After the interview with volleyball athlete Heike Beier we were curious to know more about how her coach is using Beast, and how he manages to train her, mostly from Italy.
Fabio Patrito is an Italian sport professional; he works with several pro athletes of various disciplines.
Q: Hi Fabio, first I would like to thank you for taking the time of answering these few questions, we know how busy you must be working with so many athletes and clients. To the readers who don’t know you well, can you talk a little about your career and how you got involved with sports?
F: My passion for martial arts gave me the chance to travel around the world and learn the latest training methods especially in the US where I was influenced to create methods on structure, biochemistry (regeneration techniques, sleep monitoring and so on) and mental status.
From here, after two bachelors degrees in sport science, I earned a certificate in massotherapy, and a master degree in sport psychology and posturology; right now I’m about to finish a certificate in manual therapy and osteopathy and I’m currently enrolled in a course in physiotherapy at the University of Madrid.
As you may have guessed, for me training is bones, muscles and tendons first and then it’s “preparation”!!
I crate injury prevention programs, for years I have been using with success respiratory and postural gymnastics, I integrate different data from each athlete and sport to create a tailored program: from the spine check, to the evaluation of the diaphragm’s power, to the skinfold thickness measurement and much more.
Right now I’m focusing on injury prevention and strength training of volleyball pro athletes playing in Italy, Poland and Turkey, Italian national team pentathlon athletes and marathon runners.
Q: What are the things you like most of your job?
F: The relationship between coach and athlete, the mental aspect, programming objectives and resource management.
Q: As a strength and conditioning coach, what challenges do you face?
F: Time it’s always a limit, there are scarce economic resources (especially in Italy) and the idealized magical aspect of training planning… or in other words, measuring performances.
Q: What stunned you about Beast? What are the features that most fit your job?
F: it’s handy, low-cost and the app interface is intuitive; in the future I would like to see some features helpful for injury rehab, like time to recover and measurement in case of injury.
Q: how important is planning for training an athlete? What do you think of the Beast web portal and do you use it to follow your athletes from distance?
F: Time and distance with beast are nullified, we are able to “see” and follow each training and make adjustments anytime!
Q: How did the relationship with your athletes change with Beast?
F: Beast is the connection between the athlete and me; it’s a real platform that could have countless developments with the right adjustments. It shows the right parameters, targets and it’s perfect for exchanging information between staff members.
Q: How technology is changing the world of strength and conditioning? Do you think it will have an impact also in the world of fitness?
F: Measuring is the only obvious strategy to quantify training, even if the variables are countless as I said in the first answer.
In the world of fitness technology could redefine the right parameters between form and function, empowering trainers to set functional protocols with scientific value.
You can reach to Fabio through his website: www.fabiopatrito.com