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...
Sean Noriega joins the show today to discuss managing clients, onboarding, programming, weekly training splits, frequency of the big lifts, coaching and cueing, and sacrifices for elite performance.
With a burning passion for baseball, Sean began lifting weights to improve his performance on the field, yet eventually found himself loving the training aspect more than the sport itself. Sean did his first powerlifting meet at 17 years old where he squatted 500lb, benched 245lb and deadlift 515lb. The following fall in his first semester at MIT he hired a powerlifting coach with the intention of doing a meet and then playing another season of baseball. He never returned to baseball and instead put his full attention towards powerlifting and learning as much as he could about programming and coaching. Sean soon began coaching athletes of his own, starting with fellow students and local lifters and slowly growing his online clientele. His team is now around 50 lifters and Sean coaches...
Mike Robertson joins the show today to talk programming, shapes, propulsion, compression, VBTs, power development, kangaroos vs gorillas, ferraris vs mack trucks, game intensities, and periodization. This is an all around great conversation and a must listen!
Like most who become strength coaches, Mike enjoyed sports but found himself drawn to the training more than the actual sports themselves. The weightroom helped him stay in shape and he began to ask questions about how the body works, why it moves the way it does, and 20 years later he is still pursuing these questions. Mike has two sides to his career, which include Robertson Training Systems, an online continuing education platform for trainers, and IFAST, a brick and mortar gym where he still has a passion for training clients.
We dive in discussing internships and their importance for young coaches. Both James and Mike agree that their internships were worth so much more than their college education. The internship allows...
By Kaushal Sumedh
When you talk about periodization you are talking about the careful structuring of your training. Training is organized on different time scales; you organize training from micro cycle to micro cycle, from meso cycle to meso cycle which leads to the goals you have set for one complete macrocycle. Although the duration of each cycle is going to be based on the objectives that we are looking for within each cycle, the principles remain the same. Periodization simply put is to organize your training in such a manner that it leads to positive outcomes over time.
You can say that the logical approach to organize training would be to organize it in such a way that one cycle leads to another where the previous cycle...
Luke Tulloch joins the show today to discuss his background & education, the online training environment, the human component of training, how to deliver a great service, onboarding, client management, and the need to establish foundational knowledge in our industry.
Luke obtained a degree in neuroscience while training clients and has continued to do so ever since. With 13 years experience, he primarily trains clients and provides education on-line. Luke has always been more academic based about his training and finds interest in the why behind all things training. Over time, Luke built his knowledge base and was coaching other trainers, so he decided to move his content into an education platform. Both James and Luke find a lot of value in a formal science based education in a non-exercise science field in order to apply concepts objectively when it comes to training.
Since Luke has been in the on-line training realm since before it was popular, we dive into what he sees...
By Paul Oneid
The concept of auto-regulation in training is not new by any means. In fact, you could argue that we all do it to some extent. For those uninitiated to the term, auto-regulation refers to the adjustment of training to accommodate the level of preparedness of the athlete. It can be accomplished via modifications to training load, volume and/ or relative intensity.
The efficacy of a properly auto-regulated program is based on the premise that you can only adapt to what you can recover from. Therefore, training can be attenuated to allow for more recovery or more stress. This last point is an important one to keep in mind – training is a stress. We use the stress stimulus to create trauma to the system to elicit a response of the system to recover,...
Dr. Ben House joins the show today to discuss his journey to a PhD in Nutritional Sciences for UT-Austin, hypertrophy, his retreat center in Costa Rica, science, body composition, service, emotional intelligence, and where the fitness industry is headed in these changing times.
Like most, Dr. House was a failed athlete and found himself in the weightroom, loving it more than any sport he had played. He eventually found Crossfit and dove in head first, while academically earning a spot in med school without an undergraduate degree.
Ben decided against the med school route, and decided to move to Austin,Texas where the health and fitness industry was non-existent in the midwest at the time. Here he taught highschool biology and algebra, and later worked in retail selling prepackaged healthy meals, each of which taught him valuable skills he is grateful for today. He then began his 4.5 year journey to achieve a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from UT-Austin.
Ben and his wife, Steph, moved...
By Steve Banh
When first approached about writing for Rebel Performance, my first thought was “oh shit”. What could I possibly offer up to a community of educated meatheads who eat, sleep, and breath all things performance? Kettlebells? Speed development? Conditioning? After some reflection, the answer came to me while taking a shower (as all good answers do) - The Middle Child. Yes, the song from rapper J. Cole, who is recognized as one of the best hip hop artists of his generation and has drawn many comparisons to the legendary Nas. Coincidentally, both are in my personal top five and are known for their ability as great storytellers.
But why The Middle Child? In summary, the song reflects on his career and how he recognizes he’s pretty damn good, but continues to struggle...