Craig Fitzgerald - Director of Strength and Performance - New York Giants

Craig Fitzgerald - Director of Strength and Performance - New York Giants
5 de abr. de 2023 · 1h 40m 18s

We sit down with Craig Fitzgerald, the Director of Strength and Performance for the New York Giants. Fitzgerald has a wealth of experience in the field, having worked with various...

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We sit down with Craig Fitzgerald, the Director of Strength and Performance for the New York Giants. Fitzgerald has a wealth of experience in the field, having worked with various college teams, including Penn State and Harvard, and professional teams like the Houston Texans. His dedication and knowledge of the field have earned him the highest honor in his profession, the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach. He shares his insights into the world of strength and performance, discussing his strategies and training techniques that have helped teams and players achieve success. He also discusses his experiences working with different teams and coaches, from developing the popular "Iron Lion" T-shirt at Penn State to helping the Houston Texans win back-to-back AFC South division championships.

Timestamps:
00:2:00 - How did you get into S&C and who were some of your early influences?
00:9:00 - Did those early experiences influence your coaching style today?
00:10:40 - What does the yearly schedule look like for a strength coach on a professional football team?
00:19:13 - How big is the roster during Phase 1,2,3 of training?
00:24:25 - The types of players that last in the NFL
00:33:20 - In-Season training
00:39:00 - Do you see the rookie slump?
00:41:30 - How teams handle recovery? Signifance of recovery at the professional level.
00:49:50 - Justin Jefferson
00:51:20 - The NFL roster and talent. A good team environment.
00:55:05 - What does the word Toughness mean to you?
00:58:02 - Physical vs. Mental Toughness
1:02:44 - How should a coach handle the Tranfer Portal guys?
1:08:05 - Different training broken into groups
1:12:10 - Return to Play protocols interplay
1:14:40 - How do you condition the team for competition?
1:16:10 - Competition based training at LSU
1:27:22 - What age did your sons start lifting weights?
1:31:13 - Any advice for young coaches or anyone who wants to get into this field?
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