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Monarch Human Performance Podcast

By John Psyllas
The mission of this podcast is to interview leaders from a variety of performance disciplines including medicine, nutrition, psychology, wellness, physiology and strength and conditioning. Through this podcast we aim to provide an insight into how to systematically enhance performance at the individual and organizational level for tactical personnel including military, law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders.
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Dr. Jay Dawes (Oklahoma State University): Building the link between academia and industry.

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Dr Matt Stainer (Griffith University): Eye tracking and performance.
Dr Matt Stainer is a Cognitive Scientist working at Griffith University. He completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Dundee in Scotland, before taking Post-doctoral positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Aberdeen. He is broadly interested studying cognitive processes 'in the wild' and has applied his research skills to understanding questions like how CCTV operators manage complex control rooms, how individuals drive under-the-influence, how elite athletes reach peak performance and how emergency responders make medical decisions. In this episode Matt talks about: Threshold limits for information processing. Factors that influence processing tasks. Differences between novice and experienced practitioners. Resources discussed: Stack overflow - coding platform Looking and Acting: Vision and eye movements in natural behaviour by Land and Tatler.  Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: Basic Principles, Protocols, and Procedures by Shapiro You can follow Matt on Linkedin or contact him via email at
August 05, 2022
Dr Shawn Eagle (University of Pittsburgh): Traumatic Brain Injury
Shawn R. Eagle, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in January of 2022 as a Research Assistant Professor. Dr. Eagle has collaborated on Department of Defense (DoD) funded research through the University of Pittsburgh since 2013. He began focusing on TBI in 2015 when he began his doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Neuromuscular Research Laboratory. Dr. Eagle extended his studies as a postdoctoral fellow in the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic from 2019 to 2021. His research interests are currently focused on mitigating risk for long-term sequelae following traumatic brain injury, with a specific focus on mental health issues.  Dr. Eagle has published over 80 papers in refereed journals and presented his research at local, national and international scientific conferences. In this episode Shawn talks about: Where is research into TBI came from. How research is impacting TBI rehab. Key biomarkers in TBI patients for long-term health. Mental health in TBI patients. Resources discussed Advice for a young investigator by Santiago Research paper: Exploration of Race and Ethnicity, Sex, Sport-Related Concussion, Depression History, and Suicide Attempts in US Youth You can follow Shawn through social media at: Twitter: @shawn_eagle LinkedIn: Shawn Eagle Website: Research Gate: Shawn Eagle Or you can contact Shawn directly via email -
July 22, 2022
Kevin Malahy (CFMWS): Support and reconditioning within Canadian forces.
Kevin has over 17+ years of experience in strength & conditioning/personal training, with a specialization in Tactical populations and combat sports athletes. Kevin currently works for Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) Personnel Support Programs (PSP). His current role is Fitness Coordinator at the 3rd Canadian Division Support Base in Edmonton where he oversees the development and delivery of fitness- and performance-related programs provided by Personnel Support Programme to the Canadian Armed Forces members including Unit PT and annual fitness testing. Kevin’s extra duties include being the Chief Official for Grappling in the Canadian Armed Forces, co-founder of the National Strength and Conditioning Associations first ever Combat Sports Special Interest Group alongside UFC Performance Institutes’s Duncan French, and a Committee Member to Edmonton’s Combative Sports Commission. In this episode Kevin talks about: His current role. How he integrates reconditioning into returning soldiers to their unit. His screening and testing procedure within Canadian forces. Resources discussed: Atomic Habits by James Clear  The Change Mindset by Andy Craggs You can follow Kevin via Linkedin  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
May 13, 2022
Dr Mike Simpson (Greybeard Performance): Honed - finding your edge over 40.
Best known for his role as an investigator on the History Channel's docu-reality series Hunting Hitler, Mike Simpson has served over three decades in the military as an Airborne Ranger, a Green Beret, and a doctor of emergency medicine assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).  Trained as a demolitions expert, SWAT sniper, high altitude low opening (HALO) parachutist, civilian paramedic, Special Forces medic, operations and intelligence sergeant, and board-certified emergency medicine physician, Mike now uses his extensive knowledge of training and medicine to help men over forty achieve peak physical condition. He is the author of the bestselling book “Honed: Finding Your Edge As A Man Over 40” and is the founder of Greybeard Performance.  In this episode Mike talks about: His decision to join the Military. His transition from 18D to medical school. How his training and well-being have evolved over the decades. Advice for the older combat athlete. Resources discussed: Cronometer app Breathe by Rickson Gracie You can follow Mike through his website as well on social media via Facebook or on Instagram at @greybeardperformance and @drmikesimpson You can also pick up a copy of his book -  Honed: Finding Your Edge as a Man Over 40 Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
April 29, 2022
Mark White (S.A.R Human Performance): Addressing operational gaps in organisations.
** The views expressed in this episode are those of Mark White and do not represent those of the Department of Defence or USAF** Mark White currently provides subject matter expertise in support of human performance topics related to respiratory exercise physiology, aerospace and operational physiology and military operational performance.  Pertinent positions comprise of a Human Performance Scientific, Engineering and Technical Advisory supporting Office of Naval Research’s, Expeditionary Maneuvers’ Warrior Resilience program, as the Human Performance Research Manager for Head Quarter’s Air Force Special Operations Command under the Command Surgeon’s office, and a Research Respiratory Physiologist within the Air Force Research Laboratory’s, 711th Human Performance Wing Directorate, School of Aerospace Medicine’s (USAFSAM), Aeromedical Research Branch.  In addition, he served honorably in U.S. Air Force as an Aerospace & Operational Physiologist (A&OP) at Brooks City-Base (a.k.a. Brooks AFB, TX) at USAFSAM as Chief, A&OP Operations at the A&OP Training Unit and then as Officer in Charge, Research Operations for the Operating Location – USAFSAM, Lackland AFB.  Academic achievements consist of earned B.S. and M.S. degrees with current progress towards the completion of a Ph.D. in Human & Sports Performance.   Over a 20-year career, Mr. White’s professional background spans the spectrum from work-related physical ability testing, application of occupational physiology, and collegiate coursework curriculum and instructional development.  He holds current memberships within the following professional organizations; International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM), Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and United States Weightlifting Association; with certifications as NSCA’s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) plus USAW’s Level 1 Sport Performance Coach (L1SP).  Mr. White’s strategic intent for career development is to continue his professional work regarding human performance in military operations with continued efforts to complete a doctorate degree.  Ultimately, Mark’s professional goal will culminate with the establishment of a laboratory that contributes research to the current body of knowledge in respiratory exercise physiology, environmental physiology, stress science, and occupational work physiology as it pertains to human performance; specifically, towards our U.S. Armed Forces “warfighters”. In this episode Mark talks about: How he is assisting organizations to address operational gaps. Influencing SOP's in human development. Preparing candidates for arduous pipelines. Resources discussed: Meditations Marcus Aurelius  History of Exercise Physiology by Charles Tipton You can follow Mark on Linkedin and via his website at S.A.R Human Performance Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
April 15, 2022
Richard Sutherland (4D Peak Performance): Leadership in performance teams.
** The views expressed in this episode are those of Richard Sutherland and do not represent those of the Royal Air Force or Ministry of Defence ** Rich Sutherland is a former Royal Marine Commando. Also, he is currently a serving military Physiotherapist Officer that is in an executive leadership role as the Officer Commanding Rehab Division at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall. He is also the professions lead for 38 full time and reservist RAF physiotherapists. He is also a leadership development consultant outside of the military and will be launching a leadership coaching programme in early 2022 to help AHPs, doctors and dentists develop their personal, professional and leadership skills. In this episode Richard talks about: His leadership style and how he manages 160 AHP. How he tracks performance and holds people to account. Advice for individuals in or transitioning into leadership/management roles. Resources discussed: 7 habits of Highly effective people by Stephen Covey Turn the ship around by David Marquet Physio matters podcast Hawkins Team leadership You can follow Richard on social media on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
April 01, 2022
Dr Brian Schilling (UNLV): Tactical Research.
Brian Schilling is a professor at UNLV in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences. He teaches courses in research methods, scientific writing; communication, and military/first responder human performance. Dr. Schilling earned his master’s in exercise science from Appalachian State University in 1999, and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Memphis in 2004. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the NSCA Tactical Strength & Conditioning Report. His research focuses on the physical demands among military, law enforcement, fire, and rescue personnel, and also how to best train to meet these demands. He has an extensive publication record, with over 130 papers in the field of human performance.  In this episode Brian talks about: His research background and how he got involved in tactical research. Impact of load carriage on respiratory function. The impact of blood donation on performance. Resources discussed: Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (1 ed.) Samir Okasha Competitive science: is competition ruining science? Ferric C Fang and Arturo Casadevall  You can contact Brian directly at you can also follow Brian on social media on Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram   Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
December 03, 2021
Sgt Major (Ret) Sebastian Lavoie (Raven Strategic Inc.): Mindset and adapting to conflict.
Sebastian Lavoie is the former Divisional Sgt Major for the province of British Columbia. A 20 year Royal Canadian Mounted Police Veteran, he spent 12 years as a member of the Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team (full time SWAT), 7 years as a Team Leader. Sebastian is also an entrepreneur and is currently involved in several business ventures. He is the CEO of Raven Strategic Inc. a consultation company specialising in performance coaching and leadership training. He is a Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt and Co owner of Ascension Martial Arts in Port Coquitlam BC.   Sebastian has been featured  in the documentaries “Sheepdog CrossFit Murph a Tribute to humanity” and Survival  TV “A police perspective”. In this episode Seb talks about: His career in law enforcement. The importance of mindset in law enforcement and bjj. Current demands placed on officers and how this is impacting training. leadership in special tactic units. Resources discussed: The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr Joseph Murphy. The book of five rings by Miyamoto Musashi Breathing for Warriors by Dr. Belisa Vranich and Brian Sabin 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson You can keep up to date with Sebastian through Instagram, either through his personnel account @slavccmdr or Business account @ravenstrategic Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 26, 2021
Dr Mark Abel (University of Kentucky): Firefighting Research
Mark Abel, Ph.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D is an Associate Professor and Director of the First Responder Research Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Abel conducts research to improve the safety, health, and occupational readiness of firefighters and law enforcement officers. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on tactical topics. He also teaches undergraduate courses in Strength and Conditioning and graduate courses in High Performance Coaching and Tactical Strength and Conditioning. He has served as a firefighter. He received the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner of the Year Award and Senior Investigator Grant to conduct research on firefighters. He served as an inaugural member of the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning – Facilitator (TSAC-F) Certification Exam Development Committee and the TSAC-Special Interest Group. He has served as a contributor and reviewer for the TSAC Report for 7 years. Dr. Abel also owns Tactical Fitness Institute, LLC which develops legally defensible physical ability standards for fire departments and law enforcement agencies.  In this episode Mark talks about: His journey from Firefighter, to coach to academic. Perceived vs measured aerobic fitness levels and fire ground performance. The influence of age on firefighter occupational performance. Resources discussed: Block periodization by Issurin Periodization: theory and methodology of training by Bompa and Haff Hard work by Sharkey and Davis You can contact Mark via email at:;; or you can follow him on social media via Linkedin. Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 19, 2021
Dr Adam Potter and Dr David Looney (USARIEM): Physiological strain and the warfighter.
Dr. Potter is a Research Physiologist and Deputy Chief of the Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division (BBMD), at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM). Prior to working at USARIEM, he spent a number of years in clinical research (drug and device trials). He is U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He earned his bachelor of arts (BA) in psychology at Cambridge College, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MS) in Sports and Health Sciences at American Military University, and his doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical and Health Informatics (concentration in nanomedicine and clinical informatics) at Rutgers University. His research portfolio spans across the applied sciences, from thermal manikin testing, to the cutting-edge of product development (e.g., computer-based decision aids, wireless communications, and wearable sensors). His current scientific focuses include: 1) individualized mathematical modeling of thermoregulatory responses to clothing, environment, activities, with the inclusion of components for rest and recovery, 2) studies of metabolic costs over complex terrain, 3) application of mathematics in integrative physiology, and 4) innovative approaches to assessing human body composition. Dr. Potter has authored over 90 scientific publications (manuscripts, government reports) as well as over 100 research presentations, abstracts, and invited lectures. He serves on several editorial boards and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport and Human Performance (JSHP). Dr. David P. Looney is a Research Physiologist in the Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM). Dr. Looney earned his BS in Nutritional Sciences at the University of New Hampshire before obtaining his MS and PhD in Exercise Science at the University of Connecticut. He has developed numerous predictive models for the Department of Defense including metabolic cost equations for the US Army Load Carriage Decision Aid (LCDA), formulae for determining body surface area of modern US Army personnel, as well as a novel core body temperature estimation method. He is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). His research interests include biomedical modeling, exercise physiology, tactical strength and conditioning, and human performance optimization. Dr. Looney has authored over 60 scientific articles as well as over 50 research presentations, abstracts, and invited lectures. In this episode we chat about: The current research of physiological strain and how this impacting the modern war fighter. How this research is impacting equipment design. How body composition impacts physiological strain.  Resources discussed: Google Scholar ResearchGate USARIEM You can contact Email: ResearchGate: GoogleScholar: Email: Researchgate: Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 12, 2021
Jeffrey Johnson (Austin Public Safety Wellness): A career of service.
Jeff Johnson is a retired Marine with over two decades of experience working with and training all manner of athletes and tactical personnel. He earned a BS in Health Promotion and Strength and Conditioning Coaching from the University of Texas at Austin and maintains several other fitness, performance, and business certifications. Jeff currently works as a Fitness Specialist for The Austin Public Safety Wellness Center where he continually works to create a comprehensive entry level physical training program for Austin Fire Department and Austin/Travis County EMS cadets. He is also working to improve the return to work process and believes the longer members are on a restricted duty status, the higher the risk they will have a negative experience that they will avoid in the future. Jeff hopes to create a more streamlined and holistic approach using an interdisciplinary team with the intentional inclusion of behavioural health professionals. Serving others is a lifetime calling for Jeff, and he is grateful for any opportunity to do so. In this episode Jeff talks about: His career in the Marine Corp and transitioning to Austin FD. The structure and the delivery of the wellness programme within Austin Public Safety and Wellness Centre. How he sees the programme expanding. Resources discussed: National Fire Protection Association Manuals International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Wellness Fitness Initiative Manual You can reach out to Jeff directly via email at or or follow him on Linkedin Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 05, 2021
Captain (Ret) Luke Sinnott: Post Traumatic Growth.
Luke Sinnott is a retired British Army Captain who served with the Royal Engineers. He was injured by an explosive device on the 20th Nov 2010 while working as a Royal Engineer Search Adviser (RESA) in Afghanistan. He lost both legs above the knee and suffered multiple lacerations to his body and limbs. Luke has accelerated his recovery from injury through the use of Sport and has represented his Country in Athletics both for Great Britain and the Armed Forces team at the Invictus Games. As well as being a World Class Athlete, Luke is also a pilot and trustee for Flying for Freedom ( where he uses flying to help rehabilitate other Veterans. Luke is also a lead member of the Veterans Gateway ( and is working to make support for veterans better and easier to access.  In this episode we talk about: His path to commissioning in the British Army. His injury and rehabilitation pathway. His route from sailing in to British Athletics. Contact at and on Facebook, Instagram and twitter Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 29, 2021
Dr Chris Frankel (Beaverfit): Developing facilities for the human weapons system.
Chris Frankel is head of performance at BeaverFit USA, the leaders in outdoor fitness solutions. Frankel is focused on building upon BeaverFit’s success in the military creating durable, effective outdoor training solutions, and to continue applying lessons from his career to optimize equipment design and performance training for commercial facilities and end users of all kinds. Frankel earned his doctorate in health, exercise, and sports science from the University of New Mexico and has developed and delivered evidence-based fitness education worldwide. In this episode Chris talks about: His journey through coaching, academia and education. His role at BeaverFit USA. Creating a learning environment in coaching. Resources discussed: Until the end of time by Brian Greene Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman The signal and the noise by Nate Silver You can check out BeaverFit USA by visiting their Website: or on social media at: LinkedIn: Dr. Chris Frankel+ BeaverFit North America Twitter: @BeaverFitUSA+ Instagram: @BeaverFitUSA Facebook: @BeaverFitUSA YouTube: BeaverFit USA Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 22, 2021
Dr Phil Wagner (Sparta Science): Movement diagnostic software.
Dr. Phil Wagner is the Founder and CEO of Sparta Science. After receiving his medical degree from USC, Phil was frustrated by the lack of evidence-based approaches to performance and injury prevention within Sports, the Military, and Occupational Health. It was this lack of evidence-based practices that inspired him to create Sparta Science. #MovementDoctor Sparta Science is the leader in the application of movement diagnostic software. Using Force Plate Machine Learning™ (FPML™), the Sparta System identifies how you move (your Movement Signature) and provides individualized, evidence-based plans to help you move better at work, at play, on duty. In this episode Phil talks about: His journey from strength and conditioning to medicine. The mission of Sparta Science. How movement data is helping to inform injury risk and performance in the tactical environment. Resources discussed: Atomic Habits by James Clear You can find out more about Sparta Science by checking out their Website: or on social media at: Facebook: @spartascience Instagram: @spartascience Twitter: @DrPhilWagner + @SpartaScience LinkedIn: Dr. Phil Wagner + Sparta Science Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 15, 2021
Dr Sandy MacQuarrie (Griffith University): Paramedic Wellness.
Alex (Sandy) MacQuarrie is a transplanted Canadian trained to the level of Critical Care Paramedic (flight). He has worked in paramedicine since 1993 in urban, rural, and remote environments including helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and senior management positions. He has a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration and recently completed a PhD. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. A passion for exploring paramedic wellness led him to conduct doctoral research in cooperation with New South Wales Ambulance Service in a truly unique collaboration. He also has over 20 years as a firefighter in suburban and rural settings in three Canadian provinces and one Australian state. Current research interests include the physiological response to stress in emergency services providers and others.   In this episode we talk about: His move from Canada to Australia. The current health status of Australian paramedics. Work to improve paramedic wellness and resilience. Where his research focus is going next. Resources discussed: Australasian College of Paramedicine ESSA - Exercise Sport Science Australia The debrief podcast The fast lane podcast Medic mindset podcast You can contact Sandy directly at or follow him via social media on Linkedin and Twitter. Sandy University Profile and OCRID ID.  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 08, 2021
Dr Oliver Hamlet (Axiom Human Factors): Non-Technical Skill Utilisation in Search and Rescue.
Dr Oliver Hamlet is a human factors consultant with a PhD in organisational psychology / human factors from the University of Aberdeen, where he is also a member of the Applied Psychology and Human Factors research group. Oliver has studied psychology for over 11 years, and has 6 years of experience conducting research into human factors, the majority of which focusing on dynamic high-risk environments such as helicopter search and rescue operations. In early 2021, Oliver completed a PhD exploring the non-technical skills utilisation of offshore transport and search and rescue helicopter crews, the findings of which were used to develop novel human factors training mechanism for helicopter pilots, known as HeliNOTS systems. The HeliNOTS systems have since been recognised for their substantial impact by academia and industry alike. His research has also been used to develop a taxonomy of factors which influence non-technical skills in the sector. Oliver is passionate about furthering the relationship between academic research and real-world practice, and alongside his human factors consultancy continues his research to identify and train the skills which facilitate high-level human performance. In this episode we talk about: What non-technical skills are and their importance to performance. The development of HeliNOTS. Positive and negative markers within non-technical skills. The development and future research around cognitive readiness. Resources discussed: Safety at the sharp end by Rhona Flin Blackbox thinking by Matthew Syed You can contact Oliver directly at or follow him via social media on Linkedin. Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 01, 2021
Jim McDonald: Promoting health and fitness within the fire service.
Jim McDonald is a professional strength and conditioning coach with 18 years’ experience and a career firefighter for the last 6 years. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2005 with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport Science and Minor in Spanish. He holds his Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength Coach Facilitator (TSAC-F) certifications from the NSCA. He is a professional member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and serves as an Advisory Board member for the State of Colorado. His mission and goal is to help affect positive change in the fire service by using his passion and experience in strength and conditioning to help educate and spread knowledge of health and wellness and strength and conditioning to the Tactical/fire community. He writes, presents and is frequently a guest on podcasts to help educate and spread his passion in the industry. In this episode Jim talks about: His varied career from performance sport, to corporate wellness and the Fire service. The biggest errors in firefighters training programmes. Creating change within the fire department.  Resources discussed: ACSM Journal  NSCA TSAC Report You can contact Jim directly via email at or follow him via social media on Linkedin Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
September 03, 2021
Captain Michelle Jilek (USAF): Keeping fighter pilots airborne.
*The views expressed in this episode are those of Captain Michelle Jilek and do not represent those of the United States Air Force or the Department of Defence* Captain Michelle “Twitch” Jilek is an embedded Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) within the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Captain Jilek developed one of the first-ever unique active duty embedded DPT position in the United States Air Force to offer services specifically for fighter pilots within their own squadrons on the flightline. She has been working closely with Air Combat Command in developing the Optimizing Human Weapon System (OWHS) program for fighter pilots, and works closely with contract personnel including Athletic Trainers, Strength Coaches, and Licensed Massage Therapists.  Captain Jilek specializes in treating high G-induced spine injuries in fighter pilots, and is currently developing research projects to reduce the chance of high G injuries sustained in F-22s and other fighter aircraft. Captain Jilek graduated from University of New Mexico School of Medicine with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017, completed an orthopedic residency in 2019, and became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2020. She has conducted award-winning research in spine and shoulder, and has been using her special skills for the United States Air Force since 2018 when she commissioned. In this episode we talk about:  Common Injuries within fighter pilots.  Setting up an embedded performance programme within a fighter pilot squadron.  Her prehab and rehab process.  How she is tracking performance.  Resources discussed:  High G flight by David Newman  Movement Impingement syndromes by Shirley Sahrmann  McGill Method  McKenzie Method  Career detail about becoming a PT in the USAF  Current Concepts Physical Therapy Courses   You can contact Michelle Directly via email at or via social media on Linkedin  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
August 27, 2021
Ryan Carroll (Bridge Athletic): Using data to inform performance.
Ryan Carroll is the Director of Tactical and Elite Sport at Bridge Athletic where he serves as an educator, podcast host, and business development lead for the company's numerous tactical and elite sport partners. He has extensive experience in multiple areas of strength and conditioning having most recently worked with an Air Force Special Operations Unit. He has also worked in professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies, and at the collegiate level with Loyola University Chicago and the University of Tennessee. In this episode we talk about: His role at Bridge Athletic. How organisations are using data to inform decisions. How the culture within the tactical space is changing to become more data driven. Resources Discussed: EXOS Education DNS - Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Atomic Habits by James Clear Why we Sleep by Matthew Walker The Talent War by Mike Sarraille and George Randle Bridge Athletic Powering Performance Podcast You can contact Ryan directly via email at or follow him on Instagram and Linkedin Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
August 20, 2021
Dr. Jay Dawes (Oklahoma State University): Building the link between academia and industry.
Jay Dawes PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D , TSAC-F, FNSCA, is an Associate professor of Applied Exercise Science in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Dawes has worked as a university athletic performance coordinator, strength/performance coach, personal trainer, and educator for approximately 20 years. His primary research interests is focused on improving the health, fitness and human performance for the tactical athletes/first responder, as well as sport. He was also recognised as the 2021 Tactical Professional of the year by the NSCA. In this episode he talks about: How he became involved within the tactical profession. Setting up the OSU Tactical fitness and nutrition lab. How academics can build relationships with organisations. His research interests within the tactical profession. Resources discussed: What is your why by Josias Jean Pierre Good to Great by Jim Collins Getting things done by David Allen You can contact Jay via email at or via social media on Instagram and Twitter Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
August 13, 2021
Andrew Bell (University of Southern Queensland): Operational Cognitive Readiness.
Andy is a lecturer in Paramedicine at the University of Southern Queensland, and has been working in the higher education space for the past 8 years. He spent 14 years working for the Queensland Ambulance Service as an on road paramedic and prior to that had careers in exercise science, physical education and outdoor education settings in his native New Zealand and around the world. Currently working towards a PhD investigating the evolution of the professional paramedic education paradigm, he also leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers looking at operational cognitive readiness as a physiological and psychological nexus for operators in high threat environments. In this episode Andy talks about: His career path in to paramedicine. Training and education frameworks. Stress inoculation in paramedics. The use of Virtual reality in the training of paramedics. Developing operational cognitive readiness. Resources discussed: Legacy by James Kerr Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari  The Debrief Podcast by the Australasian College of Paramedicine  Free Radicals Paramedic Podcast You can stay up to date with Andrew via Linkedin and Twitter or you can contact him directly at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
August 06, 2021
Dr Eric Kinney: Wellness professional in fire and rescue.
Eric Kinney is a former Captain in the U.S. Army. An initial goal of serving a full military career took a turn when Eric experienced a series of injuries that gave him the opportunity to speak with his Battalion physical therapist and thus steering him in a new career direction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from University of Michigan. He currently works in an outpatient sports orthopaedic setting as well as working with local fire and police departments and training academies. In this episode Eric talks about: His military experience. PT school. Working with firefighters and getting involved with Wellness professionals in fire and rescue. Resources discussed: Becoming a supple leopard by Dr Kelly Starett. The clinical edge podcast and The clinical edge website. The manual physical therapist NSCA TSAC Report. You can stay up to date with Eric via social media on Instagram and Linkedin or see in clinic at Adams sports medicine Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 30, 2021
Joseph Alemany (KBR): Providing solutions to tactical organisations.
Joseph Alemany is a Solutions Architect for KBR’s Government Solutions U.S. business. In his current role, he is the strategist and technical expert on human performance and associated technology for business development. His expertise is utilized to drive business development, monitor market conditions and project market trends, and foster relationships with industry leaders in the health and human performance domain. Joe received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Exercise Science (Applied Physiology) during which, Joe was the program manager for the most comprehensive assessment of physical activity during U.S. Army initial entry training. His formal training spans ~20 years from various assignments in and out of uniform at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Performance Physiology Division; Army Public Health Center, Injury Epidemiology Directorate; and Defence Health Agency, Research and Development Directorate. He also serves in the U.S. Army National Guard as a clinical laboratory coordinator. Having these diverse experiences in escalating roles & responsibilities allows him to see the health and human performance space from the tactical, operational and strategic level. Joe has been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and U.S. governmental reports and has been invited to speak at several national and internal conferences. His research is soldier-centric and has ranged in scope from characterizing and intervening on physiological perturbations during military operational stress to development for the new Occupational Physical Assessment Test (OPAT) and Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) and its relation to health outcomes. In additional to traditional scientific R&D initiatives, Joe has provided evidence-based policy support to provide solutions to enterprise-wide physical performance policy and body composition standards in the Department of Defence. In this episode Joe talks about: His journey in to the Military. His move to KBR. What KBR are doing to help enhance tactical organisations. Some of the emerging themes in the tactical space. Some of the challenges and opportunities within the tactical space.  Resources Discussed: Supertraining by Yuri Verkhoshansky and Mel Siff Principles by Ray Dalio You can contact Joe directly at or via Linkedin and Researchgate Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 23, 2021
Hunter Schurrer (The Performance Syndicate): A Decade of Working with Special Forces.
Hunter is a Strength and conditioning specialist who has spent the last 10 years working within the  Special Operations community.  Prior to this he was a collegiate strength and conditioning coach for 7 years at the University of Virginia and the University of Wyoming. He holds both a Bachelors and Masters degrees exercise physiology. He is a former collegiate thrower in track and field and has most recently transitioned to competing as a weightlifter at the national level. Hunter is also the Founder and head coach of The Performance Syndicate which is a resource for strength and conditioning as well as providing remote programming. He also hosts the Pots, Pints and PR's podcast alongside Nate Palin. In this episode Hunter talks about: His transition from the collegiate sector in to tactical strength and conditioning. How he manages programming in such a diverse group and environment.  What performance metrics he tracks. How he is starting to utilise technology to monitor performance.  Resources discussed: Tough by Greg Everett Building The Elite by Jonathan Pope and Craig Weller You can follow Hunter on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter You can also contact him through his website at Email - Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 16, 2021
Dr. Tunde Szivak (Merrimack College): Biomarkers of Stress and Physical Performance.
Dr. Tunde K. Szivak is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology with concentration in Exercise Science from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, her MA in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, and her BS in Philosophy from the United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York.  Dr. Szivak’s areas of expertise include strength and conditioning, adaptations to resistance exercise, and applied exercise physiology. Her research interests focus on applied stress physiology, tactical human performance optimization, and mental and physical resilience. Her current research efforts center on the effects of seated load carriage on physical performance and subjective measures of mood and pain. Dr. Szivak’s prior work focused on the effects of Navy Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training on physical performance and biomarkers of stress in military trainees. Her most recent publications investigate resistance training considerations for tactical personnel and health outcomes among military officers.  She currently teaches Advanced Exercise Physiology, Advanced Strength & Conditioning, and Strength & Conditioning Coaching in the Exercise and Sport Science Graduate program at Merrimack College. Dr. Szivak is a former active-duty Army officer, having earned her commission upon graduation from USMA (Class of 2003), where she was a four-year collegiate Powerlifting athlete. Her military assignments include two year-long combat tours in the Middle East (2004 and 2007) while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She currently serves in the United States Army (Reserve). In this episode Tunde talks about: Her transition from the military to academia An overview of the mechanism behind the stress response. Global vs localized stress. The impact of fitness levels on the stress response. Strategies to improve stress hardiness. Resources discussed in this episode: Supertraining by Yuri Verkhoshansky and Mel Siff Breath: The new science of a lost art by James Nestor You can contact Tunde directly at or via Linkedin  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 09, 2021
Mandy Nice (NSCA): Providing a Performance Toolkit to Tactical Organisations.
Mandy Nice has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing physical fitness and wellness programs that measurably improve the strength and resilience of tactical athletes and civilians. Her science-based, results-focused approach has consistently produced positive results that have earned national-level awards for measurably improving employee health, fitness, and quality-of-life. Mandy actively serves as a guest speaker at state, national and international law enforcement conferences to help share scalable best practices for sustainable success. To further support agencies, Mandy also serves as the Tactical Program Manager of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She is responsible for fully equipping members of law enforcement and fire/rescue with the essential research, training, tools, and resources to establish safe tactical athletic programs that optimize job readiness while reducing injury risk. Mandy’s greatest motivator is helping members of law enforcement and fire/rescue optimize their fitness and health so that they can enjoy strong, rewarding careers and long, healthy retirements. In this episode Mandy talks about: Her early work in tactical populations. Her transition from practitioner to programme manager with the NSCA. How the NSCA has developed a free performance toolkit to help support tactical organisations. Resources discussed: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin  Website: You can contact Mandy via email at or on Social Media via Facebook and Linkedin Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 02, 2021
Johnny Owens (Owens Recovery Science): Blood Flow Restriction Training
Johnny Owens BS, MPT is CEO and Director of Clinical Education for Owens Recovery Science, a corporation recognized in the INC 500. He manages a research portfolio of over 40 clinical trials being conducted worldwide primarily studying the effects of Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation in clinical populations. He is the former Chief of Human Performance Optimization at the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) at San Antonio Military Medical Center and continues to serve as a consultant and clinical researcher at the CFI. He completed his undergraduate course work in Biology at The University of Texas at Austin and earned his Masters in Physical Therapy at The University of Texas Medical Branch. He serves as a medical consultant for teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and collegiate sports. He is involved in numerous clinical trials involving regenerative medicine, sports medicine, blood flow restriction and high-energy trauma. Owens has been published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, regularly speaks at the national and international level and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, Time Magazine, NPR, Discovery Channel and ESPN. In this episode Johnny talks about: His pathway in to Physical Therapy. His work at the Centre for the Intrepid. Where his interest in Blood flow restriction came from. The common mistakes when utilising BFR. The correct protocols to maximise BFR. Resources discussed: Evernote The Stoic Challenge by William Irvine You can contact Johnny via his website at or follow him on Twitter Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
June 25, 2021
Jason Mitchler (Talem Te): Special Forces to Physiotherapy.
Jason Mitchler works full time as the Director of Operations at the William J. Hybl Sport Medicine and Performance Center.  He also works as an injury prevention specialist for various fire departments throughout the country and is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Jason retired from active duty in 2019 and served the majority of his Army career in operational units.  His enlisted career began as an infantryman and later as a Special Forces Medic with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) while completing two tours to Afghanistan.  After being commissioned as a physical therapist he was the lead during the implementation of the USASOC THOR3 program at 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne).  During this time he oversaw the development of a comprehensive performance and rehabilitation program at Ft. Carson, CO.  Following this assignment he was selected to be the Chief of the Physical Therapy at the Pentagon.  His most recent deployment was as the sole physical therapist for the Special Operations Task Force- Afghanistan (SOTF-A) serving both American and coalition forces. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Kinesiology and the Army-Baylor program with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  He is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Jason lives in Colorado Springs, CO. He is an assistant high school wrestling coach and holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  In his free time he is an active cyclist, runner, and skier. In this episode Jason talks about: His time in special forces as an 18D. Making the move to physical therapy. His role in the THOR3 programme. Working at the pentagon as the chief of physical therapy. Resources discussed: Physical Therapy - The manual therapist S&C - NSCA TSAC Report You can contact Jason on social media via Instagram Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
June 18, 2021
Dr. Neil Welch (Sports Surgery Clinic): Dealing With Lower Back Pain.
Neil Welch is a strength and conditioning coach who has been working at the Sports Surgery Clinic (Dublin, Ireland) for nearly 8 years. His current role is Head of SSC Lab where he looks after and develops SSC testing services across all injuries and our strength and conditioning delivery. In 2019 he completed his PhD with the Clinic on the role of strength, explosive strength, reactive strength and change of direction on rehabilitation and performance. In the episode Neil talks about: His choice to move in to rehabilitation and working with Sports Surgery Clinic. The common misconceptions of lower back pain. The contributing factors to lower back pain. Links between strength/power and lower back pain. Resources discussed: The chimp paradox - steve peters Thinking Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman You can reach out to Neil on social media on both Twitter and Instagram or check out his website at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
June 11, 2021
Jonathan Pope and Craig Weller (Building The Elite): Preparing for SOF selection.
Jonathan and Craig are the co-authors of Building the Elite, a book which details the system they’ve used for over a decade to train people for special operations selection in half a dozen countries with a success rate over 90%. They also co-own Ethos Colorado, a performance training facility based in Denver, Colorado. Jonathan began his coaching career as a former collegiate athlete on the wrong side of six different surgeries. He learned how to develop athletes with an eye toward long-term resilience while he was in the process of rebuilding his own physical performance. He’s now a competitive BJJ grappler and a backcountry ski mountaineer. Craig is a former US Navy SWCC and private military contractor who learned the value of skill acquisition in stressful environments when he joined the Navy without knowing how to swim and volunteered for special operations selection. In this episode Craig and Jonathan talk about: How they created building the elite. The common pitfalls when preparing for SOF Selection. The difference between training for selection and training post selection. Resources discussed: Thinking in systems by Donella Meadows Science, Strategy and War by Frans Osinga The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance by Ericsson and Hoffman Surfing Uncertainty by Andy Clark Omegawave education - Val Nasedkin You can stay up to date and contact both Craig and Jonathan via their website or via social media on Instagram and Facebook Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
June 04, 2021
Giovani Urrutia (Evolve to Rise): Tactical Education
Giovani teaches and trains elite domestic and foreign military units a more strategic approach to physical preparation and rehabilitation. With a love for all things human performance, he’s travelled worldwide to work with all manner of athletes-from inner city Chicago basketball to Olympic level sailing.  Like all EXOS educators, his love and understanding of biomechanics and its relationship to psychology are leveraged to the benefit of all he has the privilege of working with.   He is heavily invested in technology solutions to further the betterment of the human condition. Athletes that find themselves working with him will note his attention to detail, intensity, and infectious energy. In this episode he talks about: His time in the Marine Corps. Where his interest in strength and conditioning came from. His role as a Tactical Education Specialist. How training and education has evolved within the Tactical community. Resources discussed: Harvard Business School Online Building the Elite by Jonathan Pope and Craig Weller Agile periodization by Mladen Jovanović The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro You can stay up to date with Giovani via social media on Instagram or check out his blog at: Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
April 23, 2021
Maj (Ret) Donny Bigham (One Time Powerlifting): Training the Warrior Athlete.
Donny Bigham, recently retired at the rank of Major after 27 years of Service within the US Army. Having served in every position in an Infantry Rifle Company (Enlisted and Officer) and deployed to Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Yemen. During this time he served as the first ever Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Uniform for the US Army. He played an instrumental role in changing the US Army Physical Fitness test after almost 40 years to the Army Combat Fitness test (ACFT) and led the effort designing the Occupational Performance Assessment Test (OPAT) for initial screening of potential recruits. Lastly, he designed the Tactical Athlete Performance Centre at Fort Jackson and re- wrote the Master Fitness Trainer curriculum to ensure all Warriors are successful in all Tactical Tasks! Donny has served as the Director of Human Performance for the Tactical Athlete Performance Center (TAP-C) at Fort Benning, GA. The TAP-C is the first ever Performance Center that trains over 600 Soldiers daily within a Combat Battalion that was designed under MAJ Bigham’s tenure. He also designed the Tactical Athlete Performance Assessment (TAP-A) at the Army Wellness Center to truly test baseline strength for the tactical athlete necessary to move under loads at 30% of their body weights. He was the Army Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017 NSCA TSAC-F facilitator (Strength Coach) of the Year. He is a two-time raw world master’s powerlifting champion (2015 & 2016) with the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF, IOC) and finished 3rd place in the world in 2019. Also, he currently holds the Squat WR in the IPF and the WR Squat, Deadlift and Total in the IPL. He is a 4x national champion and a 5x member of Team USA Powerlifting. Donny earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from University of SC and his Masters degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Coaching Theories from American Military University. He will begin the PhD track in Human and Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University in the Summer of 2021. Donny is currently partnering with Sorinex to Develop the Tactical Athlete APP that will ensure every person in uniform (military & 1st responders) has a daily training plan that is tiered individually to maximize the God given potential to physically and mentally dominate any task required of them! In this episode Donny talks about: The challenges of changing culture. The logistics of building and running the Tactical Athlete Performance Centre. The future developments of Military performance training. Resources discussed: NSCA TSAC Report NSCA Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz You can stay up to date with Donny via social media on YouTube and Instagram. You can also contact him via email at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
April 09, 2021
Nate Palin (FitOps): Tactical Fitness and Supporting Veterans.
Nate Palin is a professional strength and conditioning coach and Army veteran, serving 7 years in the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He is the Director of Education for FitOps Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to improving the physical and mental health of veterans by creating purpose and community through the power of fitness.  Nate began his coaching career in 2010 as owner of The Movement Project LLC, an entrepreneurial personal training effort, then narrowed his focus to tactical strength and conditioning as a performance specialist for EXOS in Washington, DC in 2012. Nate coached Special Operations Forces at Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 2015 to 2018 before managing the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Tactical program.  Over the course of five combat deployments in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and as a special operations and tactical performance expert, Nate experienced the military’s performance shortcomings firsthand, observing the need for enhanced physical training to better support mission critical tasks.  Nate believes that through Adventure, Performance, and Discomfort (getting comfortable being uncomfortable), relentless growth and learning can be fostered. Nate approaches coaching and training with an enthusiastic intensity, always willing to step outside his comfort zone and get “uncomfortable.” As the Director of Education at FitOps Foundation, Nate’s mission is to train and equip Veterans - in and out of the classroom - to be Certified Veteran Fitness Operatives (CVFO’s). Nate’s personal experience with the fitness and human performance communities is tied tightly with his role at FitOps - facilitating a continuum of coaching opportunities for veterans seeking renewed purpose.  In addition to coaching and his role at FitOps Foundation, Nate is a speaker, author, rapper and father of one. He is the co-author of Preparing for the Army Combat Fitness Test for Human Kinetics and the NSCA, and is an adjunct professor for CalUPenn’s graduate program in tactical strength and conditioning. In this episode Nate talks about: Why he decided to pursue a military career and specifically the Ranger Regiment. His thoughts on training and how he has seen the strength and conditioning field evolve. His role as director of education at FitOps Foundation and how they are serving and empowering veterans.  Resources discussed: Talk like TED by Carmine Galo Spy the Lie by Philip Houston You can follow Nate on Instagram @Natepalin or contact him via email at To find out more about the FitOps Foundation and the work they are doing to support veterans check out their website at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
April 02, 2021
Tyler Christiansen (USAF): Developing Human Performance
Tyler Christiansen is a veteran U.S. soldier currently employed by the U.S Air Force working as the Human Performance Director. Previously, Tyler was the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Program Manager at the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Christiansen has worked with tactical athletes in the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community, including the 7th Special Forces Group, a Special Missions Unit in the greater D.C. area, as the TSAC Coordinator at the NSCA, as an Exercise Physiologist at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, Christiansen has worked with sport athletes at Iowa State University, Illinois State University, and the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS,*D), a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator with Distinction (TSAC-F,*D) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinctions (RSCC*D). He was recognized as the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s 2019 Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner of the Year. The view presented are those of Tyler’s and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or any of its components In this episode Tyler talks about: His role as a Tactical strength and conditioning co-ordinator and later Manager with the NSCA. How has training within tactical strength and conditioning has evolved over the last 12 years. The cultural difference between working with the USAF and Army. How he measures programme success. Resources discussed: Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Dr Michael Ruscio You can stay up to date with Tyler via social media on Instagram and Twitter or can contact him via email at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
March 26, 2021
Chief Dan Kerrigan and Captain Jim Moss (Firefighter Functional Fitness): Helping Fire Fighters Become Better.
Dan Kerrigan is the co-author of the best-selling book Firefighter Functional Fitness and Fire Chief of the Upper Providence Township Fire Department in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He is a 35-year fire service veteran, certified peer fitness trainer, certified group fitness instructor, advocate for firefighter health and fitness, and international presenter on the topic. He serves as an at-large director on the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ “Safety, Health, and Survival” section where he works regularly with national and international organizations on strategies to improve firefighter health and wellness. Dan is also an adjunct professor at several universities where he teaches fire service administration, leadership, strategic planning and emergency management courses at the graduate and undergraduate level.  Jim Moss is a fire captain and paramedic for the Metro West Fire Protection District in St. Louis County, Missouri. A 16-year veteran of the fire service, his passions include leadership, training, mentorship and fitness. Jim is the bestselling author of Firefighter Success: 20 C’s to Firefighter Excellence, and the co-author of Firefighter Functional Fitness: The Essential Guide to Optimal Firefighter Performance and Longevity. He is also the host of the Firefighter Success Podcast. Jim is a contributor to multiple fire service publications, including Fire Engineering Magazine and He has shared his message at FDIC International, Firehouse, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the National Volunteer Fire Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and with fire departments nationwide.   In this episode Dan and Jim talk about: The creation of Firefighter Functional Fitness How they came to write a book a the logistics involved in this. How they are helping to roll out health and fitness across multiple fire departments. Resources discussed: Firefighter Success by Captain Jim Moss You can stay up to date with Dan and Jim via social media on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @FirefighterFFit and their YouTube channel: Firefighter Functional Fitness. If you are interested in working with or speaking with Dan and Jim you can contact them via their website or via email at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
March 12, 2021
Dr. Trent Nessler (Rebound Vitality): ACL Injury and Movement Screening.
Dr. Trent Nessler is the President of Rebound Vitality, Senior Sports Medicine Contributor for SportsEdTV and the founder | developer of the ViPerform AMI™ & ViPerform AMI™ Return to Sport, ACL Play It Safe and Run Safe programs. Trent holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, a master’s in physical therapy, and a doctorate with a focus in biomechanics and motor learning.  Dr. Nessler has been a sports medicine physical therapist for 23+ years working with athletes at all levels from the pros to weekend warrior.  Dr. Nessler is co-developer of a 3D movement assessment (ViPerform AMIä) that is used by 450+ pro teams, colleges and organizations, has been used to assess over 25K athletes in the US and is used in several national research projects.  Dr. Nessler is a published researcher and author of a college textbook, speaks internationally on the topic of ACLs and injury prevention and serves as a consultant for professional teams and organizations. As a sport’s physical therapist, avid weight lifter (40+ years) and competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, Dr. Nessler is always looking for ways to apply the latest science to optimize outcomes and enhance athletic performance. In this episode Trent talks about: What drew him to a career in physical therapy. His work around ACL Rehabilitation. The development of his Athletic Movement Index (AMI). His current work with Rebound Vitality and how they are serving the first responder community.  Resources discussed: Anatomy and human movement - Nigel Palastanga and Roger Somaes  Manual Muscle Testing - Elizabeth Kendall You can stay up to Trent via social media on Instagram @bjjpt_acl_guy and Twitter @ACL_prevention If you are interested in working with Rebound Vitality you can contact them directly at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
March 05, 2021
Chriss Smith (Trident Mindset): Enhancing Mental Toughness.
Chriss Smith is a former Navy SEAL where he served for over a decade within the SEAL Teams and other Special Operation units. Upon leaving the military, Chriss has engaged within a range of entrepreneurial ventures including his gym Trident Athletics where his goal is to inspire, motivate and help people achieve confidence and long lasting health. Chriss is also the CEO and cofounder of Trident Mindset, a performance company aimed at helping people become mentally tougher and more resilient.  Chris has also keeps his competitive fires stoked by competing in some of the toughest Ultra endurance and adventure races on the planet, including: The Eco Challenge in Fiji, "GODZone" a 650km adventure Race in New Zealand and Primal Quest, a 465-mile 10-day adventure race.  In this episode Chriss talks about: His military career. His thoughts on mental toughness. Why he created Trident Mindset. How people can train to enhance mental toughness and some of the common faults people make. Resources discussed in this episode: Garmin connect Day One Journal You can contact Chriss directly at or reach out through his website You can also follow Chriss and get daily lessons on Mental toughness on Instagram - @tridentmindsetofficial If you want to check out the course at Trident Mindset and get a slight discount for listening to this podcast then click HERE. Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
February 26, 2021
John Hofman (Southern California University): Lessons Learnt Over a Decade Helping Fire Fighters.
Coach John Hofman, MS., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D is one of leading experts in the field of Firefighter Health and Wellness and currently serves as the Director of Tactical Strength & Conditioning Specialist for Southern California University Health Systems. Prior to going SCU, Coach Hofman spent 10 years as the strength and conditioning coach for the Sacramento Fire Department, where he oversaw the Wellness Centre, coordinated the department’s medical and fitness assessments, developed recruit fitness training, pre-employment medical and fitness evaluations and assisted with the department’s 20-certified Peer Fitness Trainers. In addition, Coach Hofman was the 2018 recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Association TSAC Practitioner of the year Award. This award is given to a TSAC educator and practitioner who has made noteworthy contribution to the teaching and practical application in the field of tactical strength training and conditioning. In this episode John talks about: How his career started working with firefighters. Some of the biggest challenges he faced in the early part of his career. How his programme and his own philosophy changed over the 10 years he worked with the Sacramento Fire Department. His new role working Southern California University.  Resources discussed in this episode: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday You can contact John directly via Email at or the SCU website at You can also follow John via social media on Instagram and Facebook Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
February 19, 2021
Megan Lautz, RD and Maureen Stoecklein, RD (Wellness Professionals in Fire and Rescue): Nutrition For Fire Fighters.
Megan Lautz is a Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer with a Masters in Sports Nutrition. While a civilian, Megan has strived to understand the challenges firefighters face when trying to stay healthy. She has trained for and passed CPAT, completed a 24 hour ride-along, and is involved in fire recruit training and nutrition. Megan also provides healthy dinner demonstrations, nutrition roundtables, workouts, and mobility sessions to career firefighters out in the field. Megan’s mission is to help firefighters perform better, recover faster, and live longer. Maureen has served as a registered dietitian for over 25 years and a full-time firefighter/paramedic for 20 years. While serving as a firefighter, she is the Director of Nutrition at Barwis Methods Training Facility in Plymouth MI, and served three seasons as Team Dietitian for the New York Mets baseball organization. An accomplished athlete, Maureen understands the importance of solid nutrition for optimum performance. She was selected as one of four women in the United States to represent Brawny Paper towels Strength Has No Gender Campaign and was featured in Crain’s Business Magazine. Maureen’s passion for nutrition and fitness and the many athletes, coaches, mentors and colleagues she has met along the way inspire her to share her love of healthy food and insights to help other succeed! In this episode Megan and Maureen talk about: An overview of their roles as dieticians within a fire department. Their individual philosophies around nutrition. The biggest health challenges faced by firefighters. The impact they have made in their individual departments. How they see the role of dieticians in fire departments developing over the next 5-10 years. Resources discussed: TSAC Report Precision Nutrition Angie Asche - @EleatNutrition on both Instagram and Facebook Fire House fresh recipe book You can contact Megan via  email at if interested in nutrition consulting or check her out on Facebook and Instagram  @Rescue.RD  You can follow Maureen on Instagram: @MaureenStoeckleinRD or via Facebook: Maureen Stoecklein RD Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
February 12, 2021
James Cruickshank (SPEAR Physiotherapy): Common Running Injuries.
James is a performance physiotherapist working in private practice with recreational and elite athletes in a wide range of sports. He has over 13 years of experience, initially working in the NHS in a rotational post whilst spending the later years in seconded musculoskeletal positions. For the last 7 years he has  worked at SPEAR – private sports specialist physiotherapy department looking after Scottish Institute supported athletes as part of a multi-disciplinary team.  In 2014 James had the opportunity support Tuvalu in the role of lead physiotherapist during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and supported Scottish squads in the preparation to both the 2014 Glasgow games and 2018 Gold Coast Games. In this episode James talks about:  Why he pursued a career in Physiotherapy. His interest in running related injuries. The most common running injures and how these vary by athlete experience level. The mechanisms behind injuries and how they typically present. Advice on how to manage minor injuries and return to running. Resources discussed in this episode: Books - You can run pain free by Brad Beer Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry  The lost art of running by Shane Benzie ROAR by Stacy Sims Website -  APP -  Metronome timer Coachs eye You can stay up to date with James via his Blog – or follow him on Facebook - Jamescruickshankphysiorun and Instagram at @physiorun or @spear_sportsinjuryclinic If you are interested in picking up any of the courses James has created you can do so at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
February 05, 2021
Dr. Filip Kukic (Abu Dhabi Police): Research and Body Composition in Police Officers.
Dr Filip Kukic started out his athletic career in sprint kayak where he competed from age 9 until 16 when he transferred to competitive rowing for 2 years before making a return to sprint kayak. He competed internationally in both sports representing the Serbian National team. To enhance his understanding of physical performance, Filip completed both his Bachelor and Master degrees within the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Belgrade, Serbia. During his time here he served as a student assistant in the department of biomechanics.  In 2014, he was presented with an opportunity to work for the Abu Dhabi Police department as physical fitness instructor. Over the last 7 years Filip has achieved several milestones including developing the physical fitness standards for the annual fitness assessment of Abu Dhabi police. Alongside colleagues, he developed the physical fitness research branch within his testing section. This also included the development and implementation of 8 weight loss courses for police officers. Recently he developed a trainers course to provide secondary education to officers who wanted to become physical fitness facilitators and instructors. As well as being a practitioner, Filip has worked extensively to implement research in to his department which included him completing his PhD. This has led to him publishing several papers on officer performance and body composition alongside building collaborative links with researchers within Australia, Canada and the United States.  In this episode Filip talks about: What prompted him to focus his research within tactical populations. His current role within Abu Dhabi Police force. His research in to body composition and its impact upon officer performance. Resources discussed in this episode: NSCA Essentials of strength and conditioning textbook ACSM Exercise testing and prescription textbook - Mladen Jovanovic You can contact Filip via email at or via his social media channels on Linkedin, Facebook or Instagram  You can also stay up to date with Filip's research via his Research Gate profile.   Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
January 29, 2021
LT. Chris Marella (4th Shift Fitness): Submaximal Training and Incentive Based Fitness in The Fire Service.
Lieutenant Chris Marella's career in the fire service began in 2003 as a part time/ paid on call firefighter EMT-B for a combination department in the western suburbs of Chicago. Over the next 5 years Chris completed his paramedic certification and worked in several departments as a paid on call, contract paramedic and full time firefighter. In 2008 Chris moved to his current fire department in the suburbs of Chicago working alongside 138 fire personnel across 7 stations to serve a a community of 130 thousand residents.  Growing up Chris was a multi sport athlete with a main focus on hockey. This passion for sport and fitness led to Chris achieving his NSCA CPT qualification in 2012. Chris is the owner of 4th Shift Fitness, a company he started to positively impact the fire service through education and training via in station and hands on seminars.  His goal is to reach as many departments and individuals as possible to inspire, educate or coach through their fitness journey. Chris also helps to serve the firefighter community through Devote December and Spring 4 Change which he created with Annette Zapp of FireSQFitness  to shine a spotlight and provide support for firefighter and dispatcher suicides.  In this episode Chris talks about: Setting up an incentive based fitness programme. His thoughts on submaximal training and how it can help firefighters sustain performance throughout a long career. His work as part of Devote December and Spring for Change which bring awareness to firefighter and dispatcher suicides as well as providing information and tools for those in need. Resources discussed in this episode: Conscious coaching by Brett Bartholomew Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf stay up to date with Chris via his website  or on social media at @4thshiftfitness on both Instagram and Facebook. You can also contact him via email him at or listen to his podcast at Tailboard Talk a 4th Shift Fitcast Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
January 22, 2021
Dr. Daniel B. Bornstein (The Citadel): Physical Activity is a National Security Issue.
Dr. Daniel B. Bornstein is the Founding Director of the Center for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency, and Recovery (CPR3) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Dan’s Ph.D. and current research agenda is on effective strategies for increasing population-levels of physical activity in order to improve fitness, health and national security. Dan has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and presents regularly at national and international scientific conferences. Dan’s research has been featured in over 130 media outlets worldwide, including USA Today, Newsweek, Stars and Stripes, and National Public Radio. Based on his research, Dan has provided numerous briefings to senior military personnel and lawmakers, including briefings at The Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. In addition to his research, Dan has held national leadership positions including: Project Coordinator for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan from 2009-2014, Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section from 2015-2016, and is currently Chairing the Expert Advisory Panel to develop a Military Sector for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan. With a few drinks in him, Dan will tell you he was a great sport and tactical athlete, but don’t believe him. However, he did play soccer and lacrosse competitively, was a champion bodybuilder, and spent 8 years in the fire service. Dan is married to the love of his life, Meghan. Together they have two children Mia (12) and Jake (11). In this episode Dan talks about: His move from practitioner to academia. The development of the Centre for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency and Recovery (CPR3). His current research projects.  The academic programmes in tactical performance and resiliency offered by The Citadel. Resources discussed in this episode: Muscle and Motion app Headspace app You can reach out to Dan via Linkedin or through his personal email at If you want to find out more about the Centre for Performance, Readiness, Resiliency and Recovery (CPR3) at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
January 15, 2021
Dr. Rob Orr (Tactical Research Unit): The Impact of Load Carriage.
Dr Rob Orr joined the Australian Army in 1989 as an infantry soldier before transferring to the Australian Defence Force Physical Training Instructor (PTI) stream. Serving for 10 years in this stream, Rob designed, developed, instructed and audited physical training programs and physical education and rehabilitation courses for military personnel and fellow PTIs from both Australian and foreign defence forces. Rob subsequently transferred to the physiotherapy stream where his role included the clinical rehabilitation of defence members and project management of physical conditioning optimisation reviews. Serving as the Human Performance Officer for Special Operations before joining the team at Bond University in 2012, Rob continues to serve in the Army Reserve as a Human Performance Officer and as a sessional lecturer and consultant. Rob is the director of Bond University’s Tactical Research Unit, a unit with international collaborations designed to provide research, consultancy and education services to tactical professions around the globe. Dr Orr’s fields of research, consultancy, and education provision spans physical conditioning, reconditioning, rehabilitation and injury prevention for military, law enforcement and protective services across their occupational lifespan (initial trainee to specialist). Generally focussing on the tactical population, Rob is actively involved in research with the Australian and foreign defence forces, an extensive list of law enforcement departments (both national and international), and firefighters / first responders. Dr Orr has served on the organising committee for the 4th and 5th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance and on the scientific committees for the occupational branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference and World Physiotherapy Congress. Dr Orr is also Chair of the organising committee for the 4th  Physical Employment Standards Conference to be held in 2022 at Bond University, Australia. With over 150 peer reviewed publications, 30 Technical Reports and 200 Conference presentations, Rob has presented his work both nationally and internationally and has been invited to present several keynote presentations at internationally renowned research facilities and congresses. Winning awards for research outcomes, publications and teaching, Rob recently won Bond University’s prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence in 2020. In this episode Rob talks about: What are the demands of load carriage. The impact upon tactical personnel from an injury and performance standpoint. What’s next? Where is the research going? The common faults people commit when training for load carriage. His recommendations for appropriate training around load carriage. Some of the other research projects he and the team at the Tactical Research Unit are undertaking. Resources discussed: TSAC Report The Commando - The life and Death of Cameron Baird, VC,MG You can contact Rob via Linkedin or Researchgate or stay up to date with the work of the Tactical Research Unit through their website or Linkedin and Facebook pages. 
January 08, 2021
Andy Hall (Robert Gordon University): High Intensity Interval Training.
Andy has worked in both Further and Higher education for the last 8 years within the areas of Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sport and Exercise Science and Sport Coaching. He was previously the programme leader for both HNC and HND levels for a Fitness, Health and Exercise course at College, and has recently been appointed as the Course Lead on the BSc(hons) Sport Coaching programme at Robert Gordon University. He possess prior experience playing rugby for the Scottish Rugby Union (U-18 level), have undertaken an internship in Strength and Conditioning in line with UKSCA accreditation, and have performed various roles as a Sport and Exercise Scientist, Sports Nutritionist, and Teaching Fellow for an array of sports, clubs and academic institutions. He holds a 1st Class BSc(hons) in Strength and Conditioning, a Masters by Research with a focus on the effects of High Intensity Interval Training, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and have recently completed my PhD viva within the areas of Sprint Interval Training and Physical Performance. His research interests include sprint interval training, high intensity interval training, autoregulation, exercise performance and areas of health physiology. In this episode Andy talks about: The history of high intensity interval training (HIIT). The health and performance benefits of HIIT. The common faults people make when implementing HIIT. His recommendations for programming HIIT  training within Military and first responders. Recommended Resources: Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning by Haff and Triplett Google Scholar - High intensity interval training Google Scholar  - Sprint interval training You can contact Andy directly either through Email: or on social media at: Twitter: @Andy_Hall9 Linkedin: Andy Hall ResearchGate: Andy Hall Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
December 04, 2020
Ari Knazan and Jason Rebsch (Invictus LEO): Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Law Enforcement.
Ari Knazan and Jason Rebsch founded Invictus in an effort to educate police officers and departments on the importance of Jiu Jitsu for law enforcement personnel. Ari Knazan has over 30 years experience in the martial arts and is a 1st degree black belt under Keith Owen (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and a 5th degree Black Belt under Steve Hiscoe (Japanese Jiu Jitsu), both which Ari credits to saving his life on a number of occasions.  In addition to being a proud member of his city’s police force, he also operates a full time Jiu Jitsu academy and several online businesses which all revolve around personal safety, combative training and tactical awareness. Ari also is the host of Torvus Podcast, which aims at exploring the lighter side of life and runs Chaos Tactica: watches and BJJ rings Jason Rebsch Has 24 years combined police experience and is a Black Belt and Instructor under Brian Marvin of Renzo Gracie Houston. Currently is assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division of his Department and has previously served as Patrol Sergeant and SRT Team Leader among other positions. Jason is also responsible for teaching Patrol, Active Shooter and Defensive Tactics at his agency. Jason has trained Jiu Jitsu for nearly 12 years and has competed at all levels. Jason is also the creator of @BJJCop whose goal is to encourage Police Officers to begin training Jiu Jitsu by demonstrating the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu in Law Enforcement.  In this episode Ari and Jason talk about: Their choices to follow a career in Law Enforcement. Their journey in to BJJ. Real world examples of how BJJ is effective in Law Enforcement. Why they created Invictus. Recommendations and things to consider when trying to implement a BJJ training programme in your department. Resources: Research Paper - Why cops don't train Research Paper - How Jiu Jitsu is saving lives in Law Enforcement Chad Lyman - Code 4 concepts (Youtube Channel) Jocko Willink - Jocko Podcast David Goggins - website Gary Vaynerchuk - website You can contact Ari and Jason through the Invictus LEO website:  and you can  email them at Social media - Youtube channel - Invictusleo Instagram - @invictusleo_official Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 27, 2020
Dr. Nick Barringer (West Point Military Academy): Nutritional Research in the Military.
LT Colonel Nick Barringer is an expert on nutrition and performance for the tactical athlete.  Nick currently researches and serves as an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy.  Previously while working at the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine he researched Warfighter nutritional requirements in differing environments to include deployed Special Operators. Prior to that, he taught performance nutrition at the Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition. Nick served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as a member of the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program where he oversaw the nutrition and aspects of the physical training of Rangers.    Nick received his undergraduate degree in dietetics from the University of Georgia and his doctorate in kinesiology from Texas A&M.   Nick is passionate about improving nutrition and performance in tactical athletes and has the unique perspective of a researcher, teacher, and practitioner having deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan so he best understands both the academic and applied demands of the tactical athlete.  Nick has presented at both national and international conferences on tactical athlete nutrition and performance and his research has appeared in multiple media outlets such as Science Daily and Men’s Journal. In this episode Nick talks about:  His role in the 75th Ranger Regiment as part of the Ranger Athlete Warrior Program.  The energy demand of different training schools and the impact of calorie deficits on force production.  His role at West Point.  The impact of Omega 3 and Vitamin D on soldiers resiliency and mood.  Other research projects he is currently engaged in.   Resources discussed in this episode:  Books -  Endure by Alex Hutchinson  Game Changer by Fergus Connolly  The Process by Fergus Connolly  Websites-  Martin Rooney - Training for warriors  Jeff Martone - Tactical Athlete  Dr. John Berardi - Precision Nutrition  Prof. Stuart Philips - Twitter  Dr. Lee Margolis - Researchgate  You can stay up to date with Nick and his work via social media where he is Nick Barringer PhD, RDN on Facebook and on Instagram and you can also email him direct at  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 20, 2020
Joseph Warwick (Ceteris Paribus Performance): Training Practices within British Fire Fighters.
Joe Warwick is an experienced Strength and Conditioning coach having previously worked in the Academy system at London Wasps before being appointed as the Head of Strength and Conditioning/performance manager for Chelsea FC Women's team. Looking for a new challenge Joe transitioned in to a career as a firefighter with the  London Fire Brigade.  In addition to working as a fulltime firefighter Joe is also a student at University College London where he is undertaking a MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Medicine, Where he is engaged in key research within first responder organisations. In this episode Joe talks about: His experience of moving from performance sport in to the London Fire Brigade. His thoughts on the physical demands placed on firefighters and how to train for this. The current training practices within British firefighters. His key advice to managing training for anyone involved within the British fire service. Resources discussed in this episode: Books - Bad Science by Ben Goldacre When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi  Apps- Fitr woman - Fitr coach - Website - You can stay up to date with Joe and his work via his website at: or via social media where he is @CPPerformUK – on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter   or via LinkedIn: Joseph Warwick Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 13, 2020
Wendy Lund, RN, MSc. (Wellth Management): Mindfulness in First Responders.
With over 3 decades of experience as a professor of health sciences, Wendy Lund understands the physiology and pathophysiology of ease and disease.  She became concerned over the educational gap that existed in preparing first responders to engage with trauma and tragedy and the growing number of deaths by suicides in vulnerable populations. Motivated to fill this gap, Wendy went back to school in her early 50's. Her graduation in 2017 from the University of Aberdeen makes her one of very few globally with a MSc in mindfulness studies. Her research built a case for why proactive strategies matter in training and sustaining a resilient mind. Grateful for her career in academia, she retired early to provide others with an understanding of how to create and cause your mental health, not simply avoid disease. She founded Wellth Management to fill a gap and inspire individuals and organisations to redefine wealth using evidence-based theory and strategies to create wellness and build stress tolerance. In this episode Wendy talks about: Her definition of mindfulness. Her decision to return to education to pursue a MSc in mindfulness studies. Why mindfulness and being present is important for first responders. Steps to implement mindfulness in to daily practice. The creation of her company Wellth Management and her free resource: Reach for Resiliency.  Resources discussed in this episode: Books -  Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer Silver Linings: Stories of Gratitude, Resiliency and Growth Through Adversity by Janice Landry Courses-  Reach for Resiliency  Public Health & Safety Worker Content & Conversation Course for Friends and Family You can stay up to date with Wendy and her work via her website at: or via social media on Twitter: @WorkWithHeartWM and @WLund100  or via LinkedIn: Wellthmanagement Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
November 06, 2020
Captain Mario Knapp (Tactical Rope Safety): Scenario Based Training.
Mario Knapp is a 26-year veteran of one of the largest police agencies in South Florida. He is currently assigned as the Captain of the Warrants Bureau. Previous assignments include being assigned as Training Bureau Captain, Kendall District Captain, Northside District Captain, commander of the Robbery Intervention Detail (RID), Platoon Commander of the Port of Miami, Sergeant in the Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT), and a full-time Special Response Team (SRT) member.  He has been assigned to the Department's Training Bureau in every rank, where he supervised and oversaw all in-service and advanced departmental training matters, to include tactical and force-related training programs within the department, and served as the Departmental expert in use-of-force. As both a Lieutenant and Sergeant, he oversaw the Department’s TASER CEW, Defensive Tactics and Firearms programs. Mario is a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, Advanced Firearms and Sub-machine gun Instructor, Rappel-Master Instructor and Close Quarter Battle Instructor. Mario has also served as a member of the Training Advisory Board for multiple police product manufacturers.  In this episode Mario talks about: His experience of teaching within law enforcement. His approach to training and how he breaks down his training cycles. How he sets up training scenarios to achieve a specific training response. The challenge of time and funding on officer training. The key lessons he has learned over his career. App recommendation: Creative Live You can contact Mario at or check out his website at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 30, 2020
Trent Greener (EXOS): Managing Human Performance Within Special Operations.
Trent Greener is an EXOS contractor and currently serves as the Human Performance Program Coordinator at NATO Special Operations Headquarters.  Previously, he served as the Human Performance Coordinator for multiple Human Performance teams that worked with the United States Army Intelligence Support Activity (USAISA) throughout the greater Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland area.  Before joining the special operations community, Trent spent 25 years in USA collegiate athletics as a Sports Performance Coach at: Purdue University; Northern Illinois University; University of Wyoming (1992-1999; and again from 2009 – 2014), Oregon State University and the University of Washington. He has trained nearly every available college athletic team, both male and female and has helped well over 100+ athletes move directly from college into the National Football League, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball and other elite level athletic platforms all over the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of Wyoming. I also hold certifications from the US National Strength and Conditioning Association: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS); Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with *Distinction (RSCC*D) and a Level 1 certification with United States American Weightlifting (USAW1). Formerly, he has been a competitive powerlifter in the 181, 198 and 220lbs class; a competitive bodybuilder and road cyclist in USA Cycling. In this episode Trent talks about: His move from college strength and conditioning to human performance within special operations. Putting together and managing a human performance programme within special operations. The key lessons he has learnt from his years of experience working with tactical personnel.  Resources discussed in this episode: The human performance resource centre (HPRC) -  A great source for military-specific evidence-based Total Force Fitness information. NSCA's Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning - Textbook NSCA TSAC Report - The TSAC Report is comprised of exclusive content for tactical facilitators and professionals, and is delivered in quarterly, electronic issues. You can reach out to Trent via his social media channels on Twitter @CoachTGreener and Instagram @realcoachgreener Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 23, 2020
Annette Zapp (FireSQFitness): Mental Health in Fire Fighters.
A 16-year veteran of the fire service,  Annette Zapp holds the rank of Lieutenant and owns FireSQFitness, a coaching business dedicated to the physical and mental health and wellness of fire fighters worldwide.  She earned a master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and is also credentialed as a NSCA CSCS and TSAC-F, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, a CSNS through the Society of Neurosports and a CISSN through the International Society of Sports Nutrition. She was recently named to an Illinois Senate task force focused on mitigating first responder suicide. Annette is an adjunct faculty at the University of Denver in the graduate program for Sport Coaching and is a proud member of the panel of experts that recently reviewed and revised the TSAC Practitioner Course for the NSCA.   She is also a highly sought-after public speaker and has appeared on a dozen podcasts in the last year. In this episode Annette talks about: Her transition from the fitness industry to the fire service. The current state of mental health in firefighters and shares her own story with us. How to build resilience in firefighters. The biggest obstacles to implementing wellness programmes in to fire departments. Book recommendation: The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection by Joshua Mantz You can contact Annette via her Website at and E-mail: Stay up to date with Annette via her social media channels at: Instagram: @firesqfitness Twitter: @firesqfitness Facebook: @firesqfitness Make sure to check out Devote December on Instagram @devotedecember, a collaboration between Annette and Chris Marella of 4thshiftfitness to bring awareness to Fire and EMS suicide and mental health. Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 16, 2020
Susan Lopez, RD (Tactical Dietitian): Nutritional Recommendations For The Tactical Athlete.
Susan is a seven-year Army veteran who served between 2000 and 2007 in both the Army Reserves and Active Duty with two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2002  – 2003; 2004 - 2005).   Susan currently works with the Army’s Health and Holistic Fitness Program bringing education centered around nutrition and lifestyle to frontline forces.  Daily she works alongside soldiers at the ground level to ensure a force that is ready to perform at all times.  Susan also owns a private practice working with military entrant hopefuls, police, and firefighters. Susan received her bachelor’s degree and completed a 900-hour internship with the University of Houston in Texas before becoming a registered dietitian.  She then went on to become part of the less than 1% of dietitians to hold a board certification in Sports Nutrition.  For almost a decade, Susan has been creating programs for tactical athletes including firefighters, police officers, and military service members.  She is currently finishing her Master’s in Exercise Science at Concordia University, Chicago. In this episode Susan talks about: What her role as a tactical dietitian entails. Her general nutritional recommendations as well as common nutritional faults within the Military. Her recommendations for first responders on how to manage energy balance throughout their shift. Advice to anyone considering a career as a tactical dietitian.   Book recommendation: Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch Practical sport nutrition by Louise Burke Metabolic efficiency training by Bob Seebohar You can follow Susan via her Instagram account @tactical.dietitian or you can contact her for any help and support via her website at If you want to find out more information regarding the nutrition within tactical populations check out Susan's podcast at The Performance Dietitian Podcast Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 09, 2020
Dr. Allison Brager (US Army): Sleep Science.
Major Allison J. Brager is a neuroscientist for the United States Army. She has worked at the storied Walter Reed Army Institute of Research outside Washington, DC. where she and her team have leveraged sleep science discoveries to provide fatigue management solutions to the frontlines.  At present, she is an athlete of the Army's Warrior Fitness Team and serves as the battalion’s Director of Human Performance and Outreach Education. She sits on fatigue management working groups for the Office of the Army Surgeon General, the United States government, and NATO. She is also under candidate selection for the Army Astronaut Program in order to do research on the International Space Station. This past March, she was deployed to New York City to co-lead the COVID-19 clinical testing laboratory of the field support hospital established at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Allison Brager is also a CrossFit "OG," dating back to 2011. She was on a 2013 and 2015 CrossFit Games team and competed as an individual in 2012 and 2014 Southeast CrossFitRegionals.  Her popular science book, "Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain," which she started writing after the 2013 CrossFit Games and had it published right before the 2015 CrossFitGames, bridges her own athletic anecdotes with the latest neuroscience and "biohacks" of elite performance. On this episode Allison talks about: Her decision to join the Military. The various roles and opportunities within her career so far from leading in a clinical laboratory during Covid-19 in New York to being a member of the Army warrior fitness team and being put forward for the Army Astronaut programme. The benefits of sleep as well as the risks of not getting enough sleep. The importance of sleep quality and quantity. How people can set themselves up for the best possible nights sleep. Book recommendations from this episode: Lincoln on leadership by Donald Phillips How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie You can follow Allison via Instagram @docjockzzz as well as checking out her book Meathead: unraveling the athletic brain by Allison Brager Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
October 02, 2020
Shannon Maclachlan (Train Her): Understanding Female Physiology to Maximise Performance.
Shannon is a veteran of the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) having served with the Royal New Zealand Signals Corps (RNZSigs)as an electronic warfare operator before moving over to the physical training corps as a PTI.  With over 18 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach her lifestyle and family life with her husband, who is a serving special forces soldier, and her two sons revolve around sport, health, physical fitness, adventure and hunting. Aside from her work with military personnel, Shannon has trained sportsmen and women from grassroots to national level. Which Shannon complements with her own competitive background having competed in numerous sports, multisport races, power lifting and body building events. In this episode Shannon talks about: Her early career and her drive to become a PTI. Some of the main faults she sees when it comes to training female athletes. Understanding female physiology to maximize performance training. Her drive to build and launch her own company: Trainher. Recommended Apps: Fitr woman - Fitr coach - You can keep up to date with Shannon on her Instagram page @trainher_athletic_performance  You can also reach Shannon through her website at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
September 25, 2020
Dr. Kelly Kennedy (Fit -To-Enforce): Helping to Educate and Train Police Officers.
Kelly Kennedy, PhD is one of the nation’s leading experts in fitness training for police.  While working for the largest Police Department in the Southeast United States, she has physically trained and tested over 3,700 police recruits and officers since 1999. During this time she has lectured on physical fitness to classes for Police, Corrections and specialized units such as the Special Response Team, Rapid Deployment Force (RDF), and Defensive Tactics Instructor. She lead the design of a large tactical obstacle course, and was a part of a committee to create a pretest physical fitness screening for the members of the RDF. Additionally, she created a physical screening standard for readiness for the Aviation Unit, Marine Patrol Unit and served as the project manager of a team of physiologists in the development of the minimum standards for fitness for the job of Police officer, K-9 unit and Special Response Team. In 2003 she started an education and consulting company called Fit-to-Enforce that takes her all over the country teaching and consulting law enforcement. She has worked as a Subject Matter Expert in physical fitness for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has served on the editorial review board for the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report. In addition, she has presented at Conferences for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference (TSAC) and Florida SWAT Association. Kelly has also hosted workshops for the AVON 3-Day Walk, Team Footworks, was an examiner for ASCM's Health/Fitness Instructor exam, interviewed on the Performance Nutrition Radio Show, and was a featured professional in the SoBeReal section of SoBeFit Magazine.  After graduating with a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, she worked as an adjunct instructor at Florida International University for five years. Kelly is certified with the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and Certified from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN). She is a past certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach from USAW, for 10 years was a Level 1 CrossFit Instructor, currently Certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor, member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and earned a PhD in Global Leadership from Lynn University. In this episode Kelly talks about: Her career path in to her current role. The logistics of delivering a health and fitness programme to such a large police department. How she developed buy-in from the officers she was working with. The current fitness testing measures utilized within the Police Academy. The creation of her Fit to Enforce course to help educate officers on fitness and nutrition so that they can up-skill their own departments. You can contact Kelly her website at and check out to show your appreciation for those currently serving within Law enforcement. Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website at, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages @monarchhumanperformance.
September 18, 2020
Dr. Kate Colvin (The Tactical Psych): Techniques To Develop and Enhance Mental Performance.
Kate is a Sport and Performance Psychology Consultant with over a decade of industry experience. Kate has had the pleasure of working with high performance tactical units from various Nations and is currently working as the Lead Tactical Performance Psychologist for EXOS on a tactical project in Europe. In addition to her work in the tactical field Kate has worked with collegiate, professional, and Olympic level athletes as well as Fortune 500 Companies. Kate believes that if you want to get your grind right, you must first get your mind right. In this episode Kate talks about: Her path to becoming a performance Psychologist. The skills operators can utilize to develop enhanced mental performance. How she has incorporated yoga in to the training of operators to help switch off and down regulate. The use of imagery within injury rehabilitation. Her work as part of Leaving the sideline, a non profit organization that provides resources to Active Service Members, Veterans, and NFL Alumni to increase suicide awareness and reduce the suicide rate. Resources discussed: Books: The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. van der Kolk Breath by James Nestor Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday Apps: Headspace Insighttimer Calm To learn more about Leaving the sideline please see their website at or via Instagram @leaving_the_sideline and Facebook @leavingthesideline You can keep up to date with Kate via her social media channels on Instagram: @thetacticalpsych and Linkedin: Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website at, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages @monarchhumanperformance.
September 11, 2020
Josh Fletcher (JFletcher Performance): Building a Physical Training Programme in Special Forces From The Ground Up.
Josh is a Strength & Conditioning Coach with over 10 years industry experience. He has worked across multiple sports and nations and is currently working as an EXOS Performance Manager on a tactical project in Europe. His particular areas of interest lie within coach development for the next generation of S&C coaches and the puzzle of building high performance structures. In this episode Josh talks about:  Overall programme structure and how this has developed over time.  Creating buy in within military organisations, from the boots on the ground up to senior command.  Lessons learned over his 3 years running this programme.  The biggest barriers he has had to overcome in setting up and running this programme.   You can contact Josh via email at: and stay up to date via Instagram at Jfletcher_performance or Linkedin at  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website at, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages @monarchhumanperformance.
September 04, 2020
Dale Walker and Uzo Ehiogu (Bullet Proof Bodies): Physiotherapy in the Military.
Dale Walker and Uzo Ehiogu are the founders of Bulletproof Bodies, a sports medicine and physiotherapy company providing service and support for  adventure racers, event organisers and athletes who require healthcare professionals that understand the demands of arduous events. Their ethos is to keep you on the field of play by any means necessary using a comprehensive system of  preventative and restorative cutting edge physiotherapy, massage and rehabilitation.  Dale Walker is a University Lecturer in Physiotherapy and an adventure athlete. He is a former Army Physical Training Instructor, Royal Marines Commando and British Army Physiotherapy Officer.  He has over 23 years of Military service, with operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan and is currently serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Reservist. He has a special interest in CrossFit, working as the Physiotherapist for most of the major UK and European CrossFit competitions, including Regionals. Dale currently holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise & Sports Medicine, with Bachelor Degrees in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition and Physiotherapy. He is a full member of the UK Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and has a CrossFit Level 1 certificate.  Uzo Ehiogu is a  Specialist Physiotherapist with an interest in CrossFit and strength and conditioning. He is a former Royal Marines Commando, Special operations solider and British Army Physiotherapy Officer, who has a Masters of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and Bachelor Degrees in Applied Sports Science and  Physiotherapy. He is a full member of the UK Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and a visiting lecturer at several Universities in the UK. Uzo is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a conditioning coach with over 15 years of personal training experience. In this episode Dale and Uzo talk about: Their career paths in to physiotherapy and the Royal Army Medical Corps. Working at Headley Court during military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The role of a Physiotherapist whilst on deployment. Multidisciplinary teams - the need for subject matter experts but also the blurring of lines between roles. How their own practice and philosophy have developed over time. Their views on using research literature to guide and inform practice but also not being shackled by it. Resources discussed: Marcus Filly - Functional bodybuilding, available at Jeremy Lewis - shoulder courses Paul Chek - Holistic lifestyle coaching available at You can keep up to date with Both Dale and Uzo through their social media channels at: Facebook - bulletprooffizzy0 Instagram - bulletproofbodies1 Twitter - bulletprooffiz0 Youtube - Bulletproof physio As well as through their website at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website at, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages @monarchhumanperformance.
August 28, 2020
Dr. Anthony Walker (Optimised Human Performance): The Impact of Heat Stress on Fire Fighters.
Dr. Anthony Walker is an occupational physiologist, specialising in the performance of tactical operators working in extreme environments. He is the managing director of Optimised Human Performance, a consultancy group specializing in maximizing the human capital potential of staff working in high pressure, high intensity environments.  With 15 years as a professional firefighter and officer, Anthony has the unique insight into preparing tactical operators that can only be gained through a combination of research and experience. In this episode Anthony talks about: The logistical landscape of the Australian Fire Service. The impact of heat stress upon firefighters. The impact of body composition on heat stress. Effective pre and post cooling procedures to reduce heat stress on firefighters. Recommended book: Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules by L. David Marquet You can contact Anthony via his website at Optimised human performance or via twitter @walk547 Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website at, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages @monarchhumanperformance.
August 21, 2020
James Elliott (MindField): Building Resiliency.
James Elliott joined the British Army in 2006, going to 7 Para, Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) into a Fire Support Team to the 3 Para battle group. During his time there he deployed around the world, including to Afghanistan. It would be these experiences that would create a pathway to mental resilience coaching. After his own issues with mental health, James began strength and conditioning  coaching at a national league rugby team, where he learned the power of mentoring and development. From this, James was asked to help establish the first ever British Army Parachute Jumping Instructors (APJI) Platoon at RAF Brize Norton. A task in which he relished, being able to apply the same mentoring techniques he had learned within a high performing rugby club, to the young parachute students. It would be at RAF Brize Norton that James also attended several courses in mental health, becoming an instructor, and would also break 2 Guinness world records in feats of endurance in rugby. From this position as an Army Parachute Jumping Instructor, James wrote to the Army HQ, explaining the need for mentorship from credible and experienced soldiers in mental resilience and  well being. The email was well received and in early 2018 James was moved from the parachute training school and was placed into Army health, whereby he would help the development and delivery of all mental resilience training,  including to special forces and deploying to Estonia to deliver to the soldier’s posted there. James developed a very good understanding of how to effectively deliver what is a complicated subject to a wide range of different audiences and contexts. In 2020, James formally terminated his contract with the British Army, now taking his brand of mental resilience and well being training, to a much wider audience, including the Paralympic Rowing Team and a number of other high performing individual’s and environments, developing his knowledge of psychology through both academic studies and the practical application of resilience. In this episode James talks about: His  thoughts on what mental resilience is. The development of the mental resilience coach role within the British Army. How this programme has been disseminated throughout the British Army. His methods to help build mental resilience. Positive and Negative behaviors which add or detract from mental resilience. How to be proactive as well as reactive on bad mental health days. His 2 Guinness world records for the longest games of 7's and 10's rugby. You can stay up to date with James via his instagram page @jameselliottofficial. Keep up to date with James and his next Guinness world record attempt via the Horus 7s Instagram page. Link to  recommended books: The chimp paradox by Dr. Steven Peters and Behave by Robert Sapolsky Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website at, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages @monarchhumanperformance.
August 14, 2020
Daniel Cooper (Komanchi Group): The Impact of Anxiety on Performance.
Dan is a 18 year veteran of Australian Special Operations with extensive experience on combat operations throughout his career.  Dan also has a parallel passion for human performance with academic knowledge coupled with practical experience developing human-performance programs for Special Operations and later within elite performance sport.  He is now focused on researching evidence-based practice for developing optimal performance behaviors to maximize accurate information processing, response selection and stress resilience in high consequence, complex and adaptive environments. Dan is also an avid practitioner in testing his physical and mental limits though participation in varied competitions as well as the worlds toughest adventure races and ultimate endurance events. In this episode Dan talks about:  His Military career and his choice to join the Special Air Service (SAS).  The Physical and Psychological demands of Special forces selection.  His interest in human performance and his role of developing a performance programme in special forces.  His transition in to professional sport and his work with Queensland Reds.  His involvement in adventure racing and his preparation for the Idiatarod 1000 mile trail race.  His current PhD research looking at the impact of anxiety on performance.  You can keep up to date with Daniel via his Instagram page @dancooper_msc or via his website at  Book Recommendation: The liberator by Felix Sparks  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
August 07, 2020
Pete Howe: Crossfit in the Military.
Pete Howe is a former Royal Marines Physical Training Instructor and member of UK Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). He has over 13 years experience in physical training and preparing individuals for the rigors of Military service within the Royal Marines and Royal Navy. He currently works as a private contractor at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) helping to physically train international officers for the demands of a naval career. In addition to his Military career he was a member of the GB Bobsleigh team and is now a competitive Crossfitter.  In this episode Pete talks about: His career in the Royal Marines and his transition to full time athlete as part of the GB bobsleigh team. His role at Britannia Royal Naval College. Some of the common faults in individuals preparation to join the Royal Marines and Royal Navy. His transition in to Crossfit. The growth of Crossfit within the British Military and how individuals can incorporate Crossfit in to their current training.  You can stay up to date with Pete via his Instagram pages at Petehowe79 and zn_zonenutrition. You can also contact him via his Facebook page. Link to  app: Archon app Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 31, 2020
Jeremy Robinson (MXA Performance): Strength and Conditioning in Law Enforcement.
Jeremy is an internationally recognized Strength and Conditioning Coach with over 12 years of experience consulting and coaching within various law enforcement agencies. This is combined with 10 years of service within operational Law Enforcement, having worked in general duties policing, public order and tactical response teams.  In addition to working as a practitioner, Jeremy has both published and presented internationally several research studies within the field of Strength and Conditioning for specialist tactical teams.  In this episode Jeremy discusses: His move from serving in Law enforcement to becoming a performance coach. The challenges of working with tactical personnel vs the traditional sport model. How his training and testing model has evolved over the years.  Individualizing training for younger operators and older veterans. How he achieved buy-in from the officers he worked with. You can contact Jeremy via email on and stay up to date with his instagram page.  Link to Martin Bucheit book: Science and Application of High Intensity Interval Training Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 24, 2020
Jonpaul Nevin (Buckinghamshire New University): Physical Preparation for Ground Close Combat.
Jonpaul is a Senior Lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at Buckinghamshire New University. He has over fifteen years’ experience in the fields of military physical training, exercise rehabilitation, performance sport and academia.  He previously served in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps as an Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor before taking up the role of Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at the service charity Help for Heroes. He moved into academia in 2017 and is course leader for a BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning programme.  He is an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association(UKSCA) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association(NSCA). He has over eight peer-reviewed publications and is currently working towards his PhD investigating the optimisation of handcycling performance. Other research interests include velocity-based training, auto-regulated resistance training and enhancing the physical preparedness of the modern soldier for the demands of ground close combat.  In this episode Jonpaul discusses:   Jonpaul's career in the British Army and his move to Lead Strength and Conditioning coach at service charity, Help for Heroes.  The role of a rehabilitation instructor within the multidisciplinary team at DMRC Headley Court.  The demands faced by ground close combat (GCC) soldiers whilst serving in Afghanistan.  His thoughts on how to prepare soldiers in ground close combat roles.   His work as Lead Strength and Conditioning coach at service charity, Help for Heroes. Along with the preparation for large projects such as race across America and Operation Surf.  You can keep up to date with Jonpaul on Linkedin and view his research on Researchgate.  Link to Ian Jeffreys book: Effective coaching in Strength and Conditioning.  Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 17, 2020
Mike Chadwick (Red On Fitness): Long Term Athlete Development in the Military.
Mike Chadwick began his career with the Parachute Regiment back in 2007 and has worked with both the 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and Special Forces Support Group (SFSG). During this time he deployed and led on multiple operations and overseas exercises before being selected to become the lead Physical Training Instructor at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick (ITC), gaining a full BSc (Hons) degree in Coaching. It was here that he was successfully selected as a Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructor (RAPTCI) earning multiple awards and commendations including a GOC, announced alongside the Queens Birthday Honors list, 2019. In this episode Mike discusses: His career in the Parachute Regiment and his move to the Royal Army Physical Training Corps (RAPTC). The development of Op Achilles, a programme to develop future paratroopers to cope with demands of selection in to the Parachute Regiment. The need to individualize training and earning the right to progress.  The challenges of training 15 -17 year old soldiers and considerations for long term development.  Barriers to implementing a strength based programme in a system accustomed to endurance and calisthenic based training. You can keep up to date with Mike on his social media platforms on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You can also reach Mike through his website at Keep up to date with Monarch Human Performance via our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.
July 10, 2020
A brief introduction to the Monarch Human Performance Podcast.  This podcast is for aspiring and current military personnel as well as first responders such as police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Our mission is to provide current research and information from a range of performance disciplines including: medicine, nutrition, strength & conditioning, physiology, psychology and wellness.  In this podcast you will find interviews with current and former tactical personnel, performance support staff and academic researchers helping us to understand the demands faced by tactical athletes and organisations.
June 28, 2020