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,


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