Episode 198: Elliott Richardson - Building a High Performance Program from the Ground up, MSc at St. Mary’s University, and How to get more from less in the weight-room!

This episodes guest is Elliott Richardson who is the head physical preparation coach at Acadia University.

Elliott is entering his third full year as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Acadia University. He is a graduate of Acadia’s Kinesiology Program before going on to play 3 years in the CFL. As an undersized athlete he attributes much of his success to the enhancement of his athletic abilities through year round training. More importantly the lessons that year round physical preparation taught him are the cornerstones of the philosophies he is looking to impart on current athletes who want to reach a higher level of athletic achievement.

Follow Elliott on Twitter @ERichStrength

On this episode Elliott and I discuss:

  • Elliott's background
  • Elliott and I touch on how constraints help you to be more creative
  • Elliott shares wit us the difference between American and Canadian football
  • I ask Elliott to share with us his influences 
  • I ask Elliott what are the good and not so good things that he currently see's with the physical preparation profession, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things that he see's
  • Elliott and I discussion auto-regulation 
  • I ask Elliott about his MSc dissertation that he completed in at St. Mary's University in 2018
  • I ask Elliott what have been the biggest lessons he has learned in his life and career
  • I ask Elliott how does his learn?
  • I ask Elliott to share with us his top life advice
  • Elliott and I speak about the issues with short-term training studies
  • I ask Elliott what is one thing that he does every day that is essential to his day?
  • I ask Elliott for his top and current book recommendations
  • I ask Elliott of he only had one year left on planet earth, how would he spend that year and why?
  • I ask Elliott, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?
  • I ask Elliott about his MSc experience at St. Mary's

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

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - www.acadiaathletics.ca

Facebook - Elliott Richardson

Twitter - @ERichStrength 

Instagram - erichstrength


Books Mentioned:

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Special Strength Training Manual for Coaches

Periodization 5th Edition 

12 Rules for Life

Game Changer


Podcast Mentioned:

Mind Muscle Project Podcast

Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Cosmos - PART 1/2 | London Real


People and Resources Mentioned:

St. Mary's University - MSc Strength and Conditioning Program

Jon Goodwin

Bill Hartman

Mike Boyle

Joe Kenn

Charles Poliquin

Mike Robertson

Eric Cressey 

Dan Baker

Dan Cleather 

Bill Bowerman

Phil Knight

James Smith

Buddy Morris

Malcolm Galdwell

Ken Seaman

Coach Cummins?

Evan Peikon

Max El Hag

Training Think Tank

Preliplins Chart

Bryan Mann

Mladen Jovanović

Keir Wenham Flatt

Yuri Verkhoshanksy

Val Nasedkin

Fergus Connolly 

Pat Beith

Dave Ballou

Matt Rhea

Neil deGrasse Tyson

London Real

Brian Rose

Dave Tate

Ron McKeefery

James Fitzgerald 

Mike Israetel

Mike Stone

Elon Musk

Malcom Galdwell

Liam Hennessy 

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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 

Complete Sports Nutrition

Complete Program Design

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