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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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# 114 - Conditioning
Conditioning can be a valuable tool in developing an athlete's overall work capacity. And moving past just long slow distances, there are intentional ways that coaches can train conditioning for their athletes.  First, we do a quick review of our energy systems and discuss aerobic and anaerobic capacity. Next, we define and break down tempo running in the form of extensive and intensive tempo runs. Finally, we talk about putting it into the application with high school athletes.  This is the last episode of Chalk Talk before our summer break! Go catch up on previous episodes from the year on our blog, or however you get your podcasts! We thank everyone for their continued support and encourage you to reach out with topics you want to hear in the upcoming season when we head back to school in the fall! Happy Summer!  Conditioning - Waste Of Time vs. Work Capacity Developing Athletes (1:30)   Defining Conditioning: Work Capacity (4:20)   Getting Ready For An Upcoming Season vs. Bigger Work Capacity Umbrella (7:20)   Reviewing Energy Systems (9:00)  Aerobic Capacity - More Than Long Slow Distance (10:00)   Anaerobic Capacity (15:00)  Training - Tempo Running (19:00) Extensive Tempo Runs (21:00)   Intensive Tempo Runs (26:00)   Frequency of Training (28:40)   How Does Long Slow Distance Play In? (31:00)   Fitting Into YOUR Program (34:50)  Maximizing Use Case (38:00)
40:09
June 14, 2021
# 113 - Speed Training
Speed is more than just sprinting as fast as you can! Speed, especially within the context of athletics, is a multifaceted skill that needs to be developed and practiced.    We first break down the benefits of a comprehensive strength and conditioning program to speed development and then look at the things we can be doing on the field to help develop our speed training.   From there, we break down and define 5 key elements to speed training: 1) Technique 2) Acceleration & Power 3) Deceleration 4) Max Velocity 5) Change Of Direction. Check out this excellent discussion that comes at the same time as we approach summer workouts and PLT4M's newly released speed training program.    Speed - What Is It? (1:00)   Past Just Max Velocity - Other Elements (3:00)   Athletic Speed Vs. Linear Speed (5:00)   Acceleration & Deceleration (6:00)   Change Of Direction (8:00)  Speed Endurance (10:30)   Mechanics & Technique (12:00)  Changing YOUR Speed - Improving The Individual (15:15)   The Big Picture - What About The Weight Room? (18:00)   When Do You Actually Do It? (20:00)   Field Work - 20-30 Minutes (24:00)   Five Elements of Speed Training (24:00)   Technique (24:30)  Acceleration & Power (25:30)  Deceleration (28:00)   Max Velocity (32:00)  Change Of Direction (35:00)   Training Speed - Divorced From Conditioning (39:00)   Hit The Buckets (41:00)
43:24
June 4, 2021
# 112 - Speed & Agility Feat. Ricky Igbani
Ricky Igbani was a three-sport high school athlete who competed on the football, track, and baseball teams. Taking his talents to college, he successfully played baseball and track throughout his career. As his education wrapped up, a lightbulb went off about the opportunities he could have working with students and athletes himself.  From this original thought in his college dorm room, Ricky got started and has never looked back. Ricky is an accomplished teacher, coach, and mentor for students and athletes all across the greater Boston area. From his time as a PE teacher to creating new opportunities for high-achieving athletes, Ricky has always made a difference on and off the field.  Now Ricky has created his own company called IJE and is working with PLT4M to make the very best educational speed & agility content. Ricky seems to always be on the move!  On this episode of Chalk Talk, we talk about Ricky's journey and get into the weeds of speed and agility. Check out the full blog for more of the content that we reference throughout the show.  Meet Ricky Igbani (1:00)  Where Did It All Start (2:45)  The PE Teacher - Functional Fitness (4:30)   UAP - Urban Athlete Project (6:00)  IJE - Formed From Covid (8:00)   Speed & Agility - Starting With Technique (9:30)   The Butt Kicker Examples (10:30)   Speaking Speed & Agility - Terminology (12:00)   Stop & Reset - Get Aligned (13:30)  The Total Athlete - For All Athletes (15:00)   The Mind Body Connection (16:30)   What Comes Next (18:00)
19:59
June 1, 2021
# 111 - Assessment - Part 2: What & Examples
Data, assessment, and testing have always been a part of strength and conditioning. In this two-part series, Coach Bres and Doug navigate the what, why, when, and how of assessment.   In part 1, we first define and outline the key differences between assessment and tests. Next, we break down the why and how of assessment in high school strength and conditioning. In part 2, we talk about assessing and using Coach Bres’s assessment battery as an example.   Time Stamps:  Fitting Your Personal Goals & Situation (2:00)   What Are You Assessing - The Different Buckets (3:45)   Personal Data - Body Weight and Other Considerations (8:00)   Completion Rate - Participation (10:00)   Assessing Quality (13:00)  Strength Assessments (13:45)  Power (20:24) Capacity & Control (24:30)  What About Mobility (28:00)   Things We Left Out? (30:00)   What is this all worth? (31:00)
37:04
May 24, 2021
# 110 - Assessment - Part 1: Why & How
Data, assessment, and testing have always been a part of strength and conditioning. In this two-part series, Coach Bres and Doug navigate the what, why, when, and how of assessment.   In part 1, we first define and outline the key differences between assessment and tests. Next, we break down the why and how of assessment in high school strength and conditioning. In part 2, we talk about assessing and using Coach Bres's assessment battery as an example.   Time Stamps:  Data in S&C (1:00)   Assessment vs Testing (4:00)  Assessment over time - collecting data along the way (6:00)  Pass/Fail - Or Measuring Ability In Different Areas (8:30)   Moving Away from wanting a 'good score' (10:00)  Know Your Why - Well thought and Intentional Plans (11:30)   Don't Waste Time - Ask What The Data Matters? (13:30)  Putting Assessment Into Context For Kids (15:30)   Putting Data Into Context For Coaches and Teachers (19:00)   How To Assess (22:30)   Control The Basic Variables, Make The Data Valid (25:00)
30:43
May 17, 2021
# 109 - The Rotational Athlete feat. Matt June
We can all picture different rotational aspects of athletics. Whether we have athletes swinging, throwing, even sprinting, they are rotating. So do we need to train rotation specifically, and if so, how? Matt June, CSCS, has spent a good amount of his career coaching baseball, golf, and softball athletes. Matt defines the kinematic sequence, highlights rotational elements of sports, and then breaks down the practical application of training rotation in high school athletes. Matt June's Credentials & Experience: Credentials M.S. Exercise Science SUNY Cortland B.S. Kinesiology - Fitness Development SUNY Cortland CSCS - Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CES - Corrective Exercise Specialist TPI Level 1 Coach Experience Strength and Conditioning Coach - Premier Golf and Fitness Program Director / Head Performance Coach - Athletes Warehouse Strength and Conditioning Coach - College of Saint Rose Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach - Hudson Valley Community College Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach - SUNY Cortland Assistant Baseball Coach - SUNY Cortland
35:25
April 15, 2021
# 108 - Trap Bar vs. Conventional Deadlift
The deadlift has many variations that are used and developed in fitness and strength and conditioning programs. Today, we focus on the similarities and differences between the trap bar and conventional barbell deadlift.  Coach Bres and Doug discuss the history behind the deadlift, why coaches like one or the other deadlift, and how high school programs can apply this knowledge! 
35:33
April 12, 2021
# 107 - 7-12 Fit For Life feat. Brandon Siegel
We often hear PE teachers say that they strive to set students up with the skills to be fit for life. But many PE teachers only get their students for a semester or two throughout their entire educational career. Brandon Siegel, the sole PE teacher across his entire small district, has a unique opportunity to impact his students' 'fit for life' journey from grades k-12.    Brandon joins the podcast to discuss how he has integrated PLT4M into their 7-12 curriculum at Fullerton Public Schools. Because he is a one-person team, he has a lot of choice and autonomy when structuring his semesters and school years.    Brandon has shaped his middle school PE to fully introduce the basic concepts of fitness and strength and conditioning. With a strong foundation set in middle school, his high schoolers can then explore their personal interests via the wide variety of advanced PLT4M programming.   While Brandon has autonomy in many ways, he works with his principal and superintendent closely to show the data and results that students are seeing via the PLT4M and data tracking app. We wrap up the episode talking about how data has shaped his classroom.
34:04
April 5, 2021
# 106 - Training Adaptations - How Long?
How long will it take me to get into shape? How long will it take me to see results?   Students and athletes want to know 'how long' it takes for their bodies to start changing as they train.  And while the lack of immediate tangible results can sometimes lead to frustration, it is important to help students understand the timeline in which change happens! For each individual circumstance, the actual adaptation time will vary, but we are often talking about weeks and months, not hours and days!  Check out this podcast to better understand the guiding principles around training adaptations! 
34:07
March 29, 2021
# 105 - Dance Fitness feat. Alexa Cavallo
Alexa Cavallo loved dance from an early age. Music and dance always brought the biggest smiles out of her.  After college, when her dance career looked to be over, Alexa took to instructing at a local studio and coaching the dance team at a nearby high school.  With this love for teaching, Alexa joins the PLT4M team to create an engaging and fun dance fitness program designed for students of all backgrounds and experiences! Alexa joins the Chalk Talk to introduce herself, share her insights on teaching dance to beginners, and promote the upcoming release of PLT4M's Dance Fitness program. 
20:45
March 18, 2021
# 104 - Sport-Specific Training
In a debate that has persisted for decades, the battle rages on! From well-intentioned student-athletes wanting to make sure they are getting the most out of their training to coaches who wish to sell their program and garner buy-in, the question remains How do we talk about sports-specific training? How do we address the social media age of sport movement mimicry? What is the best to go about addressing the demands of the sport?  We break it down on today's episode of Chalk Talk! 
31:42
March 15, 2021
# 103 - Return To The Weight Room feat. Adam Hughes
Athletes are itching to get back into the weight room, and coaches are ready to do just about anything to make it happen!  Adam Hughes shares the steps he has taken to get his student-athletes back to training in the weight room. As he fosters a safe and efficient environment, he continues to expand on his successes in this strange return to the weight room during Covid. 
28:09
March 8, 2021
# 102 - Full vs Partial ROM Squatting
We break down the distinctions between a full and partial range of motion squat. Coach Bres starts by defining the two types of squatting and then dives into the high-level benefits of each variation. We then wrap it up by putting the whole conversation into context and understanding what population of athletes you are working with. 
30:22
March 1, 2021
# 101 - Hydration, Sweat Science, & Sports Drinks
On today's episode of Chalk Talk, we will be pulling from two conversations we had with our nutrition expert Rebecca Toutant. These mini conversations come from our Nutrition EDU program we provide to students, and our focus today is on hydration.  In part 1, we will break down the basics of hydration, and then part 2 talk a little more about sweat science and sports drinks. You may hear some references to assignments and questions throughout these two parts, which come as part of the more extensive program inside PLT4M. But have no fear, this podcast is a great listen for all our teachers and coaches out there because hydration and sports drinks often stir up a lot of questions from our students and athletes.
28:48
February 22, 2021
# 100 - Free Weights vs Machines
Free weights and machines are the staples of many fitness centers, weight rooms, and training centers across the country. For Physical Education, the equipment available often dictates an entire workout or lesson for students.  We break down the pros and cons of free weights and machines and consider the practical implications of both. Are certain types of students better suited for one or the other? How do you manage a busy class with what you have in your space?  Check out our 100th episode of Chalk Talk! 
25:44
February 15, 2021
# 99 - Remote To Hybrid feat. Molly Collins
PE teacher Molly Collins has taken the lessons and best practices from remote learning and brought them into her hybrid teaching. Molly talks about the challenges and struggles remote PE presented and how she is getting creative with her students this school year. 
22:25
February 8, 2021
# 98 - Toning vs Bulking - Myths and Misconceptions
Bodybuilders have long used 'lightweight, high reps sets' before a competition. So how has the toning and bulking myth spiraled into the discussion it is today?    I want to bulk up! I want to be toned! Everyone wants something when it comes to their training, but we all need to look at the science behind what it means to both tone or bulk.
21:31
February 1, 2021
# 97 - Breathing 101 feat. Coach Lulu Emmons
Inhale. Exhale. Most of us go the whole day without even thinking about our breathing.  Coach Lulu Emmons (PLT4M Yoga Instructor) helps us break down the basics behind breathing. Lulu then defines open and closed mouth breathing. We finish up the episode by talking about some basic breathing exercises anyone can give a try!  Open Mouth Breathing: For your open mouth breathing, the goal is to inhale through the nose, and open mouth exhale using your belly to push the air out. The goal is to feel all the air come out as you exhale. (This is often to release heat and energy from your body during yoga.)   Closed Mouth Breathing: For closed mouth breathing - inhale through your nose, keeping your lips sealed, constrict muscles in the back of your throat and then exhale back out through your nose. You are going to hear an almost oceanic sound as you exhale through your nose. (This is often done during warm up to build heat in your body).   With both open and closed mouth breathing, we want to match the inhale and exhale duration. Meaning if we inhale for a count of 3 seconds, our goal should be to exhale for 3 seconds. 3 Seconds is typically a good start, especially for beginners!
12:58
January 25, 2021
# 96 - Bilateral vs Unilateral
A bilateral exercise is one that uses two limbs to drive a movement. A unilateral exercise is one that uses one limb to drive an exercise. Past the definitions, Coach Bres and Doug discuss the pros and cons of bilateral vs. unilateral training and help make sense of the ever-growing debate.  While our episodes have typically been about an hour-long, we are shortening things up! Over the next series of episodes, we will take a closer look at more specific topics and shoot for about 20-minute snippets! Let us know if there is anything you want to hear us discuss! 
20:15
January 19, 2021
# 95 - Yoga For Middle & High School
In case you missed it, PLT4M is very excited to announce the launch of our new yoga program! Yog101: Intro To Yoga is a 12 lesson introductory style program that breaks down movements and poses that can be found in any basic yoga program.  Whether you have taught yoga for years or unsure where to start, check out this conversation with Coach Lulu Emmons! Coach Lulu Emmons is the author and instructor behind the excellent new PLT4M yoga program.  PLT4M originally aired this podcast on our webinar series and are now resharing it! This will be our last episode before we take a Chalk Talk break for the holidays, so we wish you all a great and happy holiday season! 
49:17
December 14, 2020
# 94 - Mobility - Definitions & Applications
Mobility is best defined as the ability to voluntarily move a limb or joint through its entire functional range of motion with complete control.    Coach Bres and Doug talk about the different components that make up the definition of mobility. They then dive into the problems around an absence or lack of mobility. And then finish with how mobility is wrapped into many types of training.
48:41
December 7, 2020
# 93 - Hybrid Middle School PE feat. Roxanne Bush & Justine Miller
Glenwood Middle School set out to keep their core values for Physical Education alive with a hybrid model of education! As a department, the team had to juggle students and classes in school and at home.    Check out this podcast to explore and learn about the different units and instruction styles available within Physical Education this unique school year.    Roxanne Bush and Justine Miller join the podcast to talk about the various ways they are instructing in-person and remote learning. They break down how, with the help of PLT4M, they have been able to keep things fresh, engaging, and impactful for their students wherever they are.
40:01
November 30, 2020
# 92 - Recovery - Active, Passive, and Putting It All Together
Recovery takes on many different meanings in the lives of students. Some look at what they can do directly after a workout to be less sore or feel better throughout the day. Others look at recovery as a lens through which they consider how to eat or sleep.      And because recovery has a variety of context and definitions, we break it all down! What is passive recovery? What is active recovery? What can recovery actually do for any student, not just athletes in competition?
01:06:42
November 23, 2020
# 91 - Remote Middle School PE feat. Sam Spengler & Kerry Ferrari
When Covid first hit, Quimby Oak Middle School PE looked for a quick fix. Once they realized that virtual and remote learning was going to be a long term reality, they sought out PLT4M to provide curriculum and resources to support their students.    Hear how the teachers and students are tapping into the online curriculum. Sam Spengler and Kerry Ferrari join Chalk Talk to discuss!
28:30
November 16, 2020
# 90 - Sleep - Why, What, & How?
1/3 of our life is spent sleeping! So why do most of us make it an afterthought?  Quality sleep has countless benefits! To get quality sleep, we have to go past just 'being in bed' for 8 hours or more, and instead take steps to making sure we have a good night's sleep.  Coach Bres and Doug discuss the why, what, and how of sleep! 
57:46
November 9, 2020
# 89 - Building On Success feat. Rachel Ryden & Stephanie Fornander
Rachel Ryden and Stephanie Fornander have built such a successful strength and conditioning program within Boise High School PE & Athletics there is a waitlist! The two teachers and coaches join Chalk Talk to break down what their program was like before, during, and looking forward through Covid.
41:42
November 2, 2020
# 88 - Strength - It's For Everyone
We have talked a lot about the power of fitness for everyone, and many instinctively agree....except when it comes to 'weight' training. With quite a few misconceptions when it comes to strength and weight training, we discuss who it is for...EVERYONE!
49:27
October 26, 2020
# 87 - The Hybrid PE Class feat. Adam Hughes
In many hybrid models, teachers are tasked to teach students in-person and virtually at the exact same time. Adam Hughes at Canton High School (MA) is currently taking on hybrid learning and has a great system to keep both students at home and in school hard at work. Check out the full episode for details on the different programs and resources Adam is taking advantage of for students at home, as well as how he is keeping everyone safe while they are in school and working out.
43:42
October 16, 2020
# 86 - Heart Rate In P.E. - Zones, Wearables, & Tracking
Heart rate data has become a metric that has a lot of people interested and asking questions! We decided to break down some of the guiding concepts and ideas behind heart rate zones and wearables that have become the prevailing discussion within Physical Education and Athletics.    Lots of data, lots to talk about! As always, please feel free to let us know what you think! Have more questions? Want Coach Bres and Doug to talk about something in particular? Let us know!
53:17
October 9, 2020
# 85 - Online & In Action feat. Monte Vista PE
Monte Vista High School in California has gone remote like many schools across the country. PE teachers Natalie Miloslavich and Chris Lum join the podcast to discuss what their program looked like before Covid, and how they have shifted to continue fostering lifelong fitness for their students at home. In part 1 we talk to Natalie Miloslavich and in part 2 we talk to Chris Lum. Thank you to both for joining and sharing their message about Physical Education.
01:03:49
October 5, 2020
# 84 - Foundational Human Movement - What, Why & How
In episode 82 we talked about the WHY behind exercising, and next, we dive into the high level what and how of exercise. Coach Bres breaks down the foundational human movement patterns of the squat, hinge, lunge, push, pull, & walk/run/carry. Check out the full episode to understand the movement patterns that shape our entire life!
56:29
September 28, 2020
# 83 - Remote Learning in PE feat. Jeff Drake
PE teacher Jeff Drake joins the podcast to talk about Physical Education via Remote Learning. From navigating the online classroom experience for different types of students to appropriately checking in and providing feedback, Jeff has some great insights for any teacher who is currently remote.  Check out the full episode for lots more! 
30:04
September 21, 2020
# 82 - Exercise & Activity - Mental & Physical Benefits
Over the last few decades, humans have become more sedentary than ever before. Now with Covid, inactive lifestyles are even more prominent. In our first episode of season 2 of Chalk Talk, we focus in on the short and long term benefits of creating or maintaining an active lifestyle.    Coach Bres and Doug discuss all the benefits that come with active lifestyles and give a variety of insights that any student, teacher, or coach can find motivation in to carve out some time in their day to getting up and moving! Check out the full episode!
52:43
September 14, 2020
# 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! 
10:32
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!
27:06
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?
39:57
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.
01:00:18
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.
51:54
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. 
33:38
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. 
35:47
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!
45:07
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. 
24:48
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!
30:28
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.
40:02
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.
45:20
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.
48:06
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.
46:57
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.
36:10
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.
49:40
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.
33:48
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. 
20:26
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. 
21:20
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. 
48:27
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. 
26:02
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.
43:14
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!
29:58
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. 
32:21
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
46:52
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
34:48
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.
35:55
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.
22:39
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.
32:48
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. 
34:14
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! 
30:17
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.
38:49
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!
36:44
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. 
25:52
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!
31:22
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!
37:41
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.
01:04:34
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.
34:23
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.
42:08
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!
40:39
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!
31:20
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
37:26
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!
30:18
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. 
38:06
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.  
26:50
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