This week we welcome Mike Sirani to the show to talk about his experience as a young trainer going from doing internships to opening and growing his own facility, how he’s dealing with the COVID situation, and how to avoid overcoaching.
Mike currently owns a fitness facility in upstate New York called Capital District Sport and Fitness, which he opened in June of 2018. Prior to that, he lived in Boston for 7 years having graduated from Springfield University located in western Massachusetts, later interning at Cressey Sports Performance and then working at Pure Performance Training for 4 years.
We first dive into how Mike went from interning and working at different facilities to eventually opening up his own and some of the lessons he’s learned since. While many people get swayed by programming and periodization, Mike says that those are only 5% of running a training business. The rest is understanding finances, sales, and relationship building, which he...
This week on the show we welcome Dr. Andy Chen, a physical therapist based out of New York City, to discuss principles, systems, adaptability, environment and constraints, the blending of performance and physical therapy, the importance of filling empty buckets, being patient when progressing a client, manipulating the task at hand to provide different learning opportunities, and the growth mindset needed for developing your own model.
Andy started lifting weights in his senior year of highschool, entering a local bodybuilding held by the school’s wrestling coach and gaining 30 pounds in the process. Andy continued to train but didn’t have a real focus on academics until he experienced his first injury in his senior year of college that required him going to physical therapy. From that experience, he grew to love the practice of physical therapy and went on to get his Doctorate from the University of St. Augustine.
We first dive into the differences in the...
This week on the show we welcome David Grey to talk about rib cages, the pelvis, isometrics, coordination, and the pillars of human movement.
David is a rehab and performance specialist who found his way to his current profession by being an athlete himself who was plagued with injuries and searching for better solutions than what was being provided. What started in his words as a selfish endeavor eventually led to him helping friends and now he works with people from all walks of life from high level athletes to general population.
We first dive into David’s big rocks when assessing people and his view of what basic human movement is. The first thing he looks at is gait - from walking to breathing - and the ability to access certain ranges of motion with your joints. David is quick to point out that he doesn’t view himself as a “mobility coach” but someone who helps people achieve these ranges of motion through improving things like coordination,...
So last week I was hanging out with some friends on July 4th and like all good barbecues, we started talking about getting jacked.
Well, the conversation turned that way when someone pulled out old training videos of Dorian Yates because he has a new documentary coming out called The Original Mass Monster.
And I don’t know about you, but I can’t look at someone like Dorian Yates without wondering what’s going on underneath the hood. Obviously there’s some exogenous pharmaceutical aid, but from a practical standpoint, how do you go about filling your skin suit with muscle? How do you get jacked and look like a real-life superhero?
While we jammed on this topic around the grill (to the chagrin of our girlfriends, fiance’s, and wives) I realized that people need an easier way to think about hypertrophy.
Yes, you can make it really complicated and get lost in the weeds of cellular mechanisms, but from a practical standpoint, is that really helpful? Does...
This week we welcome Ryan Patrick to the show to talk about training! We get into Ryan’s background, his experience being a part of the Silverback Project, concurrent training, and filling the buckets for high level athletes.
Ryan has been the owner of Peak Fitness and Sports Training in Kentucky for 10 years, serving adult gen pop clients and high level professional athletes alike. Ryan has competed in powerlifting and in recent years has enjoyed training himself like an athlete, having met James through the beta version of The Silverback Project.
We first get into Ryan’s evolution as an athlete and coach. Having started off with a bodybuilding background in highschool and dabbling with training through college and post college, Ryan discovered powerlifting in 2014. While powerlifting helped rekindle his enthusiasm for training, he missed being an athlete and found himself not identifying with the idea that you’re washed up once your highschool playing days...
On this week’s episode we welcome Alex Cartmill from the Personal Trainer Development Center to the show to talk about how they help trainers transition into building more successful businesses. We talk about imposter syndrome, the importance of providing value, selling and understanding your customer, how to avoid getting lost in the weeds as an online trainer, and why you need to launch before you’re ready.
Alex is currently the head coach of the Online Trainer Academy, which is a business development program for personal trainers. He helps coaches, gym owners, and nutrition consultants transition their business online while also overseeing his team of 8 other coaches. Alex developed this program with Jon Goodman, the founder of the PTDC, in 2016. Just two years prior to that, Alex was a personal trainer who was interning under Jon - starting with odd jobs and then getting paid as the company’s social media director before getting the opportunity to develop the...
This week on the show we welcome Ali Gilbert to talk about all things men's health including testosterone, psychology, sleep, training, and why less might be more to start seeing progress.
Ali is a fitness professional living in Greenwich, Connecticut working with clients both locally and remotely. She got her start working in golf fitness back in 2008 by initially bartering training for golf lessons. Since more men seek out training for golf, she worked with a mostly male clientele from the beginning. Ali quickly noticed how many men just weren’t taking care of themselves and there were a lot of misconceptions around men’s health.
We first dive into what got Ali interested in men’s health to begin with. When working with her clients early on, she saw a need for better education on the topic and had a difficult time finding a trusted source that she could refer out to. After seeing so many men suffer from issues related to low testosterone levels, and the...
Today we welcome coach Kevin Carr to the show to talk about the importance of coach/client relationships, movement quality, principles of programming, progressions and regressions, his work with hockey players and endurance athletes, and cognitive health.
Kevin has worked at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning for 12 years as a strength coach, personal trainer, and as a manager. Additionally he is a manual therapist and runs a rehab clinic called Movement As Medicine along with four other coaches where they look to help MBSC clients bridge the gap back to training from rehabilitation. Finally, Kevin is also the founder and manager at Certified Functional Strength Coach alongside Mike Boyle and Brendan Rearick.
We first get into Kevin’s background and how he got started at MBSC. At age 18, he was a self proclaimed 18 year old meathead working at a Gold’s Gym. At the time he was a CPT and was going to be going to school for Kinesiology, and it was through a...
Do reps that should move fast feel slow, even when they're light? Does something just feel missing from your training? Do your movements feel stale and uncomfortable? Or do you flat out feel un-athletic? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then I can almost guarantee you don't do any type of loaded carries, and if you do, you probably aren't programming them properly.
Loaded carries are the most underutilized movements in today's strength and conditioning field. The amount of versatility loaded carries can provide a program is parallel to the barbell, really.
The key is knowing how to utilize them to their full effect, and that's what I'm going to teach you today. First, I'll go over the top 3 reasons you should be doing loaded carries. Second, I'll dive into the different types of loaded carries at your disposal. Lastly, I'll detail how to program loaded carries into your training so you can reap the rewards.
Sound good? Let's get started.
Derek Hansen from SprintCoach joins the show today to talk all things speed, including sprinting, acceleration, coaching, his time with Charlie Francis, adapting to your athletes, subjective and objective experiences, auditing yourself, and implementing protocols for team and individual sports.
After playing sports through college, Derek jumped over to the coaching side when he went to graduate school and decided to coach track athletes in his free time. After figuring out a 9-5 engineering job wasn’t for him, he worked coaching back into his life and eventually started his own sprint group. This led to a university strength and conditioning gig while he continued to put out his own articles and content. Derek has spoken at the NFL combine and helped NFL teams develop their athletes, and now primarily focuses on speed for team sports. He has also turned all of his knowledge into a series of courses called Running Mechanics Professional.
There’s no denying that speed is...
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