Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast (sports and fitness)


Sports and Fitness





July 2018
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Jonathan Mike Interview

Topics Covered in this Podcast

The Journey
Information overload. How to sift throughout the BS.
Supplementation takeaways
Zinc, Magnesium, and Vitamin D
The real deal on Gluten
The Science of Sleep
Carbs and Protein guidelines before sleep
Energy Systems
Increasing the Aerobic System without Volume
Isometrics specific to Joint Angle
The Benefits of Eccentrics among with basic guidelines
Ovetraining vs Overreaching and  the truth

The Jon Mike File

Jonathan Mike, PhD (candidate), CSCS, USAW, NSCA-CPT, studied exercise physiology at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mike has been lifting and training heavy for 14 years and has been competing in the sport of Strongman since 2007. He qualified for the national competition in 2009. He has a 635 pound raw deadlift and a 300 pound overhead press.

Direct download: SPP_45_Jon_Mike.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

Simon Sinek Interview

Author of Start with Why and Leaders East Last

Topics Covered in this Podcast

The Golden Circle for Coaches
Urgent at the Expense of the Important
How to undersell and over deliver when getting hired as a coach
What Chip Kelly may be onto something
Why people believed in Martin Luther King Jr.
Leadership is a skill and a practice
Why Leaders eat last
Coaches set the tone for any team
Pitfalls as a Business Owner
The three most important aspects of presenting

About Simon Sinek

Courtesy of www.startwithwhy.com

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.


Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves. 

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.
Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com. Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army.

Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.
Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company.
He lives in New York.




Direct download: SPP_44_Simon_Sinek.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

Elitefts SPP Charlie Weingroff Interview

Charlie Weingroff, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Certified Athletic Training

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. How Charile got into the field
2. The rationale behind Training = Rehab, Rehab = Training
3. Where we are getting it wrong when it comes to integrating scopes of practices
4. How and why training works (and doesn’t ) in a military setting.
5. Recovery as it relates to performance
6. Making the most of assessment tools

7. The Best rationale behid the FMS I've heard
8. The idea of Joint Centration for Performance
9. The 5 exercise Drill
10. Why the Box Squat is beneficial
11. Advice for young coaches, PTs, etc.
12. How to contact Charlie

The Charlie Weingroff File

Charlie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He was most recently the Director of Physical Performance and Resiliency and Lead Physical Therapist for the United States Marines Corps Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, NC.  He is also Director of Clinical Education for the Vibraflex Whole-Body Vibration and Andante Medical, the makers of the SmartStep, mobile force plate.  He graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 1996, and went on to earn an MSPT in 1999 and DPT in 2010 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Prior to returning to his home state of New Jersey in the Fall of 2006 after 12 seasons of professional basketball, he was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA.   Among the highlights of his tenure in Philadelphia was being part of the medical staff that ranked 1st in the NBA in Player Missed Games in the 2005-06 season.

Through rehabbing patients, he subscribes to a movement-based approach popularized by the works of Dr. Vladimir Janda, Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, Dr. Stuart McGill, and Gray Cook.  In training athletes and clients, he champions the principles of the Functional Movement Screen and sound, evidence-based training principles.  Some of the methodologies Charlie is formally trained in include DNS, ART, Dry Needling, Graston, FMS/SFMA, and the RKC.

Aside from working with patients, athletes and clients, he is also under the bar himself.  In 2007, he achieved AAPF Elite status in the 220 weight class with a total of 1915 pounds. His best powerlifting competition total is 800 squat, 510 bench press and 605 deadlift.

Currently Charlie is training and rehabbing clients of all types at Drive495 in Manhattan, NYC and Fit For Life in Marlboro, NJ.  Charlie often teaches and speaks internationally and consults regularly with Nike, the Roddick-Lavalle Tennis Academy, Perform Better, and Equinox Fitness Clubs.


Charlie lives with his wife, Kristen, and dog, Rumble, in NJ.  You’re welcome to email him at charlie@charlieweingroff.com with questions for the Q&A section, to offer a comment, or to discuss a potential workshop at your facility.




Direct download: SPP_43_Charlie_Weingroff.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

Nick Showman

Owner - Showtime Strength & Performance

Owner - Natural Ohio Bodybuilding Association

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. Ownign two business at 25 tears old.  How Nick got to wear he is now.
2. Lessons learned from owning a facility
3.The most important factors in opening a facility
4. Designing the facility. What goes where
5. Initial assessments of athletes
6. Where we are filling in sports
7. What to look for with assessment tools. From landing to squatting.
8. Year long In-Season training
9. ImplementingCircuit training to address weak points
10. What are the most important movements fro all athletes in all sports.
11. Communication strategies with parents, sport coaches, and strength coaches
12. Marketing through education.
13. Hosting events for fundraising
14. The biggest challenges with youth athletes
15. Exercises to avoid
16. Olympic Lifts with athletes
17. Keeping Speed training simple and adjusting volume
18. Drills for success on the field or court
19. Creating a culture for success
20. How to reach Nick Showman

The Nick Showman File

Nick Showman
Owner Showtime Strength & Performance
National Academy of Sports Medicine- Performance Enhancement Specialist, Youth Exercise Specialist.

Previous Experience

  • Dension University- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 2009-2012
  • Granville High School- Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach 2010- 2013
  • Total Athletic Development- Sports Performance Coach 2010-2013
  • Columbus State Olympic Weightlifting Club Member 2009-2011

Since focusing on strength & conditioning, Nick has competed in bodybuilding, strongman, and powerlifting and learned training methods from the best in the world in each sport. 

Nick has helped athletes begin their athletic careers as children and has helped many athletes get to the collegiate level in sports.




Photo courtesy of Ken Snow


Direct download: SPP_42_Nick_Showman.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 2:44pm EDT

Nate Harvey, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports at State University of New York at Buffalo

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. How Coach Harvey got started in coaching
  2. Transitioning from Football to the Olympic Sports
  3. The SUNY Brockport connection; D3 to Big Time S&C
  4. A typical template at SUNY Buffalo
  5. Adjusting the template based on sport
  6. Biggest misconceptions with the Conjugate system
  7. How the conjugate system fits in the collegiate setting
  8. How the conjugate system can help beginners
  9. Dynamic Effort Movements
  10. Go to movements for Max Effort work
  11. In-season considerations
  12. Developing rapport with sport coaches
  13. Assessing athletes
  14. Adding volume in a team setting
  15. Why coaches need to train
  16. Advice for young strength coach
  17. Building confidence in the weight room that a carries over to the field
  18. The RMU Strength & Speed Seminar
  19. How to reach Coach Harvey


The Nate Harvey File

Harvey is entering his third year in the Sports Performance Program at the University at Buffalo. During this time he has either assisted in or directed the training of each one of UB’s athletic teams at one time or another.

Harvey holds a Master's Degree in Applied Physiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. During his time in graduate school at UB he also served as a volunteer assistant in the sports performance department.

Prior to his time at the University at Buffalo he spent time as a high school football coach, sports performance coach in the private sector and a Fitness Director for Xerox Recreation Association in Rochester, NY.

Harvey’s undergraduate work was completed at SUNY Brockport in Exercise Physiology and Physical Education. At Brockport he was a four year letter winner in football and eventual Usafootball.com All-American selection. He completed his undergraduate work with an internship in the Buffalo Bills strength and conditioning department.

He has been training himself for twenty years and uses this ‘under the bar’ experience to help his athletes reach their maximal potential. Recently, he earned his Elite Powerlifting status in August of 2009 in only his third competition entered.

Harvey resides in Buffalo with his wife Hillary and two children Natalie and Rocco.




Direct download: SPP204120Nate20Harvey.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:07pm EDT

Ashley Jones

Team Elitefts Columnist

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Author, Rugby Strength Coach

Topic Covered in this Podcast

1. How Ashley got started in the profession
2. Minimum requirements for raining athletes: Overseas vs the States
3. Misconception about Rugby training; Rugby vs Rugby League vs American Football
4. Programming considerations for Rugby
5. Assessments for Rugby Players
6. Differences between in-season and off season training for Rugby
7. Setting up the game week in-season
8. Developing a system for workload based on the individual
9. Similarities to NFL Coaching Philosophies
10. Technical vs tactical vs Physical preparation
11. Monitoring Conditioning and speed work
12. A more creative way to implement conditioning
13. Top-ups to address biomotor qualities
14. Strength Training for Rugby eBook
15. Advice for young coaches
16. Future plans and how to reach Ashley

The Ashley Jones File
Ashley Jones, MS, CSCS, is a rugby strength and conditioning coach who has worked with the elite of the game. Jones has been employed by the Crusaders (Super XV competition), New Zealand All Blacks, and the Australian Wallabies rugby teams over the last decade. He has worked in the sports physical performance conditioning and fitness industries since 1978 and has worked in various professional sports across three countries.

- Biography & photo courtesy of nsca.com

Articles by Ashley Jones


Buy "Engineering Physical Performance: Strength Training for Rugby: A Neural, Mechanical & Metabolic Approach Here:


About the Book:

-New from International Strength and Conditioning Coach Ashley Jones.

-Ash shares his thoughts and specific training modalities in a raw cut to the tin information packed bible.

-No flashy graphics in this book, it is all about the information and the athletes.

-With 89 A4 pages this e-book allows Ash to share much of his world class experience and hands on insights into over 35 years at the coal face of strength training.

-Many of the world’s best rugby players have trained under Ash’s careful tuition including the All Blacks, Crusaders and Wallabies.

-An absolute must read for strength and conditioning professionals working in rugby.

Direct download: SPP204020Ashley20Jones.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

Elitefts SPP Jay DeMayo Interview

Jay DeMayo

University of Richmond

Central Virginia Sports Performance Seminar

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. Coach DeMayo’s career path
2. Off-Season training for basketball
3. Monitoring athletes
4. Acclimating First-year players
5. The transition to In-season training
5. Program considerations for swimming and diving
6. Training divers vs swimmers
7. Plyometircs of swimming
8. Special Exercises for swimming
9. The CVASPS Seminar
10. Advice for young strength coaches
11. How to contact Coach DeMayo

The Jay DeMayo File

Jay DeMayo has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s and Women’s Basketball at the University of Richmond since October 2005.  Jay is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland where he was a two year starter on the Men’s Soccer team.  Prior to taking over the responsibilities of Men’s and Women’s Basketball at UR Jay worked with every team on campus as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach working.  During his tenure at Richmond, Coach DeMayo has worked with five All-Americans, and 10 Atlantic 10 championship teams.  Presently Jay is also responsible for the dry land training for NOVA Aquatics LLC, one of the top youth swim clubs on the eastern seaboard where he has coached over twenty athlete’s whom have qualified for Olympic Trials.

Coach DeMayo’s constant effort to better himself as a coach has brought him numerous certifications.  Coach DeMayo has his Level I coaching certification from USA Track and Field, is certified as an American Kettlebell Club Coach, United States Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Coach DeMayo has also been a presenter for four consecutive years at the Pennsylvania State Clinic at Juniata College.  At the PA State Clinic Coach DeMayo has spoken on “Training Soccer Players, Developing a 3 Day Strength Training Program,”  “Max Effort Training for Sports,” and “Lift Preparation, The Next Evolution of the Warm Up,” “Developing a Progression for Auxiliary Lifts” and “Teaching the Squat and Deadlift.”  Coach DeMayo has also presented at the University of Richmond Sports Performance Clinic and with the Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Academy.  Coach DeMayo has also been involved in developing the Basketball Strength Symposium in Raleigh, NC, and the Central VA Sports Performance Seminar.

Courtesy of www.cvasps.com

Direct download: SPP203920Jay20DeMayo.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 5:12pm EDT

Elitefts SPP Adam Feit Interview

Interview with Adam Feit

Director of Sports Performance at Reach Your Potential Training

Founder of The Young Strength Coaches Corner


Topics Covered in this Podcast

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

The Adam Fiet File

Courtesy of www.igotrypt.com


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carl Valle Interview

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. The decision to take a risk

2. The gap between technologoy and application

3. From HRV to GPS: Assessing Readiness

4. Overtesting Syndrome

5. Practical procedures for testing

6. Facial Coding for readiness

7. Evaluating muscle tissue with TMG

8. Using GPS to adapt workload

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

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

11. Perspective on the athlete managment system

12. The 3 data sets that all coaches want

13. Technology and job securtiy

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

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

16. Speed training made simple for sport coaches

17. How to reach Carl

About Carl Valle

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

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

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

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. Ryan Horn's Career Path

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

3. Utilizing Technology in the Athletic Performance Setting

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

5. Off-Season Training

6. The Upsidedown Pyramid

7. The role of the Athletic Performance Coach

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

9. Assessment & Evaluation

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

10. Off-Season carryover into the Season

11. Perceptual vs Objective monitoring for readiness

12. How to reach Coach Horn


The Ryan Horn File:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Wake Forrest Athletics


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