Episode 223: Dan Baker PhD - LTAD and the coaching profession

This episodes guest is the man, the myth, the legend that is Dan Baker!

Dr. Dan Baker is currently the president of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association. Previously, Dan had been the strength and power training coach for the World Famous Brisbane Broncos Rugby League team for 20 years, leading them to 4 titles.

Not limited to just one organization, Dan has an extensive coaching career working with the Queensland Reds Rugby Union team, as well as coaching elite athletes in mixed marital arts (cage fighting), diving, soccer, netball, track & field and of course, powerlifting.

Unlike most PhD's he does not work full time as a lecturer or in a laboratory - he trains athletes in the field.

On this episode:

  • Dan gives us a little bit of his background
  • We talk about the mission of the ASCA
  • I ask Dan about supply vs demand in terms of professional S&C jobs
  • I ask Dan about the qualification of S&C coaches that work with youth athletes
  • We talk about Dan's 6 stage LTAD model
  • I ask Dan about building trust with athletes
  • I ask Dan about the importance of keeping stats and records of your programming 
  • I ask Dan what changes has he seen in the athletes he coaches today than the athletes he coached in the past
  • Whats next for Dan Baker?
  • I ask Dan what sacrifices did he have to make during his coaching career
  • I ask Dan how he learns?
  • I ask Dan is there anything he does on daily basis that is essential to his day?
  • Dan shares with us his top resource, book and current book recommendation
  • I ask Dan, 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 - dannakerstrength.com

Website - Australian Strength and Conditioning Association

Facebook - Dan Baker

Instagram - danbakerstrength_


Videos Mentioned:

Interview with Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Advice for Younger Self

Books Mentioned:

Science and Practice of Strength Training

The Art of War 

High Performance for Sports


People and Resources Mentioned:

Brisbane Brancos

Queensland Reds



Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA) 

Ally McFarland

Tommy Mooney

David Boyle

David Joyce

Steve Magness

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Daniel Martinez

Tommy Mooney 

Louie Simmons

Andy Galpin

ASCA Journal

NSCA Journal

UKSCA Journal 


Alexander the Great 


Gautama Buddha

Abraham Lincoln

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Jacque Fresco

Martin Luther King Jr

John F. Kennedy

Nelson Mandela

Winston Churchill


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