Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast


Sports and Fitness





October 2014
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Elitefts SPP Adam Feit Interview

Interview with Adam Feit

Director of Sports Performance at Reach Your Potential Training

Founder of The Young Strength Coaches Corner


Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. Adam's career path: paying dues
  2. The Springfield College advantage
  3. From a young assistant to a younger head coach
  4. Developing assistants for the next step
  5. Finding what makes you stand out as a coach
  6. Empowering assistant coaches
  7. Nutritional strategies for athletes
  8. Adjusting from college to the NFL
  9. The decision to make the move into the private sector
  10. Communication with youth athletes
  11. The experience of a private sector like RYPT
  12. The YSCC : From networking to coaching frustrations to career advice
  13. How to reach Adam

The Adam Fiet File

Courtesy of www.igotrypt.com


  • National Strength and Conditioning Association- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
  • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association- Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa-SCCC)
  • United States Weightlifting Coach- Level 1 Certified (USAW-1)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine-Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES)
  • Precision Nutrition- Certified Nutritionist (PN-1)


  • B.S. Applied Exercise Science (Springfield College, 2006)
  • M.S. Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention  (California University of Pennsylvania, 2009)

Adam Feit is the Director of Sports Performance for Reach Your Potential Training and is responsible for the design and implementation of the center's sports performance programs. Adam brings a host of college and professional strength and conditioning and nutrition experience to Reach Your Potential Training. Previously serving as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Nutrition Coordinator for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, Adam designed and implemented the strength and conditioning programs for the Panthers' specialist and quarterback position groups. Adam also supervised the strength and conditioning programs for the offensive and defensive skill players while overseeing the entire team's performance nutrition program, including meal plan design, supplement protocols and on/off-site meal services.

Before joining the Carolina Panthers, Adam served as the Head Sports Performance Coach for Eastern Michigan University in 2010-2011. Adam designed sports performance programs for football and women's soccer, while supervising a full-time staff in charge of 21 varsity sports. While at Eastern, Adam implemented the university's first nutrition training table and supplement station and directed major advancements and renovations to the school's strength and conditioning facilities.

Prior to assuming head coaching responsibilities at Eastern Michigan, Adam served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Louisville's Football Team. At Louisville, he assisted with the design and implementation of the football team's athlete development programs through the 2008 and 2009 football seasons.

Earlier in Adam's career, he served as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He also performed strength and conditioning internships with Arizona State University, US Olympic Training Center, University of Connecticut and Springfield College.

As a college athlete, Adam played football for Springfield College in Springfield, MA. During his years as an offensive lineman, he was a team captain and garnered all-consensus 1st Team All-American and All-Empire 8 League honors. As the Division III's East Region Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2006, he helped Springfield win its' only Empire 8 Championship and reach the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Adam also represented Team USA in the Division III All-Star game, the Aztec Bowl, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Adam's passion for sports performance doesn't end with coaching. He is an active competitive lifter in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman. Adam is married to Mary Kate Feit (Jones), also a sports performance coach and competitive lifter, and have a newborn son Cody. 

When not coaching, training or spending time with family, you can find Adam writing on his blog at http://www.adamfeit.com or working with his online social network of young strength and conditioning coaches with the YSCC (Young Strength Coaches Corner).

Direct download: SPP203820Adam20Feit.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Carl Valle Interview

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. The decision to take a risk

2. The gap between technologoy and application

3. From HRV to GPS: Assessing Readiness

4. Overtesting Syndrome

5. Practical procedures for testing

6. Facial Coding for readiness

7. Evaluating muscle tissue with TMG

8. Using GPS to adapt workload

9. Communicating and Education team coaches to morph tactical and physical training

10. VBT Training: A metric of a metric of a metric

11. Perspective on the athlete managment system

12. The 3 data sets that all coaches want

13. Technology and job securtiy

14. Jurassic Park for Coaches and the 3 levels of technology

15. Quick Take-a-ways for coaches: The 4 Ss

16. Speed training made simple for sport coaches

17. How to reach Carl

About Carl Valle

Since 1997 I have coached Track and Field at every level, from high school to the Olympic level in the sprints and hurdles. Having the privilege of working with great athletes that have been All-American and school record holders, many rewarding experiences made me love both the sport and working with great people. After years of seeing athletes fall through the cracks in the US  and abroad, I decided to create a unique solution to leverage the great coaching community and medical network by organizing those resources

Direct download: SPP203720Carl20Valle.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 10:58am EST

Ryan Horn is the Director of Athletic Perofrmnace of Men's Basketball at Wake Forrest University.

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. Ryan Horn's Career Path

2. Coming in to a new role at a new school

3. Utilizing Technology in the Athletic Performance Setting

4. "You can't manage what you don't manage."

5. Off-Season Training

6. The Upsidedown Pyramid

7. The role of the Athletic Performance Coach

8. "My job is not to ask questions, its; to give answers."

9. Assessment & Evaluation

9. "I'd much rather teach, than correct."

10. Off-Season carryover into the Season

11. Perceptual vs Objective monitoring for readiness

12. How to reach Coach Horn


The Ryan Horn File:

Ryan Horn is in his first season with the Wake Forest basketball program in 2014-15. Horn serves as the Demon Deacons' Director of Athletic Performance.

Horn joined the Demon Deacons in April 2014 after working under head coach Danny Manning at the University of Tulsa where he helped the Golden Hurricane win the 2013-14 Conference USA regular season and tournament championships--the program's first league title since 2003.

Horn spent three seasons at Tulsa and most recently directed the athletic performance programs for men's basketball and softball while assisting with football. He also previously worked with the Golden Hurricane women's basketball and women's soccer teams.

Prior to Tulsa, Horn spent five seasons at VCU as the associate head strength and conditioning coach. Horn was directly responsible for designing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for the Rams' men's and women's soccer, field hockey and golf teams while also assisting with men's and women's basketball.

Horn began his professional career as a volunteer intern at Robert Morris University and Liberty University where he assisted with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for football and men's and women's basketball.

Horn played football at East Stroudsburg University for one season and James Madison University for three seasons.

Originally from Inwood, W.Va., Horn graduated from Shepherd University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in May of 2007 and completed his master's degree through the VCU Center for Sports Leadership in 2008.

Horn is an approved mentor and strength and conditioning coach certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a certified Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting and a Level 1 Track and Field Coach through USA Track and Field.

Horn and his wife, Ashley, have two children: son, Landon, and daughter, Addison.

Courtesy of Wake Forrest Athletics


Direct download: SPP203620Ryan20Horn.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:01pm EST