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Episode of the Year: Unstoppable Dad Diet- Matt Noonan


Matt Noonan, a coach with 15 years of experience, discusses his background in coaching and his work with dads to help them reclaim their strength and athleticism. He also talks about the opportunities and challenges faced by Australian players in American football. Matt emphasizes the importance of overcoming mental and emotional hurdles in training and motivates parents to pursue physical activities. He highlights the impact of Dugitzo training and encourages men to start their fitness journey by taking the first step. The conversation explores the importance of a long-term mindset and realistic expectations in martial arts training. It emphasizes the need for consistency and the impact of training on individuals' lives. The discussion also touches on seeking help for mental health and the significance of self-care. The concept of the well-balanced dad diet is introduced, highlighting the importance of physical and mental well-being. The conversation concludes with a focus on quality time with family and the importance of taking action and making changes to achieve desired outcomes. In this conversation, Matt Noonan discusses the importance of taking responsibility for personal health and well-being. He emphasizes the need to shift from making excuses to taking action to improve physical and mental states. Matt suggests starting with simple activities like going for a walk to create time for oneself and increase physical activity. He also highlights the significance of creating a positive worldview for children, focusing on how they view themselves rather than the world. Matt encourages being present and building strong relationships with kids, as well as setting a strong foundation for them to navigate life successfully.


Overcoming mental and emotional hurdles is crucial in training and achieving fitness goals.

Showing up and consistently doing the hard work is the first step in any fitness journey.

Dugitzo training can have a significant impact on physical and mental well-being.

Parents should prioritize their own fitness and set an example for their children.

Australian players face challenges in transitioning to American football but have opportunities to play at the international level. Take responsibility for your personal health and well-being.

Shift from making excuses to taking action to improve your physical and mental states.

Create a positive worldview for your children by focusing on how they view themselves.

Be present and build strong relationships with your kids.

Set a strong foundation for your kids to navigate life successfully.


00:00 Introduction and Pineapple on Pizza Debate

00:58 Introduction to Matt Noonan and His Platform

02:30 Matt Noonan's Background and Experience in Coaching

03:27 American Football in Australia

06:02 Opportunities for Australian Players in American Football

10:46 Challenges Faced by Australian Players in American Football

14:20 Overcoming Mental and Emotional Hurdles in Training

18:12 Motivating Parents to Pursue Physical Activities

20:39 Helping Clients Overcome Mental and Emotional Hurdles

23:00 The Impact of Dugitzo Training

24:16 Encouraging Men to Start Their Fitness Journey

30:53 Taking the First Step in Starting a Fitness Journey

32:53 Long-Term Mindset and Realistic Expectations

38:14 The Impact of Training on Lives

41:44 Consistency and Long-Term Transformations

47:13 Seeking Help for Mental Health

53:54 The Importance of Self-Care

58:30 The Well-Balanced Dad Diet

01:03:05 Quality Time with Family

01:03:35 Taking Action and Making Changes

01:04:21 Taking Responsibility for Personal Health

01:08:17 Creating a Positive Worldview for Children

01:11:29 Being Present and Building Relationships with Kids

01:14:23 Building a Strong Foundation for Kids

01:15:33 Conclusion and Plugging the Podcast

Transcript jey (00:02.883)

thank you think you to our large stud audience matt welcome on to the show were super happy to have you were psyche to talk to you today before we jump in here feet first into the deep end i have to ask you a quick question it's kind of a running tally on the show it's just very very important to what we do here does pineapple go on pizza

Matt Noonan (00:25.12)

yes yes

aaron (00:29.088)

yeah baby

jey (00:30.443)

oh wow that right well the current score for any of our listeners keeping tally with us is that now six to four to one so aaron's a bit happy about that since he's been kind of the lowner one of the few lowners that things pineapple goes on pizza so i guess you guys can talk and all just sit by um anyway all right back tell us a little bit about you your platform and why you do what you do

Matt Noonan (00:32.64)


aaron (00:52.328)

uh uh

Matt Noonan (01:00.72)

so i am i'm i'm a coach i i have been a coach now for fifteen years i at the moment i work with dad's predominantly i help dad's really just reclaim their strength and athleticism so i've got a bit of a i guess a fitness first mentality where the body like the health of the body flows into everything else that helps so i help at the moment about fifty different dads

to do that before i started doing that i owned an operator on my own gym for eleven years and so i was lucky enough to do that walk with people help people from all walks of life actually got into coaching through american football so i started i started playing over here in australia when i was in finishing high school and i played that locally for ten years got to do a couple of representative teams and then ended up moving into coaching football

and that kind of led me on the path that i'm on to then go into firstly personal training then into opening up my own gym and then going from there so i'm on the sunshine coast in australia got a young family so i've got a son and a daughter my son's for my daughter seven been married for almost ten years now and yeah that's kind of me in a really intense nutshell and there's obviously a lot i can go into there but that's covering off kind of the last twenty years

aaron (02:06.228)

oh yeah

aaron (02:19.328)


yeah yeah


Matt Noonan (02:30.22)

my life

jey (02:33.123)

no i definitely covered all the basis there so you mentioned that you you train you've been training people for what like fifteen years now right

Matt Noonan (02:42.92)

yeah fifteen years now

jey (02:45.323)

and that's between football when you say american football do you mean socker or like football football like

Matt Noonan (02:53.8)

no agreed i mean american football i mean gridiron like what hat we n f l football yeah

aaron (02:55.148)

no he means american

jey (02:58.683)

like nell football okay okay i'm learning i'm learning

Matt Noonan (03:02.54)

yeah that's what sometimes have to distinguish try and distinguish that because it's american football australians would refer to it as gridiron most australians would refer to it as ridin so sometimes it's just getting the terminology right but obviously for you guys it's probably football that's

aaron (03:02.668)



jey (03:15.443)


jey (03:25.683)

so you go ahead

aaron (03:27.428)

well so i didn't know that it's really prominent like that in australia are there like leagues around to play in

Matt Noonan (03:33.66)

yeah so there there are there's local leagues so i like i grew up playing all sorts of sports we grew i grew up in new south like rural part of new south wales where down near the victorian border which is where predominantly a f l so that's kind of what i was exposed to from a young age for a sport i don't know if you've ever seen a f l but there it's basically like everyone's punting the ball back and forth to each other and trying to score i v punting the ball back and forth on a

which is like almost twice the size of an american football field and i grew up playing that and then we moved up to queensland and queensland is a rugby league state so it's a different code of football so i started playing that when all the way through high school and in grade and i was okay at it i was never great and then in grade twelve i had a friend that we found a local american football club and he said come and ave a go at this and i just like i fell in love with it at that point it was its

a very fringe spots it's a very fringe sport sports grown massively since i first started playing but when i first started playing there was still orbutlikethere was an organized league in each state which there still is now we have i've been lucky enough to coach on like national teams as well to so they for under nineteen so the youth football programs they've you know we've been able to go over to mexico

aaron (04:49.568)


aaron (04:58.628)


Matt Noonan (05:03.42)

china and playing the world cup that the international football federation like organized so there's while it's not like one of the top tier sport sports i've heard there's still organized leagues over here

aaron (05:07.628)

yeah yeah

jey (05:18.123)

that's really cool so the if is like indoor football

aaron (05:18.228)


Matt Noonan (05:21.14)

no it's iff is the name of the governing league so it's f f which is international football international american football federation or something like that so it's actual you know it's outdoor football pads and helmets the whole lot the difference s like save for example with the with the u nine the under nineteen well cup that we played in you're looking at kind of di three n i like college kids that are playing you're not going

aaron (05:27.228)


aaron (05:33.828)


jey (05:34.623)

okay i see

aaron (05:40.328)

yah yah

yeah yeah

Matt Noonan (05:50.96)

get you you're not going to get your kids that you give one give to college recruits playing against our guys who you have limited exposure to the sport

aaron (05:53.528)

yeah yeah


yeah yeah

jey (06:02.203)

yeah because those dive one tip two guys are probably the ones that are getting looked at by tons of other places

aaron (06:03.028)


Matt Noonan (06:08.42)

hundred percent and it's a it's an amateur sport like at that level it's amateur it's not professional so those kids that are looking and we've got like i've been lucky enough that we've i've had some kids that i coached at a local level actually go over and obtained scholarships to most recently had one one in hawaii and one at indiana who i think transferring at the moment but like we've got some kids that are able to go and get scholarships at these dive ones and even some of them opped out

jey (06:14.963)


aaron (06:16.428)


aaron (06:20.928)


aaron (06:26.628)

oh yeah

aaron (06:32.728)


aaron (06:36.528)


Matt Noonan (06:38.26)

playing for the national team just because the chance of getting injured is just not worth them losing the scholarship that the opportunity that they've got to go and play under a scholarship

aaron (06:40.428)

yeah yeah

jey (06:52.963)

no that per cent makes sense

aaron (06:54.448)

yeah i got it so you know it's interesting have you has there been any news of you know the x f l picking from your local leagues i mean i know it's it's probably a long shot but i do know that they're trying to diversify and find talent from you know all across the world as opposed to just in america

Matt Noonan (07:08.08)

i don't

Matt Noonan (07:16.12)

yeah not that not that i've heard to be fair like even though i started in that sport i've been pretty kind of stepped away from coaching that particular sport around covid where were kind of set to go and do the world up in twenty twenty and that got canceled because there was obviously no international travel and at that point we had because i had the gym at that point that jim got shut down so there was other things that were on my plate where i kind of gave away the coaching

the sport but i'm still trying to keep my finger on the pulse with what's going on so nothing really from the f l there's actually a fairly big push from the f l coming into like australian not so much from a team but like talent talent recruitment like there's a couple of like jordan my larder who plays on he's a lineman for s a tackle for the eagles you know he's he's australian there's a few like mainly offensive line

defensive line there's a few players outside of punters that have come from australia that go through i think it's like the international player pathway or whatever it is that they call so there's more emphasis from the n f l kind of coming down the pipe line to look for talent to go over but not so much from the f

aaron (08:39.368)

yeah i know i remember pretty recently jarred hayne coming from rugby i was it was a pretty good stand out just never caught on but you know that's that's so interesting i can't wait to see if that develops you know there's so much talent now

Matt Noonan (08:42.48)

yeah yeah

Matt Noonan (08:47.8)


Matt Noonan (08:52.78)

there's been there's been within the sport there's probably been more like like australia australia as a country only has i think i think from memory like it's got twenty eight million people right so it's not a super big like that's the that's the entire country but we've had like jarrett hayne has been the most high profile one but there's guys that have had a lot more success than him like there's adam adam got who's a kid that played local

ball down in victoria who's now i think he's in his ninth year he's playing for the jags at the moment then you've got like jordan malade even though he den't played local football he didn't have the profile of jared hayne in rugby league um before he went over there and and then you've got like jessie williams who played local football like he was he played for alabama for a few years and then played for the sea hawks like there's been some guys that have gone over there outside

jey (09:51.883)


Matt Noonan (09:52.7)

the kickers and punters who have had a lot like a good amount of success in the sport and i think one thing that like the league in australia is doing a lot better now is there high lighting those guys rather than the high profile guys like that have gone over there and maybe not have have had as much success

jey (10:15.383)

but like guys who still went over and i did it

Matt Noonan (10:17.56)