Physical Preparation with Grant “Rufus” Gardis


Grant “Rufus” Gardis is a guy I’ve known and worked with for years. In fact, he was one of my instructors when I took the USA Weightlifting certification course way back in 2003!

Not only is he one of the most knowledgeable coaches I’ve ever met when it comes to long-term athletic development, but one of the hardest working as well.

In this show we’re going to try something a little bit different as well. As you may or may not know, Rufus coaches at IFAST on a regular basis – and I probably couldn’t kick him out if I tried!

As such, we’re going to do this show truly interview style, with both of us in the same room.

Hopefully the sound and audio come out well on your end, because I think this environment will make for a truly interactive and fun show.

Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of what we covered in this episode:

  • What originally led Rufus to the world of physical preparation.
  • His long and winding career arc.
  • A tough question – are we doing ANYTHING right when it comes to long-term athletic development (LTAD)?
  • Rufus’ cornerstones of an LTAD program.
  • Free Play – what it is, and how to incorporate it into your world.
  • The ideal training group – his program for the kiddos he works with from middle-to-high school.
  • Rufus is made king of athletic development – what would his first initiatives be to give our athletes a better foundation?
  • What can we do for the kid who is already “specialized” in their sport?
  • Some of the unique things Rufus done in his Olympic weightlifting programs for young and developing lifters.
  • The BIG Question.
  • The lightning round, where we talk about how he got the nickname, his proudest moment as a coach, the best BBQ city, and his thoughts on coaching the RDL.

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