Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast (sports and fitness)


Sports and Fitness





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Elitefts SPP: Cory Schlesinger Interview

Cory Schlesinger

Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement for men's basketball

University of Alabama-Birmingham

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1.  The Nautilus Checklist
  2. A Strength Coach at age 19
  3. Intern to Director
  4. The advantage of being an assistant
  5. General and Foundational Strength
  6. Noon ball to a new job
  7. The Coyote Kettlebell Club with Dan John
  8. Primal Movements - Motor Skills
  9. Movement for Body Awareness
  10. Complexes for multiple modalities
  11. Assessments for basketball players
  12. Joint by Joint from the ground up
  13. Don't need to be a genius to see dysfunction
  14. Modifications by height
  15. Olympic Lifting Variations for taller players
  16. Multiple squat variations
  17. the Wingspan Phenomena; Training Spiders
  18. Off-Season = Should be most variation
  19. Changes in the culture of Basketball
  20. Physicality can dictate the way players play
  21. The beauty of the younger sport coach
  22. The Southern culture in basketball
  23. Players are not education and it's not their fault
  24. Technology in sports performance
  25. Technology reinforces what you already know
  26. How weight training can turn into regeneration
  27. Experience beats technology
  28. Perceived maxes based on velocity: Fast and Smooth
  29. Programming  strength training in-season
  30. Off-Season Training
  31. Linear periodization using RPE
  32. Olympic Complex
  33. Conditioning throw extensive complexes and sled work
  34. Key to communications need to be transparent
  35. Find the universal language
  36. Mentoring
  37. Learning how to learn
  38. Identify how others learn
  39. Feel to replicate
  40. Give credit where credit is due
  41. How to reach Cory.

The Cory Schlesinger File

Cory Schlesinger is an Assistant Director of Sports Enhancement to work with the Blazers' men's basketball program along with the men's golf program.

"Coming to UAB is a dream job and it is a destination," Schlesinger said. "Mainly because I get to work specifically with Coach Jerod Haase. I believe in Coach Haase, and I believe that he will win and win at a high level."

Schlesinger served a pair of internships at the University of North Carolina, in 2008 and 2009, while Haase was an assistant coach on Roy Williams' staff with the Tar Heels.

“Cory’s knowledge for strength and conditioning is something that I love,” Haase said. “He is always trying to learn and grow as a coach, but what he brings with his knowledge is what already really sets him apart from others. He is young and energetic like the rest of our staff and will fit right in.  We have a chance to be really good in a lot of different ways and I think strength and conditioning is in good shape.”

Schlesinger plans to not only get the Blazers' men's basketball players in best possible shape for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign, but also have their bodies ready for the long, grueling season.

"One of my major goals is to impact the team in the offseason but also in season, when traveling with the team on the road," Schlesinger said. "Whether it be training, nutrition, supplementation or regeneration sessions, I want the guys recovered and ready for the next game."

Schlesinger, a native of Hillsville, Va., spent the last three years as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Santa Clara University, working with student-athletes on the men's and women's basketball teams.

Prior to joining the staff at Santa Clara, Schlesinger spent time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In addition, he was a sports nutritionist for the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) along with being a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and also earned certification in United States Weightlifting.

Schlesinger earned his master's degree in education with a concentration in exercise science at Campbell University in 2011. During his time as a graduate assistant, he worked with the volleyball, men's soccer, swimming and diving, golf and tennis programs, while also assisting with football.

A former basketball player at Berea College in Berea, Ky., Schlesinger graduated with a bachelor of arts in physical education with a concentration in exercise science and sports medicine in 2009. During his time as an undergraduate, Schlesinger completed a pair of internships at Wake Forest in 2007 under strength coach Ethan Reeve and a pair of internships at North Carolina in 2008 and 2009.

At UNC he worked under strength coach Jonas Sahratian where he helped train the men's basketball team.

"None of my experiences and I would not be where I am at today without Coach Jonas Sahratian," Schlesinger said. "He's my mentor and biggest influence and I owe everything to him for helping and guiding me."


Direct download: SPP_55_Cory_Schleshinger.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Elitefts SPP: Ross Bowsher Interview

Ross Bowsher, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Arkansas Tech University

Topics in this Interview

How Ross got started in the profession
Networking through powerlifting
Mentors that allow their assistants to grow
"You can make it other ways"
Training is training no matter where you are
Motivating athletes: "You have to want to have to train”
Running a DI program at the DII level
Why hasn’t small schools adapted this model?
Trusting your assistant by trusting who they learned from
Velocity based training
Using Force plate to determine strength & speed qualities
Weak point training at the highest level
Brian Mann is the man using VBT for preparedness
Knowing your athletes: jousting preparedness by bar speed
Developing high force at slower speeds
Differences in technique based on body types
From Charlie Francis to Dwayne Carlisle; From the weight room to the field.
The speed work and the weight room are married
Working with Throwers
Weak Point training with throwers
The Law of Individual differences
You have to survive it to be great at it
The best of advice for young coaches? Compete
I am my best coach when I was training
If you have not pushed yourself, these kids do not believe you
Three things to learn from Johnny Parker
Harold Nash Moses Cabrera Box Squat
Max Effort DL with Pat Ivy
This does happen if you do not live the life

The Ross Bowsher File

Ross Bowsher, who has spent the last nine years as a strength and conditioning coach at the Division I level, has been selected as the first Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Arkansas Tech University, announced Director of Athletics Steve Mullins on Tuesday.

Bowsher, who most recently served as Sports Performance Assistant at Big Ten member Purdue University, will officially begin his duties at Arkansas Tech on July 1.

"We are excited to have Ross join the Tech family and serve as the leader of our strength and conditioning program," said Mullins. "The addition of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program will benefit all of our student-athletes and programs here at Arkansas Tech, and we are confident that the knowledge and expertise that Ross brings to this position will help prepare our student-athletes for great success in competition."

At Arkansas Tech, Bowsher will be responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts for Tech's 10 sports programs and nearly 300 student-athletes, designing and implementing strength and conditioning plans for all of the Wonder Boys and Golden Suns athletic teams.

"I feel privileged to be at Arkansas Tech," said Bowsher. "I feel like I've worked under two of the best strength coaches in the nation in coach Jim Peal and coach Duane Carlisle. I spent time at Purdue under coach Carlisle building a sports performance program from the ground up that is considered one of the nation's best, and I'm excited to bring what I learned under both coaches to Arkansas Tech."
Bowsher has served as the Sports Performance Assistant at Purdue from 2011-14, where he oversaw the sports performance programs for baseball and the track and field throwers while assisting with football. Previously, he spent 2005-2011 at Butler University on the staff of veteran strength and conditioning coach Jim Peal, who worked with four national championship teams, four Final Four squads, and one FCS national championship team in football.

Prior to joining the staff at Butler, Bowsher served as the Associate Director of Sports Performance at Athlete's Edge in Indianapolis from 2003-05.

Bowsher received an associate's degree in health and human performance from Vincennes University in 2001, before completing the NSCA 18-credit hour certification program in 2004 from IUPUI. In 2008, he earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Indianapolis. He is currently certified through the CSCCa.

He played baseball at both Vincennes and the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Bowsher has attained elite powerlifting totals in both the 242 and 275 weight classes, and is a member of the International Powerlifting Association and American Powerlifting Federation. He is currently in the top 50 in the world Power Lifting USA rankings in the squat and deadlift, and is in the top 100 in the bench press.            

Courtesy Arkansas Tech University


Direct download: SPP_50_Ross_Bowsher.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:02pm EDT

Brian Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Director of Strength and Conditioning

Springfield College

Topics in this Podcast

How Brian Got Started
Managing the Duel Role
The Springfield Curriculum; 3 major components
What are the key requirements for every student
Looking in the Mirror
Advice on Internships
How does Coach Thompson evaluate graduate assistants
Coach Interactions with Athletes
The responsibility of carrying the torch
Coaches reacting to criticism
Scheduling teams in the small school setting
Traveling to China and observing training
Programing Templates
What you should know by the time you earn your BS
The role of Nutrition in Coaches
Advice for young coaches
How to reach Dr. Thompson

Brian Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Director of Strength and Conditioning
Office: ATES 206
Email: bathomps@springfieldcollege.edu
Phone: (413) 748-3495

Courses Taught

  1. Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  2. Strength and Conditioning
  3. Strength and Conditioning Applications
  4. Exercise Testing and Prescription for Special Populations
  5. Stress Management
  6. Measurement and Evaluation


Brian Thompson is the director of strength and conditioning/head strength and conditioning coach, a professor of exercise science, and the graduate strength and conditioning program director at Springfield College, where he has worked since 1998. In addition to teaching in the applied exercise science program, he is responsible for the strength and conditioning program design and implementation for all 24 teams at Springfield College as well as teaching and advising in the graduate strength and conditioning program.  Thompson first started working in the field of strength and conditioning in 1987 and has trained athletes at the elementary school, middle school, high school, collegiate, professional, Paralympic, and Olympic levels. He has presented and/or conducted strength and conditioning related workshops in Australia, China, Mexico, Taiwan and throughout the United States. Thompson received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Ball State University and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.


  1. CSCS*D
  2. RSCC*D
  3. ATC
  4. LAT
  5. USAW
  6. FMS

Recent Presentations

  1. “Movement Preparation”, BA Thompson, Shandong Sports Bureau, May 30, 2014, Jinan, China.
  2. “Functional Movement Screening”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  3. “Developing Explosive Power”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  4. “Breathing Techniques in Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 28, 2014, Tianjin, China
  5. “Functional Training in Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  6. “Individual Differences in Training”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 27, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  7. “Periodization for Sports”, BA Thompson, Tianjin Sport University, May 26, 2014, Tianjin, China.
  8. “Strength and Conditioning Roundtable”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 25, 2014, Beijing, China.
  9. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for coaches”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China.
  10. “Developing Strength and Conditioning Professionals – for athletes”, BA Thompson, International Performance Training Summit, May 24, 2014, Beijing, China.
  11. “Strength Training for Children” via video, BA Thompson, Institute of Physical Education and Sport in Algeria 1st International Conference, May 11, 2014, University of Khemis Milania, Algeria.
  12. “Strength and Conditioning”, BA Thompson, STCC Health and Wellness Club, March 7, 2014, Springfield, MA.
  13. “Upper Body Exercise Physiology”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL.
  14. “Circuit Training for Wheelchair Athletes”, BA Thompson, USOC Paralympic Summit, February 1, 2014, Champaign, IL.
  15. “The Paralympic Athlete”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013.
  16. “Practicum, Internship, & Fieldwork Placement Opportunities in 2014”, BA Thompson, New England ACSM Annual Fall conference November 15, 2013.

Recent Publications

  1. Luk, H.Y., Winter, C., O’Neill, E. & Thompson B.A.  The Comparison of Muscle Force Imbalance in Powerlifters and Jumpers.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013, April 15. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Ambekonaker, J.P, Redmond, C.J., Winter, C., Nelson, C., Ambegaonkar, S., Thompson, B. & Guyer, S.G.  Ankle Stabilizers Affect Agility but Not Vertical Jump or Dynamic Balance Performance.  Foot & Ankle Specialist, December 2011 (4), 354-360.

Professional Memberships

  1. National Strength and Conditioning Association
  2. National Athletic Trainers Association

Courtesy Springfield College


Direct download: SPP_49_Brian_Thompson.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

Evan Simon

Head Football Strength & Conditioning Coach

Oregon State University


Topics in this Podcast

The Journey

The most important aspects of arriving at a new school and implementing your program

Big 10 - Pac 12 Stigma

Goals of the Winter phase

An overview of the winter program

individual differences with speed components

Using Prilipen’s chart to adjust volume

rotating auxiliary movements

Indicator Movements

Olympic Lifting Overhead Lifting

Manager of Stress

Assessments of athletes

mobility concerns with prehabilitation

Spring Ball considerations

Staff development (advice for young coaches

2 ways to get jobs

demanor and coaching cues

How can people reach Coach Simon

Evan Simon Bio

Courtesy: Oregon State University Athletic Communications
Release: 12/23/2014

Evan Simon was appointed Oregon State’s head football strength and conditioning coach in January of 2015. His duties include the development, implementation and monitoring of all strength and conditioning aspects of the Beavers’ football program.

Simon arrived in Corvallis after two years as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin. He helped the Badgers to New Year’s Day appearances in the Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl.

Prior to working in Madison, Simon was the director of strength and conditioning at Utah State University from August 2009-January 2013. The Aggies appeared in two Famous Idaho Potato Bowl games – USU hadn’t played in a bowl game since 1997 prior to his arrival.

From January 2006-July 2009, Simon was the associate director of strength and conditioning at the University of Utah. He was part of staff that led Utah to a 13-0 season, a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and a final national ranking of No. 2 following the 2008 season.

The native of Lexington Park, Md.,  also spent 15 months as the head strength and conditioning coach at Davidson College in North Carolina and over two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky.

Simon has been a speaker at several national strength and conditioning conventions. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a certified strength coach via the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

He is a 2002 graduate of Frostburg State in Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, and holds a master’s degree (2004) from Kentucky in exercise physiology.

He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Abbi and Robyn.

Assignment: Football Strength and Conditioning Coach
Year at OSU: 1st
Hometown: Lexington Park, MD  
Education:  B.S. in health and physical education from Frostburg State (2002); master’s degree in exercise physiology from Kentucky (2004)
Football Strength and Conditioning Coach - Oregon State, 2015-present
Football Strength and Conditioning Coach – Wisconsin, 2013-2015
Director of Strength and Conditioning – Utah State, 2009-2013
Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning – Utah, 2006-2009
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Davidson – 2004-06
Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Kentucky – 2002-04

2015 Capital One Bowl
2014 Outback Bowl
2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
2009 Sugar Bowl
2007 Poinsettia Bowl
2006 Armed Forces Bowl


Direct download: SPP_46_Evan_Simon.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Loren Landow

Founder of Loren Landow Performance

Director of Performance Enhancement - Steadman Hawkins Institute Denver

Topics in this Podcast

Mentally Preparing for the NFL Combine: 8 Weeks for 2 tenths
The training structure for combine prep
Positional and Individual Differences when teaching combine drills
The Biggest Mistakes athletes makes widen changing directions
What athletes do wrong on lei near acceleration starts
The Best strength training exercises for Speed and Agility
The Overlooked quality of Deceleration Training
How Brendan Schwab got Loren started training MMA fighters
Preparing Cat Zingano for her fight against Ronda Rousey
The Misconceptions: Why Strength & Power training is so important for MMA
There is no off-season in MMA. the organization of a training camp
Training when bodyweight is a factor
How Loren got into sports performance and who were his biggest influences.
The best advice Loren would give to young coaches
The best way to follow Loren

The Loren Landow File

Loren received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology from the University of Northern Colorado. He also holds a number of additional certifications:

  • Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist
  • Resistance Training Specialist - Mastery Level
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • USA Weightlifting (USAW) Certified Coach
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Advanced Level Trainer
  • American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals: Essentials of Post-Rehabilitation
  • CPR/First Aid Certified

Coach Landow has trained hundreds of athletes in numerous sports to maximize their athletic potential while reducing their risk of injury. He has successfully trained over 400 professional athletes, including 30 NFL (football) All-Pros. Coach Landow has also trained the USA U-19 National Rugby Team, over 60 nationally and internationally ranked high school and collegiate tennis players. Olympians and athletes from the NHL (pro hockey), MLB (pro baseball), MLS (pro soccer), UFC (mixed martial arts), and NCAA (collegiate sports) have all been treated by Coach Landow.

In addition, Coach Landow serves as a consultant for several professional organizations. He is highly sought after for his ability to analyze and correct biomechanics. As a certified Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist, he utilizes soft tissue massage techniques to correct imbalances and enhance muscle regeneration. Through his various innovative methods, Coach Landow has made dramatic improvements in an athlete’s speed, power, agility, coordination, and balance.

Other notable achievements for Coach Landow include:

  • Member of the SPEED advisory council, a position reserved for the top performance coaches in the country
  • Nationwide presenter and speaker for the leading associations in the performance industry
  • Appeared on "Team Carwin" on the UFC program The Ultimate Fighter 16 television program.
  • Author of the book My Offseason with the Denver Broncos: Building a Championship Team (While Nobody's Watching)

Bio Courtesy http://www.shcdenver.com




Direct download: SPP_48_Loren_Landow.mp3
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Interview with John O'Sullivan, Founder of Changing the Game Project

Topics in this Podcast

What motivated John to start the Changing the Game Project


The role of a Former Athlete, Coach and a Parent


Formal Education for Youth Sports Coaching?


Project Play


Playing games vs practice


The US Developing a slow players on the field


Early Specialization: The Race to Nowhere


The Trickle down effect of early competition


The Role of Physical Education with Youth sports


Naperville, Illinois PE Program


Group Dynamics of Gender Roles


The 7 Cs of High Performance


Are we communicating to the right people?


Social media and Youth Sports


How to reach John O'Sullivan


The John O'Sullivan File

John started the Changing the Game Project in 2012 after two decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level.  He brings to the table a wealth of practical, hands on knowledge garnered through years of working with players and their families on sport specific development, fitness and nutrition, college recruiting, and most importantly, nurturing positive, healthy, and supportive relationships between parents and their young athletes. He has complied much of this information in his #1 bestselling book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids.


Originally from New York, John is a 1994 graduate of Fordham University, where he was a team captain as a senior, and a member of the 1990 Patriot League Championship team.  After a stint playing professionally for the Wilmington (NC) Hammerheads of the USL, John began his coaching career as the Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, NC.  He then moved on to become the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach at the University of Vermont, before delving into the world of youth club soccer.  Since that time, John has worked as a Director of Coaching for Nordic Spirit SC (Vt), Ann Arbor Youth Soccer Association (MI) and most recently as the Executive Director of Oregon Rush Soccer Club in Bend, OR.  He is currently the Central Oregon Regional Training Center Director for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.  He holds his USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, and US Youth Soccer National Youth Coaching License.


John received his BA in History from Fordham University, and his Masters in History from the University of Vermont.  He resides in beautiful Bend, OR, with his wife, Dr Lauren O’Sullivan, and two wonderful children and aspiring young athletes: Maggie Shea, age 7, and Tiernan, age 5.







Direct download: SPP_47_John_OSullivan.mp3
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