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Steve Calarco on Leveling Up Training and Nutrition with the Gen Pop

Steve Calarco is a Strength and Conditioning coach based out of Cromwell, Connecticut. During his ten years as a trainer. he has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from athletes as young as 9 years old, professional athletes, weekend warriors and of course the general population. One of the reasons I asked Steve to […]

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Skinny vs. Showy Abs

A long, long, long, long, LONG time ago when I first started working out, I had numerous goals. Obviously I wanted a huge bench (like every teenage boy does). Second, I want to have big arms (again, like every teenage boy does). And last but not least, I wanted to develop that “6-pack” in my […]

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5 Things Clients and Athletes Want from Their Coach

A few years ago I had an amazing chat with my good friend Eric Oetter of the Memphis Grizzlies. And while EO and I always seem to have amazing chats, the discussion we had that day still stands out in my mind. That discussion focused on writing programs, and specifically, the idea of checking boxes. […]

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Joel Smith on Developing Linear Speed in Team Sports Athletes

Joel Smith, is an NCAA Division I Strength Coach working in the PAC12 conference.  He has been a track and field jumper and javelin thrower, track coach, strength coach, personal trainer, researcher, writer and lecturer. Joel also runs the incredibly popular JustFlySports.com website, where he has a ton of awesome articles and podcasts. In this […]

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How and Why to Stack the Ribcage on the Pelvis

I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about stacking the ribcage on the pelvis. And two questions in particular keep coming up… What does it mean to stack the ribcage on the pelvis? And Why is it important? In this short video, I describe not only what it means to stack the ribcage on top […]

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Why Rotating Exercises Is Critical for Long-Term Success

As trainers and coaches, one of our biggest goals is to help our clients and athletes train at their highest possible level, without breaking down. Sounds easy, right? You clean up their movement a little bit, teach them the basic movement patterns, and you’re off to the races. Not so fast, Bucko. Unfortunately, many of […]

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5 Big Mistakes Trainers and Coaches Make When Opening a Facility

As trainers and coaches, it’s one of our missions in life to help and serve others. That’s why we get up early, stay at work late, and grind our days out – all because we love helping people. After a while, many of us decide that we want to live life on our own terms. […]

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How to Use Band Resistance to Improve Power and Explosiveness

I’ve learned a lot from Lee Taft over the years. In many ways, he’s the closest thing I’ve had to a true mentor when it comes to speed and agility training. One of the most impactful things I’ve taken from Lee’s work was watching him use band resistance to control the momentum of his athletes. […]

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7 Tips for Training Around Lower Back Pain

I’ve been doing this training thing for close to 20 years now, and I can tell you one thing: Pretty much every client or athlete who trains with you is going to have some sort of issue. In fact, training a new client or athlete with zero pain or issues would be kind of like […]

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Matt Wan on His Mission to Change the Supplement Industry

Matt Wan is the Founder and CEO at Momentous, a sports nutrition startup on a mission to change the supplement industry. Momentous is the first and only brand of its kind to collaborate directly with dietitians and strength coaches from all four Major Leagues, and after launching their first product line last year, they can […]

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A Simple Cue for Less Shoulder Pain

I can’t tell you how many clients and athletes I’ve seen over the years with a set of stiff or cranky shoulders. And while there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to keeping your shoulders healthy, this one simple cue can make a world of difference. In this short video, I explain: What that […]

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The Core Training Collective

I’ve been coaching for close to 20 years now (I’m officially in my 19th year), and one thing I’ve learned over the years is that trainers and coaches love learning stuff they can use and apply immediately. If you go to a workshop, it’s called “Monday Morning” value. Sure they want to learn theory and […]

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Jim Krumpos on Culture, Community and Leadership in Physical Preparation

Jim Krumpos is in his third stint with the strength and conditioning staff at Arizona and currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Performance Enhancement and Director of Olympic Sports. He works with the Wildcats baseball, volleyball, soccer and diving programs. In this show, Jim and I talk about his dual role as a physical preparation […]

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Crush Your Hamstrings and Glutes with the ValSlide Leg Curl

I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more I’m looking to get maximum bang for my buck when in the gym. And suffice it to say, the days of body part splits and hitting a single muscle-group during a training session are long gone! So if I’m going to do a […]

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7 Mantras I Use To Be Successful in Coaching and Life

“Mantra” may be one of those words that give you a funny feeling when you hear it. In fact, I’d imagine that a lot of people who even see the title of this podcast won’t listen to it, just because the word “mantra” is in the title! But in reality, mantras are a powerful tool that […]

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