“Who I am is not about my achievements. Who I am is what’s inside.” – Ingrid Marcum
What I am supposed to do with my life now that I’m no longer an athlete?
From high school and college to professional athletes, that is a question many people find them themselves asking as they adjust to the idea that athletic competition is no longer the center of their life.
This week, we have multi-sport athlete, speaker, educator, strength & conditioning coach, and movement specialist, Ingrid Marcum aka The Iron Valkyrie, sharing her own experience and how she discovered her own value and confidence during the ongoing process.
As Rob speaks to Ingrid about her life as an athlete, she opens up about what it was truly like to retire from athletics and start a new path in life. But it’s not that easy; this is something that she is still working on and wants to help people who are facing a similar obstacle.
Not only is Ingrid’s experience a common sensation for athletes but we can all relate to it via other scenarios such as being new parents, being older parents who are now empty nesters, starting a new to a job, getting ready to retire, preparing to leave the military forces or any other big transition we experience in our lives.
In this episode, you will learn:
- Ingrid’s own transition to find her true identity after ending her athletic career by doing the inner work.
- The power of focusing on what can you do while in the midst of struggle and setbacks.
- How to change your negative mindset to one accepting reality and dealing with it the best that you can.
- Why it takes time to discover and accept who you really are as a person.
- How to compete at a high level and still have a blast with it while not taking yourself too seriously.
- The process of being happy with where you are in life right now.
Breathing for Performance
Contact Ingrid here with questions or to request more information on working with her
Focused breathing work is often overlooked as a key to performance. I only learned about incorporating breathing techniques toward the end of my athletic career, but have found it to be extremely helpful for myself, my athletes and my clients.
Most athletes and people, in general, have altered breathing mechanics that can affect them in various ways. But efficient breathing plays a role in mobility, stability, ability to focus, concentrate and deal with stress in addition to contributing to recovery and sleep! I hope you find these tips as valuable as I have in training myself and my athletes and clients!
Feel free to contact me with questions or to learn more about how you can work with me – I’m available for seminars, workshops & speaking engagements as well as a limited number of direct individual movement work, either in person or online.
Intro to Breathing for Performance
About Ingrid Marcum
Today, she is a sought after speaker, educator, strength & conditioning coach, and movement specialist.
A frequent speaker at events such as Perform Better, IDEA World, Perform Better Europe, CPTN, Summer Strong 8, Women’s Fitness Summit, NSCA
- Owner, BGB Fitness Studio since 2007
- East coast Regional Coach, Lead Course Instructor, CrossFit SME: Weightlifting
- Director of Programming, Battling Ropes
- Battling Ropes Consultant, US Soccer Women’s National Team
- Star of Battling Ropes DVDs: “Hurricane Ingrid” and “Partner and Team Training”, “Mastery of Physical Prowess” DVD – with John Brookfield
- Head strength coach, US National Women’s field hockey team and US Under-21 National team (2001-2003)
- Assistant strength coach, College of William and Mary (1999-2001)
- Strength coach and personal trainer since 1997, CSCS certified
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00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
1:30 About our guest today, Ingrid Marcum
6:00 About Ingrid’s career in athletics that began when she was as young as 18 months.
8:00 Her natural gymnastics ability and how that helped her later down the line in her career.
9:30 The numerous injuries she has experienced throughout her entire life, lessons learned from that, and how she bounced back on her own.
13:00 How her love of gymnastics led her to continue focusing on fitness and wellness be a part of her life once she was done competing.
15:00 The work she did to let go of gymnastics being her only identity to just a part of who she is.
17:00 The power of focusing on what can you do while in the midst of struggle and setbacks.
19:40 The importance of mentally processing what is happening in our lives instead of being all, “poor me.”
20:20 How to change your negative mindset to one accepting reality and dealing with it the best that you can.
23:30 The moments she does find most frustrating with her current injury and how she’s working through it all with a focused, positive mindset.
26:00 Her transition to find her true identity after ending her athletic career by doing the inner work and learning about herself.
37:00 How to just find happiness with where you are in life right now.
42:00 Finding something that excites you in life to make everything around you better.
45:00 Why being who you are and being okay with it takes time and effort.
47:00 Her evolution of social skills and relating more to people over time.
56:00 How to handle and work through your emotions as a competitive athlete.
58:30 How to compete at a high level and still have a blast with it without taking yourself too seriously.
1:00:00 How gaining greater emotional intelligence and love for yourself can actually help your athletic career.
1:10 What’s in store for her next in her mission to help other people work through what she did when she retired from sports.
1:14:20 Final comments with Rob and Devon.
1:15:00 Let us know if you want to do a Coaching Call episode with us!
1:16:50 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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Thanks for listening/reading episode 250 with Ingrid Marcum: Discover Your Value & Confidence! We hope you have gained more knowledge on how to be a healthier you.