having Emma back here in Tulsa was like, okay, what am I doing up here? Because the future, I wasn’t going to play professional basketball. I knew that I was going to school for business management. I was thinking I would go work in an oil company or something like that. So came back to Tulsa. Didn’t know what I was doing. Really just finished school, worked a little bit here and there doing maintenance and some other stuff where to the restaurant and then got started into training. I did personal training for adults, online training for adults, and then got into the athlete training realm, which is by far my favorite.
Speaker 2 (05:59):
Cause that’s still a big part of who I am and yeah, got into all of that. And here we are. So Ryan and I stumbled across each other through work, actually him with the nutrition club and getting involved with sports training and everything like that. We met each other through that and just kind of blossomed out of that, working at a gym together, building stuff, building, I mean very successful realm for us. And now we decided we need that to be our own successful realm. Indeed. So that’s where we’re at now. Currently. Yeah. Yes, it does cast number one, podcast. Number one, that’s the backstory on both of us who we are. If you have more questions on who we are asking us, and then we’ll tell you who we are. Um, uh, guess we can go a little bit over what we do. We’ll probably end up doing another podcast.
Speaker 2 (06:57):
It’s like really detailed, but this can be a little bit about all of the areas we want to focus on. So for myself, one of my big passions and the big thing that I push is athlete, training, training athletes of all ages to be better point blank period, just better, whether it’s a better person, whether it’s a better athlete, whether it’s just all around in every facet better, that’s the goal for me. And that is my drive with it. I know that your drive ties into your life a little bit more with everything. Obviously, both of our drives consists of both of these things, but this one is a little bit more important to you. So I’ll let you share that.
Speaker 1 (07:37):
Yeah. I mean, I grew up playing sports and doing all that stuff. Um, as Josh likes to tell me, I always talk about how good at these sports I used to be. And then I remember that I didn’t really even play him into high school. Some jobs like, okay, you were amazing in elementary school. But, um, I, uh, I was in swimming in high school with primarily what I did most of the most through my high school careers on the swim team. But, um, when I joined the Marine Corps and I got into NBC, I found that teaching, which is something, you know, I was the kid that hated school and all that kind of stuff. Um, but teaching Marines about, you know, all the stuff that I learned was a lot of fun. I actually really enjoyed that. Um, and uh, that’s just really kind of one of those things that I didn’t expect to really enjoy, but I do.
Speaker 1 (08:30):
And, um, when I got into the nutrition side of things, uh, seeing the the growth of people and helping them change their lives, you know, dramatically through, you know, weight loss and, and being healthier and all that kind of stuff. And then into, uh, the athlete world, I mean, I never really, you know, I wasn’t the amazing athlete or whatever, so I wasn’t going to train, you know, athletes and stuff like that. I never really thought about that fact, but when I kind of got into it via nutrition with, with you, um, seeing the kids change and helping train and doing all that stuff and, and even doing pro athlete training, that was, I mean, it was amazing to see one that I was even capable of, of helping pro athletes become better. It was amazing to me, like, you know, I was a very humble kind of thinking like, okay, I’m good at this, but not that I was that.
Speaker 1 (09:19):
And so it was easy. It was, it was awesome to see that kind of change. And then just the kids really is, is being able to teach kids to be self-confident and better in themselves is something I didn’t have growing up. I kind of like did that all myself. It was like, you don’t have to be self-reflective enough to know. I was kind of a punk kid and that’s why I joined the Marine Corps was to better myself. Um, cause I didn’t have, not that I had, you know, parents didn’t weren’t good or anything, but, um, my parents were divorced. It was, you know, I had that whole thing, but it wasn’t, uh, my mom’s not a sports player or anything like that. So it was kind of like me motivating myself growing up. And so being able to do that for kids is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever done. I mean, not probably it is hands down, the coolest thing i have ever done. I love it.
Speaker 2 (10:02):
It’s weird. I remember going to school with people who were like, I’m going to school to be a teacher. And my first I was like, Whoa,
Speaker 1 (10:07):
That’s so horrible. My wife’s teacher. Yeah.
Speaker 2 (10:10):
It was always something I saw as this terrible thing. But then when you like, obviously it’s necessary. I just knew it wasn’t for me. But now like it was that facet of teaching wasn’t for me, because I can see now why people do it. It literally it’s addicting when you absolutely how you can build kids up and change kids’ lives. It’s insane. And it’s so cool. It makes everything
Speaker 1 (10:32):
To be able to have that kind of positive impact on people in general especially through sports training. I mean, that’s the whole reason that we started the nonprofit and with the veterans and all that kind of stuff too is, is, is, uh, through these kids become addicted to helping people. I mean, I’ve always, you know, whenever I could and was able to help out people in almost, uh, you know, self-sacrificing levels, um, to my detriment sometimes, but uh, being able to really positively and in a good way for me and for them is, is absolute. There’s no other way to describe it. Yeah.
Speaker 2 (11:06):
So the two big facets and we’ll end this one here and then go into details on it, our corresponding podcast to this one, but would be that athlete training and sports training and then a big part that you’re going to have a big part in this, a military training, doing training for veterans even poolies and current active military. So yeah. So we’re pumped about all of those things. Let’s go ahead and close this one out here. Yeah. Jump onto the next one and talk about some of the more detailed areas,
Speaker 1 (11:36):
Right. So yes, sir.
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