Physical Preparation with Chad Kolarcik

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A few years back at one of the Seattle Sounders seminars, I was listening to Chad Kolarcik talk about his strength training program with the team. And the more he detailed his program, the more I realized that he and I think very similarly with regards to athletic development.

In this episode we’re going to talk about Chad’s very roundabout career path, his big rocks for off-season training, and how he manages guys and keeps them fit over a grueling 9 or 10 month MLS Season.

Show Outline

Here’s an overview of what Chad and I covered:

  • What originally led Chad to the world of physical preparation.
  • His broad and wide-ranging path into the fitness industry.
  • The main foci he has when developing an off-season program for the Sounders.
  • What an off-season training week looks like, and how it changes over the course of the off-season.
  • How to strike a balance with regards to off-season conditioning – getting them fit and ready for pre-season, but still seeing the big picture and realizing there’s a long season ahead!
  • How Chad shifts the emphasis of his program when pre-season rolls around, as well as his big goals for pre-season training.
  • His 2-3 goals for the team during the competitive season.
  • What an in-season program looks like, both with regards to weekly layout and individual sessions.
  • The BIG Question.
  • The super stupendous lightning round where we chat about soccer, hockey, the incomparable Dave Tenney, and my favorite Sounder, Chad Marshall.

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