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August 14, 2015
Mark Watts is The Director of Education at elitefts™ and the NSCA Ohio State Director. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Professional and Applied Studies at Urbana University. He has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from California University of PA and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of PA. Watts has worked with athletes in over 20 different sports at the Division I, II & III levels for over 15 years as a strength & conditioning coach at places such as Denison University, The United States Military Academy at West Point, Allegheny College and Clarion University. Watts competes in both powerlifting and strongman competitions. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and is a USMC veteran.
July 23, 2015
Bob Alejo Assistant AD/ Director of Strength & Conditioning North Carolina State University Topics Covered in the Podcast How Coach Alejo got started in the industry How the game of baseball has progressed Communication with Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists Abdominal Injuries  in Baseball Baseball Players vs Throwers Tommy John's Epidemic... A different take Total body strength is the best way to increase bat speed More resiliency in younger arms Innings thrown vs pitches thrown Monitoring the Bullpen Baseball is performed from your toes to the ends of your fingers Assessments Approach athletes like they're damaged goods Its not a one day deal Go to Exercises There is no exercise you should avoid Pressing overhead for overhead athletes Finding the Research About balance more than movement Variances between the In-Season Training High Intensity during the season Decrease the slope of the decline by lifting heavy If you can't gain strength at the rep range how can you maintain it? Low Volume reduces fatigue and soreness Conditioning and Speed Rest,sets, and intervals Quantify everything Low intensity tempo work Tempo to Speed Endurance to Speed Everything comes down to 1st step speed Strategies to build rapport with Sport Coaches Everything data driven! Start correlating your data If you are going to be fast, you need to be strong, If you are strong, you can change direction Best advice for young coaches Technology has enabled coaches to contact anyone You don't need to guess anymore Call your peers Your group is your group. Get them better first Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast on iTunes The Bob Alejo File Assistant AD/Director of Strength and Conditioning Bob Alejo oversees all of the strength and conditioning efforts of the department, and coordinates the day-to-day efforts of the men's basketball team.Prior to joining the Wolfpack staff in April, Alejo served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Oakland A's, a position he also held from 1993-2001. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization's year-round physical preparation at both the major league and minor league levels. Prior to rejoining the A's, Alejo was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at UC Santa Barbara from 2005-2008. During that time he was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team as strength and conditioning coach for the Gold medal-winning men's beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. From 1984-1993, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach at UCLA where he worked with 23 men's and women's teams, including the men's basketball team while current Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried was an assistant coach. During his tenure in Westwood, the Bruins racked up 25 national championships and produced more than 100 All-Americans. Prior to joining the Bruins' staff, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach for football at his alma mater, Chico State. He earned his B.A. in physical education from Chico State in 1982 and is a member of the Wildcats' Athletic Hall of Fame after a successful baseball career.An accomplished lecturer and author, Alejo is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (through the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certification Commission) and holds the advanced NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach distinction. He has also been elected to three halls of fame: Chico State Athletics, Chico State Baseball (inaugural inductee) and the Chico Professional Baseball "Legends of the Diamond." www.elitefts.com
July 22, 2015
Joe Hashey Synergy Athletics Fitness Business Empire   Topics Covered in the Podcast How Joe got started   4 Knee Surgeries.... and a lot of questions The Start of Synergy Athletics Transitioning from only athletes to the adult population Psychology of completion   What do need to know to start the training process   What the athlete wants and what the parents think they need The responsibility of college preparation Using communication with coaches as a learning experience   A general look at the training philosophy   Concurrent Periodization with High School and College Athletes Repetition method to prepare for Max effort and dynamic effort Training Athletes vs training lifters Athletes need to know, like, and trust you Understanding bar speed    Relationship Building Three phases: Individual, family, community Referrals vs giving back What athletes really need   Appropriate recovery Sleep cycle Travel Teams Nutrition Not a work-ethic issue.... at all   Teaching skills related to the business word   Understanding learning styles Match the mental to the physical goals Uncomfortable equals opportunity for growth   How professional development has evolved Mature as a business person as much as a training Trainers approach to business vs business owners approach to business The point of diminishing returns Social Media Impact Find people to network with Training Football Players   Linear periodization for conditioning One good lift in per session, then address weaknesses Training In-season during the off-season Make better at the sport not the work-out   The Best advice for Trainers and Gym Owners You must be a life-long learner There are people that have done what you want to do The Joe Hashey File Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist, NSCA (2007 – present)CPR and AED Certified (2006 – present)Masters in the Arts Of Teaching – Colgate University (2006)   Achievements:Youtube Partner – 8.2 Million Views on Fitness Videos.Men’s Fitness, Contributing Author (2012)Men’s Health, Contributing Author (2012)Speaker NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas (2011 and 2012)Speaker Central Ohio Strength Clinic (2011)Author “Powerful Muscle Recovery Manual” (2011)Speaker NSCA Vermont (2011)Author “Bull Strength Conditioning Manual” (2010)Speaker at Strength Coach 101 (2009)Contributing Author – EliteFts, Straight to the bar, Critical Bench(2008- present)Author “Bull Strength Training Manual” (2008)Secrets of Strength Development Seminar Attendee (2009)Head Modified Baseball Coach (2008 – 2009)High School Assistant Football Coach (2006 – 2009)Strength and Conditioning Coach – Hamilton High School (2005-2006)Semi Professional Football All-Star (2004-2005)Colgate University Football Player (2000-2002) www.elitefts.com
July 16, 2015
Fred Eaves Director of Wellness and Athletic Performance Battle Ground Academy Topics in this Podcast Topics Covered in this Podcast How Coach Eaves got started in the profession Taking over a New Program Assessing the situation  Identifying roadblocks Exceed expectations Under-promise over-deliver The Multi-Sport Athlete Over-specialized and under-generalized The correlation between the number of sports played and injury rates The throwback kid: physicality, mentality, and resiliency The benefits of competing in other sports year round Assessments Block Zero (Wildcat) assessments The Dynamic Movement Screen Relative strength Movement quality Scheduling 8-period rotating schedule Tier System for everyone Regressing non-athletes in class Wildcat, white, grey, gold, blue programs Technique then Velocity then Load Counter-culture what the world tells us Do more of what they are not getting In-Season Adjustments with the Tier System Manipulating sessions, volume, and intensity In-season: keep high intensity and control the volume Empowering older athletes RPE scales and HS athletes Programming Rotating schedules for athletes 30 minute sessions during school hours MWF = Strength training, TH = Movement and Restoration Complex for the strength coach = simple for the kids and coaches Mixed gender versus boys and girls only Go to Exercises/ Drills Trap Bar DL OlympicLifts Every situation is unique Overhead Squat Swiss Bar Presses Exercise selection for stress management Baseline with 3 regressions and 3 progressions Monitoring/ feedback Why monitor if we can't do the basics  Be the best you that you can be APRE numbers for tracking Can't be numbers driven If you are only looking at the end number, you are not getting the whole picture Fighting against the Culture Mentoring/ Character Development The most important aspect of the job Model the behavior Be accessible Transactional versus transformational All you leave behind is how you effect, Trickle down, cyclical Set the legacy Perception is reality Put accountability back on the player Advice for young coaches Differentiate yourself Humility It is a unique field.. Sacrifice Bringing others down to build your up Stay in the Eye of the Storm How to contact you/ social media The Fred Eaves File Fred Eaves is currently the Director of Wellness and Athletic Performance at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. He has 16 years of experience in the field that includes stops at UT-Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee, and Louisiana State University as well as multiple high schools in the state of Tennessee. Eaves was voted the 2013 Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly Central Region High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Battle Ground Academy’s Athletic Program has had tremendous success in the last year with state championships in men’s basketball, men’s soccer, Final Four appearances from baseball, women’s soccer, and a State Quarterfinal appearance from the football team. Eaves holds degrees from UT-Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech University, Lincoln Memorial University, and the University of Missouri. He currently serves as the Tennessee State Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Coach Fred Eaves is entering his second season as the Defensive Line Coach for the Wildcats.  This is also Coach Eaves 16th year coaching overall. Coach Eaves coached three State Championship football teams and 1 state championship weightlifting team before coming to BGA. In addition to coaching, Coach Eaves is the Wellness and Athletic Performance Coordinator for all BGA students and athletic teams. Coach Eaves has trained 32 NFL Draft picks as well as 10 NCAA All-Americans. Among these players are Jerod Mayo, Arian Foster, and Randall Cobb. Coach Eaves has also been a featured author for American Football Monthly and Gridiron Strategies. He is also a featured speaker at the Hammer Strength clinic series. Coach Eaves has been a strength coach collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, The University of Tennessee, and Louisiana State University. He is married to Kristy Eaves and has two step children: Savanna and Grant Allen. - Battle Ground Academy www.elitefts.com
July 2, 2015
Mark McLaughlin Physical Preperation Coach Owner of Performance Training Center Topics Covered in this Podcast Mark's Journey Catastrophic injuries in youth athletics 3 cases that got Mark's attention to research training Individual Training to Volunteer to Facility Owner Assessments Extensive medical questionnaire Subjective information form athlete: What are your goals Omegawave assessments Warm-up and performance testing Sports Specific Conditioning Strength Assessments How much time are they willing to train? Balancing the athletes schedule with training Number of games, fitness level, particular team or coach Communication with Sport Coaches Educating parents and the athletes to avoid The Training is only one part of it Recovering is a crucial aspect Recovery need s to be individualized and personalized Recovery becoming natural Avoid glycolytic and lactic environments Allowing athletes to recover naturally HRV Fight or Flight vs. Rest and Relax Training Youth Athletes Ban AAU Basketball and youth club sport games Educate coaches and parents A Platform for the education process Can science give us the data we need Governing bodies Long Term Athletic Development Model The coaches don't have the tools to manage the process Education for when is the right and wrong time Differences between males and females The Formula 1 Analogy HRV and other technology Charlie Francis observation of Ben Johnson Jay Schroeder Auto-regulation Coaches becoming great listeners Technology to embody the mission statement Buddy Morris, Tom Myslinski and the Omega Wave Observation plus training methodologies Learn from other coaches and how they implement their programs Athlete Buy-In Quality trumps quantity Reducing Injuries in Athletes Educating parents and athletes on playing sport year-round Reducing games = reducing injuries Consistency of being active Helmets on before 9th grade? Concussions reducing exposures Best practices in terms of techniques  What Athletes Need to Work on Running technique can fix itself depending on age Jumping, landing, bounding, etc Strength training: single leg bodyweight movement first Squat, Deadlift, Depth Jumps, etc. when the athlete is ready Its not the exercises but how they are integrated The best advice for young coaches Be extremely open on everything Best practices of the most successful companies Develop a deep passion for learning Communication by embodies your values and must connect with a multitude of work The Mark McLaughlin File   Founder of Performance Training Center. Mark attended college at the College of Sante’Fe in New Mexico. He is a native Oregonian currently living in Portland. His passion of all athletics flourished throughout his teen years. He participated and competed on various teams and in a variety of sports. Through his years of participation in sports and later in his education, Mark developed a deep commitment not just to sport but also to the complete well being of the athlete. This passion and commitment leads to continual self-education in the field of athletic performance enhancement. Mark has been active in the field of athletic performance enhancement since 1997. Mark has trained over 700 athletes on every competitive level ranging from Olympic, professional (NFL, MLB, CFL), college, high school and grade school athletes. As well as working with individual athletes, Mark works and consults with professional organizations (NFL, MLB, NBA), NCAA universities, high school, club, and youth sport organizations. In addition to Mark’s training and consulting services, he conducts speaking engagements with various organizations locally, nationally as well as internationally. www.elitefts.com
June 19, 2015
Chris Doyle Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Football University of Iowa   Topics Covered in This Podcast How Coach Doyle got started Strength & Conditioning and Football Same characteristics lead to success for any coach Sport Coach - Strength Coach Relationship Biggest area of concern with 1st year players Be on Time, Listen-learn-apply, and work hard Teach athletes how to think Counter the recruiting process Adopt the team mindset We create habits and our habit creates us Teaching the program Assessments Hybrid to FMS, back to a hybrid assessment Commonalities of Corrections The stack joint approach Basic Off-Season Template The mistake of peaking everything at once 3 phases of the off-season Speed Training set-up Higher exposure, shorter volume Competitive Speed work. Measure it, rank it, post it Exercise Selection Exercises must be: ground based, multi-joint,  and three-dimensional Five different levels in the program Block Periodization with older athletes In-Season concerns Two different groups are either playing or not It's important to know who we are   Iowa Football We don't find talent we build it How little can we train and still gain in-season Technology to Modifying behavior vs modifying training Uncommon discipline, uncommon maturity Developing rapport with athletes Everybody wants someone to believe in. Our job is to get people to believe in themselves - Dan Gable Flexibility with athletes Never allow your athletes to set the standards they don't know what they're capable of - Joe Moore Get in the rack and not hiding in your office Staff Development Coach has learned more from his staff than they learned from him Read together, program together, think together Loyalty through the intern program Advice for young coaches Maintain a beginners mindset How thirsty are you for knowledge? Read on a variety of subjects Go and visit good people Watch the best work in your field We don't coach weights we coach people - Johnny Parker Want to get paid well, offer something money cant buy Successful people aren't innovators they are early adapters - Mike Boyle The Chris Doyle File Chris Doyle is in his 16th year as strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa football program. As the head of Iowa's strength and conditioning program, Doyle has helped the Hawkeye program participate in 11 bowl games since 2001, including the 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes posted an 8-5 overall record in 2013, including a 5-3 Big Ten record to tie for second in the Legends Division. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 12 seasons. Iowa has appeared in seven January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won 6-of-11 bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange). Iowa has won 97 games over the past 12 seasons, including 57 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 11 of the past 13 years. Doyle is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCCa). He was presented with the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach in May, 2013. The certification is considered the highest honor that can be achieved in the coaching profession of Strength and Conditioning, and represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field. The NSCA named Doyle the Big Ten Strength Coach of the Year in 1999. He was one of 20 nominees for the Professional of the Year Award, given annually and selected by the NSCA membership. The award recognizes college professionals who have shown excellence in strength training and conditioning programs. He served as director of strength and conditioning for the University of Utah in 1998. Under Doyle's direction the Utah basketball team played in the national championship game. While in Utah, Doyle also served as state director for the NSCA. Doyle was assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin from 1996-98. He oversaw the training programs for football and hockey teams during this time. The Badger football team participated in two bowl games (Copper and Outback) and the hockey team won the WCHA championship during his tenure. As a strength and conditioning professional, Doyle has tutored 180 student-athletes who have advanced to the professional ranks in the NFL, NHL and NBA. Iowa has had a total of 40 players selected in the past 10 NFL drafts, including six in each of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 drafts, and three in the most recent NFL Draft. Overall, 49 Iowa players have been drafted in the past 12 years, with six first round selections and nine players being selected among the top 50 picks. In addition, 53 additional Hawkeye players signed free agent contracts in the past 10 years. Iowa, since 2003, has seen five former walk-ons selected in the NFL Draft. Over the past 12 years, 114 of 128 (89 percent) of Iowa's senior starters were selected in the NFL Draft or signed to an NFL free agent contract. Six Hawkeyes were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, while six additional seniors signed free agent contracts immediately following the draft. Iowa and Alabama were the only two programs to have a first round draft selection in three consecutive years (2010-12). Doyle has mentored 49 former assistants who have advanced in the field of Strength and Conditioning, with 19 becoming head strength and conditioning coaches. Doyle served as offensive line coach at Holy Cross from 1992-95. He also worked as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 1991 and Syracuse in 1990. Notre Dame won the 1992 Sugar Bowl following the 1991 season and Syracuse won the 1990 Aloha Bowl. Doyle was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Boston University from 1986-88. He served as a student assistant for the football program there in 1989. Chris earned his B.S. in human movement from Boston University in 1990 and his M.Ed. in education from Boston University in 1991. Doyle was born June 30, 1968. Chris is from Quincy, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College High School. He was inducted into the Boston College High School Hall of Fame in November, 2004. Chris and his wife, Tia, have three sons, Declan, Donovan and Dillon. Strength and Conditioning Mission StatementThe University of Iowa Football Program is committed to providing the ultimate training experience for each student-athlete. Our focus is to build the total athlete while reducing the risk of injury through individual evaluation and program design. Developing strong relationships with each athlete is a fundamental building block essential to the success of Iowa Football. Doyle's Coaching CareerIowa Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, 1999-presentUtah Director of Strength & Conditioning, 1998Wisconsin Assistant Strength Coach, 1996-97Holy Cross Offensive Line Coach, 1992-95Notre Dame Graduate Assistant, 1991Syracuse Graduate Assistant, 1990
June 10, 2015
Evan Marcus Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Minnesota Vikings Topics Covered in this Podcast How Coach Marcus got started Getting an edge in athletics D3 to DI Meeting Rock Gullickson Not just Xs and Os but communicating with Athletes Challenges at coaching at the professional level. No matter what level, coaches are there to help athletes Character Development Your assessments, the biggest issues you face with athletes Don't assume anything Breaking everything down to its implest terms Communication with private sector coaches Player would preferably train with former college coaches Expectations with more buy-in Communication with the Medical Staff Point A to point B Overall goals for the players Training before and during OTAs Working with professionals Knowing what to expect "Go-to" exercises with progressions and regressions Giving freedom to choose exercises Focusing on movement speed for older athletes In-season training Maintain = good enough Being the strongest during the season Technology in terms of readiness Staff development No mixed messages for athletes The trust factor with staff Everyone believes in the same things Advice for young strength coaches. Just because you are in the NFL doesn't make you a good strength coach Taking advantage opportunities Young coaches don't want to pay their dues Trying out what you read  The Evan Marcus File Having joined the Vikings in 2014 as Head Strength and Conditioning coach, Evan Marcus enters his 9th NFL season this fall and has been in the field for 25 seasons. In Marcus’ first offseason with the Vikings, he oversaw a complete transformation of the club’s weight training facility and revamped the strength and conditioning philosophies. Under Marcus’ direction, the club now uses a free weight based program, which places an emphasis on power, speed and quickness. During his NFL career, Marcus has been a part of 2 Division Champions- New Orleans in 2000 and Miami in 2008. The 2000 Saints won their NFC Wild Card playoff game over St. Louis at the Superdome to give the franchise their 1st playoff win in the 34-year history of the club before advancing to the NFC Divisional Round against Minnesota. The NFC West title for the Saints was their 1st since the 1991 season and marked the 1st winning season for the club in 8 years. The 2008 Dolphins went 11-5 to win the AFC East, completing one of the great turnarounds in NFL history after going 1-15 the previous season. The 10-win improvement tied the biggest single-season jump in NFL history. The AFC East championship was the Dolphins’ 1st Division title since 2000. Marcus oversaw strength and conditioning efforts at Virginia from 2011-13 as Director of Football Training and Player Development for the Cavaliers, marking his second stint in Charlottesville, the first coming as Head Strength Coach from 2003-06. Combined with his leadership at UVA, Marcus was head strength coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10 and held the same position in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons, where he worked with then DC Mike Zimmer. Marcus began his NFL coaching tenure from 2000-02 as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints. His start in the field came at the college level with positions at Arizona State (1991-92), Rutgers (1993), Maryland (1994), Texas (1995-97) and Louisville (1998-99). A 1990 graduate of Ithaca College, Marcus earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science. As a student-athlete he lettered 3 times as an OL with the Bombers and was a starter on the NCAA Division III national championship team in 1988. A native of Union, NJ, Marcus attended Cranford High School. He earned his master’s degree at Arizona State in 1992. Marcus and wife, Lori, have a son, Jake, and daughter, Anna. Bio from Minnesota Vikings
June 5, 2015
Tobias Jacobi Strength & Conditioning Coach Assistant Football Caoch Teacher Strong Rock Christian School Topics Covered in this Podcast The Journey The family sacrifice Gong from a a head position Dealing with being let go Being humble and You cannot be successful without an ego in this profession Becoming a better coach by fitting in with other coaches The transition from college to high school The multi-sport athletes Parents vs sport coaches Getting kids strong in limited time As little specialization as possible Consistency is king Box Squats for all athletes Chris Doyle and programming Assessments for athletes Coach Jacoby's 5 Specific Assessments What a typical training week looks like What Coach Coach Jacoby wants all his athletes to talk with him Taking pride in your last name Implementing a leadership program Communicating with Sport coaches and parents Face-time is vitally important Have the best interest of the athlete in mind E-Mail is the devil Get out of the weight room If the only time coaches see you is in the weightrom than that is all you will ever be to them. Advice for young coaches Figure out what you don't know and learn it. Call or visit the best coaches in the industry Tobias Jacobi File Past Job ExperienceStrong Rock Christian School; May 2014 - Current East Carolina University; January 2012-May 2014 Charleston Southern; May 2008-January 2012 Kent State; July 2006-April 2008 Western Carolina University; July 2002-July 2006 Elon University; June 2001-July 2002 North Carolina Chapel Hill; August 2000-May 2001 Cumberland University; November 1999-August 2000EducationCumberland University B.S. Physical Education 2000 minor Health www.elitefts.com
June 1, 2015
Mike Boyle Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning   Topics Covered in this Podcast The Beginnings How Coach Boyle got his Start Having Mike Woicik as a roommate Appointing himself as the BU Strength Coach Training Training for Hockey Getting strong is getting strong regardless of sport Why there is a steroid problem in Track & Field Defining strength in an unconventional way Unilateral Training for Sports The Bilateral deficit research The influence of Mark Verstagen How a coach defines strong vs what is strong for their sports Youth Training What we are doing wrong The Matheny Manifesto The 10,000 Rule Greg Rose's Cyclone Circuit Basic Motor Qualities Early Specialization Soccer in Brazil and Baseball in the Dominican The number 1 problem in youth sports....the parents The responsibility of the strength coach Staff Development Pick the Right People Get people that want to work Educating through a solid set of resources Book club for professional development Making the coaches do the workout Advice for Young Coaches Unlike the rest of the business world Make yourself invaluable Whats our conversation going to be like when I see you Recommending coaches for future jobs Contact Info   The Michael Boyle File   Michael Boyle is one of the foremost experts in the fields of Strength and Conditioning, Functional Training and general fitness. He currently spends his time lecturing, teaching, training and writing. In 1996 Michael co founded Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the first for-profit strength and conditioning companies in the world. Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning exists for one reason: to provide performance enhancement training for athletes of all levels. Athletes trained range from junior high school students to All Stars in almost every major professional sport.   Prior to Co- founding Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Michael served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University for 15 years, also for the past 25 years he been  the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men's Ice Hockey at Boston University.  Mike also was the Boston Red Sox  strength and conditioning coach in 2013 that won the World Series. In addition to his duties at Boston University and the Red Sox, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Michael was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 1998 US Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Gold Medalists in Nagano and 2014 Silver medalists in Sochi, and served as a consultant in the development of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   Michael has been a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the world and has produced 20 instructional videos in the area of strength and conditioning available through M-F Athletic. Michael has also lectured all over the world. In addition, Michael published Functional Training for Sports for Human Kinetics Publishers. Mike and his wife Cindy have 2 children, Michaela and Mark and reside in Reading. Courtesy of MBSC
May 22, 2015
Ted Perlak Assistant Athletic Director for Strength & Conditioning University of Delaware How Ted Got Started in Development of Your Staff Sport Coach Relationships Starting Over of as a New Coach Durability Five Things every coach wants and every athlete needs Adjusting the facility Communication at the beginning of the year to add buy-in The lost art of technique Not what you emphasis it what you tolerate and what you allow Its about Progress The Four "Knows" of Programming Why you Eat the Frog First Fitting exercises in the Training template Back to Front Approach The Conjugated Tier System under Prilepin's Table Training Schedules Two 2-Week Microcycle Collision vs Contact vs Non-Contact Sports Preparing for Practice Using Velocity Based Training In-Season SS Yoke bar and Chains for squat progressions Expecting the Worse to be surprised Nutrition with Athletes The added benefits of Velocity based Training What is the biggest challenge with Freshman What Coach Perlak does to make himself a better coach The internet and strength & conditioning There are two types of strength coaches Advice for Young Strength Coaches What Ted Learned from Joe DeFranco Personalities and Communications Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast on iTunes Articles by Ted Perlak The Ted Perlak File Ted Perlak, who spent the last 12 years as a strength & conditioning coach at the NCAA Division I level, has been named head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Delaware, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady announced Friday. Perlak, who most recently worked as strength & conditioning coach at Colonial Athletic Association newcomer Elon University, will begin his tenure at Delaware on May 19. “We are excited to have Ted join the Blue Hens family and serve as the leader of our strength and conditioning program,” said Ziady. “This position is critical to the success of our athletics teams here at Delaware and we are confident that Ted’s knowledge and innovation in this area along with his hard work and dedication will help prepare our student-athletes for great success on the playing fields.” At Delaware, Perlak will be responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for Delaware's 21 sports programs and nearly 600 student-athletes, designing and implementing strength and conditioning plans for all of the Blue Hen men's and women's athletic teams. His primary role will be working with the UD football and volleyball programs. “It’s a great honor to be named the head strength & conditioning coach at the University of Delaware,” said Perlak. “During the interview process I had the opportunity to see the vision of the administration and it is something I’m excited to be a part of. The opportunity to work with Coach (Dave) Brock and his staff along with all the other coaches makes this 100 percent a place my family and I want to be. I can’t wait to get started.” Perlak spent the 2013-14 season at Elon, a current member of the Southern Conference that sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports, including football. The Phoenix will join the CAA as a full-time member in all sports this fall. “I am really excited to welcome Ted and his family to the University of Delaware,” said Brock, who will begin his second season as head coach this fall. “This hire represents a great opportunity to upgrade one of the most critical areas of all successful football programs. I can't wait for Ted to get going with our players as we enter the summer phase of our strength and conditioning.” Perak previously spent eight seasons at Fordham University, including the last six seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach. While at the Bronx, N.Y. school, he worked closely with the football, basketball, soccer, softball, and track and field teams. Prior to his stint at Fordham, Perlak served as the director of strength and conditioning at Iona College for two years. While at Iona, he was responsible for the design, implementation and coaching of all varsity athletic programs. He also supervised and organized staff participation in off-season and preseason workout sessions. Perlak served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2004 where he designed and executed the strength and conditioning program. He was also responsible for off-season and preseason workouts. Perlak has been involved with the United States Olympic Training Center, serving as a strength and conditioning resident intern from January until May of 2004. In that role he assisted the staff in developing and implementing programs for Olympic, Olympic hopefuls, Pan-American, and Paralympic individual athletes and national teams. A 2001 graduate of Worcester (Mass.) State College, Perlak was a four-year starter and two-time captain with the football team before earning a bachelor's degree in health science with a concentration in exercise science. Following a year in which he served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at his alma mater, Perlak worked at Temple University as an assistant and earned his master's degree in sport administration there in 2004. A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Perlak and his wife, Christine, have a daughter, Rueby Mae. University of Delaware Athletics
May 1, 2015
Cory Schlesinger Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement for men's basketball University of Alabama-Birmingham Topics Covered in this Podcast  The Nautilus Checklist A Strength Coach at age 19 Intern to Director The advantage of being an assistant General and Foundational Strength Noon ball to a new job The Coyote Kettlebell Club with Dan John Primal Movements - Motor Skills Movement for Body Awareness Complexes for multiple modalities Assessments for basketball players Joint by Joint from the ground up Don't need to be a genius to see dysfunction Modifications by height Olympic Lifting Variations for taller players Multiple squat variations the Wingspan Phenomena; Training Spiders Off-Season = Should be most variation Changes in the culture of Basketball Physicality can dictate the way players play The beauty of the younger sport coach The Southern culture in basketball Players are not education and it's not their fault Technology in sports performance Technology reinforces what you already know How weight training can turn into regeneration Experience beats technology Perceived maxes based on velocity: Fast and Smooth Programming  strength training in-season Off-Season Training Linear periodization using RPE Olympic Complex Conditioning throw extensive complexes and sled work Key to communications need to be transparent Find the universal language Mentoring Learning how to learn Identify how others learn Feel to replicate Give credit where credit is due How to reach Cory. The Cory Schlesinger File Cory Schlesinger is an Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement to work with the Blazers' men's basketball program along with the men's golf program. "Coming to UAB is a dream job and it is a destination," Schlesinger said. "Mainly because I get to work specifically with Coach Jerod Haase. I believe in Coach Haase, and I believe that he will win and win at a high level." Schlesinger served a pair of internships at the University of North Carolina, in 2008 and 2009, while Haase was an assistant coach on Roy Williams' staff with the Tar Heels. “Cory’s knowledge for strength and conditioning is something that I love,” Haase said. “He is always trying to learn and grow as a coach, but what he brings with his knowledge is what already really sets him apart from others. He is young and energetic like the rest of our staff and will fit right in.  We have a chance to be really good in a lot of different ways and I think strength and conditioning is in good shape.” Schlesinger plans to not only get the Blazers' men's basketball players in best possible shape for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign, but also have their bodies ready for the long, grueling season. "One of my major goals is to impact the team in the offseason but also in season, when traveling with the team on the road," Schlesinger said. "Whether it be training, nutrition, supplementation or regeneration sessions, I want the guys recovered and ready for the next game." Schlesinger, a native of Hillsville, Va., spent the last three years as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Santa Clara University, working with student-athletes on the men's and women's basketball teams. Prior to joining the staff at Santa Clara, Schlesinger spent time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition, he was a sports nutritionist for the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) along with being a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and also earned certification in United States Weightlifting. Schlesinger earned his master's degree in education with a concentration in exercise science at Campbell University in 2011. During his time as a graduate assistant, he worked with the volleyball, men's soccer, swimming and diving, golf and tennis programs, while also assisting with football. A former basketball player at Berea College in Berea, Ky., Schlesinger graduated with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in exercise science and sports medicine in 2009. During his time as an undergraduate, Schlesinger completed a pair of internships at Wake Forest in 2007 under strength coach Ethan Reeve and a pair of internships at North Carolina in 2008 and 2009. At UNC he worked under strength coach Jonas Sahratian where he helped train the men's basketball team. "None of my experiences and I would not be where I am at today without Coach Jonas Sahratian," Schlesinger said. "He's my mentor and biggest influence and I owe everything to him for helping and guiding me." www.elitefts.com
April 23, 2015
Frank Wintrich Director of Football Sports Performance Brigham Young University Topic in this Podcast How Coach Wintrich got startedAssessmentsOlympic LiftsHigh Low SequencingIn-Season TrainingTechnologyThe ABCs Advice for Young Coaches The Frank Wintrich File Provides the BYU football program with integrated short and long term physical preparation training. A highlight of this training is the implementation of the multi-year system of training known as P.A.D.S. This program incorporates a holistic approach to the development of athletes, ensuring the mastery of one skill before moving forward with the development of a more advanced skill. Training begins with developing the minds of athletes through the utilization of the Self Aware Athlete program. This educational resource teaches athletes how to understand their bodies in order to better provide for their everyday physical and emotional needs. Performance Program Principles dictate athletes train safely, with a focus on strength development along with skills specific to their individual needs and most importantly developing the Warrior Mindset – a program established in conjunction with former USMC Force Reconnaissance Marines and Sport Psychology PhD’s. Years at BYU 2015-present Education Bachelor of Science, Sports and Fitness Management – Kentucky Wesleyan College, 2002 Before BYU Director of football performance, University of North Texas 2011-2014 Associate director of strength and conditioning, University of South Florida, 2008-2010 Director of athletic development, The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, 2006-2007 Assistant strength and conditioning coach,  Utah State University, 2004-2005 Coaching assistant,  Arizona State University, 2003 Head strength coach, Hardin-Simmons University, 2002 Playing Career A team captain two consecutive years and a two-time All-American at linebacker for Kentucky Wesleyan College Personal Hometown: Seminole, Florida www.elitefts.com  
April 15, 2015
Topics Covered in This Podcast Luck is where preparation meets opportunity The biggest changes Eric has seen in Baseball Assessments for athletes Communication with coaches Do no harm, do no good? Educating athletes Best scheduled scenario for In-season training This may not be bad, but is there something better? Emotional separaration of Traits of Elite level players Torso Injuries in Baseball. Why? Theres what you know and what you can implement - Mike Boyle Eric Cressey's "Bang-for-our-buck" exercises Deadlift tips for athletes. Speed Training for Baseball Replicating & Simulation versus carryover on the field The importance of Staff Synergy The Law of Repeated Exposures The best advice for young coaches How to reach Eric, upcoming events The Eric Cressey File Eric Cressey is president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities located in Hudson, MA and Jupiter, FL.  A highly sought-after coach for healthy and injured athletes alike, Eric has helped athletes at all levels - from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks - achieve their highest levels of performance in a variety of sports.  Behind Eric's expertise, Cressey Sports Performance has rapidly established itself as a go-to high performance facility among Boston athletes - and those that come from across the country and abroad to experience CSP's cutting-edge methods.  Eric is perhaps best known for his extensive work with baseball players, with more than 100 professional players traveling to train with him each off-season. Cressey, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, received his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science through the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology, the #1 ranked kinesiology graduate program in the nation. At UCONN, Eric was involved in varsity strength and conditioning and research in the human performance laboratory. Previously, Eric graduated from the University of New England with a double major in Exercise Science and Sports and Fitness Management. An accomplished author, Cressey has authored over 500 published articles in all.  Eric has published five books and co-created four DVD sets that have been sold in over 60 countries around the world.  Eric has been an invited guest speaker in five countries and 19 U.S. states. His Master’s thesis, “The effects of 10 weeks of lower-body unstable surface training on markers of athletic performance,” was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Cressey was a co-author for the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) High School Strength and Conditioning Certification. He serves on the advisory boards for both the IYCA and Precision Nutrition, and is a baseball consultant to New Balance. As a competitive powerlifter, Eric holds several state, national, and world records. A mainstay in the Powerlifting USA Top 100 lifts in his weight class, Cressey is rapidly approaching Elite status with competition bests of 540 squat, 402 bench, 650 deadlift, and 1532 total in the 165-pound weight class.  He is recognized as a coach who can jump, sprint, and lift alongside his best athletes to push them to higher levels - and keep them healthy in the process. Eric's writing and his work with athletes have been featured in such local and national publications as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, ESPN, T-Muscle, Yahoo Sports, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Baseball America, The Worcester Telegram, Perform Better, Oxygen, Experience Life, Triathlete Magazine, Collegiate Baseball, Active.com, The Metrowest Daily News, Parents and Kids, and EliteFTS.  In the business world, Eric has worked with several start-up companies as both an angel investor and advisor. Although prepared in a variety of bodies of knowledge, Cressey specializes in applied kinesiology and biomechanics as they relate to program design and corrective exercise; maximal relative strength development; and athletic performance enhancement. Feel free to contact Eric at ec@ericcressey.com. About Cressey Performance Cressey Performance is a high-performance training facility designed by athletes for athletes, and those looking to make a serious commitment to their long-term health. CP provides athletes with an environment in which they can identify and work toward quantifiable improvements both inside and outside the training facility.  With an emphasis on individualized goals and needs, each client is provided with unique programming and the coaching necessary to carry out these measures effectively. Recognized for its no-nonsense, motivating training environment with just the right mix of science and attitude, the knowledge displayed and results attained at CSP has led to success at local, national and international levels. www.elitefts.com
April 10, 2015
Gary Schofiled Heade Strength & Conditioning Coach Greater Atlanta Christian School NSAC Southest Regional Coordinator Topics in this Podcast How Gary Schofield got started.From D3 Baseball to the NBAThink different to make a difference High School Strength & Conditioning in the SoutheastWhat a typical day looks like Adapting the training for athletes that are in-seasonMonitoring Athletes at the High School LevelWhat gets measured mattersThe role of an Educator in a Physical Education SettingFive Premises for Every High School Strength CoachWhat does a High School plan look likeThree factors when developing a plan.Speed and Agility Progressions for AthletesRest & Recovery is the best thing I have added to my program 4 phases of Agility Training4 Phases of Linear Speed DevelopmentSports are not played for sport; sports are played for scholarshipsThe Criticism of CrossFit. Why?Coaches Rock, Experts Rule Can’t have impact without ConnectionCoach Schofield’s Biggest influences Coach Schofield on Twitter Greater Atlanta Christian School NSCA Southeast Region on FaceBook Elitefts.com  
April 6, 2015
Power Athlete John Welbourn, Luke Summers, Cali Hinzman, Tex McQuilkin, Bobby Goodfellow Topics in this Podcast 1. How did Power Athlete get started: From he NFL to training athletes2. What is the most important takeaway for attendees of a seminar3. The challenge of teaching lifters to be athletes: the missing link of movement4. The mental barrier of training being the test5. Starting position determines success on the field and the weight room6. Adapting training to the population and their goals7. Key component of the warm-up (targeting the population and the movements). 8. Addressing demands and Opportunity: Scaling across a population 9. ACL injury prevention strategies: Identify injury mechanisms, 4 factors10. Performance Perspective Cueing11. Coaching cues and addressing weakpoints for the Olympic Lifts12. Emotional, tactical and mechanical cues13. Using the Olympic lifts as a means to an end14. Common mistakes with the Olympic lifts and strategies to fix them. 15. Violence in the Pull and Using Strongman implements to teach hip extension16. The Tone of Coaches dictating athletic performance17. Assessing grip training for the overall athlete18. Speed and agility: progressions and the most carry-over19. The 5 Exercise question, well maybe more20. Motivating athletes in a variety of settings (collegiate vs private) etc.21. What PA has coming up in terms of events and contact info What is Power Athlete? Power Athlete is a training system and community for building strong, efficient, fast, powerful athletes. With performance at the forefront, we see the emergence of Power Athlete HQ, a site continuing where CrossFit Football leaves off; as an online resource dedicated to providing coaches and athletes of various backgrounds comprehensive insight into meeting their training goals. From day one, CrossFit Football has had a singular focus to develop strength, speed, and athleticism in its power athletes.  While fitness is just one component of athleticism, efficient movement and stability are paramount in sport.  We strive for perfection of movement, strength of body and mind, and put an emphasis in training as we fight. Power Athlete HQ worked with thousands of athletes ranging from amateur to professionals and have decades of experience coaching and playing at professional levels. One thing is clear: in competition, very few rise to the occasion, the majority tend to fall to the level of their training. To account for this, we believe in the persistent pursuit of perfection with our athletes. The Power Athlete team is dedicated to providing relevant content to our followers with one goal in mind: creating strong, efficient, fast and most importantly, powerful athletes. John Welbourn John Welbourn is the creator/operator of CrossFit Football and Power Athlete. He is a 10 year NFL veteran. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft. He went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John also is owner of CrossFit Balboa, an S&C gym in Orange County, CA. CrossFit Balboa is one of a handful of Westside Barbell certified gyms in the world. In addition to training MLB, NFL and other professional and Olympic athletes, John travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie. Luke Summers Luke has been training athletes in CrossFit, Weightlifting, and Olympic Lifting since 2007. He spent 6 years pushing pencils in “Corporate America,” spending 3 of those years moonlighting as a Strength & Conditioning Coach before and after work. Luke was an athlete his whole life and played multiple sports, but his primary focus was football. He played up through college until a neck injury forced him to hang it up. He travels with the CrossFit Football staff and has coaches a variety of athletes from amateur to professional levels in football, baseball, and track. Cali Hinzman A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers.Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals.With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CrossFit Football and testament to it's effectiveness.In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Tex McQuilkin MS, CSCS, CHESFormer collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012. Bobby Goodfellow Bobby grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania where coal-country football and wrestling rule the land.  Like most kids in his blue collar town, Bobby played football, ran track and field, and wrestled from a young age.  It didn’t take long to see his affinity for football and it became the focus of his interests through high school.  Bobby competed in powerlifting and strongman, and was a professional ski instructor and alpine race coach throughout college.  After college, Bobby chased a job to Washington, DC, got the field sport bug, and jumped head-first into Super League Rugby – playing Inside Center for Potomac Athletic Club. http://powerathletehq.com/ http://www.elitefts.com/
March 25, 2015
Ross Bowsher, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Arkansas Tech University Topics in this Interview How Ross got started in the professionNetworking through powerliftingMentors that allow their assistants to grow"You can make it other ways"Training is training no matter where you areMotivating athletes: "You have to want to have to train”Running a DI program at the DII levelWhy hasn’t small schools adapted this model?Trusting your assistant by trusting who they learned fromVelocity based trainingUsing Force plate to determine strength & speed qualitiesWeak point training at the highest levelBrian Mann is the man using VBT for preparednessKnowing your athletes: jousting preparedness by bar speedDeveloping high force at slower speedsDifferences in technique based on body typesFrom Charlie Francis to Dwayne Carlisle; From the weight room to the field.The speed work and the weight room are marriedWorking with ThrowersWeak Point training with throwersThe Law of Individual differencesYou have to survive it to be great at itThe best of advice for young coaches? CompeteI am my best coach when I was trainingIf you have not pushed yourself, these kids do not believe youThree things to learn from Johnny ParkerHarold Nash Moses Cabrera Box SquatMax Effort DL with Pat IvyThis does happen if you do not live the life The Ross Bowsher File Ross Bowsher, who has spent the last nine years as a strength and conditioning coach at the Division I level, has been selected as the first Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Arkansas Tech University, announced Director of Athletics Steve Mullins on Tuesday. Bowsher, who most recently served as Sports Performance Assistant at Big Ten member Purdue University, will officially begin his duties at Arkansas Tech on July 1. "We are excited to have Ross join the Tech family and serve as the leader of our strength and conditioning program," said Mullins. "The addition of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program will benefit all of our student-athletes and programs here at Arkansas Tech, and we are confident that the knowledge and expertise that Ross brings to this position will help prepare our student-athletes for great success in competition." At Arkansas Tech, Bowsher will be responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for Tech's 10 sports programs and nearly 300 student-athletes, designing and implementing strength and conditioning plans for all of the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns athletic teams. "I feel privileged to be at Arkansas Tech," said Bowsher. "I feel like I've worked under two of the best strength coaches in the nation in coach Jim Peal and coach Duane Carlisle. I spent time at Purdue under coach Carlisle building a sports performance program from the ground up that is considered one of the nation's best, and I'm excited to bring what I learned under both coaches to Arkansas Tech."  Bowsher has served as the Sports Performance Assistant at Purdue from 2011-14, where he oversaw the sports performance programs for baseball and the track and field throwers while assisting with football. Previously, he spent 2005-2011 at Butler University on the staff of veteran strength and conditioning coach Jim Peal, who worked with four national championship teams, four Final Four squads, and one FCS national championship team in football. Prior to joining the staff at Butler, Bowsher served as the Associate Director of Sports Performance at Athlete's Edge in Indianapolis from 2003-05.Bowsher received an associate's degree in health and human performance from Vincennes University in 2001, before completing the NSCA 18-credit hour certification program in 2004 from IUPUI. In 2008, he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Indianapolis. He is currently certified through the CSCCa.He played baseball at both Vincennes and the University of Tennessee-Martin.Bowsher has attained elite powerlifting totals in both the 242 and 275 weight classes, and is a member of the International Powerlifting Association and American Powerlifting Federation. He is currently in the top 50 in the world Power Lifting USA rankings in the squat and deadlift, and is in the top 100 in the bench press.             Courtesy Arkansas Tech University www.elitefts.com
March 20, 2015
Brian Thompson, PhD Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport StudiesDirector of Strength and Conditioning Springfield College Topics in this Podcast How Brian Got StartedManaging the Duel RoleThe Springfield Curriculum; 3 major componentsWhat are the key requirements for every studentLooking in the MirrorAdvice on InternshipsHow does Coach Thompson evaluate graduate assistantsCoach Interactions with AthletesThe responsibility of carrying the torchCoaches reacting to criticismScheduling teams in the small school settingTraveling to China and observing trainingAssessmentsPrograming TemplatesWhat you should know by the time you earn your BSThe role of Nutrition in CoachesAdvice for young coachesHow to reach Dr. Thompson Brian Thompson, PhD Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport StudiesDirector of Strength and ConditioningOffice: ATES 206Email: bathomps@springfieldcollege.eduPhone: (413) 748-3495 Courses Taught Advanced Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning Applications Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations Stress Management Measurement and Evaluation Biography Brian Thompson is the director of strength and conditioning/head strength and conditioning coach, a professor of exercise science, and the graduate strength and conditioning program director at Springfield College, where he has worked since 1998. In addition to teaching in the applied exercise science program, he is responsible for the strength and conditioning program design and implementation for all 24 teams at Springfield College as well as teaching and advising in the graduate strength and conditioning program.  Thompson first started working in the field of strength and conditioning in 1987 and has trained athletes at the elementary school, middle school, high school, collegiate, professional, Paralympic, and Olympic levels. He has presented and/or conducted strength and conditioning related workshops in Australia, China, Mexico, Taiwan and throughout the United States. Thompson received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Ball State University and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Certifications CSCS*D RSCC*D ATC LAT USAW FMS Recent Presentations “Movement Preparation”, BA Thompson, Shandong Sports Bureau, May 30, 2014, Jinan, China. “Functional Movement Screening”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China. “Developing Explosive Power”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China. “Breathing Techniques in Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China “Functional Training in Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China. “Individual Differences in Training”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China. “Periodization for Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 26, 2014, Tianjin, China. “Strength and Conditioning Roundtable”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 25, 2014, Beijing, China. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for coaches”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for athletes”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China. “Strength Training for Children” via video, BA Thompson, Institute of Physical Education and Sport in Algeria 1st International Conference, May 11, 2014, University of Khemis Milania, Algeria. “Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, STCC Health and Wellness Club, March 7, 2014, Springfield, MA. “Upper Body Exercise Physiology”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL. “Circuit Training for Wheelchair Athletes”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL. “The Paralympic Athlete”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013. “Practicum, Internship, & Fieldwork Placement Opportunities in 2014”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013. Recent Publications Luk, H.Y., Winter, C., O’Neill, E. & Thompson B.A.  The Comparison of Muscle Force Imbalance in Powerlifters and Jumpers.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013, April 15. [Epub ahead of print] Ambekonaker, J.P, Redmond, C.J., Winter, C., Nelson, C., Ambegaonkar, S., Thompson, B. & Guyer, S.G.  Ankle Stabilizers Affect Agility but Not Vertical Jump or Dynamic Balance Performance.  Foot & Ankle Specialist, December 2011 (4), 354-360. Professional Memberships National Strength and Conditioning Association National Athletic Trainers Association Courtesy Springfield College www.elitefts.com
March 13, 2015
Evan Simon Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach Oregon State University   Topics in this Podcast The JourneyThe most important aspects of arriving at a new school and implementing your program Big 10 - Pac 12 Stigma Goals of the Winter phase An overview of the winter program individual differences with speed components Using Prilipen’s chart to adjust volumerotating auxiliary movements Indicator Movements Olympic Lifting Overhead Lifting Manager of StressAssessments of athletes mobility concerns with prehabilitation Spring Ball considerationsStaff development (advice for young coaches 2 ways to get jobs demanor and coaching cuesHow can people reach Coach Simon Evan Simon Bio       Courtesy: Oregon State University Athletic Communications Release: 12/23/2014 Evan Simon was appointed Oregon State’s head football strength and conditioning coach in January of 2015. His duties include the development, implementation and monitoring of all strength and conditioning aspects of the Beavers’ football program. Simon arrived in Corvallis after two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers to New Year’s Day appearances in the Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl. Prior to working in Madison, Simon was the director of strength and conditioning at Utah State University from August 2009-January 2013. The Aggies appeared in two Famous Idaho Potato Bowl games – USU hadn’t played in a bowl game since 1997 prior to his arrival. From January 2006-July 2009, Simon was the associate director of strength and conditioning at the University of Utah. He was part of staff that led Utah to a 13-0 season, a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and a final national ranking of No. 2 following the 2008 season. The native of Lexington Park, Md.,  also spent 15 months as the head strength and conditioning coach at Davidson College in North Carolina and over two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky. Simon has been a speaker at several national strength and conditioning conventions. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified strength coach via the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is a 2002 graduate of Frostburg State in Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, and holds a master’s degree (2004) from Kentucky in exercise physiology. He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Abbi and Robyn. SIMON PROFILEAssignment: Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Year at OSU: 1stHometown: Lexington Park, MD  Education:  B.S. in health and physical education from Frostburg State (2002); master’s degree in exercise physiology from Kentucky (2004)    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEFootball Strength and Conditioning Coach - Oregon State, 2015-presentFootball Strength and Conditioning Coach – Wisconsin, 2013-2015Director of Strength and Conditioning – Utah State, 2009-2013Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning – Utah, 2006-2009Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Davidson – 2004-06Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kentucky – 2002-04BOWL GAMES2015 Capital One Bowl2014 Outback Bowl2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl2009 Sugar Bowl2007 Poinsettia Bowl2006 Armed Forces Bowl  
February 20, 2015
Loren Landow Founder of Loren Landow Performance Director of Performance Enhancement - Steadman Hawkins Institute Denver Topics in this Podcast Mentally Preparing for the NFL Combine: 8 Weeks for 2 tenthsThe training structure for combine prepPositional and Individual Differences when teaching combine drillsThe Biggest Mistakes athletes makes widen changing directionsWhat athletes do wrong on lei near acceleration startsThe Best strength training exercises for Speed and AgilityThe Overlooked quality of Deceleration TrainingHow Brendan Schwab got Loren started training MMA fightersPreparing Cat Zingano for her fight against Ronda RouseyThe Misconceptions: Why Strength & Power training is so important for MMAThere is no off-season in MMA. the organization of a training campTraining when bodyweight is a factorHow Loren got into sports performance and who were his biggest influences. The best advice Loren would give to young coachesThe best way to follow Loren The Loren Landow File Loren received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a number of additional certifications: Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist Resistance Training Specialist - Mastery Level National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) USA Weightlifting (USAW) Certified Coach National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Advanced Level Trainer American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals: Essentials of Post-Rehabilitation CPR/First Aid Certified Coach Landow has trained hundreds of athletes in numerous sports to maximize their athletic potential while reducing their risk of injury. He has successfully trained over 400 professional athletes, including 30 NFL (football) All-Pros. Coach Landow has also trained the USA U-19 National Rugby Team, over 60 nationally and internationally ranked high school and collegiate tennis players. Olympians and athletes from the NHL (pro hockey), MLB (pro baseball), MLS (pro soccer), UFC (mixed martial arts), and NCAA (collegiate sports) have all been treated by Coach Landow. In addition, Coach Landow serves as a consultant for several professional organizations. He is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. As a certified Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist, he utilizes soft tissue massage techniques to correct imbalances and enhance muscle regeneration. Through his various innovative methods, Coach Landow has made dramatic improvements in an athlete’s speed, power, agility, coordination, and balance. Other notable achievements for Coach Landow include: Member of the SPEED advisory council, a position reserved for the top performance coaches in the country Nationwide presenter and speaker for the leading associations in the performance industry Appeared on "Team Carwin" on the UFC program The Ultimate Fighter 16 television program. Author of the book My Offseason with the Denver Broncos: Building a Championship Team (While Nobody's Watching) Bio Courtesy http://www.shcdenver.com http://lorenlandowperformance.com http://elitesportsservices.com http://www.elitefts.com
February 18, 2015
Interview with John O'Sullivan, Founder of Changing the Game Project Topics in this Podcast What motivated John to start the Changing the Game Project   The role of a Former Athlete, Coach and a Parent   Formal Education for Youth Sports Coaching?   Project Play   Playing games vs practice   The US Developing a slow players on the field   Early Specialization: The Race to Nowhere   The Trickle down effect of early competition   The Role of Physical Education with Youth sports   Naperville, Illinois PE Program   Group Dynamics of Gender Roles   The 7 Cs of High Performance   Are we communicating to the right people?   Social media and Youth Sports   How to reach John O'Sullivan   The John O'Sullivan File John started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level.  He brings to the table a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge garnered through years of working with players and their families on sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, nurturing positive, healthy, and supportive relationships between parents and their young athletes. He has complied much of this information in his #1 bestselling book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids.   Originally from New York, John is a 1994 graduate of Fordham University, where he was a team captain as a senior, and a member of the 1990 Patriot League Championship team.  After a stint playing professionally for the Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads of the USL, John began his coaching career as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, NC.  He then moved on to become the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Vermont, before delving into the world of youth club soccer.  Since that time, John has worked as a Director of Coaching for Nordic Spirit SC (Vt), Ann Arbor Youth Soccer Association (MI) and most recently as the Executive Director of Oregon Rush Soccer Club in Bend, OR.  He is currently the Central Oregon Regional Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.  He holds his USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching License.   John received his BA in History from Fordham University, and his Masters in History from the University of Vermont.  He resides in beautiful Bend, OR, with his wife, Dr Lauren O’Sullivan, and two wonderful children and aspiring young athletes: Maggie Shea, age 7, and Tiernan, age 5. http://changingthegameproject.com/ http://www.elitefts.com        
February 6, 2015
Jonathan Mike Interview Topics Covered in this Podcast The JourneyInformation overload. How to sift throughout the BS.Supplementation takeawaysZinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin DThe real deal on GlutenThe Science of SleepCarbs and Protein guidelines before sleepEnergy SystemsIncreasing the Aerobic System without VolumeIsometrics specific to Joint AngleThe Benefits of Eccentrics among with basic guidelinesOvetraining vs Overreaching and  the truth The Jon Mike File Jonathan Mike, PhD (candidate), CSCS, USAW, NSCA-CPT, studied exercise physiology at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mike has been lifting and training heavy for 14 years and has been competing in the sport of Strongman since 2007. He qualified for the national competition in 2009. He has a 635 pound raw deadlift and a 300 pound overhead press.
January 26, 2015
Simon Sinek Interview Author of Start with Why and Leaders East Last Topics Covered in this Podcast The Golden Circle for CoachesUrgent at the Expense of the ImportantHow to undersell and over deliver when getting hired as a coachWhat Chip Kelly may be onto somethingWhy people believed in Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership is a skill and a practiceWhy Leaders eat lastCoaches set the tone for any teamPitfalls as a Business OwnerThe three most important aspects of presenting About Simon Sinek Courtesy of www.startwithwhy.com Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.   Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves.  Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.   A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.   Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action. He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com. Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army.   Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.   Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company.   He lives in New York. www.elitefts.com www.startwithwhy.com  
January 23, 2015
Charlie Weingroff, DPT, ATC Physical Therapist Certified Athletic Training Strength & Conditioning Coach Topics Covered in this Podcast 1. How Charile got into the field2. The rationale behind Training = Rehab, Rehab = Training3. Where we are getting it wrong when it comes to integrating scopes of practices4. How and why training works (and doesn’t ) in a military setting.5. Recovery as it relates to performance6. Making the most of assessment tools 7. The Best rationale behid the FMS I've heard8. The idea of Joint Centration for Performance9. The 5 exercise Drill10. Why the Box Squat is beneficial11. Advice for young coaches, PTs, etc.12. How to contact Charlie The Charlie Weingroff File Charlie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He was most recently the Director of Physical Performance and Resiliency and Lead Physical Therapist for the United States Marines Corps Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, NC.  He is also Director of Clinical Education for the Vibraflex Whole-Body Vibration and Andante Medical, the makers of the SmartStep, mobile force plate.  He graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 1996, and went on to earn an MSPT in 1999 and DPT in 2010 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Prior to returning to his home state of New Jersey in the Fall of 2006 after 12 seasons of professional basketball, he was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.   Among the highlights of his tenure in Philadelphia was being part of the medical staff that ranked 1st in the NBA in Player Missed Games in the 2005-06 season. Through rehabbing patients, he subscribes to a movement-based approach popularized by the works of Dr. Vladimir Janda, Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, Dr. Stuart McGill, and Gray Cook.  In training athletes and clients, he champions the principles of the Functional Movement Screen and sound, evidence-based training principles.  Some of the methodologies Charlie is formally trained in include DNS, ART, Dry Needling, Graston, FMS/SFMA, and the RKC. Aside from working with patients, athletes and clients, he is also under the bar himself.  In 2007, he achieved AAPF Elite status in the 220 weight class with a total of 1915 pounds. His best powerlifting competition total is 800 squat, 510 bench press and 605 deadlift. Currently Charlie is training and rehabbing clients of all types at Drive495 in Manhattan, NYC and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ.  Charlie often teaches and speaks internationally and consults regularly with Nike, the Roddick-Lavalle Tennis Academy, Perform Better, and Equinox Fitness Clubs.   Charlie lives with his wife, Kristen, and dog, Rumble, in NJ.  You’re welcome to email him at charlie@charlieweingroff.com with questions for the Q&A section, to offer a comment, or to discuss a potential workshop at your facility. http://www.elitefts.net/ http://charlieweingroff.com/  
December 19, 2014
Nick Showman Owner - Showtime Strength & Performance Owner - Natural Ohio Bodybuilding Association Topics Covered in this Podcast1. Ownign two business at 25 tears old.  How Nick got to wear he is now.2. Lessons learned from owning a facility3.The most important factors in opening a facility4. Designing the facility. What goes where5. Initial assessments of athletes6. Where we are filling in sports7. What to look for with assessment tools. From landing to squatting.8. Year long In-Season training9. ImplementingCircuit training to address weak points10. What are the most important movements fro all athletes in all sports.11. Communication strategies with parents, sport coaches, and strength coaches12. Marketing through education.13. Hosting events for fundraising14. The biggest challenges with youth athletes15. Exercises to avoid16. Olympic Lifts with athletes17. Keeping Speed training simple and adjusting volume18. Drills for success on the field or court19. Creating a culture for success20. How to reach Nick Showman The Nick Showman File Nick Showman Owner Showtime Strength & Performance National Academy of Sports Medicine- Performance Enhancement Specialist, Youth Exercise Specialist. Previous Experience Dension University- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 2009-2012 Granville High School- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 2010- 2013 Total Athletic Development- Sports Performance Coach 2010-2013 Columbus State Olympic Weightlifting Club Member 2009-2011 Since focusing on strength & conditioning, Nick has competed in bodybuilding, strongman, and powerlifting and learned training methods from the best in the world in each sport.  Nick has helped athletes begin their athletic careers as children and has helped many athletes get to the collegiate level in sports.   www.elitefts.com http://www.showtimestrength.com Photo courtesy of Ken Snow  
December 12, 2014
Nate Harvey, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports at State University of New York at Buffalo Topics Covered in this Podcast How Coach Harvey got started in coaching Transitioning from Football to the Olympic Sports The SUNY Brockport connection; D3 to Big Time S&C A typical template at SUNY Buffalo Adjusting the template based on sport Biggest misconceptions with the Conjugate system How the conjugate system fits in the collegiate setting How the conjugate system can help beginners Dynamic Effort Movements Go to movements for Max Effort work In-season considerations Developing rapport with sport coaches Assessing athletes Adding volume in a team setting Why coaches need to train Advice for young strength coach Building confidence in the weight room that a carries over to the field The RMU Strength & Speed Seminar How to reach Coach Harvey @SUNYUBStrong The Nate Harvey File Harvey is entering his third year in the Sports Performance Program at the University at Buffalo. During this time he has either assisted in or directed the training of each one of UB’s athletic teams at one time or another. Harvey holds a Master's Degree in Applied Physiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. During his time in graduate school at UB he also served as a volunteer assistant in the sports performance department. Prior to his time at the University at Buffalo he spent time as a high school football coach, sports performance coach in the private sector and a Fitness Director for Xerox Recreation Association in Rochester, NY. Harvey’s undergraduate work was completed at SUNY Brockport in Exercise Physiology and Physical Education. At Brockport he was a four year letter winner in football and eventual Usafootball.com All-American selection. He completed his undergraduate work with an internship in the Buffalo Bills strength and conditioning department. He has been training himself for twenty years and uses this ‘under the bar’ experience to help his athletes reach their maximal potential. Recently, he earned his Elite Powerlifting status in August of 2009 in only his third competition entered. Harvey resides in Buffalo with his wife Hillary and two children Natalie and Rocco. @SUNYUBStrong www.elitefts.com http://articles.elitefts.com/features/interviews/3-questions-with-coach-nate-harvey/
November 21, 2014
Ashley Jones Team Elitefts Columnist Strength & Conditioning Coach Author, Rugby Strength Coach Topic Covered in this Podcast 1. How Ashley got started in the profession2. Minimum requirements for raining athletes: Overseas vs the States 3. Misconception about Rugby training; Rugby vs Rugby League vs American Football4. Programming considerations for Rugby5. Assessments for Rugby Players6. Differences between in-season and off season training for Rugby7. Setting up the game week in-season8. Developing a system for workload based on the individual9. Similarities to NFL Coaching Philosophies10. Technical vs tactical vs Physical preparation11. Monitoring Conditioning and speed work12. A more creative way to implement conditioning13. Top-ups to address biomotor qualities14. Strength Training for Rugby eBook15. Advice for young coaches16. Future plans and how to reach Ashley The Ashley Jones FileAshley Jones, MS, CSCS, is a rugby strength and conditioning coach who has worked with the elite of the game. Jones has been employed by the Crusaders (Super XV competition), New Zealand All Blacks, and the Australian Wallabies rugby teams over the last decade. He has worked in the sports physical performance conditioning and fitness industries since 1978 and has worked in various professional sports across three countries. - Biography & photo courtesy of nsca.com Articles by Ashley Jones http://articles.elitefts.com/author/ashley-jones/ Buy "Engineering Physical Performance: Strength Training for Rugby: A Neural, Mechanical & Metabolic Approach Here: http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=370&pid=6364 About the Book: -New from International Strength and Conditioning Coach Ashley Jones. -Ash shares his thoughts and specific training modalities in a raw cut to the tin information packed bible. -No flashy graphics in this book, it is all about the information and the athletes. -With 89 A4 pages this e-book allows Ash to share much of his world class experience and hands on insights into over 35 years at the coal face of strength training. -Many of the world’s best rugby players have trained under Ash’s careful tuition including the All Blacks, Crusaders and Wallabies. -An absolute must read for strength and conditioning professionals working in rugby.
November 13, 2014
Jay DeMayo University of Richmond Central Virginia Sports Performance Seminar Topics Covered in this Podcast 1. Coach DeMayo’s career path2. Off-Season training for basketball 3. Monitoring athletes4. Acclimating First-year players5. The transition to In-season training5. Program considerations for swimming and diving6. Training divers vs swimmers7. Plyometircs of swimming8. Special Exercises for swimming9. The CVASPS Seminar10. Advice for young strength coaches11. How to contact Coach DeMayo The Jay DeMayo File Jay DeMayo has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s and Women’s Basketball at the University of Richmond since October 2005.  Jay is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland where he was a two year starter on the Men’s Soccer team.  Prior to taking over the responsibilities of Men’s and Women’s Basketball at UR Jay worked with every team on campus as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach working.  During his tenure at Richmond, Coach DeMayo has worked with five All-Americans, and 10 Atlantic 10 championship teams.  Presently Jay is also responsible for the dry land training for NOVA Aquatics LLC, one of the top youth swim clubs on the eastern seaboard where he has coached over twenty athlete’s whom have qualified for Olympic Trials. Coach DeMayo’s constant effort to better himself as a coach has brought him numerous certifications.  Coach DeMayo has his Level I coaching certification from USA Track and Field, is certified as an American Kettlebell Club Coach, United States Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Coach DeMayo has also been a presenter for four consecutive years at the Pennsylvania State Clinic at Juniata College.  At the PA State Clinic Coach DeMayo has spoken on “Training Soccer Players, Developing a 3 Day Strength Training Program,”  “Max Effort Training for Sports,” and “Lift Preparation, The Next Evolution of the Warm Up,” “Developing a Progression for Auxiliary Lifts” and “Teaching the Squat and Deadlift.”  Coach DeMayo has also presented at the University of Richmond Sports Performance Clinic and with the Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Academy.  Coach DeMayo has also been involved in developing the Basketball Strength Symposium in Raleigh, NC, and the Central VA Sports Performance Seminar. Courtesy of www.cvasps.com
October 30, 2014
Interview with Adam Feit Director of Sports Performance at Reach Your Potential Training Founder of The Young Strength Coaches Corner www.adamfeit.com Topics Covered in this Podcast Adam's career path: paying dues The Springfield College advantage From a young assistant to a younger head coach Developing assistants for the next step Finding what makes you stand out as a coach Empowering assistant coaches Nutritional strategies for athletes Adjusting from college to the NFL The decision to make the move into the private sector Communication with youth athletes The experience of a private sector like RYPT The YSCC : From networking to coaching frustrations to career advice How to reach Adam The Adam Fiet File Courtesy of www.igotrypt.com Certifications: National Strength and Conditioning Association- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association- Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa-SCCC) United States Weightlifting Coach- Level 1 Certified (USAW-1) National Academy of Sports Medicine-Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES) Precision Nutrition- Certified Nutritionist (PN-1) Education: B.S. Applied Exercise Science (Springfield College, 2006) M.S. Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention  (California University of Pennsylvania, 2009) Adam Feit is the Director of Sports Performance for Reach Your Potential Training and is responsible for the design and implementation of the center's sports performance programs. Adam brings a host of college and professional strength and conditioning and nutrition experience to Reach Your Potential Training. Previously serving as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutrition Coordinator for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, Adam designed and implemented the strength and conditioning programs for the Panthers' specialist and quarterback position groups. Adam also supervised the strength and conditioning programs for the offensive and defensive skill players while overseeing the entire team's performance nutrition program, including meal plan design, supplement protocols and on/off-site meal services. Before joining the Carolina Panthers, Adam served as the Head Sports Performance Coach for Eastern Michigan University in 2010-2011. Adam designed sports performance programs for football and women's soccer, while supervising a full-time staff in charge of 21 varsity sports. While at Eastern, Adam implemented the university's first nutrition training table and supplement station and directed major advancements and renovations to the school's strength and conditioning facilities. Prior to assuming head coaching responsibilities at Eastern Michigan, Adam served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Louisville's Football Team. At Louisville, he assisted with the design and implementation of the football team's athlete development programs through the 2008 and 2009 football seasons. Earlier in Adam's career, he served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He also performed strength and conditioning internships with Arizona State University, US Olympic Training Center, University of Connecticut and Springfield College. As a college athlete, Adam played football for Springfield College in Springfield, MA. During his years as an offensive lineman, he was a team captain and garnered all-consensus 1st Team All-American and All-Empire 8 League honors. As the Division III's East Region Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2006, he helped Springfield win its' only Empire 8 Championship and reach the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Adam also represented Team USA in the Division III All-Star game, the Aztec Bowl, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Adam's passion for sports performance doesn't end with coaching. He is an active competitive lifter in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman. Adam is married to Mary Kate Feit (Jones), also a sports performance coach and competitive lifter, and have a newborn son Cody.  When not coaching, training or spending time with family, you can find Adam writing on his blog at http://www.adamfeit.com or working with his online social network of young strength and conditioning coaches with the YSCC (Young Strength Coaches Corner).
October 27, 2014
Carl Valle InterviewTopics Covered in this Podcast1. The decision to take a risk 2. The gap between technologoy and application3. From HRV to GPS: Assessing Readiness4. Overtesting Syndrome5. Practical procedures for testing6. Facial Coding for readiness7. Evaluating muscle tissue with TMG8. Using GPS to adapt workload9. Communicating and Education team coaches to morph tactical and physical training10. VBT Training: A metric of a metric of a metric11. Perspective on the athlete managment system12. The 3 data sets that all coaches want13. Technology and job securtiy14. Jurassic Park for Coaches and the 3 levels of technology15. Quick Take-a-ways for coaches: The 4 Ss16. Speed training made simple for sport coaches17. How to reach CarlAbout Carl ValleSince 1997 I have coached Track and Field at every level, from high school to the Olympic level in the sprints and hurdles. Having the privilege of working with great athletes that have been All-American and school record holders, many rewarding experiences made me love both the sport and working with great people. After years of seeing athletes fall through the cracks in the US  and abroad, I decided to create a unique solution to leverage the great coaching community and medical network by organizing those resources
October 9, 2014
Ryan Horn is the Director of Athletic Perofrmnace of Men's Basketball at Wake Forrest University. Topics Covered in this Podcast 1. Ryan Horn's Career Path 2. Coming in to a new role at a new school 3. Utilizing Technology in the Athletic Performance Setting 4. "You can't manage what you don't manage." 5. Off-Season Training 6. The Upsidedown Pyramid 7. The role of the Athletic Performance Coach 8. "My job is not to ask questions, its; to give answers." 9. Assessment & Evaluation 9. "I'd much rather teach, than correct." 10. Off-Season carryover into the Season 11. Perceptual vs Objective monitoring for readiness 12. How to reach Coach Horn   The Ryan Horn File: Ryan Horn is in his first season with the Wake Forest basketball program in 2014-15. Horn serves as the Demon Deacons' Director of Athletic Performance. Horn joined the Demon Deacons in April 2014 after working under head coach Danny Manning at the University of Tulsa where he helped the Golden Hurricane win the 2013-14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships--the program's first league title since 2003. Horn spent three seasons at Tulsa and most recently directed the athletic performance programs for men's basketball and softball while assisting with football. He also previously worked with the Golden Hurricane women's basketball and women's soccer teams. Prior to Tulsa, Horn spent five seasons at VCU as the associate head strength and conditioning coach. Horn was directly responsible for designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for the Rams' men's and women's soccer, field hockey and golf teams while also assisting with men's and women's basketball. Horn began his professional career as a volunteer intern at Robert Morris University and Liberty University where he assisted with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for football and men's and women's basketball. Horn played football at East Stroudsburg University for one season and James Madison University for three seasons. Originally from Inwood, W.Va., Horn graduated from Shepherd University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in May of 2007 and completed his master's degree through the VCU Center for Sports Leadership in 2008. Horn is an approved mentor and strength and conditioning coach certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting and a Level 1 Track and Field Coach through USA Track and Field. Horn and his wife, Ashley, have two children: son, Landon, and daughter, Addison. Courtesy of Wake Forrest Athletics www.elitefts.com
September 29, 2014
Timothy Hewett, PhD Director, OSU Sports Health & Performance Institute Director of Research, OSU Sports Medicine Professor, Departments of Physiology & Cell Biology, Family Medicine, Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering Topics in This Podcast 1. Recent trends in ACL injury 2. How the NBA utilized Dr. Hewitt 3. Biomechanical casues of ACL injuries 4. Post injury factors 5. Screening for risk factors 6. The best exericers for reducing ACL injuries 7. Prevention and training... one in the same 8. When to starting training to prevent ACL injuries 9. Why education is the most important aspect of prevention 10. How soon is too soon to come back from an ACL injury 11. Why reinjuries happen 12. The emotional toll from an ACL injury 13. Information about the ACL Workshop:  www.regonline.com/2014aclworkshop   Education and Background B.A. Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati 1984 B.S. Biology the University of Cincinnati 1984 Ph.D. Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 1990 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biology, Department of Pharmacology & Cell Biophysics, University of Cincinnati 1993 Experience & Interests As Director of Research, Dr. Hewett is responsible for the oversight and coordination of a multi-disciplinary research program, as well as the development of strategic OSU Sports Medicine priorities. Hewett joined Ohio State in 2010 from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he served as director of the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center. He is nationally recognized for his work in the area of knee injury prevention in female athletes. Hewett, who also serves as a tenured professor in Ohio State’s department of physiology and cell biology, completed a doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and has a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology. His research interests range from the molecular alteration of muscle contraction to the development of new methods for injury prevention and athletic development. Hewett is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. He has more than 220 peer-reviewed publications, over 15,000 citations and an h-index of 70. He has authored a book and multiple book chapters. He is a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health MRS Study Section and is on the Editorial board for several medical journals. He is an international expert in the field of injury prevention, especially of ACL injuries. Dr. Hewett has received several prestigious awards, including the NCAA, Excellence in Research, Systematic Review and O’Donoghue Awards from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Clint Thompson Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association and a Young Investigator’s Award from the American Heart Association. He has been a Keynote speaker at many national and international conferences. His work has been cited on hundreds of occasions in lay press journals, including over ten in The New York Times, as well as Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, NPR and CBS. Dr. Hewett is a member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, The Orthopaedic Research Society and The American Physiological Society and is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine.   Advising Narrative I am a Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Cell Biology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Family Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, as well as the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The Ohio State University. I have a doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics and post-doctoral fellowships in Molecular Biology and Biomechanics. I am an international leading expert in the field of injury prevention, with a special focus on ACL risk factor and prevention research. Thus far I have published over 220 peer-reviewed articles with over 15,000 citations in the medical literature, an h-index over 65 and have also authored a book and several book chapters. A permanent member of the National Institutes of Health MRS Study Section, I also serve on the Editorial board for several medical journals. My awards include the NCAA, Excellence in Research, Systematic Review and O’Donoghue Awards from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Rose Excellence in Research Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, the Clint Thompson Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association and a Young Investigator’s Award from the American Heart Association. My work has been cited on hundreds of occasions in lay press journals, including over ten in The New York Times, as well as Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, NPR and CBS. My professional memberships include the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, The Orthopaedic Research Society and The American Physiological Society and I am a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine.   Books American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Understanding and Preventing Non-Contact ACL Injury. Champagne, IL: Human Kinetics, January 2007.   12th Annual ACL WorkshopState of the Art Prevention and Rehabilitation Program Saturday, October 11, 2014from 8 am - 5:30 pmMedical Education andResource Center (MERC)*619 Oak StreetCincinnati, OH 45229Maps and directions maybe downloaded fromwww.cincinnatichildrens.org*This is NOT held at the Main Hospital. This workshop is designed for physicians, athletic trainers, physician assistants, nurses, occupational or physical therapists, students, researchers, strength and conditioning specialists, sports medicine and orthopedic health care professionals.The ACL workshop is a day dedicated to the prevention, training, and rehabilitation of athletes who are at risk for ACL injuries. The world renowned team at the Human Performance Laboratory in the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center will detail the latest prevention programs for female athletes. We will utilize state-of-the-art 3D motion analysis to teach athlete screening techniques. We will also teach neuromuscular training methods that focus on proper core and knee control and landing techniques. www.elitefts.com    
September 19, 2014
James "The Thinker" Smith Interview on Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Topics in this Podcast Self-educated beginnings Learning from SEAL training How James connected with elitefts Combining the WSBB and the Charlie Francis Training System Segregation between the sport coach and the physical preparation coachRelationships between physical preparation and high performance sports training Thermodynamics to explain coaching systems What James would do different at the college level The problem with tactical performance training Addressing the injury potential of collision/ combat sports How to contact James  
August 29, 2014
Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (I-FAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has made a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in the world, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. Topics in the Podcast How Mike got into the Profession How Mike hooked up with elitefts.com Making the Connection between Rehab and Performance The difference between medical based and performance based re-hab The 2 sides of the R7 Philosophy origin Creating systems for program design Treat everyone like an athlete Assessments and screening for new clients and athletes What most athletes need and what their biggest weaknesses are Mike's staple movements regardless of athlete or client The benefit's of standardizing training templates Progressions, Regressions, and Exercises Variations The one thing that will help any athlete or lifter Mike's advise for people getting into the profession http://www.elitefts.net/ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/audio/   Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (I-FAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has made a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in the world, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. - See more at: http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/blog/who-is-mike-robertson/#sthash.SpfwXzgI.dpuf Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (I-FAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has made a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in the world, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. - See more at: http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/blog/who-is-mike-robertson/#sthash.SpfwXzgI.dpuf Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (I-FAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has made a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in the world, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. - See more at: http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/#sthash.9BBe83cW.dpuf Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (I-FAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has made a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in the world, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. - See more at: http://robertsontrainingsystems.com/#sthash.9BBe83cW.dpuf
August 20, 2014
Matt Rhodes Interview. 1. How you got to the position you are now.  A little history. 2. What are some of the steps you (and any coach) need to do when first taking over a program 3. What are some of the biggest differences you have seen in terms of the various universities you have coached at. 4. Basic program philosophy and who you set up your training program. 5. The exercises you could not do without, regardless of sport or season. 6. The changes you have seen in the industry from whenyou started out. Matt Rhodes Matt Rhodes, who possesses more than 10 years as a personal trainer, weight lifter and coach, has been named head strength and conditioning coach at Morehead State. "Most of all, I look forward to working with our student-athletes," Rhodes said. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Morehead State family.  This is a great opportunity for me." Rhodes served as an assistant coach at Rhode Island in 2013-14, where he supervised the strength program for men's basketball, men's track, baseball and softball. "It became obvious after initial conversations that Matt was the right choice," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Richard Fletcher, who headed the search committee. "His enthusiasm for the field, plus his desire to see student-athletes succeed, made it apparent he would be successful in overseeing and continuing our goals of improving the strength and conditioning program." He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Albany (N.Y.) in 2012-13. Rhodes directed activities for women's soccer and baseball. Rhodes also held coaching positions at Pittsburgh, Yale and Choate Rosemary Hall High School (Wallingford, Ct.). He served as outside linebackers coach at Richmond for three seasons (1999-2001). Rhodes was a member of the Massachusetts lacrosse program in 1995 and 1996. He transferred to Arizona and was a member of the football program in 1997 and 1998. "Being a Division I athlete, Matt knows the everyday rigors our student-athletes face, and he can guide them in improving their overall physical condition, which in turn helps them succeed individually and helps their team succeed as well," Fletcher added.  Rhodes earned his bachelor's degree from Arizona in 1999.   Article by Matt Rhodes: http://articles.elitefts.com/author/matt-rhodes/   Matt Rhodes Training Log: http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=150&__N=Matt%20Rhodes
July 28, 2014
Alwyn Cosgrove, Team Elitefts, Results Fitness Born in Scotland and initially exposed to fitness training through an intense competitive sport martial arts background, Alwyn Cosgrove began reading and studying any training related material he could get his hands on. This led Alwyn to formal academic studies in Sports Performance at West Lothian College and then progressed on to receiving an honors degree in Sports Science from Chester College, the University of Liverpool. During his career as a fitness coach, Alwyn began with assisting in martial arts lessons in 1986 and teaching fitness classes in 1989, and has studied under all of the top fitness professionals and coaches in the world and has worked with a wide variety of clientele, from general population clientele to several top level athletes, World Champions, and professionals in a multitude of sports. A sought after expert for several of the country’s leading publications including a regular contributor to Men’s Health Magazine, Alwyn has co-authored five books in the “New Rules of Lifting” series and currently spends his time consulting on fitness training, training clients, training his staff at Results Fitness, speaking on the fitness lecture circuit, and coaching fitness trainers worldwide in their businesses. For the past 13 years, with his wife Rachel, Alwyn runs Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, California – which has been twice named One of America’s Top Gyms by Men’s Health Magazine, a gym which specializes in programs for real-world, busy people and prides itself on “changing the way fitness is done – period!”
July 1, 2014
Brian Cain Peak Performance   Topics Covered in this Podcast     1. How Brian Cain has helped me as a coach. 2. How Brian got into the mental conditioning game 3. Why mental conditioning and not sport psychology 4. The 4 Rs x 2 5. Process over outcome 6. Function over feelings 7. Run to Roar 8. Ten deadliest words 9. Change "have to" to "want to" to "get to" 10. Compared to What? 11. How people can get a hold of Brian   Brian Cain’s vast experiences in peak performance coaching, mental conditioning, and sports psychology make him your ideal coach, if you are looking to save time, maximize results and take your performance to the next level. He has worked with some of the top high school, collegiate and professional teams and athletes; has motivated corporate audiences from 5 to 5,000 to reach their true potential; and has helped thousands of people like you break through their mental barriers and reach their peak performance. Cain energizes and educates his audiences with a unique teaching style that keeps you on the edge of your seat, totally engaged in the transformation and learning process. His teaching style is unique to his personality. A world-class educator, motivational and corporate speaker, Cain has worked with State, National, Olympic and World Champions to master the mental game. If you demand the absolute best from yourself and your team and are looking to DOMINATE the competition, you are exactly the audience who benefits from Cain’s custom mental conditioning and peak performance training programs – designed to help you achieve maximum success in a minimum amount of time. Cain has helped thousands of successful coaches and athletes like you take their world-class performance to an even greater level through a comprehensive and consistent mental conditioning program. If you are tired of falling short of your potential and watching other coaches, athletes, and teams steal your success, or if you’re looking for that little 1% difference in your approach that will generate a massive difference in your consistency and results, Cain is the coach and corner man you need to unlock your potential and take your game to another level. As you climb the ladder of success, there are fewer and fewer people who will tell you the truth, give it to you straight and teach you the exact success strategies you must master to take your already-successful performance to the next level. If you are serious about competition and performing your best when it means the most, Brian Cain is the Peak Performance Coach and Mental Conditioning Expert you need.  Cain has helped thousands of successful coaches and athletes like you take their world-class performance to an even greater level through a comprehensive and consistent mental conditioning program. If you are tired of falling short of your potential and watching other coaches, athletes, and teams steal your success, or if you’re looking for that little 1% difference in your approach that will generate a massive difference in your consistency and results, Cain is the coach and corner man you need to unlock your potential and take your game to another level. For free mental conditioning tips and tricks, check out the most recent posts in Cains sports psychology blog. To learn more about how Cain can help you and your program, Contact Cain today! Elitefts.com  
June 4, 2014
Interview with University of Buffalo Head Strength & Conditionign Coach, Greg Pyszczynski. Topics in this Podcast 1. Making the transition as a first time head coach 2. Taking over a program with coaching turnover 3. Transitioning a new program during Spring Ball 4. Coach Pyszczynski's journery through coaching 5. Having so many different coaching influences 6. Greg's expertice on training the neck and head 7. External factors leading to head injuries 8. The trickle down effect with concussions 9. Quantifiable data with neck strength 10. The basic of implementing a program to reduce head and neck injuries 11. Standards for neck strength and size 12. University of Buffalo's Summer Porgram 13. Block Periodization in training Football 14. In-Season Football Training adjustment with the TV schedule 15. Motivatiing the next genreation of athletes 16. Advice for young Strength Coaches  
May 23, 2014
Interview with Joe DeFranco of DeFranco's Training Systems Topics Covered in this Podcast How Joe became a pioneer with implementing maximal strength in sports performance Strength builds the foundation for all athletic activity How Joe adjusts his basic templates per sport, season, and training age From high school freshman to All-Pro: Brian Cushing's training evolution Preparing athletes for the NFL Combine The challenge of training WWE Wrestlers How Joe extended Triple H's career with his training The benefits of the box squat for athletes           Special strength exercises for speed development The use of prowlers and sleds in training Articles by Joe DeFranco DeFranco's Training Systems Official Website
May 21, 2014
Dan Baker of danbakerstrength.com and formerlly of the Brisbane Broncos Topics Covered in This Podcast: 1. Coach Baker's transition from professional coaching 2. Wave-Cycling for In-Season training 3. Neuarl deload vs. Volumbe deload 4. Maintaining intesity in-season 5. Coach Baker's go-to lifts 6. Reflection of strength vs. building strength 7. Weekly in-season training schedule 8. Training for rugby vs. other sports 9. monitoring strength & power during the season 10. The PSychological aspect of training in-season 11. The state of strength & conditioning in Australia vs. the rest of the world 12. The biggest mistake when conditinign team sports 13. The biggest issues of LSD conditionign & circuit training 14. Integrating the Technical & tactical development with physical development 15. The best lessons Coach Baker got in the profession Dan Baker is one of the worlds leading authorities upon strength and power training for sports athletes. A PhD in sports science specializing in the testing and training of strength and power, he has the scientific knowledge and practical know how to implement effective strength and power training for sports athletes. Unlike most Phd’s he does not work as a full-time lecturer or in a laboratory – he trains athletes. No science bullshit – just the stuff that works. Some things about Dan Baker As a strength & conditioning coach Strength and power training coach of the Brisbane Broncos Rugby league team since 1995 (title winners 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006) Former champion powerlifter and powerlifting coach Strength and Conditioning Coach to elite international and national level athletes in the following sports – rugby league, rugby union, powerlifting, diving, soccer, track & field, netball, mixed martial arts to name a few A Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach and Master Coach of Strength and Conditioning as recognized by the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association As an Educator and Mentor for strength & conditioning coaches Dan is the National President of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) which is the not-for-profit body recognized by the Australian Federal Government to educate and accredit strength & conditioning coaches within Australia. Dan continues to lecture to all levels of ASCA coaches, from Level 1 beginner Coaches through to the Level 3 Elite Athlete Coaches. Dan is a sought after Educator of Strength & Conditioning Coaches because he makes the science easy and tells it straight. The practical implementation is what it is all about. Life memberships In Australian sport and social life, the “Club” is important. Dedicated club members are sometimes bestowed an honour titled “Life Member” for endless hours of dedicated work on behalf of the Club or Organization. Dan has three Life Memberships. Dan is a Life Member of the ASCA. Dan is a Life Member of North Kirra Surf_Lifesaving Club Dan is a Life Member of the University of Queensland Powerlifting & Weightlifting Club. Some cross-training workouts to enhance your energy system fitness Recent trends in high-intensity aerobic training
May 21, 2014
Dr. Michael Yessis Interveiw Dr. Michael Yessis received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. and M.S. from City University of New York. He is president of Sports Training, Inc., a diverse sports and fitness company. Dr. Yessis is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, where he was a multi-sports specialist in biomechanics (technique analysis) and sports conditioning and training. Dr. Yessis has served as training and technique consultant to several Olympic and professional sports teams, including the L.A. Rams and L.A. Raiders football teams, Natadore Diving Team, and the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team. He has also trained hundreds of athletes in different sports and developed unique specialized strength exercises that duplicate what takes place in execution of the game skills. By doing these exercises athletes improve their performance on the field very quickly. During his fifty plus years of working with athletes, and as president of Sports Training Inc, Dr. Yessis developed what has come to be known as the “Yessis System” for improving running speed. His three-step method has been successfully used to improve athletes in football, soccer, baseball, basketball, track and other sports.  Most notable is the improvement in sports technique.
May 7, 2014
Scott Umberger, Co-Owner and Head Physical Preperation Coach at Umberrger Performance   Topics Covered in this Podcast How Scott got started in the field Basical Philosphy of Developmeing ther Athlete Social Media's influence on the profession One of the issues with CrossFit and Coaching Training youth athletes The nature of youth sports Asseesment and evaluation of Athletes Sprint and deceleration mechanics APRE procotocl in the private sector Scott’s passion for performance enhancement started at an early age, stemmed by his desire to receive a Division I scholarship.   Sports Science Knowledge   One year interning at University of Pittsburgh under renowned coach, Buddy Morris changed everything. After working with Buddy,Scott spent two years working as Todd Hamer’s Assistant Strength & Condition Coach at Robert Morris University training 600 of their athletes.   The influence of James Smith, who is regarded as the leading American expert on Soviet Sport Science,  led Scott to an understanding of Sports Science held by handful of Americans.  Since Sport Science doesn’t exist in the U.S.(Scott confirmed this during his exploration of a PhD at PSU).  Scott’s knowledge has been obtained via mentorships, self study of his small library of translated foreign materials, videos, seminars with foreign Sports Scientist, and personal correspondence with leading experts and Sport Scientists.  This knowledge of non-U.S. Sports Science is essential because of the understanding of human performance that this non US research has uncovered through the study of 20,000+ elite athletes.  The funding for this kind of research does not exist in the US.  This monetary investment in Sport Science research is one of the very few ways that the world can be thankful towards communistic regimes.   Speed   Attempting to “get the edge” on the competition, Scott read and has tried everything that he could get his hands on.  Taken under the wing of D1 track coach, Waddie Freeman his senior year of high school, Scott reduced his 40 yard dash time from 4.6 to 4.4. Scott played football, baseball, and ran track in high school. This led him to compete at the Division I level in football and track at Robert Morris University.  Scott’s personal experience teamed with his extensive knowledge of the late sprint coach Charlie Francis’s methodologies present a very unique mix of knowledge and practice experience regarding speed development.   Strength   Scott spent three months training at the strongest powerlifting gym in the U.S., Westside Barbell.  There he gained an advanced knowledge of the three powerlifts, the bench, the squat, and the dead lift.  He also learned about the concept of strength and its application to specific athletic scenarios. Scott currently competes in the sport of power lifting and has dead lifted 635 and bench pressed 420 in competitions. He has also squatted 645 and bench pressed 505 in training at a drug free body weight of 192.   Resume   As part of his 17,000 hours in the trenches training experience, Scott has worked with over a 2,000 athletes and clients: • high school and college athletes • Male and female athletes in hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, softball, baseball, swimming, tennis, track. • Fitness/figure competitors • REAL Professional athletes (NHL, NFL, Arena Football , MLL&NLL-pro Lacrosse, World Championship Games.) • Olympic Silver Medalist- USA Olympic Woman’s Hockey Team • 3 All-Americans (track, swimming, hockey) • 2 Hobe Baker Trophy Finalist (Heisman Trophy of College Hockey) • A top 10 NCAA scorer in Men’s Hockey • FINA Master World Championship Qualifying Swimmer • ECAC/IC4A qualifying track hurdler • Professional Hockey, Basketball, and Soccer players in Europe(Finland and Italy) • Two Major D1 walk on football players- one who made OSU’s team when they were ranked #1 and WVU when they were top in the 20. • Celebrities- Country Music Superstar Martina McBride and Actor Jake Gyllenhaal   Scott practices what he preaches.  Research is fantastic but it is useless if it’s not applied in a real world setting.  Scott studies and applies knowledge on himself before having his athletes use it.  He’s squatted 650 lbs, dead lifted 635 lbs in competitions and bench pressed 505 in the gym at a body weight ranging between 190-200 lbs.  In August of 2013 he completed a Tough Mudder Race(which is consider the most legit race of it’s kind in the US) which is a 12 mile “mud run” with 20+ obstacles.   Though it’s Scott’s formal education(BS, MS) that enhanced his abilities as a coach, it’s the intensive study of  ”The Soviet Sports Science,” as well as Sport Science stemming from sources outside of the United States(primarily Premier League Soccer and Australian Sports Science) that have really separated him from the majority of the field.   Real world success with real athletes using his “in trenches training experience,”  as well as a unique blend of leadership and knowledge of legitimate non US Sport Science makes Scott a rare commodity as a physical preparation coach in the US.
May 2, 2014
Interview with Cal Dietz, Head Strength & conditionign Coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota and co-author of Triphasic Training. Topics in this Podcast What Cal attributes the success of his teams to How Triphasic Training has evovled Tripahsic Training in relation to non-cyclycal sports General Overview of Triphasic Training Approximate loads for eccentric and isometric training Three-day undulating model Post-Activation Potentiation & French Contrast Training Peaking cycle, skill aquisition, and Olympic lifting Sports-Specific conditioning Advice for young strength & conditioning coaches Cal Dietz's Bio Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz's return to Minnesota he has developed the Strength and Conditioning Programs and over seen the daily progress in Men's Hockey from 2000-present, Men's' Basketball from 2004-2010, Women's Hockey from 2003-present, Men's Golf from 2000-present, Women's Golf from 2006-present Men's Swimming from 2000-Present, Track and Field from 2000-present, Baseball from 2000-2007, 2010 -present, and Wrestling from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, Dietz has trained: a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 400 All-American honors, 29 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and NCAA Team Champions, and 13 teams finish in the top four in the nation. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and Professional Boxing.Also, during his time at the university help founded and chairs the Sport Biomechanics Interest Group with its purpose to explore the physiological and biomechanical aspects of advanced human performance encompassing the various aspects of kinesiology, biomechanics, neuro-mechanics and physics. This will be achieved by utilizing extensive research theories and applied knowledge in the multi-disciplinary field of human performance. Utilizing through a collaborative effort which involving numerous professional perspectives from diverse areas of academia such also include professionals from Mechanical engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Orthopedics, and Physiology. Dietz is also a member of the Gender Equity Committee at the University of Minnesota and currently represents the University as a member of the Big Ten committee to develop performance enhancing policy for anabolic and ergogenic aids.During his time at the university, Dietz has given numerous lectures around the country, as well as publish several scientific articles and dozens articles on training. Most recently, Dietz co-authored the the top selling book, Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance.Prior to returning to Minnesota, Dietz was the strength coordinator at The University of Findlay, overseeing 26 men's and women's sports, in addition to coordinating the university's fitness center, coaching the offensive line with the football program and teaching strength and conditioning classes. He is no stranger to Minnesota athletics after serving as a graduate assistant strength coach while pursuing his graduate degree. During this time Dietz was the first assistant to football and assisted with a Majority of Olympic Sports.The Shelby, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Findlay in 1996 and his master's degree from Minnesota in kinesiology in May, 2000. During his athletic career at the University of Findlay Dietz won three National team championships, two in football and one in wrestling. Highlights of his career was earning 2 All-American honors in Football and winning the NAIA National Duals MVP in wrestling. In 1995 he received the NAIA College Sports Magazine Athlete of the year and was inducted into the University's of Findlay's Hall of Fame in 2005.Dietz married Karyn Bye, a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in 1998 and silver medal in 2002. The couple resides in Hudson, Wis., with their daughter, Tatum Lynn Born in May 2003 and Brody Michael born July 2005. Triphasic Training Triphasic Training is the pinnacle of sports performance training. That’s not hype. Cal Dietz, strength coach at the University of Minnesota, has the results to back up this claim – a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, over 400 All-Americans, 30 Big Ten/WCHA championship teams, 7 NCAA National Team Champions, and 14 teams that finished in the top four in the nation. Over the past decade, Coach Dietz has worked with thousands of collegiate and professional athletes, incorporating the latest scientific research into developing his Triphasic Training method. His approach breaks down athletic movements into their three components -- eccentric, isometric, and concentric -- allowing for the continuous development of athletes, maximizing their strength, speed, and power. In this easy-to-understand book, Coach Dietz has teamed up with exercise physiologist, Ben Peterson, to explain the physiological foundations of Triphasic Training and how they can be applied to training, making athletes bigger, stronger and faster than ever before. The authors give examples of complete programs, as well as examples of how to incorporate the Triphasic method into existing programs, with descriptions on adapting it to virtually any scenario. Included in the book: - 5 complete 24-week training programs designed for 6-day, 5-day, 4-day, 3-day, or 2-day training models. - Over two dozen tables showing when and how to modify exercises to ensure continuous improvement in athletes. - Peaking programs for football lineman and skill players; swimmers; baseball, volleyball, and hockey players (among others). - A complete 52-week training program for football. Buy the Book here: http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=134&m=PD&pid=6283
April 10, 2014
Interview with Ron McKeefery, Director of Sports Performance at Eastern Michigan University.Topics in the Podcast1. His Presentation at the 2014 NSCA Coaches Conference"Only if you sacrifice for a cause will you truly love it"3. The "How to" of relationship building."We are in this instant gratification society"5. The 3 Roles of being a Strength Coach (Technician, Manager, Entrepreneur)6. Paying your dues in the field."Seventeen years in this profession and I am just learning how to ask the right questions."7. The Internship Program and Hiring Assistants"I try to hire what I'm not.""Hire slow and fire fast."8. Coach McKeefery's Biggest Influences9. The first things that need to happen when taking over a program."Get the right thought into the player's head instead of their own."10. How the weight room relates to the field11. The importance of the lifting partner12. The Iron Game Chalk Talk, Strength on Demand, and his transparent view on why he started his website.13. Coach's Future Speaking Engagements Elitefts™ Collegiate Line http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=SR&SearchPhrase=collegiate Podcasts at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/coaching-training-articles/ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/sports-training/ Articles by Mark Watts http://articles.elitefts.com/author/mark-watts/ Mark Watts' Training Log http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=219&__N=Mark%20Watts Elitefts™ Q&A http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/ Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elitefts-sports-performance/id780826169?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Mark Watts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Elitefts_EduDir
April 7, 2014
Interview with Megan Young, University of Aubrun Strength & Conditioning Coach As a native of Durham, NC, Megan Young attended the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. There, she earned a B.A. in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. She competed there as a NCAA Division I, varsity student-athlete, earning multiple awards in the Discus and Shot Put events. Megan went on to Baylor University to complete her master’s degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. During that time she was a graduate teaching assistant and interned with the Baylor Athletic Performance Staff. Her duties were to assist with football and most Olympic sports teams. Coach Young is currently in her fifth year at Auburn University, where she is directly responsible for year-long programming and implementation of all strength and conditioning related activities for the Tigers’ women’s soccer and women’s basketball programs.    Coach Young is the Public Relations Director and serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Coach Young has worked with multiple SEC conference and NCAA championship teams as well as professional athletes. Megan is currently working towards a PhD of Adult Education at Auburn University and holds the following certifications: NSCA CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), USATF, Coaches Course Certification, USAW, Weightlifting Level 1 Certification and CSCCa, Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified – John Stucky Award Recipient.    Elitefts™ Collegiate Line http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=SR&SearchPhrase=collegiate Podcasts at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/coaching-training-articles/ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/sports-training/ Articles by Mark Watts http://articles.elitefts.com/author/mark-watts/ Mark Watts' Training Log http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=219&__N=Mark%20Watts Elitefts™ Q&A http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/ Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elitefts-sports-performance/id780826169?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Mark Watts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Elitefts_EduDir
April 4, 2014
Mark Uyeyama Interview Mark Uyeyama (ooh-ee-YAH-muh) is in his fifth season with the 49ers, and second as head strength and conditioning coach, after having served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008-10. In 2011, Uyeyama was named Samson Equipment’s NFL Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly. Uyeyama is responsible for overseeing the team’s strength and conditioning program, which includes strength, power development, speed, recovery and regeneration, as well as the nutritional program for the players. He brings an individualized approach to the strength and conditioning position within a team-based context.Uyeyama served as San Francisco’s assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008 to 2010 after having served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Utah State University from 2004 to 2007. Uyeyama graduated from Utah in May of 2000 while working as a student assistant strength coach for two years. He then became a graduate assistant at USU before moving to another graduate assistant position at Arizona State from 2001 to 2003, when he was promoted to a full-time assistant. Prior to working in the strength and conditioning field, Uyeyama played football at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA and Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. He earned a master’s degree in higher and post secondary education from ASU in May of 2003.Uyeyama is married to his wife, Tara.   Elitefts™ Collegiate Line http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=SR&SearchPhrase=collegiate Podcasts at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/coaching-training-articles/ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/sports-training/ Articles by Mark Watts http://articles.elitefts.com/author/mark-watts/ Mark Watts' Training Log http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=219&__N=Mark%20Watts Elitefts™ Q&A http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/ Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elitefts-sports-performance/id780826169?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Mark Watts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Elitefts_EduDir
March 28, 2014
Shawn Windle, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Indiana Pacers Topics Covered in this Podcast 1. What are the main objectives of the Indiana Pacer programs 2. Adapting training based on the hectice NBA schedule 3. What a typical training session looks like in-season 4. Getting the rookies up to speed on the Pacer way 5. Communicatin between personal trainers in the off-season 6. How the game of basketball has changed 7. Problem solving with the sports medicine staff 8. Advice for young strength coaches The Shawn Windle File Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Indiana Pacers July 2005 – Present (8 years 9 months)   Strength & Conditioning Coach Rutgers University September 2001 – June 2005 (3 years 10 months)   Strength & Conditioning Coach University of Connecticut September 1998 – September 2001 (3 years 1 month)  
March 25, 2014
Carlo Alvarez, Coordinator of Sports Performance for the Pittsburgh Pirates Topics included in the Podcast Setting expectations Spring Training organization Communication trumps education How basebal players have evolved Reinforcing relationships with private sector coaches Critical components of training at the high school level Coach Alvarez's influences in coaching How the field has changed in terms of methodology Advice for young coaches in the field   The Carlo Alvarez File Coordinator, Sports Performance Pittsburgh Pirates January 2014 – Present (3 months) Director, Strength & Conditioning St. Xavier High School January 2005 – December 2013 (9 years) Head Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning Cincinnati Reds 2002 – 2005 (3 years) Asst. Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning Cleveland Indians 2000 – 2002 (2 years) Assistant, Strength and Conditioning University of Notre Dame 1998 – 2000 (2 years) Internship, Strength and Conditioning University of Cincinnati 1996 – 1998 (2 years)   Head, Strength and Conditioning St. Xavier High School 1996 – 1998 (2 years)   Elitefts™ Collegiate Line http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=SR&SearchPhrase=collegiate Podcasts at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/coaching-training-articles/ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/sports-training/ Articles by Mark Watts http://articles.elitefts.com/author/mark-watts/ Mark Watts' Training Log http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=219&__N=Mark%20Watts Elitefts™ Q&A http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/ Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elitefts-sports-performance/id780826169?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Mark Watts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Elitefts_EduDir
March 21, 2014
Brett Bartholomew: Performance Specialist at Exos (Formerly Athletes Performance) Brett Bartholomew is a performance specialist at EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance) Phoenix, AZ. He currently directs the NFL program for all EXOS facilities and works with athletes ranging from major/ minor league baseball, United States Special Forces & Boxing/MMA. Prior to working with Athletes Performance, Brett served as an strength & conditioning coach with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He obtained his B.Sc degree in Kinesiology at Kansas State University, and his M.S. Ed from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he studied and wrote research on the topic of Motor Learning. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S) and is a current member of the NSCA Elitefts™ Collegiate Line http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=SR&SearchPhrase=collegiate Podcasts at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/coaching-training-articles/ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/sports-training/ Articles by Mark Watts http://articles.elitefts.com/author/mark-watts/ Mark Watts' Training Log http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=219&__N=Mark%20Watts Elitefts™ Q&A http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/ Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elitefts-sports-performance/id780826169?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Mark Watts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Elitefts_EduDir  
March 20, 2014
Interview with Jeff Connors, Assistant Athletic Deirector for Strength & Conditioning at East Carolina University. Topics Covered in this Podcast What motivated Coach Connors to write Strength Coach: A Call to Serve The biggest lessons learned from his father and coach The changes with instilling discipline with today's athletes Hiring a staff and communicating foundational principles in philosophy General overview of the off-season program Adapting the training to enhance acceleration The key components that every athlete needs Advice for young coaches trying to to get into the profession Buy Strength Coach: A Call to Serve Strength coaching is, in many ways, a scientific endeavor, blending the latest theories of performance enhancement with practical strategies to build mobility, speed, flexibility and power. But for Jeff Connors it is also a calling. For thirty years Connors has devoted himself to helping collegiate athletes excel on the field by grinding away relentlessly in the weight room, and through those decades he has crafted his own distinctive philosophy of his profession, using both his heart and his head. Part memoir and part training manual, this book gives football fans, strength coaches and exercise enthusiasts alike a thorough inside look into Connor’s world -- where speed and power can lead to Saturday victory and young men forge character through long, tireless hours away from the roar of the crowd. Elitefts™ Collegiate Line Podcasts at elitefts.com™ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ Articles by Mark Watts Mark Watts' Training Log Elitefts™ Q&A Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes Mark Watts on Twitter
March 17, 2014
Buddy Morris Interview There are coaches in the industry that have paid their dues above and beyond what most of their colleague have.  To day that Buddy Morris has paid his dues in order to get back the National Football League is an understatement.  With thirty-four years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach X starts his second stint in the NFL as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Arizona Cardinals.  Topics Covered in this Podcast How the Arizona Cardinals job happened What's first on the agenda in Arizona High Low Sequencing and the weekly plan Adjusting volume of training based on position Acclimation and assessment Having a background in rehabilitation Paying dues and being comfortable with your level How things have changed in the NFL Modifications based on age and position Bringing in a world record holder as a coach Expectations for this year Elitefts™ Collegiate Line Podcasts at elitefts.com™ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ Articles by Mark Watts Mark Watts' Training Log Elitefts™ Q&A Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes Mark Watts on Twitter
March 7, 2014
Bryan Mann: Assitant Director fo Strength & Conditioning and Assitant Professor of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy at the University of Missouri Dr. Bryan Mann has been competing in the sport of powerlifting since 1996. He is the assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Missouri where he has worked since 2004. He has many powerlifting accolades to his name in raw, single ply, and multi-ply lifting. He is a researcher and author, having written several research publications dealing with training in Division 1 athletics, specifically football. He has written three books, most notably the Complete Guide to Powerlifting for Human Kinetics with co-author Dan Austin. Articles by Bryan Mann http://articles.elitefts.com/author/bryan-mann/ Powerlifting by Bryan Mann & Dan Austin http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=134&m=PD&pid=6046 Developing Explosive Athletes eBook http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=370&m=PD&pid=6453 The APRE eBook http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=370&m=PD&pid=6366 Elitefts™ Collegiate Line http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=SR&SearchPhrase=collegiate Podcasts at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/coaching-training-articles/ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/sports-training/ Articles by Mark Watts http://articles.elitefts.com/author/mark-watts/ Mark Watts' Training Log http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=219&__N=Mark%20Watts Elitefts™ Q&A http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/ Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elitefts-sports-performance/id780826169?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Mark Watts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Elitefts_EduDir
March 3, 2014
David Allen, Elitefts™ Columnist & Owner of NBS Fitness David Allen is the owner and head trainer at NBS Fitness, the top training facility in Memphis, TN. David is a former college strength and conditioning coach who now works with personal training clients and athletes of all ages, professions, and experience levels. David played football in college while getting his degree in exercise science with a minor in nutrition. NBS Fitness is host to the best powerlifters, strongmen, bodybuilders, and serious trainees in Memphis. David currently competes in powerlifting and has previously competed in bodybuilding and Olympic lifting. Articles by David Allen http://articles.elitefts.com/author/david-allen/ Elitefts™ Collegiate Line http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=SR&SearchPhrase=collegiate Podcasts at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/podcasts/ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/coaching-training-articles/ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ http://articles.elitefts.com/category/training-articles/sports-training/ Articles by Mark Watts http://articles.elitefts.com/author/mark-watts/ Mark Watts' Training Log http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/training-logs.asp?tid=219&__N=Mark%20Watts Elitefts™ Q&A http://asp.elitefts.net/qa/ Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elitefts-sports-performance/id780826169?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Mark Watts on Twitter https://twitter.com/Elitefts_EduDir NBS Fitness http://nbsfitness.net/  
February 24, 2014
Interview with Martin Rooney Elitefts™ Articles by Martin Rooney http://articles.elitefts.com/author/martin-rooney/   Train to Win: 10th Anniversary Edition http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=135&m=PD&pid=6287   Rooney's Rules: Ordinary Thought for Living an Extraordinalry Life http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=135&m=PD&pid=6286     Training for Warriors: Trainig Secrets tha Every Fighter Needs to Win At http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=134&m=PD&pid=929   Parisi Speed School Training DVDs http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=CB&cid=276&bid=58   Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized pioneer of strength and conditioning for the martial arts. He holds a Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Furman University. Martin was a four-time All Conference, and four-time MVP performer in Track and Field at Furman and a member of the United States Bobsled team from 1995-1997, 2000. Following his exposure to MMA in the mid 1990s, Martin began training with Renzo Gracie and started training fighters shortly afterward. Since the foundation of the TFW system, Martin has traveled as far as Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Russia, England, Holland, Sweden, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Middle East to train, compete, and conduct seminars and help prepare world class athletes for competition. Martin has been the martial arts consultant to the NY Giants and the NY Jets for over 5 years and a coach on the 2007 IFL World Team Champion New York Pitbulls. Martin is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida and a black belt in Kodokan Judo under Olympian Teimoc Johnston-Ono. Martin has lectured for the American College of Sports Medicine, the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, the Finnish Coaches Association, American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Perform Better and has been commissioned by Nike to run speed testing camps at a number of major universities. Martin has also presented for numerous companies on leadership and teamwork including Fortune 500 companies such as Marriot International and Hasbro. Martin and his training have been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, Spike TV, Sports New York, Fox Sports Net, Fox Fight Game, the NFL Network, HDnet, NBC.com, Bodybuilding.com, tmuscle.com and in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, The Sporting News, Stack Magazine, FIGHT!, Fight Sport, Fighters Only, Grappling and Sports Illustrated for Kids. He has written five books called “Train to Win”, “Success Patterns”, “The Team Renzo Gracie Workout”, “Training for Warriors”, and “Ultimate Warrior Workouts”, the latter two published by HarperCollins. Martin is also on the editorial council of Brazil’s Gracie Magazine and a regular contributor to Men’s Health and FIGHT!. Martin has also produced a 10-part DVD series on the Parisi Training Method and a 2-part series entitled “The Secrets of GameSpeed”. In all, these products have sold in excess of 100,000 copies to date. In addition to training many world champion martial artists, Martin has also been a speed and conditioning consultant to the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona State University, University of Alabama, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, Montana State University as well as other athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA and numerous top Division I colleges across the country. He has also trained numerous Olympians including one gold, four silver medalists, and one US Olympic Trials champion. Over the last 11 years Martin has also developed one of the top NFL Combine training programs in the country producing the fastest athlete at the 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 NFL Combine and first place finishers at ten different positions, including five all-time records. 130 athletes Martin has trained have been drafted to the NFL including the #2 pick overall Chris Long in 2008. - See more at: http://www.trainingforwarriors.com/our-team/#sthash.j53KlzC0.dpuf Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized pioneer of strength and conditioning for the martial arts. He holds a Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Furman University. Martin was a four-time All Conference, and four-time MVP performer in Track and Field at Furman and a member of the United States Bobsled team from 1995-1997, 2000. Following his exposure to MMA in the mid 1990s, Martin began training with Renzo Gracie and started training fighters shortly afterward. Since the foundation of the TFW system, Martin has traveled as far as Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Russia, England, Holland, Sweden, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Middle East to train, compete, and conduct seminars and help prepare world class athletes for competition. Martin has been the martial arts consultant to the NY Giants and the NY Jets for over 5 years and a coach on the 2007 IFL World Team Champion New York Pitbulls. Martin is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida and a black belt in Kodokan Judo under Olympian Teimoc Johnston-Ono. Martin has lectured for the American College of Sports Medicine, the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, the Finnish Coaches Association, American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Perform Better and has been commissioned by Nike to run speed testing camps at a number of major universities. Martin has also presented for numerous companies on leadership and teamwork including Fortune 500 companies such as Marriot International and Hasbro. Martin and his training have been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, Spike TV, Sports New York, Fox Sports Net, Fox Fight Game, the NFL Network, HDnet, NBC.com, Bodybuilding.com, tmuscle.com and in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, The Sporting News, Stack Magazine, FIGHT!, Fight Sport, Fighters Only, Grappling and Sports Illustrated for Kids. He has written five books called “Train to Win”, “Success Patterns”, “The Team Renzo Gracie Workout”, “Training for Warriors”, and “Ultimate Warrior Workouts”, the latter two published by HarperCollins. Martin is also on the editorial council of Brazil’s Gracie Magazine and a regular contributor to Men’s Health and FIGHT!. Martin has also produced a 10-part DVD series on the Parisi Training Method and a 2-part series entitled “The Secrets of GameSpeed”. In all, these products have sold in excess of 100,000 copies to date. In addition to training many world champion martial artists, Martin has also been a speed and conditioning consultant to the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona State University, University of Alabama, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, Montana State University as well as other athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA and numerous top Division I colleges across the country. He has also trained numerous Olympians including one gold, four silver medalists, and one US Olympic Trials champion. Over the last 11 years Martin has also developed one of the top NFL Combine training programs in the country producing the fastest athlete at the 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 NFL Combine and first place finishers at ten different positions, including five all-time records. 130 athletes Martin has trained have been drafted to the NFL including the #2 pick overall Chris Long in 2008. - See more at: http://www.trainingforwarriors.com/our-team/#sthash.j53KlzC0.dpuf
February 19, 2014
Anthony Donskov Interview Donskov Strength & Conditioning is one of the premier training facilities in the country.  The biggest reason for this is its founder and head strength Coach, Anthony Donskov.   Donskov has established himself as one of the most knowledgeable and detail-oriented coaches in the industry.  His passion for continuing to improve as a coach in order to enhance the performance of his athletes is rivaled only by his undeniable core values in which he runs his business.     Every aspect of the comprehensive development of his athletes falls under these core values and the athletes at Donskov’s are immersed into a system of producing results.  There is a buy–in from the athletes and a collective culture of exceeding expectations from the coaches and interns.  Anthony Donskov is not only developing stronger, faster, and better conditioned athletes; but better young men and women. Elitefts™ Collegiate Line Podcasts at elitefts.com™ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ Articles by Mark Watts Mark Watts' Training Log Elitefts™ Q&A Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes Mark Watts on Twitter Donskov Strength & Conditioning
February 9, 2014
Buddy Morris Interview Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, my heroes were Pittsburgh sports figures.  The Steelers were almost surreal to me as a fan and other than attending Jack Lambert's Football Camp and training camps in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; they were untouchable.  The University of Pittsburgh Football players were in fact more than just giants of the game, they were part of our culture.  Guys like Jim Sweeney, Bill Fralic, and Mark Stepnoski were friends of my older cousins and in some way, almost like big brothers to all of us playing pick-up football in the cobblestone streets of the Iron City.  Dan Mario played baseball for my grandfather up until his junior year at Pitt. And, all of us "yinzers" were heartbroken when Tony Dorsett started wearing a start on his helmet and played for America's team.  The icon who prepared most of those men was why, in a round-a-bout way, I became a strength and conditioning coach myself.  Buddy Morris has always been someone who most of us looked up to.  Even when he told you things you didn't want to hear about training and physical preparation.  Coach X became a staple of elitefts.com and videos of when Dave and Jim visited he and Mylo when they were coaching the Cleveland Browns still rank as some of the top learning experiences. If there is one thing that is evident is that Buddy Morris was meant to be a strength coach.  Buddy makes no apologies for being who he is. He has the knowledge and the experience to validate what he believes, while always questioning whether there is a better way to do things. Buddy knows it was, is, and will never be about him. "Buddy's one of the All-Timers, he helped start this profession," explains Joe Kenn, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Carolina Panthers. "Nobody talks enough about Buddy being one of the pioneers." With over 3 decades of experience, no one can deny Buddy Morris' impact on the strength and conditioning profession and the athletes he has coached. Topics Covered in this Podcast Taking over at the University of Buffalo Outside influences on loading parameters Good players make good coaches GPP for the athlete Speed work and the strength deficit Combine training Collegiate vs. NFL training The age of the internet What Buddy has learned from Charlie Francis Who else has been influence for Coach X Speed Training for sport Advice for young coaches   Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast on iTunes Elitefts™ Iron Subcultrue Podcast on iTunes Download the ebook here! American Football Physical Preparation was written to expose football players, physical preparation and sport coaches, to the concepts of one of the original coaches of physical preparation for football, Buddy “Coach X” Morris. In this book, you will find information regarding the theory, methodology, bioenergetics, biodynamics, and bio-motor abilities, as they pertain to American Football. This information is unique, as it explains why football is an alactic-aerobic sport, which bio-motor abilities are most important, how biodynamics play into exercise selection, and how each team, side of the ball, position, and even individual, needs their own specific programming. In the final section of the book, you will find practical examples of training cycles, monthly blocks, training weeks, and individual workouts, all tailored for five distinct training groups: Line, Combo, Skill, Quarterback, and Kicker/Punter. As a whole, American Football Physical Preparation will give all readers an exclusive look, and insight, of how the training process is organized, programmed and implemented, in a large team setting for American Football. Buddy Morris is a strength and conditioning legend, bodybuilder, and rehab specialist who will run our Performance Center. He has over 31 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field. He has worked as the Head Strength Coach for the NFL Cleveland Browns as well as the Head Strength Coach for the University of Pittsburgh for 20+ years. He has coached 5 NFL Hall of Famers and trains NFL players year round. He is known nationwide and has contributed to numerous fitness magazines, books, and articles. His weight room at the University of Pittsburgh “The Pitt Iron Works” was named one of the top ten toughest gyms in America by Muscle & Fitness Magazine.  Buddy  was recently named one of the “65 Most Influential Strength Coaches of All-Time.”  Recently Tony “Goose” Siragusa, spoke highly of Buddy on Howard Stern’s radio show and in his new best selling book, “Goose.” Ask Buddy “Coach X” Morris a Question Articles by Buddy “Coach X” Morris Related Articles Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 6: Joe Kenn Interview Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 5: Todd Hamer Interview Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 4: Cam Davidson Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 3: Tom Palumbo Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 2: Chad Scott, Tim Kontos, & Jon-Michael Davis Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 1: Dan John Interview Elitefts™ Collegiate Line Podcasts at elitefts.com™ Coaching Articles at elitefts.com™ Sports Performance Articles at elitefts.com™ Articles by Mark Watts Mark Watts' Training Log Elitefts™ Q&A Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes Mark Watts on Twitter
January 28, 2014
James Clear Interview Transforming your Habits with James Clear What really drives success Transforming your habits Changing behavior Designing your environment for success Creating a personal annual review Repetition versus striving for perfection Dealing with criticism One thing successful people do www.elitefts.com www.jamesclear.com
January 27, 2014
Interview with Dan Stevens From the first time I met Dan Stevens, one thing was evident; he cares about the athletes he trains as much as he loves training himself.  His professional life revolves around it.  Stevens, who is the head strength and conditioning coach at Thomas Worthington High School and Worthington Kilbourne High School, has mastered the art of being two places at once… literally.  A distinction and job title he earned via a coin flip of all things, after budget cuts in the Worthington, Ohio school district. Stevens utilizes decades of under-the-bar experience and training athletes to and consistently build his knowledge base.  He is the epitome of a life-long learner, which is evident by his involvement with the elitefts™ Learn to Train seminars and the amount of correspondence he has with the best coaches in the profession. I sat down with Dan in the weight room at Worthington Kilbourne High School and like every other time I have interacted with Dan, I gained perspective about coaching on so many levels. Dan Stevens is a rock in a sea of new methods and under-qualified coaches. Stevens has survived the storm of change and has stood by his principles and his unwavering integrity.  Coach Stevens has one of the most important and influential jobs in the country, a fact he covets and a job he does extremely well. Topics Covered in this Podcast Balancing training between two high schools Training 5/3/1 in two days per week Training high school softball players What high school strength and conditioning programs really need Why more volume is important at the high school level Programming in 3-week waves Differences between training freshman and seniors Coach Steven's manifesto Specialization in high school sports Strength is the most important factor Five exercises Coach Stevens couldn't do without Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast on iTunes Elitefts™ Iron Subcultrue Podcast on iTunes Wish List: How I Became a Single Ply Powerlifter Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 6: Joe Kenn Interview Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 5: Todd Hamer Interview Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 4: Cam Davidson Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 3: Tom Palumbo Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 2: Chad Scott, Tim Kontos, & Jon-Michael Davis Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 1: Dan John Interview Five exercises Coach Stevens couldn't do without
January 5, 2014
Interview with JL Holdsworth & Nic Bronkall JL Holdsworth - Owner Nic Bronkall - Director of Strength & Conditioning The Spot Athletics Every time I travel to The Spot Athletics to met with JL Holdsworth and his staff, I learn a ton.  This time around, we filmed some plyometric videos with Nic Bronkall.  We also had an in depth discussion about weak muscle groups in the deadlift which forced my to review the basics of anatomy and physiology.  As usual, JL gave me some more drills and exercises to help with my weak points.  This time around, I got another drill to address my horrendous thoracic spine mobility issues using some bands. While talking to JL and Nic, it was evident of how much they are on the same page and how passionate they are about helping athletes achieve their goals.  Along with the rest of the staff, JL and Nic take pride in how and why they coach.  It is because of this universal disposition that The Spot Athletics is truly unique.    Topics Covered in this Podcast Rationale behind the Friday Technique Video series The internship process at The Spot Athletics Transitioning from the collegiate setting to the private sector Thoughts on conditioning The title of "Coach" Separating yourself Relationships with parents Assessing the needs of athletes Adapting programming from the assessment 5 drills or exercises every athlete should do 3 things you will never see The Spot Athletics' athletes do Specific skill vs. physical training  Articles by JL Holdworth Articles by Nic Bronkall JL Holdsworth's Training Log Nic Bronkall is the director of strength and conditioning at The Spot Athletics in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated with honors from Cleveland State University with a degree in health sciences with an emphasis on human factors and functions. He has also obtained his CSCS and USAW Level 1 sports performance certification as a coach. Nic worked under Tredell Doresy training and coaching a myriad Division I athletes. Nic also worked, for three years, as the strength and conditioning coach at a high school in north east Ohio. With a BA in Exercise Science from Wayne State, Masters work at University of Kentucky in Coaching, a USAW Level-1 coaching certificate and well over 20,000 hours of practical experience, JL Holdsworth is one of the most respected strength coaches in the industry. As a competitive powerlifter. JL has posted a 905 pound squat, 775 pound bench press, and 804 pound deadlift. He has also competed in mixed martial arts and grip competition.  He is the owner The Spot Athletics, where he works with athletes of all ages and sports disciplines. I believe in highly specific training for each clients’ goals, specific sporting demands and individual weaknesses.  Most trainers put together a cookie cutter program and give it to all their clients.  However, my lifelong endeavor to learn about the human body enables me to bring each person past what they thought was their physical limit.  My programs address all areas of strength, the appropriate energy systems and a systematic conditioning of the nervous system to handle increasing work loads.  This produces maximal results in minimal time.  I also believe that the Fascial planes are the gateway to a healthy body and through myofacial release and highly specific stretching this system is trained and improved.  This individualized, whole-system approach allows goals to be reached faster and athletic ability to improve beyond what most think is possible. Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast on iTunes Elitefts™ Iron Subcultrue Podcast on iTunes Related Articles Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 5: Todd Hamer Interview Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 4: Cam Davidson Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 3: Tom Palumbo Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 2: Chad Scott, Tim Kontos, & Jon-Michael Davis Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 1: Dan John Interview     Specific skill vs. physical training
December 30, 2013
Interview with Joe Kenn Part 2 Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Carolina Panthers Joe Kenn is undoubtedly one of the most influential strength and conditioning coaches in the industry.  The number of coaches that "House" has had an impact on stretches throughout the professional, collegiate, high school, and private sectors. Coach Kenn has been and mentor to me since I started reading his articles on elitefts™ and read The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook which outlines the Tier System; a system that I have used with my athletes with great success. Joe has become a friend and I am able to speak to him regularly.  I was honored to introduce him when he presented at the NSCA National Conference this past summer and privileged to be one of the first to review his new eBook: The Coach's Strength Training Playbook for Football before it was released.  Here is my review of his manual: In today’s saturated sports performance market, there are eBooks that surface left and right on various topics with an underlying motivation to make a profit. Most of these manuals turn out to be promotional platforms written by individuals who have never actually coached athletes in a team setting.  Real coaches want to cut through the creative formatting and flashy marketing without reading through another theoretical guide based not on anecdotal evidence but on personal beliefs.  This is not that kind of eBook. Make no mistake, Joe Kenn’s “The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook for Football: A Championship Program” is anything but watered-down and solely theoretical.  Coach Kenn opens the doors to an entire off-season of training in a detailed format.  This data was collected during the off-season training of a highly successful team in a BCS conference with a number of NFL drafted players.  No component of preparation was left undocumented including sets, reps, percentages, target times, and performance testing data. There is a reason Joe “House” Kenn is arguably the most decorated and influential strength & conditioning coach in the industry.  His attention to detail, straightforward guidance, and unwavering integrity is evident in every one of the 280 plus pages.  Coaches that truly want to help their athletes succeed on the football field and in the weight room will appreciate the effort and honesty of Coach Kenn’s writing.  This is the type of information that strength coaches covet and will flourish with.  A must read for any coach beyond the over-simplification of athletic performance. “The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook for Football: A Championship Program” is written from the sack. Words Win. It was an honor to do this interview, although it didn't feel much like one; more of a conversation that we have had many times before. Topics Covered in Part 2 of this Podcast Maximum Effort Training for the Front Seven Article Mental Toughness Young Coaches Platform and the"New Methods" Embracing the Process Surviving the Profession Advice for Young Coaches Coach's New eBook: The Coach's Strength Training Playbook for Football: A Championship Program Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast on iTunes Elitefts™ Iron Subcultrue Podcast on iTunes The Coach's Strength Training Playbook for Football: A Championship Program More from Joe Kenn: Articles by Joe Kenn  Joe Kenn’s Push, Jump, Punch e-book  Joe Kenn’s The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook  Joe Kenn’s Tier System Training System DVD Joe Kenn’s The Sled Work Outs DVD Joe Kenn is undoubtedly one of the most experienced and knowledgeable strength coaches in the industry.  As the head strength & conditioning coach of the Carolina Panthers and founder of the Tier System, coach Kenn is one of the most sought after presenters in the country.   Over the last 20 plus years, “House” has coached athletes at The University of Louisville, Arizona State University, The University of Utah, Boise State University, and his Alma Mater, Wake Forrest University.  The number of athletes and assistant coaches who have benefited from his guidance reaches throughout the profession.   The Joe Kenn File: Year Organization Position 2011 – Present Carolina Panthers Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 2009 – 2011 Big House Power Competitive Athletic Training Owner/ President 2008-2009 University of Louisville Director of Athlete Development 2003-2007 Arizona State University Head Coach of Sports Performance 2001-2002 Arizona State University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 1999- 2000 The University of Utah Director of Strength & Conditioning 1994-1998 Boise State University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 1991-1994 Boise State University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 1991 Wake Forrest University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 1989-1990 Pine Crest Preparatory School Assistant Football, Head Wrestling, & Head Strength Coach Awards: NSCA Professional Coach of the Year - 2013 CSCCa Master Strength & Conditioning Coach – 2009 NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year award – 2002 NSCA Mountain West Conference Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year – 2000 NSCA Big West Conference Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year – 1998 NSCA All-American Strength & Conditioning Athlete – 1988 Wake Forrest University Bill George Award – 1987 Related Articles Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 5: Todd Hamer Interview Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 4: Cam Davidson Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 3: Tom Palumbo Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 2: Chad Scott, Tim Kontos, & Jon-Michael Davis Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 1: Dan John Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 1: Dan John Interview
December 26, 2013
Interview with Joe Kenn Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Carolina Panthers Joe Kenn is undoubtedly one of the most influential strength and conditioning coaches in the industry.  The number of coaches that "House" has had an impact on stretches throughout the professional, collegiate, high school, and private sectors. Coach Kenn has been and mentor to me since I started reading his articles on elitefts™ and read The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook which outlines the Tier System; a system that I have used with my athletes with great success. Joe has become a friend and I am able to speak to him regularly.  I was honored to introduce him when he presented at the NSCA National Conference this past summer and privileged to be one of the first to review his new eBook: The Coach's Strength Training Playbook for Football before it was released.  Here is my review of his manual: In today’s saturated sports performance market, there are eBooks that surface left and right on various topics with an underlying motivation to make a profit. Most of these manuals turn out to be promotional platforms written by individuals who have never actually coached athletes in a team setting.  Real coaches want to cut through the creative formatting and flashy marketing without reading through another theoretical guide based not on anecdotal evidence but on personal beliefs.  This is not that kind of eBook. Make no mistake, Joe Kenn’s “The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook for Football: A Championship Program” is anything but watered-down and solely theoretical.  Coach Kenn opens the doors to an entire off-season of training in a detailed format.  This data was collected during the off-season training of a highly successful team in a BCS conference with a number of NFL drafted players.  No component of preparation was left undocumented including sets, reps, percentages, target times, and performance testing data. There is a reason Joe “House” Kenn is arguably the most decorated and influential strength & conditioning coach in the industry.  His attention to detail, straightforward guidance, and unwavering integrity is evident in every one of the 280 plus pages.  Coaches that truly want to help their athletes succeed on the football field and in the weight room will appreciate the effort and honesty of Coach Kenn’s writing.  This is the type of information that strength coaches covet and will flourish with.  A must read for any coach beyond the over-simplification of athletic performance. “The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook for Football: A Championship Program” is written from the sack. Words Win. It was an honor to do this interview, although it didn't feel much like one; more of a conversation that we have had many times before. Topics Covered in Part 1 of this Podcast Coaching in the grid of the NFL season The transition from the collegiate setting to the professional level In-season training and exercises density The evolution of the Tier System Limitations on coaching at the college level Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast on iTunes Elitefts™ Iron Subcultrue Podcast on iTunes The Coach's Strength Training Playbook for Football: A Championship Program More from Joe Kenn: Articles by Joe Kenn  Joe Kenn’s Push, Jump, Punch e-book  Joe Kenn’s The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook  Joe Kenn’s Tier System Training System DVD Joe Kenn’s The Sled Work Outs DVD Joe Kenn is undoubtedly one of the most experienced and knowledgeable strength coaches in the industry.  As the head strength & conditioning coach of the Carolina Panthers and founder of the Tier System, coach Kenn is one of the most sought after presenters in the country.   Over the last 20 plus years, “House” has coached athletes at The University of Louisville, Arizona State University, The University of Utah, Boise State University, and his Alma Mater, Wake Forrest University.  The number of athletes and assistant coaches who have benefited from his guidance reaches throughout the profession.             The Joe Kenn File: Year Organization Position 2011 – Present Carolina Panthers Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 2009 – 2011 Big House Power Competitive Athletic Training Owner/ President 2008-2009 University of Louisville Director of Athlete Development 2003-2007 Arizona State University Head Coach of Sports Performance 2001-2002 Arizona State University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 1999- 2000 The University of Utah Director of Strength & Conditioning 1994-1998 Boise State University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach 1991-1994 Boise State University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 1991 Wake Forrest University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 1989-1990 Pine Crest Preparatory School Assistant Football, Head Wrestling, & Head Strength Coach Awards: NSCA Professional Coach of the Year - 2013 CSCCa Master Strength & Conditioning Coach – 2009 NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year award – 2002 NSCA Mountain West Conference Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year – 2000 NSCA Big West Conference Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year – 1998 NSCA All-American Strength & Conditioning Athlete – 1988 Wake Forrest University Bill George Award – 1987 Related Articles Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 5: Todd Hamer Interview Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Episode 4: Cam Davidson Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 3: Tom Palumbo Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 2: Chad Scott, Tim Kontos, & Jon-Michael Davis Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 1: Dan John Interview Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast Episode 1: Dan John Interview
December 11, 2013
Todd Hamer Interview.  There are coaches in our field who have made tremendous sacrifices to help their athletes and their assistants to improve in every aspect of their lives.  Todd Hamer not only understands the importance of developing and mentoring student-athletes from a physical standpoint, but takes pride in facilitating them to make a positive impact in all facets of their maturing process. Todd Hamer is a friend and mentor who is continually combining a global, life-long learning process with real-world experiences which have made him one of the wisest strength & conditioning coaches in our field.  His track record of weight room management, long-term development of athletes, and the holistic preparation of assistant coaches is second to none. I have invited Coach Hamer to speak at the Central Ohio Strength & Conditioning Clinic on three separate occasions and have watched him coach at Robert Morris University and at the elitefts™ Learn to Train seminars.  There has not been an interaction with Todd that I have not learned something about coaching athletes, mentoring people, and bettering myself. This is an interview we did together at the Learn to Train 7 Seminar in November of 2013. Topics Covered in this Podcast Balancing the training of so many sports at a smaller university. Developing assistant coaches and preparing them for the next job. The gap between the science of strength & conditioning and the practical application of it. Being a thermometer versus being a thermostat in the weight room.  Articles by Todd Hamer The 2013-14 athletic campaign marks the sixth season for Todd Hamer as head strength and conditioning coach at Robert Morris. Hamer is responsible for designing and implementing programs for each of RMU’s 23 Division I intercollegiate sports. Named head strength and conditioning coach in May of 2007, Hamer came to RMU from George Mason University, where he served in the same capacity since 2004. At George Mason, Hamer was responsible for the women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, baseball, women’s soccer, softball and women’s track and field teams. A graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree, Hamer received a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to George Mason, Hamer was the head strength and conditioning coach at Marist College from 2002 to 2004. He worked with each of the 23 intercollegiate programs for the Red Foxes and was also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Marist College Fitness Center. Before taking the position at Marist, Hamer was an assistant strength & conditioning coach at The Citadel in Charlestown, South Carolina. In August of 2001, Hamer worked as a graduate assistant for Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU, he worked with soccer, field hockey, track and field and volleyball in all aspects of strength and conditioning. He also assisted in the design of a new 5,500-square foot weight room at VCU. A native of Moon Township, Pa., Hamer is a competitive powerlifter and competed in the International Powerlifting Association National Championships in 2002. He continues to compete and won the 2001 USAPL Virginia State Championship. In addition, he is a competitive member of the International Power Lifting Association. His best lifts are 545 pounds for squat, 425 pounds for bench and 540 pounds for deadlift. He is a regular presenter for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). - Courtesy of Robert Morris University Sports Information  
December 11, 2013
Cam Davidson Interview There aren’t many strength and conditioning coaches that get the opportunity to work with national championship teams or athletes. Cam Davidson has been a part of them in three different sports. Davidson, who is an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Nittany Lions’ Olympic Sports has worked with men’s ice hockey, track and field, the four-time national champion women’s volleyball team, and the three-time national champion wrestling team, among others.  Davidson also trains three-time national champion and Olympic hopeful shot-putter, Ryan Whiting. I had the privilege of witnessing Cam’s wisdom and his passion for strength and conditioning during his presentations, hands-on coaching, and his own training. He spoke at the Central Ohio Strength and Conditioning Clinic in May of 2012 on max effort training for female athletes where he displayed incredible knowledge of the scientific foundations and the practical application of his training modalities. Cam has the uncanny ability to communicate complex training methodologies in a very clear and enthusiastic manner. This summer while training at The Columbus Weightlifting Club, Cam visited the S4 Compound and coached me through the Olympic lifts.  He was also the key contributor on Olympic Lifting for Athletes: Using Static Holds to Improve Technique, published here on elitefts.com. Cam Davidson is a friend, mentor, and an outstanding strength and conditioning coach.  It was a pleasure to do this interview. Topics Covered in this Podcast 1. Cam’s Career Path 2. Transitioning from Small School Head Coach to Big School Assistant 3. Max Effort Training for Females 4. Being New to an Already Successful Program 5. Olympic Lifting Progressions for First-year Players 6. Four-Stage Squat Progression for Throwers 7. Training Athletes at the Highest Levels of Competition 8. Cam’s Biggest Challenges in the Profession Cam Davidson enters his first year as the Penn State men’s hockey team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2013-14. As an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University, Davidson also works with Penn State’s women’s volleyball and track & field programs. During his time in State College, he also assisted in the design and application for the strength programs for the three-time NCAA defending national champion Penn State wrestling squad. In addition to his work with the school’s teams, Davidson serves as the strength coach for Penn State volunteer throws coach and 2012 Olympian Ryan Whiting. Prior to working at Penn State, Davidson was the director of strength and conditioning at the College of Charleston from 2007-09. At Charleston, he designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for all 19 intercollegiate teams. Davidson began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Wyoming, where he wrestled from 2001-02. Davidson went on to earn his master’s degree from Marshall University in 2006, while working with many of its athletic teams. In 2006-07, he served as an assistant basketball strength coach at Clemson. A senior-level Olympic weightlifter, Davison has competed at the national level for the past three years. He is SCCC certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, CSCS certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has his Level 1 weightlifting certification through USA weightlifting, and has taken advanced certifications through Columbus Weightlifting and Totten Training Systems. - Courtesy of Penn State Sports Information     9. Athletes’ Impressions of the Coach’s Training
December 11, 2013
Tom Palumbo Interview I first met Tom Palumbo in 2006 when he visited The United States Military Academy at West Point. I was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Army and Tom was the associate head strength and conditioning coach at The Ohio State University, a position he held until the Spring of 2012. As the director of strength and conditioning at Denison University, I had decided to intern for Tom at Ohio State in the summer of 2007. Tom’s passion for getting his athletes better, his diligence and practical application of anecdotal research, his tenacious work ethic, and his unwavering integrity has made him one of the most respected coaches at the collegiate setting. I have witnessed firsthand, Tom Palumbo coaching in the weight room, mentoring interns, and presenting at conferences. I asked Coach Palumbo to present at three consecutive central Ohio strength and conditioning clinics, as well as many other regional and national conferences. As an internship coordinator, I would schedule multiple professional development trips each year. These were integral to the learning process for our student coaches. Tom has used his experiences from the University of Georgia, The Pittsburgh Pirates, and The Ohio State University to organize and institute Flagler College’s first ever strength and conditioning program. In this interview from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Conference in Kansas City, Missouri last May, Tom and I discuss his journey and transition through the coaching field. He goes into detail about programming, internships, and his frustrations within the industry. Topics covered in podcast: The career path The Challenges of starting a program from scratch Transitioning to a smaller school Using accommodating resistance Both sides of internships Off-season programming The stressors of the profession Dealing with sport coaches Tom Palumbo begins his second season as Flagler’s strength and conditioning coach. He is the school’s first full-time employee in that position and started July 9, 2012. Palumbo comes to Flagler from The Ohio State University where he served as an associate strength and conditioning coach since 2003. He directed the women’s lacrosse, women’s ice hockey, men’s swimming, women’s golf and rifle teams recently, but has worked with 28 sports during his time with the Buckeyes. Prior to Palumbo’s time in Columbus, he had a stint as the minor league conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was the assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Georgia (1999-01). He worked directly with 15 future Olympians as well as 33 all-Americans. Some of the notable student-athletes he worked with includes two-time gold medal winner Courtney Shealy (swimming), and gold medal winners Tessa Bonhomme (ice hockey) and Debbie Ferguson (track and field). Palumbo also worked with 2012 Master’s champion Bubba Watson at Georgia. A native of Savannah, Ga., Tom graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science degree in microbiology. He also earned a master of education in physical education and sports studies from Georgia. - Courtesy of Flagler College Sports Information
December 11, 2013
Chad Scott, Tim Kontos, and Jon-Michael Davis Interview I had the opportunity to sit down with three strength and conditioning coaches that I have the utmost respect for. Not only are these three gentlemen outstanding coaches, but they have been both friends and mentors to me. I was introduced to Tim Kontos many years back through elitefts™ columnist Todd Hamer. Tim is one of the most respected strength and conditioning coaches in the industry and his work ethic, practical knowledge, and unwavering integrity are unparalleled. I have known Chad Scott since the Spring of 2010 when he came to Denison University for a USA Weightlifting Certification and I met Jon-Michael Davis a few months after. In the summer of 2011, I brought my interns on a professional development trip to elitefts™ and also took them to Eastern Kentucky University. At the time, Chad Scott was still an assistant at EKU and he, Coach Davis, myself, and all of my interns spent the day talking shop. It was an invaluable learning experience for my guys as we talked about real-life coaching issues with brutal honesty. We also had a chance to poke fun at every stereo-typical coach, athlete, and NARP until I laughed so hard my face hurt. Chad and Jon-Michael are great men and role models for young coaches. We all sat down in the lobby of the hotel during the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association National Conference in Kansas City Missouri in May. We talked about how each of them got their start in the field, advice for young strength and conditioning coaches trying to break into the profession, and the biggest challenges of being a strength and conditioning coach.
December 11, 2013
Dan John Interview Dan John is one of the most influential and popular authors in the Sports Performance Community.  Dan has competed in Track & Field, Olympic Weightlifting, and Highland games a the highest level.  He was an All-American Thrower in the discus and still holds the American Record in the Weight Pentathlon. Dan John is the author of Intervention, Never Let Go, and Mass Made Simple.  He has also co-authored Easy Strength with Pavel Tsatsouline.  I had the opportunity to sit down and interview Dan for this podcast during the last day of discus camp.  Our discussion covered many topics including the need to write Intervention, his 4 quadrants, youth training in America, 3 musts for trainers, periodization, assessment, and teaching the hip hinge. For the last several years, I have made the trip to Granville, Ohio to visit with Dan at John Powell’s Throwing Camp on the campus of Denison University.  The first year, my assistants and I sat in an on-campus apartment and talked for hours about training, the industry, and life in general. To say if was a invaluable learning experience is an understatement. Year two found me making the trek to my former place of employment twice.  The first time ended up being an outstanding roundtable of sorts as Nic Bronkal, Elitefts.com™ Advisor, J.L Holdsworth, myself, Derek Fry, and Nick Showman joined John Powell and Dan John. Anytime, you have a collection of coaches able to share ideas without ego, everyone involved wins. Books by Dan John Easy Strength: How to get  lot Stronger than you Competition (with Pavel Tsatsouline) Intervention: Course Corrections for the Athlete and Trainer Mass Made Simple: A Six-Week Journey into Bulking Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Living, Lifting, and Learning Videos by Dan John Intervention: Course Corrections for the Athlete and Trainer Dan John 3-DVD Set: Everything’s Over my Head, From the Ground Up, and Carried Away Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia. An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record. Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri. As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems. His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline as well as From Dad, To Grad.
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