We caught up with Kyle Paraggua (Coach Kyle) owner and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of KP Strength & Performance. He talks the power of creativity and relationship building, in the latest edition of getting to know our #fitlightfamily.
Where are you based out of? Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Can you share a little about what you do: I’m a performance coach and I help athletes get stronger and faster in their sport.
What would be three words that describe you:
Creative, reliable, and tenacious
What do you do in your downtime or to unwind?
I like to spend time with my kids and play actively with them. I also enjoy reading and learning anything about the origin/concepts of our universe.
Can you share with us your FITLIGHT® Journey? How has it helped you in your field?
I first saw my friend Shea Pierre using the system when he brought it out to a football camp that my son was a part of. I was instantly hooked and thought that a system like that has so many benefits for developing athletes' cognitive and physical performance.
Like most coaches, you get a light bulb moment on how many variations of drills you can do to help athletes improve their agility. Possibilities are endless with the FITLIGHT® system.
This system has helped me tremendously! Thanks to the genius himself, Anthony - I was able to get the infamous briefcase. All my athletes (regardless of age) love using it. It brings a level of fun, engagement, and competition to every training session that makes my job easier - it’s like having an assistant coach drilling the athletes.
Who is an inspiration to you? Malcom Gladwell, Love one of his book called Outliers
What are you working on that gets you out of bed in the morning?
The urge to keep improving my craft. And I feel like my craft encompasses many things like training, business, and life. I’m a very creative person. I like exploring and working on developing “range.” I like to learn and expand my skill sets and other interests to give me more diverse experience. This helps me adapt, improvise, overcome, and become more resilient.
What advice do you have for people trying to break into your field?
Be relentless in building relationships with coaches and anyone connected in our field. Never stop learning, even if it’s unrelated to what we do. Go the extra mile. If there’s an opportunity, always overdeliver.
What would you tell your younger self now?
Stop overthinking. Just do. Mistakes are inevitable; learn from them. Even better, learn from the mistakes of others.
What’s next for you?
I want to continue being a resource and inspiration for athletes who want to improve. I will keep sharing what I know to help as much as possible.
Want to catch more of Coach Kyle? Check out our Lights, Camera, Reaction series or follow him to see how he uses FITLIGHT® for basketball training.