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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

    • Health & Fitness

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!

    Ben Eisenmenger on Strongman Training, Competition and Life

    Ben Eisenmenger on Strongman Training, Competition and Life

    Ben Eisenmenger’s passion for training and physical preparation began early in his life, when he started doing workouts from muscle magazines in his basement using his father’s weights.

    Much of his inspiration came from his father, who lifted weights despite having cerebral palsy. Ben eventually pursued wellness and training full-time after college and trained for bodybuilding, hardstyle kettlebell, and strongman.

    He won Kentucky’s Strongest Man in 2018 at 105kg, West Virginia’s Strongest Man in 2020 at 125kg, and recently placed first in the U.S. Strongman National Championship in the middleweight division.

    A dedicated father and husband, Ben considers spending time with his family an important aspect of his life while he trains himself and others in his gym, Be Strong KY.

    Ben joins me today to discuss strongman competitions, high-quality training, and life.

    He explains how he got started, how he does his training splits, and the specifics of strongman lifting, such as postural demands.

    He underscores the importance of training smart and avoiding burnout and the value of training at sub-max levels before a competition.

    Ben also highlights how he finds the balance between training and competing at a high level and spending time with family and loved ones.

     

    Be 100% engaged at every moment during the training process, the build-up, and the competition day. That’s the way to win. – Ben Eisenmenger

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Ben’s backstory and what led him to the world of physical preparation

    * His introduction to coaching people and how his father inspired him to lift weights

    * Ben’s first strongman competition and how he transitioned to coaching professionally

    * The value of education and competition

    * How to get started on strongman lifting

    * Basic tools and equipment to get started with strongman lifting

    * Postural and movement demands unique to strongman training and competition

    * What a typical strongman training program looks like

    * The importance of cultivating mental resilience when training for a strongman competition

    * Identifying the needs of a strongman event and the difference between general and specific training

    * Managing the weeks and days leading up to a strongman competition to ensure you’re in peak condition

    * How to stay motivated, disciplined, and balance high-quality training with family time



     

    Connect with Ben:



    * Be Strong KY

    * Be Strong KY on Facebook

    * Be Strong KY on Instagram

    * Be Strong KY on Twitter

    * Be Strong KY on YouTube

    * Email: ben@bestrongky.com



     

    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:

    • 55 min
    Ron McKeefery on Creating Community, Culture and Success

    Ron McKeefery on Creating Community, Culture and Success

    The best rewards of working in the world of physical preparation and strength and conditioning aren’t always financial, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build monetary stability while doing what you love as a strength coach.

    Ron McKeefery, Assistant Athletics Director for Fresno State University, exemplifies how that’s possible. In fact, Ron—who is recognized internationally as a leader in sports development—is on his way to becoming the “million-dollar” strength coach.

    Twice named as the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year, Ron authored the Amazon best-seller, CEO Strength Coach, to help other strength and conditioning coaches become successful entrepreneurs in their careers.

    Ron joins me to discuss how young strength and conditioning coaches can set themselves up for success.

    He explains why becoming a great strength coach means becoming a great technician, manager, and entrepreneur.

    He highlights the role of community and culture and describes how he strove to cultivate them at Fresno State at the height of COVID-19.

    Ron also underscores the difference between being “credentialed” and being “qualified” and explains how delivering value is key to setting yourself apart in strength and conditioning.

     

    In the coaching world, you have to create some form of stability through multiple sources of revenue, develop skill sets, and cultivate a community to be able to pivot quickly. – Ron McKeefery

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Opening a gym in the middle of the worst recession and how the world of physical preparation can toughen you up

    * Ron’s background and what led him back to the world of collegiate strength and conditioning

    * Challenges Ron faced during the onset of COVID-19 and how he evolved through it to maintain operations at Fresno State

    * The difficulty of remote training and how Ron adapted his athletes at Fresno State to the new normal

    * The power of building a community of athletes and sports professionals amidst a challenging time

    * The characteristics that make a CEO strength coach

    * The difference between knowledge and experience and how strength coaches can make their resumes stand out

    * The different types of leaders and why it can be hard to find good coaching assistants

    * Ron’s advice for new coaches who want to be successful working in collegiate athletics

    * The power of habits and why coaches should try to create content every day

    * What it takes to become a “million-dollar” CEO strength coach



     

    Related Content:



    * Physical Preparation with Ron McKeefery



     

    Connect with Ron McKeefery:



    * Ron McKeefery Website

    * Book: CEO Strength Coach

    * Book: Weight Room Wisdom

    * Ron McKeefery on LinkedIn

    * Ron McKeefery on Instagram

    * Ron McKeefery on Facebook

    * Ron McKeefery on Twitter

    * Ron McKeefery on YouTube

    * Email: RonMcKeefery@gmail.com



     

    Stop the Frustration!

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    Scott Caulfield on the Wide-Ranging Journey of a Physical Prep Coach

    Scott Caulfield on the Wide-Ranging Journey of a Physical Prep Coach

    If you’re passionate about helping people, coaching is one of the best careers you can have.

    But Coach Scott Caulfield didn’t initially know he could make a full-time career in physical preparation.

    After completing his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Castleton University, Scott only coached at a local gym as a side-hustle.

    Once he accepted a full-time role as a coach and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, though, his dedication to serve others led him from one opportunity to the next.

    Scott worked as a strength and conditioning coach for public and private institutions, such as Dartmouth College, Norwich University, and the American Basketball Association.

    He also served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Coaching Program Manager for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, where he collaborated with professional athletic organizations such as the NBA, MLB, and NFL.

    Today, Scott is the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Colorado College and leads Caulfield Strength, whose purpose is to educate, motivate, and inspire strength and conditioning coaches.

    Scott joins me today to discuss his journey in the world of physical preparation – from his time in the Navy and working with the NSCA to becoming Colorado College’s Director of Strength and Conditioning.

    Scott explains how he became involved with the NSCA and shares the projects he worked on while he was in the organization.

    Scott also describes the difference and similarities between working in the public and private sector and explains why he decided to return to coaching after his stint with the NSCA.

     

    Having people take me under their wing and show me the way made me feel like I owed the same to others. – Scott Caulfield

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Scott’s background and how he became involved with the NSCA

    * His time working in the public and private sectors and what he loved about each environment

    * What the schedule is like working in collegiate sports

    * The factors that encouraged Scott to be more involved with the NSCA

    * Scott’s successful coaching career and the goal he worked towards when he became the Director for the NSCA

    * How Scott strategized to re-engage strength coaches for the NSCA

    * How much time and energy it takes to organize a national conference

    * What prompted Scott to return to coaching for strength and conditioning after working in the NSCA

    * Getting the coaching DNA and how old Scott was when he started his career as a full-time coach

    * Working with the Paralympic Sled Hockey team and Scott’s favorite presenter



     

    Connect with Scott:



    * Caulfield Strength

    * Email: scottcaulfield.cscsd@gmail.com

    * Scott Caulfield on LinkedIn

    * Scott Caulfield on Instagram

    * Scott Caulfield on Twitter



     

    Get Pain-Free, Healthy BULLETPROOF Knees!

    Are you tired of struggling with sore, achy knees? Is knee pain keeping you from performing the activities you enjoy – either in the gym or just in life? Wouldn’t you like to build a set of pain-free healthy knees, once and for all?

    Then you need my Bulletproof Knees Program.

    The Bulletproof Knees Program is a scalable training system that can be applied to virtually anyone – from elite-level athletes to gen pop folks that simply want to be able to play with their children and grandchildren – pain-free.

    This customizable training system is geared towards your body and helpin...

    • 52 min
    Bill Miller on Tracking, Competition and Developing Rotational Power

    Bill Miller on Tracking, Competition and Developing Rotational Power

    Bill Miller has been enamored with baseball, strength training, and physical improvement for as long as he can remember.

    When Bill was in 5th grade, his brothers became enthusiastic about strength training, and he found himself following their footsteps, using baseball as his avenue for physical improvement.

    He took his passion for the sport and played at the collegiate level at Trinity Christian College, where he graduated with a degree in Exercise Science.

    Later, Bill played independent baseball with the Frontier Baseball League, where he eventually pivoted from playing to training other athletes.

    Today, Bill is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist who works with Little League athletes and professionals.

    Taking his passion for educating and training others to improve their performance to the next level, Bill authored the book Swing Fast: A Guide to Developing Rotational Power.

    Bill joins me today to discuss developing rotational power in baseball athletes. He shares his methods for assessing and profiling and explains how often KPIs should be tracked.

    Bill describes the value of fostering healthy competition among athletes and shares the biggest velocity improvement he has seen off-season.

    He also highlights the importance of tracking progress and underscores how training in the weight room develops baseball players for the long term.

     

    Whatever you do, measure it. Make some competition amongst your athletes and if you can get more intent out of what they do. It’s the best way to go about training – Bill Miller

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Bill’s backstory and what inspired him to get started in the world of physical preparation

    * How he transformed his passion for baseball into his career today

    * Helping rotational athletes increase their power and Bill’s training philosophy

    * The key similarities and differences between developing rotational power and general power

    * Tracking KPIs, assessing rotational power, and what indicates a good exit velocity

    * Why Bill prefers to use lighter medicine balls

    * Bill’s methods for force velocity profiling and how often athletes should be tested

    * The importance of laying the foundations of strength and hypertrophy

    * How training in the weight room provides joint strength & stability and helps athletes avoid injuries

    * The mistake of getting enamored with the weight room and forgetting the sport



     

    Connect with Bill:



    * Bill Miller on Instagram

    * Bill Miller on Twitter

    * BOOK: SWING FAST



     

    Get Pain-Free, Healthy BULLETPROOF Knees!

    Are you tired of struggling with sore, achy knees? Is knee pain keeping you from performing the activities you enjoy – either in the gym or just in life? Wouldn’t you like to build a set of pain-free healthy knees, once and for all?

    Then you need my Bulletproof Knees Program.

    The Bulletproof Knees Program is a scalable training system that can be applied to virtually anyone – from elite-level athletes to gen pop folks that simply want to be able to play with their children and grandchildren – pain-free.

    This customizable training system is geared towards your body and helping you achieve your goals.

    So, if you’re ready to get your knees moving and feeling great again, email me at mike@robertsontrainingsystems.com with the words “Bulletproof Knees Coaching” in the subject line to request more information.

    But, don’t wait!

    • 55 min
    David Grey on Co-Contractions, Systemic Movement and Knee Health

    David Grey on Co-Contractions, Systemic Movement and Knee Health

    David Grey was originally an athlete himself, but as he was playing in relatively higher-level sports, he was plagued with pain and injuries.

    He followed the “traditional” model of rehabilitation, which included isolated stretching and strengthening, and soon found himself frustrated by the process.

    David knew he had to take matters into his own hands, so he spent the next decade traveling the world to learn from the best minds in the industry.

    David learned by doing, trying things, and putting insight together.

    When he eventually started feeling good, David found that it was only natural for him to start helping other people.

    As the CEO of David Grey Rehab, David helps a wide range of people who want to move and feel better, from the best high-level athletes in the world to the general population.

    David joins me today to discuss his philosophy on the rehab process.

    He reveals the two ways of making someone, or a tissue, stronger and explains why load tolerance is more than just managing volume.

    David describes how he assesses knee health and how rehab professionals can improve the knee-related return-to-play process.

    David also shares his advice for people who want to succeed in the rehab world and explains how coaches, trainers, and rehab professionals can create better social media content.

     

    If you want to get someone pain-free for a long time, get them moving and make sure the foot can move well. Chase co-contractions early on and give them that sense of knee stability. – David Grey

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * David’s career arc and what got him excited about the world of physical preparation

    * His big rocks and overarching philosophy on the rehab process

    * David’s assessment process for people with knee pain

    * Load distribution and why the coordination between calf and hamstring often gets overlooked

    * The relationship between the brain, the nervous system, and flexibility issues

    * Systemic movement and the characteristics of a good pronation

    * The most common factors that lead to knee pain

    * What makes good movement

    * The value of old school body-building types of exercises, especially after trauma

    * David’s favorite exercises to build up clients and why he brings in running-specific drills early in the rehab process

    * The return-to-play process after knee injuries



     

    Connect with David:



    * David Grey Rehab

    * David Grey on Instagram

    * David Grey on Facebook

    * David Grey on YouTube



     

    Get Pain-Free, Healthy BULLETPROOF Knees!

    Are you tired of struggling with sore, achy knees? Is knee pain keeping you from performing the activities you enjoy – either in the gym or just in life? Wouldn’t you like to build a set of pain-free healthy knees, once and for all?

    Then you need my Bulletproof Knees Program.

    The Bulletproof Knees Program is a scalable training system that can be applied to virtually anyone – from elite-level athletes to gen pop folks that simply want to be able to play with their children and grandchildren – pain-free.

    This customizable training system is geared towards your body and helping you achieve your goals.

    So, if you’re ready to get your knees moving and feeling great again, email me at mike@robertsontrainingsystems.com with the words “Bulletproof Knees Coaching” in the subject line to request more information.

    But,

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Tyler Williams on Process-Driven Load Management in the NFL

    Tyler Williams on Process-Driven Load Management in the NFL

    “You have to fail forward. You can’t be afraid to fail.”

    That’s Tyler Williams’ advice on using sports science technology alongside implementing load management – but he might as well be talking about life.

    Like many in the industry, Tyler had always been interested in sports despite his lack of genetic advantages. He worked to gain a competitive edge, continuously striving to become 1% better at sports.

    Later, after graduating with a degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University, Tyler landed an internship role with the Los Angeles Rams, where he currently serves as Director of Sports Science.

    To this day, Tyler attributes the longevity of his 15-year-long career with the Rams to his disposition for diligence and determination.

    Tyler joins me today to discuss load management and workload enhancement at the NFL level. He shares the hurdles and obstacles he faced when he initially implemented workload enhancement with the Rams and explains what he would have done to make it better.

    Tyler reveals the different tools and technology they currently use with the Rams and shares strategies to implement sports science, even on a shoestring budget. He also highlights the importance of shared collaboration in organizations and underscores the most important lessons he’s learned from his initial inception of the load management process.

     

    When implementing workload enhancement, don’t let the tech drive your decisions. Trust your gut, trust your coach’s eye, and use them to enhance what you’ve spent your life learning. – Tyler Williams

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Tyler’s background and what led him to the world of physical preparation

    * How Tyler landed an internship with the Rams right after college

    * The reason Tyler prefers “workload enhancement” over “load management” and how he defines it

    * The hurdles Tyler personally dealt with when he started with load management

    * The importance of measuring progress

    * Discussing and communicating load management with coaches

    * A ring-toss game at the carnival and the importance of educating athletes and coaches first before introducing sports technology

    * Failing forward and Tyler’s advice on getting athletes and coaches to buy into sports science & data-tracking

    * The power and benefits of implementing sports science and data tracking technology into a program

    * Why Tyler and his team got into sports performance and workload management

    * How Tyler first introduced load management into his programs

    * What a “process-driven” approach means to Tyler

    * Workload enhancement tools and tech Tyler uses with the Rams

    * His advice for someone just getting started in the world of sports science and load management



     

    Resources Mentioned:



    * The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent by Mike Sarraille and George Randle

    * Catapult Sports

    * MySprint



     

    Related Content:



    * Darren Burgess on Training and Life in the English Premier League

    * Zach Dechant on Movement Over Maxes and the Mistake of Chasing Strength



     

    Connect with Tyler:



    * Tyler Williams on LinkedIn

    * Tyler Williams on Twitter

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