A strength and conditioning business that works with male and female developing and professional footballers based in Melbourne. Every week the founder, Jack McLean, hosts a live chat with different people in the AFL and strength and conditioning industries. On his program, Jack has hosted the likes of AFL greats such as Tom Mitchell and Brett Deledio, as well as stalwarts in the strength and conditioning industry such as Dan Baker, as well as sports scientists such as Tim Gabbett. In each 30-minute episode, Jack talks to his guests about how they started out in their field, how they achieved success, and advice for developing high-performance athletes & staff. #plpathlete #plplivechats
Episode 29 - Phil Merriman
Phil Merriman discusses his journey into the field of strength & conditioning, starting as a personal trainer + head coach of state Jessie hockey teams for 10 years.
Other topics discussed in this episode:
- Leadership can be developed but isn’t for everyone
- Importance of curiosity and how Phill has recognised this behaviour in elite athletes
- Developing your soft skills from personal training
- Developing presentation skills while he was a head coach
- Importance of having player lead environments rather than staff lead
- Doctor Peter Brukner
- David Misson
- Darren Burgess
- David Hale
- Alastair Clarkson
- Andrew Russel
- Anthony Fernon
- Andrew Lambart
- Luke Boyd
- Hal Marsden
- Chris Hink
- John Quin
Episode 28 - Tom Mitchell
We Discussed all things Ball Magnets, the 'why' behind the creation of the app, who came up with the name, how the app works, and who it is for.
Episode 27 - Christian Woodford
In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast I am speaking to Christian Woodford the director of coaching at Woodford Sports Science Consulting.
Christian Woodford is one of the most experienced strength and conditioning coaches in Australia. In this episode, Christian and Jack talk about how to get into the field of strength and conditioning and how Christian worked his way up from the gym floor at Fitness First to training professional athletes. They discuss the importance of S&C—even the Australian lawn bowls team has an S&C coach—and what being an S&C is really all about.
In this episode, you will learn –
Who Christian is (background, education, and current role)
Why career choice
Role in high-performance sport
The value of having mentors
Progressions and the importance of the basics
Christian can be found on Instagram & Facebook:
Episode 26 - Josh Fahey
In this episode of the Prepare Like a pro I speak with Josh Fahey is a new up-and-coming gun that we can expect to see playing for GWS next season and has been recruited into the All-Australian squad for 2021. Josh talks about his origins in NRL, switching to footy and making the 14s ACT national team in his first year of playing. He talks about his experience with injury and emphasises the importance of not overtraining as a junior.
In this episode, you will learn –
Who Josh is (background, education, and current role) Why he changed from rugby to AFL How he managed the challenges of 2020 His goals for his draft year of 2021 Q+A from the fans
People mentioned: Andrew Raines
Josh can be found on Instagram
Episode 25 - Lachlan Wilmot
In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast I am speaking to Lachlan Wilmot is a strength and conditioning coach who, with 17 years in the industry, is now a leader in the field. In this episode, he talks to Jack about the importance of working with the general population for strength and conditioning coaches, his approach to rehabilitating lower back pain, and what gives a team that winning edge.
Lachlan can be found on Instagram:
Episode 24 - Ben Frith
In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast, I am speaking to one of our strength & conditioning coaches Ben Frith who is a strength and conditioning coach for the St Kilda AFLW team. Ben provided sound advice to young people studying to be S&Cs, explained some of the differences between training men and women, and revealed the one key skill that athletes should focus on if they want to make it to the big time.
Ben can be found on Instagram: