S2 EPISODE 45 - Training Philosophy, Building Better Athletes & Coach Burnout w/ Jorge Carvajal

Season 2 Episode 45, Dr. Bubbs sits down with expert Strength and Conditioning Coach Jorge Carvajal to talk about why his training philosophy starts with “people first”, how to build trust with athletes and the importance of failure in the learning process. He also talks about how strength and conditioning coaches are effectively load managers, the lessons he learned working in NCAA college football and coaching in Russia, and common mistakes made by young coaches. Jorge also shares how the “other 22-hours” in the day impact an athlete's load and why sleep (and naps) and getting the training process right are his big rocks in the recovery process. Finally, Jorge shares his experience with burnout, the alarming number of coaches who reach out to him struggling with burnout and how he rebuilt his ideal life around the things he loves most. Fantastic insights and wisdom from a true leader in the field! 

Summary of This Episode

1:30 – Coach Carvajal’s “People First” philosophy

4:45 – How to build athlete “buy-in”?

8:45 – Strength coach are effectively load managers

12:45- Roadblocks to effective load management

21:00 – Training lessons learned in NCAA football

24:30 – Getting outside your comfort zone – Working in Russia

31:45 – Lessons learned from early career mistakes

36:50 – Different mindset working with military and special ops

45:10 - How getting back to nature support mental health & performance

52:15 – Building the life you want & defining success

58:30 – Common traits of great coaches 

About Jorge Carvajal

Jorge Carvajal is a performance coach and consultant who has worked with elite athletes in multiple sports and the tactical world for over twenty five years. He has trained thousands of athletes at the University of Florida, the University of Nebraska, the U.S. Olympic Training Center, along with numerous professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, World Surf League Big Wave Tour surfers, and much more. Follow Jorge on Twitter @carvperformance.

S2 EPISODE 42 - Fundamentals of Speed, Acceleration & Coaching Athletes w/ Dr. Chris Bellon PhD

Season 2 Episode 42, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Chris Bellon PhD, who shares the four things you need to know about getting people fast, how sled towing and hill sprints help to accomplish 4 fundamentals, and how procedural memory development fits into the story. Chris talks about progressing from general to specific training, the role of stride length and rate, and outlines exercises to train specific qualities. He’ll also share the key relationship between weight room and quality speed development, how he monitors athletes, and the many demands facing young athletes today. Chris shares his tips for time-efficient workouts, the evolution of sport science and his biggest rocks for upgrading acceleration and sprinting.

Research Papers

An Elite Athlete's Initial Uphill Battle

Are running speeds maximized with simple-spring stance mechanics?

Resistance training intensity and volume affect changes in rate of force development in resistance-trained men

The nature of speed: Enhancing sprint abilities through a short to long training approach. 

About Dr. Chris Fellon PhD

Dr. Chris Fellon PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise Science at LaGrange College. He teaches a variety of courses in the areas of sport physiology, motor behavior, coaching theory, and strength and conditioning. In addition, Dr. Bellon serves as the Director of Sports Performance in the LaGrange College SPEED Center. Within this role, he oversees the strength and conditioning practices for several athletic teams, including baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Prior to arriving in LaGrange, Dr. Bellon earned his doctoral degree in Sport Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University, where his academic endeavors focused on the enhancement of sprint acceleration in team sport athletes. During his tenure at ETSU, Dr. Bellon served as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sport Scientist for the university’s Olympic Training Site, as well as within the Athletics Department, working with a variety of athlete populations, ranging from international-level bobsledders to Division I women’s basketball players. Dr. Bellon currently resides in LaGrange, Georgia with his wife, Grace, and daughter Imogene. Follow Dr. Bellon on Twitter @DocBellon.

S2 EPISODE 39 - Building Athletes, Problem Solving & Training for Your Age w/ Mike Robertson MS

Season 2 Episode 39, Dr. Bubbs sits down with renowned strength coach Mike Robertson of Robertson Training Systems to chat about his model of Position/Pattern/Load/Express for increasing athleticism and performance, as well as how to build physical qualities when movement quality is poor. Mike also shares his thoughts on conditioning programs, the importance of lateral acceleration, in-season training considerations, and how things change in the post-season. He also provides some of his insights from turning 40, highlighting tips for longevity and health, as well as sharing what on his reading list and pre-workout playlist. As always, fantastic insights from a world-class leader in the field!

Links to Articles

Random Training Thoughts: June 2018

5 Random Training Thoughts

About Mike Robertson MS

Mike is one of the most highly sought-after coaches, consultants, speakers and writers in the fitness industry today, known for his “no-nonsense” approach to training and brutal efficiency. Mike has made a name for himself as a go-to resource for professional athletes from every major sport. He’s the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training. IFAST has been named one of the Top 10 Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine three times in the past six years. Follow Mike on Twitter