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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 36: Sean Noriega

Jun 22, 2020

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...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 35: Mike Robertson

Jun 15, 2020

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...

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Potentiate to Dominate: How to Structure Your Training For Maximum Gains

Jun 14, 2020

The best training plans allow for each subsequent phase to build off of the last. Discover how to plan your training so that you or your athletes can crush the competition and continue to make progress year after year.

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...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 34: Luke Tulloch

Jun 08, 2020

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...

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Take Control of Your Recovery With Inside-Out Auto Regulation

Jun 06, 2020

Recovering like a high performance athlete is a multi-pronged process. Learn how to listen to your body's signals and auto-regulate from the inside out to take your training to the next level.  

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,...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 33: Dr. Ben House

Jun 01, 2020

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...

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Are You Feeling Like the Middle Child? 3 Ways to Take Your Coaching From Good to Great

May 31, 2020

If you're a not so new coach struggling to find your place, this blog is for you. Find out how to leverage your personal experiences to make an impact and go from good to great. 

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...

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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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