Mark Verstegen is the founder and president of EXOS and one of the world's foremost experts on human performance. Mark has coached some of the most elite athletes on the planet and has also worked extensively with the NFL, corporations, and the military. EXOS is built around four pillars of performance - mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery - and Mark takes us through it all. He has trained a ton of kids and gives everyone from parents to coaches a lot of great takeaways. We were so excited to have Mark in-house to talk about his philosophy and experience training youth athletes.
For more information on Mark and EXOS, check out the EXOS website (https://www.teamexos.com/), or follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TeamEXOS/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/teamexos), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/team_exos/).
Books, people, and studies mentioned in the episode:Plyometric Exercises with the Medicine Ball (https://www.amazon.com/Plyometric-Exercises-Medicine-Ball-2nd/dp/0931255090), by Donald Chu (5:55)E.O. Wilson (https://eowilsonfoundation.org/e-o-wilson/) 16:37Anna Kournikova (http://www.wtatennis.com/players/player/110375/title/anna-kournikova) and Maria Sharapova (http://www.mariasharapova.com/filter/hentry) (17:30)Article (https://publichealth.gwu.edu/content/being-good-sport-ranks-top-%E2%80%9Cfun%E2%80%9D-factor-study-youth-sports) about Amanda Visek's "Fun Integration Theory" (24:00)Mindset, by Carol Dweck (29:52)Nutrition for kids (30:35)Mark Benden (https://www.tamhsc.edu/experts/benden.html) (44:45)Every Day is Game Day, by Mark Verstegen and Pete WilliamsCore Performance, by Mark Verstegen and Pete Williams