Episode 222: Mike Potenza - Optimizing Adaptation and Performance

This episodes guest is Mike Potenza

Mike is the Strength and Conditioning coach for the San Jose Sharks and Owner/Partner Tactical Fitness and Performance. 

Mike along with Kevin Neeld and James LaValle are releasing their educational product "Optimizing Adaptation and Performance", which goes on sale 29/10/19.

On this episode:

  • Mike gives us his background
  • Why did Mike, Jim and Kevin produce "Optimizing Adaptation and Performance"
  • I ask Mike how many times a year is he looking at his athletes blood chemistry
  • I ask Mike how has Jim LaValles work influenced his programming
  • We discuss nutritional protocols for concussion rehabilitation
  • I ask Mike how does Jim objective his nutritional interventions
  • I ask Mike how he tries to regulate his players biological rhythms and exposure to proper light spectrum's?
  • I ask Mike for his top and current book recommendations
  • I ask Mike how he learns?
  • I ask Mike how does he decide what information he can trust
  • 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:

Email: mpotenza@sjsharks.com

Twitter - @mike_potenza

Podcasts Mentioned:

Strength Coach Podcast- Episode 255- James LaValle on Metabolism, Cortisol, Minerals and Bloodwork

Books Mentioned:


Chop Wood and Carry Water


People and Resources Mentioned:

Mike Boyle

Glenn Harris

Sean Hayes

Brandon Marcello

Mark Verstegen 

James LaValle

Kevin Neeld

Dr. Michael Kucera

University of Wisconsin

Stanford University

Colgate University

San Jose Sharks

Dr. Brian Thompson  

Bryan Glover 

Chicago Blackhawks

Dr. Jack Kruse

Anatomy Trains

Functional Movement Screen

Doug Wallace

Datis Kharrazian 

Tony Holler

Joe Pavelski

Vern Gambetta

Gary Gray


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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

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