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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 19: Brandon Senn

Feb 24, 2020

Brandon Senn, Head Coach at Kabuki Strength, joins the show today to talk about his path to powerlifting, powerlifting coaching, the use of velocity based training, Kabuki Strength equipment, and his philosophies on programming. 

Brandon found his way to the fitness realm after he realized that he no longer had the athletic prowess to continue playing sports after high school. As someone who loves to stay active, he started lifting weights with a focus on aesthetics, but quickly fell in love with lifting to get strong. Brandon became the Head Strength Coach at Kabuki Strength in 2015 and has since built a stable of impressive lifters.  

We kick things off discussing Kabuki’s history with velocity based training. Brandon started implementing these methods into his coaching practice around 2014. He believes when it comes to sports tech, you need to stick to just one platform for your clients in order to keep adherence acceptable. Something like the GymAware is a...

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You're Not Working Hard Enough: 5 Steps To Non-Stop Gains

Feb 23, 2020

By Paul Milano

Training is the intertwining of intensity and volume while maximizing technical efficiency. But the underlying driver of progress is and always will be effort.

You could have a great program and get to the gym consistently, but if you are not exerting yourself, you may be losing out on some much-wanted positive adaptation. 

A good program will have a variety of intensities. There will be days that are meant to be hard, and days that are intended to be easy. It is important for your level of effort to match the intended stimulus and to keep your hard days hard and your easy days easy. . At the end of the day, it is all about creating a stress response large enough to force adaptation and managing fatigue to avoid overtraining and injury. 

You Don’t Train As Hard as You Think

The problem is most people don't train hard enough to elicit maximal adaptation! This study showed that people often underestimate the weight they can use by a longshot. 

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Manage Stress Inside and Outside the Gym To Get the Most Out of Your Training and Life

Feb 18, 2020
By Trevor Corrado
Creating positive training adaptations and living well outside of the gym are a matter of properly dosing, managing, and coping with stress. While stress is often a dirty word, we're going to learn how to use it to our advantage and create an action plan to put ourselves in the best possible position to succeed. 

If you're a meathead like me, you want to be able to consistently train hard, put on muscle, and crush heavy weights in the gym. You probably also want to maximize your time outside of the gym and live life to its fullest. But in order for these things to happen, we need to ensure that we’re responding appropriately to all of the various signals that we receive on a daily basis. These signals can be encompassed by the oft’ misused word stress, and they account for regulating all of the conscious and unconscious processes that are bodies go through from the moment we are born until the day we die. 

So today we’re going to talk...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 18: Bryce Lewis

Feb 17, 2020

Bryce Lewis, 3 time USAPL National Champion and founder of The Strength Athlete, joins the show today to talk about onboarding clients, developing coach-athlete relationships, weak points, and the psychological side of peaking.

Bryce found his way to the world of powerlifting after spending time on the BodyBuilding.com forums when he was looking to increase his volleyball performance. Like many of us, he ended up enjoying the training more than the sport, and hopped on stage a few times in some bodybuilding shows. At this point he felt drawn to the heavier side of lifting, and found a talent in powerlifting and hasn’t looked back. Bryce founded The Strength Athlete in 2013, which provides a comprehensive powerlifting coaching service to clients around the world.

Bryce has had a passion for neuroscience and incorporates this into his coaching services and content at TSA. We dive in talking about the mental sides of training, including psychology and anxiety in powerlifting, and...

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Intensity Progressions For Optimal Pain-Free Performance

Feb 11, 2020
 By Ben Eisenmenger 
Provide your athletes with the right training stimulus and keep them injury free by understanding how to apply the right intensity using appropriate exercise selection.

Beyond Developmental Progressions

As a professional fitness coach, it's important to be armed with a variety of progressions to meet any client or athlete where they are in their movement and fitness. Using progressions and regressions will keep them progressing or help them find better pain-free fitness. 

Advanced coaches understand how to use developmental positions to put the client or athlete in the position that allows them to perform best. This typically starts from supine (laying on the back) and progresses ultimately to standing. The level of difficulty is determined by the amount of external support that is given. 

For example, a quadruped position has 6 points of contact (2 hands, 2 knees, 2 feet) vs half-kneeling only has 3 points of contact (2 feet, one knee) vs...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 17: The Dudes

Feb 10, 2020

Welcome to the first Dudesome episode of Rebel Performance Radio. As some of you already know, Rebel Performance and Compound Performance have joined forces. Going forward, the co-hosts of the podcast will be James Cerbie (Director of Primates), Kyle Dobbs (Director of Beards), and Matt Domney (Director of Meat). Although we will continue to bring on guests, we will also do individual shows with just us 3 dudes. Today, we talk shop, answer questions, give insights on our philosophies, training, coaching, cueing, exercise selection, business development, and more.

We kick things off with a brief introduction from Matt and continue to discuss the new structure of Rebel Performance and the 2 headed monster that we are creating. We want to bring you the best of athletic development and trainer education while providing a platform and tribe to help you unlock your potential. 

Kyle will be on the trainer development side, while James and Matt will be on the athlete development side....

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 16: Mark Fisher

Feb 03, 2020

Mark Fisher, Super Human Unicorn, joins the show today to talk about all things life and business, including marketing, sales, learning, processing information, and time management.

Mark Fisher is an in-demand international speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. 

His core expertise is helping business owners achieve financial success and personal freedom through community building, leadership development, and creating healthy organizational cultures. He's also excellent at playing with puppies.

Mark and his “non-sexual life partner” Michael created Business for Unicorns in 2016 and have since worked with clients like Sony Music,  Sylvan Learning, Novus Surgical, and the ACLU, as well as many of the leading fitness studios across the US and UK. They are also proud alumni speakers of TEDx Broadway.

In addition to their consulting and teaching through Business for Unicorns, Mark and Michael also co-founded Mark Fisher Fitness, one of the most successful gyms in...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 15: Mike Reinold

Jan 27, 2020

Mike Reinold, physical therapist aficionado, joins the show today to talk about systems, principle-based training, how to execute a Performance Physical Therapy model, his approach of Restore-Optimize-Enhance, and breaking down how to progress a specific movement with regard to mobility, control, and load.

Mike appropriately sums up his unique 20-year career into 3 stages: restoring injured athletes, optimizing healthy athletes, and working with gen pop clients. Mike is President and Co-Founder of Champion PT and Performance out of Waltham, MA. With experience spread across physical therapy, athletic training, strength training, professional baseball, and gen pop clients, Mike has an extremely unique perspective in the field and has the ability to integrate aspects of various disciplines to help both injured and healthy individuals.

Mike and I kick things off talking about bridging the gap between physical therapy and sports performance. Mike discusses the fact that many collegiate...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 14: Zac Cupples

Jan 20, 2020

Zac Cupples, rap battle and PT extraordinaire, joins the show today to talk about learning, movement, the squat, inhaled and exhaled skeletons, the foot, the ankle, and why these matter for how you program for your clients.

Zac initially found his way into Strength & Conditioning after trying to improve his Track & Field performance, which eventually led him to become a Physical Therapist.  He’s spent time as an outpatient PT, traveling PT, and PT for the Memphis Grizzlies, and currently tours the country teaching his Human Matrix workshop.  Recently, Zac accepted a new position as the Lead PT and Director of Education at Elevate Sports Performance in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As a fellow continuing education junkie, Zac and I kick things off diving down the learning rabbit hole.  We discuss Zac’s “on-demand” approach to choosing what he’s going to study next, the power of teaching, how to go about improving your retention processes, the...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 13: Tony Gentilcore

Jan 16, 2020

Tony Gentilcore, a connoisseur of picking up heavy things and putting them back down, joins the show today to talk about business, surpassing the 600 lb deadlift milestone, training his clients like athletes, and his upcoming Deadlift & Squat Workshop, Sunday January 26th at Titan Barbell in Boston, MA.

 Tony grew up admiring guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger which led him to begin lifting at a young age of 13. When his baseball career ended, Tony went on to a degree in Health Education and later became a corporate fitness trainer, where he supplemented his college education with an obsession on forums like T-Nation. From here, Tony co-founded Cressey Sports Performance with Eric Cressey, and spent 8 years there before recently moving on to his own shop in Brookline, MA called CORE. 

We kick things off discussing the biggest hurdles Tony faced when transitioning to his own business, and what he wished he would’ve known before making the switch. Tony addresses the...

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