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Muscles and Management

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Muscles and Management takes an in depth look at all things training, sports performance and business. Gerry DeFilippo is a strength & sports performance coach who takes the listener through a learning experience via his own work and findings with his athletes and business, as well as from the perspective of the coaches and personalities he brings on the show. This podcast will take on any and all topics in both strength training, personal fitness and business and welcome the perspective of some of the best coaches and business minds in the industry that Gerry has had the pleasure of connecting with and in turn brings to the podcast for the listener. Whether you are an aspiring gym owner, athlete or coach you will enjoy all aspects of this podcast as we dive into the "ins and outs," of the sports performance industry as well as what it takes to excel in business.


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Episode #47 MLB Head Strength Coach Jim Malone of The Pittsburgh Pirates
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode Gerry welcomes on veteran MLB Strength Coach Jim Malone (currently head strength coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates). Jim has a wealth of experience in strength and conditioning having spent over 25 years as a coach at the collegiate, minor league and professional level. The conversation starts with Jim discussing some of his earliest influences in strength and conditioning and what shaped his philosophies (also talks about those philosophies and the simplicity of sprinting to get fast, lifting heavy to get strong and promoting proper movement). The two talk about Jim's power lifting background and what training for powerlifting at a young age taught him and what he learned from the older lifters around him.The discussion then turns to Jim's climb through the ranks as a strength coach. From starting at Division III University of Rochester as a hybrid defensive line and strength coach to working all the way to the MLB (and everything in between including other colleges and minor league baseball), the two take an introspective look at the changing of the times with training and what Jim experienced as a strength coach in the new frontier of strength training for the world of baseball.To finish, Jim gives his opinion on the marriage of experience and new technology/methods (the more things change the more they stay the same), and gives his advice for any aspiring or young coaches in the industry.All this and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Timestamps9:00- How Jim Malone Started His Career in Strength and Conditioning13:10- Jim’s Earliest Training Mindset18:10- Overtraining21:21- Training Now vs. 20 Years Ago24:10- Jim’s Decision to Coach29:35- Jim’s First Programming Style for His Athletes34:30- How to Deal with Bigger Groups as the Lone Coach37:09- Holding Athletes Accountable39:28- Jim’s Move to Columbia University41:10- Jim’s Start In Baseball49:55- Working with a Sport You Aren’t as Familiar with54:00- Adapting to Different Situations57:36- Strategies for When Your Athletes Leave for the Offseason1:01:05- New Age of Relationships With Young Athletes1:05:00- Dealing with the Moving Parts of an Athlete's Life1:06:48- The Strength Coaching Industry is a Saturated Field1:15:33- Helping Athletes Deal with Bad Days1:18:24- How Tech Has Changed Strength Training1:21:12- Data Is Powerful, but Has to be Used Correctly1:29:04- Jim’s Tips to Get Your Foot in the Door as a Young CoachSupport the show
Episode #46 The Power of the Mind in Building the Body, Managing Training Volume, and Recruiting Motor Units to Make Explosive Athletes With Conor Harris
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode Gerry welcomes on strength coach Conor Harris. Conor has a background with both elite athletes (has trained draft picks in all three major sports) and has worked extensively with general population clientele as well. Gerry and Conor go through some of Conor's most recent tweets covering a myriad of important topics deep within the framework of strength training and general physical development.To begin the conversation, the two discuss the importance of the mind and how powerful it can be in connection with the body. Conor goes over some strategies he uses to get athletes and clients alike to make full use of a positive mental state, and how doing so can help yield benefits in training.From there, Gerry poses two of Conor's tweets to him (progressing volume properly when it comes to training and the pitfalls of "overloading," with a program and the importance of heavy lifting and recruiting muscle fibers for sprinting. The two discuss recruiting motor units for athletes and some of the most effective ways to do so, all while processing them accordingly so they can handle training.To finish, the discussion turns to understanding worth as a trainer and the importance of clients understanding that good, quality training comes with an appropriate price tag. Finally, Conor goes over his thoughts on breathing and the two cover all areas that can be affected by the efficiency or inefficiency of your breathing pattern.All that and more on this episode!Timestamps9:23 - Power of the Mind in Relation to the Body11:05 - Positive Mindset and Effectiveness of Meditation 13:15 - Getting Athletes to Believe in What They Are Doing16:05 - Explaining Training Principles To Clients In Simple Terms19:10 - Avoiding Training Overloading with Athletes. How to Progress (Stress Bucket)22:00 - Sensory Changes and Other Alternative Variability Changes 29:05 - Linear Progress - Keep it Simple. Stick With What Works31:04 - Different Programs/Exercises Can Result in the Same Adaptation (Grey Area)33:53 - Don’t Change Programming “Just Because.”37:08 - Strength in Training vs. Strength in Sport. Eric Bledsoe Couldn't Do 5 Pull-ups41:15 - Sport Performance Doesn’t Always Correlate to Weight Room Abilities46:50 - Revisiting Overload and Stress Bucket Issue51:08 - Raw Force Production and Recruiting Motor Units and the Importance for Building Speed1:00:38 - Trainers: Know Your Worth and Clients: Understand You Get What You Pay For1:08:12 - Taking on Too Many Clients and Spreading Yourself Too Thin1:12:10 - Breathing and PRI (Postural Restoration)1:16:48 - Chest Breathing and The Issues That Follow1:20:04 - Lifting Belts and a Quick Breathing Walkthrough1:26:21 - Breathing Correct Is Almost Addictive1:27:30 - Conor Harris Ending ThoughtsSupport the show
Episode #45 Q&A/Twitter Grab Bag: Proprioception, How to Program Sprints, Proper Jump Training, Building Strength, Agility Training and More!
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode Gerry welcomes back the Q&A format to answer some of the questions you have sent his way over the past several weeks. Additionally, he looks through his Twitter for some of his most recent, thought provoking tweets to expand on them and turn them into learning points on various topics across training.This Q&A covers everything from the dealing with the yips in sports, timing of sprints in your training program, where to start when building a program for young, untrained athletes, building proprioception and motor control with movements and much, much more.From there, Gerry looks through some of his most recent tweets and discusses important things like agility training and what you should look for and consider when it comes to building agility for your sport. To finish up the Twitter "grab bag," covers use of eccentrics and isometrics, the importance of breathing mechanics and a wide variety of subjects important to strength and conditioning.All that and more on this episode!Timestamps:Q&A Section7:56 - Strength, Speed, and Baseball Specific Skills for Athletes with Low Training Age10:24 - Making the Most of Low Volume Training Programs13:50 - Timing Speed Work in Programs18:31 - Dealing with the Yips22:38 - Are Yips Mental or Physical?27:47 - Revisiting Sprints: A Higher Volume Program31:06 - Hip/Shoulder Separation and Proprioception35:00 - Getting Athletes to Unconscious Competence38:41 - Challenge of Getting Athletes to Buy in & Changing Someone’s Mindset45:02 - Recommended Coaching Materials/Books You Should ReadReviewing Tweets49:30 - Heavy Implications of Shallow Breathing53:16 - Box Jumps - Stop Caring About Height56:16 - Getting Caught Up in All or Nothings - Adaptation Should Drive You59:28- Agility Training: What it is, What You Need to Know, and What to Consider When Training for it1:05:30- Sport Specific Training: You Get Better at Your Sport While Actually Playing Your Sport 1:09:08- Using Eccentrics and Isometrics to Progress a New Movement and Build Motor ControlSupport the show

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    Dec 20th, 2018
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    Nov 13th, 2019
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