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The Impact Show

By Matt Diener
The Impact Show is THE podcast for strength & conditioning coaches, personal trainers and sports/fitness entrepreneurs who want to increase the impact they have on the people around them.
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Ep. 65 - Brett Bartholomew: Increase Your Value and Thrive in Your Role

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Ep. 69 - Compete Every Day w/ Jake Thompson
What if the key to reaching your full potential wasn't about what talents you were born with, but something more? In my conversation with Jake Thompson, we discuss how to grow your mindset, focus, and influence!  Jake is passionate about helping others achieve success and overcome obstacles, and this interview will help you learn a great deal about what's helped him achieve success while building a business. Jake Thompson is a professional speaker and the Chief Encouragement  Officer at Compete Every Day, a brand he started in 2011 by first  selling t-shirts out of the trunk of his car. Jake works with organizations and individuals around the country,  teaching how they can develop accountability, mental resilience, and  leadership skills in order to make bigger impacts in their careers and  in their life. It’s through his experience and research that he’s  discovered how people who harness a competitive mindset against themselves can reach their goals, commit to action over motivation, and step into the leader they were created to be. Jake is a third-generation entrepreneur, the youngest strategic  advisory board member at the University of Dallas’ College of Business,  and a graduate of both Texas Christian University (B.S.) and University  of Dallas (M.B.A.). For more information about Jake's book, business, and a ton of GREAT resources, check out 
June 08, 2020
Ep. 68 - AIM Before You Fire w/ Anthony Morando
In this episode, I speak with Anthony Morando about his recent blog article titled “AIM… Before you Fire.” This conversation is filled with some great knowledge but also insights to help you take action towards a goal or vision that you have! Anthony’s Blog Post: AIM Before You Fire Anthony’s Full Bio: Anthony Marc Morando (CSCS-D*, CSCCA*, FMS*, XPS*, RPR) Anthony Graduated Springfield College in 2007 with a B.S in Applied Exercise Science. Then went onto a GA Position at Boston College with Football from 2007-2009. Anthony worked @ Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning for 6 years developing a skillset with a variety of the population ( NFL Combine, Hockey, MLB, Adult Population, Rehabilitation from Injury). Anthony from 2011 – 2015 was the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach @ Boston University with Men’s Ice Hockey and also had oversight of the Internship program at BU as well. After an amazing Frozen Four run in 2015, Anthony then moved to North Dakota with his spouse and began working at ALTRU Sports Advantage Powered by EXOS where he was the Performance Manager via EXOS. This entailed training various athletes from youth through professional, as well as small group adult training, and developing programs to upgrade the wellness for the health system. Recently, Anthony was named the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he worked with both Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Teams. In 2018 Anthony was offered a great job through the ALTRU Health System and EXOS as a Performance Enhancement Specialist where he will be working with various portions of the population/health system. Anthony currently is a Performance Specialist in a Performance Facility associated with a Health System. He also heads leads the roles of business development, management, oversight of programming, and social media coordination. Anthony now resides in Grand Forks North Dakota with his wife Monique, and Son Mickey.
May 18, 2020
Ep. 67 - Checking In w/ Jim Kielbaso (IYCA President)
In this episode, I speak with IYCA President and original host of "The Impact Show", Jim Kielbaso.  Together, we reflect on the vision of the show, covering some of the main themes discussed over the last year: Relationships Knowing Your Why Habits of Productivity to Maximize Impact We also discuss how COVID-19 is affecting the strength & conditioning industry, how to avoid informational overload, and practical ways to maximize this time. Additional Information/ Resources: IYCA Athletic Development "Happy Hour" Zoom Calls:  Get your link to all Happy Hours here - Video from Jim about what IYCA is doing to help coaches during this time with 50% off store items ( 
May 05, 2020
Ep. 66 - Five Minute Friday: Think Others First!
In this episode, I share what it means to have the HEART of a leader, and that is to "Think Others First".  During this difficult time, we have an opportunity to lead by giving of our time, talents, and resources to assist those who are less fortunate or in need of an encouraging word. This concept was taught to me by Randy Gravitt with Integreat Leadership - for more information, check out the following link: Also, I've been inspired by so many "Impact Show" contributors providing FREE resources!  I know there's probably more people putting out great content (and don't worry, I'll continue to share as I see them!), but here are just a few I wanted to point everyone to at this point: Alan Stein has created a free resources page on his website: Jon Gordon is hosting a free online event - The Power of Positive Summit:  Jill Kochanek has a free video series available on "Growing Through Adversity: Some great free resources from Brett Bartholomew: Free articles from If you have any other resources to share or have a story of someone you know who is "Thinking Others First" and having an impact in their community, I want to hear about it!  Please email me at and I'd love to share with all of our listeners. Thanks so much!
March 27, 2020
Ep. 65 - Brett Bartholomew: Increase Your Value and Thrive in Your Role
In this episode, I speak with best-selling author, keynote speaker, performance consultant, and strength coach Brett Bartholomew about his latest resources available through Art of Coaching.  We also discuss why it's so important for the strength & conditioning industry to change, how coaches can not only keep jobs but thrive in careers, and why referent power is so important in navigating workplace relationships! CLICK HERE to listen to Brett's "Art of Coaching" podcast episode about Power Dynamics in Leadership - it's a great listen! Brett Bartholomew is a performance coach, best-selling author, and keynote speaker. He is also the Founder of the coach development company Art of CoachingTM, as well as the performance training company The Bridge Human Performance®. His experience includes working with athletes both in the team environment and private sector along with members of the U.S. Special Forces and members of Fortune 500 companies. Taken together, Brett has coached a diverse range of athletes from across 23 sports worldwide, at levels ranging from youth athletes, Olympians as well as athletes who compete in the NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, MLS & NCAA. As an advisor/entrepreneur, Brett has proudly served as a teammate and a supporting partner in the strategic growth of two performance companies, and is a highly sought-after speaker and mentor having spoken in more than 46 countries worldwide. Additionally, his work and expertise have been featured in numerous local and global media outlets such as ESPN, FOX Sports, as well as Inc. Magazine and Outside. From a philanthropic standpoint, Brett is the Vice President for the non-profit organization Movement2Be, which helps youth in underprivileged communities via helping them learn more about physical activity and proper movement. He is also a member of Alumni Advisory board for Kansas State University and was awarded their “Alumni Entrepreneur Award” in 2017 for his contributions to community affairs, organizations and service groups along with supporting K-State’s College of Human Ecology. His book, Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In, achieved “Best Seller” status in two categories, and was ranked in the “Amazon Top 100 Books Overall” in 2017. It is currently being used by several universities around the world as source material used to help guide future coaches and professionals. Brett is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) where he holds both their CSCS*D & RSCC*D distinctions and is a proud graduate of Kansas State University and Southern Illinois University where he wrote research focused on the domain of motor-learning in elite athletes. His current research focuses on the roles of perception, persuasion, and power-dynamics within elite sports settings and other interpersonal domains. Course links include: Bought-In: Valued: Book Link: Workshops:
March 23, 2020
Ep. 64 - Creating an Environment to Build Mental Toughness w/ Jill Kochanek
In this episode, I speak with Jill Kochanek about Mental Toughness.  Join us as we tackle this topic by defining the term, debunking myths, and exploring strategies to help you maximize your coaching impact and help players develop in this area!  After the interview, I also share 7 questions every leader should be asking themselves! Bio information: Jill Kochanek is a doctoral student at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sport at Michigan State University. She is also a high school girls' and boys' soccer coach. As a coach-scholar, Jill is passionate about bridging the research-practice gap to make sport a more inclusive, empowering context. Her research and applied work centers on helping athletes and coaches take charge of their own developmental process and social progress. If you enjoyed this podcast, feel free to visit her youth sport coaching blog,, for posts that address other topics related to sport psychology and sociology and follow her on Twitter @bothandcoaching. Addtional resources: 1. Engaging Sports is a great blog that provides critical perpsectives on issues in sport, including coaching and athlete development: 2. A great TedTalk by winning UCLA Gynmanstics coach, Miss Val: 3. MSU's sport coaching and leadership blog also has great posts for coaches on how to best support athlete holistic development: Do you have any feedback or questions regarding this podcast?   Contact Matt Diener at! 
March 12, 2020
Ep. 63 - Becoming a Positivity "Change Agent" w/ Coach Kevin Lynott
In this episode, I speak with USA Football Master Trainer Kevin Lynott about leading yourself, developing team culture, and the power of positivity! Special thanks to Teambuildr - the leading online strength and conditioning software that allows you to write programs online, generate more than 13 reports, and even train athletes remotely for side income.  Start your FREE TRIAL today at!  Coach Lynott's Background/ Bio: Middletown High School, Maryland Health/PE Teach (12 years) , Student Support Teacher (9 years), College & Career Readiness Teacher ( 2017 – present) Head Girls Track Coach (Brunswick & Middletown High School’s 1994-2001) Coaching football for 25 years 7 Maryland State Finals Games, 4 State Championships USA Today National Coach of the Year Runner-up 2013 36 Game Win Streak 2011-2013 USA Football Master Trainer 2014 – present USAFB  Advanced Tackling Certified 2019 – present Consultant, The Arlington Ridge Group Global: Football Legislation (2017-present) Board Member of the Shepherd University Athletic Club 2020 – present Contact Info:  Twitter and Istagram : @coachlynott  / email Book Recommendations: "The Dichotomy of Leadership" by Jocko Willink "Inside Out Coaching" by Joe Ehrmann "The Energy Bus" by Jon Gordon
February 24, 2020
Ep. 62 - Set Your Intentions and Get to Work w/ David Kitchen
In this episode, I interview David Kitchen on what it means to "Set Your Intentions" so that you can maximize impact and leave your mark every day! To check out David's blogs on a variety of strength & conditioning topics along with leadership and values discussion, visit: Also, make sure you check out for a FREE TRIAL of the leading online strength training software for coaches at any level! David Kitchen is in his first year as the Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports at Georgia Southern University where he trains the Men’s Basketball & Men’s Golf team as well as overseeing the training of Women’s Basketball. Kitchen comes to Statesboro after serving as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at his alma mater, Susquehanna University, where he oversaw the training of all 23 varsity sports. Prior to SU, Kitchen spent 2 years as the Assistant Director of Football Strength & Conditioning at UNLV. While at UNLV, he implemented, demonstrated and coached training methodologies, including triphasic training, velocity-based training, and conjugate training for members of the UNLV football team. Kitchen also developed and managed accredited undergraduate and graduate level internships for both strength & conditioning and nutrition. He also worked closely with the sports medicine staff to redesign and implement a performance-driven return-to-play protocol for injured athletes. Kitchen also spent 2 years at Bloomsburg University with the strength & conditioning department from 2015 - 2017. He started out as an assistant coach before being promoted to the head coach after a year on the job. In his first year, Kitchen oversaw the expansion of the strength & conditioning program from one to seven sports. Then, as the head coach, he undertook all 20 Bloomsburg athletic teams. Kitchen also served as a strength & conditioning intern at Robert Morris University and as the football strength & conditioning coordinator at Holy Redeemer High School. The Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania, native played two years of football at Susquehanna in 2010 and 2011 and graduated from the school with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in global management in 2014. He earned his Master's from California University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a degree in exercise science & sport psychology. Kitchen is a CSCS by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a National Academy of Speed and Explosion Certified Speed Specialist Level II and is a CPR/AED Certified Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association. Social Media: Twitter: @CoachDkitch Instagram: @CoachDkitch Email: Book Recommendations: The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday Relentless – Tim Grover How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni Emotional Intelligence 2.0 – Travis Bradberry Quiet: The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain The 10x Rule – Grant Cardone The Culture Code – Daniel Coyle Leader’s Eat Last – Simon Sinek Recommended Podcasts: T3 Focus Podcast The Unmistakable Creative Physical Preparation Podcast Be Legendary Podcast Beyond Sets & Reps Finding Mastery CVASPS
February 17, 2020
Ep. 61 - How to "Stack The Deck" w/ Jeff Bramhall
First, make sure you visit and start your FREE TRIAL today! TeamBuildr is the leading software for high schools and colleges by providing coaches the ability to write programs online, generate over 13 reports and even train athletes remotely for side-income. Jeff Bramhall is the COO of Reflexive Performance Reset and a massage therapist. With RPR, he works with coaches, trainers, and practitioners teaching a system of breathing and rubbing that helps people feel better, move better, and live a better life. As a massage therapist, he works primarily with active adults who want to feel their best and be the best partners, parents, and friends they can be and they realize that therapeutic,       caring touch is a valuable part of their overall wellness. In our interview, we discuss what RPR is all about, how mindfullness leads to impact, and how to "stack your deck" towards a meaningful and productive day! Social Media Links for Jeff: RPR Twitter/ Instagram:  @rpr_system Jeff's Personal Twitter:  @jeffreybramhall Books Jeff Referenced: Steven Pressfield: The War of Art Steven Pressfield: Turning Pro Viktor Frankl: Man's Search for Meaning Brene Brown: Braving the Wilderness Jeff's Article:  "Stacking the Deck" Special Impact Show Offer: Head to and enter discount code IMPACT20 at checkout for $30 off!
February 10, 2020
Ep. 60 - Five Minute Friday: Is Your Team Humble, Hungry, and Smart?
In this episode, I share a concept I learned from the book "The Ideal Team Player" by Patrick Lencioni.  For me, this concept of the 3 essential virtues (Humble, Hungry, Smart) has always been applied to hiring/ on-boarding staff, but I think it's very applicable when we look at developing leadership in our sports teams or even business teams.  Before we can really trust members of our team to lead well, they need to embody these values or else they will struggle immensely to have an IMPACT. I hope this episode gives you a framework for this concept, and motivates you to want to read more and start assessing where your team is at so you can grow them in these areas. Additional Resources: Link to "The Ideal Team Player" by Patrick Lencioni PDF with framework for this concept
January 24, 2020
Ep. 59 - Developing a Leadership Training Program w/ Aaron Siekmann
First of all, this show is powered by Teambuildr!  Have you started your free trial yet?!  If not, head to to learn more.  Teambuildr is the leading online software for high schools and colleges by providing coaches the ability to write programs online, generate over 13 reports, and even train athletes remotely for side-income. Today's episode features an interview with Aaron Siekmann.  Aaron currently serves as the Athletic Performance Director at Black Hills State University, NCAA D2, located in Spearfish, SD.  He has been at BHSU for 5 years and oversee all 13 teams on campus.  Prior to BHSU, he worked in the private sector of strength and conditioning at a sports performance gym just outside Milwaukee, WI called Athlete Performance.  He was able to work with youth through professional athletes' and a wide range of sports. During our interview, we discuss the process of developing a curriculum for leadership development, but more importantly, we talk about ways to ensure that the program truly has a lastiing impact!  This involves things like: Building buy-in How to make main concepts "stick" Holding athletes accountable and measuring success of the program Why relationships are so critical to the process You can find Aaron on Twitter and Instagram:  @coachsiekbhsu  Some of the Books referenced by Aaron on the show: "Conscious Coaching" by Brett Bartholemew "Relentless" by Tim Grover "Game Changer" by Dr. Fergus Connolly Want to share your story about developing a leadership program or what's working with your team?  Email me at - I'd love to hear from you!
January 20, 2020
Ep. 58 - Five Minute Friday: The Formula for CHANGE!
In this episode, I share my thoughts on a concept that has intrigued and challenged me over recent months... The Formula for Change!  If we want to see meaningful change in our personal lives or with our teams, this formula provides a great lens to view what is preventing change from happening and how we can start to generate momentum.   C = D x V x FS > R Want to know what this means and some thoughts on how you can apply this to your life and any situations you're dealing with in order to increase the impact you have on those around you?  Then take a listen!  I hope this adds value to your day and motivates you as we head into the weekend. If you have any questions or want to share how you're utilizing this formula, email me at - thanks! Additional Resource: Formula for Change Article from w5 Coaching
January 17, 2020
Ep. 57 - How To Build Team Culture and Get Athlete Buy-In w/ Carnadi Ford
In this episode, I speak with High School strength coach Carnadi Ford about what it looks like to build relationships, develop culture, and be a leader as a first-time Strength Coach at a brand new school!  Learn how Coach Ford has implemented new systems and instilled a winning mindset at Independence HS in Ashburn, VA and how his focus on servant leadership and caring about athletes has helped him see amazing results in a short amount of time!  If you're new to a program or starting to build a team or school culture, this episode provides some great insight! Carnadi Ford is the Head Strength Coach and FCA Character Coach at  Independence High School in addition to being a full-time Test &  Evaluation Engineer at Boeing, father of seven, and a competitive  powerlifter. ***Make sure you start your FREE Trial of Teambuildr Online Strength & Conditioning Software!*** Check out the Teambuildr blog at Additional Resources: Carnadi's Blog on Building Trust with Athletes (from Teambuildr site) Carnadi's Blog on Building Buy-In (from Teambuildr site) Podcasts Carnadi is Listening To: Elevation with Steven Furtick Positive University with Jon Gordon City Light Church Las Vegas Books Carnadi is Reading: "Crash the Chatterbox" by Steven Furtick "Raise Your Game" by Alan Stein, Jr. "The System:  Soviet Periodization Adapted for the American Strength Coach" by Johnny Parker Questions/ Comments? Feel free to contact Matt Diener at 
January 13, 2020
Ep. 56 - Keys to a Successful Goal-Setting Retreat!
In this episode, I share some of my thoughts and personal insights into having your most effective planning/ goal-setting retreat ever!  Do you want to be more intentional towards meeting goals this year - either for yourself, with your spouse, or with your staff?  Listen up, and then go ahead and plan your 2020 retreat to get away, reflect, celebrate, and get to work! Some Additional Resources for Couples' Retreat: Goal-Setting Worksheet for Couples Goal-Setting Reflection Questions Planning Your Retreat Schedule
December 23, 2019
Ep. 55 - Finding Your "One Word" and Building a Warrior Mindset w/ Jimmy Page
In this episode, I interview entrepreneur, speaker, performance coach, and author - Jimmy Page.  We discuss the success of the "One Word" concept and how it's being adapted by individuals, organizations, and sports teams all over the world.  Finally, we discuss what it means to have a "Warrrior Mindset" and how the principles Jimmy shares can help you overcome adversity and fulfill your vision & purpose. Jimmy Page currently serves as the Executive Director of Field Ministry for the West Divisionwith the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has been on FCA staff since 2005, first serving as the National Director of Health and Fitness Ministry for five years before becoming the Vice President of Field Ministry for the Mid-Atlantic Region from 2010-2017. His life was transformed by the ministry of FCA while at Virginia Tech and it has now positively impacted his entire family. Prior to FCA, Jimmy was a leader in the Healthcare industry for almost twenty years in Wellness, Health & Fitness, Rehabilitation, and Sports Performance. As a certified Nike Sports Performance Coach, he models and promotes principles that lead to abundant health and life. Jimmy has coauthored several books including One Word, Life Word, WisdomWalks, True Competitor, PrayFit, and Called to Greatness. He is passionate about helping leaders create healthy, high performance teams and organizations. As a lifelong competitive athlete, he still cycles and competes in Spartan races. Jimmy and his wife reside in Colorado and have four amazing kids: Jimmy, Jacob, John, and Grace. Additional Resources: "One Word for Kids" book link on Amazon Jimmy Page speaking website Article on questions to ask young athletes to build relationships Article on Asking the 2nd Question
November 15, 2019
Ep. 54 - "Be Like The Best" w/ Anthony Renna
Anthony Renna has been a personal trainer since 2004, first working with Equinox, then on his own at different facilities before opening his own gym, Five Iron Fitness, in 2008.  He sold Five Iron in 2016 so he could focus on his true passion of providing educational resources for fitness professionals to excel in the profession. His mission is to help them find success and make an impact in the world by sharing all he has learned from the best of the best. As the founder and host of both the Strength Coach Podcast and Strength Coach TV, he has interviewed hundreds of strength coaches, fitness professionals, physical therapists and gym owners. He applies what he learned by helping fitness professionals in his personal coaching and accountability group. Anthony still trains clients a few hours a week and is a partner with Michael Boyle in and His new book Be Like the Best: A Guide to itching the Top in the Fitness Profession is out October 18. The pre-launch will run from Monday Oct. 14-18th You can sign up for notifications about some great pre-launch bonuses at Email- or   Social Instagram- @antrenna   Twitter- @continuefit   Facebook- @continuefitpage   Linkedin
October 14, 2019
Ep. 53 - 7 Ways to Invest in Relationships to Grow Your Business w/ Josh Daniels
In this episode I speak with Josh Daniels about how any trainer or sports performance coach can make themselves or their business indespensible through building long-lasting relationships with coaches, parents, and athletes.  This discussion is geared towards entrepreneurs who want to learn some practical strategies to grow their business by putting in the time and effort to retain clients and gain referrals. Josh Daniels is the Vice President with True Athlete Performance, an athlete training company based in northern Virginia/ Maryland.  Josh graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science/ Physical Education.  He holds a CSCS certification through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) along with a CCS from the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA).  Although his background includes college baseball, he has worked with thousands of athletes ranging from age 7 through college and professional level athletes in a wide variety of sports.  Additional Resources: TrueAP Blog (great resource for training tips for parents and coaches) Jon Gordon - Caring Trademark Article (a must read!) Josh's Article on Investing in Relationships to Grow Your Business
September 18, 2019
Ep. 52 - Purposeful Hiring and Protecting Culture w/ Dr. Micah Parker
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Micah Parker about the importance of the hiring process and how to protect culture within a business or athletics department.  Dr. Parker was named the Director of Athletics at California Baptist University in 2009.   During his 10 years at the helm, the Lancers have had an unprecedented run of success, leading to Parker being named The Press-Enterprise Most Influential Sports Figure in the Inland Empire in 2015. Parker has led the Lancers from NAIA to Division II and Division I. The Lancers won the Learfield Directors’ Cup in 2018 after a steady uptick in the Standings from 2014 (26th), 2015 (16th), 2016 (fourth) and 2017 (second). CBU has qualified 70 percent of its eligible teams (66 of 94) for the NCAA postseason since 2013-14. They’ve also produced seven individual NCAA champions, with four from swimming and three from wrestling. This past year, CBU’s first in NCAA Division I and the Western Athletic Conference, the Lancers won two WAC titles (women’s cross country and baseball) and more than 50 percent of their games. They also secured two runner-up finishes in the WAC and nine top-five conference performances. Five CBU teams (volleyball, men’s and women’s swim/dive and basketballs) also qualified for postseason tournaments featuring Division I teams, with both basketball teams hosting first-round games. Additional Resources: The Strength Coach's Ultimate Guide to Hiring (from 10 Tips to Guide Youth Strength Coaches Through the Inteview Process (from The Hard and Soft Skills of a Strength & Conditioning Coach (from Eric Cressey) Improve Your Organizational Culture:  10 Quick Tips (from
September 05, 2019
Ep. 51 - Talking Faith and Wisdom from the Bible w/ David Jack
In this episode, I am sharing part 2 of my conversation with David Jack.  Here, we discuss what it means to be a Christian in the strength & conditioning field.  We also dive into wisdom from The Bible by discussing what we can extract from Romans 12:1-5. If you are a coach or strength professional who wants to learn more or go deeper into this content, check out or feel free to contact me at "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life". - John 3:16
August 19, 2019
Ep. 50 - David Jack on "Magnifying the Good" and Why Motivating with Joy Always Wins
David Jack One of the world's most recognized sports performance and conditioning coaches, David Jack creates experiences that help people discover, co-create, and activate the greatness that lies within them. "I believe that as we use our strengths; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, to serve, we are given more. Fitness has been relegated to 6 pack abs, a faster 40, a bigger bench, a better Fran time. Goals are good, and they matter. But if all we train and prepare for is to improve our fitness metrics, or look better for others that judge us, then that’s all we get. But as we cast our Eyes Up, and choose to Rise Up, acting out of inspiration with intention for purposes greater than self, amazing things begin to happen. When great people, places and things come together to create the change they seek in the world, the positive effects cascade forever. This is my mission, my activprayer: To use my God given gifts, talents and passions to inspire, connect, teach and share with others in an effort to change the way we look at fitness, ourselves and those around us. To help people get ready to be ready when they are called upon, becoming the who THEY were created to be, in order to do the WHAT ONLY THEY CAN DO." – David Jack   Additional Resources: Find David Online (Activeight Fitness) Great Article from Wayne Goldsmith on Motivating Athletes Article about Focusing on One Thing at a Time (from 3 Ways to Remain Dedicated to Your Mission (  
July 29, 2019
Ep. 49 - Rebekah Trittipoe on Creative Stratgies for Bringing Play Back into Sports
Rebekah Trittipoe is a well-respected coach, instructor, and motivational speaker. A life-long athlete with numerous ultramarathon finishes, prestigious wins, and several long-distance trail records, she knows first-hand the commitment it takes to be successful on and off the field, trail, and court.  In this episode, Matt and Rebekah discuss some of the following topics: Rebekah's journey into becoming an author and why her latest book is so needed and important The need for joy and elements of play in sports Process vs. Performance for coaches How coaches can assess their team needs while creating athlete buy-in How we can change the sports culture! Additional Resources: Rebekah's Blog Link to Rebekah's Amazon Resources Book:  Creative Coaching Across 3 Dimensions "What Drives Winning" website by Brett Ledbetter Article:  Bringing Back Free Play in Youth Sports Article: Just Let Them Play!
July 10, 2019
Ep. 48 - Checking In with Jim Kielbaso - Talking LTAD
In this episode, I check in with Impact Show Podcast founder Jim Kielbaso as he updates us on his personal life, what's new with the IYCA, and starts the conversation on Long-Term Athlete Development! Expect more episodes and content on this topic very soon!
June 25, 2019
Ep. 47 - Jerry Palmieri on Relationships and the Impact of a "Transformational" Coach
Jerry Palmieri's Career in the Strength & Conditioning Industry: COACHING CAREER 1982, University of North Carolina, Strength Coach 1984-86, Oklahoma State, Strength Coach 1987-92, Kansas State, Strength Coach Boston College, Director of Strength & Conditioning Operations Jacksonville Jaguars Strength & Conditioning Coach 1999, named Professional Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society Coach of the year 2003, New Orleans Saints' S&C Assistant coach 2004, joined New York Giants Strength and Fitness Coach by Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin (won Super Bowl in 2007 & 2010) 2007, Samson's Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society as Coach of the year Resources/ Additional Content: Amazon link for "The Golden Age of Strength & Conditioning" "Building Relationships" Blog by Mike Boyle "The Coach-Athlete Relationship is a Performance Factor" "Just Let The Play" by Mark Hull (3D Coaching) "Change the Game" Blog on Athlete Engagement
June 13, 2019
Ep. 46 - Alan Stain Jr. w/ "Raise Your Game" - Talk on Self-Awareness, Feedback, and Communication
Alan Stein, Jr. is a keynote speaker and author who spent 15+ years as a performance coach working with the highest-performing basketball players on the planet. He now teaches audiences how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. Alan specializes in improving individual and organizational leadership, performance and accountability.  He inspires and empowers everyone he works with to take immediate action and improve mindset, habits and productivity which is what makes him one of the top motivational speakers you’ll ever hear. In this episode, we discuss: Why being self-aware is a pillar for success Accepting and providing feedback The power of purposeful habits and winning "the unseen hours" Keys to successful communication Additional Resources: Raise Your Game (link to book on Amazon) Alan Stein Jr's Personal Website Article on "Caring Trademark" by Jon Gordon
May 23, 2019
Ep. 45 - Part 2 with Ron McKeefery on Growth Mindset & Building a Knowledge Database
In part 2 of my discussion with strength coach and best-selling author Ron McKeefery, we discuss: How to focus on your "why" The importance of having an impact beyond your time in a training session Closing the "Performance Gap" How to retain more information and build your knowledge database After the interview, I lay out 3 ways to create space to have an impact by being fully PRESENT! Additional Content/ Resources: Ron McKeefery's Personal Website Train Ugly's "Growth Mindset Playbook" Train Ugly's Growth Mindset Hub" Conscious Coaching Field Guide  
May 13, 2019
Ep. 44 - Focus and Knowing Your "Why" with Ron McKeefery / 4 Questions Every Coach or Leader Needs to Ask Themselves
Coach Ron McKeefery, M.A., MSCCC, CSCS*D, is the VP of Performance and  Education for PLAE and has been working as a strength and conditioning  coach at the Professional and Collegiate level for over 20 years.  McKeefery was named Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year in 2008 &  2016, and has had the privilege of working with over 80 players that  have gone on to play in the NFL. In addition to a successful coaching  career, McKeefery is also the best-selling author of 2 books:  CEO Strength Coach and Weight Room Wisdom.  He is also the host to the popular podcast Iron Game Chalk Talk.     In our conversation, we discuss Ron's new book, Weight Room Wisdom, and dive into a few topics that include: ---Building Your Network/ Finding Your Voice ---FOCUS (Follow One Course Until Success ---Knowing Your Why (both on and off the field! ---The Role of a Coach   Additional Content: ---The 4 Questions Every Coach/ Leader Needs to Ask Themselves ---Simon Sinek - Start with Why  ---Ron McKeefery's PLAE Perform Site  
May 02, 2019
Ep. 43 - Jim Kielbaso with Exciting News on the FUTURE of The Impact Show
In this episode, Jim Kielbaso will provide some updates on what he has been up to, what's new with IYCA, and what to expect from "The Impact Show" moving forward. This will include an introduction to the NEW host of the show, Matt Diener. Matt will share his background and vision for the show, and will also interview Jim about industry trends, building relationships, and the role of a coach.
April 24, 2019
Ep. 44 - Focus and Knowing Your "Why" with Ron McKeefery / 4 Questions Every Coach or Leader Needs to Ask Themselves
Coach Ron McKeefery, M.A., MSCCC, CSCS*D, is the VP of Performance and  Education for PLAE and has been working as a strength and conditioning  coach at the Professional and Collegiate level for over 20 years.  McKeefery was named Collegiate Strength Coach of the Year in 2008 &  2016, and has had the privilege of working with over 80 players that  have gone on to play in the NFL. In addition to a successful coaching  career, McKeefery is also the best-selling author of 2 books:  CEO Strength Coach and Weight Room Wisdom.  He is also the host to the popular podcast Iron Game Chalk Talk.   In our conversation, we discuss Ron's new book, Weight Room Wisdom, and dive into a few topics that include: ---Building Your Network/ Finding Your Voice ---FOCUS (Follow One Course Until Success ---Knowing Your Why (both on and off the field! ---The Role of a Coach Additional Content: ---The 4 Questions Every Coach/ Leader Needs to Ask Themselves ---Simon Sinek - Start with Why  ---Ron McKeefery's PLAE Perform Site
April 19, 2019
Ep. 42 - Anthony Renna on Running Your Own Race
 Anthony Renna was one of the first guys to put out a podcast focused  on strength & conditioning.  The Strength Coach Podcast featured  Mike Boyle and a host of other great professionals, and Anthony helped  usher in an era of podcasts in our industry. Since then, Anthony has created several other podcasts as well as  Strength Coach TV where he goes all over the country to bring us video  tours of strength & conditioning facilities.  He has gotten so busy  with his media enterprise that he barely trains any more, yet he is  making a huge impact on the profession. Anthony’s approach has always been “the man behind the man,” but as  I’ve gotten to know Anthony, I’ve really been able to see how he’s  making a difference.  In this episode of The Impact Show, I talk to  Anthony about his path and we go into depth on the impact he’s making.
October 22, 2017
Ep. 41 - THE IMPACT SHOW - The Art of Sports Science with Fergus Connolly
 Sports science has become one of the hottest topics and trends in the  world of strength & conditioning.  It seems like everyone is trying  to find the holy grail of athlete monitoring or how to utilize sports  science to find the key to athletic success.  Millions of dollars have  been poured into technology designed to enhance our understanding of  athletes so that coaches can make better decisions about training and  practice.  Unfortunately, it does look like those dollars have had much  of a return on investment for most programs yet. This could be due to many factors: Coaches not knowing how to take advantage of the technology Coaches not making decisions based on the technology The technology not giving coaches the most important information necessary Information overload Coaches not knowing what to do with all of the information It could also be that technology can’t tell us everything that is  going on.  It can’t account for the human factor in sport, so coaches  still need to make instinctive decisions and athletes still need to make  plays. Director of Sports Science & Operations for the University of  Michigan Football Program, Fergus Connolly Ph.D., has a unique  perspective on the sports science trend.  While Connolly is fully  educated on the technology, he also has a deep understanding of the  human element present in sports.  In his new book, Game Changer – The  Art of Sports Science, he goes into great depth on the ways teams win  games. At first, this seems like just another book on winning, but it’s not.   Instead, it’s an in-depth study of sports at both the macro and micro  level that makes you think about sports from a unique perspective. In this episode of The Impact Show, Jim & Fergus discuss the  impact that sports science is having on sports and how we can use it to  truly make a difference.
September 26, 2017
Ep. 40) - THE IMPACT SHOW - Making a Difference From the Inside with the Power Athlete Guys
 Sometimes you see a problem and you complain about it.  Other times,  you see a problem and you do something about.  But, making a change to  an existing structure or organization is not easy.  That’s why it’s so  impressive that the gang at Power Athlete – John Welbourn, Tex McQuilken  and Luke Summers – has been able to influence the way CrossFit boxes  around the world approach training. After a very successful career in the NFL, John Welbourn was asked to  create a CrossFit program for football players.  He knew that a  traditional CrossFit program was not appropriate for football players,  but instead of saying no, he saw an opportunity to make a difference  from the inside.  He embarked on a mission to teach CrossFit trainers  the difference between traditional CrossFit and a systematic and  progressive training program for athletes. Of course, this was met with resistance, but that did not deter John  from spreading his message.  Over time, he was able to show coaches all  over the world the light and his Power Athlete programs are now a part  of CrossFit boxes all over the world. Along the way, Tex McQuilken and Luke Summers joined John on the  mission and helped speed up the process and create more momentum than  ever.  Together, these guys are a colorful band of characters with a  serious mission and strong educational background. In this episode, we get to hear how these guys are making a  difference from the inside.  They discuss all of the struggles with this  approach as well as the successes and how they are making a difference.   We also talk about how difficult it can be to change peoples minds,  especially when their education is somewhat limited. Power Athlete is about to embark on a new journey as they open a new  facility in Texas, so we also get to hear their thought process on this  move from California and what they’re doing to prepare for it. For more information on Power Athlete programs, visit PowerAthleteHQ or listen to Power Athlete Radio on your favorite podcast platform.
August 23, 2017
Ep. 39 - THE IMPACT SHOW - How to write a book and launch a product
Over the past few months, I’ve been spending a lot of time talking  about how to write a book or launch a product.  The reason for this is  the recent release of the new IYCA book Principles of Athletic Strength & Conditioning.  This project took months of hard work from a lot of people to make happen, and the process has been amazing. I want to share this process with you because I know there are plenty  of people out there with a book or product stuck in their head and you  just don’t know what to do with it.  No matter what some people might  try to tell you, this is not an easy process, so why should you  re-invent the wheel when I can help shorten your learning curve? Even if you don’t care about how to write a book or launch a product,  listening to the thought process that went into this project can help  you think about other business opportunities in a slightly different  way.  Seeing holes in the market and building relationships are things  that are valuable no matter what kind of business you’re in.  Finding  the right contributors, editors and designers may be specific to this  book, but marketing, utilizing a team, setting up your web site and  e-commerce are all applicable to just about any project these days. I already understood the process of how to write a book from writing  them in the past, but this one was a collaboration of 17 strength &  conditioning professionals so it was a different kind of animal than  doing most of it on my own.  I hope you enjoy hearing some of the  process I used and everything that went into this.  If you are thinking  about a product or want to know more about how to write a book, I’d love  to help in any way I can.  Shoot me a message at and I’ll try to give you what I can.
July 26, 2017
Ep 38 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Aaron Byrd How to Make a Difference
Aaron Byrd owns one of the most successful soccer  training businesses in the country.  As a former college and  professional soccer players, Aaron clearly has the skills necessary to  help improve a soccer player’s abilities, but it’s not the soccer  training that makes the biggest difference in people’s lives – it’s the  lessons he teaches through his training programs. Aaron started his business by helping two kids of a friend who wanted  to get better at soccer.  Two turned into four, four turned into eight,  and before he knew it, Byrd had over 100 kids enrolled in camps and  training programs.  Since then, his business has expanded exponentially  and he has hired a staff of coaches that implement his programs in  multiple locations throughout southeast Michigan. As his business grew, Aaron realized what an impact he was making on  young athletes.  That realization made him take that role more  seriously, and it has become a huge part of his business and life. In this episode, Aaron shares real-life examples of how he makes an  impact through his business, and he talks about his journey as both a  coach and business-owner.  You can learn more about Aaron Byrd and his  Next Level Training soccer programs at or follow him on Instagram at NLTsoccer
June 16, 2017
Ep. 37 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Brett Klika on Selling Out Your Summer Program
I had Brett Klika on the show a while back to talk about Youth  Training concepts, and he was fantastic.  I recently had him speak at  the IYCA Summit, and he was great!  People loved his presentation, but  they loved his hands-on work even more.  He also joined us at the Sports  Performance Business Academy, and I quickly realized that his loves  talking about business topics just as much as youth training. After several more conversations, we decided it was time to have him  back on the show to talk about Selling Out Your Summer Program.  In the  episode, Brett delivers incredible ideas on how to grow your business,  and it’s not just about your summer programs.  The tips he gives will  help you grow all aspects of your business, and his concepts aren’t  exclusive to youth sports training.  Everything he talks about would  work in just about any business setting with minor tweaks based on your  products and customers. Brett is like me in many ways – he loves training, he loves making a  difference and he loves business development.  He’s pretty much a living  example of everything the IYCA stands for and I think you’re going to  love this episode.  Get ready to take some notes – I have multiple  pages!
May 20, 2017
Ep. 36 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Evolving as a Coach
This edition of The Impact Show is all about Evolving as a Coach, but  it can go deeper than that.  Your evolution may also include progress  as a parent, spouse, friend, businessperson or simply becoming a better  version of yourself.  In Part 1 of the show, I explore some of the ways I  have evolved, and I talk about a great live event I recently attended  that was hosted by two young coaches in my area – Dan Allison and Mike  Coval.  Just being there and being a part of this informal mastermind  got me thinking of new ideas and generated a lot of items on my  even-lengthening To-Do list. Part 2 of the show features our friend Red Wakeham from Michigan  State University talking about he has evolved as a coach, and what that  process has meant to him.
April 17, 2017
Ep. 35 - THE IMPACT SHOW: Brett Bartholomew on Conscious Coaching
Brett Bartholomew is one of the top young strength coaches in the  industry.  He has worked as a college S & C Coach at University of  Nebraska, spent several years at API/EXOS and he has recently written a  book titled Conscious Coaching, that is destined to be a best-seller in  the world of strength & conditioning, sports performance, fitness  and sports coaching. I had a chance to spend some time with Brett at the PLAE USE  conference in Indianapolis, and as we got talking, we decided that we  just NEEDED to record a podcast. My voice still sounds pretty bad from being sick and losing it last  week, but Brett sounds great.  Haha.  He even does an incredible “movie  trailer voice” impersonation that you’re going to love. If you’re not familiar with Brett Bartholomew, this podcast pretty  much sums him up.  Smart. Witty. Well-spoken.  Down to earth.  And a  great coach. If you ARE familiar with Brett, you’re going to love this conversation, and you’re going to love his new book. 
March 06, 2017
Ep. 34 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Brett Klika on Youth Development
Brett Klika is a leading authority on youth development and how  coaches can assist in this maturation process.  He worked for  world-renowned trainer Todd Durkin for several years, heading up his  youth development program.  Eventually, Brett co-created a program  called SPIDERfit Kids that teaches coaches, trainers and educators the  intricacies of helping young people become more physically literate. Brett breaks this process down into 9 distinct segments: Body Awareness:  Understanding the parts of the body and various ways they can move. Directional Awareness: The ability to understand the  directions of the body (right, left, up, down, etc.) and to be able to  move in all planes of motion. Spatial Awareness:  A concept of how much space the body occupies in relation to the surrounding environment. Temporal Awareness:  The sense of timing, rhythm, and precision. Vestibular Awareness:  An internal sense of the head and body’s position in relation to gravity. Proprioceptive Awareness: The ability to interpret  the internal sense of where the body and specific joints are in space  and in relation to each other, and how much force/velocity they are  exerting. Tactile Awareness: The ability to appropriately respond to touch, in addition to differentiation of objects by size, texture, and shape. Visual Awareness:  The ability to visually focus, track, and take in broad fields of view. Auditory Awareness: The ability to accurately interpret and respond to sound. If you work with children, have children or think you might be  interested in working with young people at some point, I think you’re  going to love listening to Brett Klika on this episode of The Impact  Show. You may also want to check out the awesome program SPIDERfit Kids that  Brett Klika created for coaches and trainers.  This incredibly-thorough  program walks you step-by-step, how to create and organize  developmentally-appropriate programs for young kids. 
February 26, 2017
Ep. 33 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Getting More Done & Business Mistakes
People interested in making an impact are busy.  It’s important that  we get a lot done in a limited amount of time.  I’m often asked how I’m  able to maintain a high level of productivity, but I wish that I could  accomplish even more each day.  I truly believe that productive people  always feel that way.  Many of the most productive people I know  constantly talk about how they wish they had more hours in the day.   They are always interested in getting more done. Because I’ll never get more hours in the day, I’ve figured out how to  maximize my time by using some very simple, yet effective, strategies.   In the first half of this episode, I talk about some of the strategies  I’ve learned to apply in my career. The second half of Ep. 33 includes a familiar guest – Ryan Ketchum –  to offer up his thoughts on what he considers the most common business  mistakes.  Ryan is a very efficient businessman, and he always presents  ideas in a way that allows you to apply the knowledge. If you’re interested in getting more done and avoiding common business mistakes, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.
January 30, 2017
Ep. 31 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Brian Sipotz
Brian Sipotz is the Owner of Advantage Strength & Conditioning in Ann Arbor, MI and a co-owner of   When his professional hockey career ended, Brian wasn’t sure what was  next.  By taking risks, meeting the right people and recognizing  opportunities, he has created a growing business for himself and his  young family. Like many young professionals, Brian Sipotz was faced with many  decisions as he set up his new business.  Unlike many others, however,  he didn’t know how difficult it was going to be, so he moved forward  without worrying about many of the things that would have stopped other  coaches from pursuing their dreams. Brian has a great story about getting started that can benefit anyone  looking to make a change in their life.  You’ll appreciate his  humility, transparency and thought process going into establishing his  business. Listen to Brian’s interview on the Impact Show on the player below or  listen on your phone by downloading the show from iTunes on your  Podcast app or through any other podcast app you choose.  Subscribe to  the Impact Show to make sure you never miss an episode. Brian will be presenting at the 2017 IYCA Summit in Detroit, April 27-29.  Registration details will be available soon.
January 08, 2017
Ep. 30 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Darl Bauer on Leadership vs Ownership
Regular listeners of the Impact Show know Darl Bauer, the Associate  Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Football at West Virginia  University.  Well, Darl is back for the final show of 2017, and it’s a  great topic for anyone working in a team atmosphere.  In this episode,  Darl talks about the difference between leadership and ownership and how  he develops both qualities in his team. We also talk briefly about whether or not leadership can be taught or  if it is a trait people are born with.  Darl’s insights into this, and  how he goes about developing a cohesive atmosphere is brilliant. Thank you for making 30 episodes of the Impact Show possible and  being a loyal listener.  We would love to have you subscribe to the show  as well as give it a rating and a brief review.  Those things help  iTunes know that the show is being listened to and supported by YOU, so  it would be very helpful to have you take a second to do that.
December 27, 2016
Ep. 29 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Jim's Year-End Inventory
The end of the year is always crazy, but we somehow find a way to  break through it all and create New Years Resolutions at the beginning  of the year.  These resolutions are basically goals – the goals we have  for the new year.  But, until we take a look back at the year, we might  be short-changing ourselves or leaving something out. I’ve engaged in a process of taking a year-end inventory to see all  of successes, failures, challenges, opportunities, missed opportunities  and areas for growth.  Taking a look backward is a great way to decide  how you’d like to move forward, so this episode is all about taking a  brief look backward before you start thinking about new goals. It’s a very simple process, and there’s no right or wrong way to go  about it.  Take a quick listen to one of the shortest episodes yet, and  start your homework assignment right away so you’re ready for the big  goal-setting time of the year.
December 20, 2016
THE IMPACT SHOW - EP 028 - Jim Kielbaso IYCA Transition
In this episode, I’m excited to announce my new leadership role with  the IYCA, the International Youth Conditioning Association.  When I got  involved in the IYCA several years ago, I realized that it was a very  different organization that not only addressed high-quality training  methods, they also addressed how to be a better coach, run your business  and make an impact on young athletes. When the opportunity presented itself to become the President &  CEO, I felt like the last 20 years of my career all came together.  All  of my experiences coaching, running a business, writing, and producing  online content pulled together.  I’m still running Total Performance, so  I’ll be in the trenches every day, which makes this opportunity even  more exciting.  I get to do what I love with people that I truly enjoy  being around. I look forward to the next chapter of the IYCA and hearing your  thoughts about the direction you’d like to see it take.  Please try out  my new e-mail address and let me know your thoughts on the  IYCA.
December 06, 2016
Ep. 27 - THE IMAPCT SHOW: Gary Schofield
Gary Schofield is not only a high school strength coach, he is an  entrepreneur, father, husband and the Head Strength & Conditioning  Coach at the Greater Atlanta Christian School where he has been making a  difference for nearly 20 years.  In this episode, he talks about his  crazy daily schedule, and some of the situations he has encountered  during his career as a high school strength coach. We also spent some time talking about his new endeavor, forming the  National High School Strength Coaches Association.  The NHSSCA was  created exclusively for the high school strength coach who encounters  very different demands compared to other coaches/trainers. The high school strength coach is responsible for educating and  training hundreds of young student-athletes with an incredibly wide  range of athletic ability, work ethic, motivation and interest in the  training process.  This requires the ability to constantly change or  adapt your programming for different circumstances, so these coaches  must learn how to get creative and change on the fly. Gary has set up a Facebook page dedicated to his new organization,  where you’re encouraged to go for more information on the NHSSCA. To learn more about the differences between strength & conditioning positions, please check out this article on How to Become a Strength & Conditioning Coach, and get 30% off the IYCA’s High School Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification by using Promo Code JK30 when you check out.
November 21, 2016
Ep. 26 - Politics vs Strength & Conditioning
Election Day is here!  Finally!!!  This election cycle has been  absolutely crazy, but it got me thinking about parallels between how we  make political decisions and how we make decisions about strength &  conditioning and business. First things first, this episode is NOT about politics.  It’s all  about exploring the ways in which we make our decisions, and I’ve seen  so many things seep out into other areas of our lives, that I felt  compelled to talk about it.  So, while the election has driven people  crazy, there is a lot we can learn about ourselves as professionals from  the way we make political decisions.  Sometimes it’s good.  Sometimes  it’s bad.  But, it’s interesting to see how one area of our lives  affects another. Again, I promise this isn’t about politics, and I hope you enjoy this  episode.  Leave a comment below explaining the parallels you’ve seen.
November 06, 2016
Ep 25 THE IMPACT SHOW - Mark Watts
Mark Watts is one of those rare guys who has been a college coach,  worked in a business setting, and eventually realized what he was born  to do – teach and coach youth sports.  Mark spent years paying his dues,  surviving on low wages and learning from great coaches before he  finally got his chance to be a college strength coach at Denison  University in Ohio. After many years chasing the “strength coach dream,” Mark accepted  what many would consider a dream job as the Director of Education at   During his time at EliteFTS, Mark authored dozens of articles, spoke at  conference around the country and hosted the EliteFTS Sports  Performance Podcast (which was absolutely fantastic). With a stacked resume, you might expect Mark Watts to be arrogant and  opinionated, but he is a genuine, open-minded, first-class person who  is making a huge impact on a lot of kids these days.
October 31, 2016
Ep 24 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Darl Bauer: How much strength is enough?
How much strength is enough?  This question has probably been  discussed by every strength coach in the world, yet there still isn’t a  definitive answer.  West Virginia University Associate Head Strength  & Conditioning Coach for Football, Darl Bauer, and I have talked  about this dozens of times, so we thought it would be great to discuss  it on The Impact Show. Even more importantly, we’d really like to continue this discussion  with you and hear your thoughts on how much strength is enough.  Leave a  comment below, or hit us up on social media.  The Impact Show has it’s  own Facebook page, so type that into the search bar and join the  conversation. You can also find Jim Kielbaso on Facebook and share your thoughts.   There’s really no right or wrong answer, but it’s always interesting to  hear different coaches’ perspectives on the topic.  Darl and Jim  certainly don’t agree 100% on this topic, but they’ve both slightly  changed their minds through the years. Before your totally surprised, the show opens with a short discussion  on having “good bad days.”  If you are familiar with this concept,  definitely take a minutes to hear more about it, and try to apply it to  your life.  Even better, teach your clients how to have good bad days. Again, let us know your thoughts on how much strength is enough and visit our sponsor at  Use promo code JK30 to get 30% off all of their certifications.
October 17, 2016
Ep. 23 - Lon Record - Hammer Strength/Life Fitness
Lon Record has been a college strength & conditioning coach at  the highest levels (Notre Dame, Villanova, etc.) and is now the National  Athletics Manager for Hammer Strength/Life Fitness.  He has been able  to utilize his knowledge and experience as a strength coach in more of a  sales/consultant role to help schools create outstanding facilities.   These facilities end up making an impact on hundreds, or even thousands,  of people, which turns into Lon’s “ripple effect.” Lon is also responsible for organizing the Hammer Strength strength & conditioning clinics all over the country.  These  clinics bring together incredible coaches from a wide range of schools,  and attendees gain information they can take back to their schools.   This creates another ripple effect for Lon that has allowed him to make a  huge impact on the entire industry. Lon helped me and Novi High School (MI) put together an incredible  new strength & conditioning facility that now serves hundreds of  students and faculty members every day.
October 11, 2016
Ep. 22 - THE IMPACT SHOW - Licensure
High-quality strength & conditioning coaches and personal  trainers have always tried to separate themselves from low-quality  professionals.  For years, there have been discussions about creating a  government-regulated license that would keep poorly qualified or  uneducated people out of the profession.  There has never been a great  way to make this happen, but it has become pretty obvious that some sort  of distinction should be made. In this episode, I discuss this topic with Michigan State University  strength coaches Red Wakeham and Molli Munz.  We would love to hear your  thoughts on this topic, so please leave a comment below or hit me up on  social media to share your ideas.
October 04, 2016
When it comes to Olympic Lifting, Wil Fleming has pretty much done it  all.  He has competed at the National level, coached at the Olympic  training center and has produced multiple products that teach  performance coaches how to use the lifts.  He has even created a course  called The Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach that will only be available from Sept. 26th – Oct. 8th. So, if Wil Fleming is going to be on the Impact Show, it only made  sense to talk about….well….Olympic lifting.  We talked about  weightlifting for performance coaches, some technique-based topics and  even his thoughts on how to navigate the massive amount of information  available on the internet. In true Impact Show form, we also got to talk about a coach that made  a HUGE impact on Wil, and how things have come full circle as he is  having a nearly identical impact on the athletes he trains. If you are a performance coach, sport coach, athlete or trainer who  wants to maximize the effectiveness of your Olympic lifting instruction,  make sure to take advantage of Wil’s Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach program.  We also mentioned the High School Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification that Wil co-authored, and you can get 30% off that course by using the promo code JK30. Of course, make sure you also check out for more great info from Wil. If you’re enjoying the show, please click on the Subscribe button and  give the show a Rating/Review to help iTunes recognize the impact we’re  having.
September 26, 2016
Ep. 9 - Dan John
June 17, 2016
Ep. 9 - Dan John
June 17, 2016
Ep. 1 - Ron McKeefery
May 11, 2016
Ep. 1 - Ron McKeefery
May 11, 2016