Ask Mike: The Big Q&A Show

Whether you’re a veteran or new, there is always something new to learn or think about when you’re a  coach.

From educating your clients on a program to choosing the best exercises for athletes, it’s easy to get overloaded with information.

But don’t worry!

Learning is crucial to our growth as coaches, and one of the key characteristics that make a great coach is their willingness to approach others and ask questions.

In this episode, I discuss how you can communicate with your clients the principles behind your exercise programs.

I explain why you shouldn’t try to turn someone’s weaknesses into strengths, and reveal what you can do to handle a client’s weaknesses.

I share a technique that could help you decide what sort of training exercises to include in a program and highlight the importance of approaching everything from an educational mindset.

I also break down the stages of sleep and highlight the role of deep sleep in muscle recovery.


Deconstruct the sport that you coach for. Figure out what posture, movements, and positions athletes need to hit, and train for them. – Mike Robertson


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • The value of building up slowly, and how to deal with clients and athletes who want more variety
  • Why teaching clients and athletes to move better is the cornerstone of my training philosophy
  • Understanding a client’s need for novelty
  • Assessing the characteristics of athletes: What makes them great, their superpowers, and their weaknesses
  • My mistake of trying to turn weaknesses into strengths and what you can do instead
  • Deciding what exercises to incorporate in a training program
  • The movements involved in basketball and using them as a deciding factor in choosing power exercises
  • My approach to conditioning for a general population client coming from CrossFit
  • Underload versus overload training and the importance of maintaining motor skills
  • The role of sleep in recovery and how a lack of it impacts movement
  • Recovering from workouts through nutrition
  • Recovery modalities and why you may want to save them for when you really need it
  • Our assessment and evaluation processes at IFAST
  • The purpose of doing assessments


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