Episode 263: Pete Burridge - building a speed development model in professional Rugby

This episode's guest is Pete Burridge.

Pete is a First Team Athletic Performance Coach at Bristol Bears and heads up the speed training element of their program.

He joined the Bears after six seasons working with Leicester Tigers, having previously spent time coaching at Leicester City FC and at Exeter University. He holds a degree in Sport & Exercise Science from Loughborough University.


On this episode Pete and I discuss:

  • Pete's background
  • Pete's Influences
  • Pete's model for speed and agility development
  • I ask Pete about monitoring kinematics 
  • I ask Pete about agility development
  • I ask Pete about his pre-season microcycle set up 

This was a great discussion with Pete and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Twitter - @peteburridge


Podcasts Mentioned:

Physical Preparation Podcast - Alex Natera on Athletic Assessments, Isometric Training, and Repeat Power Ability 

Pacey Performance Podcast #403 - Peter Weyand 


People and Resources Mentioned:

Alex Natera

Stuart McGill


Frans Bosch

Nick Wickelman 

Alex Martin 

Kevin Geary 

Matt Reeves 

Joe DeFranco

Eric Cressey

Stu Phillips

Brad Schoenfeld

JB Morin

Prue Cormie

Rob Netwon

Jonas Dodoo

Les Spellman

Michael Zweifel 

Anthony Allen

Brett Deacon

Jamie Taylor

Johan Lahti

James Wild

A spreadsheet for Sprint acceleration Force-Velocity-Power profiling - JB Morin

Tom Cruise

The Last Samurai 

On Form App

Superimpose App

Peter Weyand

Patrick Mahomes

Shawn Myszka

Loren Landow

Al Vermeil 

Mike Boyle


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Episode 262: David Grey - Models, business, and learning

This episode's guest is David Grey.

David is the CEO of David Grey Rehab.

Originally an athlete himself, he was plagued with pain and injuries, and became very frustrated with the traditional “solutions” that were being offered. 

Deciding to take matters into his own hands, David spent over 10 years travelling the world, learning from some of the best minds in the industry.

It became very clear to him that the traditional rehab model of isolated stretching and strengthening was a very poor and inefficient way of helping people.

David has developed his own unique method of helping people with their pain and movement, and he now works with clients from all walks of life.

He regularly rehabs some of the the best athletes in the world, has delivered workshops and seminars internationally, and regularly consults with top Coaches & Therapists to help them get even better results with their own clients.


On this episode David and I discuss:

  • David's background
  • What is David's model?
  • Assessment 
  • Prescription of split squats
  • Frans Bosch's influence on David
  • David's learning process
  • Biggest lessons David have learn so far in his life
  • Business advice
  • What David does to unwind?
  • What does David's typical day look like?
  • David's top resources for coaches and rehabilitation specialists
  • If David could spend a week learning from 3 individuals who would he choose to learn from and why?
  • What's next for David Gray Rehab?

This was a great discussion with David and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - davidgreyrehab.com

Facebook - David Grey Rehab

Instagram - davidgreyrehab

YouTube - David Grey Rehab


Upcoming Workshops from DGR - 2022 & 23:

Sweden - November 19-20th 2022

Melbourne - February 4-5th 2023

Sydney - 11-12th 2023


Books Mentioned: 

The Four Agreements 

Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System: Foundations for Rehabilitation 3e

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Basic Biomechanics 

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 16th edition - Gerard J. Tortora (Author), Bryan H. Derrickson 

Strength Training and Co-ordination 


Video's Mentioned:

Plyo Swing- Westside-Barbell


Podcasts Mentioned:

Joe Rogan Experience #1109 - Matthew Walker

DGR Podcast - #13 Matt McInnes Watson on Plyometrics


People and Resources Mentioned:

Gary Ward

Ido Portal

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) - National Training Centre (NTC)

Setanta College

Dave O'Sullivan

Frans Bosch

David Weck

Albert Einstein

Kate Veale 

Bill Hartman

John Kiely

Mike Boyle

MVP Shuttle

Louie Simmons

Max Schmarzo

Ben Patrick (knees over toes)

Yuri Verkhoshansky 

Charles Poliquin

Raymond Verheijen

Newell's theory of constraints

Charlies Francis 

Dr. Antoliy Bondarchuk

James "The Thinker" Smith 

Jim Kwik 

Tim Ferriss 

Dave Asprey 

Joseph Chilton Pearce 

Occam's razor

Warren Buffett

Danny Lennon

Dan Harris

Mattew Walker

Paul Chek

Gary Gray

Matt McInnes Watson

Yosef Johnson - Ultimate Athletes Concepts

Tony Robbins

Tiger Woods

Marcus Aurelius

Ryan Holiday

Joel Smith 

Patrick Ward

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Episode 261: Brendon Rearick - Communication, coaching longevity, fatherhood, and learning

This episode's guest is Brendon Rearick.

Brendon Rearick is a husband, father, strength coach, public speaker, teacher, business owner, ice cream lover, and bookworm. Beyond the labels, his purpose for living is: to make exercise the number one prescribed drug in the world, to spread the positive by-products of movement & coaching as far as he can, and to Collect Moments, Not Things. Any decision he faces is put up against these values; and if it doesn’t align, he doesn’t do it. 

Because life's not about what we have, but who we share it with.


On this episode Brendon and I discuss:

  • Brendon's background
  • Brendon's thoughts on communication as a coach
  • I ask Brendon how he improved his communication skills?
  • We discuss coaching burnout
  • We discuss fatherhood
  • I ask how Brendon Learns?

This was a great discussion with Brendon and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - www.brendonrearick.com

Facebook - Brendon Rearick

Twitter - @BrendonRearick

Instagram - coachbrendonrearick


Books Mentioned: 

Coaching Rules: A How-to Manual for a Successful Career in Strength and Fitness


The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal


People and Resources Mentioned:

Mike Boyle

Kevin Carr


Dan John

Eric Cressey

Jim Wendler

Nicole Rodriguez

Steve Bunker

Bob Hansen

Dan Campbell 

Mel Siff

Art of Coaching - Brett Bartholomew

Fit to Speak - Jenny Rearick


Thomas Plummber

Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)

Stu McMillan 

Anthony Donskov

Tony Robbins

Joe Ehrmann

Jas Randhawa

John Boyd - OODA Loop


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Episode 260: Anthony Donskov - Coaching, training models, and learning

This episode's guest is Anthony Donskov.

Anthony Donskov is the founder and head performance coach at Donskov Strength and Conditioning. He’s also the author of two books; Physical Preparation for Hockey: Biological Principles and Practical solutions, and The Gain, Go, Grow Manual: Programming for High Performance Hockey Players. 

Anthony hold's an undergraduate degree from Miami University, Ohio, a Masters Degree in Exercise Science from The California University, PA, and PhD in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Western University, London, Ontario. 


On this episode Anthony and I discuss:

  • Anthony's background?
  • What was Anthony's PhD dissertation in?
  • Why did Anthony go from a business education to a career in strength and conditioning
  • Anthony's biggest influences?
  • Why is Anthony a coach?
  • I ask Anthony about coaching burn-out
  • Anthony's shares with us his training model
  • I ask Anthony about elastic-reactive strength development with ice-hockey players
  • How does Anthony Learn?
  • Anthony's top and current book recommendations
  • If Anthony could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was a great discussion with Anthony and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,

Show Notes:

Website - donskovsc.com

Facebook - Anthony Donskov

Twitter - @AnthonyDonskov

Instagram - anthonydonskov


Podcasts Mentioned:

The Pinnacle Performance Podcast 2. Q&A - My Story, Top 3 Things Young Coaches can do to Get Ahead, Building a Business, & Biggest Mistakes of my Career

ATSW - Episode 55: Interview with Buddy Morris

Renegades: Born in the USA 


Books Mentioned: 

Physical Preparation for Ice Hockey

The Gain, Go, Grow Manual: Programming for High Performance Hockey Players

Force: The Biomechanics of Training

The Tyranny of Metrics

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration 

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics

Objective Knowledge: An Evolutionary Approach

Man's Search for Meaning 


People and Resources Mentioned:

The High Performance Hockey MasterClass

Westside Barbell

Mike Boyle


Conor Harris

Chris Poulin

Jen Poulin

John McMahon

St. Mary's University - MSc Strength and Conditioning 

Dan Dalrymple 

Fergus Connolly

Dan Pfaff

Brett Bartholomew

Joe "House" Kenn

Hawkin Dynamics

Devan McConnell

Jim Reeves

Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Derek Evely

Martin Bissinger

James "The Thinker" Smith 

Yuri Verkhoshansky 

Frans Bosch

Charlie Francis

Buddy Morris

Stu McMillan

Karl Popper

Tupac Shakur 

Bruce Springsteen

Dan Cleather 

Aaron Haspel

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Episode 259: Tim Caron - Influences, training system, and strength deficit

This episode's guest is Tim Caron.

Tim is the head coach at Allegiate. Tim's last stop before Allegiate was as head strength and conditioning coach for football at Army West Point. He served in that role for three seasons, the final of which Army defeated Navy for the first time in fifteen years. Prior to that, Tim was an associate strength coach at USC where he was in charge of swimming and diving, and assisted with football. He was directly in charge of nutrition, return to play, and the football’s internship program. 


On this episode Tim and I discuss:

  • Tim's background?
  • Tim's influences
  • I ask Tim about his training system
  • Why did Tim write "Strength Deficit"

This was a great discussion with Tim and I hope you guys really enjoy it

Stay Strong,

Show Notes:

Website - Coach Tim Caron

Instagram - coachtimcaron


Podcasts Mentioned:

Performance Health Podcast 

How I Built This - NPR

Books Mentioned: 

Strength Deficit


Good to Great 

American Caesars


People and Resources Mentioned:

Mark Kilgallon (No internet contact information)

Tim Mullen 

Craig Fitzgerald 

Eric Ciano 

Neal Peduzzi 

Aaron Ausmus

Noel Durfey 

Bobby Knight 

Mike Boyle

Charles Poliquin 

Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s

Stu McMillan

Charlie Francis 

Bill Hartman 

Isaac Newton

Abraham Lincoln 

Charles Darwin

Robert Hooke


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Episode 258: Robert Jacobs - Charles Poliquin, Jack Kruse, and Coaching

This episode's guest is Robert Jacobs from Outlaw Strength.

As an international Lecturer/Coach and Published author, Rob has spent the last 21 years as a strength and conditioning coach.  Coaching professional athletes, physique and bikini competitors, strongman competitors, title holders and World Champions in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Judoka's for Team USA.

Rob has worked with a diverse range of athletes; coaching Olympians and medalists in the sports of Soccer, National Champions in Track & Field, and NFL athletes from the Bengals, Giants and Vikings. Proudly, he has coached over 31 athletes in multiple sports to NCAA Division 1 scholarships.  

Rob has been coached and mentored privately by the late Charles Poliquin.  He has spent years studying directly under Charles and other acclaimed coaches like Loren Seagrave (Track & Field), Boris Sheiko (powerlifting) Jud Logan (Track & Field), Derek Woodske, Andre Benoit and functional medicine doctors Dr Robert Silverman and Dr. Bob Rakowski.  

Throughout his time coaching, Rob has also spent time as a head coach for Track and Field events like the Hurdles, Triple Jump, and Long Jump. He is currently an active strongman competitor who has competed at the USS National Championships

On this episode Rob and I discuss:

  • Rob's background?
  • Charles Poliquin's influence on Rob
  • Rob's training system
  • I ask Rob for his thoughts on Charles Biosignature 
  • How did Rob get introduced to Jack Kruse's work?
  • We discuss client buy in

This was a great discussion with Rob and I hope you guys really enjoy it

Stay Strong,

Show Notes:

Website - outlawstrength.com

Instagram - robertcjacobs


Podcasts Mentioned:

Muscle Intelligence Podcast - Episode 33 - The Coach's Coach - Phil Learney

Books Mentioned: 

Lights Out 

Why We Sleep 


People and Resources Mentioned:

Charles Poliquin

Jack Kruse

Eoin Lacey

John Connor

Andre Benoit

Paul Chek

Ian King

Louie Simmons

Tim Caron

Poliquin Iinternational Certification Program (PICP)

Phil Learney

Ben Pakulski 

Bruce Lee

Mark Houston 

Andrew Huberman

Eric Helms

OPEX Fitness

James Fitzgerald 

Braverman Test 

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Episode 257: Jim Kielbaso - President & CEO of the IYCA discusses long-term athletic development (LTAD)

This episode's see's the return of Jim Kielbaso.

Jim Kielbaso is currently the President & CEO of the International Youth and Conditioning Asssociation (IYCA).

Jim was previously on episode 141.

On this episode Jim and I discuss:

  • What's new since we last spoke?
  • Jim's background and how he got involved in the IYCA
  • I ask Jim about the IYCA's - Certified Athletic Development Specialist (CADS) course
  • We discuss long-term athletic development (LTAD) for 6-11 year olds
  • I ask Jim at what age should you start testing physical qualities with youth athletes?
  • We discussed about the importance of adversity in the development of youth athletes

This was a great discussion with Jim and I hope you guys really enjoy it

Stay Strong,

Show Notes:

Website - jimkielbaso.com

Website - iyca.com

Facebook - International Youth Conditioning Association

Twitter - @IYCA


Books Mentioned:

Ultimate Speed & Agility


People and Resources Mentioned:

IYCA certification, courses and resources 

Certified Athletic Development Specialists (CADS)

Mike Gittleson

Ryan Giggs 

Frans Bosch

Dave Jack

Kwame Browne

Brett Klika

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Episode 256: Bret Contreras - A discussion on hypertrophy

This episode's guest is Bret Contreras.

You all know who Bret is!

On this episode Bret and I discuss:

  • What's new since we last saw each other in February 2017?
  • I ask Bret about long-term hypertrophy development 
  • I ask Bret about quad development for a tall individual
  • Bret talks about his "Strong Lifts" program
  • I ask Bret about the mind-muscle connection
  • I ask Bret about the importance of both mechanical tension and volume.
  • I ask Bret if he ever takes a 1-2 week break from heavy lifting?

This was a great discussion with Bret and I hope you guys really enjoy it

Stay Strong,

Show Notes:

Website - bretcontreras.com

Facebook - Bret Contreras PhD

Twitter - @bretcontreras

Instagram - bretcontreras1


Books Mentioned:

Christian Thibaudeau's Guide to Hypertrophy


Research Mentioned:

Understanding effort in task performance

People and Resources Mentioned:

Chris Beardsley

Mel Siff


Christian Thibaudeau

Vince Gironda

Jay Culter

Dorian Yates

Tom Platz

Lee Priest 

Chris Cormier

James Steele

Dante Trudel

Dog Crap (DC) Training

Scott Stevenson 

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Episode 255: Tom Clough - Head of Athletic Performance at Ulster Rugby

This episodes guest if Tom Clough.

Tom is currently the Head of Athletic Performance at Ulster Rugby.

On this episode Tom and I discuss:

  • Tom's background?
  • Why did Tom intern at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)?
  • How did Tom support himself financially during his internship at MBSC?
  • How did Tom deal with a year out of coaching when he got let go from Bradford Bulls?
  • Who have been Tom's biggest influences on him both professionally and Personally?
  • I ask Tom, what are the good and not so good things he currently see's within the physical preparation field, and what solutions would he offer to counteract the not so good things he currently see's
  • We discuss work-life balance and coaching burn-out
  • What is Tom's exact role at Ulster Rugby?
  • How does Tom create an interdisciplinary coaching staff at Ulster Rugby?
  • How does Tom create an environment for continually feedback?
  • How are final decisions made at Ulster Rugby?
  • How much information does Tom need to present to the Head coach on a daily basis?
  • How has Tom developed his communication and leadership skills?
  • What is a typical day and week like at Ulster Rugby for Tom currently?
  • What does Tom do for his own training currently?
  • How does Tom learn?
  • What are Tom's top and current book recommendations?
  • I ask Tom, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was a great discussion with Tom and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Facebook - Tom Clough

Twitter - @TCloughie

Instagram - s21tac


Podcasts Mentioned:

Episode 246: Keir Wenham-Flatt - The future of coaching education

Books Mentioned:

Green lights

Never split the difference 



People and Resources Mentioned:

Huddersfield Giants

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)

Bradford Bulls

Kevin Till 

Ben Jones 

Eric Cressey

EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance)

Hull Kingston Rovers

Ulster Rugby

Mike Boyle

Francis Cummins

Jamie Peacock

Tim Sheens

Dan McFarland

Nick Winkelman 

Joel Smith 

Keir Wenham-Flatt

Jason Cowman

Matt Godfrey

Shane Carney

Mikey Kiely

Matt Maguire

Matt Daniels

Nathan Mill

Gary Vaynerchuk


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Episode 254: Augustine Agyei - Lead Performance Coach at Landow Performance

This episodes guest is Augie Agyei. Augie is the performance coach director, NFL & NFL combine prep lead performance coach, and internship director at Landow Performance, CO, USA. 

Augie is certified through the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and through Greg Roskopf’s Muscle Activation Techniques as a Muscle Activation Technique Specialist. His mix of experience and knowledge provides a well-rounded approach to the way he interacts and train his athletes. Under Loren, he has had opportunities to work and or assist with athletes in the NFL, MLB, professional MMA organizations, collegiate, and high school athletes from all sports as well. He has been assisting Loren with the Combine Prep for 3 years now.

On this episode Augie and I discuss:

  • Augie's background?
  • What did Augie learn from his time selling cell phone sells that he now applies to his coaching today
  • What is Augie's role at Landow Performance
  • Augie outlines the training system that is executed at Landow Performance
  • I ask Augie about data collection among some of the athletes at Landow Performance
  • We discuss program design
  • We discuss agility training 
  • Who have been Augies biggest influences on him as both a person and as a coach
  • What advice would Augie give to young coaches?
  • I ask Augie how does his learn?
  • Augie gives us his current and top book recommendations
  • I ask Augie, what are the good and not so good things he currently see's within the strength and conditioning field and what solutions would he offer to counteract the not so good things he currently see's?
  • I have Augie, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was a great discussion with Augie and I hope you guys really enjoy it

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - landowperformance.com

Facebook - Augustine Agyei

Twitter - @Persistence21

Instagram - persistence21


Books Mentioned:

Make it stick

Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great

People and Resources Mentioned:

Loren Landow


Dan Pfaff

Fergus Connolly

Brett Bartholomew 

Deci & Ryan - Self determination theory

Eric Telly

Amber Felchle

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)

Shawn Myszka

Rob Gray 

Marco Candido

Mike Guadango

Charlie Francis 

Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik’s FAST Method Will Help You Learn Faster


Abraham Lincoln

Martin Luther King Jr

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Jacque Fresco

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride

Nelson Mandela

Maya Angelou

Michael Jordan

Adolf Hitler

Michael Jackson

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