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The Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast is the premier resource for strength & conditioning coaches, sports performance professionals, and athletes of all levels. Bringing you the best information from the scientific foundations to the practical application. Combining the latest cutting edge research, anecdotal evidence, and under the bar experience.

Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast Mark Watts

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The Elitefts™ Sports Performance Podcast is the premier resource for strength & conditioning coaches, sports performance professionals, and athletes of all levels. Bringing you the best information from the scientific foundations to the practical application. Combining the latest cutting edge research, anecdotal evidence, and under the bar experience.

    SPP - The Final Episode

    SPP - The Final Episode

    Mark Watts is The Director of Education at elitefts™ and the NSCA Ohio State Director. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Professional and Applied Studies at Urbana University. He has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from California University of PA and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of PA. Watts has worked with athletes in over 20 different sports at the Division I, II & III levels for over 15 years as a strength & conditioning coach at places such as Denison University, The United States Military Academy at West Point, Allegheny College and Clarion University. Watts competes in both powerlifting and strongman competitions. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and is a USMC veteran.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Elitefts SPP: Bob Alejo Interview

    Elitefts SPP: Bob Alejo Interview

    Bob Alejo

    Assistant AD/ Director of Strength & Conditioning
    North Carolina State University

    Topics Covered in the Podcast

    How Coach Alejo got started in the industry
    How the game of baseball has progressed
    Communication with Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists
    Abdominal Injuries  in Baseball
    Baseball Players vs Throwers

    Tommy John's Epidemic... A different take
    Total body strength is the best way to increase bat speed
    More resiliency in younger arms
    Innings thrown vs pitches thrown
    Monitoring the Bullpen
    Baseball is performed from your toes to the ends of your fingers

    Approach athletes like they're damaged goods
    Its not a one day deal

    Go to Exercises
    There is no exercise you should avoid
    Pressing overhead for overhead athletes
    Finding the Research
    About balance more than movement
    Variances between the

    In-Season Training
    High Intensity during the season
    Decrease the slope of the decline by lifting heavy
    If you can't gain strength at the rep range how can you maintain it?
    Low Volume reduces fatigue and soreness

    Conditioning and Speed
    Rest,sets, and intervals
    Quantify everything
    Low intensity tempo work
    Tempo to Speed Endurance to Speed
    Everything comes down to 1st step speed

    Strategies to build rapport with Sport Coaches
    Everything data driven!
    Start correlating your data
    If you are going to be fast, you need to be strong, If you are strong, you can change direction

    Best advice for young coaches
    Technology has enabled coaches to contact anyone
    You don't need to guess anymore
    Call your peers
    Your group is your group. Get them better first

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    The Bob Alejo File

    Assistant AD/Director of Strength and Conditioning Bob Alejo oversees all of the strength and conditioning efforts of the department, and coordinates the day-to-day efforts of the men's basketball team.

    Prior to joining the Wolfpack staff in April, Alejo served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Oakland A's, a position he also held from 1993-2001. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization's year-round physical preparation at both the major league and minor league levels. 

    Prior to rejoining the A's, Alejo was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at UC Santa Barbara from 2005-2008. During that time he was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team as strength and conditioning coach for the Gold medal-winning men's beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. 

    From 1984-1993, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach at UCLA where he worked with 23 men's and women's teams, including the men's basketball team while current Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried was an assistant coach. During his tenure in Westwood, the Bruins racked up 25 national championships and produced more than 100 All-Americans. 

    Prior to joining the Bruins' staff, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach for football at his alma mater, Chico State. He earned his B.A. in physical education from Chico State in 1982 and is a member of the Wildcats' Athletic Hall of Fame after a successful baseball career.

    An accomplished lecturer and author, Alejo is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (through the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certification Commission) and holds the advanced NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach distinction. He has also been elected to three halls of fame: Chico State Athletics, Chico State Baseball (inaugural inductee) and the Chico Professional Baseball "Legends of the Diamond."


    • 56 min
    Elitefts SPP: Joe Hashey Interview

    Elitefts SPP: Joe Hashey Interview

    Joe Hashey

    Synergy Athletics

    Fitness Business Empire


    Topics Covered in the Podcast

    How Joe got started


    4 Knee Surgeries.... and a lot of questions
    The Start of Synergy Athletics
    Transitioning from only athletes to the adult population
    Psychology of completion


    What do need to know to start the training process


    What the athlete wants and what the parents think they need
    The responsibility of college preparation
    Using communication with coaches as a learning experience


    A general look at the training philosophy


    Concurrent Periodization with High School and College Athletes
    Repetition method to prepare for Max effort and dynamic effort
    Training Athletes vs training lifters
    Athletes need to know, like, and trust you
    Understanding bar speed 


    Relationship Building

    Three phases: Individual, family, community
    Referrals vs giving back

    What athletes really need


    Appropriate recovery
    Sleep cycle
    Travel Teams
    Not a work-ethic issue.... at all


    Teaching skills related to the business word


    Understanding learning styles
    Match the mental to the physical goals
    Uncomfortable equals opportunity for growth


    How professional development has evolved

    Mature as a business person as much as a training
    Trainers approach to business vs business owners approach to business
    The point of diminishing returns
    Social Media Impact
    Find people to network with

    Training Football Players


    Linear periodization for conditioning
    One good lift in per session, then address weaknesses
    Training In-season during the off-season
    Make better at the sport not the work-out


    The Best advice for Trainers and Gym Owners

    You must be a life-long learner
    There are people that have done what you want to do

    The Joe Hashey File

    Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist, NSCA (2007 – present)
    CPR and AED Certified (2006 – present)
    Masters in the Arts Of Teaching – Colgate University (2006)


    Youtube Partner – 8.2 Million Views on Fitness Videos.
    Men’s Fitness, Contributing Author (2012)
    Men’s Health, Contributing Author (2012)
    Speaker NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas (2011 and 2012)
    Speaker Central Ohio Strength Clinic (2011)
    Author “Powerful Muscle Recovery Manual” (2011)
    Speaker NSCA Vermont (2011)
    Author “Bull Strength Conditioning Manual” (2010)
    Speaker at Strength Coach 101 (2009)
    Contributing Author – EliteFts, Straight to the bar, Critical Bench(2008- present)
    Author “Bull Strength Training Manual” (2008)
    Secrets of Strength Development Seminar Attendee (2009)
    Head Modified Baseball Coach (2008 – 2009)
    High School Assistant Football Coach (2006 – 2009)
    Strength and Conditioning Coach – Hamilton High School (2005-2006)
    Semi Professional Football All-Star (2004-2005)
    Colgate University Football Player (2000-2002)


    • 42 min
    Elitefts SPP: Fred Eaves Interview

    Elitefts SPP: Fred Eaves Interview

    Fred Eaves

    Director of Wellness and Athletic Performance

    Battle Ground Academy

    Topics in this Podcast

    Topics Covered in this Podcast
    How Coach Eaves got started in the profession

    Taking over a New Program

    Assessing the situation 
    Identifying roadblocks
    Exceed expectations
    Under-promise over-deliver

    The Multi-Sport Athlete

    Over-specialized and under-generalized
    The correlation between the number of sports played and injury rates
    The throwback kid: physicality, mentality, and resiliency
    The benefits of competing in other sports year round


    Block Zero (Wildcat) assessments
    The Dynamic Movement Screen
    Relative strength
    Movement quality


    8-period rotating schedule
    Tier System for everyone
    Regressing non-athletes in class
    Wildcat, white, grey, gold, blue programs
    Technique then Velocity then Load
    Counter-culture what the world tells us
    Do more of what they are not getting

    In-Season Adjustments with the Tier System

    Manipulating sessions, volume, and intensity
    In-season: keep high intensity and control the volume
    Empowering older athletes
    RPE scales and HS athletes


    Rotating schedules for athletes
    30 minute sessions during school hours
    MWF = Strength training, TH = Movement and Restoration
    Complex for the strength coach = simple for the kids and coaches
    Mixed gender versus boys and girls only

    Go to Exercises/ Drills

    Trap Bar DL
    Every situation is unique
    Overhead Squat
    Swiss Bar Presses
    Exercise selection for stress management
    Baseline with 3 regressions and 3 progressions

    Monitoring/ feedback

    Why monitor if we can't do the basics
     Be the best you that you can be
    APRE numbers for tracking
    Can't be numbers driven
    If you are only looking at the end number, you are not getting the whole picture
    Fighting against the Culture

    Mentoring/ Character Development

    The most important aspect of the job
    Model the behavior
    Be accessible
    Transactional versus transformational
    All you leave behind is how you effect, Trickle down, cyclical
    Set the legacy
    Perception is reality
    Put accountability back on the player

    Advice for young coaches

    Differentiate yourself
    It is a unique field.. Sacrifice
    Bringing others down to build your up
    Stay in the Eye of the Storm

    How to contact you/ social media

    The Fred Eaves File
    Fred Eaves is currently the Director of Wellness and Athletic Performance at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. He has 16 years of experience in the field that includes stops at UT-Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee, and Louisiana State University as well as multiple high schools in the state of Tennessee. Eaves was voted the 2013 Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly Central Region High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Battle Ground Academy’s Athletic Program has had tremendous success in the last year with state championships in men’s basketball, men’s soccer, Final Four appearances from baseball, women’s soccer, and a State Quarterfinal appearance from the football team. Eaves holds degrees from UT-Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech University, Lincoln Memorial University, and the University of Missouri. He currently serves as the Tennessee State Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

    Coach Fred Eaves is entering his second season as the Defensive Line Coach for the Wildcats.  This is also Coach Eaves 16th year coaching overall. Coach Eaves coached three State Championship football teams and 1 state championship weightlifting team before coming to BGA. In addition to coaching, Coach Eaves is the Wellness and Athletic Performance Coordinator for all BGA students and athletic teams. Coach Eaves has trained 32 NFL Draft picks as well as 10 NCAA All-Americans. Among these players are Jerod Mayo, Arian Foster, and Randall Cobb. Coach Eaves has also been a featured author for American Football Monthly and Gridiron Strategies. He is also a featured speaker at the Hammer Strength

    • 49 min
    Elitefts SPP Mark McLaughlin Interview

    Elitefts SPP Mark McLaughlin Interview

    Mark McLaughlin

    Physical Preperation Coach
    Owner of Performance Training Center

    Topics Covered in this Podcast

    Mark's Journey

    Catastrophic injuries in youth athletics
    3 cases that got Mark's attention to research training
    Individual Training to Volunteer to Facility Owner


    Extensive medical questionnaire
    Subjective information form athlete: What are your goals
    Omegawave assessments
    Warm-up and performance testing
    Sports Specific Conditioning
    Strength Assessments
    How much time are they willing to train?

    Balancing the athletes schedule with training

    Number of games, fitness level, particular team or coach

    Communication with Sport Coaches

    Educating parents and the athletes to avoid
    The Training is only one part of it
    Recovering is a crucial aspect
    Recovery need s to be individualized and personalized
    Recovery becoming natural
    Avoid glycolytic and lactic environments
    Allowing athletes to recover naturally
    HRV Fight or Flight vs. Rest and Relax

    Training Youth Athletes

    Ban AAU Basketball and youth club sport games
    Educate coaches and parents
    A Platform for the education process
    Can science give us the data we need
    Governing bodies

    Long Term Athletic Development Model

    The coaches don't have the tools to manage the process
    Education for when is the right and wrong time
    Differences between males and females
    The Formula 1 Analogy

    HRV and other technology

    Charlie Francis observation of Ben Johnson
    Jay Schroeder Auto-regulation
    Coaches becoming great listeners
    Technology to embody the mission statement
    Buddy Morris, Tom Myslinski and the Omega Wave
    Observation plus training methodologies
    Learn from other coaches and how they implement their programs

    Athlete Buy-In

    Quality trumps quantity
    Reducing Injuries in Athletes
    Educating parents and athletes on playing sport year-round
    Reducing games = reducing injuries
    Consistency of being active
    Helmets on before 9th grade?
    Concussions reducing exposures
    Best practices in terms of techniques

     What Athletes Need to Work on

    Running technique can fix itself depending on age
    Jumping, landing, bounding, etc
    Strength training: single leg bodyweight movement first
    Squat, Deadlift, Depth Jumps, etc. when the athlete is ready
    Its not the exercises but how they are integrated

    The best advice for young coaches

    Be extremely open on everything
    Best practices of the most successful companies
    Develop a deep passion for learning
    Communication by embodies your values and must connect with a multitude of work

    The Mark McLaughlin File


    Founder of Performance Training Center. Mark attended college at the College of Sante’Fe in New Mexico. He is a native Oregonian currently living in Portland. His passion of all athletics flourished throughout his teen years. He participated and competed on various teams and in a variety of sports. Through his years of participation in sports and later in his education, Mark developed a deep commitment not just to sport but also to the complete well being of the athlete. This passion and commitment leads to continual self-education in the field of athletic performance enhancement. Mark has been active in the field of athletic performance enhancement since 1997. Mark has trained over 700 athletes on every competitive level ranging from Olympic, professional (NFL, MLB, CFL), college, high school and grade school athletes. As well as working with individual athletes, Mark works and consults with professional organizations (NFL, MLB, NBA), NCAA universities, high school, club, and youth sport organizations. In addition to Mark’s training and consulting services, he conducts speaking engagements with various organizations locally, nationally as well as internationally.


    • 57 min
    Elitefts SPP: Chris Doyle Interview

    Elitefts SPP: Chris Doyle Interview

    Chris Doyle

    Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Football

    University of Iowa


    Topics Covered in This Podcast

    How Coach Doyle got started

    Strength & Conditioning and Football
    Same characteristics lead to success for any coach
    Sport Coach - Strength Coach Relationship

    Biggest area of concern with 1st year players

    Be on Time, Listen-learn-apply, and work hard
    Teach athletes how to think
    Counter the recruiting process
    Adopt the team mindset
    We create habits and our habit creates us
    Teaching the program


    Hybrid to FMS, back to a hybrid assessment
    Commonalities of Corrections
    The stack joint approach

    Basic Off-Season Template

    The mistake of peaking everything at once
    3 phases of the off-season
    Speed Training set-up
    Higher exposure, shorter volume
    Competitive Speed work. Measure it, rank it, post it

    Exercise Selection

    Exercises must be: ground based, multi-joint,  and three-dimensional
    Five different levels in the program
    Block Periodization with older athletes

    In-Season concerns

    Two different groups are either playing or not

    It's important to know who we are


    Iowa Football

    We don't find talent we build it
    How little can we train and still gain in-season
    Technology to Modifying behavior vs modifying training
    Uncommon discipline, uncommon maturity

    Developing rapport with athletes

    Everybody wants someone to believe in. Our job is to get people to believe in themselves - Dan Gable
    Flexibility with athletes
    Never allow your athletes to set the standards they don't know what they're capable of - Joe Moore
    Get in the rack and not hiding in your office

    Staff Development

    Coach has learned more from his staff than they learned from him
    Read together, program together, think together
    Loyalty through the intern program

    Advice for young coaches

    Maintain a beginners mindset
    How thirsty are you for knowledge?
    Read on a variety of subjects
    Go and visit good people
    Watch the best work in your field
    We don't coach weights we coach people - Johnny Parker
    Want to get paid well, offer something money cant buy
    Successful people aren't innovators they are early adapters - Mike Boyle

    The Chris Doyle File

    Chris Doyle is in his 16th year as strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa football program.

    As the head of Iowa's strength and conditioning program, Doyle has helped the Hawkeye program participate in 11 bowl games since 2001, including the 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes posted an 8-5 overall record in 2013, including a 5-3 Big Ten record to tie for second in the Legends Division. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 12 seasons.

    Iowa has appeared in seven January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won 6-of-11 bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).

    Iowa has won 97 games over the past 12 seasons, including 57 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 11 of the past 13 years.

    Doyle is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCCa). He was presented with the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach in May, 2013. The certification is considered the highest honor that can be achieved in the coaching profession of Strength and Conditioning, and represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field.

    The NSCA named Doyle the Big Ten Strength Coach of the Year in 1999. He was one of 20 nominees for the Professional of the Year Award, given annually and selec

    • 44 min

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Glenn Revell ,

Best In The Business

The Elite FTS SPP is my go to strength & conditioning podcast, I have several others I listen to as well but I never miss an episode of the SPP with Mark Watts.

_Dr. J ,

Excellent Podcast

One of the first and best podcasts I have subscribed to. Mark does a great job and the interviewees are a fantastic and diverse group. Love it

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Love the info

Great information. An amazing resource for anyone interested in sports performance.

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