PM: I am just curious how did you get started in Strength and Conditioning and how did you get started at Quinnipiac?
BP: I knew I wanted to be a strength and conditioning coach when I was a senior at High School. I attended the University of Connecticut and volunteered and gained experience during my undergraduate career in the varsity weight room. This led to a graduate assistant position there and then an opportunity opened up at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA. I was there for 4.5 years and then had the unique opportunity to start a strength and conditioning program from scratch at Quinnipiac University. I’ve been here since 2008 and it’s been a great journey so far.
PM: You have such a positive attitude, open mind, and are always seeking to learn. I am curious what helped mold/develop this in yourself?
BP: I believe my parents pushing me to become better and never being satisfied with my current grades, or status helped develop this quality. I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important it is to have your passion drive your motivation and my passion is to improve and gain a greater understand of health and performance so I can better help the student-athletes that I work with daily.
PM: How did you first get introduced to Be Activated/RPR? What was your 'aha' moment with the system?
BP: A friend of mine, Steve Volek, shared the system with me and first opened my eyes to it. I started to implement bits and pieces with my student athletes and starting seeing some incredible changes, namely how quickly we could create firing pattern changes to improve performance. That was my “aha” moment and soon realized I needed to learn more. I become RPR level 1 certified in November of 2016 and just recently received my level 2.
PM: Sometimes the results with Be Activated/RPR can seem almost too good to be true. Did you have any doubts/skepticism about any aspects of this system.
BP: I actually didn’t have any doubts because we saw the changes daily and with a number of athletes. We were fortunate enough to experiment and be able to have a large sample size instantly, so we could really see the power in the system.
PM: How has incorporating Be Activated/RPR into your program change how you run it and coach?
BP: It’s given me a greater appreciation of movement quality, firing patterns and ensuring that our athletes are ready to go for whatever it is we ask of them. It’s given me another set of lenses to view movement and performance. This has made me a better coach because my toolbox has dramatically improved.
PM: You are in a unique position to answer this since you train so many NCAA D1 athletes. What would be your biggest piece of advice to a young athlete who has aspirations in competing in his/her sport at the NCAA D1 level?
BP: My biggest advice is to be the hardest working person you can be. This means on the field of play and off the field. You cannot choose when you want to be disciplined and work hard. It has to be part of your fabric and something that you do all the time.
If you are as hyped and inspired by this interview as I am and would like to learn more about Brijesh, make sure to follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and check out his interview on the Useful Coach Podcast, where he delves more deeply into his philosophies about coaching,a dn applying the Be Activated/RPR system.
If you have no idea what Be Activated/RPR watch the video above, and try the self activation sequence. The results speak for themselves! Be Activated/RPR is a great tool, but it is just that a tool. In the interview above we can see why Brijesh was able to use this tool so well, and achieve such great results. All true success, starts from the inside out, and how you come to your work/sport/ or school every day. Are you always giving your best? How you do anything is how you do everything.
If you can't sustain it's not worth it,