Episode 249: Michelle Boland - Critical thinking, training principles, and making life decisions

This episode's guest is Michelle Boland from Michelle Boland Training (MBT).

Michelle grew up in central Massachusetts where her interest for athletics and playing sports began. Michelle played soccer, basketball, and ran track at the collegiate level while studying Nutrition. After reflecting on her life passion for athletics and sports performance training, she decided to pursue a higher education degree in strength and conditioning (M.S.) and exercise physiology (PhD) at Springfield College (MA).

Michelle has had several years of professional experience as a strength and conditioning coach at a Division 1 institution working with a nationally ranked top 5 Women’s Ice Hockey team, a nationally ranked top 10 Men’s Ice Hockey team, and other teams including Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Basketball. Michelle then created her own company, Michelle Boland Training, in order to support others in achieving their performance and fitness goals to the best of her abilities.

On this episode Michelle and I discuss:

  • Michelle's background
  • I ask Michelle about her "Strategy" course
  • I ask Michelle about her biggest influences
  • I ask Michelle about her training system
  • I ask Michelle how she has evolved as a coach and person
  • I ask Michelle about her decision making process throughout her coaching career and life
  • I ask Michelle if she could share with us any resources that could help people in their decision making processes
  • Michelle and I discuss core values and fulfillment 
  • I ask Michelle how she learns?
  • I ask Michelle, if she could invite 5 people to dinner, dead of alive, who would she invite and why?

This was a great discussion with Michelle and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - michelleboland-training.com

Facebook - Michelle Boland

Twitter - @mboland18

Instagram - dr.michelleboland


Podcast's Mentioned:

Physical Preparation Podcast - Building a Principles-Based Approach to Training with Michelle Boland


Books Mentioned:

Status Anxiety

Make it Stick


People and Resources Mentioned:

Bill Hartman 

The Intensive

Dan Sanzo

Pat Davidson

Springfield College, MA, USA

North Eastern University, MA, USA

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)

Robert Sapolsky

Daniel Kahneman 

St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Brett Bartholomew

Dan Boothby

Zac Cupples

Ben House

Doug Kechijian

Lucy Hendricks

Frans Bosch

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)

Mike Boyle

Dave Tenney

Joel Jamieson

Araon Davis

James Fitzgerald

Cal Dietz

Dunning–Kruger effect

Tri-Phasic Training

French Contrast Training

Fergus Connolly

Lee Taft

Justin Moore

Mike Robertson

Jim Kwik

Mary-Beth Cooper

Jordan Peterson

Ben House


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Episode 248: Derek Evely - Long term athlete development

This episodes guest sees the return of Derek Evely from EveltrakSport.com

On this episode Derek and I discuss:

  • Whats new with Derek
  • Derek shares with us his thoughts on long term athletic development (LTAD)
  • I ask Derek how would he educate parents on LTAD

This was a great discussion with Derek and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - eveltraksport.com

Facebook - EveltrakSport.com

Twitter - @eveltrak

Instagram - eveltrak


Podcast's Mentioned:

Episode 100: Interview with Frans Bosch - Strength Training and Coordination

No Wristbands! We Drink For Free


Articles Mentioned:

Periodization Paradigms in the 21st Century: Evidence-Led or Tradition-Driven?

Periodization Theory: Confronting an Inconvenient Truth


People and Resources Mentioned:

Derek's educational courses and resources 

Dan Pfaff

Stu McMillan

Boo Schexnayder

ALTIS Education courses

Charles van Commenee

Frans Bosch

Kevin Tyler

Peter Tchiene

Iordan Krouchev

Dan Carlin

Hardcore History 50-55 – Blueprint for Armageddon Series

Tom Novak

Hammerman USA

Jim Coxworth

Dylan Armstrong

Shane Niemi

Gary Reed

Istvan Balyi 

John Kiely

Vladimir Issurin

Charles Poliquin

Neil Young

Mike Young

James Baker

Charlie Francis

Mike Smith

Vesteinn Hafsteinsson

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Episode 247: Chris Korfist - current thoughts on enhancing human performance

This episode's guest sees the return of Chris Korfist from slowguyspeedschool.com

On this episode Chris and I discuss:

  • What's new with Chris
  • Chris shares we us his current thoughts on hamstring training and rehabilitation 
  • I ask Chris how he navigated COVID-19 as a teacher
  • We discuss training methods to dampen neural inhibition
  • I ask Chris for his thoughts on using light and color to improve sport performance
  • I ask Chris for his thoughts on warm ups
  • Chris tells us about some of the new educational courses offered by RPR
  • I ask Chris about training the feet
  • I ask Chris about coaching pedagogy 
  • I ask Chris about his experience with England rugby and AUT in New Zealand

This was a great discussion with Chris and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - slowguyspeedschool.com

Website - reflexiveperformance.com

Facebook - Chris Korfist

Facebook - Reflexive Performance Reset

Twitter - @RPR_system

Instagram - korfist1

Instagram - rpr_system


Podcast's Mentioned:

The Professional Athlete Podcast with Ken Gunter - 33. Chris Korfist - Speed Expert, RPR Co-Founder, Author

Episode 215: Chris Korfist, Cal Dietz, and JL Holdsworth - Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR)


Books Mentioned:

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy, 1)

Vicksburg: Grant's Campaign That Broke the Confederacy

People and Resources Mentioned:

Bum Phillips

Ken Clark

John Cronin

Dan Fichter

Shawn Sherman

Dan Pfaff

Stu McMillan

Mike Boyle

Charles Poliquin

The Gait Guys

Shawn Allen

Bo Jackson

Eric Dickerson

David Montgomery

Mariana G. Figueiro

Deborah Zelinsky

Louie Simmons

James Fitzgerald

Postural Restoration Institute 

Joe Newton (coach)

Stan Reddle

Jon Clarke

Micheál Cahill

Eric Helms

Bret Contreras

Ulysses S. Grant

Abraham Lincoln

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Episode 246: Keir Wenham-Flatt - The future of coaching education

This episodes guest is Keir Wenham-Flatt from the Strength Coach Network and Rugby Strength Coach

On this episode Keir and I discuss:

  • Keir's background
  • Does Keir still have an ambition to work in the NFL?
  • I ask Keir what lesson's he learned from all his world travel?
  • Why Keir established the Strength Coach Network (SCN) and what are his aspirations for it going forward?
  • How fatherhood has changed him?
  • I ask Keir about his approach to being a parent
  • I ask Keir for his top and current reading recommendations
  • I ask Keir if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead of alive, who would he invite and why?

This was a great discussion with Keir and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - strengthcoachnetwork.com

Website - rugbystrengthcoach.com

Facebook - Strength Coach Network

Facebook - Rugby Strength Coach

Twitter - @StrCoachNetwork


Instagram - strength_coach_network

Instagram - rugby_strength_coach


Video's Mentioned:

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Cosmos | London Real


Books Mentioned:

Power. The Training of Champions: From biomechanics to exercise physiology, the science of developing powerful athletes

The Sovereign Individual

The Checklist Manifesto

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Second Treatise of Government


People and Resources Mentioned:

Strength Coach Network - ANNUAL Membership Discount Code for Sept 2021 - $50 off Annual Membership - CODE - SPRINT

Dr. Dre

Donald Trump

Erik Korem 

Chris McCormick

Wasps RFC

Sydney Roosters


Ealing Trailfinders 

Chris Tombs

Rotherham Titans RFC

Scott Kuehn 

James Smith

Farman Street Blog

Shane Parish

Jacob Rees-Mogg


Rich Clarke

Nassim Taleb

Atul Gawande

Terrence Kennell

Mladen Jovanovic

Port Adelaide 

Elon Musk

Muhammad Ali

Marcus Aurelius

Christopher Hitchens

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Episode 245: Pat Davidson - A Coaches Guide to Optimizing Movement - Part 1

In this Part 1 Pat discusses:

  • The genesis of this book 
  • The Foundations of his model, covering the 7 movement pillars, which are; 1) movement quality, 2) movement quantity, 3) movement standardization, 4) movement progression, 5) movement strategy, 6) muscular orientation, 7) muscular action. 
  • From here, Pat breaks down each of the 7 pillars component parts in detail

This was a great discussion with Pat and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - patdavidson.net

Facebook - Pat Davidson

Twitter - @pat_davidson_

Instagram - dr.patdavidson


Books Mentioned:

A Coaches Guide to Optimizing Movement

How Much Should I Train


People and Resources Mentioned:

Albert Einstein

Leonardo Da Vinci 

Bill Hartman 

Bill Hartman's Intensive

Mike Israetel

Mike Boyle

Diane Lee

Mike Robertson


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Episode 244: Nick Ward - Education and development of a coach

This episodes guest is Nick Ward.

Nick is currently the programs director at ALTIS.

Almost 35 years on from starting as a coach Nick is active and helping people achieve their goals and improve their lifestyle – whether for the outdoors, on the sports field or the Olympic podium. As the AlTIS Programs Director Nick builds education and training resources that share experiences and extend processes. ALTIS is an elite training environment for athletes, and a global leader in the provision of education for sport performance.  The complexity of managing both the Performance and health of athletes is at the heart of the ALTIS approach.


On this episode Nick and I discuss:

  • Nick's background
  • I ask Nick if he was involved with the London 2012 Olympic games
  • I ask Nick what lessons he has learned from all his coaching experiences
  • I ask Nick what is the current mission and vision for ALTIS going forward
  • I ask Nick about how coaches can develop their information filter?
  • I ask Nick how he learns?
  • I ask Nick for his top and current reading recommendations
  • I ask Nick what life lessons has he learned over his life and career so far?
  • I ask Nick if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead of alive, who would he invite and why?

This was a great discussion with Nick and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website - Atlisworld.com

Facebook - Nick Ward

Twitter - @coach_nickward

Instagram - nickward_coach


Podcasts Mentioned:

Pacey Performance Podcast #311 - Nick Ward

Upside Strength: Need for Speed course with Nick Ward - Episode #74 


Books Mentioned:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 


Change Maker

Killers of the Flower Moon

Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy

Crucial Conversations


People and Resources Mentioned:

Rob Pacey


ALTIS courses

ALTIS Connect 



Dr. Terrence Orr

Barton Center for Orthopedics and Wellness

PT Revolution 

Stu McMillan

Dan Pfaff

Durham University

English Institute of Sport


Chris Turner

Mark Aston

Joseph Stalin

Niccolò Machiavelli

Johan Lahti

Matt Jordan

Chris Bishop

Rachel Balkovec

Cameron Josse

John Berardi

Precision Nutrition Level 1

Precision Nutrition Level 2

Stephen Covey

Steffan Jones

Robert Pirsig

David Epstein

James Patterson

Motivational Interviewing 

Nelson Mandela

Donald Trump

Alexander the Great

Mary Seacole

James Fitzgerald 


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Episode 243: Matt Wallden - Osteopathy, the Chek Institute, working in pro sport, and Vibram Five-fingers

This episodes guest is Matt Wallden.

Matt trained as an Osteopath & Naturopath in the 1990’s completing a BSc (Hons) and, later a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine, then going on to train in the CHEK System between 2001-2005.  His ambition was to work in professional sports; a goal he achieved by 2003.  Since then he has contributed several chapters to various medical texts and has been the Editor of the Rehabilitation Section  for Elsevier’s Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies since 2009.  

In 2006, Matt bought an early version of the Vibram Fivefingers and was the person who explained to Vibram that their “sailing shoe” had applications in rehabilitation and conditioning.  Matt presents here and abroad to post-graduate, undergraduate and various medical groups and has been part of the CHEK Faculty since 2006.  Matt lives in Surrey with his wife and 2 children.

On this episode Matt and I discuss:

  • Matt's background
  • Why Matt became an osteopath?
  • Matt shares his story of how he became involved with Vibram Fivefingers
  • I ask Matt about research surrounding the efficacy of barefoot running
  • I ask Matt how did he deals with a very stressful periods in his life 
  • I ask Matt for his current and top reading recommendations
  • I ask Matt if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why? 

This was a great discussion with Matt and I hope you guys really enjoy it.

Stay Strong,


Show Notes:

Website mattwallden.com

Facebook - Matthew Wallden

Twitter - @MattWallden


Books Mentioned:

Born to Run

Win or Learn

The Invisible Rainbow

Living your Dying

Myth and the Body


People and Resources Mentioned:

Paul Chek

Phillip Beach

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Vibram five fingers

Michael Owen

Chek Institute 

Moshe Feldenkrais

Charles Poliquin

William Kraemer 

Tudor Bompa

Richard Schmidt

Chelsea Football Club

Surrey Cricket Club

Leon Chaitow

Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

Chris Murphy 

Diane Lee

Lynn McTaggart

Joe Warne

Conor McGregor

John Kavanagh 

Carol Dweck

Joseph Campbell

Albert Einstein 

George Michael

Mark Manson

David Beckham

Gary Neville

Phil Neville

Nicky Butt

Paul Scholes 

Ryan Giggs



Catherine the Great

Gautama Buddha

Jesus Christ

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Episode 242: Michael Mendizza - The life and work of Joseph Chilton Pearce

This Episodes guest is Michael Mendizza founder of the Touch the Future organization. 

In 1987 Michael founded Touch The Future, a nonprofit learning design center whose mission is to promote Optimum Learning Relationships between adults and children. A five-year exploration of optimum states of learning, wellness, and peak performance led to a revolutionary parenting and coaching model the authors call The Intelligence of Play. Touch the Future's top agenda is to provide a lasting foundation for Pearce's legacy and to extend this model for Optimum Learning Relationships to specific populations: preschool, Head Start, and child care providers, public education, and amateur athletics.

A documentary and educational filmmaker, Michael has researched and explored sensitive issues: domestic violence and rape, the impact of media on learning, cultural and human development, the nature of intelligence, holistic learning models, the changing family, prenatal learning, the roots of violence, creativity and peak performance. For two decades Michael has gathered and published interviews with more than fifty researchers, scientists, authors and performance specialists, including David Bohm, J. Krishnamurti, Ashley Montagu and, of course, Joseph Chilton Pearce. Michael and Joe have been close colleagues for years. The unique tone of Magical Parent - Magical Child is an expression of their long-standing friendship and shared passions. Copies of the full interviews featured in Magical Parent - Magical Child gathered by Michael can be found at www.ttfuture.org.

On this episode Michael and I discuss:

  • Michael's background
  • I ask Michael how he became aware of the works of Joe Pearce, J. Krishnamurti, and Paramahansa Yogananda?
  • I ask Michael about his current meditative practice
  • Michael introduces us to Joe
  • Michael shares with us his thoughts on "inculturation"
  • Michael discusses the concept of the "model imperative"
  • We discuss "conscious parenting"
  • I ask Michael to discuss the environments impact on the fetal's epigenetic expression and long-term health and well-being
  • I ask Michael about his newest book - "The Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce: Astonishing Capacities and Self-Inflicted Limitations"


Show Notes:

Website - michaelmendizza.com

Website - www.ttfuture.org

Facebook - Michael Mendizza

Twitter - @MendizzaMichael


Audios Mentioned:

Joseph Chilton Pearce and Bruce Lipton - Post Modern, Post Darwinian Vision of Evolution

Books Mentioned:

All of Joseph Chilton Pearce's Books 

The Life and Insights of Joseph Chilton Pearce: Astonishing Capacities and Self-Inflicted Limitations


Podcasts Mentioned:

The Wisdom Podcast:  Michael Mendizza: Conversations with Samdhong Rinpoche and J. Krishnamurti


Videos Mentioned:

What Babies Want- Documentary


People and Resources Mentioned:

Joseph Chilton Pearce

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Paramahansa Yogananda

David Bohm

Ashley Montagu

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jean Piaget

Maria Montessori

Paul D. MacLean

Bruce Lipton


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Episode 241: Christian Thibaudeau - Body recomposition

This episodes guest see's the return of Christian Thibaudeau.


On this episode, Christian lays out his thoughts on body recomposition.


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

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website: thibarmy.com

Facebook: Christian Thibaudeau - Thibarmy

Twitter: @Coach_CThib

Instagram: christian.thibaudeau.thibarmy



Books Mentioned:

The Ultimate Guide to Body Recomposition 

Black Book of Training Secrets

Theory and Application of Modern Strength and Power Methods

Dr. Jerkyll and Mr. Hyde

High Threshold Training


Article's Mentioned:

Pendulum Training for Athletes 

Christians T-Nations articles


People and Resources Mentioned:

Dorian Yates

Joe Kenn


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Episode 240: Cameron Josse - athlete performance coach with Indiana University Football

This episodes guest is Cameron Josse

Cam is currently in his second season as an athletic performance coach with the football program at Indiana University Bloomington. 

Cams bio:

• Owns seven years of experience preparing and managing multiple levels of athletes.

• Trained over 40 professional athletes, including NFL, NHL, UFC and WWE talents.

• Came to IU from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he served as associate director of football performance.

• Spent eight years working with DeFranco’s Training Systems (2013-14), DeFranco’s Gym at the Onnit Academy (2014-16) and DeFranco’s Training & Consulting (2016-20). 

• Earned his bachelor of science in kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island and his master’s degree in exercise science from William Patterson University.

• Played defensive back at Rhode Island from 2010-13.

• Holds CSCS, CPR/AED, CPPS and FRCms certifications.

On this episode Cam and I discuss:

  • Cam's transition from the private to the collegiate sector
  • I asked Cam how he and his partner have dealt with moving to several different states over the past few years
  • I ask Cam to give the listeners some background on Football at University
  • I ask Cam how they have dealt with physical preparation of their players during Covid-19
  • I ask Cam about the biggest difference between the private and team setting?
  • I ask Cam about speed development for team sport athletes
  • I ask Cam what is he reading?
  • I ask Cam - how does he learn?

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

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Twitter - @IUCoachJosse


Books Mentioned:

The Process - Level 1

The Process - Level 2


Podcasts Mentioned:

ATSW: Episode 205: Shawn Myszka (aka - The Movement Miyagi) - All things skill acquisition and movement mastery

OPEX Podcast - Shawn Myszka Ep 9

OPEX Podcast - Shawn Myszka - Ep 96


People and Resources Mentioned:

Joe DeFranco

Aaron Wellman


Stu McMillan 

Indiana Football

Chris Laskowski

Bobby Knight

Tom Allen

Justin Collett

Pete Remmes

Chris Allen

2021 Indiana Coaching Football Staff

ALTIS - Need for Speed course

Mike Guadango

Buddy Morris

James Smith 

Charlie Francis

Dan Pfaff

JB Morin

Ken Clarke

Shawn Myszki

Fergus Connolly

Nick Ward 

Cynefin Framework

Newell's constraint based-model

Matt Cross

Pierre Samozino

Micheál Cahill

James Wild

Johan Lahti

Peter Weyand

Ryu Nagahara

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