We had the good fortune of connecting with Eddy McGilvra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eddy, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance is one of the most important & yet toughest parts of this football industry. When I first started back in 2014 getting into coaching/training, I drove in deep and there really was no balance. I found out immediately about a year in that doing it this way was not sustainable. Mentally it’s almost impossible to keep a clear mind while only focusing on my career. Losing touch with close friends, family, etc. After the 2nd and 3rd year I was able to find a better balance with my time. Focusing a lot on myself & my family, that really is where I found the most balance is with my family. They kept me in the moment and it definitely helped me grow through the process. Being here now in 2021 7 years into the industry I have a great hold on how to balance life/work situations. Still no master of this as we all should aim to be. But I would say having a great balance is the key to having a long and successful career. Along with keeping the other people in your life & not drifting into a twilight zone of just work and nothing there for you when you finish your day.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is very detail based. I train a specific position in football (defensive line/edge). Every little motion, movement can be the difference for you when it’s time to perform. I’m most proud of the players when they perform on game day. The NFL guys get opportunity to change their lives and make millions. The college guys get chances at becoming NFL players one day & the High schoolers have a shot at getting paid to play football in college. It was a lot of work and struggle to get where I am today. Mix in some luck bc football is a very dangerous sport so these guys had to stay healthy first and foremost. It was definitely far from easy but the struggle is what makes it a sweeter taste when it’s seen through. I learned lessons in the game itself as it’s forever growing and changing. I learn a lot from the players themselves being the ones that play. Most importantly I learned to just be myself & trust my craft. I’m 29 years old, still considered very young in this industry. I work with over 40+ NFL players along with 100+ college guys. I’ve helped develop some of the nations top HS players and I feel like I’m just getting my feet wet. The goal is to continue to grow and build these players into the best in their respected level of play. Whether that be the NFL, D1, HS levels!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It really depends, LA and it’s surrounded areas are beautiful. So first thing would be the coast. Malibu down to San Diego has some incredible views, beaches, trails, etc. Then I would need to tap into the food. Every different kind because LA offers a lot. The night life in West Hollywood, places like Delilah, the nice guy, etc. I know the good low key spots along with the ones that are a little more to party. Hopefully a life after Covid this is all possible. It’s been a crazy time to say the least out in LA this last year. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would say my players I coach/train. My success all revolves around their success and now they buy into my coaching/ training programs. As they grew I was able to grow my own brand. But the goal is never to only better myself. I stay focused on helping them achieve their dreams and reach their goals. As with that the success will come naturally for me. My family definitely deserves a lot credit for where I am today. A lot of sacrifice because nobody can do this alone.