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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 6: Steve Tripp

Dec 02, 2019

Steve Tripp, owner of The Top Strength Project in Providence, Rhode Island, and all-around superhuman strength athlete joins the show today to talk all things strength training. Steve brings TONS of under the bar experience and coaching hours to the table, and we have a lot of fun jamming on training methodologies, accessory work, training your weaknesses, and the need to fall in love with the process. We also poke fun at people who break a sweat when peeling an orange. Hopefully, this isn’t you.

Besides actionable, nuts and bolts training advice, Steve and I also dive into mindset and how important it is to not let your ego get in your way. In particular, if you are a big fish in a small pond, then it’s time for a change. If you are the strongest person in the room, or the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.

Top to bottom, this is a fantastic talk, and you will walk away as a better athlete, coach, and human after listening to it.


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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 5: Andrew Triana

Nov 25, 2019

Andrew Triana, a co-founder of The Performance Vibe and Allostatic Labs and world champion of vibing, joins the show today to talk about developing freaky humans. We kick things off getting into Andrew’s background and talk about how he found the sport of Strongman and why he fell in love with it. A strong theme throughout the episode is this notion of extremes bringing balance, and our conversation definitely speaks to that. One second we’ll be jamming on detailed cell physiology, and then the next we get into phenomenology and the importance of subjective experience.

Topics covered include Strongman, creatine, hypoxia, phenomenology, being authentically productive, hypertrophy, protein pathways, and all sorts of other goodies. If you’re an athlete or coach looking to up your game, then this episode is definitely for you.  There's no chance you don't walk away with at least one way to upgrade your tactics, models, and thought processes.



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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 4: Dr. Michelle Boland

Nov 18, 2019

Dr. Michelle Boland joins the show today to dive into coach’s education, models, rigid mindsets, movement, and, of course, programming. Right off the bat, Michelle and I get into her background, talk about our mutual grad school experiences, and get a look into why Michelle left collegiate strength and conditioning to join the private world.

From there, Michelle and I spend our time talking about education and how ridiculous it is that people keep trying to have “right vs. wrong” conversations. As opposed to thinking critically, learning as much as you can, and asking meaningful questions like “why do the athletes need to do these things?” I will mention that if you are squatting on a physioball, though, then you are wrong. OH SO WRONG. So please stop.

To wrap things up, we get into programming for gen pop clients vs. high-level collegiate athletes and share our two cents on our deepest desire for strength and conditioning as a field to please move...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 3: Ryan L'Ecuyer

Nov 11, 2019

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...

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Rebel Perfromance Radio Episode 2: Kyle Dobbs

Nov 04, 2019

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...

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Rebel Performance Radio Episode 1: Dr. Pat Davidson

Oct 28, 2019

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.



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The Hero's Journey

Aug 13, 2019

Storytelling is one of the most instrumental tools that humans developed towards evolution. The ability to learn, and teach, through the experience of others allowed for the growth of language, community, and modeling. A common theme in the learning process is the “Hero’s Journey” and almost every story you know, from the Bible to the Avengers story arc, follows it.

Stay with me here..

Every client wants to be the hero in their own journey, and every session is classically set up as a Journey in itself. We start with character development (goals/needs analysis), move into anticipation and plot development (prep), ramp into the challenge and adversity arc (strength BRO), and finish with the climactic reward (cooldown and reinforcement). Following this plan will almost always lead to client engagement as it’s literally in our DNA to be stimulated by this “story.” Too little or too much challenge leads to disinterest and an inability to relate once...

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On Imposter Syndrom

Aug 13, 2019

The truth is that I have imposter syndrome, every successful person I’ve ever known has imposter syndrome.. if you want to do truly great things you’ll never be doing “well enough.” That doesn’t mean you’re not doing well though, and that you don’t have a valid message to share.
Imposter syndrome isn’t a bad thing, it’s often a necessary stimulus to push harder. Self-doubt, insecurity, and anxiety are a part of anything involving risk for good reason, they provide the spark for growth, and they fact that you’re going through probably signifies that you’re on the right path.
Simply seeking to be “good” at something leads to complacency but seeking out “great” will inherently lead to insecurity, as you’re acutely aware that there will always be more to do. Enjoy the push and put your message out there, sometimes you have to jump in the deep end.

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Stress Management

Aug 13, 2019

We tend to use ambiguous terms to conceptually categorize contextual inputs. What is stress, how is it that the same stimulus can elicit completely different reactions within different individuals? Understanding that the stressor often isn’t the issue is the first step in understanding “why” it’s affecting you. The second step is understanding why we inherently seek it out when our lives are absent of it.
Stress is little more than stimulus and we are constantly processing stimuli at the sensorial and interoceptive levels, and typically only cognitively aware of novel stimuli or novel contextual applications. Repeated exposure to these stimuli results in an individual’s ability to learn (cope) and form physiological and psychological strategies respectively. Here’s the kicker, these strategies have an equal opportunity to be maladaptive or adaptive.
As coaches, can we find a way to apply stress to our clients in a way that they perceive as...

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Assessments and Patterning

Aug 13, 2019

Three very different and distinct morphologies (four if you count the gorilla in the background), will most likely lead to four very different and distinct pattern variations. What objectively constitutes a good archetype (squat, hinge, upper-body movement vectors, etc) across all morphologies? Would you expect all four of these individuals to move the same from a visual perspective? Would that constitute their movement as being either “good” or “bad” respective to one another? Or would you look at how structures move in relation to one another within the same organism?
These questions are one area where I see a huge hole in the active assessment process, the other being that motor learning with increased immersion will inherently lead to improvements in testing scores and potential false-positives (a post for a different day though). This is why I’ve began leaning towards passive ROM testing that last few years, you can learn to game a movement but you...

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