Episode 191: Mike Guadango - Coaching, business, learning, and life lessons

This episodes guest is Mike Guadango from Freak Strength.

Mike is currently a coach, writer & owner at Freak Strength and has been coaching for over 10 years. He has coached many levels of athletes from NFL, MLB, NBA, MLL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Olympic medalists to pre-pubescent athletes.  He has also consulted for high caliber athletes and coaches worldwide. He has worked with 10+ NFL Super bowl Champs, 10+ All-Pro/Pro-bowl selections, 5+ College National Champions, 10+ Division 1A All-Americans, 20+ Collegiate All-Americans & players from every Division 1 conference.

On this episode Mike and I discuss:

  • Mike's background & Influences
  • I ask Mike about how open was Joe DeFranco to the training concepts Mike brought to him after his internship at University of Pittsburgh under Buddy Morris and James Smith
  • I ask Mike why did he go into the private coaching sector vs the professional or collegiate coaching route?
  • I ask Mike about his training philosophy
  • I ask Mike for his thoughts on aerobic development
  • I ask Mike - what are the good and not so good things that he currently see's with the physical preparation and sport science professions, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things he is seeing
  • I ask Mike - what have been the biggest lessons he has learned so far in his life
  • I ask Mike if he only had 1 year left on Planet Earth - how would he spend that year and why?
  • I ask Mike if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?


This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - freakstrength.com

Facebook - FreakStrength.com

Twitter - @Guadango

Instagram - freakstrength

Books Mentioned:


Why Zebra's Don't Get Ulcers

The Body Keeps Score


Money: Master the Game

People and Resources Mentioned:

Joe DeFranco

Buddy Morris

James Smith 

Dan Pfaff

Chad Wesley Smith 

Louie Simmons

Mike Boyle 

Cameron Josse

Bill Parisi

Fergus Connolly

Mark Verstegen 

Charlie Francis

Robert Sapolsky 

Robert Sapolsky - Human Behavioral Biology

Mladen Jovanović

Keir Wenham-Flatt

Jon Goodwin

Anatoily Bondarchuk

Derek Evely's - Online Bondarchuk course

ALTIS Foundation course  

Joseph Stalin 

Ray Dalio


Genghis Khan

Adolf Hilter

Ben Johnson

Donovan Bailey

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Athletes Acceleration

Complete Warm Up

Complete Speed Training

Complete Speed Games

Complete Jumps Training

Complete Olympic Lifting

Complete Youth Training

Complete Guide to Training the Female Athlete

Complete Core

Complete Sports Conditioning 

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