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The Physical Preparation Podcast is designed to help trainers, coaches and athletes take their performance to the next level. Featuring some of the brightest minds in our industry, we'll dive in to deconstruct smart training, and help you or your athletes maximize results!

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The Physical Preparation Podcast is designed to help trainers, coaches and athletes take their performance to the next level. Featuring some of the brightest minds in our industry, we'll dive in to deconstruct smart training, and help you or your athletes maximize results!

    Building a Principles-Based Approach to Training with Michelle Boland

    Building a Principles-Based Approach to Training with Michelle Boland

    Dr. Michelle Boland is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach and the owner of Michelle Boland Training.

    Growing up in Massachusetts, Michelle’s expanding interests in athletics and sports led her to playing soccer and basketball at the collegiate level as she studied Nutrition.

    Spurred further by her life passion for sports performance, she later completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology at Springfield College.

    And today, Michelle is devoted to helping fitness professionals turn complex training concepts into real outcomes for their clients.

    With several years of experience as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Director of Education, Michelle maintains her position as one of the fitness industry’s leading performance coaches.

    Michelle joins me today to discuss what it means to have a principles-based approach to coaching and training.

    She emphasizes how creating principles and values-based frameworks can enhance your program design process and the way you communicate with clients.

    She shares the guiding principles that inform her training methods and explains how a coach can use principles as a tool for teaching.

    And she describes the difference between working in the private and public sectors and highlights how fitness goes beyond the gym.

      

    Program design is about choosing what variables we’re going to emphasize. Principles use them as teaching tools. – Michelle Boland

      

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * What it means to have a principles-based approach to training

    * The power of identifying what’s important to us, our athletes, and the sport

    * Discovering your guiding principles and value systems

    * Using mind-mapping and concept-mapping as tools in creating your value systems as a coach

    * Keeping up with the “content” Joneses and the value of taking the time to assimilate information

    * How having a set of principles enhances learning, continuing education, and the program design process

    * Using your training principles as a teaching method and communication tool

    * The foundations of the fitness industry and how it has evolved over time

    * How creating principles can get your training programs more buy-ins from clients

    * How Michelle’s principles inform her performance and coordination training

    * Why hard work isn’t just about brute force and outputs

    * The value of acknowledging that hard work is different for everybody in the gym

    * The difference between working in the public and private sector

    * The importance of balancing knowledge and experience



     

    Related Content:



    * Michelle Boland on Resets, Asymmetry, and Variability Days

    * Michelle’s Free Resource Road Map



     

    Connect with Michelle Boland:



    * Michelle Boland Training

    * Michelle Boland on Facebook

    * Michelle Boland on Twitter

    * Michelle Boland on Instagram



     

    Ready to Get Your Fitness Back on Track?

    Are you ready to look great, feel great, and get into great shape this year?

    2020 has put a damper on many things – including your ability to visit the gym – but the one thing it hasn’t impacted is your desire to look and feel great.

    Well my friend, it’s time to consider online coaching with your boy MR. Online fitness and performance coaching is a great way to get into shape whi...

    • 44 min
    The Life and Times of Being a High Performance Director with Dave Tenney

    The Life and Times of Being a High Performance Director with Dave Tenney

    Dave Tenney has dedicated his career to the evolution of the high-performance sport.

    He is the High Performance Director for the Major League Soccer expansion franchise, Austin FC, and is highly invested in building a high-performance department that supports the needs of its athletes, coaches, and management.

    Prior to joining Austin FC, Dave served as the High Performance Director for the Orlando Magic in the NBA Team and the Seattle Sounders of the MLS.

    Dave joins me today to reveal the crucial factor that makes an effective high-performance environment. He emphasizes the importance of collaboration in a high-performance model and explains what makes a “hands-on” High Performance Director different from a “hands-off” one.

    He discusses why he transitioned from working in professional soccer to the NBA, and illustrates the various challenges he overcame when he switched.

    And last but not least, Dave discusses the value of diversity in building staff-building and explains why upcoming coaches should focus on honing their skills over targeting specific sports or jobs.

     

    The high-performance department is about recognizing and valuing what everyone can bring to the table. – Dave Tenney

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Dave’s primary roles during his time in the NBA

    * How every sport interprets the role of High Performance Director differently

    * The difference between the “hands-on” and “hands-off” High Performance Directors in the NBA

    * The challenges of sharing information and decision-making in the NBA’s high-performance model

    * Keys to effective collaboration in a high-performance environment

    * Why teams need to have a living, breathing AMS platform

    * What prompted Dave to move from soccer to professional basketball and the challenges he faced in the transition

    * The life cycle of a high-performance environment

    * The difference between his time with the Sounders and his time with the MLS

    * What surprised Dave when he started working in the NBA

    * How playing soccer benefitted his work as High Performance Director

    * The importance of educating yourself with the needs and demands of the athletes

    * The power of building staff with diverse skills and personalities

    * Lessons from working with the Seattle Sounders that Dave wants to apply in Austin FC

    * Why young, upcoming coaches need to prioritize learning skills and traits over targeting jobs

    * Dave’s favorite memory from his time with the Orlando Magic



     

    Related Content:



    * Physical Preparation with Dave Tenney

    * Interview with Dave Tenney



     

    Connect with Dave:



    * Dave Tenney on Twitter

    * Dave Tenney on Instagram

    * Dave Tenney on Facebook

    * Dave Tenney on LinkedIn



      

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    • 56 min
    Adam Loiacono on the Need for Systems, Values and Processes

    Adam Loiacono on the Need for Systems, Values and Processes

    Adam Loiacono is the Director of Rehabilitation for the Phoenix Suns. His decade-long career in professional sports includes working as a Performance Therapist for the Atlanta Hawks and serving in various roles for the NBA, MLS, and NWSL.

    Equipped with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, Adam blends his experience from sports science, performance training, and physical therapy to manage and monitor the wellbeing of various populations in sports, from youth athletes to professional sports teams.

    Adam joins me today to discuss the challenges he has faced working in professional team sports. He explains why he joined the Phoenix Suns despite his hesitations about going back to team sports.

    He highlights the importance of building team dynamics and camaraderie and explores the process of building a performance team from the ground up.

    He also illustrates what it’s like to work with professional athletes and explains why rehabilitating an athlete is not merely like passing a baton from the athletic trainer to the physical therapist.

     

    When you get into sports, you have to take it upon yourself to learn true performance and training principles. – Adam Loiacono

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * The challenges of working in team sports and what enticed Adam to join the Phoenix Suns team

    * Cultivating team dynamics and camaraderie

    * The importance of building training systems versus giving out random trendy workouts

    * Why physical therapy gets a bad rap and how a rehab professional can develop their systems and processes

    * Why aspiring coaches and physical therapists need to get exposure as much as they can

    * How the athletic development process has evolved over the years

    * How access to information allowed people to bridge gaps between professions in sports science

    * Smoothing transitions in program design

    * What life is like working around professional athletes

    * The importance of respect and trust and the benefits of team diversity



     

    Related Content:



    * Adam Loiacono on Coaching and Culture Across Professional Sport

    * Physical Preparation with Adam Loiacono



      

    Connect with Adam:



    * Adam Loiacono on Facebook

    * Adam Loiacono on Twitter

    * Adam Loiacono on Instagram

    * Adam Loiacono on LinkedIn



      

    Momentous: The Cleanest Recovery Products in the World

    Momentous is a world-renowned sports performance and recovery supplement. Preferred by top-level athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA, Momentous is NSF and Informed Sports Certified.

    Experience the best-tasting, cleanest recovery products in the world and take your performance to the next level. Choose Momentous.

    For more information on Momentous or to place your first order, visit www.livemomentous.com/robertson – use the coupon code: Robertson20 at checkout to receive 20% off your first order or receive a free 3-pack sample.

     

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    • 51 min
    Darcy Norman on the Value of Working with Interesting People

    Darcy Norman on the Value of Working with Interesting People

    Darcy Norman is a consultant and physiologist working as the Director of Performance Science at Kitman Labs and as the Movement coach for the US Men’s National soccer team.

    Darcy is a fantastic person from whom I always learn a ton from. In addition to his skills in soccer and athletic training, Darcy is also well-skilled in biomechanics, data analysis, and technology.

    He previously worked as a Fitness & Rehab Coach and Performance Data Analyst for the German National Football Team and as Director of Performance for A.S. Roma before he returned to the U.S. as a Performance Coach for the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Men’s National Team.

    Darcy joins me today to discuss his career and illustrate the differences between working for a major soccer club and a national team. He highlights the elements that influenced his success at A.S. Roma and emphasizes the importance of having a coach that supports a team’s vision.

    He illustrates his new role at Kitman Labs and the products and services they provide. He also discusses how data and technology can enhance sports performance and describes how the industry’s evolution into an interdisciplinary field can benefit athletes and coaches alike.

     

    When everybody has their values aligned with the team’s mission, that’s when you have a true shared vision. Teams with shared vision tend to be the most successful in sports. – Darcy Norman

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * The beginnings of Darcy’s career in sports performance

    * What Darcy learned from working in elite soccer clubs and national teams

    * The importance of supporting and giving back to soccer clubs

    * Complex systems thinking and the elements of Darcy’s success in A.S. Roma

    * Why sports teams need to create a mission and vision statement

    * Setting up educational opportunities and communication processes in teams

    * Changing how the world views American soccer and the value of having a coach that supports a team’s vision

    * Darcy’s role at Kitman Labs and the relationship between an athlete’s medical history and performance

    * The impact of data and analysis on sports performance

    * How sports performance has evolved into an interdisciplinary discipline over the years



      

    Related Content:



    * Physical Preparation with Darcy Norman

    * Darcy Norman Reflects on His First Two Years with A.S. Roma Soccer Club



     

    Resources Mentioned:



    * The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday



     

    Connect with Darcy Norman:



    * Kitman Labs

    * Darcy Norman Consulting

    * Darcy Norman on Twitter

    * Darcy Norman on LinkedIn

    * Skype: darcy.norman

    * Email: darcynormanconsulting@gmail.com



     

    Momentous – The Cleanest Recovery Products in the World

    Momentous is a world-renowned sports performance and recovery supplement. Preferred by top-level athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA, Momentous is NSF and Informed Sports Certified.

    Experience the best-tasting, cleanest recovery products in the world and take your performance to the next level. Choose Momentous.

    For more information on Momentous or to place your first order, visit www.livemomentous.

    • 52 min
    Tommy Ardito on Side Hustles, Perseverance and Diversification

    Tommy Ardito on Side Hustles, Perseverance and Diversification

    Tommy Ardito has a no-nonsense approach when it comes to fitness training and life.

    He started working early in his life, and by taking jobs to get himself through college, Tommy eventually completed his Nutrition and Exercise Science degree at Queens College.

    Today, Tommy is the founder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of Brooklyn Fitness, an inclusive and supportive training gym based in South Slope, Brooklyn, NYC. At Brooklyn Fitness, Tommy and his team deliver bespoke workouts to ensure clients’ success.

    Tommy joins me today to discuss how he kept Brooklyn Fitness going throughout the coronavirus shutdown.

    He explains how digitalization and taking his fitness software online supported his gym through the crisis.

    He highlights the importance of cultivating connections and relationships with clients and gym members, especially in the time of the pandemic.

    And he also explains why diversification is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to running a business and illustrates the power of diligence in trying times.

     

    Think of your gym as a contributor to the on-going body of research in strength & conditioning. Every client that walks through those doors is an experience for your fitness coaches. – Tommy Ardito

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * How Tommy transitioned from being a training manager in a private gym to opening his fitness facility

    * Getting started in the world of physical preparation and how working in a pizzeria inspired Tommy to become a business owner

    * What makes running a gym in New York different from other places

    * Tommy’s response to the coronavirus shutdown and how he kept his gym’s momentum up despite the quarantine

    * The importance of maintaining a relationship with gym members and clients

    * Tommy’s “pandemic pizza pick-up” and the importance of diversification in business

    * The challenges and hurdles of running a gym in New York City

    * Learning to trust yourself, the value of sharing knowledge, and why the fitness industry loses experience

    * Tommy’s advice for young trainers about coaching in 2020



     

    Resources Mentioned:



    * Bridge Athletic



     

    Connect with Tommy:



    * Brooklyn Fitness Website

    * Brooklyn Fitness on Instagram

    * Tommy Ardito on Instagram



     

    Momentous – The Cleanest Recovery Products in the World

    Momentous is a world-renowned sports performance and recovery supplement. Preferred by top-level athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA, Momentous is NSF and Informed Sports Certified.

    Experience the best-tasting, cleanest recovery products in the world and take your performance to the next level. Choose Momentous.

    For more information on Momentous or to place your first order, visit www.livemomentous.com/robertson – use the coupon code: Robertson20 at checkout to receive 20% off your first order or receive a free 3-pack sample.

     

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    • 58 min
    10 Tips for Smarter Program Design

    10 Tips for Smarter Program Design

    Let’s be honest…writing training programs can be a daunting task.

    What are the factors you need to keep in mind?

    How can you make a workout session as efficient and enjoyable as possible?

    Program design is something I have always been fascinated with. It’s been a while since my first program, and luckily (or hopefully, at least), I’ve improved my game over the years and learned a few things that could help you design your training program.

    In this episode, I share ten tips that can help you create more effective and smarter training programs. I discuss the R7 approach to training, define what a rate limiter is, and discuss why you should seek to eliminate them in your initial program with a new client or athlete.

    I also emphasize why you need to begin with long-term goals for your clients, and discuss why vision and assessment are keys to an impactful program.

     

    The entire workout has to be geared and designed towards helping people move and feel better. – Mike Robertson

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * The importance of planning your workout or training sessions on paper first

    * What rate limiters are and why your first program’s goal should be to eliminate them

    * The difference between “training” movements versus “building” movements (and why you should focus on the latter)

    * Why you should build strength slowly instead of testing it during each workout

    * Rethinking the warm-up and how to use them to help clients and athletes get ready for training

    * The benefits of creating a program templates

    * The four big goals clients and athletes aim for

    * The three characteristics of a client or athlete you need to assess

    * The reason you need to underwhelm clients with your workouts

    * The impact of making training fun and enjoyable

    * Beginning with the end in mind and balancing long-term and short-term goals with clients



     

    Related Content:



    * David Sutton on Communication and Relationships Across Cultures

    * Dan John on How to Dominate the Weights for a Lifetime

    * 19 Ninja Tricks to Help You Write Better Training Programs



      

    Resources Mentioned:



    * Easy Strength: How to Get a Lot Stronger Than Your Competition – and Dominate in Your Sport by Dan John



     

    Stop the Frustration! Get the Complete Coach Certification

    Are you a young fitness trainer or coach?

    Are you frustrated by the results you’re getting or the lack of resources available to learn the skills you need to be successful?

    Are you struggling to get enough clients or wondering how long you’ll be able to follow your passion for helping others?

    It’s time to stop the frustration and stop worrying. It’s time to get certified!

    If you’re serious about improving your results, serious about becoming a better coach, and serious about increasing your bottom line, then you need the Complete Coach Certification.

    In this massive course, you’ll learn:



    * How to use the R7 system to create seamless, integrated and efficient programs for clients and athletes of all shapes and sizes

    * How to create the culture, environment and relationships with everyone you train so you can get the absolute best results

    * The exact progressions, regressions, and coaching cues I use in the gym – from squatting and deadlifting to pressing and p...

    • 39 min

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