Tyler Friedrich, Director of Olympic Sports at Stanford University, joins the show today to share his wealth of knowledge in collegiate strength & conditioning, talk about coach development, culture, training methodologies, and data collection in collegiate sports.
We kick things off discussing Tyler’s background and how he found training. Tyler found the weight room through playing football in high school and college and always wanted to go into the industry. After a few internships, he decided he wanted to become a Strength & Conditioning coach and found himself working at Dayton as an intern, GA, and eventually became a full time employee. This led him to Arizona State University and finally Olympic sports at Stanford. “Olympic Sports” in collegiate S&C typically means everything except football, and Tyler currently oversees 35 of Stanford’s 36 sports.
This leads us into a discussion on the unique job security situation for collegiate...
It doesn’t matter who you are, if you are trying to lose fat and maintain it long term and the only tool in your toolbox is to lower calories…you are screwed. Straight up. Many of the simple stories that we constantly see usually start and end with that ONE thing:
Is it really that simple? Yes and no. Although many of these interventions work, initially, it isn’t very helpful to consider them THE answer. This especially starts to become a thin argument when we look at people as individuals, with different genetics, different environments, and different...
Joseph “Joey Flexx” Franzo from Flexx Training Systems joins the show today to share his thoughts and process from years as a successful powerlifter and coach. We dive into all things powerlifting including training, mental side of training, and weight selection at meets.
Joe found his way to the barbell through sports and specifically football. After a realization that continuing his football career was unlikely, he naturally turned to lifting weights, which quickly became his passion. While training for bodybuilding, he competed in his first powerlifting meet for fun, and immediately was hooked. As a personal trainer since 16, Joe was drawing a lot of attention in the gym with his big lifting numbers and ultimately decided he would start coaching others in the sport. This led to multiple world champions under his command and naturally grew into what is now Flex Training Systems.
We dive in discussing what makes Joe’s process different from other coaches in...
One of the things that I frequently get asked about is if it’s possible to make progress in the gym while trying to lose body fat. As a strength athlete, you may find yourself looking to drop a weight class for competition. Or maybe you’re looking to drop some body fat to improve health markers because dying is known to be pretty bad for performance. Or, hell, you just want to look good for the beach. Either way, you’re not about to let your performance slip to just see your abs.
One thing to clarify, though, is that gaining muscle while losing body fat is highly unlikely, particularly with the more training experience you have under your belt. Newbie’s going from couch potato to eating protein and doing some lifting? Sure, they’re in that magic...
Vision is everything. It is how we perceive the world around us visually, and what we use to perceive threats coming at us from the front. If we didn’t have the ability to see, we would likely be very hindered as human beings from an evolutionary standpoint.
Of course, now we are hindered visually by screens and have developed an inability to deal with the hold that our visual system has on us because we use it for everything. Think about it - you drive, you stare at a screen for hours a day, you coach, you train, and you of course participate in other non meat monkey life activities. That's a lot of input to the system each and every day.
Many of these things are not something the human eye and brain has evolved to be able to do well. As a result of this, we often see individuals who can’t see...
With the spread of COVID-19, many strength athletes find themselves gymless and stuck at home with minimal to no equipment at their disposal.
While you won’t be hitting any major PR’s or slabbing on muscle during this time, there are still strategies we can implement to help you hold onto your gains.
In particular, you want to maintain the following to the best of your abilities:
So that when things return to normal you can pick up more or less where you left off.
Because what you want to avoid is doing absolutely nothing for the next 2-4 weeks, and have all your performance metrics fall off a cliff.
We are looking to hold on for dear life and minimize your rate of decline.
In the graph below, you want to be on the blue line and you want to avoid the orange line.
If you follow...
Katie St. Clair, creator of the Empowered Performance program, joins the show today to talk about her journey through the fitness world, community building, strength training for women, body image issues, blood sugar, movement, PRI concepts, and intensity in training.
Based out of Charleston, SC, Katie brings a diverse background to the fitness industry, with 20 years experience ranging from athletic training, corporate wellness, personal training, and group mentorship. This has all led to Katie’s current education platform, Empowered Performance, which is a 12-week community based course in which participants learn to train like an athlete but receive the tools necessary to do it in a progressive manner to avoid injuries. She also offers personal training online and in person.Over the 12 week course, participants go through the basics of anatomy and biomechanics as well as how to program the concepts that they’re learning. The participants use themselves as their...
In Part 2 I described the Velocity Based Athlete (VBA), which includes a majority of the athletes you’ll see and work with in team sports. Most athletes are naturally that way, as most field and court sports demand that. Most athletes are a product of their sport and therefore most field and court sports demand them to be more velocity dominant.
However, you will see some bigger, typically stronger athletes who have difficulty utilizing their stretch shortening cycle (SSC) and are not as naturally springy or elastic. Think of the bigger positions in sports like interior linemen in football, your (old school) centers in basketball, and even some non-field and court sports athletes like water polo or ice hockey who’s playing surface...
Dean Somerset, mobility sage, joins the show to talk about all things training, mobility, how to provide a great service as a trainer, understanding your role, and staying open minded.
Dean found his way to fitness through the desire to do something that doesn’t feel like a job while being able to pursue his passion of fitness, diving deeper into the science of training, and helping people. After considering physiotherapy, Dean wanted to stick to the gym and create a hybrid of strength and conditioning with physical therapy. Dean believes movement and mobility are inseparable from strength training, and likes to investigate why clients are feeling certain things in training and daily life. He now does personal training, online coaching, as well as putting on workshops to help other coaches integrate strength training with mobility work.
Dean’s onboarding process is unique in that most of his clients are by referral, so they are already bought in to what he...
If you work with athletes, most will fall under this category. Most sports dictate the athletes to be fast. I think this is why traditional strength work always seems to work really well regardless of the sport. Practice and games live on the velocity side of the F-V curve, therefore S&C coaches are filling in the lack of force production the athlete is getting from their sport.
Some traditional qualities about VBAs include:
1) They sprint, jump, cut, change direction, and condition at higher velocities during weekly practices and games.
2) They are good at using their Stretch Shortening Cycle (SSC) vs a muscular effort.
With that said, the goals and methods utilized when programming for a VBA are:
Velocity Based Athlete
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