Professional athletes are sometimes wrongly said to have “an easy life,” where all they have to do is “travel and get paid for playing” a sport. Media portrayal often doesn’t reveal the gravel road many athletes take in pursuit of their goals. The desire to have fans see “behind the scenes” of the free-throw making and ace serving individual on the court is what drives Team Vitalyte member Beau Treyz to produce his podcast “What Do You Get” ( whatdoyougetpod.com ) . The 2014 Big Ten Doubles Champion had an experience while playing tennis for the University Of Nebraska that got “his wheels spinning.” The Husker tennis team and the basketball team shared time at the weight room. Naturally the teams got to chat in between sets at the bench press. Beau met Tai Webster, a 6’4” guard from Auckland New Zealand. Webster was a four star recruit who had gained international acclaim as a teenager when he represented his country at the FIBA World Cup and Olympic Qualifiers. Of course there was pressure on him while in college. As Beau and Tai talked and the tennis player got to know the basketball player, Beau wished “there was a way he could get the fans to understand that there’s a lot more going on on-court. There are math finals and sometimes you are sick. It’s just not what you see.” And thus What Do You Get was born. Fans got to be a different kind of sixth man and get a feeling for what do you get when you’re a high-level athlete. What are they feeling? What are they experiencing? And what Beau has concluded from producing his podcasts is that “No matter where you are in the world people are making the best with what they have.” The basketball player on the court is making the best with the pulled hamstring while the restaurant owner down the street is making the best with having a packed house when three employees called in sick. While sports viewers may see two tennis players battle over a tough game, take a break, sip on an electrolyte replacement drink, and change sides, it isn’t always just that easy. They aren’t seeing the hours in the weight room, the countless flights and connections, or the frustration of an injury. Beau is changing what is being seen, and his guests are loving talking!
“Usually when I meet with someone to interview I am thinking they are going to be able to give me ten to fifteen minutes of their time and then we will be done. But I am finding we will sit down to talk and an hour later, we are still talking.” Beau’s guests include Rich Gannon (former NFL MVP), Rajeev Ram (career high 11 in ATP World Rankings in doubles), Richard Muscio (philanthropist, WTA tournament owner) and Guillermo Canas (former 8th ATP ranked tennis player in the world). Treyz, who handles all of his own production, says of his podcast, “It is the most fun thing I do besides tennis and working out.” And this Florida native is well aware of the gifts his podcast has provided him. “I learn something from every podcast. I have come to realize that there is a lesson in every interview. Doing the podcast has helped me handle the frustration of my own tennis injury better. I know a lot of others athletes have dealt with being injured and I’m not the only one. I have learned all we can do is make the most of what we have.”
Beau said one of his guests, Guillermo Canas, who beat Federer twice in a row and rose to eighth in the world, shed a lot of light on the situation of the professional athlete. The Argentinian said his goal was to get in the top ten in the world. It was so tough for him to crack but when he finally went from thirteenth to eighth, he thought a lot would change but nothing really did. It was the same players, hitting tough forehands and training hard. Just because the goal was reached, the work continued. The journey to the eighth spot is really what it was all about. That ranking was to Canas as getting a promotion from manager to director is to the marketing employee. And according to Beau, that is exactly what he enjoys about his podcast. He is learning what you do get, from life.