Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast


Sports and Fitness





May 2014
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Elitefts SPP: Joe DeFranco Interview

Interview with Joe DeFranco of DeFranco's Training Systems

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. How Joe became a pioneer with implementing maximal strength in sports performance
  2. Strength builds the foundation for all athletic activity
  3. How Joe adjusts his basic templates per sport, season, and training age
  4. From high school freshman to All-Pro: Brian Cushing's training evolution
  5. Preparing athletes for the NFL Combine
  6. The challenge of training WWE Wrestlers
  7. How Joe extended Triple H's career with his training
  8. The benefits of the box squat for athletes          
  9. Special strength exercises for speed development
  10. The use of prowlers and sleds in training

Articles by Joe DeFranco

DeFranco's Training Systems Official Website

Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Joe20DeFranco20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Elitefts SPP: Dan Baker Interview

Dan Baker of danbakerstrength.com and formerlly of the Brisbane Broncos

Topics Covered in This Podcast:

1. Coach Baker's transition from professional coaching

2. Wave-Cycling for In-Season training

3. Neuarl deload vs. Volumbe deload

4. Maintaining intesity in-season

5. Coach Baker's go-to lifts

6. Reflection of strength vs. building strength

7. Weekly in-season training schedule

8. Training for rugby vs. other sports

9. monitoring strength & power during the season

10. The PSychological aspect of training in-season

11. The state of strength & conditioning in Australia vs. the rest of the world

12. The biggest mistake when conditinign team sports

13. The biggest issues of LSD conditionign & circuit training

14. Integrating the Technical & tactical development with physical development

15. The best lessons Coach Baker got in the profession

Dan Baker is one of the worlds leading authorities upon strength and power training for sports athletes. A PhD in sports science specializing in the testing and training of strength and power, he has the scientific knowledge and practical know how to implement effective strength and power training for sports athletes. Unlike most Phd’s he does not work as a full-time lecturer or in a laboratory – he trains athletes. No science bullshit – just the stuff that works.

Some things about Dan Baker
As a strength & conditioning coach
Strength and power training coach of the Brisbane Broncos Rugby league team since 1995 (title winners 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006)
Former champion powerlifter and powerlifting coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach to elite international and national level athletes in the following sports – rugby league, rugby union, powerlifting, diving, soccer, track & field, netball, mixed martial arts to name a few
A Level 3 Strength and Conditioning Coach and Master Coach of Strength and Conditioning as recognized by the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association

As an Educator and Mentor for strength & conditioning coaches
Dan is the National President of the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association (ASCA) which is the not-for-profit body recognized by the Australian Federal Government to educate and accredit strength & conditioning coaches within Australia.
Dan continues to lecture to all levels of ASCA coaches, from Level 1 beginner Coaches through to the Level 3 Elite Athlete Coaches.
Dan is a sought after Educator of Strength & Conditioning Coaches because he makes the science easy and tells it straight. The practical implementation is what it is all about.
Life memberships
In Australian sport and social life, the “Club” is important. Dedicated club members are sometimes bestowed an honour titled “Life Member” for endless hours of dedicated work on behalf of the Club or Organization. Dan has three Life Memberships.
Dan is a Life Member of the ASCA.
Dan is a Life Member of North Kirra Surf_Lifesaving Club
Dan is a Life Member of the University of Queensland Powerlifting & Weightlifting Club.

Some cross-training workouts to enhance your energy system fitness

Recent trends in high-intensity aerobic training

Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Dan20Baker20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:58pm EST

Dr. Michael Yessis Interveiw

Dr. Michael Yessis received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and his B.S. and M.S. from City University of New York. He is president of Sports Training, Inc., a diverse sports and fitness company. Dr. Yessis is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, where he was a multi-sports specialist in biomechanics (technique analysis) and sports conditioning and training.

Dr. Yessis has served as training and technique consultant to several Olympic and professional sports teams, including the L.A. Rams and L.A. Raiders football teams, Natadore Diving Team, and the U.S. Men’s Volleyball Team. He has also trained hundreds of athletes in different sports and developed unique specialized strength exercises that duplicate what takes place in execution of the game skills. By doing these exercises athletes improve their performance on the field very quickly.

During his fifty plus years of working with athletes, and as president of Sports Training Inc, Dr. Yessis developed what has come to be known as the “Yessis System” for improving running speed. His three-step method has been successfully used to improve athletes in football, soccer, baseball, basketball, track and other sports.  Most notable is the improvement in sports technique.

Direct download: Elitefts_SP_Episode_25.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

Scott Umberger, Co-Owner and Head Physical Preperation Coach at Umberrger Performance


Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. How Scott got started in the field
  2. Basical Philosphy of Developmeing ther Athlete
  3. Social Media's influence on the profession
  4. One of the issues with CrossFit and Coaching
  5. Training youth athletes
  6. The nature of youth sports
  7. Asseesment and evaluation of Athletes
  8. Sprint and deceleration mechanics
  9. APRE procotocl in the private sector

Scott’s passion for performance enhancement started at an early age, stemmed by his desire to receive a Division I scholarship.


Sports Science Knowledge


One year interning at University of Pittsburgh under renowned coach, Buddy Morris changed everything. After working with Buddy,Scott spent two years working as Todd Hamer’s Assistant Strength & Condition Coach at Robert Morris University training 600 of their athletes.


The influence of James Smith, who is regarded as the leading American expert on Soviet Sport Science,  led Scott to an understanding of Sports Science held by handful of Americans.  Since Sport Science doesn’t exist in the U.S.(Scott confirmed this during his exploration of a PhD at PSU).  Scott’s knowledge has been obtained via mentorships, self study of his small library of translated foreign materials, videos, seminars with foreign Sports Scientist, and personal correspondence with leading experts and Sport Scientists.  This knowledge of non-U.S. Sports Science is essential because of the understanding of human performance that this non US research has uncovered through the study of 20,000+ elite athletes.  The funding for this kind of research does not exist in the US.  This monetary investment in Sport Science research is one of the very few ways that the world can be thankful towards communistic regimes.




Attempting to “get the edge” on the competition, Scott read and has tried everything that he could get his hands on.  Taken under the wing of D1 track coach, Waddie Freeman his senior year of high school, Scott reduced his 40 yard dash time from 4.6 to 4.4. Scott played football, baseball, and ran track in high school. This led him to compete at the Division I level in football and track at Robert Morris University.  Scott’s personal experience teamed with his extensive knowledge of the late sprint coach Charlie Francis’s methodologies present a very unique mix of knowledge and practice experience regarding speed development.




Scott spent three months training at the strongest powerlifting gym in the U.S., Westside Barbell.  There he gained an advanced knowledge of the three powerlifts, the bench, the squat, and the dead lift.  He also learned about the concept of strength and its application to specific athletic scenarios.
Scott currently competes in the sport of power lifting and has dead lifted 635 and bench pressed 420 in competitions. He has also squatted 645 and bench pressed 505 in training at a drug free body weight of 192.




As part of his 17,000 hours in the trenches training experience, Scott has worked with over a 2,000 athletes and clients:
• high school and college athletes
• Male and female athletes in hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, softball, baseball, swimming, tennis, track.
• Fitness/figure competitors
• REAL Professional athletes (NHL, NFL, Arena Football , MLL&NLL-pro Lacrosse, World Championship Games.)
• Olympic Silver Medalist- USA Olympic Woman’s Hockey Team
• 3 All-Americans (track, swimming, hockey)
• 2 Hobe Baker Trophy Finalist (Heisman Trophy of College Hockey)
• A top 10 NCAA scorer in Men’s Hockey
• FINA Master World Championship Qualifying Swimmer
• ECAC/IC4A qualifying track hurdler
• Professional Hockey, Basketball, and Soccer players in Europe(Finland and Italy)
• Two Major D1 walk on football players- one who made OSU’s team when they were ranked #1 and WVU when they were top in the 20.
• Celebrities- Country Music Superstar Martina McBride and Actor Jake Gyllenhaal


Scott practices what he preaches.  Research is fantastic but it is useless if it’s not applied in a real world setting.  Scott studies and applies knowledge on himself before having his athletes use it.  He’s squatted 650 lbs, dead lifted 635 lbs in competitions and bench pressed 505 in the gym at a body weight ranging between 190-200 lbs.  In August of 2013 he completed a Tough Mudder Race(which is consider the most legit race of it’s kind in the US) which is a 12 mile “mud run” with 20+ obstacles.


Though it’s Scott’s formal education(BS, MS) that enhanced his abilities as a coach, it’s the intensive study of  ”The Soviet Sports Science,” as well as Sport Science stemming from sources outside of the United States(primarily Premier League Soccer and Australian Sports Science) that have really separated him from the majority of the field.   Real world success with real athletes using his “in trenches training experience,”  as well as a unique blend of leadership and knowledge of legitimate non US Sport Science makes Scott a rare commodity as a physical preparation coach in the US.

Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Scott20Umberger20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

Interview with Cal Dietz, Head Strength & conditionign Coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota and co-author of Triphasic Training.

Topics in this Podcast

What Cal attributes the success of his teams to

How Triphasic Training has evovled

Tripahsic Training in relation to non-cyclycal sports

General Overview of Triphasic Training

Approximate loads for eccentric and isometric training

Three-day undulating model

Post-Activation Potentiation & French Contrast Training

Peaking cycle, skill aquisition, and Olympic lifting

Sports-Specific conditioning

Advice for young strength & conditioning coaches

Cal Dietz's Bio

Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz's return to Minnesota he has developed the Strength and Conditioning Programs and over seen the daily progress in Men's Hockey from 2000-present, Men's' Basketball from 2004-2010, Women's Hockey from 2003-present, Men's Golf from 2000-present, Women's Golf from 2006-present Men's Swimming from 2000-Present, Track and Field from 2000-present, Baseball from 2000-2007, 2010 -present, and Wrestling from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, Dietz has trained: a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 400 All-American honors, 29 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and NCAA Team Champions, and 13 teams finish in the top four in the nation. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and Professional Boxing.

Also, during his time at the university help founded and chairs the Sport Biomechanics Interest Group with its purpose to explore the physiological and biomechanical aspects of advanced human performance encompassing the various aspects of kinesiology, biomechanics, neuro-mechanics and physics. This will be achieved by utilizing extensive research theories and applied knowledge in the multi-disciplinary field of human performance. Utilizing through a collaborative effort which involving numerous professional perspectives from diverse areas of academia such also include professionals from Mechanical engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Orthopedics, and Physiology. Dietz is also a member of the Gender Equity Committee at the University of Minnesota and currently represents the University as a member of the Big Ten committee to develop performance enhancing policy for anabolic and ergogenic aids.

During his time at the university, Dietz has given numerous lectures around the country, as well as publish several scientific articles and dozens articles on training. Most recently, Dietz co-authored the the top selling book, Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance.

Prior to returning to Minnesota, Dietz was the strength coordinator at The University of Findlay, overseeing 26 men's and women's sports, in addition to coordinating the university's fitness center, coaching the offensive line with the football program and teaching strength and conditioning classes. He is no stranger to Minnesota athletics after serving as a graduate assistant strength coach while pursuing his graduate degree. During this time Dietz was the first assistant to football and assisted with a Majority of Olympic Sports.

The Shelby, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Findlay in 1996 and his master's degree from Minnesota in kinesiology in May, 2000. During his athletic career at the University of Findlay Dietz won three National team championships, two in football and one in wrestling. Highlights of his career was earning 2 All-American honors in Football and winning the NAIA National Duals MVP in wrestling. In 1995 he received the NAIA College Sports Magazine Athlete of the year and was inducted into the University's of Findlay's Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dietz married Karyn Bye, a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in 1998 and silver medal in 2002. The couple resides in Hudson, Wis., with their daughter, Tatum Lynn Born in May 2003 and Brody Michael born July 2005.

Triphasic Training

Triphasic Training is the pinnacle of sports performance training. That’s not hype. Cal Dietz, strength coach at the University of Minnesota, has the results to back up this claim – a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, over 400 All-Americans, 30 Big Ten/WCHA championship teams, 7 NCAA National Team Champions, and 14 teams that finished in the top four in the nation.

Over the past decade, Coach Dietz has worked with thousands of collegiate and professional athletes, incorporating the latest scientific research into developing his Triphasic Training method. His approach breaks down athletic movements into their three components -- eccentric, isometric, and concentric -- allowing for the continuous development of athletes, maximizing their strength, speed, and power.

In this easy-to-understand book, Coach Dietz has teamed up with exercise physiologist, Ben Peterson, to explain the physiological foundations of Triphasic Training and how they can be applied to training, making athletes bigger, stronger and faster than ever before. The authors give examples of complete programs, as well as examples of how to incorporate the Triphasic method into existing programs, with descriptions on adapting it to virtually any scenario.

Included in the book:

- 5 complete 24-week training programs designed for 6-day, 5-day, 4-day, 3-day, or 2-day training models.

- Over two dozen tables showing when and how to modify exercises to ensure continuous improvement in athletes.

- Peaking programs for football lineman and skill players; swimmers; baseball, volleyball, and hockey players (among others).

- A complete 52-week training program for football.

Buy the Book here:


Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Cal20Dietz20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:55pm EST