Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast (sports and fitness)


Sports and Fitness





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Mark Watts is The Director of Education at elitefts™ and the NSCA Ohio State Director. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the College of Professional and Applied Studies at Urbana University. He has a Masters Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion from California University of PA and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of PA. Watts has worked with athletes in over 20 different sports at the Division I, II & III levels for over 15 years as a strength & conditioning coach at places such as Denison University, The United States Military Academy at West Point, Allegheny College and Clarion University. Watts competes in both powerlifting and strongman competitions. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and is a USMC veteran.

Direct download: SPP_65_Mark_Watts.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 1:21pm EDT

Bob Alejo

  • Assistant AD/ Director of Strength & Conditioning
  • North Carolina State University

Topics Covered in the Podcast

  1. How Coach Alejo got started in the industry
  2. How the game of baseball has progressed
  3. Communication with Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists
    1. Abdominal Injuries  in Baseball
    2. Baseball Players vs Throwers
  4. Tommy John's Epidemic... A different take
    1. Total body strength is the best way to increase bat speed
    2. More resiliency in younger arms
    3. Innings thrown vs pitches thrown
    4. Monitoring the Bullpen
    5. Baseball is performed from your toes to the ends of your fingers
  5. Assessments
    1. Approach athletes like they're damaged goods
    2. Its not a one day deal
  6. Go to Exercises
    1. There is no exercise you should avoid
    2. Pressing overhead for overhead athletes
    3. Finding the Research
    4. About balance more than movement
    5. Variances between the
  7. In-Season Training
    1. High Intensity during the season
    2. Decrease the slope of the decline by lifting heavy
    3. If you can't gain strength at the rep range how can you maintain it?
    4. Low Volume reduces fatigue and soreness
  8. Conditioning and Speed
    1. Rest,sets, and intervals
    2. Quantify everything
    3. Low intensity tempo work
    4. Tempo to Speed Endurance to Speed
    5. Everything comes down to 1st step speed
  9. Strategies to build rapport with Sport Coaches
    1. Everything data driven!
    2. Start correlating your data
    3. If you are going to be fast, you need to be strong, If you are strong, you can change direction
  10. Best advice for young coaches
    1. Technology has enabled coaches to contact anyone
    2. You don't need to guess anymore
    3. Call your peers
    4. Your group is your group. Get them better first

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The Bob Alejo File

Assistant AD/Director of Strength and Conditioning Bob Alejo oversees all of the strength and conditioning efforts of the department, and coordinates the day-to-day efforts of the men's basketball team.

Prior to joining the Wolfpack staff in April, Alejo served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Oakland A's, a position he also held from 1993-2001. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization's year-round physical preparation at both the major league and minor league levels. 

Prior to rejoining the A's, Alejo was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at UC Santa Barbara from 2005-2008. During that time he was also a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team as strength and conditioning coach for the Gold medal-winning men's beach volleyball team of Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. 

From 1984-1993, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach at UCLA where he worked with 23 men's and women's teams, including the men's basketball team while current Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried was an assistant coach. During his tenure in Westwood, the Bruins racked up 25 national championships and produced more than 100 All-Americans. 

Prior to joining the Bruins' staff, Alejo served as strength and conditioning coach for football at his alma mater, Chico State. He earned his B.A. in physical education from Chico State in 1982 and is a member of the Wildcats' Athletic Hall of Fame after a successful baseball career.

An accomplished lecturer and author, Alejo is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (through the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certification Commission) and holds the advanced NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach distinction. He has also been elected to three halls of fame: Chico State Athletics, Chico State Baseball (inaugural inductee) and the Chico Professional Baseball "Legends of the Diamond."


Direct download: SPP_64_Bob_Alejo.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

Elitefts SPP: Joe Hashey Interview

Joe Hashey

Synergy Athletics

Fitness Business Empire


Topics Covered in the Podcast

How Joe got started


  1. 4 Knee Surgeries.... and a lot of questions
  2. The Start of Synergy Athletics
  3. Transitioning from only athletes to the adult population
  4. Psychology of completion


What do need to know to start the training process


  1. What the athlete wants and what the parents think they need
  2. The responsibility of college preparation
  3. Using communication with coaches as a learning experience


A general look at the training philosophy


  1. Concurrent Periodization with High School and College Athletes
  2. Repetition method to prepare for Max effort and dynamic effort
  3. Training Athletes vs training lifters
  4. Athletes need to know, like, and trust you
  5. Understanding bar speed 


Relationship Building

  1. Three phases: Individual, family, community
  2. Referrals vs giving back

What athletes really need


  1. Appropriate recovery
  2. Sleep cycle
  3. Travel Teams
  4. Nutrition
  5. Not a work-ethic issue.... at all


Teaching skills related to the business word


  1. Understanding learning styles
  2. Match the mental to the physical goals
  3. Uncomfortable equals opportunity for growth


How professional development has evolved

  1. Mature as a business person as much as a training
  2. Trainers approach to business vs business owners approach to business
  3. The point of diminishing returns
  4. Social Media Impact
  5. Find people to network with

Training Football Players


  1. Linear periodization for conditioning
  2. One good lift in per session, then address weaknesses
  3. Training In-season during the off-season
  4. Make better at the sport not the work-out


The Best advice for Trainers and Gym Owners

  1. You must be a life-long learner
  2. There are people that have done what you want to do

The Joe Hashey File

Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist, NSCA (2007 – present)
CPR and AED Certified (2006 – present)
Masters in the Arts Of Teaching – Colgate University (2006)


Youtube Partner – 8.2 Million Views on Fitness Videos.
Men’s Fitness, Contributing Author (2012)
Men’s Health, Contributing Author (2012)
Speaker NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas (2011 and 2012)
Speaker Central Ohio Strength Clinic (2011)
Author “Powerful Muscle Recovery Manual” (2011)
Speaker NSCA Vermont (2011)
Author “Bull Strength Conditioning Manual” (2010)
Speaker at Strength Coach 101 (2009)
Contributing Author – EliteFts, Straight to the bar, Critical Bench(2008- present)
Author “Bull Strength Training Manual” (2008)
Secrets of Strength Development Seminar Attendee (2009)
Head Modified Baseball Coach (2008 – 2009)
High School Assistant Football Coach (2006 – 2009)
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Hamilton High School (2005-2006)
Semi Professional Football All-Star (2004-2005)
Colgate University Football Player (2000-2002)


Direct download: SPP_63_Joe_hashey.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 2:49pm EDT

Elitefts SPP: Fred Eaves Interview

Fred Eaves

Director of Wellness and Athletic Performance

Battle Ground Academy

Topics in this Podcast

Topics Covered in this Podcast

How Coach Eaves got started in the profession

Taking over a New Program

  1. Assessing the situation 
  2. Identifying roadblocks
  3. Exceed expectations
  4. Under-promise over-deliver

The Multi-Sport Athlete

  1. Over-specialized and under-generalized
  2. The correlation between the number of sports played and injury rates
  3. The throwback kid: physicality, mentality, and resiliency
  4. The benefits of competing in other sports year round


  1. Block Zero (Wildcat) assessments
  2. The Dynamic Movement Screen
  3. Relative strength
  4. Movement quality


  1. 8-period rotating schedule
  2. Tier System for everyone
  3. Regressing non-athletes in class
  4. Wildcat, white, grey, gold, blue programs
  5. Technique then Velocity then Load
  6. Counter-culture what the world tells us
  7. Do more of what they are not getting

In-Season Adjustments with the Tier System

  1. Manipulating sessions, volume, and intensity
  2. In-season: keep high intensity and control the volume
  3. Empowering older athletes
  4. RPE scales and HS athletes


  1. Rotating schedules for athletes
  2. 30 minute sessions during school hours
  3. MWF = Strength training, TH = Movement and Restoration
  4. Complex for the strength coach = simple for the kids and coaches
  5. Mixed gender versus boys and girls only

Go to Exercises/ Drills

  1. Trap Bar DL
  2. OlympicLifts
  3. Every situation is unique
  4. Overhead Squat
  5. Swiss Bar Presses
  6. Exercise selection for stress management
  7. Baseline with 3 regressions and 3 progressions

Monitoring/ feedback

  1. Why monitor if we can't do the basics
  2.  Be the best you that you can be
  3. APRE numbers for tracking
  4. Can't be numbers driven
  5. If you are only looking at the end number, you are not getting the whole picture
  6. Fighting against the Culture

Mentoring/ Character Development

  1. The most important aspect of the job
  2. Model the behavior
  3. Be accessible
  4. Transactional versus transformational
  5. All you leave behind is how you effect, Trickle down, cyclical
  6. Set the legacy
  7. Perception is reality
  8. Put accountability back on the player

Advice for young coaches

  1. Differentiate yourself
  2. Humility
  3. It is a unique field.. Sacrifice
  4. Bringing others down to build your up
  5. Stay in the Eye of the Storm

How to contact you/ social media

The Fred Eaves File

Fred Eaves is currently the Director of Wellness and Athletic Performance at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. He has 16 years of experience in the field that includes stops at UT-Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee, and Louisiana State University as well as multiple high schools in the state of Tennessee. Eaves was voted the 2013 Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly Central Region High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Battle Ground Academy’s Athletic Program has had tremendous success in the last year with state championships in men’s basketball, men’s soccer, Final Four appearances from baseball, women’s soccer, and a State Quarterfinal appearance from the football team. Eaves holds degrees from UT-Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech University, Lincoln Memorial University, and the University of Missouri. He currently serves as the Tennessee State Director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Coach Fred Eaves is entering his second season as the Defensive Line Coach for the Wildcats.  This is also Coach Eaves 16th year coaching overall. Coach Eaves coached three State Championship football teams and 1 state championship weightlifting team before coming to BGA. In addition to coaching, Coach Eaves is the Wellness and Athletic Performance Coordinator for all BGA students and athletic teams. Coach Eaves has trained 32 NFL Draft picks as well as 10 NCAA All-Americans. Among these players are Jerod Mayo, Arian Foster, and Randall Cobb. Coach Eaves has also been a featured author for American Football Monthly and Gridiron Strategies. He is also a featured speaker at the Hammer Strength clinic series. Coach Eaves has been a strength coach collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, The University of Tennessee, and Louisiana State University. He is married to Kristy Eaves and has two step children: Savanna and Grant Allen.

Battle Ground Academy


Direct download: SPP_62_Fred_Eaves.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 10:58am EDT

Elitefts SPP Mark McLaughlin Interview

Mark McLaughlin

  • Physical Preperation Coach
  • Owner of Performance Training Center

Topics Covered in this Podcast

Mark's Journey

  1. Catastrophic injuries in youth athletics
  2. 3 cases that got Mark's attention to research training
  3. Individual Training to Volunteer to Facility Owner


  1. Extensive medical questionnaire
  2. Subjective information form athlete: What are your goals
  3. Omegawave assessments
  4. Warm-up and performance testing
  5. Sports Specific Conditioning
  6. Strength Assessments
  7. How much time are they willing to train?

Balancing the athletes schedule with training

  1. Number of games, fitness level, particular team or coach

Communication with Sport Coaches

  1. Educating parents and the athletes to avoid
  2. The Training is only one part of it
  3. Recovering is a crucial aspect
  4. Recovery need s to be individualized and personalized
  5. Recovery becoming natural
  6. Avoid glycolytic and lactic environments
  7. Allowing athletes to recover naturally
  8. HRV Fight or Flight vs. Rest and Relax

Training Youth Athletes

  1. Ban AAU Basketball and youth club sport games
  2. Educate coaches and parents
  3. A Platform for the education process
  4. Can science give us the data we need
  5. Governing bodies

Long Term Athletic Development Model

  1. The coaches don't have the tools to manage the process
  2. Education for when is the right and wrong time
  3. Differences between males and females
  4. The Formula 1 Analogy

HRV and other technology

  1. Charlie Francis observation of Ben Johnson
  2. Jay Schroeder Auto-regulation
  3. Coaches becoming great listeners
  4. Technology to embody the mission statement
  5. Buddy Morris, Tom Myslinski and the Omega Wave
  6. Observation plus training methodologies
  7. Learn from other coaches and how they implement their programs

Athlete Buy-In

  1. Quality trumps quantity
  2. Reducing Injuries in Athletes
  3. Educating parents and athletes on playing sport year-round
  4. Reducing games = reducing injuries
  5. Consistency of being active
  6. Helmets on before 9th grade?
  7. Concussions reducing exposures
  8. Best practices in terms of techniques

 What Athletes Need to Work on

  1. Running technique can fix itself depending on age
  2. Jumping, landing, bounding, etc
  3. Strength training: single leg bodyweight movement first
  4. Squat, Deadlift, Depth Jumps, etc. when the athlete is ready
  5. Its not the exercises but how they are integrated

The best advice for young coaches

  1. Be extremely open on everything
  2. Best practices of the most successful companies
  3. Develop a deep passion for learning
  4. Communication by embodies your values and must connect with a multitude of work

The Mark McLaughlin File


Founder of Performance Training Center. Mark attended college at the College of Sante’Fe in New Mexico. He is a native Oregonian currently living in Portland. His passion of all athletics flourished throughout his teen years. He participated and competed on various teams and in a variety of sports. Through his years of participation in sports and later in his education, Mark developed a deep commitment not just to sport but also to the complete well being of the athlete. This passion and commitment leads to continual self-education in the field of athletic performance enhancement. Mark has been active in the field of athletic performance enhancement since 1997. Mark has trained over 700 athletes on every competitive level ranging from Olympic, professional (NFL, MLB, CFL), college, high school and grade school athletes. As well as working with individual athletes, Mark works and consults with professional organizations (NFL, MLB, NBA), NCAA universities, high school, club, and youth sport organizations. In addition to Mark’s training and consulting services, he conducts speaking engagements with various organizations locally, nationally as well as internationally.


Direct download: SPP_61_Mark_McLaughlin.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

Chris Doyle
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Football
University of Iowa
Topics Covered in This Podcast
How Coach Doyle got started
  1. Strength & Conditioning and Football
  2. Same characteristics lead to success for any coach
  3. Sport Coach - Strength Coach Relationship
Biggest area of concern with 1st year players
  1. Be on Time, Listen-learn-apply, and work hard
  2. Teach athletes how to think
  3. Counter the recruiting process
  4. Adopt the team mindset
  5. We create habits and our habit creates us
  6. Teaching the program
  1. Hybrid to FMS, back to a hybrid assessment
  2. Commonalities of Corrections
  3. The stack joint approach
Basic Off-Season Template
  1. The mistake of peaking everything at once
  2. 3 phases of the off-season
  3. Speed Training set-up
  4. Higher exposure, shorter volume
  5. Competitive Speed work. Measure it, rank it, post it
Exercise Selection
  1. Exercises must be: ground based, multi-joint,  and three-dimensional
  2. Five different levels in the program
  3. Block Periodization with older athletes
In-Season concerns
Two different groups are either playing or not
It's important to know who we are
Iowa Football
  1. We don't find talent we build it
  2. How little can we train and still gain in-season
  3. Technology to Modifying behavior vs modifying training
  4. Uncommon discipline, uncommon maturity
Developing rapport with athletes
  1. Everybody wants someone to believe in. Our job is to get people to believe in themselves - Dan Gable
  2. Flexibility with athletes
  3. Never allow your athletes to set the standards they don't know what they're capable of - Joe Moore
  4. Get in the rack and not hiding in your office
Staff Development
  1. Coach has learned more from his staff than they learned from him
  2. Read together, program together, think together
  3. Loyalty through the intern program
Advice for young coaches
  1. Maintain a beginners mindset
  2. How thirsty are you for knowledge?
  3. Read on a variety of subjects
  4. Go and visit good people
  5. Watch the best work in your field
  6. We don't coach weights we coach people - Johnny Parker
  7. Want to get paid well, offer something money cant buy
  8. Successful people aren't innovators they are early adapters - Mike Boyle
The Chris Doyle File

Chris Doyle is in his 16th year as strength and conditioning coach for the University of Iowa football program.

As the head of Iowa's strength and conditioning program, Doyle has helped the Hawkeye program participate in 11 bowl games since 2001, including the 2014 Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes posted an 8-5 overall record in 2013, including a 5-3 Big Ten record to tie for second in the Legends Division. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 12 seasons.

Iowa has appeared in seven January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won 6-of-11 bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).

Iowa has won 97 games over the past 12 seasons, including 57 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 11 of the past 13 years.

Doyle is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCCa). He was presented with the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach in May, 2013. The certification is considered the highest honor that can be achieved in the coaching profession of Strength and Conditioning, and represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field.

The NSCA named Doyle the Big Ten Strength Coach of the Year in 1999. He was one of 20 nominees for the Professional of the Year Award, given annually and selected by the NSCA membership. The award recognizes college professionals who have shown excellence in strength training and conditioning programs.

He served as director of strength and conditioning for the University of Utah in 1998. Under Doyle's direction the Utah basketball team played in the national championship game. While in Utah, Doyle also served as state director for the NSCA.

Doyle was assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin from 1996-98. He oversaw the training programs for football and hockey teams during this time. The Badger football team participated in two bowl games (Copper and Outback) and the hockey team won the WCHA championship during his tenure.

As a strength and conditioning professional, Doyle has tutored 180 student-athletes who have advanced to the professional ranks in the NFL, NHL and NBA. Iowa has had a total of 40 players selected in the past 10 NFL drafts, including six in each of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 drafts, and three in the most recent NFL Draft.

Overall, 49 Iowa players have been drafted in the past 12 years, with six first round selections and nine players being selected among the top 50 picks. In addition, 53 additional Hawkeye players signed free agent contracts in the past 10 years. Iowa, since 2003, has seen five former walk-ons selected in the NFL Draft.

Over the past 12 years, 114 of 128 (89 percent) of Iowa's senior starters were selected in the NFL Draft or signed to an NFL free agent contract. Six Hawkeyes were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, while six additional seniors signed free agent contracts immediately following the draft. Iowa and Alabama were the only two programs to have a first round draft selection in three consecutive years (2010-12).

Doyle has mentored 49 former assistants who have advanced in the field of Strength and Conditioning, with 19 becoming head strength and conditioning coaches.

Doyle served as offensive line coach at Holy Cross from 1992-95. He also worked as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 1991 and Syracuse in 1990. Notre Dame won the 1992 Sugar Bowl following the 1991 season and Syracuse won the 1990 Aloha Bowl.

Doyle was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Boston University from 1986-88. He served as a student assistant for the football program there in 1989.

Chris earned his B.S. in human movement from Boston University in 1990 and his M.Ed. in education from Boston University in 1991.

Doyle was born June 30, 1968. Chris is from Quincy, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College High School. He was inducted into the Boston College High School Hall of Fame in November, 2004. Chris and his wife, Tia, have three sons, Declan, Donovan and Dillon.

Strength and Conditioning Mission Statement
The University of Iowa Football Program is committed to providing the ultimate training experience for each student-athlete. Our focus is to build the total athlete while reducing the risk of injury through individual evaluation and program design. Developing strong relationships with each athlete is a fundamental building block essential to the success of Iowa Football.

Doyle's Coaching Career
Iowa Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, 1999-present
Utah Director of Strength & Conditioning, 1998
Wisconsin Assistant Strength Coach, 1996-97
Holy Cross Offensive Line Coach, 1992-95
Notre Dame Graduate Assistant, 1991
Syracuse Graduate Assistant, 1990

Direct download: SPP_60_Chris_Doyle.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

Evan Marcus

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Minnesota Vikings

Topics Covered in this Podcast

How Coach Marcus got started

  1. Getting an edge in athletics
  2. D3 to DI
  3. Meeting Rock Gullickson
  4. Not just Xs and Os but communicating with Athletes

Challenges at coaching at the professional level.

No matter what level, coaches are there to help athletes

Character Development
Your assessments, the biggest issues you face with athletes

  1. Don't assume anything
  2. Breaking everything down to its implest terms

Communication with private sector coaches

  1. Player would preferably train with former college coaches
  2. Expectations with more buy-in

Communication with the Medical Staff

  1. Point A to point B
  2. Overall goals for the players

Training before and during OTAs

  1. Working with professionals
  2. Knowing what to expect
  3. "Go-to" exercises with progressions and regressions
  4. Giving freedom to choose exercises
  5. Focusing on movement speed for older athletes

In-season training

  1. Maintain = good enough
  2. Being the strongest during the season

Technology in terms of readiness

Staff development

  1. No mixed messages for athletes
  2. The trust factor with staff
  3. Everyone believes in the same things

Advice for young strength coaches.

  1. Just because you are in the NFL doesn't make you a good strength coach
  2. Taking advantage opportunities
  3. Young coaches don't want to pay their dues
  4. Trying out what you read

 The Evan Marcus File

Having joined the Vikings in 2014 as Head Strength and Conditioning coach, Evan Marcus enters his 9th NFL season this fall and has been in the field for 25 seasons.

In Marcus’ first offseason with the Vikings, he oversaw a complete transformation of the club’s weight training facility and revamped the strength and conditioning philosophies. Under Marcus’ direction, the club now uses a free weight based program, which places an emphasis on power, speed and quickness.

During his NFL career, Marcus has been a part of 2 Division Champions- New Orleans in 2000 and Miami in 2008. The 2000 Saints won their NFC Wild Card playoff game over St. Louis at the Superdome to give the franchise their 1st playoff win in the 34-year history of the club before advancing to the NFC Divisional Round against Minnesota. The NFC West title for the Saints was their 1st since the 1991 season and marked the 1st winning season for the club in 8 years. The 2008 Dolphins went 11-5 to win the AFC East, completing one of the great turnarounds in NFL history after going 1-15 the previous season. The 10-win improvement tied the biggest single-season jump in NFL history. The AFC East championship was the Dolphins’ 1st Division title since 2000.

Marcus oversaw strength and conditioning efforts at Virginia from 2011-13 as Director of Football Training and Player Development for the Cavaliers, marking his second stint in Charlottesville, the first coming as Head Strength Coach from 2003-06. Combined with his leadership at UVA, Marcus was head strength coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2008-10 and held the same position in 2007 with the Atlanta Falcons, where he worked with then DC Mike Zimmer.

Marcus began his NFL coaching tenure from 2000-02 as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints. His start in the field came at the college level with positions at Arizona State (1991-92), Rutgers (1993), Maryland (1994), Texas (1995-97) and Louisville (1998-99).

A 1990 graduate of Ithaca College, Marcus earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science. As a student-athlete he lettered 3 times as an OL with the Bombers and was a starter on the NCAA Division III national championship team in 1988.

A native of Union, NJ, Marcus attended Cranford High School. He earned his master’s degree at Arizona State in 1992. Marcus and wife, Lori, have a son, Jake, and daughter, Anna.

Bio from Minnesota Vikings

Direct download: SPP_59_Evan_Marcus.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Tobias Jacobi

  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Assistant Football Caoch
  • Teacher

Strong Rock Christian School

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. The Journey
  2. The family sacrifice
  3. Gong from a a head position
  4. Dealing with being let go
  5. Being humble and
  6. You cannot be successful without an ego in this profession
  7. Becoming a better coach by fitting in with other coaches
  8. The transition from college to high school
  9. The multi-sport athletes
  10. Parents vs sport coaches
  11. Getting kids strong in limited time
  12. As little specialization as possible
  13. Consistency is king
  14. Box Squats for all athletes
  15. Chris Doyle and programming
  16. Assessments for athletes
  17. Coach Jacoby's 5 Specific Assessments
  18. What a typical training week looks like
  19. What Coach Coach Jacoby wants all his athletes to talk with him
  20. Taking pride in your last name
  21. Implementing a leadership program
  22. Communicating with Sport coaches and parents
  23. Face-time is vitally important
  24. Have the best interest of the athlete in mind
  25. E-Mail is the devil
  26. Get out of the weight room
  27. If the only time coaches see you is in the weightrom than that is all you will ever be to them.
  28. Advice for young coaches
  29. Figure out what you don't know and learn it.
  30. Call or visit the best coaches in the industry

Tobias Jacobi File

Past Job Experience
Strong Rock Christian School; May 2014 - Current
East Carolina University; January 2012-May 2014
Charleston Southern; May 2008-January 2012
Kent State; July 2006-April 2008
Western Carolina University; July 2002-July 2006
Elon University; June 2001-July 2002
North Carolina Chapel Hill; August 2000-May 2001
Cumberland University; November 1999-August 2000
Cumberland University
B.S. Physical Education 2000
minor Health


Direct download: SPP_58_Tobias_Jacoby.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Mike Boyle

Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning


Topics Covered in this Podcast

The Beginnings

How Coach Boyle got his Start

Having Mike Woicik as a roommate

Appointing himself as the BU Strength Coach


Training for Hockey

Getting strong is getting strong regardless of sport

Why there is a steroid problem in Track & Field

Defining strength in an unconventional way

Unilateral Training for Sports

The Bilateral deficit research

The influence of Mark Verstagen

How a coach defines strong vs what is strong for their sports

Youth Training

What we are doing wrong

The Matheny Manifesto

The 10,000 Rule

Greg Rose's Cyclone Circuit

Basic Motor Qualities

Early Specialization

Soccer in Brazil and Baseball in the Dominican

The number 1 problem in youth sports....the parents

The responsibility of the strength coach

Staff Development

Pick the Right People

Get people that want to work

Educating through a solid set of resources

Book club for professional development

Making the coaches do the workout

Advice for Young Coaches

Unlike the rest of the business world

Make yourself invaluable

Whats our conversation going to be like when I see you

Recommending coaches for future jobs

Contact Info


The Michael Boyle File


Michael Boyle is one of the foremost experts in the fields of Strength and Conditioning, Functional Training and general fitness. He currently spends his time lecturing, teaching, training and writing. In 1996 Michael co founded Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, one of the first for-profit strength and conditioning companies in the world. Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning exists for one reason: to provide performance enhancement training for athletes of all levels. Athletes trained range from junior high school students to All Stars in almost every major professional sport.


Prior to Co- founding Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, Michael served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University for 15 years, also for the past 25 years he been  the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men's Ice Hockey at Boston University.  Mike also was the Boston Red Sox  strength and conditioning coach in 2013 that won the World Series. In addition to his duties at Boston University and the Red Sox, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Michael was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 1998 US Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Gold Medalists in Nagano and 2014 Silver medalists in Sochi, and served as a consultant in the development of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Michael has been a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the world and has produced 20 instructional videos in the area of strength and conditioning available through M-F Athletic. Michael has also lectured all over the world. In addition, Michael published Functional Training for Sports for Human Kinetics Publishers. Mike and his wife Cindy have 2 children, Michaela and Mark and reside in Reading.

Courtesy of MBSC

Direct download: SPP_57_Mike_Boyle.mp3
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Elitefts SPP: Ted Perlak Interview

Ted Perlak

Assistant Athletic Director for Strength & Conditioning

University of Delaware

  1. How Ted Got Started in
  2. Development of Your Staff
  3. Sport Coach Relationships
  4. Starting Over of as a New Coach
  5. Durability
  6. Five Things every coach wants and every athlete needs
  7. Adjusting the facility
  8. Communication at the beginning of the year to add buy-in
  9. The lost art of technique
  10. Not what you emphasis it what you tolerate and what you allow
  11. Its about Progress
  12. The Four "Knows" of Programming
  13. Why you Eat the Frog First
  14. Fitting exercises in the Training template
  15. Back to Front Approach
  16. The Conjugated Tier System under Prilepin's Table
  17. Training Schedules
  18. Two 2-Week Microcycle
  19. Collision vs Contact vs Non-Contact Sports
  20. Preparing for Practice
  21. Using Velocity Based Training In-Season
  22. SS Yoke bar and Chains for squat progressions
  23. Expecting the Worse to be surprised
  24. Nutrition with Athletes
  25. The added benefits of Velocity based Training
  26. What is the biggest challenge with Freshman
  27. What Coach Perlak does to make himself a better coach
  28. The internet and strength & conditioning
  29. There are two types of strength coaches
  30. Advice for Young Strength Coaches
  31. What Ted Learned from Joe DeFranco
  32. Personalities and Communications

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Articles by Ted Perlak

The Ted Perlak File

Ted Perlak, who spent the last 12 years as a strength & conditioning coach at the NCAA Division I level, has been named head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Delaware, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Eric Ziady announced Friday.

Perlak, who most recently worked as strength & conditioning coach at Colonial Athletic Association newcomer Elon University, will begin his tenure at Delaware on May 19.

“We are excited to have Ted join the Blue Hens family and serve as the leader of our strength and conditioning program,” said Ziady. “This position is critical to the success of our athletics teams here at Delaware and we are confident that Ted’s knowledge and innovation in this area along with his hard work and dedication will help prepare our student-athletes for great success on the playing fields.”

At Delaware, Perlak will be responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for Delaware's 21 sports programs and nearly 600 student-athletes, designing and implementing strength and conditioning plans for all of the Blue Hen men's and women's athletic teams. His primary role will be working with the UD football and volleyball programs.

“It’s a great honor to be named the head strength & conditioning coach at the University of Delaware,” said Perlak. “During the interview process I had the opportunity to see the vision of the administration and it is something I’m excited to be a part of. The opportunity to work with Coach (Dave) Brock and his staff along with all the other coaches makes this 100 percent a place my family and I want to be. I can’t wait to get started.”

Perlak spent the 2013-14 season at Elon, a current member of the Southern Conference that sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports, including football. The Phoenix will join the CAA as a full-time member in all sports this fall.

“I am really excited to welcome Ted and his family to the University of Delaware,” said Brock, who will begin his second season as head coach this fall. “This hire represents a great opportunity to upgrade one of the most critical areas of all successful football programs. I can't wait for Ted to get going with our players as we enter the summer phase of our strength and conditioning.”

Perak previously spent eight seasons at Fordham University, including the last six seasons as the head strength and conditioning coach. While at the Bronx, N.Y. school, he worked closely with the football, basketball, soccer, softball, and track and field teams.

Prior to his stint at Fordham, Perlak served as the director of strength and conditioning at Iona College for two years. While at Iona, he was responsible for the design, implementation and coaching of all varsity athletic programs. He also supervised and organized staff participation in off-season and preseason workout sessions.

Perlak served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2004 where he designed and executed the strength and conditioning program. He was also responsible for off-season and preseason workouts.

Perlak has been involved with the United States Olympic Training Center, serving as a strength and conditioning resident intern from January until May of 2004. In that role he assisted the staff in developing and implementing programs for Olympic, Olympic hopefuls, Pan-American, and Paralympic individual athletes and national teams.

A 2001 graduate of Worcester (Mass.) State College, Perlak was a four-year starter and two-time captain with the football team before earning a bachelor's degree in health science with a concentration in exercise science.

Following a year in which he served as the strength and conditioning coordinator at his alma mater, Perlak worked at Temple University as an assistant and earned his master's degree in sport administration there in 2004.

A native of Pittsfield, Mass., Perlak and his wife, Christine, have a daughter, Rueby Mae.

University of Delaware Athletics

Direct download: SPP_56_Ted_Perlak.mp3
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