Episode 192: Max Schmarzo - Biometrics, Sport Science, and Human Performance

This episode's guest see's the return of my man Max Schmarzo from Strong by Science. 

Max is the Director of Sport Science and Research at Resilience Code, Chief Science Officer of Exsurgo Technologies and founder of StrongbyScience. He has written two books, "Applied Principles of Optimal Power Development" and "Isometrics for Performance".

Max was previous on the podcast with Matt Van Dyke back on episode 172

On this episode Max and I discussed:

  • Max gives us an update
  • Max talks to us about the gtech technologies available from Exsurgo and his trip to Brazil back in August
  • Max and I discuss - is it really important for ice hockey players to improve elastic-reactive strength?
  • I ask Max to share with us his thoughts on biometrics and utilizing exercise as a more predominant prescription of medicine going forward as a society
  • We discuss sports injuries from an evolutionary perspective 
  • We discuss the discuss the difference between health and sport 
  • Max gives us his thoughts on injury mechanisms
  • I ask Max about circadian biology's role in injury
  • We discuss chronotypes 
  • We discuss HRV
  • I ask Max to explain what is inferential biometrics 
  • We discuss holisitic and multi-disciplinary team approach to performance 
  • I ask Max how can head coaches and managers know if an individual is competent at their profession?
  • I ask Max -if he was made head of performance for an NFL team - what would he do?
  • We discuss data collection and privacy protection among athletes
  • I ask Max - whats next for sport science and human performance
  • We discuss the double edge sword of modern technology 
  • We discuss the importance of understanding human behavior 
  • I ask Max what was he currently reading and listening at the time we recorded this
  • I ask Max what did he have for breakfast
  • I ask Max who would he like to interview at the time we recorded this 
  • Max shares his thoughts on creativity
  • I ask Max, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why? 

This was a savage episode with Max, and I hope you all enjoy it!

Stay Strong,

Show Notes:

Website - strongbyscience.net 

Facebook - Max Schmarzo

Twitter - @strong_science 

Instagram - strong_by_science


Books Mentioned:

Why We Sleep

Governing Dynamics of Coaching


Podcasts Mentioned:

Joe Rogan Experience #1169 - Elon Musk

Joe Rogan Podcast

Just Fly Performance Podcast

How I Built This with Guy Raz

Documentaries and Videos Mentioned:

Fat Head

Robert Sapolsky - TED Talk - The biology of our best and worst selves

Born Strong

Conor McGregor: Notorious

People and Resources Mentioned:

Dr. Jack Kruse

Dr. Datis Kharrazian

James Fitzgerald 

Carl Valle

Omega Wave


Bill Hartman


Mat Fraser

Resilience Code

Ernie Davis 

James Smith 

Mattew Walker

Dr. Jeremy Koeing 

Scott Cochran

Nick Sabin

Brendan Egan 

Louis CK

Chad Wesley Smith

Victoria Falkner 

Elon Musk

Pat Davidson

James Hoffman 

Dan Pfaff

Tony Robbins

Patrick Ward

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Jacque Fresco

Bruce Lipton

Joel Jamieson

LeBron James 

Michael Jordan

Phil Knight

Steve Jobs

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