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116: Redefining Performance through Movement with Brian Bradley  

Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Brian Bradley. Brian has been working with Pete Egoscue, developing the Egoscue Method for 25+ years. Posture and pain are his mission, and he finds bringing this work to the world very rewarding. To see someone go from disability and depression due to chronic pain, and transform into the person they were meant to be is, in Brian’s view, awesome.

Recently I spent some time with Brian at the World Golf Fitness Summit 2016 in New Orleans, LA.  It was there that I had the chance to experience first hand some of the work that Brian does with clients and patients.  His methods for teaching people to overcome their pain and maximize their performance are, to say the least, unconventional.  One look at the piece of equipment that he had us working on would've made you think we were getting ready to embark on an obstacle course more than get in a "workout."

But it is exactly Brian's "out-of-the-box" approach that allows him to be so creative and effective in his methods whether working with athletes, armed forces, celebrities, or patients in pain. In this episode we discuss some of our experiences from the World Golf Fitness Summit and some of the amzing impact Brian has had on so many people, including the likes of Tony Robbins, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and many more.

If you would like more on Brian's Background or would simply like to hear the his earlier episode on posture and breathing, you can find that here . . . Episode 18.

Brian Bradley’s Background

Brian has been with Egoscue for 25 years.
Met Pete Egoscue when he was working with Jack Nicklaus.
Jack was backing the expansion of Egoscue from their California location and branching into Florida.
Brian has worked with Nicklaus, Player, Palmer, Trevino, Tony Robbins, and many other high profile figures, as well as thousands of other individuals looking to either improve performance or simply take control of their pain.
He is now the Vice President of Egoscue University and speaks all over the world on the topics of pain, posture and performance.  He is has worked very closely over the years with TPI and many other governing bodies to share his experience and expertise.
Plus, the guy is just a riot to hang out with ;-)


Highlights from this Episode

We talk about the background of the Egoscue philosophy, and ‘the patch’. We go into what it is, and why it works so well.
How to view failure in a different light, so that athletes don’t feel like they are lagging behind.
The importance of simplifying movement and posture changes, to make them sustainable and repeatable. The over complication of exercises is often what makes people stop doing them.
The story of how Brian met Tony Robbins, and how that relationship has led to speaking in front of nearly 11,000 people at Tony Robbins' events all over the world.
How Brian's unique methods and "The Patch" are beneficial for the golfer and can really be performed almost anywhere without traditional equipment.
How Brian takes the Egoscue method to large speaking events, and uses the simplicity framework to make people remember everything. 95% of what is said is forgotten within 48 hours.

Some parting words of wisdom from Brian Bradley:
Think of one thing every day that you are going to do differently than yesterday. Make time for yourself, and ignore people who bring negativity into your life.
Where to find Brian Bradley:



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See "The Patch" in action below.  This video is courtesy of our friend Jason Glass (The Coach Glass Podcast) from h...

115: The exciting truth about Testosterone (especially in the morning)! with Ali Gilbert  

Today I am very pleased to announce our guest; Ali Gilbert. Ali serves as Partner of the Greenwich DX Sports Labs and is their Director of Performance. With her unique, multi-faceted approach to performance training, she is able to combine all relevant physical and technical details into one thorough, scientific approach towards performance-based strength and conditioning.

As a former collegiate soccer standout, Ali has been committed to achieving excellence in the field of performance training for over a decade.  She has become highly sought after for unconventional approach to golf fitness that includes the "Triangle of Performance"- assessing the physical. nutritional and hormonal aspect of performance training. This unique approach with her background in hormone optimization redefines what her definition for golf performance truly is.

Ali has presented on Golf Fitness & Performance Training for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Metropolitan PGA, and various golf clubs around the country.

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Ali Gilbert’s Background

Ali’s clientele includes PGA Tour players, celebrities, politicians, teaching professionals as well as recreational and competitive amateurs of all levels.
Ali holds a B.S. in exercise science from Springfield College, is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Level 3 Fitness Professional and Juniors Coach, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, FMS Certified Level II, Precision Nutrition coach, specializes in various manual Neuromuscular Reactivation Techniques, and is certified in Golf Biomechanics by K-Motion.
She also serves on the Sports Performance University’s Advisory Board which has been chosen by the Olympic Council of Asia to develop their instructor’s golf performance training protocols.

Highlights from this Episode

Why men tend to have lower testosterone these days than in previous decades. We talk about why testosterone is important for men, and a few indicators that could mean someone has low testosterone.
The effect that stress has on depletion of energy and testosterone, and what you can do to minimize it.
How walking and low intensity cardio can be highly beneficial to reducing stress and keeping your body in check. High intensity is not always better.
The effect of plastics, alcohol and other everyday items that can reduce testosterone and overall performance. We also talk about a few foods and supplements you can eat to increase
Specific exercises everyone should be doing at the gym, and the importance of lifting heavy.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Caddy Shack
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
 My mom, at Aviara
What are you most excited about moving forward?
To deliver the message that it’s ok for men to talk about testosterone, and what they can do to improve their testosterone levels and wellness in general.
Where to find Ali Gilbert:



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We are super excited to let you know that we have partnered up with the team at Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab to bring their amazing testing capabilities to you, the listeners of The 18STRON Podcast!

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114: Are you still Icing? with Gary Reinl the “Anti-Iceman”  

I am very excited to announce our guest today, Gary Reinl.  Gary is affectionately known as the "Anti-Iceman" based on his years of combing through the research of cryotherapy to ultimately figure out that this "tried and true" modality just may be an "illusionary" treatment after all!

Gary has spent nearly forty years in the sports-medicine field, with diverse experiences ranging from training professional athletes, developing rehabilitation programs for injured workers, to pioneering the field of strength-building for women during the pregnancy year..Additionally, his ground-breaking senior strength-building protocol has now been implemented in more than 1,000 senior living facilities.

Gary has authored three books, including Iced: The Illusionary Treatment Option, Making Mama Fit and the 2007 "fat loss" book Get Stronger, Feel Younger.

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Gary Reinl’s Background

Gary has trained thousands of therapists, physicians, allied health professionals and athletes on the topics of strength-building and electronic muscle stimulation.
His work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets nationwide and he has co-authored two books and many related documents and articles.
The "Sports Medicine for 95-year-olds" program that Gary designed has been implemented into more than 1000 senior living facilities nationwide.

Highlights from this Episode

Active recovery and why it is more effective than just resting.
How Gary came to learn that icing is ineffective for recovery, after studying many elite athletes from the MLB, NFL, MLS, NBA and more.
Why the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevate) protocol came into existence, and how it was completely misinterpreted by the medical profession.
What actually happens within your body when you injure yourself. Inflammation, repair, remodel. We then get into reasons why ice is ineffective at helping your body react to the injury in that it prevents inflammation from happening.
How compression is also counter-intuitive to healing, by stopping the flow of fluid to and from the affected area.
How ice can seem to be helping, because it is numbing the pain. However, this is just delaying the healing process and creating the impression that things are getting better.
What you should do after an injury instead of icing. The key is to move around so the ‘cleanup crew’ (details in the show) can move freely around the injured area.

Below is the video that started it all!  Here is Gary with Dr. Kelly Starrett on the MobilityWOD

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Happy Gilmore
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Arnold Palmer
Why you do what you do?
Because icing can stop athletes from reaching their full potential and realizing their dreams. I want to stop that from happening.
Where to find Glen Reinl:

Other Links from the show:
Marc Pro: EMS device



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113: Functional Range: If you don’t use it, you lose it! with Pam Owens  

This week we have a very special guest on the show, Pam Owens. Pam has more than twenty-four years of fitness experience with a specialization in golf-specific fitness training since 2007. She is passionate about powering up others to find their best in health and fitness.  She employs simple, historically-successful, and scientifically based programs. Her nutrition and fitness coaching is results-based and constantly evolves to incorporate the best tools and methods available to help you reach your destination.

Pam’s mission is to work as a team alongside golf instructors and medical professionals to achieve success for golfers. Using sound scientific research and over 20 years of experience, her customized training programs maximize power and decrease risk of injury to enable a sustained high level of play for many years.

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Pam Owens’ Background

Pam is the first Level-3 Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Fitness Professional in Texas.
Pam is an industry leader in results-based training, designing fitness programs and nutrition coaching for golfers.
Pam conducts group fitness classes and stretching clinics, gives educational presentations, is a frequent radio guest, and writes for golf publications with more than 70 articles published since 2007.
Pam is the Fitness Director at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX.
Pam joined Black Hawk Country Club to develop the fitness and golf fitness program before moving into the role of Director of Golf Fitness for the other local Escalante Golf golf properties, Golf Club of Houston, Shadow Hawk and BlackHorse Golf Clubs.

Highlights from this Episode

Pam’s take on functional range conditioning, and specifically KINSTRETCH™– a class based teaching model of FRC™. We get into how this methodology has improved Pam’s fitness and mindset, and the results she sees with her clients.
We discuss Pam's experience as a Precision Nutrition coach and what action steps she would suggest for someone struggling with food and or weight issues.
A few of the first things that Pam addresses with a client when she starts working with them.
The importance of controlled articulated rotations (CARs), and doing them on a regular (daily) basis. We talk about different exercises you can do, why they are so important, and the effect they will have on fitness and performance.
The difference between passive and active stretching, the pros and cons of each, and what purposes to use them for. We discuss a great method, via FRC, to lengthen hamstrings with a simple exercise.


CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?

Happy Gilmore

Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?

My grandfather, at a public course in Beaumont

What are you excited about in the near future?

Focusing on online training, to help the greatest amount of people get lasting results.

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112: Blood Testing: Measure, Don’t Guess with Dr. Steven Murphy  

I am very excited to announce our guest today, Dr. Steven Murphy. Dr. Murphy is the Medical Director of the Greenwich DX Sports Labs as well as Managing Partner and President of the Diagnostic & Medical Specialists of Greenwich.  He is an avid researcher in human genetics and is well versed in anti-aging medicine, obesity, metabolism, and hormone optimization.

At Greenwich DX Sports Labs, Dr. Murphy's partners include 2 of our previous featured guests, Ali Gilbert and Michael Manavian.  This dynamic has created a unique line of communication between all aspects of fitness, biomechanics, golf instruction and medical treatment, that is rarely seen at any level.  It is precisely this combination that creates the success they have seen in optimizing results for their clients/athletes.

Historically, standard medical tests have provided minimal answers for patients.  For athletes, and those looking to increase their longevity, the need for more thorough and precise data is imperative. Dr. Steven Murphy and his team provide their clients with extensive data that comes from advanced DNA and hormonal tests. These tests will empower you to monitor your performance and take the appropriate care for your longevity.

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Dr. Steven Murphy’s Background

Murphy is a Yale trained, Board Certified Internist and bariatrician as well as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Cell Biology & Anatomy at the New York Medical College.
He sits on the research informed cohort oversight board of Cornell’s Personalized Medicine Collaborative and Pharmacogenomics Advisory Group.
Murphy completed his internship in Medical Genetics and Pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
He served as the Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at Greenwich Hospital/Yale School of Medicine.
Murphy has also served as the Clinical Fellow in Medical Genetics at Yale School of Medicine, leaving early to start his Personalized Primary Care and Weight Loss medicine practices.

Highlights from this Episode

How Dr. Murphy and his team came to the realization that many standard medical tests lack a lot of insight into an athlete’s well-being and performance capabilities.
The tests that Dr. Murphy recommends people and athlete’s take when they go to their doctor, outside of the standard tests. Tests to do with hormonal levels, vitamin-D levels, and micro nutrients to name a few.
The importance of cholesterol, and how the data is often misread.
My test results – where I’m looking good, and where I could improve.
A detailed explanation of insulin resistance, and why it is so important for cardio vascular health.
Why testosterone is such an important part of good health, and ways to increase your testosterone levels.
Walnuts, chia seeds, and other foods you should be eating on a regular basis. Just four walnuts a day can make a significant difference to your health, improve your body shape, and increase sperm levels.
Vitamin D and its effect on a wide range of bodily functions and hormones, and how to select the proper supplementation.
The biggest misconceptions in health, and the most important tests you can take to measure your health in general.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Caddy Shack
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with? 
Arnold Palmer at the Black Course (Beth Page)
What are you excited about in the near future?
 Scaling up and delivering our message all across the US
Where to find Dr. Steven Murphy:
Other links mentioned:
008: Golfers Who Lift with Ali Gilbert

017: Hormones, Bodybuilding and Golf Instruction with Michael Manavian
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111: Inspiring change through passion, innovation, and movement with Brandon Harris & Greg McLean of PFS  

Today I am pleased to announce our guests, Brandon Harris and Greg McLean from Premier Fitness Systems (PFS). Brandon and Greg have over 20 years of combined experience helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. PFS was built on the dream of creating a place to empower people to achieve a healthier way of life.

They believe in putting energy into every workout, having passion for people, and delivering results. Brandon and Greg are committed to being the best in the fitness industry by ensuring clients they are in a process of continual learning.

Brandon and Greg pride themselves with helping people, and have been able to integrate community based events and non-profit support into the Premier Fitness Systems network.

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Brandon Harris’ Background

Brandon’s philosophy is that exercise and fitness should be viewed as preventive medicine.
In high school he was a three-sport athlete and received a scholar athlete award in football.
Later, he attended Arizona State University on an academic scholarship and received his degree in Kinesiology in 2004.
When he was a junior in college, he started Personal Training and has since turned this into his career.

Greg McLean’s Background

Greg originally had the goal of being an electrical engineer.
Halfway through college, he decided to change his major to Exercise Science.
Greg worked in the fire department for a while, and began coursework in Fire Science.
He loved how exercise transformed his body and enhanced his self-confidence, so eventually decided to make it his career.

Highlights from this Episode

The PFS philosophy on movement training and how advantageous it is. Brandon uses the example of a gymnast’s strength and movement transferring well to other skills (e.g. bench press), whereas a body builder’s probably won’t.
How Brandon overcame back pain, by focusing on quality strength, fitness, movement and training.
Why breathing is one of the most important things an athlete can do. It allows the central nervous system to enter a more optimal mode for training and performance.
The daily exercises they have clients perform to make sure the most important movements are practiced often and properly. This differs from person to person, depending on how they move and train.
The guys' philosophy on training barefoot, and how it improves performance and helps the central nervous system. The connection with the ground is beneficial to tension control, creating proper movement patterns and can overcome a reliance on orthotics.
How Brandon and Greg tailor and customize their program, and evaluate clients over Skype, via online video, and in person at the gym.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Brandon: Happy Gilmore

Greg: Caddy Shack
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Brandon: Tiger Woods (in his prime)

Greg: His grandfather at Torrey Pines
What are you excited about in the near future?
Bringing yoga into the fold, and building the team at PFS.
Where to find Premier Fitness Systems (PFS):





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110: Danger lies in the Extreme with Liam Hennessy  

This week I am very excited to announce our guest, Liam Hennessy. Liam is one of the legends in the world of strength, conditioning, and golf fitness.  He works as a sports performance scientist and consultant, and has worked with some of the greatest athletes in the world, from many sports, including Padraig Harrington.

The treatment protocol Liam uses to relieve pain and restore function is based heavily on the osteopathic philosophy that the body functions as an integrated unit. By evaluating and treating dysfunction within the musculoskeletal, myofascial and nervous systems.

In this episode, Liam shares some of his incredible stories on his journey, including his early days pole vaulting for Ireland to some of the adventures he's had while working with Padraig.  It is these experiences and "experiments" that have helped him discover and develop his work with his clients.  Always searching for new ways to learn and find out what works best, Liam is a constant student and teacher.  And while some of these stories venture in the "extremes," Liam cautions that often, we jump in too quickly and want results so fast that we forget about the fact that performance is a process that can't be rushed.

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Liam Hennessy’s Background

Liam developed an interest in sport and particularly athletics from his teenage years, where he competed at middle distance track and cross-country for Clonliffe Harriers Athletic Club in Santry, Dublin.
Liam also attended college in North Carolina, on an athletic scholarship and won U.S. national team honors at cross-country whilst there.
He has worked with people from all backgrounds from elite athletes competing at European and World Championships to those suffering from difficult conditions and chronic pain.

Highlights from this Episode

Liam’s background growing up in Ireland, and how he went from Irish hurling, to pole vaulting, to sports performance science, and eventually into golf.
Liam’s take on plyometrics and heavy lifting to prime yourself for strong performance.
How he came to work with some of the top athletes in the world as a performance consultant.
Why golf is the most explosive and dynamic game from a performance perspective.
The biggest mistakes golfers make on a regular basis.
Liam’s views on recovery, and why nothing is as important as sleeping well.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?

Happy Gilmore

Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?

Christy O’Connor Jnr.

What are you excited about in your near future?

How we can use technology and science to help us in sports performance, and how to simplify the process.

Where to Find Liam Hennessy:


Setanta College:

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109: Peeling the Layers of Painless Golf with Jessika Shelton  

This week I am joined by yoga instructor, personal trainer, lifestyle coach and golfer, Jessika Shelton. Jess helps golfers focus on eliminating their pain and increasing their health to create an amazing life while they build their golf game.

Jess was an active athlete in school playing softball, swim, track, cheer, and water polo. Looking for a change in scenery, she became certified in Yoga in 2011. Jess’ love of teaching lead her to more certifications in Pilates, Personal Training, and now being TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified.

Jess’ mission is to use the skills she has learned in yoga, health and lifestyle to improve her student’s golf games, and lead them to a better life.

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Jessika Shelton’s Background

Jess was an active athlete in school playing softball, swim, track, cheer, and water polo.
Jess is now certified in yoga, personal training, pilates and TPI.
She studied nursing in college and worked at a hospital as a phlebotomist
Jess works with leading professionals for their best tips, tactics, and advice from their successes and failures.

Highlights from this Episode

The biggest health and injury issues people come to Jess for, and how she fixes them.
How changes in lifestyle can affect your golf game, and what things you can do to improve it.
Finding your ‘why’.
Using yoga to help with your golf, and what you should know before going in to the class.
Bringing mental awareness to golf related aches and pains through yoga.
A few simple exercises anyone can do to increase their mindfulness in general.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Happy Gilmore
If you could spend a day on the course with one person in the world (past or present), who would it be, why, and what course would you play?
Gary Player; Torrey Pines San Diego, CA

Paige Spiraniac; Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, CA
What has you most excited for this coming year/ what is your mission
New Video Product made by golfer's and for golf guys who've ever dealt with pain, fat gain and mobility issues.
Last piece of advice?
Find your Why? And Don't let Pain KILL your Golf Game!
Where to Find Jessika Shelton:

Instagram: jess.painlessgolfing

Twitter: @painlessgolfing




Other Links Mentioned

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108: Living more powerfully through the game of golf with Jeff Ritter  

This week I am very excited to announce our guest; Jeff Ritter. Jeff is the CEO/Founder of MAKE THE TURN Performance. An accomplished coach, author and motivational speaker, Jeff is known for his unique approach to teaching the game. He credits his passion for inspiration, body health and mental flexibility for the reputation that has set him apart as a purveyor of not only playing well, but living well.

A consistent presence in the world of golf media, Jeff is a regular featured guest on Golf Channel appearing on programs such as Morning Drive. In 2016 he was host of PGA National Instruction day on Golf Channel, the most watched golf instruction event in history.

His inspiring perspective on game and lifestyle development has Jeff traveling internationally to share the MAKE THE TURN message of living more powerfully through the game of golf.

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Jeff Ritter’s Background

Jeff owns and operates golf performance and lifestyle consultancy, MAKE THE TURN.
He is a published author of the book “Your Kid Ate a Divot – Eighteen Life Lessons From the Links”
Jeff works with golfers on improving their game, health, mindset and lifestyle.
In 2014 he created the MAKE THE TURN Weekly Challenge Series for Golf Digest TV. The program was the most successful series on the Golf Digest platform garnering 20 million viewers.

Highlights from this Episode

How Jeff came to understand the importance of mindset and health in golf.
The time Jeff met Top 50 Golf Digest teacher, Mike LaBauve, and how the experience took his golf game to the next level.
How small changes in behavior can drastically improve your swing, almost instantly.
Jeff’s take on technology in golf.
Helpful mindset exercises for drastic results – “The Genie List” (see below for a description of the exercise)
The importance of taking immediate action on what you want to improve in golf and life.
How Jeff got rid of a long time back injury and avoided surgery by changing his diet.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach
What are you excited about in your near future?
Putting our platform in front of the corporate world, and guest speaking.

Where to Find Jeff Ritter:

Instagram: @mttgolf

Twitter: @mttgolf

Facebook: Make The Turn
Other Links Mentioned
Book: “Your Kid Ate A Divot – Eighteen Life Lessons From the Links”

Pebble Beach Contest:

“The Genie List” Mindset Exercise:
Jeff explains this helpful mindset exercise around the 36-minute mark of the podcast.

The short version:

Write down everything you could ever hope to accomplish in your lifetime, regardless of how ridiculous they may sound at first. Pretend you have a genie that could grant these wishes for you. Once done, take immediate action on at least one of those. You will be surprised at how easily those things can come to fruition.


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107: Why Every Shot Counts when it comes to Strokes Gained with Mark Broadie  

Today I am joined by author, educator, speaker, and golfer; Dr. Mark Broadie. Commonly known as the ‘Doctor of Golf’ Mark is at the forefront of a revolutionary new approach to the game. A professor at Columbia Business School, Mark helped the PGA Tour develop its cutting-edge strokes gained stat. Broadie uses analytics from the financial world to uncover the secrets of the game of golf, with a focus on crunching mountains of data to show both professional and amateur golfers how to make better decisions on the course.

The strokes gained stat has been influential in changing the way we think about golf, and where we should be focusing. Putting and driving are often touted as being the most important aspects of a golfer’s game, but Mark’s work shows (convincingly) why most of the top golfers win with their approach.

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Mark Broadie's Background

Mark Broadie is the Carson Family Professor of Business at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
He has received a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
He is a member of the United States Golf Association’s handicap research team and is a former club champion at Pelham Country Club.
Mark helped the PGA Tour develop its cutting-edge ‘strokes gained’ putting stat.
Mark is the author of “Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy”

Highlights from this Episode

How Mark started applying the same analytics from his day job (business professor) to improve his golf game.
Debunking some common golf myths, like ‘drive for show, putt for dough’.
How Mark came up with the strokes gained stat, and why it’s so important to track. Mark also explains how it’s a more precise version of the intuition golfers have already been using for years.
The importance of the approach game. About 40% of the advantage top players have over lower ranked players comes from approach shots.
How anyone can use strokes gained and Mark’s app Golf Metrics to improve their game.
Why we shouldn’t credit Tiger Woods’ putting game as much his driving and approach game.
How Jordan Spief is such a great player by being slightly better than average in every aspect of his game, rather than dominating just one.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Happy Gilmore
Who are some notable names you’ve played with?
 Luke Donald, Michael Jordan, Justin Rose to name a few
What was it like to walk a course with Michael Jordan, and what were some of the conversations you had outside of golf?
 He had a custom built golf cart like a stretch limousine, with drinks and music. He was also trash talking Luke Donald throughout the round!
What’s most exciting for you as you move forward?
 There’s a lot more work to be done on golf strategy, and a lot of fascinating questions to be answered. You can improve your game by playing smarter. I’m looking forward to diving more deeply into that.
Where to Find Dr. Mark Broadie:

Twitter: @MarkBroadie
Other Links Mentioned
Book: Every Shot Counts - Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy

App: Golf Metrics
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106: MOBILITY: How much FLEXIBILITY do you actually OWN? with Dr. Andreo Spina  

This week I am joined by one of the most highly sought after educators, speakers, and clinical specialists in the world of Movement, rehab and training; Dr. Andreo Spina. As the Founder/Creator of Functional Anatomy Seminars, Dr. Spina speaks all over the world to other medical and fitness practitioners, dispelling the myths of flexibility and challenging the way we think about our bodies and movement.

His system of assessing, treating and training is used by professional sports teams all over the world including some of the teams seen in the image below.  In our chat today we discuss some of the myths of flexibility and how the research has shown all along that there are more effective ways to create change, improve movement, and begin to OWN our flexibility, which is how Dr. Spina defines "MOBILITY."


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Dr. Andreo Spina's Background

Dr. Andreo Spina holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University.
He later graduated with summa cum laude and clinic honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College as a Doctor of Chiropractic.
He then completed a two-year post-graduate fellowship in Sports Sciences. He is the creator of the Functional Range Release (FR)® soft tissue management system, the Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)® mobility development system, and the Kinstretch™ method of movement stretching that are currently used by practitioners world wide as well as a number of professional sports organizations, athletes, and performers.
He is a published author, and international speaker on the topics of joint health, movement and mobility development, sports performance, and injury management.

Highlights from this Episode

Dr. Spina shares his background, growing up in Toronto
He has study martial arts form a young age and thus has always been intrigue by movement, control, and strength.
We discuss when and why the FRC, FR, and Kinstrech courses were developed and how they have grown from their beginning.
He touches on the what the research really says about flexibility and changing movement in a human body, and why certain modalities have been used incorrectly for so long.
Dr. Spina defines the term "useless flexibility" and dispels some of the myths of traditional thinking when it comes to stretching and performance.
What is a "prerequisite of movement" and why is it so important to know before beginning a training program?
He explains the difference between "flexibility" and "mobility"
How is our movement preparation like brushing your teeth?
Dr. Spina goes over some of the common terms/acronyms that you will hear in his seminars, like CARS, RAILS, and PAILS (and why it's not just a made up language, but simply an easier way to describe a movement or technique based on it's intention or end result)

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Where to Find Dr. Andreo Spina:

Facebook: Functional Anatomy Seminars

Twitter: @DrAndreoSpina

Instagram: @drandreospina
Other Links Mentioned
Article: Dispelling the Stretching Myths by Dr. Andreo Spina

Certification courses by Functional Anatomy Seminars (FRC, FR, Kinstretch)

The Bogey Proof Lifestyle private Facebook group.  Come join the Community!
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105: Rising to the Top of Golf’s Governing Body with Tom O’Toole Jr.  

This week I had the chance to sit down with Tom O'Toole Jr., fellow St. Louisan and the former president of the Unites Stages Golf Association (USGA).

As the head of an organization like the USGA, there are a lot of responsibilities and a lot of decisions that have to be made.  In many cases, the decision will likely find some in favor, and some not.  As Tom shares with us, it's just part of the territory for any governing institution, and the USGA is no exception.

In this interview, we discuss not only the topic of rules and golf, but Tom's journey from passing the rules exam to becoming the head of the USGA.  The 25+ year journey is one that wasn't quite anticipated, but one that he looks back on with awe and gratitude.

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Tom O'Toole Jr.'s Background

A native of St. Louis, O’Toole has been involved with the United States Golf Association (USGA) since 1988.

He has served as a Rules Official at more than 140 USGA championships, including every US Open Championship since 1990.

He also has been the official in charge for more than 130 USGA championship qualifiers.

O’Toole has been “certified” as a Rules of Golf expert each year since 1990, and he was been a member of the Rules of Golf Committee from 2004-2014.

O’Toole was elected the 63rd President of the USGA on February 8, 2014, and was a member of the USGA Executive Committee since 2008.

He chaired the Championship Committee from 2010-2014, while serving as the Association’s Secretary in 2010 and Vice President in 2011-2013.

In 1992, he founded the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (MAGA), a regional association servicing 110 member clubs in the Missouri and Illinois region.

He continues to serve on the Executive Board of MAGA.

Tom still lives in St. Louis, MO with his wife Julie and sons, Zach (17) and PJ (3).

Highlights from this Episode

Tom recaps his start with the USGA and how his involvement began when he was asked by his friend Jim Holtgrieve in 1981 if he would caddy for him at the inaugural US Mid-Am Championship (which Jim ended up winning).
Tom tells us a little more about his background growing up in St. Louis, attending and playing hockey at St. Louis University High School, the greatest high school in the world (ok, I'm showing a little bias here ;-).
His involvement in the USGA event surprisingly lead him on a journey of helping to start the Metropolitan Golf Association and ultimately his involvement with over 150 USGA events and culminating in his presidency in 2014 and 2015.  He also mentions a few of the people along the way that have inspired, mentored, and had a large impact on his career.
Tom sheds light on the volunteers/officials that are involved in the USGA and what that whole process entails.
And of course we discuss some of the recent rules debates that have been sparked by a couple of incidents on the course in both the men's and women's US Opens; including the Dustin Johnson ball moving on the green, and the infamous grain of sand grazed by Anna Nordqvist.
Finally we discuss some of Tom's greatest memories, challenges and accomplishments during his time with the USGA.

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
CaddyShack (this was a no-brainer because he has never seen Happy Gilmore)
One or 2 of the Most Influential People, Books, or Experiences in Your Life?
Meeting Mike Davis at Medinah in 1990 at one of his first events on the board of the USGA
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
John F. Kennedy at Seminole Golf Club
What are you excited about in your near future?
The USGA's mission of protecting the game and the collaborative effort of the USGA and RA on the new Rules of Golf Book
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104: Writing the Story of the Modern Golfer with Ron Kaspriske  

This week I'm joined by one of the pioneers in the world of golf fitness.  Ron Kaspriske.  No, Ron doesn't personally train PGA Tour players, analyze or fix their swings, or help them with their mental game.  But when it comes making golfers aware of their health, their fitness, and how it relates to their golf game, there may not be a guy that has reached more people.

Ron is the Senior Fitness Editor for Golf Digest and has been with the magazine since 2016.  He has been covering fitness in golf almost since the beginning, in the year 2000, right around the time when people were starting to notice that a guy named Tiger Woods was a doing more than just hitting balls on the range.

In his years at Golf Digest, Ron has had some amazing experiences and describes going to work as being "like a kid in a candy store."  In this episode, he shares some of his stories and the changes he has seen occur as fitness, power, and equipment have all come together to build the "Modern Golfer."


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Ron Kaspriske's Background

Senior fitness editor, Golf Digest

The only full-time journalist in the country who reports on golf fitness.

Ron has appeared in several videos you can see at YouTube and demonstrating various exercises for golf.

He has been at the magazine for 16 years and also writes articles on instruction, travel, and fun stuff like whiskey and cigars.

Highlights from this Episode

Ron shares his background and his journey from studying Journalism and Exercise Physiology at the University of Florida to working his way through several other publication companies, to his current position as Senior Fitness Director at Gold Digest.
We discuss the "Modern Golfer" and how guys like Dustin Johnson and Rory are going to be less of the exception and more of the norm in the future when it comes to athleticism and golf.
Ron shares his views on the debate stirring around golfers and strength training, obvioulsy in the business he is (golf fitness writer) I thikn you can figure out which side of the fence he is on ;-).
Some of the people that Ron attributes learning the most from include guys like: Ben Shear, Ralph Simpson, TPI, Mark Verstegen (Exxos), and several more
Ron has written and co-written several books, some of which were with legendary teachers like Jim Hardy and David Leadbetter
I asked Ron to share some of his personal fitness tips while he is on the road or when he just has a super busy schedule.  His main advice is simply to get out and move.  Do something different, but mainly do something.
Ron shares a great story about when he "allegedly" hit driver into the Grand Canyon

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
One or 2 of the Most Influential People in your career?
Ben Shear, Ralph Simpson, TPI, Mark Verstegen
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with and where?
Jackie Gleason in Las Vegas
What is your Mission at Golf Digest?
To educate and entertain golfers
Where to Find Ron Kaspriske:
website: Golf Digest

Facebook: Golf Digest

Twitter: @RonKaspriske
Other Links Mentioned
Superflex Bands

Solid Contact by Jim Hardy and Ron Kaspriske

The A-Swing by David Leadbetter and Ron Kaspriske
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103: How to train properly for more power and endurance with Mike Subach  

This week, our guest is once again, Mike Subach. Just last week I received an email from a golf coach in Ohio with a great question (you can see a portion of the email below).  He had listened to a previous episode of the podcast on training for endurance on the golf course with special guest Jeremy Crowe.

I realize this can be a very difficult topic to navigate.  So I called up one of the guys that I know is at the top of the food chain when it comes to conditioning, especially for golf, Mike Subach.  You may have heard Mike on a recent episode or seen him  in several videos for us here at 18STRONG.

In todays interview, I asked Mike how we can break some of this complex stuff down, so a 5th grader can understand it.  He was definitely up for the task.

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Below is Chris's email. . . 

Mike Subach's Background

Has managed a facility in Fairfield County since 2004
Conducts team training (highschool level)
Provides nutrition seminars to athletic departments.
Now primarily work one on one with serious Golfers, racquet sport athletes, endurance athletes (specifically cyclists), collegiate athletes, pro horseback riders. Basically athletes in sports with unique demands.
Speaker for NSCA
Certified Exercise Physiologist

ACSM EP-C: Allows him to conduct/interpret VO2 testing

Titleist Performance Institute Certified

Fitness level 2 cert
Power coach level 2 cert

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
FMS level 2
Olympic Lifting Coach
Certified Speed and Agility Coach
Certified Conditioning Coach (Bioforce CCC)
Certs through Postural Restoration Institute

Restorative breathing
Myokinematic chain
Pelvis restoration

Functional Range Conditioning movement specialist

Highlights from this Episode
Where to Find Mike Subach:
Facebook: Mike Subach

Instagram: @MikeSubach
Other Links Mentioned
Jeremy Crowe Episode #43: Training for more endurance on the golf course
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102: Fix Your Body, Fix Your Swing with Joey D  

I'm not sure there is a more recognizable face in the world of golf fitness than Joey D (his full last name is Diovisalvi, but we all know him as Coach "Joey D").  You've probably seen him on the golf channel, in Golf Digest, and depending on how long you've been a golf fan, you might even recognize him from his days on the bag (caddying, that is) with Vijay Singh, when we was on a winning train in the early 2000's.

Joey is known for his personality and for building champions, including this year's US Open winner Dustin Johnson, and many more!  Along with his A-list of professional clients, Joey works with golfers of all ages on building a better golf body in his incredible facility in Jupiter Florida (I've included some pics below).

In this episode of the podcast, we talk about several different topics relating to making you a better golfer. Just in this short interview, you'll get a feel for Joey's passion in what he does with his players, but also what he's trying to do to help golfers around the work make better decisions when it comes to their golf and fitness.

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Joey D's Background

Coach "Joey D” Diovisalvi's work in the world of professional golf has contributed to over 30 professional victories and countless top ten finishes.
His work in the field of golf biomechanics helped Vijay Singh rewrite the record books in 2004 and produce the single greatest winning season in golf history: 9 tournament wins; 18 top ten finishes; over $10 million in prize money; and the Number One spot in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Joey’s resume includes work on the men’s tour with Vijay Singh, Fredrik Jacobson, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley, Richard S. Johnson, Steve Marino, Pat Perez, Jesper Parnevik, Corey Pavin, Charlie Wi, Chris DiMarco, Cameron Tringale, Jason Dufner, Chez Reavie, Ryuji Imada, Tom Pernice, Jr., Brad Faxon and Tommy Armour, III. On the women’s tour, he’s worked with Sophie Gustafson, Alison Walshe, Belen Mozo, and Meaghan Francella.

Highlights from this Episode

Joey shares his story on how he got into the world of golf and fitness, as well as his introduction to Vijay Singh which led to several years of tournament win after win.
We discuss the brain and body connection involved in training and in relation to the golf swing.
Joey shares how visualization is a major component in success for the golfer and how the connection between the mind and what the body is doing can significantly be improved when visualization and golf specific drills are incorporated into training.
Joey D walks us through some self evaluation tests that you can do on yourself at home

Weight transfer
Squat and reach
Rotation with your butt in the wall
Standing 90 degree shoulder rotation test

We talk about being on the road working with the players
Joey shares with us "one thing that we don't know about Dustin Johnson"!
We discuss supplementation and some of the products that Amino Vital has for golfers and why Joey has chosen to represent them as a brand

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Happy Gilmore
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Jack Nicklaus at Augusta
What are you excited about in your near future?
Working with the everyday golfers (not just the pros) at his academy in Jupiter, Florida.
Where to Find Joey D:

Facebook: Joey D Performance Center and Joey D

Twitter: @CoachJoeyD

YouTube: Joey D Golf
Other Links Mentioned
Amino Vital

SuperSpeed Golf: The most effective swing speed tool on the market!

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101: Deflame your diet, body, and mind with Dr. David Seaman  

Dr. David Seaman from joins us this week to talk about what you're putting in your body and how it effects you.  David is an expert in in nutrition and his work specifically focuses on inflammation in the body.

From the time he was earning his degrees in Chiropratis and Bio/Nutrition, David has been fascinated with the impact that diet has on pain, inflammation and disease in the body.  Through his practice and research he has discover simple strategies revolving around eating "deflaming" foods to stop acute and chronic inflammatory responses in the body.

How does this relate to golf, you might ask?  Let me ask you this?  Have you ever struggled with endurance on the course?  Have you ever had a nagging injury that wouldn't go away? Ever feel lethargic throughout the day or through a round of golf? All of these can be directly related to what you are putting in your mouth.  Dr. Seaman is going to share with you some simple strategies to help with all of these!

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Dr. David Seaman's Background


His masters degree in nutrition project focused on nutritional methods for pain control
The majority of his articles, speaking and book publications have since been focused on the topic of nutrition for in regards to controlling pain and inflammation in the body.
He recently published his book The Deflame Diet: Deflame Your Body, Body, and Mind
The DeFlame Diet is about eating anti-inflammatory foods to turn off the chronic disease-promoting “flame” created by pro-inflammatory foods. This is the first nutrition book for the general public that delves into inflammation in great detail, yet in a fashion that is understandable. Readers will never be confused again about what foods we should and should not be eating.

Highlights from this Episode

Dr. Seaman gives us a little background on why he became so interested in the world of nutrition and how it relates to pain and inflammation in the body
The term "Inflammation" has become very popular, but can be somewhat misleading.  David defines what "inflammation" is in regards to our body and our nutrition.
He gives several real life examples of what really happens in the body after eating inflammatory foods.
David explains some of the symptoms caused by inflammatory foods and how they can affect your daily life and golf game
The 3 main things to avoid:

refined oils

Are you a "Dietary Crackhead?" I'll let him explain this one ;-)
We discuss food quality and why sometimes that may not be the biggest concern.  While this might be counterintuitive, David shares how the argument of "quality" can be skewed to lead people in the wrong direction when it comes to which macronutrients they choose (proteins, fats, carbs).
We also talk about how to make better choices when faced with limited options like only being in a place that has fast food (see the video below on how David was able to get a "Deflame" meal at Five Guys Burgers)

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
CaddyShack (Tin Cup would actually be his 1st choice if it was an option)
One or 2 of the Most Influential People, Books, or Experiences in Your Life?
Barry Wyke
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Woodrow Wilson or JFK at Augusta or Pebble Beach
What are you excited about in your near future?
He has 3 spin off books in the DeFlame series that he will be releasing.

100: Fitness and Golf From my Perspective: Greg Rose  

Greg Rose, founder of TPI joins me today for our 100th episode! There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of years about whether the benefits of strength training outweigh the risk for golfers at the highest level.  When you look at images of guys like Rory lifting 200+ pounds in his workouts and the physical issues Tiger Woods has had over the last 5 years, it's understandable that from the outsiders view, it's worth questioning.

So why not ask someone that ISN'T on the outside, like Dr. Greg Rose, one of the founders of TPI (The Titleist Performance Institute) and one of fore-fathers of the entire industry of golf fitness.  Greg has personally worked with guys like Rory, in fact, I would venture to say Greg has worked with or at least consulted with the medical teams of the majority of players on tour.

It was an absolute honor to share this very special episode (#100) with Dr. Rose, as he and the entire TPI family have not only been an inspiration to me personally in this adventure that is 18STRONG, but they have also been incredibly supportive of the show.  To everyone at TPI and anyone reading this, all I can say is that we hear at 18STRONG can't thank you enough!

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Greg Rose's Background

Greg is one of the Founders of The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)
He holds an engineering degree from the University of Maryland.
Board certified Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in assessing and treating golfers, 3-dimensional biomechanics, strength and conditioning, manual therapy, rehabilitation, nutritional supplementation and therapeutic exercises.
Greg helped pioneer the field of analyzing 3-dimensional motion capture models of the golf swing.
His form of functional training combined with golf-specific motor learning drills have made Greg one of golf’s top strength and conditioning professionals.
Greg also helped develop the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), a revolutionary movement assessment that helps identify altered motor control and guides medical practitioners on how to treat patients more efficiently.
The TPI certification seminar series has made Greg one of the most requested speakers in golf health and fitness. delivers cutting edge information from experts on six continents and 58 countries.
Highlights from this Episode

Greg shares with us his background and who Greg Rose was "before TPI."
Greg's decision to build a golf practice was simply based on the fact that he wanted to follow the philosophy of "find something you love" and make that what you do.  Thus, despite warnings from people that it would never work, Greg build one of the first and biggest golf chiropractic businesses out there.
Greg shares some fun facts about himself that most people don't know about him, like his fanatical gardening habit.
We dive into the topic of strength training for golfers and all of the backlash that has come from the media around golfers putting some real weight on the bar. (see the video below where Greg specifically addresses Rory's regimen)
In addition to this, we discuss why the equation F=MA (Force = Mass x Acceleration) which is definitely an eye-opener when looking at golfers with different body types, swings, and training habits.
Greg shares his view on motor learning and a new way to think about good and bad things you do in the swing.
Greg uses the analogy of "books on a bookshelf" that really sheds some light on why old habits creep back in.
Pain.  We discuss what pain does to the body, but even more so, how it then affects you as an athlete/human moving forward.  What compensations are you making from that old injury and what repercussions does it have?
Greg also gives us a couple ideas as to how we can self diagnose to s...

99: The Six Key Positions to Playing Your Best Golf with Nick Clearwater  

Nick Clearwater, the Senior Director of Teaching Quality at GolfTEC, and one of the coolest guys I know in the golf world, returns to the show this week to discuss something BIG that could absolutely change your game!

With GolfTEC being the worlds largest collector of data on the golf swing over the past 20 years, they have taken some of that data and come up with direct correlations to show you 6 things that the best golfers in the world do compared to the high handicapper.  In this episode, Nick is going to break down each of these movements, so you can start changing your game today!

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Nick Clearwater's Background

Grew up in Chicago, then went to school in Michigan
He has worked in quite a few locations including NY, Connecticut, Florida, Chicago, and is now based in Denver Colorado
Nick is the Senior Director of Teaching Quality for GolfTEC

Highlights from this Episode

Nick gives us a little background on him, how he got into the game of golf and how he eventually ended up where he is today as the Senior Director of Teaching Quality at GolfTEC
Nick shares with us the details of possibly the most exciting and comprehensive study ever completed on golfers, the SwingTRU Motion Study
Using the GolfTEC camera and motion capture technology, and the millions of golf swings they have captured, they took a sample of 20,000 swings from 20,000 golfers, and analyzed their motion, coming up with specific measurements that correlate with high and low handicap golfers.
What is GolfTEC?: According to Nick, it's "a golf instruction company that solves golfers problems."
They have over 200 locations, and it's been shown that their lessons account for nearly 26% of all instructional lessons.
A common misconception is that they only do indoor lessons, but Nick informed me that each GolfTEC location has a relationship with local course to be able to give outdoor playing and practice lessons, as well.
So what did the SwingTRU Motion Study show?  There is a direct correlation of certain traits to handicap levels with the following 6 motions:

Hip Sway at the top of the swing
Hip Sway at impact
Hip Turn at impact
Shoulder Tilt at top of the swing
Shoulder Tilt at impact
Shoulder Bend at Finish

Nick goes into these in much more detail on each of these, but you can see the image below for each (Red=Bad and Green=Good), as well as the video below of Nick on the Golf Channel.


Below is Nick on the Golf Channel chatting with Damon Hack about the SwingTRU Study:

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
Don Rickles at Pine Valley
What are you excited about in your near future?
Nick is simply excited about helping golfers solve their problems.  And with all of the data that they now have and what the studies have shown, he knows they can do that even more effectively, and will only get better as the data collection continues.
Where to Find Nick Clearwater and GolfTEC:

Facebook: GolfTEC

Twitter: @NickClearwater and @GolfTEC
Other Links Mentioned
SwingTRU Motion Study
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98: The 5 Pillars of Success with Frank Nash  

Frank Nash runs one of the most successful training facilities around.  His 5,000 square foot facility in Worcester, MA, Frank Nash Training Systems, is especially known, not just for the successes that the clients achieve, but for the sense of community and family that has bee created there!

If you don't know Frank, you should check out his website,, and you'll soon figure out Frank is not your average fitness guy!  He's an artist, a speaker, a teacher, and much more!  And today, Frank shares with us what his team calls the 5 Pillars of Success.

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 Frank Nash's Background
Here is Frank's description of himself in his own words:
"Mega Fitness Rock Star, Entrepreneur (Owner of Frank Nash Training Systems), Mid-90s Rap Junkie. Artist, Risk Taker, Mistake Maker, Tats, Lats, Comic Books, Pop Culture Ninja, Waffle Making Wizard, Puppy Breath Inhaling, Occasional Bourbon Sippin', Chuck Taylor Wearing, and WU-Tang Forever.
As for his professional Bio:

Frank Nash is one of the most in-demand and exciting coaches, writers and presenters in the Fitness industry today.
Best Selling Author and International Speaker/Personality
 He currently spends his time lecturing, teaching, training and writing and as the owner of Frank Nash Training Systems in Worcester, MA.
For the past 18 years Frank has been committed to achieving excellence in the field of Fitness Training and Performance Enhancement.
Frank's true passion lies within weight loss and lifestyle coaching. He calls this “life changing” Training.
He helped “pioneered” what is today called “Small Group Training” (a form of personal training where the members share the time and cost of the trainer).
 Frank's passion for excellence has driven him to help thousands of individuals succeed and to build what has been called “one of the most successful training clubs” in the world.
Frank recently partnered with fellow rockstar Rick Mayo and created the "Secret Trainer Society", a roundtable leadership group specific to "Training Clubs."

Highlights from this Episode

Frank breaks down his background in sports, the fitness world and how he went from cleaning towels and benches at an empty Golds Gym in the late 90's to running one of the most successful training clubs in the world, Frank Nash Training Systems.
Frank Breaks down his 5 Pillars of Success.
He believes these are the key to getting better not just for golf and fitness, but stick to these and life is good!

Attitude: If you don't have the right attitude, all is lost.  You can change your attitude at any given moment.  You can either go through life pissed and miserable, or you can appreciate what you have and be excited to work hard toward your goals.  You decide.
Nutrition: Sounds pretty basic right?  It is.  Most people just don't put enough faith and effort into it.  Most people don't know what real food is!  Getting your nutrition on point affects every part of your body and brain. Don't overlook the importance of it.
Exercise: Again, pretty basic, but as Frank put it to me off the air, "Jeff, eventually people gotta just lift some heavy sh**!"  No matter what, you gotta move.  Even if you don't have the picture perfect, expertly designed program, you gotta get off your butt and move to keep your body happy, energized and resistant to breakdown.
Supplementation: No matter how great we think we are with our diet (see above, most of us are not) we simply can't get everything that is optimal for our nutrition with the food we eat.  Having a decent supplementation program in place will fill the gaps.  Franks suggestion is that most people should use a multivitamin, a fish oil, and some sort of protein shake in order to up their protein levels to about 1g per pound o...

97: Working with Legends at the Top of the Rock with Eric Smith  

Today, Eric Smith, Head PGA Professional at the Top of the Rock property in Branson, MO joins us to share his stories, experiences and insights into his time working at what is becoming one of the hottest golf destinations in the country.  Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris has created one of the most unique golf and resort locations in the world.

With a Championship 18 and 9-hole course (and another 18 and 12 hole course on the way), designed by legends including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Ben Crenshaw, Top of the Rock and Bass Pro Legends of Golf Champions Tour event have become

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Eric Smith's Background

Grew up in Southwest Michigan
His love of golf got started after an injury sidelined him from other sports
Started caddying in his teenage years
Managed a local course at the age of 21
Began working some PGA Tour Championship events in Atlanta
Was introduced to the team at Top of the Rock and got the jod as the Head PGA Professional

Highlights from this Episode

Eric shares his story on how he became a part of the team at Top of the Rock
We discuss his philosophy when giving lessons, especially when working with a "traveling golfer" that is on vacation and he may only have one lesson with.
Eric's number one tip for every player he works with, is have a club near by: give yourself the opportunity to feel the club and work on your positions/swings whenever you can. This will help you ingrain the things you are working on.
We talk about Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shop, Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock.  Eric shares Johnny's story of going from selling bait and tackle in the corner of his dad's Brown Derby Liquor store to having one of (if not the) the largest outdoors company in the world, the #1 Resort location in the Midwest, and a Championship golf facility, all based out of the Springfield/Branson, MO region.
Eric also shares how and why Johnny decided to revamp Top of the Rock into such an amazing golf location and bring the Champions Tour in every year for such a special event (The Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge)
The Legends of Golf Tour format consists of two divisions; the 50 plus group and the Legends group which is 65 plus (including players like Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, and in past years, Arnold Palmer).
Eric breaks down the playing schedule for each group, which course they play and how many times.
We also discuss the plans ahead at Top of the Rock which include a soon to be opened, Gary Player,  12-hole par 3 course, followed by another 18-hole championship course designed by Coore & Crenshaw (one of the top groups in golf course design).

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?
Happy Gilmore (it was a toss up, depends on the mood)
One or 2 of the Most Influential People, Books, or Experiences in Your Life?
When he got hurt in high school and decided to give golf a try
Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?
His Dad at Augusta National
What are you excited about in your near future?
The opening of the Gary Player course
Where to Find Eric Smith and Top of the Rock:
website: www.TopoftheRock




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PGA Champions Tour
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