Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast


Sports and Fitness





April 2015
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Elitefts SPP: Frank Wintrich Interview

Frank Wintrich

Director of Football Sports Performance

Brigham Young University

Topic in this Podcast

How Coach Wintrich got started
Olympic Lifts
High Low Sequencing
In-Season Training
The ABCs
Advice for Young Coaches

The Frank Wintrich File

Provides the BYU football program with integrated short and long term physical preparation training. A highlight of this training is the implementation of the multi-year system of training known as P.A.D.S. This program incorporates a holistic approach to the development of athletes, ensuring the mastery of one skill before moving forward with the development of a more advanced skill. Training begins with developing the minds of athletes through the utilization of the Self Aware Athlete program. This educational resource teaches athletes how to understand their bodies in order to better provide for their everyday physical and emotional needs. Performance Program Principles dictate athletes train safely, with a focus on strength development along with skills specific to their individual needs and most importantly developing the Warrior Mindset – a program established in conjunction with former USMC Force Reconnaissance Marines and Sport Psychology PhD’s.

Years at BYU

  • 2015-present


  • Bachelor of Science, Sports and Fitness Management – Kentucky Wesleyan College, 2002

Before BYU

  • Director of football performance, University of North Texas 2011-2014

  • Associate director of strength and conditioning, University of South Florida, 2008-2010

  • Director of athletic development, The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, 2006-2007

  • Assistant strength and conditioning coach,  Utah State University, 2004-2005

  • Coaching assistant,  Arizona State University, 2003

  • Head strength coach, Hardin-Simmons University, 2002

Playing Career

  • A team captain two consecutive years and a two-time All-American at linebacker for Kentucky Wesleyan College


  • Hometown: Seminole, Florida



Direct download: SPP_54_Frank_Wintirich.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

Elitefts SPP: Eric Cressey Interview

Topics Covered in This Podcast

  1. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity
  2. The biggest changes Eric has seen in Baseball
  3. Assessments for athletes
  4. Communication with coaches
  5. Do no harm, do no good?
  6. Educating athletes
  7. Best scheduled scenario for In-season training
  8. This may not be bad, but is there something better?
  9. Emotional separaration of
  10. Traits of Elite level players
  11. Torso Injuries in Baseball. Why?
  12. Theres what you know and what you can implement - Mike Boyle
  13. Eric Cressey's "Bang-for-our-buck" exercises
  14. Deadlift tips for athletes.
  15. Speed Training for Baseball
  16. Replicating & Simulation versus carryover on the field
  17. The importance of Staff Synergy
  18. The Law of Repeated Exposures
  19. The best advice for young coaches
  20. How to reach Eric, upcoming events

The Eric Cressey File

Eric Cressey is president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities located in Hudson, MA and Jupiter, FL.  A highly sought-after coach for healthy and injured athletes alike, Eric has helped athletes at all levels - from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks - achieve their highest levels of performance in a variety of sports.  Behind Eric's expertise, Cressey Sports Performance has rapidly established itself as a go-to high performance facility among Boston athletes - and those that come from across the country and abroad to experience CSP's cutting-edge methods.  Eric is perhaps best known for his extensive work with baseball players, with more than 100 professional players traveling to train with him each off-season.

Cressey, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, received his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science through the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology, the #1 ranked kinesiology graduate program in the nation. At UCONN, Eric was involved in varsity strength and conditioning and research in the human performance laboratory. Previously, Eric graduated from the University of New England with a double major in Exercise Science and Sports and Fitness Management.

An accomplished author, Cressey has authored over 500 published articles in all.  Eric has published five books and co-created four DVD sets that have been sold in over 60 countries around the world.  Eric has been an invited guest speaker in five countries and 19 U.S. states. His Master’s thesis, “The effects of 10 weeks of lower-body unstable surface training on markers of athletic performance,” was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Cressey was a co-author for the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) High School Strength and Conditioning Certification. He serves on the advisory boards for both the IYCA and Precision Nutrition, and is a baseball consultant to New Balance.

As a competitive powerlifter, Eric holds several state, national, and world records. A mainstay in the Powerlifting USA Top 100 lifts in his weight class, Cressey is rapidly approaching Elite status with competition bests of 540 squat, 402 bench, 650 deadlift, and 1532 total in the 165-pound weight class.  He is recognized as a coach who can jump, sprint, and lift alongside his best athletes to push them to higher levels - and keep them healthy in the process.

Eric's writing and his work with athletes have been featured in such local and national publications as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, ESPN, T-Muscle, Yahoo Sports, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Baseball America, The Worcester Telegram, Perform Better, Oxygen, Experience Life, Triathlete Magazine, Collegiate Baseball, Active.com, The Metrowest Daily News, Parents and Kids, and EliteFTS.  In the business world, Eric has worked with several start-up companies as both an angel investor and advisor.

Although prepared in a variety of bodies of knowledge, Cressey specializes in applied kinesiology and biomechanics as they relate to program design and corrective exercise; maximal relative strength development; and athletic performance enhancement. Feel free to contact Eric at ec@ericcressey.com.

About Cressey Performance

Cressey Performance is a high-performance training facility designed by athletes for athletes, and those looking to make a serious commitment to their long-term health. CP provides athletes with an environment in which they can identify and work toward quantifiable improvements both inside and outside the training facility.  With an emphasis on individualized goals and needs, each client is provided with unique programming and the coaching necessary to carry out these measures effectively. Recognized for its no-nonsense, motivating training environment with just the right mix of science and attitude, the knowledge displayed and results attained at CSP has led to success at local, national and international levels.


Direct download: SPP_53_Eric_Cressey.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:45pm EST

Elitefts SPP: Gary Schofield Interview

Gary Schofiled

Heade Strength & Conditioning Coach

Greater Atlanta Christian School

NSAC Southest Regional Coordinator

Topics in this Podcast

How Gary Schofield got started.
From D3 Baseball to the NBA
Think different to make a difference
High School Strength & Conditioning in the Southeast
What a typical day looks like
Adapting the training for athletes that are in-season
Monitoring Athletes at the High School Level
What gets measured matters
The role of an Educator in a Physical Education Setting
Five Premises for Every High School Strength Coach
What does a High School plan look like
Three factors when developing a plan.
Speed and Agility Progressions for Athletes
Rest & Recovery is the best thing I have added to my program
4 phases of Agility Training
4 Phases of Linear Speed Development
Sports are not played for sport; sports are played for scholarships
The Criticism of CrossFit. Why?
Coaches Rock, Experts Rule
Can’t have impact without Connection
Coach Schofield’s Biggest influences

Coach Schofield on Twitter

Greater Atlanta Christian School

NSCA Southeast Region on FaceBook



Direct download: SPP_52_Gary_Schofield.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

Elitefts SPP - Power Athlete Interview

Power Athlete

John Welbourn, Luke Summers, Cali Hinzman, Tex McQuilkin, Bobby Goodfellow

Topics in this Podcast

1. How did Power Athlete get started: From he NFL to training athletes
2. What is the most important takeaway for attendees of a seminar
3. The challenge of teaching lifters to be athletes: the missing link of movement
4. The mental barrier of training being the test
5. Starting position determines success on the field and the weight room
6. Adapting training to the population and their goals
7. Key component of the warm-up (targeting the population and the movements).
8. Addressing demands and Opportunity: Scaling across a population
9. ACL injury prevention strategies: Identify injury mechanisms, 4 factors
10. Performance Perspective Cueing
11. Coaching cues and addressing weakpoints for the Olympic Lifts
12. Emotional, tactical and mechanical cues
13. Using the Olympic lifts as a means to an end
14. Common mistakes with the Olympic lifts and strategies to fix them.
15. Violence in the Pull and Using Strongman implements to teach hip extension
16. The Tone of Coaches dictating athletic performance
17. Assessing grip training for the overall athlete
18. Speed and agility: progressions and the most carry-over
19. The 5 Exercise question, well maybe more
20. Motivating athletes in a variety of settings (collegiate vs private) etc.
21. What PA has coming up in terms of events and contact info

What is Power Athlete?
Power Athlete is a training system and community for building strong, efficient, fast, powerful athletes.

With performance at the forefront, we see the emergence of Power Athlete HQ, a site continuing where CrossFit Football leaves off; as an online resource dedicated to providing coaches and athletes of various backgrounds comprehensive insight into meeting their training goals.

From day one, CrossFit Football has had a singular focus to develop strength, speed, and athleticism in its power athletes.  While fitness is just one component of athleticism, efficient movement and stability are paramount in sport.  We strive for perfection of movement, strength of body and mind, and put an emphasis in training as we fight. Power Athlete HQ worked with thousands of athletes ranging from amateur to professionals and have decades of experience coaching and playing at professional levels.

One thing is clear: in competition, very few rise to the occasion, the majority tend to fall to the level of their training. To account for this, we believe in the persistent pursuit of perfection with our athletes.

The Power Athlete team is dedicated to providing relevant content to our followers with one goal in mind: creating strong, efficient, fast and most importantly, powerful athletes.

John Welbourn

John Welbourn is the creator/operator of CrossFit Football and Power Athlete. He is a 10 year NFL veteran. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft. He went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John also is owner of CrossFit Balboa, an S&C gym in Orange County, CA. CrossFit Balboa is one of a handful of Westside Barbell certified gyms in the world. In addition to training MLB, NFL and other professional and Olympic athletes, John travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie.

Luke Summers

Luke has been training athletes in CrossFit, Weightlifting, and Olympic Lifting since 2007. He spent 6 years pushing pencils in “Corporate America,” spending 3 of those years moonlighting as a Strength & Conditioning Coach before and after work. Luke was an athlete his whole life and played multiple sports, but his primary focus was football. He played up through college until a neck injury forced him to hang it up. He travels with the CrossFit Football staff and has coaches a variety of athletes from amateur to professional levels in football, baseball, and track.

Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers.Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals.With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CrossFit Football and testament to it's effectiveness.In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ.

Tex McQuilkin

Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.

Bobby Goodfellow

Bobby grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania where coal-country football and wrestling rule the land.  Like most kids in his blue collar town, Bobby played football, ran track and field, and wrestled from a young age.  It didn’t take long to see his affinity for football and it became the focus of his interests through high school.  Bobby competed in powerlifting and strongman, and was a professional ski instructor and alpine race coach throughout college.  After college, Bobby chased a job to Washington, DC, got the field sport bug, and jumped head-first into Super League Rugby – playing Inside Center for Potomac Athletic Club.



Direct download: SPP_51_Power_Athlete.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 10:30am EST