Episode 145: Dr. Michael Yessis - Soviet Sports Training System, Special Strength Training, and 1×20

This episodes guest is Dr. Michael Yessis.

Dr. 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. 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 skill technique and the physical qualities (strength) specific to the technique. By doing these exercises athletes improve their performance on the field very quickly.

Dr. Yessis is considered this country’s foremost expert on sports technique. Dr. Yessis has written 17 books in the sports and fitness field including Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Exercise, Build A Better Athlete, Sports: Is It All B.S.?, and his latest, The Revolutionary 1x20RM Strength Training Program.

In addition, he completed four renowned DVDs; Exercise Mastery, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for the Quarterback, Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Baseball and Specialized Strength and Explosive Exercises for Softball, as well as the CD books Explosive Tennis: The Forehand, and Explosive Tennis: The Backhand.

 

On this episode Wil and I discussed:

  • Doc's background
  • How difficult was it for Doc to grow up in America with Russian parents during the Cold War
  • The Soviet sports training system and the influences of anabolic steriods
  • The coaching education system within the Soviet sports system
  • We talk about that in order to to be a great specialist you will first and also concurrently need to be a great generalist. This is a common trend I see with all masters of a specific craft. The stronger and more diverse one's general base, be that in the attainment of a physical capacity or of knowledge, the greater the mastery over the specific domain. Speciality is built off a general base. The greater the general base the greater the mastery of the speciality.
  • Doc's Influences
  • Doc's Training Philosophy - Skill execution is King!
  • How Doc differentiates between a physical capacity issue vs a skill issue
  • The roles of general strength and special strength training means over the course an athletes career and development 
  • Doc gives us a detail description of the 1x20 method and how he came to formulate it
  • Doc discusses the criteria he uses in developing his prescription for special strength exercises
  • Doc talks about how he likes to program and organize the training process
  • Doc tell us about the biggest lessons his has learned over his career and life
  • What is Doc's current daily rituals and routines?
  • Doc's top advice and resources to all the listeners
  • And Finally - If Doc could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode with Dr. Yessis guys, and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,

RB

Show Notes:

doctoryessis.com

 

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Episode 144: Wil Fleming - Total Athletic Development

This episodes guests is Wil Fleming from Wilfleming.com, and Force Fitness and Performance. located in Bloomington, Indiana, in the US.

Wil Fleming is a sports performance coach and weightlifting who's expertise comes from years of training and coaching athletes in multiple sports. His athletes are routinely the most explosive, fastest, and strongest on the field.

As mentioned Wil is the owner of Force Fitness and Performance which has been open since 2008. Force boasts an impressive track record of success with 90 + athletes earning Division I scholarships and nearly 225 athletes moving on to compete at the NCAA level in Division I, II, III. Athletes from professional football, basketball, baseball, soccer and track and field have trained with Wil and his team of coaches at Force Fitness.

In addition to being a business owner, Wil has been an author of numerous books and training products for athletes and weightlifters alike including the Complete Olympic Lifting Handbook. Wil is the creator of the Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach Course, with nearly 1000 certified coaches around the world, using his teaching progressions. Wil has also contributed to publications like Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and T-Nation.

He lives in Bloomington, IN with his beautiful and supportive wife, Ashley, and their son Jack (and another one on the way).

On this episode Wil and I discussed:

  • Wil's background
  • Wil's personal and professional influences 
  • The good and not so good things that Wil see's within the Physical Preparation Profession, and what solutions he would offer up for the not so good things that he is seeing
  • Wil discusses the importance of knowing the difference between principles and methods
  • Wil gives us an in depth breakdown of his training system 
  • Wil's take on VBT training for Olympic lifting and their variations
  • Why Wil like's to utilize muscle cleans and snatches within his Olympic lifting prescriptions
  • Wil breaks down his technical model for teaching the Olympic Lifts
  • How Wil utilizes complexes within his prescription of the Olympic lift variations for increasing training volume, and also for correcting technique
  • Wil gives us his take on why he believes that Olympic lift variations are just one of many ways to develop power output and not the only way - Many roads lead to Rome
  • Wil discusses the difference in the programming and periodization schemes that he uses with this athletes vs his Olympic Lifters
  • Wil gives his top resources to all listeners
  • Wil gives his top advice to all listeners
  • And finally if Wil could invite 5 people to dinner dead of alive, who would he invite and why?

 

This was an outstanding episode with Wil guys, and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,

RB

Show Notes:

WilFleming.com

Wil's Book - Complete Olympic Lifting Handbook

Wil's DVD - Complete Olympic Lifting 

Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach

The Performance Podcast

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Episode 143: Adam Feit and Bobby Smith of RYPT - All Things Athletic Development

This episodes guests are Adam Feit of adamfeit.com and Bobby Smith of Reach Your Potential Training (RYPT), located in New Jersey, in the USA.

On this episode Adam, Bobby and I discussed:

  • Adam and Bobby's background's
  • Adam and Bobby's biggest influences
  • The good and not so good things that both Adam and Bobby see within the Physical Preparation Profession, and what solutions they would offer up for the not so good things that they are seeing
  • Bobby lay's out RYPT's 7 commendments
  • Bobby and Adam lay out RYPT's Training System
  • Why the guys feel training max velocity mechanics at the beginning of any athletes speed development is essential
  • The guys top rescources to all the listeners
  • The guy top advice for all the listeners
  • And finally if the guys could invite 5 people to dinner dead of alive, who would they invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode with Adam and Bobby.

Hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,

RB

Show Notes:

The Complete Guide to Training the Female Athlete

Complete Jump Training

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Episode 142: Eric Helms - Nutritional Hierarchy Part 3 or 3

This episode is Part 3 of our 3-part-series with Eric Helms, where we discuss all things to do with Eric's Nutritional Hierarchy from his Manual - The Muscle and Strength Pyramid - Nutrition Manual.

In this episode Eric and I disscuss the final part of the hierarchy - supplements.

We also discuss lifestyle habits and behavior traits that are important for long term dietary success.

Enjoy.

Stay Strong,
RB

Show Notes: 

Holistic Performance Nutrition Conference - November 18, 2017 

Shredded by Science Academy

 
3D Muscle Journey 

3D Muscle Twitter  

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Episode 141: Jim Kielbaso - Work-Life Balance, Long Term Athlete Development, and the IYCA

This episodes guest is Jim Kielbaso of Total Performance Training Centre and the IYCA. 

Jim is currently the director of the Total Performance Training Center in Wixom, Michigan where he still train athletes every day, and is also the current president of the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA). Jim has worked with thousands of athletes at all levels of competition from youth, high school, national level, collegiate, Olympic, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.

Jim went to Michigan State University for a BS in Exercise Science and received his MS in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. Jim was the Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Detroit Mercy from 1996-2002 and earned the distinction of NSCA Strength & Conditioning Professional of the Year for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League) in 1998.

Jim has written three books, produced multiple training videos and authored numerous articles. Jim's speed program Ultimate Speed Development has been used all over the world, and my book Ultimate Speed & Agility is considered by many to be the most practical speed mechanics and programming book on the market. Jim also wrote the Certified Speed and Agility Specialist certification curriculum for the International Youth Conditioning Association.

On this episode Jim and I discuss:

  • Jim's background
  • Jim's professional and personal Influence's
  • The importance of balancing his role as a father and husband with his role as a coach
  • Jim speaks about his training system
  • Jim speaks about how much of an influence coaches like Al Vermeil and Jonny Parker have been on him 
  • Jim walks us through a LTAD process within his training system
  • How practical training is the new functional training!
  • How Jim became the President of the IYCA and what is he vision for the IYCA going forward
  • Jim shares the biggest lessons he has learned so far in this career and life
  • Jim gives the listeners his top advice and resources
  • If Jim could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would Jim invite and why?

 

This was an outstanding episode with Jim guys, and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,

RB

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Episode 140: James Smith - How to develop your Critical Thinking Skills

This episode we have James Smith from Global Sport Concepts back on with me for his monthly interview on the ATSW podcast.

On our previous episode James discussed the topic of critical thinking and its importance when consuming information and formulating logical, and rationale conclusions.

On this episode James now discusses how we can potentially develop our critical thinking skills.

So essentially our previous episode was why and this episode is more of the how. 

This was another amazing episode with James. 

Enjoy my friends,

Stay Strong,

RB

 

Show Notes:

You can connect with James for consulting services here.

James' outstanding books can be found here also.

 

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Episode 139: Jeff Moyer - All Things Motor Learning

This episode we have Jeff Moyer from Dynamic Correpondence back on the show to discuss all things motor learning.

Jeff was previous on the podcast back on episode 137.

On this episode about motor learning Jeff and I discuss:

  • Where did Jeff develop his passion for motor learning
  • Hard skills vs soft skills
  • How does Jeff distinguish between a physical capacity limitation vs a skill limitation
  • Jeff's thoughts on sprint drills
  • We discuss the use of re-coordination drills post strength training
  • What is Proactive Inhibition (PI)
  • What is the role of megacognition, constructivism, and mediation in motor learning
  • The role of specialized exercise in motor learning
  • Jeff addresses some of the criticism's that some coaches have about special exercises
  • Jeff talks about what the true conjugate sequence system was really about
  • Jeff talks about the importance of embracing mistakes in the learning process
  • Jeff tells us about the biggest lessons he has learned so far in his career
  • Jeff gives his top advice to all the listeners
  • If Jeff could invite 5 people to dinner dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

 

This was a great episode guys and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,
RB

 

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Episode 138: Dr. Ken Kinakin - Rehabilitation, SWIS, and Playing Full Out!!

This episodes guest is Dr. Ken Kinakin

Ken is is a chiropractor, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has also competed in bodybuilding and powerlifting for over 30 years and regularly lectures across Canada and United States and Europe to doctors and personal trainers on the areas of weight-training, rehabilitation and nutrition. Dr. Kinakin is the author of "Optimal Muscle Training" and is the founder of the Society of Weight-Training Injury Specialists – SWIS that educates and certifies doctors, therapists and personal trainers in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of weight training injuries.

On this episode Ken and discussed:

  • Ken's background
  • Ken's influences
  • What was it like to treat Tony Robbins
  • The good and not so good things that Ken see's within the training and rehabiliation profession
  • Assessing and treating the brain when dealing with chronic rehabilitation issues
  • Ken gives an overview of his rehabilitation system
  • How SWIS started
  • We discuss Anabolic Steriods and the need for more open and transparent information and education to be made more easily available to the masses
  • Ken's top advice 
  • Ken's top resources
  • If Ken could invite 5 people to dinner dead or alive, who would he invite and why

 

This was a great episode guys and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,
RB

Show Notes:

Swis Video Flix - OUTSTANDING RESOURCE 

Society of Weight-Training and Injury Specialists (SWIS)

David Leaf

The Carrick Institute

Tony Robbins


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Episode 137: Jeff Moyer - Biomechanics, Special Strength Training, and Training Transfer

This episodes guest is Jeff Moyer from Dynamic Correspondence Sports Training, which is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jeff Graduated in 2004 from Hartwick College where he was a two sport athlete (Football & Track & Field).  Jeff has been a sport coach (Basketball & Football) at the youth, JV, Varsity and College level for football for over 10years.  Jeff has been in the strength in conditioning industry for over a decade, having worked in the medical, private, team, high school and collegiate settings, training clients from youth development, to rehabilitation and sport performance. 

Jeff has a relentless passion for all things physical preparation.  His pedagogy is heavily influenced by Eastern Bloc sport science, while apprenticing under Dr. Michael Yessis and Yosef Johnson of Ultimate Athlete Concepts.  Jeff has also been fortunate enough to extensively study with and work with Dr. Natalia Verkhoshansky, Mike Woicik of the Dallas Cowboys,  Louie Simmons of Wesitside Barbell and Fellowship under Dave Tate of EliteFTS.

Jeff has numerous published articles, podcasts and videos for various websites and publications. 

On this episode Jeff and I discussed:

  • Jeff's background
  • Jeff's influences
  • The good and not so good things that Jeff see's within the physical preparation profession, and what solutions would Jeff offer to help correct the not so 
  • Jeff speaks about biomechanics and transfer to training
  • Jeff gives us a deep insight into his training system
  • Jeff speaks about how to assess and training vision
  • Jeff speaks about special strength training
  • Jeff and I discuss variation in training
  • Jeff touches on some of his energy system training his does with his athletes
  • And much more

This was a great episode with Jeff and I hope you really it guys!

Stay Strong,
RB

Show Notes:

Vision Training - Dr. Bill Harrison - Slow Down The Game

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Episode 136: Jas Randhawa and Iordan Krouchev -All Things Performance Therapy

On this episode I had the pleasure of having two of my brother's from other mothers on the podcast!

Jas Randhawa and Iordan Krouchev.

Jas is the head of Performace Therapy and Sports Medicine at Altis in Phoenix Arizona. This is Jas' second appearance on the ATSW podcast. We previously had a great conversion back on Episode 122.

Iordan is a physiotherapist, and strength and conditioning coach based out of Action Sport Physio and at Core Excellence, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

On this episode the three of us discussed the following topics:

  • What research and area's of study the three of us were doing at the time that the podcast was recorded
  • We spoke about utilizing periodization strategies when applying different therapeutic inputs with athletes
  • We also spoke about the need to individualize and correctly dose performance therapy with athletes on a moment to moment basis. Just like we do when it comes to other aspects of the athletes preparation.
  • We touched on assessments and monitoring
  • Any big changes at Altis since Iordan and I interned there 

This was a great episode guys and I hope you really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,
RB

Show Notes:

Altis University - Foundation Course

Altis 360 

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