Creator of Functional Range Systems (Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) , Kinstretch® (FRC®), Functional Range Assessment (FRA®) and Functional Range Release (FR)®, Dr. Spina's systems are currently utilized by practitioners world wide including dozens of professional sports organizations, athletes, and performers including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS,NCAA and the UFC. A published author, and international speaker on the topics of joint health, movement and mobility development, sports performance, and injury management, listen to Dr. Spina interact with top performers on a variety of subjects regarding the FRS system as well as human optimization.
Ep 16: Cross-Cast with Don Saladino and Derek Hansen of the D&D Fitness Radio podcast.
For over 20 years, Don has coached actors, athletes, musicians, and business executives pushing them to function at their fullest potential. In 2005, he opened his NYC Gym, Drive 495. He has developed a reputation for training some of the biggest names in Hollywood for the big screen. Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Liev Schreiber, Sebastian Stan, Anne Hathaway, Zachary Levi, Drew Powell, Hugh Jackman, & David Harbour are among his roster of clients who have trained with him at Drive 495.Derek is an International Sport Performance Consultant that has been working with athletes all ages and abilities in speed, strength and power sports since 1988. His coaching career started in Track and Field, providing instruction to sprinters of all ages eventually working with collegiate sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. His career evolved rapidly working closely with some of the top performers in the world as a coach and a consultant – including Olympic medalists, world record holders, Canadian National team athletes, and professional athletes from numerous sports. He also serves as a performance consultant to numerous professional teams in the NFL, NBA, MLS and NHL, as well as major NCAA Division 1 programs throughout North America, specializing in speed development, strategic performance planning, return-to-competition protocols and neuromuscular electrical stimulation programming.In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Don and Derek across a variety of topics including:‘Mobility’ vs internal training and how we define it within Functional Range Systems. The approach to my own personal health and fitness.Spine and joint health, as it relates to mobility, stability, & articular health. Movement and movement screening to maximize health and minimize the potential for injuryThe importance of addressing and managing pain on both a physical and psychological level.iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/d-d-fitness-radio-podcast/id1331724217iHeart Radio – https://www.iheart.com/podcast/dd-fitness-radio-28797988/Spreaker.com – https://www.spreaker.com/show/d-and-d-fitness-radios-showSpotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/5Py2SSPA4mntNwYRm0OpriYou can reach both Don and Derek at the following locations:Don Saladino: http://www.DonSaladino.comTwitter and Instagram - @DonSaladinoYouTube - http://www.youtube.com/donsaladino
Ep.15: Whiteboard Session
In this white board session, Dr. Spina sits down to answer some questions specific to the Functional Range Systems, as well as questions relating to manual therapy as a whole.Topics discussed include – a detailed description of the purpose/utilization of Controlled Articular Rotations (CARs) for articular assessment, training, and therapy; the differentiation between capsular workspace (CW), articular workspace (AW), and global workspace (GW) and how an understanding of these principles can focus/guide force based inputs (therapeutic and/or training); Chronic pain research and management; the neurophysiology of ‘muscle tightness’; the difference between Neurological Tightness vs. Mechanical Tension and how the ability to distinguish the two can rapidly improve clinical outcomes; the histological goal of specific soft tissue treatment; and many more. This episode is a deep dive into the specifics of clinical practice full of big take always, and numerous ‘a-ha’ moments that will interest manual therapists, medical practitioners, and strength and conditioning specialists alike.As this episode is part of our Whiteboard Series, if you’d like to reference Dr. Spina’s notes/illustrations during the podcast, please hop over to our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/upLI2OzqODU
Ep. 14: ‘The Evolution of Eating’: A conversation with 2X NYT best selling author Robb Wolf
In this episode of the podcast Dr. Spina sits down with former research biochemist and 2X New York Times best selling author of ‘The Paleo Solution’ and ‘Wired to Eat,’ Mr. Robb Wolf. Robb has been a long-time authority on nutrition and has served as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warefare Resiliency program.The conversation broadly focuses on the evolutionary perspective of human nutrition. Some of the topics covered include: contrasting physical vs. chemical (nutritional) evolution in homo sapiens, How the ‘caveman’ principle applies to understanding human dietary needs, the natural selective pressures that forged the human genome, consciousness and the challenges it presents to maintaining healthy eating habits, the Hedonic Treadmill, why we are wired to move less and eat more, intermittent fasting, the importance of personalized nutritional programming, the research landscape concerning human nutrition, the problems surrounding the concept of the ‘biohacking’, the reserve-capacity hypothesis, and many more. Also discussed are the many myths surrounding Paleolithic eating, plant AND meat based diets, telomeres and human longevity, and caloric restriction.
Ep. 13: A Conversation with Dr. Duncan French, Vice President UFC Performance Institute
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Spina sits down to speak with the Dr. Duncan French, Vice President of Performance at the UFC Performance Institute (UFCPI) in Las Vegas. Dr. French is globally recognized as a leading expert in high-performance sport and is responsible for directing sport-specific technical interfaces that maximize the impact of performance services for UFC rostered athletes. Prior to this role, he led Strength & Conditioning at the English Institute of Sport and was also the head S&C at Newcastle United Football Club in the Barclays English Premier League. He has also co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters.Duncan holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut in Exercise Physiology with a focus on Neuroendocrinology. As such, the discussion focuses largely on the endocrine (hormonal) responses to resistance training and conditioning. Topics include the selection of appropriate training intensities, creating an anabolic environment in the athlete, the role of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA Axis), stress and its effect on hormonal output/metabolism, exercise selection, sport specificity, psychological factors that enhance or depress neuroendocrine output, progressive overload, training accommodation, the role of genetics in high level athletics vs. training effect, and more.Dr. Spina and Dr. French also discuss the inner workings of the UFC Performance Institute which has become the world leader in Mixed Martial Arts research, training, and athlete care.
Ep. 12: System Specific Training for MMA Fighters- A conversation with Head S&C Coach of Sanford MMA Dr. Corey Peacock
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Spina sits down with Dr. Corey Peacock. Dr. Peacock holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University and serves as an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Nova Southeastern University. As a researcher , he has contributed to multiple peer-reviewed publications integrating the fields of exercise physiology, athletic performance, and supplementation. He is also head of strength and conditioning for Sanford MMA – a premier professional MMA team comprised of some of the top-ranked fighters in the business including multiple current and former World Champions. The discussion covers a lot of ground on a variety of topics including:‘The Dark Triad’ psychological profile and its relation to combat sport athletesThe effects of genetic ability vs coaching • Dopamine metabolism and its effects on brain functionCTE and brain injuries in combat sportsThe specifics of S&C programming for high level athletesCreating system adaptability in the athletic bodyContrast trainingThe mental and physical effects of over trainingAnd many, many moreMMA enthusiasts, combat athletes, sports performance coaches, trainers, and anyone interested in optimizing human health and performance… This one is for you!
Ep.11: Control Yourself Before Controlling Others - A Conversation with Matt Pasquale & Mark Brunswick
In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Spina sits down for a discussion with long time BJJ black belt Matthew Pasquale, and fellow FRS x BJJ brown belt, Mark Brunswick. Topics discussed in this episode include:FRS internal vs external training and its translation to the ability to control yourself in order to better control your opponentBendy does not mean unbreakableJiu jitsu injuries and their implications“Correcting” imbalancesTraining tissue for improved motor learning (new jiu jitsu techniques) and performance optimizationThe plus side of compensations in human physiologyIf you have an interest in human movement optimization, martial arts, or a desire for a deeper understanding of training adaptations, this episode is for you.
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I’ve tried to listen to this podcast about 7 times. With guests and topics promised that got me so excited. But every time I get ramblings from Andreo about how good at science he is and how everyone else doesn’t understand “SCIENCE”. If he would just let the guests speak about their topics and shut up this would be awesome. But instead it is just the “look how much better at science and research Andreo is compared to everyone else” show featuring a much more intelligent and interesting podcast guest who you doesn’t get any talk time.