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Sets and Reps Greg Gdanian

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Immerse yourself in health and growth insights from coaches to creatives and more. They know that discipline and consistency is ongoing, and that you cannot get results unless you put in the reps.

    48. The Strength Connection (Michael Kurkowski)

    48. The Strength Connection (Michael Kurkowski)

    After working in the food industry, Michael Kurkowski worked his way to the management position where he built up the next generation of trainers to be authentic and welcoming in their practice. He has also owned his own studio and online coaching business. Additionally he has hosted 2 podcasts. Currently he is the host of The Strength Connection. As said in the show’s mission statement, he connects with the top minds in strength to share stories, insights and experiences to help the world get stronger everyday! I’m grateful for this episode and the connection I have made with Mike. We dove into several topics including:


    Exploring the dimensions of communication
    The anatomy of a conversation
    Humility
    Creating an environment your employees can thrive in
    Being the most positive person in your client’s life
    Defining and differing proactive and reactive attitudes
    Strategies for communicating with your clients outside of working hours
    Problems are here for us to solve
    Reps for Results - Mike Kurkowski 2022
    Joy is not just progressive overload

    • 1 hr 1 min
    47. CLINICIAN > PROFESSION (Devyn Pioli)

    47. CLINICIAN > PROFESSION (Devyn Pioli)

    Devyn Pioli is a chiropractic student, personal trainer and former co-worker who I had the pleasure of connecting with on the podcast. Take a listen for insights and stories about overcoming burnout, the problems with valuing the profession over the clinician, all things powerlifting competitions, mentorship, filtering out bullsh*t by looking at intent and more!

    Experiencing a pattern of burnout (03:54)

    2 Philosophies of Chiropractic Medicine (08:00)

    What does “out of alignment” really mean? (10:20)

    Being a “guide” for your clients (13:15)

    There’s a context where everything is useful (14:13)

    Information dosages (16:18)

    Authenticity builds buy-in (17:17)

    Divisive individuals within the profession (19:48)

    Pros and cons of having the degree as a clinician (23:37)

    How powerlifting competitions work (27:97)

    Training volume versus heavy sets (35:54)

    Preparing for a powerlifting meet (37:00)

    Mentorship (38:33)

    Filtering out B.S. from people you follow (41:35)

    Arching your back in the bench press (48:00)

    Online personal training platform (50:00)

    One trick for an hour plus of productive work to start a project (51:48)

    • 56 min
    46. THERAPY AND THE INJURED ATHLETE'S IDENTITY (Sarah Fritsche)

    46. THERAPY AND THE INJURED ATHLETE'S IDENTITY (Sarah Fritsche)

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    Today’s guest is Sarah Fritsche, a therapist, athlete and future doctor of psychology! With her doctoral research she is giving back to the athletic community by building awareness around the mental side of the female athlete’s injury recovery. Having been a part of this category she questions the system and knows there is information lacking. I was grateful to learn all about what she is doing in pursuit of merging the mental and physical fields of recovery for this population. In addition, we cover a top-down view of some of the most effective therapy models and which ones might be used in certain client situations. Sarah takes a humanistic approach to her sessions with clients which means they lead in whatever direction they need. I share my own experiences with you and Sarah, and relate them to our conversation about what long and short term therapy looks like. Read the rest of my takeaways from today’s episode of Sets and Reps: the podcast below!

    A lot of listening at a young age led to a therapist’s career

    Learn different styles of therapy

    Cognitive behavioral therapy: an action-based approach for short term outcomes

    Greg’s experiences with therapy

    Online therapy

    Debunking Misconceptions of Therapy

    Increasing client “buy-in” to therapy coping skills

    How to avoid playing the “therapy role” in professions outside of that scope

    Fitness and physical activity for self care

    Resources missing for athletes on the mental health side of injury recovery

    Sarah’s doctoral research: The psychological effects of injury in female collegiate athletes

    Fill out Sarah's online survey to be a part of the study! Specific criteria required!

    Identity factors in highschool vs. college female athletes

    Sarah’s instagram has all kinds of positivity in the form of encouraging posts that cover some of the major mental health struggles you may be going through as well as some actionable tools you can take to make some sense of it all

    https://www.instagram.com/therapist_bae3/

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    45. UPROOTED AND TRANSPLANTED (Mom & Dad)

    45. UPROOTED AND TRANSPLANTED (Mom & Dad)

    https://www.sets-and-reps.com/about My website is officially live! Huge thank you to my designer Nick who I will have on the show very soon. He worked hard for several months to get this thing launched for me and we did a soft launch not too long ago but I am officially announcing it to you here!
    The website is:

    A home for every single current and future episode of Sets and Reps the podcast
    A home for my blogs (whenever I get around to writing them)
    A place where you can sign up for an email newsletter to receive updates about new content and a personal short blog about upcoming episodes
    All the ways to connect with me (your host!)
    On today’s episode you will meet my Mom and Dad. They have stories to tell and lessons to teach from lives well lived. They happily relocated to South Carolina in their 60’s after living in a small town called Milford for about 33 years (I’ve been alive for 23 of those years). My Dad was a pastor for a long time so he’s a great communicator/public speaker, in addition to having served the cities of Nashua and Manchester as a paramedic. My Mom is a former preschool teacher, fitness technician for Curves fitness for women, and a licensed massage therapist.
    Here are the main takeaways from episode 45 of Sets and Reps the podcast:

    Uprooted and Transplanted (A new life)
    2 honest journeys of weight loss
    Why my parents never gave me an allowance and what they did instead!
    Do’s and Don’ts in the process of grieving a lost loved one
    What Mom and Dad share about living together for 40 years

    • 1 hr 4 min
    44. FORCE, STRESS, AND MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUE (Lauren Eirk, pt. 2)

    44. FORCE, STRESS, AND MUSCLE ACTIVATION TECHNIQUE (Lauren Eirk, pt. 2)

    Muscle activation technique (MAT) is a multi-tiered educational system that Lauren has been proficient in since its creation in 2002. Since then, she has watched it grow and improve while being a huge supporter and student of it for a long time. According to Lauren it largely influences how she works with individuals each day. It is a manual therapy that involves taking a look at joint symmetry in the human body and the ability of our muscles to contract. It assesses range of motion passively (on a table where the patient or client is staying relaxed). If muscles are weak in some areas and over developed in others, an MAT specialist will be able to assess you and provide you with skills and exercises to restore. After discussing MAT, Lauren and I shift gears and discuss a few biomechanical concepts as well as how forces and stresses are applied to our bodies.

    “A doctor may prescribe medicine or surgery. [Fitness professionals] prescribe forces on people… A force has a specific point of application, a specific magnitude, and a specific direction. Forces must be placed strategically according to the structure… If a force is misapplied over a period of time in a way that violates that structure, that structure will diminish.”

    Below are some of the main takeaways from this second part of my conversation with Lauren:


    Muscle Activation Technique - Taking a look under the hood to find muscular imbalances and weaknesses
    The science behind muscle contraction and muscular overuse
    What an MAT specialist is looking for and how they assess clients
    Breaking down the different MAT certifications and Lauren’s long journey to mastery
    Biomechanics is the study of forces that are placed on or within living systems
    Disruption of forces leads to injury
    Every person has their own genetic blueprint
    Bone structure differences on one side of the body
    Joint clicking and popping - why might this be happening and how should we react to it?

    Get updates on Sets and Reps the podcast and more great content from your host, Gregory Gdanian!


    IG: https://www.instagram.com/gregbuildsskills/
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    Important Links to learn more about today’s honored guest!

    Fitness Integrated Science in Louisville, Kentucky - https://fitnessintegratedscience.com/

    Download the “Fitness Integrated Science TV” App!


    Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnessintegratedscience

    “The Fitness Integrated Science Monthly On-Demand Subscription features workouts, education, and programs with Nationally recognized Health and Fitness Expert Lauren Eirk. This channel is for those who seek a more thorough, biomechanically based approach to their long-term health in order to maximize results while avoiding injury.”

    You can find today’s Guest on Social media:

    1.) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitnessintegratedscience/

    2.) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FitnessIntegratedScience

    • 34 min
    44. THE FINE LINE BETWEEN MEDICINE AND FITNESS (Lauren Eirk, pt. 1)

    44. THE FINE LINE BETWEEN MEDICINE AND FITNESS (Lauren Eirk, pt. 1)

    Lauren Eirk has spent the last 35 years teaching, mentoring, and studying health, fitness, and yoga. She has a multitude of certifications including a mastery level Muscle Activation Techniques specialist, but she has also developed her own 500 hour yoga teacher training program known as Yoga Integrated Science. She is the CEO of Fitness Integrated Science, a wellness center in Louisville, Kentucky that offers a variety of services including personal training, yoga, manual body work and more. 

    “The role of the health professional now is so much different than it was when I first got into the field… weight loss is just one thing, eating right is just one thing, and they’re very important things, but if you don’t understand how a joint works and how muscles work and how to safely put someone through a program that’s not going to hurt them, I don’t think you’re going to stay in business for the long term. Seeking knowledge is going to have to be ongoing if you’re going to make it in this field.”

    Below are some of the main takeaways from this first part of my conversation with Lauren:


    Lauren’s first knee surgery at age 26
    Lauren is introduced to MAT (Muscle Activation Technique) to combat her physical pain
    Helping yoga teachers understand human anatomy in 2009
    Yoga Integrated Science - Lauren’s self-made 500 hour yoga teacher training program
    The benefit of being a teacher of some kind
    Having the beginner’s mentality
    Being in and drawn to the fitness industry because of physical imbalances/weaknesses
    Staying hungry and never forgetting your “why”
    Taking it “one day at a time” for work/life balance
    Working to restore people from pains and injuries

    Get updates on Sets and Reps the podcast and more great content from your host, Gregory Gdanian!


    IG: https://www.instagram.com/gregbuildsskills/
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqd9Ec-wBXEjvtNLAIAwFWA

    Important Links to learn more about today’s honored guest!

    Fitness Integrated Science in Louisville, Kentucky - https://fitnessintegratedscience.com/

    Download the “Fitness Integrated Science TV” App!


    Google Play Store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnessintegratedscience

    “The Fitness Integrated Science Monthly On-Demand Subscription features workouts, education, and programs with Nationally recognized Health and Fitness Expert Lauren Eirk. This channel is for those who seek a more thorough, biomechanically based approach to their long-term health in order to maximize results while avoiding injury.”

    You can find today’s Guest on Social media:

    1.) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitnessintegratedscience/

    2.) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FitnessIntegratedScience

    • 42 min

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