Rebel Performance Radio Episode 3 - Ryan L'Ecuyer

Ryan L’Ecuyer, professional meat titan, joins the show today to talk all things hypertrophy and how to get more bigger. Right off the bat, Ryan and I get into his background and early love for training and come to realize he owes everything to Billy Blanks’ nipple shirts and Taibo.  Also, it’s a crime that he didn’t see The Predator until age 26, but we can’t change the past.

Aside from nipple shirts and The Predator, Ryan and I spend our time diving into any and all things hypertrophy.  We talk mechanical tension, metabolic stress, competing in both powerlifting and bodybuilding, periodization schemes, and of course, the pump. The episode is chock-full of actionable takeaways and things you can begin implementing to design and run better hypertrophy protocols.  So, if you find yourself wearing skinny jeans or medium T-shirts to give the appearance of being jacked, then stick around because we’ll tell you how to actually build real muscle.

Episode Highlights:

14 min:  Competing in both powerlifting and bodybuilding

23 min:  Finding pockets of opportunity for lifters

25 min:  The drivers of hypertrophy

26 min:  Metabolic stress

29 min:  Blood flow restriction

37 min:  Mechanical tension

50 min:  The mind-body connection

57 min:  Dealing with the diminishing returns of training

75 min:  The power of frequency

Links and stuff:

1.    Email:

2.    Instagram:  @lacurefit

3.    James Cerbie:  @jamescerbie

4.    TRAIN

5.    Zac Cupples The Human Matrix

6.    Pat Davidson Rethinking the Big Patterns


Rebel Performance Radio Episode 2 - Kyle Dobbs

Kyle Dobbs, professional tall guy and mentor to trainers/coaches around the world, joins the show today to talk about developing world-class coaches and, of course, picking things up and putting them back down. We kick things off getting into Kyle’s background as a collegiate athlete and how he found strength and conditioning, and then transition to talk about his mentorship group. In particular, we dive into understanding what your limiting factor is as a coach and the importance of language constructs.  If you keep alphabet souping people and using big words because you think it makes you smart, please stop.

From there, we talk all things lifting, getting into Kyle’s current thought processes when it comes to programming. Topics covered include designing a training week, high-low or 3-3 splits, phase progression, complexity curves, consolidation of stressors, and much much more. If you’re a coach looking to up your game, or an athlete trying to better understand how to structure your programming, then this episode is for you.

Episode Highlights:

3:30 – Mustaches, dad strength, and testosterone

5:00 – How Kyle got into Strength and Conditioning

9:00 – My selfish reason for getting into Strength and Conditioning

12:00 – Our woes as collegiate athletes

15:30 – What are the most significant things Kyle sees trainers and coaches missing the boat on

19:00 – Reaching the point of diminishing returns with your education

22:30 – What’s your limiting factor as a coach

27:00 – The importance of language constructs as a coach

40:00 – Programming talk (high-low splits, 3-3 splits, strength, hypertrophy, endurance)

49:00 – Proprioceptive assistance work and the complexity curve

60:00 – Knowing when to pick “dumb” movements

71:00 – Kyle’s top-recommended resources

Links and stuff:

1.    Instagram:  @compoundperformance

2.    Website:

3.    James Cerbie:  @jamescerbie

4.    Rebel Performance

5.    TRAIN

6.    Zac Cupples The Human Matrix

7.    Pat Davidson Rethinking the Big Patterns

8.    Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

9.    The Upside of Stress

10. How Emotions are Made


Rebel Performance Radio Episode 1 - Dr. Pat Davidson

Dr. Pat Davidson, exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, traveling lecturer, and avid Patriots fan, joins the show today to drop some biomechanics knowledge bombs. Right off the bat, Pat and I get into his background, upbringing, and path towards becoming a strength and conditioning coach. Who would have thought those late-night bodybuilding shows with scantily clad attractive women could create such a mental savage?

Once we transition away from Pat’s background, we dive headfirst into rethinking the big patterns and biomechanics land. Pat is actually fresh off attending Bill Hartman’s The Intensive, so we get a rare insight into inhaled skeletons, exhaled skeletons, internal rotation, external rotation, the propulsion arc, and squatting. Finally, we cap it off with a small preview into the concept of phase change. We know, it’s kinda like blue balls dropping that in at the end. Sorry, we aren’t sorry.

The Dirty Secret of Individualization

The Dirty Secret of Individualization

Individualization has become somewhat of a buzzword in the strength and conditioning/personal training realm. People are flocking to the interwebs and trying to drop knowledge bombs about how they've reinvented the wheel and come up with this new system that's going to allow you to write the perfect program for an n of 1. And I get this. When I first started, I was OBSESSED …

Position Defined: Part 2

Position Defined:  Part 2

Part 1 explored how certain exercise techniques, cues, or improper prescription of stress can have consequences. The strength and conditioning professional or personal trainer, who is a stress manager, dictates exercise prescription. We discussed how appreciating the starting POSITION of the axial skeleton and pelvis is the foundation for movement of the entire system.  Appreciating the starting POSITION of the axial skeleton and pelvis can reduce stress, unnecessary wear and tear, allow for optimal length-tension relationship of muscles being targeted, and improve the range of motion at joints involved in the movement.

Part 2 will explore a summary of the steps involved in the process of appreciating how you are setting up an athlete or client during the start of an exercise and how to think about ways in which you can reduce unnecessary stress on a system.  We will then explore techniques for advanced POSITIONS you can consider with your athletes or clients when you are providing instruction. The conclusion will summarize our coaching principles and reasons and rationale for this article. Let’s finish up…

An Athlete’s Relationship With An Exercise Environment Via Afferentation & Energy

An Athlete’s Relationship With An Exercise Environment  Via Afferentation & Energy

Sensory information dictates our perception of the world around us-whatever world that may be to you. That world may be walking down the street feeling the sunlight on your face, holding a barbell in a gym, or sitting at a table holding a loved one’s hand. Our brain needs accurate sensory information from our environment, in order to connect. Sensory information includes the linkage of both the external environment (sensory) and internal environment (emotions). Representations of our environment can occur with both real and remembered stimuli (1). Human behavior and motor control is based upon ACCURATE sensory information (19,21,22). Vision, vestibular, and somatosensory (pain, touch, temperature, and proprioception) input provides our brain with the information it needs to make accurate motor and behavioral responses. The brain needs this afferent information in order to feel safe and know that it can protect itself against threat. You need the ability to sense and feel.