Episode 63 - Functional Power Training with Dr. John Rusin

 

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Kevin and Justin welcome Dr. John Rusin on the podcast to chat about his new program, Functional Power Training (FPT).

Dr. John Rusin is a world-renowned sports performance expert who specializes in injury prevention and preventative based pain-free programming. With more than a decade of elite-level training experience and advanced degrees in both exercise science and physical therapy, Dr. Rusin has developed performance, regeneration, and aesthetics programs for some of the world’s best strength, power, and endurance athletes.

On top of that, John is just a cool-ass dude, and someone that Justin and Kevin both consider a mentor.

On this episode, the guys dive deep into everything that went into making Functional Power Training Dr. Rusin's best work yet, including:

- The inspiration for FPT
- How FPT is different than a typical powerlifting program
- The unconventional methods and intensity techniques in FPT
- The role of energy systems development in the program
- How FPT gets you strong while keeping you healthy
...and MUCH more!

Come for the knowledge bombs, stay for the Dave Tate stories.

You can follow Dr. John Rusin on Instagram:
www.instagram.com/drjohnrusin

Visit his website for tons of in-depth training articles:
drjohnrusin.com

And get your copy Functional Power Training, here:
drjohnrusin.com/fpt/

 

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Episode 62 - The Only Three Ways to Build Muscle

 

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Kevin and Justin break down the three mechanisms of hypertrophy:
1. Mechanical Tension
2. Muscle Damage
3. Metabolic Stress

These are the only three ways to build muscle. Everything done in the gym related to hypertrophy falls into one of these categories.

The guys explain what these mechanisms mean, discuss how much emphasis should be placed on each, and share a handful of programming recommendations to help you implement them in your training.

Inspiration for this podcast came from an Instagram post by Bret Contreras:
www.instagram.com/p/BpDtFcOHQHE/

 

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Episode 61 - Things We Changed Our Minds About In 2018

 

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A lot of weird shit happened last year.

The Eagles won the Super Bowl. People ate Tide Pods. And Kanye...well, we lost Kanye.

This week, Justin and Kevin reflect on 2018 and share a few (fitness related) topics that they changed their minds about over the course of the year. The guys discuss counting calories, core training, exercise variation, and more.

As coaches, it's important to be fluid with your beliefs. The fitness industry is always changing, and methods of training and nutrition are constantly being tested and improved upon. Don't be that guy or girl doing something because "that's how it's always been done." Learn, change, and improve.

 

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Episode 60 - Learning From the Mistakes of a First-Time Entrepreneur

 

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The guys catch up on the recent changes in their lives- mainly, Kevin's return to a corporate job. Kevin shares a few of the difficulties that he faced in his transition from full-time employment to entrepreneurship, and why he ultimately chose to go back to work.

If you're a personal trainer, fitness entrepreneur, or someone who wants to make their side hustle a full-time gig- this show is for you.

 

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Episode 59 - Injuries Aren't Preventable

 

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Kevin and Justin discuss the topic of injury prevention. Injuries are never 100% avoidable, but there are ways to potentially reduce the risk. The guys share how they train around injuries, why strength training is essential for building resiliency, and how to program corrective exercises & mobility efficiently.

 

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Episode 58 - Have Youth Sports Been Ruined?

 

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Justin and Kevin discuss the state of youth sports. Over the weekend, Justin attended a high-level youth basketball tournament and came away with a few unsettling observations. The guys share some of the problems that they see in today's youth sports scene, as well as some things that parents and coaches can do to better prepare their kids for competition.

 

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Episode 57 - Creating A Career That Spans Decades with Tony Gentilcore and Dean Somerset

 

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This week, Kevin and Justin welcome Tony Gentilcore and Dean Somerset on the show. Tony and Dean were in Houston last weekend for their Even More Complete Hip & Shoulder Blueprint Workshop, and Kevin was able to sit down with them prior to the event for a wide-ranging conversation. The guys discuss how they got into the industry, the difference between training general population vs. athletes, fitness business advice, content creation tips, and much more!

Learn more about Tony here: tonygentilcore.com/
Learn more about Dean here: deansomerset.com/

 

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Episode 56 - How Do You Respond When Clients Want To Go Harder, But Shouldn't?

 

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Justin and Kevin share how they react when a client tells them that they want to "go harder" in the gym. Occasionally, you'll have someone who wants to lift more, rest less, or move more quickly than their program entails. The guys explain how they use this as a teaching moment for clients, and also when it's the right time to pull back versus give in and go hard AF.

 

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Episode 55 - How Do You Know When A Client "Gets It"?

 

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This week, Kevin and Justin explain what they notice when a client or athlete truly "gets it". Often, coaches can tell when a client or athlete is genuinely interested in a program versus just going through the motions. They discuss traits such as asking questions, using all of the resources available to them, and honesty.

 

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Episode 54 - From CSI to CPT with Tim Danchak

 

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Kevin and Justin welcome their friend Tim Danchak on the show to share his unique journey to the fitness industry. Tim is now a strength coach, functional training specialist, and wellness instructor based out of North Carolina- but personal training wasn't always his passion. Tim was previously a professional paintball player and Crime Scene Investigator.

Tim discusses the personal and professional struggles that he endured while making a career switch, the daily habits that make him successful, and the future of The Coaches Combine. You can follow Tim on Instagram (@timdanchak), and listen to his podcast (The Coaches Combine) wherever you get your shows.

 

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Episode 53 - How Can Athletes Develop Power Without Olympic Lifting?

 

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This week, Justin and Kevin discuss how athletes can develop power without using the traditional olympic lifts. Olympic lifting (snatch, clean & jerk, etc.) is a common way to train for power, but it can also be dangerous for beginners and require a steep learning curve. The guys share some of their favorite alternatives, including dynamic barbell lifts, medicine ball exercises, jumps, and kettlebell variations.

 

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Episode 52 - How Can Hardgainers Put On Size?

 

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This week, Justin and Kevin discuss how hardgainers can build quality size and strength. A hardgainer is someone who is naturally thin, and has a hard time putting on muscle. The guys share how many calories you need to be eating to gain weight, why the quality of your food matters, and the importance of having someone hold you accountable throughout the building process.

 

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Episode 51 - Can Experienced Lifters Still Get Dramatic Results?

 

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This week, Justin and Kevin debate whether or not experienced lifters can still make drastic improvements in performance. They discuss how a new stimulus can effect the body, whether major breakthroughs are more psychological or physiological, and why it's important to get uncomfortable with your training.

 

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Episode 50 - Our New Podcast Format

 

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Justin and Kevin are back after a brief hiatus...with a new podcast format! The guys give an update on their businesses and family life, and explain why they've decided to move in a new direction for year two of Saved By The Barbell.

 

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Episode 49 - The State of High School Sports with Garrett Winegar

 

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Justin and Kevin welcome Garrett Winegar on the show to discuss the current landscape of high school sports. Garrett is the assistant coach for the undefeated, state champion Warren Central High School basketball team in Indianapolis, IN. The guys discuss Warren's road to the championship, the key traits of an undefeated team, and the dark side of youth sports.

 

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Episode 48 - Q&A Vol. 2

 

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Kevin and Justin are back with Volume 2 of Q&A. They're answering two listener questions:

1. What is VBT and how do you use it? (Justin)
2. How is your training now different than a year ago? (Kevin)

Justin goes deep on velocity based training (VBT) and explains how he uses it with his athletes. Kevin explains why he prefers higher frequency splits to body part "bro" splits and how he's changed his opinion on flexible dieting.

 

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Episode 47 - What You Need To Know About Progressive Overload

 

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Justin and Kevin go deep on the topic of progressive overload. They're covering how to properly manipulate volume, intensity, and frequency to make long-term gains in the gym.

Progressive overload is the foundation of any good training program. Essentially, it means doing more work over time. There are a ton of factors that play into this principle, and the guys are here to guide you through them.

This week, Justin and Kevin discuss when it's appropriate to increase volume (sets, reps, and weight), the sneaky-easy way to make any exercise more intense, and how often you should be training each muscle group.

 

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Episode 46 - A Refreshing Coaching Discussion with Jake Tuura

 

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Kevin and Justin welcome Jake Tuura on the show for an in-depth conversation on coaching athletes.

Jake is a Strength & Conditioning Coach at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. He has held multiple positions in collegiate athletics, including an internship under Cal Dietz at Minnesota. Jake is also an expert contributor for top online fitness publications such as STACK and T Nation.

The guys discuss fighting the "this is the way we've always done it" culture in coaching, challenging personal beliefs, and making programming more enjoyable for athletes. Jake also touches on RPR, Triphasic Training, and how he trains to be a Jacked Athlete.

 

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3:00 - 12:00: Jake Tuura Background & Bio

  • Jake shares some of his personal and professional experience in strength & conditioning over the past 9 years, including an internship under Cal Dietz at Minnesota.
  • Why Jake feels fortunate to not have an abundance of fitness technology at his current facility.
  • The importance of focusing on principles rather than methods.

12:00 - 33:00: How to Make Programming More Enjoyable for Athletes

  • How to properly respond to people who are looking for immediate results.
  • Why you can’t judge a coach or a program based on a single snippet of an exercise.
  • The importance of managing different personality types as a coach.
  • Why your resume means nothing without evidence-based results.

33:00 - 1:04:00: RPR, Point of Focus, and Training Environment

  • What RPR is and how it works.
  • How our bodies are capable of storing trauma.
  • The role that environment plays in recovery and performance.
  • Why inspiration is a greater motivator than anger.
  • Jake’s personal training beliefs and how he trains to be strong and athletic.

1:04:00 - 1:10:00: The Fire Round

  • Jake answers a series of random questions including the weirdest thing he’s done with his hair and one thing he would eat everyday if it had no effect on his health.
 

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Episode 45 - Confessions: Mistakes We Made Early In Our Career

 

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Justin and Kevin are sharing exercises that they previously did with clients and themselves, but have since stopped using.

As coaches, it's essential to continue learning and evolving. As we do so, we may find that some of the methods we initially used aren't the best options. Rather than be dogmatic and stubborn, we must admit our faults and adapt.

Justin and Kevin discuss topics such as high rep plyometrics, stretching clients, and doing things because "that's how it's always been done."

 

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3:00 - 50:00: Exercises We Used to Love, But Now We Hate

  • The issues with high-rep plyometrics.
  • The importance of vetting your resources and using good training information.
  • Moving away from the “That’s How We’ve Always Done It” culture.
  • Why coaches should know the “why” behind all of their programming.
  • Why “road work” is a potentially damaging aspect of fight culture.
  • How overuse is ruining youth athletics.
  • Why Kevin tends to stay within the 6-15 rep range for most clients.
  • Why Justin stopped stretching clients after workouts.
 

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Episode 44 - How Habits Can Carry You Through Adversity

 

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This week, Justin and Kevin are talking about why it's important to lean on strong habits in times of chaos.

We all go through challenging times that push us out of our typical routine and into a more difficult situation. Whether it's stress from work, relationships, or new life circumstances, there are always things that threaten our status quo. In these times, powerful positive habits are more important than ever.

On this episode, we discuss the impact of a strong morning routine, turning losses into wins, and the power of the compound effect.

 

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