Chris Kelly, co-founder of Nourish Balance Thrive, joins the show today to talk about the things that need to take place outside of the gym in order to optimize your life and your performance inside of it. This includes “how to win at angry birds”, a 4 quadrant model for intervention, behavior change, and the SEEDS acronym for making meaningful change in your life.
Chris was brought to the US from London some 17 years ago by a tech company while working as a computer scientist. Although he enjoyed various activities in his life like mountain biking, kiteboarding, and snowboarding, he began to see his health decline as he chased greater levels of performance without paying attention to the finer details of nutrition and self care. It wasn’t until he had experienced some, ahem, trouble in the bedroom when he began to take the deep dive into finding the root cause of some of the issues he was experiencing. Once Chris had his own personal...
As a lanky, skinny, “springy” guy growing up, I was always fast and able to jump. It’s in my genes. My uncle was the first 7 ft high jumper on the east coast back in the late 60’s, and my dad was a 6’9” high jumper. I first dunked as a freshman in high school, and my first basket in my college career was an “and 1” dunk on the opposing centers head.
Shortly after that “and 1”, I tore up my knee and needed surgery. I rehabbed all summer, lifted like a maniac (because that’s all I could do) and when I returned to play, I was jumping higher than pre-surgery. I was enamored with continuing to get strong, with hopes I would eventually touch the top of the...
I was randomly looking back through some old training logs the other day and stumbled upon one week, in particular, that stood out.
It was my final testing week before starting grad school, and I can still remember it like it was yesterday.
I back squatted 485, deadlifted 585, benched 335 and front squatted 405.
While these were all PRs for me, the biggest win was that I did it while feeling better than I’d ever felt before.
Throughout my early 20’s I felt like an old rusty refrigerator more or less 24 hours a day. I was getting stronger, but at the expense of being in pain and frankly not feeling good.
So, how did I make the switch?
How did I stop trading strength for pain?
Brandon Senn, Head Coach at Kabuki Strength, joins the show today to talk about his path to powerlifting, powerlifting coaching, the use of velocity based training, Kabuki Strength equipment, and his philosophies on programming.
Brandon found his way to the fitness realm after he realized that he no longer had the athletic prowess to continue playing sports after high school. As someone who loves to stay active, he started lifting weights with a focus on aesthetics, but quickly fell in love with lifting to get strong. Brandon became the Head Strength Coach at Kabuki Strength in 2015 and has since built a stable of impressive lifters.
We kick things off discussing Kabuki’s history with velocity based training. Brandon started implementing these methods into his coaching practice around 2014. He believes when it comes to sports tech, you need to stick to just one platform for your clients in order to keep adherence acceptable. Something like the GymAware is a...
You could have a great program and get to the gym consistently, but if you are not exerting yourself, you may be losing out on some much-wanted positive adaptation.
A good program will have a variety of intensities. There will be days that are meant to be hard, and days that are intended to be easy. It is important for your level of effort to match the intended stimulus and to keep your hard days hard and your easy days easy. . At the end of the day, it is all about creating a stress response large enough to force adaptation and managing fatigue to avoid overtraining and injury.
The problem is most people don't train hard enough to elicit maximal adaptation! This study showed that people often underestimate the weight they can use by a...
If you're a meathead like me, you want to be able to consistently train hard, put on muscle, and crush heavy weights in the gym. You probably also want to maximize your time outside of the gym and live life to its fullest. But in order for these things to happen, we need to ensure that we’re responding appropriately to all of the various signals that we receive on a daily basis. These signals can be encompassed by the oft’ misused word stress, and they account for regulating all of the conscious and unconscious processes that are bodies go through from the moment we are born until the day we die.
So today we’re going...
Bryce Lewis, 3 time USAPL National Champion and founder of The Strength Athlete, joins the show today to talk about onboarding clients, developing coach-athlete relationships, weak points, and the psychological side of peaking.
Bryce found his way to the world of powerlifting after spending time on the BodyBuilding.com forums when he was looking to increase his volleyball performance. Like many of us, he ended up enjoying the training more than the sport, and hopped on stage a few times in some bodybuilding shows. At this point he felt drawn to the heavier side of lifting, and found a talent in powerlifting and hasn’t looked back. Bryce founded The Strength Athlete in 2013, which provides a comprehensive powerlifting coaching service to clients around the world.
Bryce has had a passion for neuroscience and incorporates this into his coaching services and content at TSA. We dive in talking about the mental sides of training, including psychology and anxiety in powerlifting, and...
As a professional fitness coach, it's important to be armed with a variety of progressions to meet any client or athlete where they are in their movement and fitness. Using progressions and regressions will keep them progressing or help them find better pain-free fitness.
Advanced coaches understand how to use developmental positions to put the client or athlete in the position that allows them to perform best. This typically starts from supine (laying on the back) and progresses ultimately to standing. The level of difficulty is determined by the amount of external support that is given.
For example, a quadruped position has 6 points of contact (2 hands, 2 knees, 2 feet) vs half-kneeling only has 3 points of contact (2 feet, one knee) vs...
Mark Fisher, Super Human Unicorn, joins the show today to talk about all things life and business, including marketing, sales, learning, processing information, and time management.
Mark Fisher is an in-demand international speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur.
His core expertise is helping business owners achieve financial success and personal freedom through community building, leadership development, and creating healthy organizational cultures. He's also excellent at playing with puppies.
Mark and his “non-sexual life partner” Michael created Business for Unicorns in 2016 and have since worked with clients like Sony Music, Sylvan Learning, Novus Surgical, and the ACLU, as well as many of the leading fitness studios across the US and UK. They are also proud alumni speakers of TEDx Broadway.
In addition to their consulting and teaching through Business for Unicorns, Mark and Michael also co-founded Mark Fisher Fitness, one of the most successful gyms in...
Mike Reinold, physical therapist aficionado, joins the show today to talk about systems, principle-based training, how to execute a Performance Physical Therapy model, his approach of Restore-Optimize-Enhance, and breaking down how to progress a specific movement with regard to mobility, control, and load.
Mike appropriately sums up his unique 20-year career into 3 stages: restoring injured athletes, optimizing healthy athletes, and working with gen pop clients. Mike is President and Co-Founder of Champion PT and Performance out of Waltham, MA. With experience spread across physical therapy, athletic training, strength training, professional baseball, and gen pop clients, Mike has an extremely unique perspective in the field and has the ability to integrate aspects of various disciplines to help both injured and healthy individuals.
Mike and I kick things off talking about bridging the gap between physical therapy and sports performance. Mike discusses the fact that many collegiate...
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