Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk

By PLT4M
As a teacher or coach, you are expected to have all the answers. If you have a passion for fitness, strength and conditioning, or just working with students and athletes, this is the podcast for you.

Join Doug Curtin as he explores the questions and challenges that face high school coaches and teachers.

Chalk Talk is presented by PLT4M, an educational fitness platform built for high school teachers and coaches.
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# 81 - Starting Conversations Around Race and Sport
PLT4M team members Doug Curtin and Drew Sawyer sit down and begin to have a conversation around race and athletics. Drew provides insights and life experiences and offers words of encouragement for any coach out there that is not quite sure where to start when it comes to supporting their black athletes.    This episode is a small part of PLT4M's ongoing effort to address the systemic racism that exists in our country, and find ways to best add value to our world of high school athletics and coaching. If you want to join in on this important conversation please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
30:31
June 16, 2020
# 80 - A Year In Review - Thanks For Joining Us!
Thank you to all those who have made this first year of podcasting so special! We are going to be taking a 'summer break' from posting new episodes, but we will be back in the fall!  One year and 80 episodes later, a big shout out and thank you to our coaches and teachers across the country who listened, watched, and even came on to the podcast to contribute from time to time. If one thing is for certain, we serve a unique and special audience, that deserves relevant and informative content. We hope that you enjoyed listening along the way, and we will see you back in the fall! 
10:31
June 4, 2020
# 79 - Return To Play - Easing Back In
As we approach returning to the weight room or training with our athletes in general there is a lot of uncertainty. How should we approach adjusting athletes weights? How should we make sure people are safely lifting with or without spotters?    There is so much to unpack, which is why Coach Bres does his best to give insights and a bit of guidance to the physical and technical sides of returning to the weight room.
47:09
June 1, 2020
78 - Middle School PE feat. Michael Graham
We often start students on a robust fitness education once they arrive to high school. Michael Graham joins the podcast to talk about how his district is exploring and moving to get the foundation of fitness built with students at the middle school level. We talk over everything from the benefits to logistics with Michael!
27:05
May 28, 2020
# 77 - Cultivating Culture - In A Covid World
We often use the weight room to build and grow the culture of our teams. With many of us unable to get into the weight room, we now must find new and creative ways to foster team unity and cohesion. For teams with a good foundation this might come easily, but what about the teams who are still on their first steps of 'building' a program rich with culture and tradition?
39:56
May 26, 2020
# 76 - Serving Multi-Sport Athletes feat. Aaron Charles
At a school of about 500 students, Southmont Athletics has many of it's athletes participating in multiple sports. Athletic Director, Aaron Charles, wanted to find a way that all of his teams, coaches, and athletes were working together in their training off the field. Aaron joins the podcast to talk about how Southmont is utilizing PLT4M for remote training and the future of the program.
29:46
May 21, 2020
# 75 - Remote Summer Workouts - Embracing The Challenge
Summer training might look a little (or a lot different) for most programs this year. Coach Bres has run a summer program for over a decade, and is actually looking at this summer as an exciting and fun challenge. We talk about how many of the ways we build community and culture still exist at home. We then take a deeper dive into the actual training programs to help athletes get better over the summer. Check out more at PLT4M.
1:00:17
May 18, 2020
# 74 - Relationship Building feat. Alan Stein Jr.
Alan Stein Jr. is more than just a keynote speaker and well known author...he is a fantastic podcast guest. Alan joins Chalk Talk to discuss building relationships with athletes, coaches, and parents and shares some of his key insights from the best in basketball and business. Check out more at PLT4M.
51:53
May 14, 2020
# 73 - The Core - The When, Why, & How To Train
When people want a stronger core, should they just go do sit ups and crunches?    Coach Bres talks about how the core is much more than the 'abs' that many strive to obtain in their daily life and training.  Check out the full episode and more at PLT4M.
53:34
May 11, 2020
# 72 - Weight Room To Zoom Room feat. Bryan Diekmann
When the weight room had to shut down with the rest of school, Bryan Diekmann turned to Zoom and PLT4M to continue coaching his student-athletes from a distance. Coach Bryan Diekmann is in his second year at Glenwood High School in Iowa and joins the podcast to share what they have been doing to keep kids moving in the right direction of athletic development while at home.  Check out more at PLT4M.
26:29
May 7, 2020
# 71 - Cardio - What Is It Good For
'My lineman should not be running miles!' 'My sprinters are going for long slow runs - ah!'  We break down cardio and why it is an important part of a well-rounded training program. Check out more at PLT4M.
49:11
May 4, 2020
# 70 - Scaling Success feat. Chad Gage
Chad Gage had created a 'Red Shirt' Training program for mostly wrestlers over the summer that saw tons of success. A few years ago he took on the challenge of scaling that success to a school-wide strength and conditioning program.    We talk with Chad as to how relationship building, help from other coaches, and recognizing success in students has lead to what they now call "Eagan Trained" for the whole school. Check out episodes and lots more content at PLT4M. 
33:37
April 30, 2020
# 69 - The Vert - Breaking Down A Crowd Favorite
Where is the program that is going to make my vertical better? Where is your program designed for athletes who are jumping a lot?    Coaches and athletes want the program that makes the most sense for their sport....Coach Bres explains why we need not look further than a well rounded strength and conditioning program. The jump in basketball or volleyball is important, but what about all that surrounds that one specific movement in the sport.
39:39
April 27, 2020
# 68 - Schools Going Remote feat. Michael Horn
Remote schooling has always been an option, but never the dominant one. Now, every school across the country is navigating remote and distance learning at a large scale.  Michael Horn has dedicated his life talking, researching, and working through disruptive education strategies and joins the podcast to discuss what schools going remote does, can, and should look like. 
35:46
April 23, 2020
# 67 - Bodyweight Training - Adaptations & Considerations
Everyone at home has a chance to 'dial it in' for their bodyweight movement patterns. This episode discusses not only the basics of bodyweight training, but how scaling and variety exist in bodyweight exercises much like any other barbell or dumbbell movement.    Looking for inspiration on why your bodyweight training program is going to be beneficial? Look no further! Go check out lots more at PLT4M!
45:06
April 20, 2020
# 66 - Distance Learning In PE feat. Brian DeCarli
"I don't think there is anything more relevant right now than physical activity and wellness." Brian DeCarli at San Benito High School in CA sees distance learning as a great opportunity for PE as a subject because of just how important it is for the wellness of students on a daily basis. Check out more at PLT4M. 
24:47
April 16, 2020
# 65 - Lactic Acid - Feel The Burn
Feel the burn! Flush it out! These are all things coaches have used when talking about 'lactic acid.' Coach Bres helps to separate the differences between lactic acid and lactate and how they do or do not relate to our training.   If you think you know lactic acid, this is a good one!
44:49
April 13, 2020
# 64 - Fuel 4 Fitness feat. Rebecca Toutant
PLT4M is excited to announce the launch of our new nutrition initiative: Fuel 4 Fitness. This podcast is a preview of all the things in Fuel 4 Fitness to come!  As a company of coaches, we pride ourselves in producing the best quality content and materials for ALL things fitness. While we have dedicated much of our focus to strength and conditioning, we know that a big part of performance depends on how we fuel our bodies. We are thrilled to welcome Rebecca Toutant to our team to take on all things nutrition!
30:27
April 9, 2020
# 63 - Stretching - The Great Debate
Stretching is something that has been around for thousands of years, but in the last decade the practice has come under some scrutiny. On this episode, Coach Bres breaks down why we do it both for our physical and mental benefits, as well as important considerations on when to do it.    Check out more at PLT4M.
40:01
April 6, 2020
# 62 - Routines In PE feat. Brian Hull
Establishing routines in life can go a long way. That is why Brian Hull, Shape Teacher Of The Year, works with his students to help establish great routines in PE class as well.  This podcast was originally recorded, before all of our routines were disrupted by Covid-19, but has great insights for how we can structure class when we do get back to normal!  Go check out lots more at PLT4M.
45:19
April 2, 2020
# 61 - Detraining - Myths & Misconceptions
New circumstances have caused a lot of coaches to worry that their athletes might lose out on the gains made now that they are at home.    Coach Bres took a deep dive into all of the different research around 'detraining' to try and find some clarity about what has everyone a buzz on social media.   Listen to the full episode, but remember that first and foremost as coaches we want to help guide our students and athletes as best we can through this confusing time. As much as you might worry about losing a certain aspect of training, try to also remember that we can do so much good just helping our students to say active in ANY way while at home.
48:05
March 30, 2020
# 60 - Mindfulness With Molly Collins
With so much time on our minds, and a lot of craziness in the world, we must be intentional when it comes to our mindfulness. Molly Collins, PE teacher, Softball Coach, & PLT4M Coaches Club member puts it all in perspective.    We break town her 8 ideas for mindfulness and have some fun on this episode of Chalk Talk.   Want to check out her full article on ideas and tips around mindfulness? Go check it out: Mindfulness Article By Molly Collins  Go Check It All Out At PLT4M.
33:38
March 26, 2020
# 59 - The DOMS -All Things Muscle Soreness
We all know that feeling in our muscles after a great workout. It could be a few minutes, few hours, or even a few days later, but gosh can your muscles be sore!    Coach Bres breaks down what the DOMs is, is not, and what we can do when we start to feel that soreness ourselves! Check out more at PLT4M.
46:56
March 23, 2020
# 58 - Flexible Yet Structured feat. John VanDusen
When we set up extremely rigid weight room schedules for high school athletes, we may be setting them up for failure. Kids have other sports, jobs, and life responsibilities that make getting to the weight room at an exact day and time challenging.  Coach John VanDusen talks about how high school athletes are thriving at Kingsford because of the balance PLT4M has given them between flexibility and structure. Check out more at PLT4M.
36:09
March 19, 2020
# 57 - Injury Prevention - What, When, Why, & How?
Coaches often cite injury prevention as one of the biggest reasons they love strength and conditioning. We take a look at what injury prevention is on both the micro and macro level.  Check out the full podcast notes and much more at PLT4M.
49:39
March 16, 2020
# 56 - Women In Weights - Round Table Discussion
The typical high school weight room has predominantly been made up of male athletes and coaches. However, times are changing, and more women are entering into the world of strength and conditioning as athletes and coaches than ever before.  Molly Collins (PE Teacher, Sport Coach, Weights Teacher), Emily Plucker (Strength Coach), and Jackie Wogan (Director of Customer Success at PLT4M) have a round table discussion covering topics surrounding around women in weights - as coaches and athletes.  Check out more from PLT4M. 
45:34
March 12, 2020
# 55 - Eccentric - All About The Negative
Time under tension!? On this episode, we discuss considerations around 'eccentric' training.  We first talk about the movements, build it into training, and then explore when and where it makes sense. Go check out more at PLT4M. If you have questions or topics you want to hear on the podcast, we always welcome feedback to keep this as relevant to the coaches and teachers we serve! 
45:02
March 9, 2020
# 54 - A Shared Vision of S+C feat. John Martin, CSCS
"The football team was using the weight room, but not many others." This common theme at the high school level is what John Martin inherited when he got to Queensbury High School in New York a few years ago.   Coach Martin, CSCS, set out to create a strength and conditioning program that all sports teams wanted to be involved with. Check out this great conversation about how a young coach is taking the route of education and humility when he looks to grow the program. Follow Coach Martin on Twitter and go check out more at PLT4M.
33:47
March 5, 2020
# 53 - Weight Belts
To wear a weight belt, to not wear a weight belt, that is the question!   Lots of times when things get heavy, we just naturally go to grab a weight belt. But should we? Listen to this podcast before your athletes race to strap up before the next big lift. Check out more at PLT4M.
34:54
March 2, 2020
# 52 - Team Training - School Spotlight: North Attleboro
North Attleboro High School has a history of winning. But in recent years, as more athletes have gone to personal trainers and private gyms, they have felt their winning edge start to slip.    We sat down with Head Coach Don Johnson and Coach Kevin Mahoney to talk about the value of team training that goes far past getting a good workout in. Check out more at PLT4M. 
20:25
February 27, 2020
# 51 - Power Training - What, Why & How?
A combination of strength and speed? Sign me up. Just about any coach is interested in developing power within their athletes, but before you go adopt the next 'POWER' program be sure to listen to this podcast to consider all the variables in strength and conditioning. Check out all the content right at PLT4M. 
39:08
February 24, 2020
# 50 - Intro to S+C feat. Trent Clausen
Every freshman takes Intro to S+C at Conestoga High School with Trent Clausen.  Coach Clausen creates a welcoming environment designed to set students up for long term success.  Check out his article breaking down 5 tips for running an Intro to S+C class. 
21:19
February 20, 2020
# 49 - "The Squat" - What, Why & How?
"The Squat" is probably one of the most talk about movements in strength and conditioning. Some people immediately jump to thinking about the barbell back squat, but we break down all the variations and progressions that the squat has for your high school athletes!  Check out more at PLT4M. 
48:26
February 17, 2020
# 48 - Professional Development feat. Eric Davolt
Eric Davolt is a Teacher Adviser for k-12 physical education at one of the largest school districts in California. He joins Chalk Talk to discuss what he does as a #PhysEdCoach.  Check out more from Eric At ThePhysEdCoach. Check out more at PLT4M. 
26:01
February 13, 2020
# 47 - The "Warm Up" - What, Why and How?
'We only have so much time, let's skip the warm up!' Before you go racing past the warm up, consider what it provides far past just getting 'warm.' Coach Bres talks about how the warm up is an integral part of your training, no matter how much time you have in a given session.  Check out more at PLT4M.
43:13
February 10, 2020
# 46 - Evolving Curriculum feat. Bo Shappell and Daniella Land
When Bo Shappell set out to re-think his PE curriculum, he ended up co-authoring a book with his wife Daniella Land. Now the two are proud authors of ‘All In -The Mindset Of Fitness’ and creators of WE Integrated. This episode focuses on balancing PE curriculums with competitive team sports and individualized activities (like yoga). Check out more at PLT4M.
31:02
February 6, 2020
# 45 - Supplements - Part 2: Creatine and Pre-Workout
Student-athletes excited about training often turn to supplements for a competitive edge. On Part 2, we discuss the pros and cons of creatine and pre-workout.  If you have not checked out part 1 on protein you can do so here: Supplements - Part 1: Protein. Go check out lot's more at PLT4M. 
45:41
February 3, 2020
# 44 - Standards vs 'Buy-In' feat. Brian Kight
Dysfunction is uncomfortable. Elite is uncomfortable. One leads you to nothing and the other leads you to the ultimate goal.    Brian Kight discusses the benefits of having standards instead of aimlessly hoping for 'buy-in'. Check out more at PLT4M. Check out more of Brian Kight at his website. 
50:30
January 30, 2020
# 43 - Supplements - Part 1: Protein
Student-athletes excited about training often turn to supplements for a competitive edge. Before your student-athletes go buy the next tub of protein, Coach Bres encourages us to ask some simple questions. What is your current diet like? How much sleep are you getting?  PLT4M gives the honest and fair shake on the conversation around protein supplements!
29:57
January 27, 2020
# 42 - PE 4 Every Kid feat. Mike Graham
Every Physical Education class is an opportunity for student growth and development. Mike Graham approaches his Elementary Physical Education classes with creativity and ingenuity. While Chalk Talk typically talks with teachers and coaches at the secondary level, this is a great episode for all of our listeners because it breaks down tech, advocacy and all things PE! Go check out more at PLT4M. 
32:20
January 23, 2020
# 41 - The "Clean" - The What, Why, How of an OLY Lift
Some coaches look at 'the clean' and avoid it like the plague in all forms. Coach Bres defines what the clean is in all of its parts so that we can start to talk about why and how the clean can be incorporated into high school strength and conditioning programs. If you are are a PLT4M customer go refer your friends to enter into a raffle! If you are not a customer, come check it out and tell us Doug sent you: PLT4M Referral Page
46:51
January 20, 2020
# 40 - Correcting Movement Faults feat. Craig Cheek
Own It. Be Deliberate. Have Intent. All good words to use in the weight room. But what happens when movements are not up to the standard we want as coaches? Coach Craig Cheek joins the podcast to talk about how he keeps his athletes moving safely, while not panicking when kids struggle to move exactly how we want them to. Go check out more at PLT4M. Follow Craig on Twitter @Built_By_Craig
34:47
January 16, 2020
# 39 - Speed and Agility
It seems to be everyone's favorite training topic, yet some struggle for an exact definition. We define and discuss speed and agility in it's most pure form. And then, we go into what to consider for teaching Speed and Agility to high school student-athletes. Coach Bres breaks down, how, like anything else, Speed and Agility needs to be taught in it's most basic form before anyone starts to think about the sexiest new cone or ladder drill. Go check out more at PLT4M. 
40:43
January 13, 2020
# 38 - Shape Standards feat. Brian and Brad Hull
For Brian and Brad, Physical Education is a family affair. The Hull brothers have embraced the Shape Standards in their classes and were both recently recognized with prestigious Teacher Of The Year Awards. On this episode, we cover all of the Shape Standards and how the Hull brothers have applied them into their classrooms. Go check out more at PLT4M.
35:54
January 9, 2020
# 37 - Technology Under Attack feat. Justin Contois
'Technology is going to replace jobs, distract people, and do so all at a very costly price.'  Doug Curtin breaks down these common tech concerns and highlights how we can use technology in education to enhance and engage, all at a reasonable price.  Doug makes mention of episodes 31 and 33 in the podcast so be sure to go back and check out past episodes at PLT4M.
22:38
January 6, 2020
# 36 - The Off-Season - Thinking Big Picture
Every team looks at 'winning the off-season' as a means to their next in-season success. While a lot of teams will be chomping at the bit to get one rep maxes and go as hard as possible, Coach Bres joins the podcast to encourage coaches to think BIG PICTURE this off-season. Check out more at PLT4M, including Coach Winkler's Off-Season Article.   
35:47
December 23, 2019
# 35 - Positivity In PE feat. Nick Clements
Take on your teaching with energy and positivity! Don’t count down the days until school is over, instead make each and every day count. We bring on a Nick Clements, Shape Teacher Of The Year, to talk about how establishing relationships and changing your verbiage can go a long way to a happy and healthy career of teaching. Check out more at PLT4M.
32:47
December 19, 2019
# 34 - Weight Room Ready - College Athletics
As high school coaches, we want to have done everything in our power to prepare students for what comes next. For some, what comes next is a college athletic experience. On this episode, we blend the perspectives of both college and high school coaches. Join Greg Hadley and Sam Breslin as they discuss what to do when preparing athletes for college athletics, especially when it comes to the weight room.  Check out more at PLT4M.
36:20
December 16, 2019
# 33 - Grant Writing For PE feat. Jessica Shawley
'Finding grant funding can be a crucial component to supporting a quality program, and the best news is you do not have to be a professional grant writer to find and secure these funds. - Jessica Shawley Jessica Shawley has secured over a million dollars in grant funding for K-12 Physical Education and joins Chalk Talk to break down how anyone can become a grant writer.  Check out more at PLT4M. 
34:13
December 12, 2019
# 32 - Energy Systems - "Conditioning" For Performance
I want my team to be the best conditioned group around! What does that really mean when we start to consider all the different types of conditioning? Coach Bres breaks down the 3 energy systems and how they relate to performance for high school student athletes. Check out more at PLT4M.
41:42
December 9, 2019
# 31 - Physical Education Is Not For Everyone. Wait, What?!
'Gym Class' has been painted in common culture as something quite ugly. Its often depicted as dodgeball, laps around the track, and awkward locker room encounters. This, in turn, has led for some to call for an end to mandatory Physical Education.  Chalk Talk breaks down the objections to PE and why it should be considered a core subject. Physical Education is and should be a place where every student can succeed.  Want to see the article this podcast goes with? Find it here!  PLT4M is proud to support Physical Education in all forms. Check it out at PLT4M! 
30:16
December 5, 2019
# 30 - Squat University feat. Dr. Aaron Horschig
When we realized there was someone as passionate about squat form and technique as we were...well we had to track him down. Dr. Aaron Horschig was kind enough to join the PLT4M team to talk about his big three: improve technique, decrease pain and increase performance. Go check out more from Aaron at Squat University. Follow @SquatUniversity where ever you get your social media content.  Go check out PLT4M for more! 
38:40
December 2, 2019
# 29 - Hypertrophy & All Things Muscle Growth
We hear hypertrophy and think of ‘bulking up.’ On this episode of Chalk Talk, we take a dive into rep ranges, intensity, and where to look for hypertrophy in the weight room. Coach Breslin helps break down what muscle growth can look like for high school athletes and how coaches can help foster athletes' development through strength and conditioning. Check out more at PLT4M.
33:44
November 25, 2019
# 28 - Keep Lifting Simple feat. Kosta Telegadas
Keep lifting simple. Keep lifting engaging. You can do both at the same time. Kosta Telegadas comes onto the podcast to talk about how simple can be engaging. He talks about how our focus should be on effectiveness, not keeping up with the flavor of the month for lifting from Twitter. Check out more at PLT4M.
38:48
November 21, 2019
# 27 - Maxes, Percentages & Worksets - Programming Weights
Maxes, and Percentages, and Worksets, Oh My! We discuss all of the considerations that go into prescribing appropriate weights and reps to athletes throughout training. Check out Coach Jeff Lindeman’s article mentioned in the podcast. And go to PLT4M for lots more on our training programs!
36:43
November 18, 2019
# 26 - Tony Shiffman - "Being The Head Coach"
With football season wrapping up, we had Coach Tony Shiffman onto Chalk Talk. Coach Shiffman developed his coaching skills as a high school head coach that have now translated to his new role at the college level.  Check out Coach Shiffman on Twitter. Check out how to attack the off-season with PLT4M. 
25:51
November 14, 2019
# 25 - "In-Season" Forever? Developing Multi-Sport Athletes
Coaches are juggling high school athletes playing sports year-round. Does that mean they are in-season training all year? When will they get a chance to get any stronger? Coach Bres joins Chalk Talk to help us clearly define the In-Season versus Off-Season training discussion. We get into the nitty-gritty when we start to consider volume, intensity, and frequency of both sport and training! Go to PLT4M for lots more!
31:21
November 11, 2019
# 24 - Hoop Talk - Basketball Takeover with Tyler Relph
Tyler Relph, basketball trainer, has worked with every level athlete from middle school ballers up to NBA superstars like Julius Randle and Amar’e Stoudemire. This basketball takeover is a free-flowing conversation about basketball, greatness, and what it takes to be elite. Check out Tyler’s Instagram.  Check out Hoops Teams Hit The Weight Room. Go to PLT4M for lots more!
37:40
November 7, 2019
# 23 - S+C Coaches Are Educators feat. Tobias Jacobi CSCS
“If you are in the weight room teaching or coaching students, then you are a strength coach.” PE Teachers, Sports Coaches, and Strength Coaches are all trying to do what is best for their students. Tobias Jacobi talks about strength coaches being seen as the educators they truly are. Go to PLT4M to check out more!
34:06
November 4, 2019
# 22 - Buy-In...To PE feat. Travis Lombardozzi
“To get a high school strength coach job, you might want to consider getting an education degree as well.” This is what a young Travis Lombardazzi was told as he was finishing up his exercise science degree. Travis took this same two-pronged approach to build a high school strength program at Brunswick High School in Ohio. Build buy-in through PE and grow from there. Check out more at PLT4M.
30:13
October 28, 2019
# 21 - Brian Kight - Commitment Through Leadership
Event + Response = Outcome or (E+R=O). How can we take this equation and think about the weight room and strength training for high school athletes? Brian Kight, the founder of Daily Discipline, joins PLT4M to talk about setting up systems and structures for successful training. Want to watch this interview? Go check out the full video here. Go follow @TBrianKight and @PLT4M on Twitter.
1:04:34
October 24, 2019
# 20 - Tier and Block feat. Garrett Keith CSCS
“The high school weight room is a slow cooker, not a microwave.” Coach Garrett Keith CSCS, breaks down the high school weight room using both Tier and Block on this episode of PLT4M Chalk Talk. Coach Keith is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Westminster Christian High School in Alabama and is the 2019 NHSSCA National Strength Coach Of The Year.
34:22
October 21, 2019
# 19 - Jump Into Plyos
Everyone high school athlete wants to have the biggest and best vertical. Plyometrics are the only way to work on that right? Coach Breslin and Coach Reno JUMP in on the plyo discussion and talk about what a well-rounded strength and conditioning program can do for an athlete's jumping.
42:07
October 14, 2019
# 18 - HS S&C “The Beast” Feat. Mike Winkler, CSCS
High School Strength and Conditioning is unlike any other level of S+C. Coach Mike Winkler, CSCS has spent time at the college and pro level but has embraced the beast of HS Strength & Conditioning. Mike Winkler is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Archbishop Hoban High School (OH), the NHSSCA Ohio State Director, and recognized as the NHSSCA Regional Strength Coach of the Year. Coach Winkler talks about growing bonds in the weight room, educating other sport coaches, and the power of the NHSSCA. Go check out more out at PLT4M. 
31:51
October 7, 2019
# 17 - Stressed Out - Finding Balance in PE
Students are more stressed-out than ever before. Where in their lives can we help them find balance? Physical Education. Molly Collins, PE Teacher, talks about building relationships, being vulnerable, and understanding that not every day is perfect….for students or teachers. This episode is sponsored by the PLT4M Essay Contest. Students across the country have the chance to think and write creatively as to why PE is important to them this October. Good luck!
40:38
September 30, 2019
# 16 - Recruiting 101: feat. Greg Hadley
High School Athletics can be the stepping stone for students to “make it to the next level.” Getting recruited is a young athlete’s dream. So how does it all work? We talk with college coach Greg Hadley about juggling camps, social media, and all of the in’s and out’s of recruiting.
38:38
September 23, 2019
# 15 - School Spotlight: A Coach’s Communication
As a High School Strength Coach, you have to find different ways to communicate with athletes, coaches, and parents. Emily Plucker, in South Dakota, uses both face-to-face and online interaction to keep a healthy balance and open line of communication with all groups. Thanks, Emily for sharing your story with PLT4M!
31:19
September 19, 2019
# 14 - Controlled Chaos: Managing A Weight Room
In some circles, the controlled chaos of a high school weight room could be considered theater. There are bodies everywhere and only so much space and equipment. While managing it all may seem daunting, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno put us at ease and discuss some best practices when it comes to staying organized this school year! Want to see more from us here at PLT4M. Go to our website at PLT4M.Com
37:25
September 16, 2019
# 13 - Make PE Great feat. Michael Horn
Turning public education into a personalized experience for each student is no small task. We bring on special guest Michael Horn who writes and speaks about transforming education through digital learning. This was a live episode at PLT4M HQ with Doug Curtin, Max Isaak, and Michael Horn. Go check out the video here: PLT4M HQ Video Go check out Michael Horn’s full article, Make PE Great, featured in Forbes!
30:17
September 9, 2019
BONUS EPISODE: Dr. Seth Eckler (Full Interview)
This is the full interview with Dr. Seth Eckler. We pulled highlights from Dr. Eckler's interview for Episode 12 "PE in the 21st Century."  In our full interview, Dr. Seth Eckler talks about Physical Education as a discipline, his research in the field, and his passion working with future teachers. He talks about teachers getting prepared for the rigorous demands of being a physical education teacher in the 21st Century. 
41:38
September 2, 2019
# 12 - 21st Century PE: Theoretical and Practical Applications
“Gym Class” has gotten a bad wrap in public education over the last few decades. For most Physical Education Teachers, they have had it with the antiquated words and views about their subject. Doug weaves the tale of two people who share a passion for Physical Education. Dr. Seth Eckler PhD and Rusty Fuller both have theoretical and practical applications of PE that are worth listening to as you head back to school!
29:32
September 2, 2019
# 11 - Post-Game Recovery
A lot of our focus is spent on practices, workouts, and competitions, but what about recovery? Recovery is one of the most important factors when it comes to optimal performance, and we need to have a plan and prepare for when recovery will occur. Coach Breslin and Coach Reno come on to today’s podcast to chat about recovery in a given day, week, and season to get the most out of our athletes' hard work.  Check out more at PLT4M
33:17
August 26, 2019
# 10 - Sports Specific: Myth vs. Reality
Sport Specific Training can get every coach talking, and maybe even a little red in the face. Instead of turning red, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno discuss the myths versus reality around Sports Specific Training.  On today’s episode, we talk about basketball, track &cross country, and baseball, but this is certain to be a good listen for any sports coach or strength coach. 
38:05
August 19, 2019
# 9 - Nutrition w/April Liles RD
As teachers and coaches, we know nutrition is something worth talking about with our students and athletes. But for most of us, we are not sure where to start….April Liles joins the podcast to help PLT4M get started talking about nutrition!  April Liles, Registered Dietitian and Food Service Director at Waltham Public Schools breaks down for us how, what, and why nutrition is a key for every student that we work with.  Want to hear April come back and talk about something specific in the world of nutrition? Reach out and let us know! 
36:01
August 12, 2019
#8 - Game Day Lifts vs. Lifting on Game Day
It is game day and just a few hours before the big competition. Time to lift? While some coaches are jumping into “Game Day Lifts”, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno suggest we take a step back and think about what our goal is.  This episode breaks down everything from when to lift, when not to lift, and why pre-game prep does not mean we need a barbell in our hands. Check out Coach Reno's full article on Game Day Lifts Here: https://www.plt4m.com/2019/07/25/gameday-lifts/
34:52
August 5, 2019
#7 - In-Season Training
You put so much energy and effort into your off-season training program, but when the season comes weight training practically disappears. There is only so much time in your schedule, and getting your team to the weight room is a weekly challenge.  We talk about why ‘In Season Lifts’ should be considered PART of practice, not INSTEAD of practice. Find out why in-season lifts are so important and how we suggest implementing them at the high school level.
33:08
July 29, 2019
#6 - School Spotlight: Building a Program
What do you do when your high school weight room is less than 400 square feet and in the back corner of a woodshop? If you are Mount Abraham High School, you roll up your sleeves and build a unified strength and conditioning program.  Mount Abraham established a school-wide initiative and is now celebrating its successes. What started with collaboration, has culminated with student-athletes seeing long term benefits in fitness, performance, and most importantly, confidence.  
26:49
July 22, 2019
#5 - Coaching Culture: Putting it in Perspective
Student-Athletes are juggling school, work, family, and an onslaught of other commitments. Max Isaak describes shifting the perspective on training to get the most out of your time with young student-athletes.  Coach Max Isaak has worn many hats from a kindergarten teacher to a gym owner, to PLT4M's Head Performance Coach. Max places emphasis on creating a certain mindset with his athletes that allows them to foster great habits, and learn something from each and every training session. 
31:05
July 15, 2019
#4 - High School Weight Rooms: Equipment FAQ
Most high school weight rooms are a far cry from the immaculate facilities we see advertised at elite collegiate programs.  Doug pulls from our high school coaches frequently asked questions regarding high school weight rooms and equipment. Coach Bres and Coach Reno talk about getting creative, making smart investments, and managing the high school weight room you have. 
35:01
July 8, 2019
#3 - Teaching Strength
Every athlete wants to be able to lift heavy and “move weight”. The draw to strength and conditioning for most high school athletes lives in the numbers.  As coaches and teachers, the value we place on form, technique, and movement is paramount to any sexy amount of weight put on the bar. Coach Sam Breslin and Colin Reno talk about focusing on movement mechanics and seeing strength develop as a direct result. 
29:40
July 1, 2019
#2 - Teaching Movement
You wouldn’t teach calculus before covering algebra. The same thought process goes for teaching fitness. Start with the basics!  Teaching foundational movements is the staple of a great fitness education. This episode we cover teaching movements like push ups, pull ups, and air squats. 
28:48
June 24, 2019
#1 - Summer Workouts
Summer is here, which means so are summer lifts! How do you organize summer lifts to keep them fun, fresh, and engaging for every athlete? Join Doug Curtin as he sits down with PLT4M's Head of Performance, Coach Sam Breslin. Doug and Sam chat about starting up summer lifts, motivating athletes during the "dog days of summer", and working through all of the the challenges that come up along the way.  Whether you are heading into your first summer program or are a grizzled vet, tune in for Coach Breslin's summer lift takeaways. 
35:37
June 11, 2019