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

Stay Strong,
RB

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

T-Nation

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,
RB

 

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 

Belonging 

 

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,
RB

 

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

ALTIS

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

Jesus 

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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Episode 253 - Cal Dietz - current thoughts on enhancing human performance

He's back!

Cal has been an Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. During his tenure, Dietz has trained athletes that have achieved 400+ All-American honors, Teams that have won 33 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and 10 NCAA Team Champions. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, MMA and Professional Boxing.

On this episode Cal and I discuss:

  • How was Cal's Covid experience?
  • Whats new with Cal regarding his current thoughts on human performance
  • Cal discusses the GOAT drill
  • I ask Cal about the role of neurotransmitters in learning from the GOAT
  • I ask Cal about his assessment process with his athletes
  • I ask Cal how does he differentiate's between a technical issue or a capacity limitation?
  • Cal discusses the importance of training the feet for force transfer 
  • I ask Cal - how does he learn?

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

Stay Strong,
RB

 

Show Notes:

Website - www.xlathlete.com

Facebook - Cal Dietz

Twitter - @XLATHLETE

Instagram - cal.dietz

 

Podcast's Mentioned:

Mike and Brooker Show - Episode 21 Cal Dietz

Mike and Brooker Show - #46 Cal Dietz returns

 

Videos Mentioned:

The Goat Performance Drill Part 1 - Raise Your Performance Ceiling

The Goat Performance Drill - Part 2 - Advanced 3 Ring Method

The Goat Drill One - Example

The Goat Drill Front View

Functional Transfer Complex in the Structure of workout

Straight Leg Prime times 

 

Books Mentioned:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Everything Is F*cked: A Book about Hope

 

People and Resources Mentioned:

Dan Fichter

Perry Nickelston 

Chris Korfist

Albert Einstein

Deion Sanders

Dan Pfaff

Al Vermeil

performancemadesimple.com

Mark Manson

 

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Episode 252 - David Joyce - High Performance Training for Sports - Part Duex!

This episode's guest is David Joyce. David is the High Performance Leader and Strategy Specialist at Synapsing—a sports-strategy and decision-making consultancy.

For more than two decades in his career in elite performance, David has trained, rehabilitated, and maintained multiple world champions, Olympians, and more than 100 national champions. He was the Head of Athletic Performance of the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League. He is also the first athletic performance coach in history to work with team China after working with another national Olympic team.

On this episode Joycey and I discuss:

  • What's new with Joycey?
  • Why did Joycey get into consultancy work?
  • I ask Joycey if would ever considered returning to a full-time role with a sports organisation?
  • Why did he and Daniel decided to produce the 2nd edition of High Performance Training for Sports?
  • I ask Joycey on the structure the book, the contributors, and the topics covered within the book
  • I ask Joycey for his main take away's from this edition of the book
  • We discuss the chapter structure within the book
  • I ask Joycey if he and Daniel will produce a 2nd edition of Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation?
  • We discuss the timeline involved in the process for producing the 2nd edition of HPTS
  • I ask Joycey if Covid was a vice or a virtue in the production of HPTS
  • Joycey shares what a day in his life is currently like
  • I ask Joycey about parenthood
  • I ask Joycey how he learns?
  • I ask Joycey for his current and top book recommendations?
  • I ask Joycey if he meditates?
  • I ask Joycey, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead of alive, who would he invite and why?
  • Joycey shares with us the current services he provides and where he can be contact.

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

Stay Strong,
RB

 

Show Notes:

Facebook - David Joyce

Twitter - @DavidGJoyce

 

Podcast's Mentioned:

The Armchair Expert Podcast

 

Books Mentioned:

High Performance Training for Sports 2nd Edition

Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Integrating Medicine and Science for Performance Solutions 1st Edition

Radical Uncertainty

Atomic Habits

Honeybee

The Good Ancestor 

 

People and Resources Mentioned:

Daniel Lewindon

Brett Bartholomew

Nick Winkelman

Sam Robertson 

Jacqueline Tran

Matt Jordan

Martin Buchheit

Paul Laursen

John Kiely

Shona L. Halson

Lorena Torres-Ronda

Rett Larson

Stu McMillan

Jean-Benoit Morin

Darcy Norman

Keir Wenham-Flatt

Jas Randhawa

ALTIS

Mark Kilgannon

Woody Guthrie

Adolf Hilter

Barack Obama

Dax Sheppard

 

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Episode 251: Pat Davidson - A Coaches Guide to Optimizing Movement - Part 3 - Foundational Principles continued

In Part 3 Pat summarizes the first 3 of his foundational principles for optimizing movement and then goes onto discusses his final 3 foundation principles - Jacksonian dissolution, unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence, and the ability to climb up and down the evolutionary ladder

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

Stay Strong,
RB

 

Show Notes:

Website - patdavidson.net

Facebook - Pat Davidson

Twitter - @pat_davidson_

Instagram - dr.patdavidson

 

Books Mentioned:

A Coaches Guide to Optimizing Movement

 

People and Resources Mentioned:

Bill Burr

Connor Ryan

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Episode 250: Pat Davidson - A Coaches Guide to Optimizing Movement - Part 2 - Foundational Principles

In Part 2 Pat discusses:

  • Pat shares with us the content that is covered in his "Rethinking the Big Patterns 2.0" course. 
  • His current track and field training program
  • Pat's cover's the first three (of six) foundational principles from his book "A Coaches Guide to Optimizing Movement"

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

Stay Strong,
RB

 

Show Notes:

Website - patdavidson.net

Facebook - Pat Davidson

Twitter - @pat_davidson_

Instagram - dr.patdavidson

 

Books Mentioned:

A Coaches Guide to Optimizing Movement

How Much Should I Train

 

People and Resources Mentioned:

Bill Hartman 

Bill Hartman's Intensive

Iordan Krouchev

Connor Ryan

Derek Hansen

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)

Athletic Weapon

Al Vermeil

Bill Walsh

San Francisco 49ers

Renaissance Periodization diet app

Jordan Shallow

IFAST

Mike Boyle

Applications of Systematic Exercise Prescription Seminar

 

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Episode 249: Michelle Boland - Critical thinking, training principles, and making life decisions

This episode's guest is Michelle Boland from Michelle Boland Training (MBT).

Michelle grew up in central Massachusetts where her interest for athletics and playing sports began. Michelle played soccer, basketball, and ran track at the collegiate level while studying Nutrition. After reflecting on her life passion for athletics and sports performance training, she decided to pursue a higher education degree in strength and conditioning (M.S.) and exercise physiology (PhD) at Springfield College (MA).

Michelle has had several years of professional experience as a strength and conditioning coach at a Division 1 institution working with a nationally ranked top 5 Women’s Ice Hockey team, a nationally ranked top 10 Men’s Ice Hockey team, and other teams including Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Basketball. Michelle then created her own company, Michelle Boland Training, in order to support others in achieving their performance and fitness goals to the best of her abilities.

On this episode Michelle and I discuss:

  • Michelle's background
  • I ask Michelle about her "Strategy" course
  • I ask Michelle about her biggest influences
  • I ask Michelle about her training system
  • I ask Michelle how she has evolved as a coach and person
  • I ask Michelle about her decision making process throughout her coaching career and life
  • I ask Michelle if she could share with us any resources that could help people in their decision making processes
  • Michelle and I discuss core values and fulfillment 
  • I ask Michelle how she learns?
  • I ask Michelle, if she could invite 5 people to dinner, dead of alive, who would she invite and why?

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

Stay Strong,
RB

 

Show Notes:

Website - michelleboland-training.com

Facebook - Michelle Boland

Twitter - @mboland18

Instagram - dr.michelleboland

 

Podcast's Mentioned:

Physical Preparation Podcast - Building a Principles-Based Approach to Training with Michelle Boland

 

Books Mentioned:

Status Anxiety

Make it Stick

 

People and Resources Mentioned:

Bill Hartman 

The Intensive

Dan Sanzo

Pat Davidson

Springfield College, MA, USA

North Eastern University, MA, USA

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)

Robert Sapolsky

Daniel Kahneman 

St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Brett Bartholomew

Dan Boothby

Zac Cupples

Ben House

Doug Kechijian

Lucy Hendricks

Frans Bosch

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)

Mike Boyle

Dave Tenney

Joel Jamieson

Araon Davis

James Fitzgerald

Cal Dietz

Dunning–Kruger effect

Tri-Phasic Training

French Contrast Training

Fergus Connolly

Lee Taft

Justin Moore

Mike Robertson

Jim Kwik

Mary-Beth Cooper

Jordan Peterson

Ben House

 

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Episode 248: Derek Evely - Long term athlete development

This episodes guest sees the return of Derek Evely from EveltrakSport.com

On this episode Derek and I discuss:

  • Whats new with Derek
  • Derek shares with us his thoughts on long term athletic development (LTAD)
  • I ask Derek how would he educate parents on LTAD

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

Stay Strong,
RB

 

Show Notes:

Website - eveltraksport.com

Facebook - EveltrakSport.com

Twitter - @eveltrak

Instagram - eveltrak

 

Podcast's Mentioned:

Episode 100: Interview with Frans Bosch - Strength Training and Coordination

No Wristbands! We Drink For Free

 

Articles Mentioned:

Periodization Paradigms in the 21st Century: Evidence-Led or Tradition-Driven?

Periodization Theory: Confronting an Inconvenient Truth

 

People and Resources Mentioned:

Derek's educational courses and resources 

Dan Pfaff

Stu McMillan

Boo Schexnayder

ALTIS Education courses

Charles van Commenee

Frans Bosch

Kevin Tyler

Peter Tchiene

Iordan Krouchev

Dan Carlin

Hardcore History 50-55 – Blueprint for Armageddon Series

Tom Novak

Hammerman USA

Jim Coxworth

Dylan Armstrong

Shane Niemi

Gary Reed

Istvan Balyi 

John Kiely

Vladimir Issurin

Charles Poliquin

Neil Young

Mike Young

James Baker

Charlie Francis

Mike Smith

Vesteinn Hafsteinsson

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Episode 247: Chris Korfist - current thoughts on enhancing human performance

This episode's guest sees the return of Chris Korfist from slowguyspeedschool.com

On this episode Chris and I discuss:

  • What's new with Chris
  • Chris shares we us his current thoughts on hamstring training and rehabilitation 
  • I ask Chris how he navigated COVID-19 as a teacher
  • We discuss training methods to dampen neural inhibition
  • I ask Chris for his thoughts on using light and color to improve sport performance
  • I ask Chris for his thoughts on warm ups
  • Chris tells us about some of the new educational courses offered by RPR
  • I ask Chris about training the feet
  • I ask Chris about coaching pedagogy 
  • I ask Chris about his experience with England rugby and AUT in New Zealand

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

Stay Strong,
RB

 

Show Notes:

Website - slowguyspeedschool.com

Website - reflexiveperformance.com

Facebook - Chris Korfist

Facebook - Reflexive Performance Reset

Twitter - @RPR_system

Instagram - korfist1

Instagram - rpr_system

 

Podcast's Mentioned:

The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter - 33. Chris Korfist - Speed Expert, RPR Co-Founder, Author

Episode 215: Chris Korfist, Cal Dietz, and JL Holdsworth - Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR)

 

Books Mentioned:

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy, 1)

Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy

People and Resources Mentioned:

Bum Phillips

Ken Clark

John Cronin

Dan Fichter

Shawn Sherman

Dan Pfaff

Stu McMillan

Mike Boyle

Charles Poliquin

The Gait Guys

Shawn Allen

Bo Jackson

Eric Dickerson

David Montgomery

Mariana G. Figueiro

Deborah Zelinsky

Louie Simmons

James Fitzgerald

Postural Restoration Institute 

Joe Newton (coach)

Stan Reddle

Jon Clarke

Micheál Cahill

Eric Helms

Bret Contreras

Ulysses S. Grant

Abraham Lincoln

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