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Scott Umberger, Co-Owner and Head Physical Preperation Coach at Umberrger Performance

 

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. How Scott got started in the field
  2. Basical Philosphy of Developmeing ther Athlete
  3. Social Media's influence on the profession
  4. One of the issues with CrossFit and Coaching
  5. Training youth athletes
  6. The nature of youth sports
  7. Asseesment and evaluation of Athletes
  8. Sprint and deceleration mechanics
  9. APRE procotocl in the private sector

Scott’s passion for performance enhancement started at an early age, stemmed by his desire to receive a Division I scholarship.

 

Sports Science Knowledge

 

One year interning at University of Pittsburgh under renowned coach, Buddy Morris changed everything. After working with Buddy,Scott spent two years working as Todd Hamer’s Assistant Strength & Condition Coach at Robert Morris University training 600 of their athletes.

 

The influence of James Smith, who is regarded as the leading American expert on Soviet Sport Science,  led Scott to an understanding of Sports Science held by handful of Americans.  Since Sport Science doesn’t exist in the U.S.(Scott confirmed this during his exploration of a PhD at PSU).  Scott’s knowledge has been obtained via mentorships, self study of his small library of translated foreign materials, videos, seminars with foreign Sports Scientist, and personal correspondence with leading experts and Sport Scientists.  This knowledge of non-U.S. Sports Science is essential because of the understanding of human performance that this non US research has uncovered through the study of 20,000+ elite athletes.  The funding for this kind of research does not exist in the US.  This monetary investment in Sport Science research is one of the very few ways that the world can be thankful towards communistic regimes.

 

Speed

 

Attempting to “get the edge” on the competition, Scott read and has tried everything that he could get his hands on.  Taken under the wing of D1 track coach, Waddie Freeman his senior year of high school, Scott reduced his 40 yard dash time from 4.6 to 4.4. Scott played football, baseball, and ran track in high school. This led him to compete at the Division I level in football and track at Robert Morris University.  Scott’s personal experience teamed with his extensive knowledge of the late sprint coach Charlie Francis’s methodologies present a very unique mix of knowledge and practice experience regarding speed development.

 

Strength

 

Scott spent three months training at the strongest powerlifting gym in the U.S., Westside Barbell.  There he gained an advanced knowledge of the three powerlifts, the bench, the squat, and the dead lift.  He also learned about the concept of strength and its application to specific athletic scenarios.
Scott currently competes in the sport of power lifting and has dead lifted 635 and bench pressed 420 in competitions. He has also squatted 645 and bench pressed 505 in training at a drug free body weight of 192.

 

Resume

 

As part of his 17,000 hours in the trenches training experience, Scott has worked with over a 2,000 athletes and clients:
• high school and college athletes
• Male and female athletes in hockey, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, football, basketball, softball, baseball, swimming, tennis, track.
• Fitness/figure competitors
• REAL Professional athletes (NHL, NFL, Arena Football , MLL&NLL-pro Lacrosse, World Championship Games.)
• Olympic Silver Medalist- USA Olympic Woman’s Hockey Team
• 3 All-Americans (track, swimming, hockey)
• 2 Hobe Baker Trophy Finalist (Heisman Trophy of College Hockey)
• A top 10 NCAA scorer in Men’s Hockey
• FINA Master World Championship Qualifying Swimmer
• ECAC/IC4A qualifying track hurdler
• Professional Hockey, Basketball, and Soccer players in Europe(Finland and Italy)
• Two Major D1 walk on football players- one who made OSU’s team when they were ranked #1 and WVU when they were top in the 20.
• Celebrities- Country Music Superstar Martina McBride and Actor Jake Gyllenhaal

 

Scott practices what he preaches.  Research is fantastic but it is useless if it’s not applied in a real world setting.  Scott studies and applies knowledge on himself before having his athletes use it.  He’s squatted 650 lbs, dead lifted 635 lbs in competitions and bench pressed 505 in the gym at a body weight ranging between 190-200 lbs.  In August of 2013 he completed a Tough Mudder Race(which is consider the most legit race of it’s kind in the US) which is a 12 mile “mud run” with 20+ obstacles.

 

Though it’s Scott’s formal education(BS, MS) that enhanced his abilities as a coach, it’s the intensive study of  ”The Soviet Sports Science,” as well as Sport Science stemming from sources outside of the United States(primarily Premier League Soccer and Australian Sports Science) that have really separated him from the majority of the field.   Real world success with real athletes using his “in trenches training experience,”  as well as a unique blend of leadership and knowledge of legitimate non US Sport Science makes Scott a rare commodity as a physical preparation coach in the US.

Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Scott20Umberger20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:53pm EST

Interview with Cal Dietz, Head Strength & conditionign Coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Minnesota and co-author of Triphasic Training.

Topics in this Podcast

What Cal attributes the success of his teams to

How Triphasic Training has evovled

Tripahsic Training in relation to non-cyclycal sports

General Overview of Triphasic Training

Approximate loads for eccentric and isometric training

Three-day undulating model

Post-Activation Potentiation & French Contrast Training

Peaking cycle, skill aquisition, and Olympic lifting

Sports-Specific conditioning

Advice for young strength & conditioning coaches

Cal Dietz's Bio

Cal Dietz has been the Head Olympic Strength and Conditioning coach for numerous sports at the University of Minnesota since 2000. Since Dietz's return to Minnesota he has developed the Strength and Conditioning Programs and over seen the daily progress in Men's Hockey from 2000-present, Men's' Basketball from 2004-2010, Women's Hockey from 2003-present, Men's Golf from 2000-present, Women's Golf from 2006-present Men's Swimming from 2000-Present, Track and Field from 2000-present, Baseball from 2000-2007, 2010 -present, and Wrestling from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure, Dietz has trained: a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, athletes that have achieved 400 All-American honors, 29 Big Ten/WCHA championships teams and NCAA Team Champions, and 13 teams finish in the top four in the nation. He has consulted with Olympic and World Champions in various sports and professional athletes in the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, and Professional Boxing.

Also, during his time at the university help founded and chairs the Sport Biomechanics Interest Group with its purpose to explore the physiological and biomechanical aspects of advanced human performance encompassing the various aspects of kinesiology, biomechanics, neuro-mechanics and physics. This will be achieved by utilizing extensive research theories and applied knowledge in the multi-disciplinary field of human performance. Utilizing through a collaborative effort which involving numerous professional perspectives from diverse areas of academia such also include professionals from Mechanical engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Orthopedics, and Physiology. Dietz is also a member of the Gender Equity Committee at the University of Minnesota and currently represents the University as a member of the Big Ten committee to develop performance enhancing policy for anabolic and ergogenic aids.

During his time at the university, Dietz has given numerous lectures around the country, as well as publish several scientific articles and dozens articles on training. Most recently, Dietz co-authored the the top selling book, Triphasic Training: A systematic approach to elite speed and explosive strength performance.

Prior to returning to Minnesota, Dietz was the strength coordinator at The University of Findlay, overseeing 26 men's and women's sports, in addition to coordinating the university's fitness center, coaching the offensive line with the football program and teaching strength and conditioning classes. He is no stranger to Minnesota athletics after serving as a graduate assistant strength coach while pursuing his graduate degree. During this time Dietz was the first assistant to football and assisted with a Majority of Olympic Sports.

The Shelby, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Findlay in 1996 and his master's degree from Minnesota in kinesiology in May, 2000. During his athletic career at the University of Findlay Dietz won three National team championships, two in football and one in wrestling. Highlights of his career was earning 2 All-American honors in Football and winning the NAIA National Duals MVP in wrestling. In 1995 he received the NAIA College Sports Magazine Athlete of the year and was inducted into the University's of Findlay's Hall of Fame in 2005.

Dietz married Karyn Bye, a member of the U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team which captured the gold medal in 1998 and silver medal in 2002. The couple resides in Hudson, Wis., with their daughter, Tatum Lynn Born in May 2003 and Brody Michael born July 2005.

Triphasic Training

Triphasic Training is the pinnacle of sports performance training. That’s not hype. Cal Dietz, strength coach at the University of Minnesota, has the results to back up this claim – a Hobey Baker Award winner, two Big Ten Athletes of the Year, over 400 All-Americans, 30 Big Ten/WCHA championship teams, 7 NCAA National Team Champions, and 14 teams that finished in the top four in the nation.

Over the past decade, Coach Dietz has worked with thousands of collegiate and professional athletes, incorporating the latest scientific research into developing his Triphasic Training method. His approach breaks down athletic movements into their three components -- eccentric, isometric, and concentric -- allowing for the continuous development of athletes, maximizing their strength, speed, and power.

In this easy-to-understand book, Coach Dietz has teamed up with exercise physiologist, Ben Peterson, to explain the physiological foundations of Triphasic Training and how they can be applied to training, making athletes bigger, stronger and faster than ever before. The authors give examples of complete programs, as well as examples of how to incorporate the Triphasic method into existing programs, with descriptions on adapting it to virtually any scenario.

Included in the book:

- 5 complete 24-week training programs designed for 6-day, 5-day, 4-day, 3-day, or 2-day training models.

- Over two dozen tables showing when and how to modify exercises to ensure continuous improvement in athletes.

- Peaking programs for football lineman and skill players; swimmers; baseball, volleyball, and hockey players (among others).

- A complete 52-week training program for football.

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Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Cal20Dietz20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Elitefts SPP: Ron McKeefery Interview

Interview with Ron McKeefery, Director of Sports Performance at Eastern Michigan University.

Topics in the Podcast

1. His Presentation at the 2014 NSCA Coaches Conference
"Only if you sacrifice for a cause will you truly love it"

3. The "How to" of relationship building.
"We are in this instant gratification society"

5. The 3 Roles of being a Strength Coach (Technician, Manager, Entrepreneur)

6. Paying your dues in the field.
"Seventeen years in this profession and I am just learning how to ask the right questions."

7. The Internship Program and Hiring Assistants
"I try to hire what I'm not."
"Hire slow and fire fast."

8. Coach McKeefery's Biggest Influences

9. The first things that need to happen when taking over a program.
"Get the right thought into the player's head instead of their own."

10. How the weight room relates to the field

11. The importance of the lifting partner

12. The Iron Game Chalk Talk, Strength on Demand, and his transparent view on why he started his website.

13. Coach's Future Speaking Engagements

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Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes
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Mark Watts on Twitter
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Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Ron20McKeefery20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Interview with Megan Young, University of Aubrun Strength & Conditioning Coach

As a native of Durham, NC, Megan Young attended the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. There, she earned a B.A. in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science. She competed there as a NCAA Division I, varsity student-athlete, earning multiple awards in the Discus and Shot Put events. Megan went on to Baylor University to complete her master’s degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning. During that time she was a graduate teaching assistant and interned with the Baylor Athletic Performance Staff. Her duties were to assist with football and most Olympic sports teams. Coach Young is currently in her fifth year at Auburn University, where she is directly responsible for year-long programming and implementation of all strength and conditioning related activities for the Tigers’ women’s soccer and women’s basketball programs.  

 Coach Young is the Public Relations Director and serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. Coach Young has worked with multiple SEC conference and NCAA championship teams as well as professional athletes. Megan is currently working towards a PhD of Adult Education at Auburn University and holds the following certifications: NSCA CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), USATF, Coaches Course Certification, USAW, Weightlifting Level 1 Certification and CSCCa, Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified – John Stucky Award Recipient

 

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Mark Watts on Twitter
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Direct download: Elitefts_SP_Episode_16.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:13pm EST

Mark Uyeyama Interview

Mark Uyeyama (ooh-ee-YAH-muh) is in his fifth season with the 49ers, and second as head strength and conditioning coach, after having served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008-10. In 2011, Uyeyama was named Samson Equipment’s NFL Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly.

Uyeyama is responsible for overseeing the team’s strength and conditioning program, which includes strength, power development, speed, recovery and regeneration, as well as the nutritional program for the players. He brings an individualized approach to the strength and conditioning position within a team-based context.

Uyeyama served as San Francisco’s assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2008 to 2010 after having served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Utah State University from 2004 to 2007.

Uyeyama graduated from Utah in May of 2000 while working as a student assistant strength coach for two years. He then became a graduate assistant at USU before moving to another graduate assistant position at Arizona State from 2001 to 2003, when he was promoted to a full-time assistant.

Prior to working in the strength and conditioning field, Uyeyama played football at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA and Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.

He earned a master’s degree in higher and post secondary education from ASU in May of 2003.

Uyeyama is married to his wife, Tara.

 

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Elitefts™ SPP on iTunes
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Mark Watts on Twitter
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Direct download: Elitefts_SP_Episode_21.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

Shawn Windle, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with the Indiana Pacers

Topics Covered in this Podcast

1. What are the main objectives of the Indiana Pacer programs

2. Adapting training based on the hectice NBA schedule

3. What a typical training session looks like in-season

4. Getting the rookies up to speed on the Pacer way

5. Communicatin between personal trainers in the off-season

6. How the game of basketball has changed

7. Problem solving with the sports medicine staff

8. Advice for young strength coaches

The Shawn Windle File

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Indiana Pacers

 

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Rutgers University

 

Strength & Conditioning Coach

University of Connecticut

 

Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Shawn20Windle20Interview.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Carlo Alvarez, Coordinator of Sports Performance for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Topics included in the Podcast

Setting expectations

Spring Training organization

Communication trumps education

How basebal players have evolved

Reinforcing relationships with private sector coaches

Critical components of training at the high school level

Coach Alvarez's influences in coaching

How the field has changed in terms of methodology

Advice for young coaches in the field

 

The Carlo Alvarez File

Coordinator, Sports Performance

Pittsburgh Pirates

Director, Strength & Conditioning

St. Xavier High School

Head Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning

Cincinnati Reds

Asst. Coordinator, Strength and Conditioning

Cleveland Indians

Assistant, Strength and Conditioning

University of Notre Dame

Internship, Strength and Conditioning

University of Cincinnati

 

Head, Strength and Conditioning

St. Xavier High School

 

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

Elitefts SPP: Brett Bartholomew

Brett Bartholomew: Performance Specialist at Exos (Formerly Athletes Performance)

Brett Bartholomew is a performance specialist at EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance) Phoenix, AZ. He currently directs the NFL program for all EXOS facilities and works with athletes ranging from major/ minor league baseball, United States Special Forces & Boxing/MMA.
 
Prior to working with Athletes Performance, Brett served as an strength & conditioning coach with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He obtained his B.Sc degree in Kinesiology at Kansas State University, and his M.S. Ed from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he studied and wrote research on the topic of Motor Learning. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S) and is a current member of the NSCA

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Mark Watts on Twitter
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Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:39pm EST

Elitefts SPP: Jeff Connors Interview

Interview with Jeff Connors, Assistant Athletic Deirector for Strength & Conditioning at East Carolina University.

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. What motivated Coach Connors to write Strength Coach: A Call to Serve
  2. The biggest lessons learned from his father and coach
  3. The changes with instilling discipline with today's athletes
  4. Hiring a staff and communicating foundational principles in philosophy
  5. General overview of the off-season program
  6. Adapting the training to enhance acceleration
  7. The key components that every athlete needs
  8. Advice for young coaches trying to to get into the profession

Buy Strength Coach: A Call to Serve

Strength coaching is, in many ways, a scientific endeavor, blending the latest theories of performance enhancement with practical strategies to build mobility, speed, flexibility and power. But for Jeff Connors it is also a calling.

For thirty years Connors has devoted himself to helping collegiate athletes excel on the field by grinding away relentlessly in the weight room, and through those decades he has crafted his own distinctive philosophy of his profession, using both his heart and his head.

Part memoir and part training manual, this book gives football fans, strength coaches and exercise enthusiasts alike a thorough inside look into Connor’s world -- where speed and power can lead to Saturday victory and young men forge character through long, tireless hours away from the roar of the crowd.

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Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 4:38pm EST

Buddy Morris Interview

There are coaches in the industry that have paid their dues above and beyond what most of their colleague have.  To day that Buddy Morris has paid his dues in order to get back the National Football League is an understatement.  With thirty-four years of coaching experience under his belt, Coach X starts his second stint in the NFL as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Arizona Cardinals. 

Topics Covered in this Podcast

  1. How the Arizona Cardinals job happened
  2. What's first on the agenda in Arizona
  3. High Low Sequencing and the weekly plan
  4. Adjusting volume of training based on position
  5. Acclimation and assessment
  6. Having a background in rehabilitation
  7. Paying dues and being comfortable with your level
  8. How things have changed in the NFL
  9. Modifications based on age and position
  10. Bringing in a world record holder as a coach
  11. Expectations for this year

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Direct download: Elitefts20SPP_20Buddy20Morris20Part202.mp3
Category:Sports and Fitness -- posted at: 3:20pm EST