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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!

Physical Preparation Podcast – Robertson Training Systems Mike Robertson

    • Fitness
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

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!

    Ask Mike: The Big Q&A Show

    Ask Mike: The Big Q&A Show

    Whether you’re a veteran or new, there is always something new to learn or think about when you’re a  coach.

    From educating your clients on a program to choosing the best exercises for athletes, it’s easy to get overloaded with information.

    But don’t worry!

    Learning is crucial to our growth as coaches, and one of the key characteristics that make a great coach is their willingness to approach others and ask questions.

    In this episode, I discuss how you can communicate with your clients the principles behind your exercise programs.

    I explain why you shouldn’t try to turn someone’s weaknesses into strengths, and reveal what you can do to handle a client’s weaknesses.

    I share a technique that could help you decide what sort of training exercises to include in a program and highlight the importance of approaching everything from an educational mindset.

    I also break down the stages of sleep and highlight the role of deep sleep in muscle recovery.


    Deconstruct the sport that you coach for. Figure out what posture, movements, and positions athletes need to hit, and train for them. – Mike Robertson


    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

    * The value of building up slowly, and how to deal with clients and athletes who want more variety

    * Why teaching clients and athletes to move better is the cornerstone of my training philosophy

    * Understanding a client’s need for novelty

    * Assessing the characteristics of athletes: What makes them great, their superpowers, and their weaknesses

    * My mistake of trying to turn weaknesses into strengths and what you can do instead

    * Deciding what exercises to incorporate in a training program

    * The movements involved in basketball and using them as a deciding factor in choosing power exercises

    * My approach to conditioning for a general population client coming from CrossFit

    * Underload versus overload training and the importance of maintaining motor skills

    * The role of sleep in recovery and how a lack of it impacts movement

    * Recovering from workouts through nutrition

    * Recovery modalities and why you may want to save them for when you really need it

    * Our assessment and evaluation processes at IFAST

    * The purpose of doing assessments


    Resources Mentioned:

    * Peak: The New Science of Athletic Performance That Is Revolutionizing Sports by Dr. Marc Bubbs


    Related Content:

    * Steffan Jones on Speed, Power, and Stiffness in Cricket Bowling

    * Physical Preparation with Lee Taft

    * Lee Taft on Program Design for Elite Speed and Agility

    * Lee Taft on the Biggest Coaching Mistakes in Speed Training

    * Lee Taft Talks Training Adults, Combines, and Strength Training for Speed


    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.

    • 51 min
    Pat Rigsby on the Past, Present and Future of Fitness Business

    Pat Rigsby on the Past, Present and Future of Fitness Business

    Pat Rigsby is a fitness business coach who has been in the industry since 1994.

    Growing up in Portsmouth, Ohio, Pat never had an interest in entrepreneurship and wanted to be a Major League Baseball player.

    And even though he had a season in professional baseball, he eventually realized playing the sport wasn’t his calling and set his sights on coaching.

    Pat started his career as a collegiate baseball coach and later moved into the private fitness sector in the early 2000s, armed with a Bachelor’s in Sports Management from Xavier University and a Master’s in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.

    Since starting that first fitness business, Pat has owned, or co-owned, over 32 businesses in the industry, from health clubs to local training facilities and franchises.

    And today, he exclusively facilitates business coaching with fitness, health, and sports performance entrepreneurs, guiding them through building their ideal business.

    Pat is someone I’ve known for many years and has become a trusted resource when it comes to running my business. Without him and his business aptitude, both IFAST and RTS wouldn’t be where they are today.

    Pat joins me this week to share his insights into the past, present, and future of the fitness industry.

    He illustrates how COVID has impacted fitness facilities in the short and long term.

    He discusses how a trainer, coach, or rehab professional can tell they’re ready to start their own business and illustrates how having a fitness facility is different from working for another.

    And finally, he shares his advice for fitness business owners who are worried or reluctant to transition their business online and emphasizes the fitness industry’s quality of being people-centric.


    We are a people business more than any other business serving adults on earth. Our job is to coach somebody and provide accountability, motivation, and expertise. – Pat Rigsby


    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

    * How trainers, coaches, or rehab professionals can know that they’re ready to start their own fitness business

    * The extra responsibilities you take when you start your own business

    * How Pat realized that he wanted to take on the business ownership path

    * Being completely unemployable and the opportunity-security continuum

    * Pat’s three-step process of running a successful fitness business

    * Lead magnets and how to attract your target market

    * Building a relationship with prospects to convert them into clients

    * The impact of effective product and service delivery to clients

    * How COVID-19 has impacted the fitness industry

    * Why client-centric fitness businesses were able to weather the COVID storm more effectively

    * Why Pat thinks group training will weaken in the long-term

    * Growth in online and hybrid training, as well as a more holistic approach to wellness

    * Getting fitness business owners into the world of online training

    * The biggest excuses fitness business owners make in starting online coaching

    * What it means to create your ideal business


    Resources Mentioned:

    * Zen Planner

    * Mindbody

    * TrueCoach

    * TrainHeroic


    Related Content:

    * Pat Rigsby on Building Your Ideal Fitness Business


    Connect with Pat:

    * Pat Rigsby Website

    * Pat Rigsby on Facebook

    • 53 min
    Steve Tashjian on Logistics, Integration and High-Performance Teams

    Steve Tashjian on Logistics, Integration and High-Performance Teams

    Steve Tashjian was a soccer hack who got injured and had a taste of what bad rehab looked like.

    Nevertheless, the experience taught him to appreciate physical movement and kindled his interest in the medical and biomechanical fields.

    Taking his growing passion with him over the years, Steve worked as the Head of Fitness Coach for the Columbus Crew in the MLS after completing his master’s degree in Physical Therapy at the Western University of Health Sciences.

    From there, he accepted an opportunity to go overseas and worked for the Everton Football Club as the Head of Sports Science & Conditioning for 5 years, before coming back for a second stint with the Crew.

    And today, Steve is back in the US, supporting the US Soccer Federation Men’s National Team as their Head Performance Specialist.

    Steve joins me today to share his experience with working with the Everton Football Club and illustrates how it’s different from working with an MLS team.

    He describes his career path and how working with the US Soccer Federation has changed over the years.

    He emphasizes the importance of developing sales skills as a coach and how information transparency can cultivate relationships between sports clubs.

    And finally, he underscores the dangers of groupthink in sports performance, how it can hinder the industry’s growth, and reiterates what it means to build a high-performance environment.


    We don’t drive performance development in players – we support and promote it. – Steve Tashjian


    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

    * Steve’s background, career progression, and how he got into professional sports

    * How working at the MLS has changed over the years

    * Why young coaches need to take career opportunities over money

    * What prompted Steve to come back to the US after his stint in Europe

    * How working for the MLS is different from working with the Everton FC

    * The importance of developing sales skills in coaching and physical preparation

    * The difference between working for a sports club and a national team

    * The role of transparency & information dissemination in cultivating relationships with other clubs

    * Determining player readiness & availability

    * Developing a one-team approach and other trends in soccer that haven’t yet transferred to other sports

    * How soccer is moving towards a collaborative, high-performance process

    * What the high-performance model is meant to be and its biggest roadblocks

    * Groupthink, what it is, and how it’s impacting the sports performance industry

    * The relationship between insulin and performance and why an elite athlete has to be healthy


    Resources Mentioned:

    * Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair


    Related Content:

    * Darcy Norman on the Value of Working with Interesting People

    * Darcy Norman Reflects on His First Two Years with AS Roma Soccer Club

    * Physical Preparation with Darcy Norman


    Connect with Steve Tashjian:

    * Steve Tashjian on LinkedIn

    * Steve Tashjian on Twitter


    IFAST University is BACK! Are You In?

    Are you ready to take your coaching and training career to the next level?

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Alex Effer on Assessments, Exercise Selection, and Coaching

    Alex Effer on Assessments, Exercise Selection, and Coaching

    As a young Canadian, Alex Effer understood the importance of health and physical activity from playing hockey, and he dreamed of playing the sport professionally, a life path that contrasts the careers of his accountant parents.

    Although health complications later hindered Alex from becoming an NHL player, he accepted the challenge to overcome physical pain and educated himself on several fitness, rehabilitation, and nutrition models – all this, in addition to his degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Toronto.

    He took it upon himself to draw from his experience as an Exercise Physiologist to guide others in overcoming ailments and pain, and to meet this end, Alex founded Resilient, a training, education, and rehabilitation service dedicated to alleviating pain and improving fitness.

    Alex joins me today to discuss the value of assessments and the importance of letting them inform exercise selection and coaching.

    He shares his background and the lessons he learned from working with a broad range of clients and athletes over the years.

    He illustrates his process for assessing and explains why he focuses on squats and toe-touches when assessing clients.

    And finally he emphasizes why coaches need to continue learning about anatomy and physiology and shares his advice for young trainers and coaches who want to get better results for their clients and athletes.


    Exercises need to be implemented with the right intent and accomplish what measurements and assessments tell. – Alex Effer


    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

    * The challenges of transitioning online as a strength & conditioning coach

    * What led Alex to the world of physical preparation, his big rocks, and training philosophies

    * A process of understanding the relationship between breathing and movement

    * Why you don’t need to train for every single angle of lunges

    * Alex’s assessment process for new clients and how it has evolved over the years

    * How “assessments” has become a buzzword recently and the biggest mistakes coaches make when it comes to assessing clients

    * The importance of reassessment processes and making assessments adaptable

    * Categorizing and selecting exercises based on assessments

    * How to refine and improve an exercise selection process

    * Why coaches need to keep learning more about the human body

    * Cultivating relationships with clients and creating buy-ins post-assessment through effective communication


    Resources Mentioned:

    * The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene


    Related Content:

    * Physical Preparation with Bill Hartman


    Connect with Alex:

    * Resilient Education

    * Resilient Training & Rehabilitation

    * Resilient Training & Rehabilitation on Instagram

    * Resilient Training & Rehabilitation on Facebook

    * Alex Effer on LinkedIn

    * Alex Effer on Instagram


    IFAST University is BACK! Are You In?

    Are you ready to take your coaching and training career to the next level?

    You need to find great mentors to guide you along your journey – to help you find the blind spots in your own training programs and improve your skills as a coach.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Josh Bonhotal on the Future of Health & Wellness Training

    Josh Bonhotal on the Future of Health & Wellness Training

    Josh Bonhotal had to write a letter to his future self for his 3rd grade class.

    Growing up in the era of Michael Jordan, Josh had dreamed of becoming a starting point guard for the Chicago Bulls.

    Although he didn’t become point guard, Josh was already working as an intern for the Bulls by the time he opened the letter from his younger self; he even later became the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the team.

    As the doors of opportunities continued to open for him, Josh went on to serve as Purdue University’s Director of Sports Performance for its men’s basketball team for seven years.

    And today, Josh is Vice President of Performance for Future, a digital fitness & training start-up that aims to revolutionize health & wellness in the world.

    Josh joins me today to discuss how he transitioned from his role at Purdue to his current post at Future, and shares what he misses about coaching athletes.

    He illustrates the vision and goal of Future in improving preventive healthcare in the country – and in the world – by pairing clients with the best coach for them.

    And finally he discusses the five values he uses in hiring people, explains what it means to hire for “culture add” instead of “culture fit,” and discusses the benefits of bringing the ideas of improv into a team.


    The void that exists in our healthcare industry today is that everything is reactive. Nothing works because nothing pairs you with a coach. – Josh Bonhotal


    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

    * Josh’s background and his transition into a fitness technology start-up

    * What the Future app is all about and how it’s designed to help its users

    * The void that exists in healthcare and the vision that Future is trying to achieve

    * The rate of obesity and inactivity in the United States

    * The daily responsibilities of a Vice President for Performance at a digital fitness start-up and how his role has evolved over time

    * How Josh made key hires at Future at a time when the company didn’t even have a website

    * Determining what a good hire is, qualities to look for, and cultivating culture around coaches

    * The five values Josh hires for and the three types of people in the world

    * Bringing the world of improv into Future

    * The difference between hiring for “culture add” versus “culture fit”

    * What Josh misses about coaching and being around basketball players all the time

    * What basketball taught Josh about leading and building teams & cultures


    Resources Mentioned:

    * The Cubs’ Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci

    * Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses ‘No, But’ Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration – Lessons from the Second City by Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton


    Related Content:

    * Physical Preparation with Josh Bonhotal


    Connect with Josh:

    * Future

    * Josh Bonhotal on Twitter

    * Josh Bonhotal on Instagram

    * Josh Bonhotal on Linkedin


    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?

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Kaiti Jones on Criteria-Based Approaches to Reconditioning

    Kaiti Jones on Criteria-Based Approaches to Reconditioning

    Kaiti Jones has had a personal journey with sports and athleticism.

    After playing sports throughout high school, Kaiti was approached by many educational institutions to play at the collegiate level.

    But, growing up in a small town in Michigan, Kaiti wanted to go to a larger university and be around many people. She decided to forego her athletic career and worked on her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at Central Michigan University.

    Yet, her competitive side remained and eventually led her to work on her master’s degree in Health Science Business Administration at Florida Gulf Coast University, while overseeing their men’s soccer and volleyball teams.

    Today, Kaiti is the Senior Sports Performance Coach at the University of Louisville, where she manages programming and coaching for the women’s basketball and lacrosse teams.

    Kaiti joins me today to discuss how she transitioned from being an athletic trainer to being a Performance Coach at the University of Louisville.

    She highlights the difference between a criteria-based and a timeline-driven approach to rehabilitation.

    She explains how a data-driven approach to reconditioning athletes helps them recover better and discusses why she uses the term reconditioning instead of rehabilitation.

    And finally, she illustrates how athletes lose a part of their identities as performers when injured, and describes how coaches can better support their recovery.


    Athletes are objective and data-driven; set them up for success by giving them moments during the reconditioning process where they can get wins. – Kaiti Jones


    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

    * What led Kaiti to the world of physical preparation

    * Kaiti’s Big Rocks and where she got the three principles she strives for

    * Pulling an athlete out of an injury and getting them back on the field

    * What the day-to-day looks like for Kaiti as a Performance Coach at the University of Louisville

    * Kaiti’s definition of a criteria-based approach to reconditioning and how she uses it with athletes

    * The downsides of a timeline-driven rehabilitation protocol

    * The role of data and objective elements in the rehab process

    * The difference between reconditioning and rehabilitation

    * How athletes lose a piece of their identity when recovering from an injury

    * Integrating the strength & conditioning process with reconditioning

    * The importance of building relationships with sports medicine professionals

    * What arthrogenic muscle inhibition means and how it can help athletes get back to the athletic normal

    * Trusting the process and how having great mentors took Kaiti to where she is today


    Related Content:

    * Matt Jordan on the Science and Practice of ACL Rehab

    * Chris Chase on the Evolution of Strength & Conditioning in Basketball

    * Physical Preparation with Chris Chase


    Resources Mentioned:

    * The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh


    Connect with Kaiti Jones:

    * Kaiti Jones on Instagram

    * Kaiti Jones on Twitter

    * Kaiti Jones on LinkedIn


    Stop the Frustration!

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

fitnessmad18 ,

Great podcast

As a coach/gym owner myself, and currently studying an MSc in s&c, I learn a lot from this podcast. The best thing about Mike Robertson, is that he is very open minded, and humble- always open to new methods and ideas, and not stuck in one approach (like many coaches can be). There’s some great content, from more business related podcasts which I personally find the most helpful, to the more physical training ones, about strength/speed development etc. I would highly recommend.

Jon Fatch ,

Best podcast for any fitness professional!

Time is not something I’m rich in so it has to be wisely spent! That’s why I invest it into this podcast. MR has some great speakers on, delivering some great info that fitness pro’s who are still cutting their teeth in the industry or season vets can learn something from.
What I like best about the podcast is there always something ACTIONABLE that you can do with the info given.

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James Cox

I’m just entering my 17th year as a trainer. I have listened to many of the industry’s leading podcasts and seen many come and go. At this stage of my career Mike’s podcast has been a game changer. Both my business, my coaching practices and also my personal development have all benefited immeasurable from mikes influence over this last year. Thank you Mike.

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