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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

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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!

    Andy McCloy on Training, Business and LIFE

    Andy McCloy on Training, Business and LIFE

    Andy McCloy is one of the most authentic and real people I know.

    In high school, Andy found his passion for athleticism and fitness. He cultivated and followed this passion and, at 18 years old, started his own business, and later found his calling in mentoring young athletes.

    As the owner of BCI Sports Performance & Fitness, Andy and his company work with clients from high school and collegiate players to professional athletes and the general population, helping them reach higher levels of athleticism and performance.

    Andy joins me today to share the experiences and lessons he learned about training, running a fitness business, and life over the years.

    He reveals his fitness and training inspirations when he was in high school and explains how he got into the business of fitness and strength training.

    He illustrates the challenges of running a fitness company – including his struggles with financial management and hiring employees – and the lessons he learned from them.

    And he wraps up by talking about how mentoring and coaching young athletes changed his life and the work he puts in to maintain a thriving marriage with his wife.

     

    Working with young athletes has an opportunity for mentorship. It would be difficult to sell a message if you’re not living the way you’re telling them to live. – Andy McCloy

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * How Andy got into fitness and strength training while he was in high school

    * Andy’s training philosophy and how it’s evolved over the years

    * The importance of cultivating the basics of strength training and not reinventing the wheel

    * How Andy explains the nuances of his training program to parents

    * Why Andy avoids training middle school clients with unilateral work

    * The realities of running a business versus working a 9 to 5 job

    * Why leading a team and running a business requires an introspective focus

    * The biggest challenges Andy faced in running his fitness company and what he learned from them

    * How Andy realized he wanted to coach young athletes

    * Congruence and the importance of walking the talk when mentoring athletes

    * What got Andy involved with meditation, his challenges with it, and the influence of the environment on one’s meditation practice

    * Seeking a deeper connection and how Andy makes his marriage thrive



      

    Related Content:



    * Andy McCloy on Impact, Influence, and Finding Balance

    * Physical Preparation with Andy McCloy



     

    Resources Mentioned:



    * NuCalm

    * Book: Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz



      

    Connect with Andy:



    * BCI Sports Performance & Fitness

    * Andy McCloy on Instagram

    * Andy McCloy on Facebook



     

    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!

    • 1 hr
    Sean Muldoon on How a “Non-Soccer Guy” Became Successful in Soccer

    Sean Muldoon on How a “Non-Soccer Guy” Became Successful in Soccer

    Sean Muldoon is currently in his 3rd season as the Seattle Sounders’ Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.

    Before joining the Sounders staff in 2016, Sean—a “non-soccer guy”—coached at the collegiate level, serving as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for UNC Charlotte and as the Interim Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the University of Miami.

    Despite never having played soccer before, Sean has found his success with the Seattle Sounders, where he supports the high-performance manager, leads all gym-based activities, and works in conjunction with the medical department on athletic development and rehabilitation programs.

    Sean joins me today to discuss how he built his success coaching in professional soccer despite not having any experience playing the sport.

    He shares his journey from coaching at the collegiate level to coaching professional sports and reveals the most important lessons he learned from working with high-level performance managers and athletes.

    And he also discusses the value of persistently building connections with other coaches and underscores the importance of paying attention to the messages coaches give to their athletes.

     

    Be clear about your strengths as a coach and make them your superpowers. – Sean Muldoon

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Why Sean switched majors from speech communication to kinesiology, and how he got started in the world of physical preparation

    * How Sean realized that he wanted to specialize in one sport

    * How Sean got into professional soccer without experience playing the sport

    * Transitioning from track athlete to coaching professional soccer

    * The role of self-awareness in becoming a successful coach

    * Coaching a sport you’re not well-experienced in and how asking questions can lead to success in any field

    * Investing in relationships and networks without expecting any returns

    * Learning about the true meaning of leadership from a high-performance manager

    * The value of getting perspectives from people with diverse backgrounds

    * Relationships as a coaching currency and avoiding preferential treatment with athletes

    * Why there’s no shortcut to analyzing the needs of athletes and meticulously planning for them

    * Organizing sports science seminars and the realities of working in sports during COVID-19



     

    Related Content:



    * Jim Krumpos on Culture, Community, and Leadership in Physical Preparation



     

    Connect with Sean Muldoon:



    * Sean Muldoon on Instagram

    * Sean Muldoon on Twitter

    * Sean Muldoon on LinkedIn

    * Email: SeanM@SoundersFC.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:



    * How to use the R7 system to create seamless, integrated and efficient programs for clients and athle...

    • 1 hr
    David Sutton on Communication and Relationships Across Cultures

    David Sutton on Communication and Relationships Across Cultures

    David Sutton has been delivering Strength & Conditioning and Sport Science support for over 21 years. He has a unique track record of working in 16 different sports at the elite level and maximizing the physical preparation of athletes worldwide.

    In the UK, David—a known positive disruptor—worked with the Northants County Cricket Club and helped the team progress from being the UK’s least successful team to landing three finals and two national titles.

    Today, David is the Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Chinese Institute of Sport in Shanghai, China, where he has spent his time over the past four years. 

    David joins me today to discuss his experience working as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in China.

    He shares the challenges and struggles he faces while coaching in a different country and explains why he grabbed the opportunity to move to China despite a successful career in the UK.

    He highlights the differences in the Chinese, American, and European training systems and illustrates the culture of sports competition in China.

    And he also underscores the importance of forming relationships with other coaches, especially in a foreign country, and shares his advice on networking and reaching out to other coaches.

      

    Cricket coaches are different from rugby or triathlon coaches. You’ve got to understand the nuances of these sports and their culture. – David Sutton

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * What inspired David to work in the world of strength conditioning

    * Why David decided to transition from coaching professional cricket in the UK to work as a Strength & Conditioning Coach in China

    * How the Chinese sports training system is different from Europe’s and the US’s

    * Early specialization and skill acquisition in the Chinese training system

    * Why David doesn’t see a lot of muscle injury in his athletes in China

    * Cultural and language differences and how they challenge David’s job as a coach

    * The importance of forming strong relationships with other coaches

    * How the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted David and his athletes’ training

    * The value of watching athletes train

    * How to get people from different sports department to communicate better and work together



     

    Related Content:



    * John Noonan on Sacrifices, Success, and Mentorship



     

    Resources Mentioned:



    * Bullet Journal



     

    Connect with David:



    * David Sutton on Twitter

    * David Sutton on Instagram

    * David Sutton 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?

    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:



    * How to use the R7 system to create seamless, integrated and efficient programs for clients and athletes of all shapes and s...

    • 56 min
    Erica Suter on Building Humans First, and Soccer Players Second

    Erica Suter on Building Humans First, and Soccer Players Second

    Ever since she was in middle school, Erica Suter has been strength training, and her love of athleticism was encouraged and supported by her parents.

    Soon, Erica played collegiate soccer while studying at John Hopkins University, where she was recognized as an Outstanding Female Athlete. Erica eventually played soccer semi-professionally in Brazil, where she also found her passion for coaching the youth.

    Today, Erica is a Soccer Skills and Strength Conditioning Coach who helps youth soccer players become strong, resilient, and creative. 

    Erica joins me today to discuss her philosophy of training for human development first before training for athletic development.

    She describes her journey into professionally coaching young female soccer players and reveals what inspired her to focus on training the youth.

    She reveals the most frequent injuries she sees in her athlete demographic and shares her methods to prevent injuries.

    And she also highlights the value of being a role model and explains how a coach can be a leader for youth athletes.

      

    Develop more than just a soccer player. Girls need to realize what their strengths are. Dial-in and lead by example. – Erica Suter

      

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Soccer as a universal language and form of creative expression

    * Erica’s philosophy of training the human first and why it’s essential for her

    * Why athletic training goes beyond sports

    * The importance of starting soccer training with the basics

    * How Erica sets up and communicates expectations with parents of youth soccer players

    * Games to include in youth training sessions and how they develop coordination, balance, and teamwork

    * The biggest training mistakes Erica sees in soccer development and why teaching creativity in soccer is essential

    * How kids in Brazil play soccer, and what makes it different from how American children play the sport

    * The most frequent injuries in training young female soccer players and how Erica prevents injuries

    * What it takes to develop and maintain speed in young soccer players

    * What a typical workout session with Erica looks like during an off-season

    * How Erica cut out jogging in her warm-ups and replaced it with multi-directional skipping

    * The importance of being a leader to young, female athletes and the measure of success for a sports coach



     

    Connect with Erica:



    * Erica Suter

    * Erica Suter on YouTube

    * Erica Suter on Instagram

    * Erica Suter on Facebook



     

    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.

    But… mentorship can be expensive, and unfortunately, it’s not always feasible for some budgets.

    That’s why Bill Hartman and I developed IFAST University, an online curriculum and mentorship program designed exclusively for fitness trainers and coaches. We want to help every trainer and coach in the industry improve their training techniques and write better training programs for their clients.

    By becoming a member of IFAST University, you’ll receive:



    * Multiple hours of members-only exclusive content

    * Monthly updates and tips to help you improve your skills and programs

    • 46 min
    Jason Feariheller on Building Multi-Directional Speed and Power

    Jason Feariheller on Building Multi-Directional Speed and Power

    How do athletes reach their fullest potential?

    This is the question that got Jason Feairheller deeper into the world of physical preparation.

    Jason – Strength Coach and Co-Owner of Function and Strength in Bridgeport, PA – began specializing in speed and agility training at Lightning Fast Training Systems, where he trained high school, college, and professional athletes. In addition to his work as a coach, Jason writes on fitness and training and contributes to SimpliFaster.

    Jason joins me today to share his training philosophy and methods on cultivating multi-directional speed and power. He discusses his background and how he became passionate about training athletes for speed.

    He shares different tools a coach can use to develop multi-directional speed and power, such as bands, boxes, and medicine balls.

    And he also highlights the importance of consistency when it comes to building speed for athletes and revels the biggest mistake a coach can make when training for multi-directional speed.

     

    Speed needs to be trained consistently to get someone faster and more powerful. – Jason Feairheller

     

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Jason’s background, career path, and how he got started in the world of physical preparation

    * Why Jason is so passionate about multi-directional power for athletes

    * His training philosophy for cultivating speed and power for athletes

    * Minimizing ground contact time and improving elasticity

    * Why not doing enough unilateral work is the biggest mistake you can make when developing speed and power

    * Practical applications and tools for developing multi-directional speed and power

    * Using medicine balls to develop upper body strength

    * The amount of time Jason spends on multi-dimensional plyometrics

    * Why consistency is the key to improving speed and why it’s easier to make an athlete stronger than faster

    * The importance of creating context and building rapport with athletes

    * Jason’s biggest coaching mistake and why new coaches need to build their network



     

    Related Content:



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



     

    Connect with Jason:



    * Function and Strength

    * Function and Strength on Facebook

    * Function and Strength on Twitter

    * Function and Strength on Instagram

    * Function and Strength on YouTube

    * Jason Feairheller on Instagram

    * Jason Feairheller on Twitter

    * Jason Feairheller on SimpliFaster

    * Jason Feairheller on LinkedIn



     

    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.

    But… mentorship can be expensive, and unfortunately, it’s not always feasible for some budgets.

    • 45 min
    Lou Schuler on Writing, Communication and Media in the Fitness Industry

    Lou Schuler on Writing, Communication and Media in the Fitness Industry

     

    Lou Schuler is a journalist, author, presenter, and Editorial Director of the Personal Trainer Development Center.

    You could say Lou wasn’t the fastest or strongest kid on the block when he was young, but that didn’t stop him from getting into working out when he was 13 years old. His passion for health & fitness became a part of his identity that, later in life, he was able to merge it with his love for the written word.

    After starting his career in the fitness industry as a Fitness Editor, Lou penned several books on health & fitness, including The New Rules of Lifting and the Testosterone Advantage Plan.

    Lou joins me today to share his experiences as a fitness writer and editor. He explores how good fitness coaches can connect with their clients through shared experiences and highlights the importance of networking in the fitness industry.

    He shares his advice to newer coaches on filtering information, especially in social media, and why they shouldn’t focus too much on a narrow niche. And he also reveals the biggest red flags of a coach or fitness guru and explores how a writer can effectively deliver his message to his audience.

     

    If you could identify with that person who’s been teased for their weight or athletic ability, it’s going to make your message more powerful. – Lou Schuler

      

    This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:



    * Lou’s background and his career path from journalism school to screenwriting and the publishing industry

    * How Lou transitioned from his first job as a fitness editor to writing his book on health and fitness to his current role as PTDC’s Editorial Director

    * Selling health and fitness to somebody who isn’t interested in them

    * Lou’s advice for up and coming fitness trainers on how to filter information

    * Significant industry shifts Lou has seen over the years and the biggest red flags of a fitness coach

    * The reason new coaches and fitness writers shouldn’t invest their all in too narrow a niche

    * Why Lou welcomes self-publishing online and his observations on the state of media in the fitness industry

    * The importance of building connections and networks in the fitness industry

    * Why Lou still believes that people still like to read and why writing will never go away

    * Lou’s writing process, how he warms up, and what social media platforms lack in terms of conversations

    * Writing for the joy of telling a story and how to connect with your readers

    * Why negative feedback is part of good marketing



     

    Connect with Lou:



    * Lou Schuler

    * The Personal Trainer Development Center

    * Book: The New Rules of Lifting

    * Book: Testosterone Advantage Plan

    * Lou Schuler on Twitter

    * Lou Schuler on Instagram

    * Lou Schuler on Facebook

    * Lou Schuler on YouTube

    * Lou Schuler on LinkedIn



     

    IFAST University is BACK! Are You In?

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

    If so, 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.

    But… mentorship can be expensive, and unfortunately,

    • 1 hr 9 min

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Awesome Podcast!!

Mike, host of the Physical Preparation Podcast, highlights all aspects of fitness & nutrition and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

New York PT ,

Mike is solid

I’m a physical therapist and have tuned in to most of Mike’s podcasts and YouTube videos over the years. Mike has never failed to enlighten me and to present solid, biomechanically sound advice. Thanks Mike! You have definitely helped me to develop professionally. Thanks also to the coaches and athletes who agree to be interviewed. I’ve learned so much from your experiences. Rock on!

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When it come to training and coaching .
mike is top of my list .. great guy great tool box . Thank you 🙏

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