Episodes

  • Itam (I.T.) Antigha, more commonly referred to as "I.T.", is one of the members of the VertiMax Team as part of the Inside Sales and Client Support team. He is responsible for supporting and serving the VertiMax community by organizing personalized visits to educate, engage and develop relationships with coaches, trainers, and athletes.

    In this episode, Al and I.T talk about some helpful drills for children in the 3-6 age range who are just starting to train for soccer. Everybody’s got to start somewhere and the VertiMax is a great resource to help build those reflexes early on.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- I.T. Antigha.

    [2:10] I.T. starts off with the basics: Sprinting.

    [3:35] It’s always great to get your child started off with running lines.

    [7:15] Every kid loves a goal kicking drill.

    [8:30] Eye-to-foot coordination is key and understanding how hard to kick and not to kick the ball.

    [11:20] All of these drills can be incorporated to be harder with the VertiMax.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "When you’re a master of the basics, you want to start incorporating VertiMax Raptors. You can make these basic drills very challenging."

    “There are varieties to all of these drills and everyone can be progressed up to become harder."

  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and verticals; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode, Al and Brett break down some commonly asked questions on how the VertiMax would work best in your home and how it’ll help the athlete improve their performance without having to drive to a performance center. Brett shares some best practice tips to get the most out of your VertiMax.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Brett Kuehn.

    [1:20] How can the raptors be used as part of your home training workout routine?

    [6:10] It’s important not to overwork your youth athlete.
    [7:10] Can you use the VertiMax on your off day or game day? Does it matter? What’s best?

    [8:55] There are a lot of jump programs out there, how is VertiMax different?

    [10:25] Feel free to check out some of VertiMax’s reviews! Lots of happy customers who are getting results right at home.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "If you’re just starting, VertiMax can do a lot for you, especially if you’re introducing yourself to weight training."

    “You need to have recovery. Every coach you talk to is not going to tell you to work out 7 days a week."

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  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and verticals; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode, Al and Brett continue to answer some of your frequently asked questions on how to use the VeritMax for home use. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of VertiMax platform to purchase for the sport you’re training for, this is the episode for you!

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Brett Kuehn.

    [1:40] Who should be using VertiMax?

    [2:40] What type of equipment should you get?

    [6:35] What’s the difference between single or dual-band Raptors?

    [10:15] If someone is buying this for themselves, what factors should they consider?

    [11:00] Have more questions? Feel free to use the live chat feature on the VertiMax website!

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "If it’s volleyball or basketball and you want your son or daughter to just jump higher, I’d recommend the V8 EX."

    “Your red band is going to give you 4-8lb of resistance, blue band is 8-16lb, and gray band is going to give you 12-24lb."

  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and verticals; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode, Al and Brett answer some frequently asked questions from curious customers about how to use the VertiMax at home. They answer everything from how easy it is to store, how to get creative with the exercises, and who should be using this at home.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Brett Kuehn.

    [1:00] Brett will be answering some common questions they get about how to use the VeritMax at home.

    [1:45] How do you set up the VertiMax at home?

    [3:25] Can you easily move the VertiMax around?

    [5:10] Where do you use the VertiMax? Inside? Or Outside?

    [6:10] Is this equipment right for me? Is there an age limit?

    [7:15] Do you need to be a trainer to use this?

    [8:15] Is financing available?

    [9:10] Why is this a good home purchase?

    [10:30] When you can train at home, it saves you a trip to a performance center. This works out great for people with a busy schedule.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "A youth athlete and a pro athlete can use the same exact machine."

    “If your son or daughter wants to train, why not train them at home? A VertiMax is able to do that."

  • Yo Murphy is a former professional football player who has participated in multiple professional leagues, including the NFL, the Canadian Football League, and NFL Europe. He has developed some extremely high-level sports performance training systems that cater to athletes from a variety of sports, including major league baseball players, NFL vets, and more.

    In this episode, Yo and Alan sit down to talk about the NFL Combine and some exciting things happening as we witness some of the nation’s top performers compete. Yo shares a behind the scenes peek at how he gets his athletes NFL ready, and what he’s looking forward to this NFL season.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Yo Murphy.

    [1:15] Today we’re getting a sneak peak at the NFL Combine.

    [3:00] Speed is a big difference when it comes to sports and what a lot of recruiters look for.

    [3:40] When an athlete shows up, what does Yo look for when he begins to train them?

    [7:55] How does Yo think about load times, especially when the days are counting down to the event?

    [10:40] Yo used to train everybody, but he realized in order to make the most impact, he had to focus on a handful of athletes and deliver on everything they might need before the NFL Combine event.

    [11:40] With 15 athletes, you can really individualize your program to each athlete.

    [12:20] Yo offers advice on how to be the best trainer you can be, especially if you’re just getting started.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Houseofathlete.com

    Tweetables:

    "Trying to stay according to plan never worked out that way. Everybody’s body is so different and all of our programs are individualized for them."

    "We can’t judge everything by performance, but going out the door, all of the guys felt confident in the work the guys got in."

  • Yo Murphy is a former professional football player who has participated in multiple professionals leagues, including the NFL, the Canadian Football League and NFL Europe. He has developed some extremely high level sports performance training systems that cater to athletes from a variety of sports, including major league baseball players, NFL vets, and more.

    In this episode, Yo and Alan sit down to talk about how to train agility at the highest level. The body moves in the path of least resistance. Yo explains how you can leverage this to get the competitive advantage you need and get the most out of your performance.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Yo Murphy.

    [2:55] Yo has trained a wide variety of professional athletes over his career and it all comes down to leveraging speed to the fullest.

    [4:20] What do high-level athletes need to know about agility?

    [5:00] How do you go from good to great?

    [6:15] You’re going to have technique limitations if you have mobility limitations.

    [8:10] What can improve an athlete’s speed?

    [10:55] Fast guys have to run fast. That’s the basics of it all. Clean your technique up and you get there.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Houseofathlete.com



    Tweetables:

    "I had the opportunity to dive into what traits and qualities people need in sport and all of them were speed at some level."

    "Our body moves in a path of least resistance. It’s important to understand what the limitations are."

  • Itam (I.T.) Antigha, more commonly referred to as "I.T.", is one of the members of the VertiMax Team as part of the Inside Sales and Client Support team. He is responsible for supporting and serving the VertiMax community by organizing personalized visits to educate, engage and develop relationships with coaches, trainers, and athletes.

    In this episode, Brett and I.T. follow up their conversation about agility training and how to apply it to youth athletes. They break down some of the benefits and creative ways to train these young minds.

    Key Takeaways:.

    [1:00]Today’s topic touches on agility training for elementary children up to young highschool kids.

    [1:40] What is agility training?

    [2:45] Why should you start early on agility training with young athletes?

    [4:55] I.T. offers insight on what he looks for when training an athlete on agility.

    [7:10] What drills should you perform on younger athletes?

    [9:20] It's super important to master the fundamentals first.

    [11:10] Raptors are really popular for young athletes. Brett and I.T. explain why.



    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "Agility training is really the ability to de-accelerate and accelerate in any direction."

    "You want the athlete to develop the ability to change direction and not put themselves at risk for injury."

  • Itam (I.T.) Antigha, more commonly referred to as "I.T.", is one of the members of the VertiMax Team as part of the Inside Sales and Client Support team. He is responsible for supporting and serving the VertiMax community by organizing personalized visits to educate, engage and develop relationships with coaches, trainers, and athletes.

    In this episode, I.T. breaks down the benefits of agility training and why it helps elevate your sport’s performance. You can actually improve your agility with and without resistance!

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- I.T. Antigua.

    [0:55] What is agility?

    [2:25] Athletes rarely run in just a lateral or linear line.

    [2:35] Why is it important to get better at agility?

    [4:15] I.T. talks about some of his favorite drills.

    [6:25] I.T. explains why resistance is critical to good agility training.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "Rarely in sports are we just running in a straight line."

    "At some point with your body weight…you will need to add an external load so that you can continue to progress."

  • Itam (I.T.) Antigha, more commonly referred to as "I.T.",is one of the members of the VertiMax Team as part of the Inside Sales and Client Support team. He is responsible for supporting and serving the VertiMax community by organizing personalized visits to educate, engage and develop relationships with coaches, trainers, and athletes.

    In this episode, I.T. talks about advanced speed drills, which athletes are ready to tackle them and how to get started, the benefits of each drill and the VertiMax equipment can be used when performing the drills.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:45] Al introduces his guest for this episode- I.T.

    [1:05] Which athletes should be doing these advanced drills?

    [2:21] The VertiMax app has all of details for the drills covered today.

    [2:44] The 360 belt or a waist harness is perfect for the three point start drill.

    [6:10] Athlete readiness will determine the right way to approach any drill.

    [7:10] The high knee drive uses a riser and hip flexor attachments.

    [9:00] Playing with the pace is important for effectiveness.

    [9:44] Wall drills take the upper body out of the equation.

    [11:53] The overspeed drill uses the Raptor EX to pull the athlete against the resistance.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    “If an athlete can do the basics correctly then you can determine if they’re ready for these advanced exercises.”

    “The Raptor EX is the best piece of equipment for the overspeed drill because it allows the athlete to get more momentum and speed than any other piece of equipment.”

  • Itam (I.T.) Antigha, more commonly referred to as "I.T.",is one of the members of the VertiMax Team as part of the Inside Sales and Client Support team. He is responsible for supporting and serving the VertiMax community by organizing personalized visits to educate, engage and develop relationships with coaches, trainers, and athletes.

    In this episode, I.T. talks about isometric strength training- what it is, why you should be doing it, and how VertiMax equipment can be used to enhance your isometric strength training.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:45] Al introduces his guest for this episode- I.T.

    [1:10] What is isometric strength training and what are its benefits?

    [2:40] I.T. shares how isometric strength training helps him personally.

    [5:13] Effective ways to add resistance to any movement.

    [6:56] Adding VertiMax platforms or raptors to isometrics.

    [9:05] The sky’s the limit to how VertiMax can enhance your training!

    [10:44] Download the VertiMax app to learn more about isometric strength training.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    “Isometric strength training is a static hold where you’re in a position where the muscle is neither lengthening or shortening.”

    “Isometrics are a very safe way to train.”

    “Whatever movements you do, there’s an isometric to it.”

  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and verticals; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode, Brett talks about the VertiMax Core Vest and some of its benefits. The vest was designed for functionality in mind and has 18 different attachment points. The Core Vest is a very useful addition to your athlete performance.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Brett Kuehn.

    [0:50] Let’s talk about the VertiMax Core Vest!

    [1:50] The vest has multiple points and helps you train your core.

    [2:50] The vest can help athletes switch to different movements all in one go.

    [3:15] This vest is a one-size fits all!

    [4:50] The sky is the limit to what you can do with the core vest!

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "Athletes sometimes don’t know how to hinge properly. This helps athletes feel the hinge."

    "The rings on the sides, it’s easy to put this on, load up the weights, and do your jumps on the VertiMax."

  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and verticals; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode hosted Al and Brett talk about an exciting new product attachment that has just come out at VertiMax. Athletes can get a new dynamic exercise out of the portable Raptor Sled attachment. Brett explains what this is and how to use it.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Brett Kuehn.

    [1:00] VertiMax has a new product out! The portable Raptor Sled attachment!

    [1:55] Why did VertiMax introduce the sled attachment product?

    [3:20] What feedback have customers had so far about this Raptor sled attachment?

    [445] This is a great way to now bundle products together and have the whole team train dynamically.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "The portable Raptor sled attachment is just a plate that slides onto the Raptor and clamps on to the polls that you push."

    "This is a great way to bundle the Raptor and the Sled together and better use some of the spaces in your facility."

  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and verticals; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode hosted by Al Marez, Brett dives right into the importance of explosive power, what it is, and how athletes can utilize this to its full potential.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode - Brett Kuehn.

    [1:05] Why is explosive power so important?

    [2:10] Big guys do have the ability to have explosive power.

    [3:50] You have to train fast to unlock the explosive power you need on the field.

    [5:20] What are some drills you can do to tap into your explosive power?

    [6:20] Interested to know more? VertiMax has these drills on the app!

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "Explosive power is really the ability to achieve maximum effort in minimal time."

    "You need to be quick in sports. It’s not just about being strong. You need to be both."

  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and vertical; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode hosted by Al Marez, Brett discusses how to improve your speed and agility in basketball training with the VertiMax, and why it’s been the preferred tool for many athletes. In this quick seven minute episode, Brett also breaks down some easy drills anyone can do using the VertiMax

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Al introduces his guest for this episode- Brett Kuehn.

    [1:15] There’s a lot more to basketball than just jumping.

    [2:15] Why is VertiMax so popular among basketball teams?

    [3:45] Brett shares easy drills any athlete can do on the VertiMax

    [6:00] You can find complete basketball training on the VertiMax website!

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Tweetables:

    "With the VertiMax basketball, you can train up to five athletes at a time."

    "You’re able to do jumping, you’re able to do defensive drills, speed, and quickness drills with the VertiMax equipment."

  • Itam (I.T.) AntighaItam Antigha, more commonly referred to as "I.T.",is one of the members of the VertiMax Team as part of the Inside Sales and Client Support team. He is responsible for supporting and serving the VertiMax community by organizing personalized visits to educate, engage and develop relationships with coaches, trainers, and athletes.

    In serving the VertiMax community, he helps achieve the company mission,vision and values. His background in sports and his degree in exercise science allow him to providevaluable insight for how to best use VertiMax equipment to elevate the performance of athletes of all types.

  • Brett Kuehn is a sports and human performance enthusiast, athlete, and mentor to Team VertiMax. He is a USMC veteran and business development professional at VertiMax. Brett’s passion is to help others achieve their goals, whether they are an athlete looking to improve their speed, agility, and vertical; a coach looking to help their athletes gain an edge, or a sports performance owner or trainer seeking new ways to increase their business.

    In this episode hosted by Al Marez, Brett shares more about the key features of the VertiMax and how it can help athletes improve their performance. Tune in to find out more.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:33] Al Marez introduces his guest for this episode - Brett Kuehn.

    [1:07] Brett explains some of the key features of the VertiMax platforms that make it such a great tool.

    [2:03] Brett shares how the pulley system in VertiMax works to maintain consistency.

    [4:05] VertiMax can enhance any type of drill that an athlete is doing.

    [5:39] This podcast is being sponsored by VertiMax.

    [6:26] Brett highlights some other features of the VertiMax that contribute to its safety.

    [7:25] VertiMax allows athletes to add a light load to their drills.

    [9:22] How young can a person start training with the VertiMax?

    [10:32] VertiMax is just a tool. It's important to consult with a trained professional or check out some programming and workouts specially crafted for the VertiMax to improve your performance.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Al Marez

    Brett Kuehn

    VertiMax App

    Tweetables:

    "What the pulley system does on the VertiMax, it allows those bands to run through the pulley system so that resistance maintains the same consistency." - Brett

    "With the VertiMax, you can actually load your arms." - Brett

    "Any type of drill that you think of for improving your jump, you can do with the VertiMax to enhance it." - Brett

  • Pete Homan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Physical Therapist specializing in biomechanics, sports performance and outpatient orthopedic Physical Therapy. He has worked with NFL champion Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and Hall of Fame blind side tackle from the New Orleans Saints Willie Roaf, world champion ski racer Chris Davenport, X-Games Gold medalist Mike Schultz, and MMA fighters Brendan Schaub, Shane Carwin and Elliot Marshal. He is also a former US national Taekwondo champion.

    In this episode hosted by Dan McDonogh, Pete shares more about his journey in strength and conditioning and how he got his start in entrepreneurship and solving problems nobody else could see. He explains why the important thing for coaches and trainers isn’t often fancy programming, but rather conscious coaching and being attentive to the individual’s needs at that moment. Pete also shares from his experience about being authentic and vulnerable, how to cultivate a growth mindset, and why it’s so important to follow your bliss. Tune in to find out more.

    Key Takeaways:

    [1:22] Dan introduces his guest for this episode - Pete Holman.

    [2:06] When did Pete notice that he had an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to determine need and notice things other people can't?

    [11:29] Dan and Pete discuss the importance of being present, and the concept of conscious coaching.

    [14:24] How has Pete being a parent played into how he perceives being intentional?

    [17:29] Being present, understanding what the person you're working with wants and needs at that moment is more important than any kind of fancy programming.

    [21:02] Pete uses different forms of communication and learning styles to help athletes reach their goals.

    [23:14] How does Pete get buy-in from athletes?

    [27:14 ] This podcast is being sponsored by VertiMax.

    [28:00] Dan and Pete talk about being vulnerable and authentic with the athletes they work with.

    [31:52] Growth comes when you surround yourself with people that force you to be better.

    [35:31] It's really not about the programming, it's about who you are as a trainer or coach and how your experiences have shaped you and the mindset you bring to the table. That's what will bring you success.

    [37:07] Pete's advice is to follow your bliss.

    [43:02] Whatever you do, do it the best you possibly can.

    [45:21] What's a common injury Pete sees that could easily be avoided?

    [50:12] In some cases, simple can actually be better!

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Dan McDonogh

    Pete Holman

    David Goggins



    Tweetables:

    "You can solve a problem in your mind and with logic."

    "It warms my heart, not that I'm selling products, but I'm helping people's health, wellness and vitality on all reaches of the earth."

    "People are different learners."

    "You gotta walk the walk if you want your athletes to respect you."

  • Stuart Roche is the Assistant Director of sports performance at Marquette University and is in his seventh season there. His primary focus is on the men's and women's lacrosse and tennis teams. Stu takes great pride in being the internship coordinator at Marquette, and his experience there has greatly influenced his latest project, My Momentum, dedicated to mentoring and guiding aspiring performance coaches.

    Stu shares more about his journey with strength conditioning from the UK to his current position at Marquette University. He elaborates on the MVP process he uses to guide his athletes, how he creates a positive and thriving culture with his athletes, and how he has kept them moving forward through the pandemic and lockdowns. Stu also talks about his inspiration for setting up My Momentum and the work that he does to give back to his community by uplifting and mentoring the future generation of performance coaches. Tune in to find out more.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:35] Al introduces his guest for this episode — Stuart Roche.

    [2:49] What is Stu's background and how did he get into strength conditioning?

    [8:40] What does Stu's day-to-day look like as the Assistant Director at Marquette University?

    [12:33] How does Stu envision his weight room, what it means for the athletes he works with, and the culture he creates?

    [15:08] What are some of the differences Stu has observed between the US and the UK in how coaches program and implement training strategies?

    [17:57] What is Stu's MVP Process for his athletes and how does it affect them?

    [20:48] This podcast is being sponsored by VertiMax.

    [21:32] What impact did COVID have on Stu's athletes' training programs and how did he adapt?

    [25:11] How did Stu keep his athletes moving forward when things got shut down?

    [28:13] Stu shares more about how his mentorship program for newer coaches started, and what it is like today.

    [34:45] What are some new features that Stu has launched recently?

    [40:05] Stu shares some ideas he is working on moving forward.

    [42:16] Find out more about Stu and connect with him via his website and Instagram!

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Al Marez on LinkedIn

    Stu Roche — My Momentum

    Stu Roche on Instagram

    My Momentum on Instagram

    Email Stu Roche

    My Momentum Connect

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    Tweetables:

    "The development of athletic qualities from this room should be a byproduct of the culture of the team that moves through here."

    "The quietest conversation you have with an athlete that just pushes the right buttons — that could change their trajectory on their four or five-year career."

    "People are starting to understand that it takes education and experience to understand how to program well and be agile in your programming depending on the context of the group you have in front of you."

    "There's kind of this chasm between the developmental opportunities that you might experience as an undergraduate, but then actually making that next step into the profession."

  • Kari Woodall is a former U. S. National team swimmer, who eventually became a collegiate coach for the same sport that she competed in. Kari is a TRX master trainer and is currently a coach, personal trainer, and mother of two teenage daughters. She is also the owner of Blaze Fitness and a volunteer firefighter. Kari taps into her in-depth knowledge about the power of the body, physical training, and mental toughness to create custom workouts for athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.

    In this episode hosted by Dan McDonogh, Kari shares more about how she manages her role and influence on social media, and how taking a break from social media to dive into self-care and self-awareness has been a game-changer for her. She explains why it is so important for athletes to be empowered and trust their own bodies in their training, and how coaches can help them in that. Tune in to find out more.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:30] Dan McDonogh introduces his guest for this episode - Kari Woodall.

    [2:57] How did Kari transition from being an athlete into the fitness industry?

    [7:46] Dan and Kari discuss how coaching is really about people and relationships - it doesn't matter what you know, it matters how you coach.

    [11:20] How has Kari been able to manage her presence and role on social media as a fitness influencer?

    [17:33] Kari took a break from social media, but now she's back on. What did she do in this break that put her in a better position to start putting herself out there again?

    [22:59] What skills has Kari brought to her coaching by diving into yoga and mindfulness?

    [27:51] This podcast is being sponsored by VertiMax.

    [28:38] Dan and Kari discuss how slowing down can help athletes speed up.

    [31:56] It can be empowering for an athlete to be able to make that choice between going hard or taking a rest.

    [35:48] How does Kari see things changing in the future with social media and impacting athletes’ journeys for the better?

    [40:32] What is Kari's advice for young women looking to enter the health and fitness industry?

    [43:47] How does Kari teach young athletes to distinguish between the pain that comes from training and learning to listen to their bodies?

    [50:03] Dan summarizes some of the key points Kari shared in this interview.

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Dan McDonogh

    Dan McDonogh on LinkedIn

    Kari Woodall

    Blaze Fitness

    Kari Woodall on Instagram

    Kari Woodall on LinkedIn

    Jim Richardson, the University of Michigan

    Perennial Yoga, Madison

    Tweetables:

    "I just want someone to feel better through movement." - Kari

    "The more, you know, the more you don't know." -Kari

    "When you understand need, that's when you can truly help make an individual grow and develop." - Dan

    "We are all influencing and being influenced." - Kari

    "Your choices, are your choices, not what the influence around you is." - Kari

  • Dr. Ed Le Cara is an expert in a number of healing modalities, in addition to being a trained chiropractor and medical professional. Based in Dallas, Texas, Ed helps individuals in their healing and recovery journey, and one of the the techniques he employs is blood flow restriction (BFR). Blood flow restriction has recently started finding its way into the sports performance world, and as an expert in this technique, Ed has many valuable insights to share.

    In this episode hosted by Dan McDonogh, Ed shares more about blood flow restriction (BFR). He explains what it is, how it works, and how its role has evolved in the sports performance, health and fitness industry. Ed also explains some of the benefits and risks of BFR and why it’s so important to have a trained coach or guide to ensure athletes are using it the right way and not setting themselves up for injury. Tune in to find out more.

    Key Takeaways:

    [0:43] Dan introduces his guest for this episode- Ed Le Cara.

    [3:18] How did Ed get introduced to blood flow restriction? Where did it originate and what is its role in the industry today?

    [10:01] Blood flow restriction is being adapted to the sports performance world.

    [15:55] Dan and Ed discuss the discomfort that athletes may feel when using blood flow restriction.

    [16:59] What is the best way to approach integrating blood flow restriction as a modality in the health and fitness world?

    [17:43] Link - Jeremy Loaniki, University of Mississippi Oldness How long it takes to adapt to blood flow restriction

    [19:15] It is important to have a coach who is familiar with this modality to guide athletes who are getting into it. What are some of the risks of undertaking blood flow restriction without the proper guidance?

    [24:58] This podcast is being sponsored by VertiMax.

    [26:08] How would an individual be able to determine what their percentage of blood flow restriction should be?

    [31:01] Is it necessary to do BFR on both sides of the body, even if rehab is taking place only for one side?

    [34:19] Where does Ed recommend as a starting point for someone wanting to learn more about blood flow restriction?

    [38:12] How does this compare to PRP treatment?

    [44:52] What are the differences between the different companies offering BFR?

    Mentioned in This Episode:

    VertiMax

    VertiMax on Facebook

    VertiMax on Instagram

    VertiMax on YouTube

    VertiMax on LinkedIn

    Dan McDonogh

    Dan McDonogh on LinkedIn

    Dr. Ed Le Cara

    Dr. Le Cara's Approach To: Blood Flow Restriction Training, by Dr. Ed Le Cara

    Ed Le Cara on Instagram

    BFR University

    BFR University Podcast

    Tweetables:

    "Let's not hurt our back lifting heavy loads if we can get away with it. Let's have perfect form, use lighter loads but get the adaptation that we need because you don't have to lift the heavy loads."

    "Blood flow restriction has been shown to be very, very safe in the literature."

    "So even though I've only got the cuff [in one place], I still get benefits [further down the limb]. I still get benefits on the opposite side and I still get benefits in my brain."

    "When we do BFR with light loads, you don't cause any muscle damage."

    "There's a balance between needing more pressure, less pressure and being comfortable and practical."

    "Any time that our body can repair ourselves, it's always better than putting cortisone or other things which are really band aids."