Fitness Spotlight on Barry McCabe, Pro Performance Soccer
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA, RD on JUNE 1, 2018
Meet Barry James McCabe, MS, BSc, founder and owner of Pro Performance Soccer. He has created a company which focuses on youth athletes to enhance their performance and training. Read on to learn more about Barry’s innovative and inspiring career path. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of fitness and exercise?
Growing up with the sole ambition of playing professional soccer got me hooked in an athletic lifestyle. Becoming more and more curious about training methods and lifestyle hacks to get the most out of my performance, I was drawn to undertake a degree in Exercise Science while competing as a full-time athlete. The experiences here, through research and working with Olympic, Pro and youth level athletes, inspired me to continue my career as a performance coach, with a focus on youth athletes.
Your Job Title:
Company you are with now:
Owner of Pro Performance Soccer
A typical (or not so typical) day in the work-life for you:
Morning: Programming and supporting clubs and teams with applied sport science practices.
Afternoon: Coaching in the gym and on the field with youth athletes, teams and clubs, delivering strength and conditioning programs.
How did you get your current job in fitness and exercise?
I began my youth athlete business2 ½years ago in San Francisco, which has thankfully grown into a full time venture. I saw an opportunity to offer high quality training to youth athletes who were looking to develop the necessary athletic components needed for success at a high level.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
Skills are learned through experiences in your environment; I was brought up in a wonderful family and have been involved in teams since I was 4 years old. This has given me skills that transfer brilliantly when working with athletes, teams, and people in general.
I have gained a great appreciation of the power of learning from other people, inside and outside of my environment. This is such an overlooked skill in the fitness industry. I am still young and am trying to take a growth mindset on everything I do.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Be honest to who you are, don’t try to fit in to the expectations society has created for this industry. Create your own roles and find ways to contribute to something bigger than yourself. Show and grow both your skills and weak points; be ready for criticism!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
Through the success of the athletes I am lucky to work with.