Episode 200: Zac Cupples - Optimizing human performance, the importance of communication skills, and an awesome Ronald Reagan impression

This episodes guest is my man Zac Cupples

Zac graduated from St. Ambrose University with a Doctor of Physical therapy in 2011, completing an orthopedic residency in 2013 to attain his OCS. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS), and has spent a bulk of his career studying and becoming certified in various lines of thought (Postural Restoration, FMS, SFMA, Dry Needling, Precision Nutrition, Certified Speed and Agility Coach, and many more).

You can check out Zacs full bio here.

On this episode Zac and I discuss:

  • Zac's background
  • What are the good and not so good things that Zac currently see's with the physical therapy and human performance professions, and what solutions would he offer for the not so good things he is seeing
  • I ask Zac - how can we teach and encourage critical thinking skills?
  • I ask Zac to share with us his model to optimizing human performance
  • Zac and I discuss the importance of having a social network
  • I ask Zac about his growth so far as a human being
  • I ask Zac how he has used adversities in his life to facilitate his communication when working with his clients?
  • I ask Zac when do we stop making allowances for peoples behavior?
  • I ask Zac to outline his in person assessment process with a patient
  • I ask Zac what have been the biggest lessons he has learned so far in his life
  • I ask Zac how does his learn?
  • I ask Zac for his top resources
  • Zac does an amazing Ronald Reagan impression
  • I ask Zac, if he had only 1 year left on planet Earth - how would he spend that year and why?
  • I ask Zac, 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 - www.zaccupples.com

Facebook - Zac Cupples

Twitter - @ZCupples

Instagram - zaccupples


Books Mentioned:

Bad Science


Obstacle is the way

The Ego is the Enemy

The Brain that Changes Itself


Extreme Ownership

Subtle Art of Not Giving Fuck

Biology of Belief

Why we Sleep

The Dichotomy of Leadership

Total Recall

Podcasts Mentioned:

Arnold Schwarzenegger Interview (Full Episode) | The Tim Ferriss Show (Podcast)

Videos Mentioned:

Arnold Schwarzenegger - A Great Man - Bill Burr

Songs Mentioned:

The Isley Brothers - Footsteps in the Dark, Pts. 1 & 2 (Audio)

The Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"

Articles Mentioned:

Why Do We Give Caffeine a Free Pass?

People and Resources Mentioned:

Bill Hartman


St. Ambrose University

Eric Oetter

Kanye West

Seth Oberst

St. Mary's University, London

Dan Cleather

Jon Goodwin 

Ben Goldacre

Mike Boyle

Tony Robbins

Jack White 

Meg White

Ryan Holiday

James Fitzgerald 

Jocko Willink

Charlie Sheen

Robert Sapolsky

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bruce Lipton

Mark Manson

Eric Barker

Eric Cressey

Sean Connery

Arnold Schwarzenegger


List of James Bond actors

List of American Presidents

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National Sports Performance Association

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Certified Speed and Agility Coach

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Certified Sports Nutrition Coach


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

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