Behind the Grind recently spoke to Robert Kaleal, strength and conditioning coach for UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic. He describes himself as “a simple guy who is just looking to bring a positive aspect into peoples’ worlds as much as possible”.
Kaleal said he went down a bunch of different roads in his career path. “I studied a bunch of different arts. Studying wrestling and boxing allowed me to truly appreciate what people go through and the excuses people give a lot of times”. He noted that his experience with different types of combat arts allowed for this perfect world to become a strength and conditioning coach.
The coach spoke about working with Miocic for the past eight and a half years. “Stipe’s done a thousand funny things because he is just a character, man. He’s a ballbuster, but when he needs to be laser focused, there’s not anyone better; he’s locked in. If you think about it, a person like Stipe is one of a kind. He’s one of the one percenter’s. He holds his tongue he keeps his chest out. He is just a simple human being that wants to help a lot of people whether as a fire fighter or walking down the street. It’s hard to hold a candle to someone like that”.
For those looking to get into the business, Kaleal has some advice. “You have to build your name and reputation. I am up at 4:15 everyday, so, you have to respect the crazy schedule. You also have to work hard for every dollar you make”.