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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 32: Jake Tuura

May 25, 2020

Jake Tuura, Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach at Youngstown State University and mastermind behind, joins the show today to discuss jumper’s knee, power/force development, his time at Minnesota under Cal Dietz, coach-athlete relationships, having fun, vertical jump protocols, isometrics, tendons, and a whole lot more.

Jake found his way to the weightroom through sports before his senior year in high school. When Jake went to college he had intentions of playing basketball, but was unable to play due to ongoing patellar tendinopathy (“jumper's knee”). Throughout this time he still tried various jump programs, but still ended up with the same patellar tendinopathy. Out of frustration, he stopped trying to play basketball and began to gravitate more towards lifting weights and trying to solve the problem of his jumper’s knee. Jake did his master’s degree internship under Cal Dietz at Minnesota, learning the ins and outs of...

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From Meat Monkey to Apex Athlete: 3 Ways to Get Athletic and Stay Strong

May 24, 2020

You want it all - speed, power, agility, and of course, bone crushing strength. Look no further if you've lost a step and want to get back to being an athlete without losing your hard earned gains in the weight room.

By Ryan Patrick

This piece is written for the guy or gal who wants to recapture athleticism while retaining, or even enhancing, their gains. I cannot consider the heresy of asking you to renounce strength to restore athleticism. 

I consider myself an athlete first. And a strength athlete second. 

Thus, my dilemma: I love PR’s. I love competition. I love powerlifting. I love strongman. I love stupid feats of strength. I’m a competitor. I love it all.

However, the longer I have a singular focus on strength sports, the more I surrender athleticism. There’s a point where excessive practice of high forces at low velocities will deplete speed and power. 

I believe you CAN have it all. You just can’t do it all. 


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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 31: Kassem Hanson

May 18, 2020

On the show this week we welcome Kassem Hanson from N1 Training to talk about how he got started in the science of human performance, his paradigm shifts over the last several years, acquiring knowledge and problem solving, and of course training for hypertrophy. 

We get started with talking about Kassem’s background and how he got to where he is today. Like most of us, he started off as a teenager wanting to get bigger and stronger for sports and began to love the training and preparation aspect more so than the sports he was training for. He fell into the role of a personal trainer to supplement his income when he was in college and quickly realized how rewarding it was to share his knowledge and help other people. Kassem has a philosophy of using problem solving as his guide for education and what direction he needs to go into as opposed to learning just for the sake of learning. He emphasizes the importance of finding what is useful when you learn from particular...

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Flywheel Training For Elite Levels of Strength and Performance

May 17, 2020

Learn how to add pounds to your lifts, get more jacked, and stay injury free by utilizing flywheel training from an elite lifter who knows a thing or two about being strong. 

When talking Flywheel training / inertia training for strength and power athletes.  I am going to predominantly stick to overload methods for strength training, intense hypertrophy phases, and overload methods for getting faster. 

To start to understand what inertia training is you have to understand that the flywheel only resists to the point of the effort that you make. So if you go really hard the flywheel is going to resist equally as hard. If you go really easy. The flywheel is going to resist very easily. So it's basically the perfect spotter with every single rep adjusting with the intensity or power that you put into the flywheel. Not only does it change from person to person and situation to situation it changes from rep to rep. So as you get fatigued within the set you will output less...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 30: Ryan Horn

May 11, 2020

Ryan Horn, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Wake Forest, joins the show today to talk about his 14 years in the business, training and developing athletes, coach-athlete relationships, lessons and principles, in-season training, fatigue management, and creating a prescription for each athlete you work with.

Ryan first caught the iron bug at a young age, lifting weights with his older brother in the garage. He quickly immersed himself into the preparation aspect of sports performance, coaching his teammates throughout highschool and educating himself in the field. Currently, Ryan oversees the development of basketball at Wake Forest, which is the result of taking any and all opportunities as they came to him, garnering a broad array of experience along the way. Ryan believes that coaching so many different types of athletes over the years has allowed him to have more range and creativity within his current role.

We dive in discussing the unique demands of basketball and the typical...

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The Post Covid-19 Comeback: Your Ultimate 3 Step Guide

May 10, 2020

Avoid the temptation of rushing your return to past PR's. Use these 3 strategies to get back to training like your former self and beyond!

Chaos and dysregulation.  This has been the current state of training due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For the past 8 weeks training endeavors have been defined by social isolation, restricted opportunities, and the inability to confidently pursue goals.  This has left us with unmatched levels of uncertainty and brought pain into our lives.  How we interact with this pain will impact how we come out of this pandemic.  We can fold or we can triumph.   

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

My intentions with his article, much like my career as a physical therapist is to help mount a successful comeback and provide the practical strategies needed to return to a high level of training.  

We were dealt a hand that we have had no control over and we have...

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Filtering Framework: Take Your Coaching to the Next Level

May 03, 2020

Develop and fine tune your systems in a step by step process so that you can discern new information, apply what is useful, and transcend your coaching.


You go to several seminars and conferences each year, but you find it difficult to utilize the information in any meaningful or useful way. 

"This information is great! BUT how do I use it?"

Building bridges, between new information and with your currently held knowledge and beliefs in a specified context, is when that information truly becomes useful. This is also where most people fail. 

A bridge can’t be constructed unless there are two sides. On one side, you have new information coming in, waiting to be organized, and used. On the other side, you need to structure your current knowledge and experience into simple systems.


Systems? Yes. 

Systems provide a foundational structure to be able to add or subtract from, when new information is presented. There is a vast world of...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 28: Dr. Mike Israetel

Apr 27, 2020

Dr Mike Israetel from Renaissance Periodization joins the show today to talk about his background in training, why he gravitated towards sports science, and what really grinds his gears with some of the internet gurus.

We dive into Mike’s background and specifically how he became obsessed with trying to answer the why behind the process of training. Mike started lifting weights at 15 to get better at wrestling and improve his physique, but it wasn’t until he started competing in powerlifting that he became more calculated with his training, education, and line of thinking. This led to Mike’s pursuit of higher levels of knowledge and eventually earning his PhD in Sport Physiology. 

Mike’s dissertation for his PhD was looking into the correlates of athletic performance, or what made great athletes great and everyone else, well, everyone else. Using a sample of 90 collegiate athletes, Mike looked at maximum strength, limb ratios, body fat levels, body...

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Get Ready To Get Jacked: 3 Ways to Dominate During Quarantine

Apr 26, 2020

If you're limited in loading options, right now is the time to fill in the gaps for more intense training in the future. Learn what deficiencies you can address so that you can unleash your version 2.0 once you return to the gym.

By Jesse McMeekin, CSCS

Let’s put positivity aside for a moment and acknowledge that this sucks. Most of us are stuck at home without a barbell, without a squat rack, trying to figure out if we can do bicep curls with the dog. It’s even worse if you were making progress; overnight the promise of a new PR simply vanished. Your gym doors are locked, and for once the squat rack is open!

That’s the bad news, and there’s really not much we can do about it. What we can do is refocus our efforts. 

I see two primary training goals dominating the landscape, at least for the foreseeable future. Put simply, they are:

  • Maintaining gains
  • Preparing for a return to the gym

Maintaining muscle mass isn’t as hard as it may...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 27: DJ Murakami

Apr 20, 2020

DJ Murakami joins the show today to talk about all things movement, the necessity of intention, and getting away from some of the dogma that exists in strength and conditioning. 

We start with DJ’s background and how he first fell in love with training like most of us have - he simply enjoyed it more than the sports he was training for - and has been coaching people for over 10 years. Self admittedly, he has dabbled in just about every realm of physical training - ranging from bodybuilding to olympic weightlifting to calisthenics to the movement culture and mobility driven side of the training world and everything in between. DJ currently finds himself on a quest to get jacked, continue to explore training, and stay injury free.

We go into discussing DJ’s evolution as a coach and how he’s learned to use principles over systems both in his own training and working with clients. Early on in his training career, DJ held many rigid beliefs and was very externally...

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