S2 EPISODE 48 - Power Eating for Performance, Body Composition & Athlete Health w/ Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD

Season 2 Episode 48, Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD returns to the Dr. Bubbs Performance Podcast to share her latest insights on performance nutrition and fueling athletes. In this episode, Susan talks about the importance of understanding “why” before designing nutrition plans, the nuances of fueling workouts, the difference between managing fats and burning fats, as well as strategies to improve body composition while also preparing for competition. She also dives into nutrition for mood and cognitive function, supplements to support the brain and evidence-based botanicals for athletes. Finally, she shares her wisdom around changing athlete behaviours to influence their health and performance in the long-term.

Summary of This Episode

4:00 – Understanding the “why” of nutrition and macronutrients

6:00 – Nutrition for fueling workouts - carbohydrates

14:30 – Managing fat vs. burning fat

18:00 – Strategy for improving body composition while preparing for competition

25:30 – Nutrition for the brain and mood

31:00 – Supplements for supporting cognition

36:00 – Evidence-based botanicals

41:00 – Rebooting athletes “bad habits”

45:00 – Supporting healing with Dwayne Wade

50:00 – The evolution of performance nutrition

Link to Book

New Power Eating

About Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD

Dr. Susan Kleiner PhD is co-founder and fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She is the owner of High Performance Nutrition, Director of Science and Communication of Vitargo Global Sciences, faculty at University of Northern Iowa. and currently serves as the High Performance Nutrition Consultant to Seattle Storm (WNBA) and the Seattle Reign FC (WNSL). She also consults with many other professional teams including Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers, the Miami Heat, Olympians and many more elite athletes in countless sports.  

Dr. Kleiner has authored eight books, including her latest book NEW POWER EATING® SusanKleiner on Twitter @PowerEat.

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 41 - Impacts of Sleep Loss On Pain, Injury-Risk & Neurocognition w/ Norah Simpson PhD

Season 2 Episode 41, Dr. Bubbs interviews Dr. Norah Simpson PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine to talk all things sleep. In this episode, Norah discusses why so many people and athletes still struggle with poor sleep quality and quantity despite all the emphasis on sleep in the last 5 years, as well as her recent paper, “Optimizing sleep to maximize performance: implications and recommendations for elite athletes”. She dives into how lack of sleep impacts pain tolerance, injury risk, risk of illness and even the potential effect of altitude training on sleep quality. Norah also shares the sleep roadblocks she sees most in athletes, her favourite tools and tactics to get sleep back on track, and where she sees the evolution of sleep research heading in the next decade. 

Summary of This Episode

5:10 – Effects of sleep loss on neurocognitive performance

8:30 – Injury risk, illness susceptibility and sleep loss

11:30 – Altitude training and impacts on sleep

13:00 – Can you catch up on sleep?

15:00 – sleep loss on injury risk

18:00 – impact on altitude training on sleep

21:00 – Norah’s current athlete sleep study

25:45 – sleep tracking

30:00 – importance of sleep wind down routine

32:00 – Is watching TV better than an iPad at night?

35:30 – common athlete sleep roadblocks

39:00 – “Nappuccino” – good or bad?

  

Research Paper

Optimizing sleep to maximize performance: implications and recommendations for elite athletes

About Dr. Norah Simpson PhD

Norah Simpson PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Sleep Health and Insomnia Program (SHIP), with a clinical focus in psychology, behavioral sleep medicine and athlete well-being. Learn more at www.insomnia.stanford.edu.

S2 EPISODE 35 - Sport Psychology, Energy Management & The Champion’s Mindset w/ Dr. Peter Jensen PhD

Season 2 Episode 35, Dr. Bubbs interviews renowned sport psychologist Dr. Peter Jensen PhD. In this episode, Dr. Jensen will discuss his first experiences working at the Olympic Games, what stood out and how sport psychology has evolved over the last three decades. He’ll also discuss the key role of energy management in elite performance: what it is, why it’s important and how it plays a fundamental role in your ability to react and respond to stress. He’ll outline how energy management is different from time-management and the value of pressure for performance. Dr. Jensen will also highlight energy drains on the body, how reframing and breath-work are powerful tools to control energy management, what stress and anxiety do to attentional focus and how imagery and emotions are the fast-track to the brain. Phenomenal insights from a world-leader in sport psychology! 

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    Ability to build relationship and connect with people is really critical, really critical.

2)    When arousal levels are high – attentional focus narrows.

3)    Reframing and breathwork are strategies to control energy levels.

Peter’s Latest Book

Thriving in a 24/7 World

About Dr. Peter Jensen PhD

Dr. Jensen holds a PhD. in Sport Psychology. An authority on leadership, he is a renowned innovator - bringing coaching and personal high performance to corporations worldwide. Peter has attended nine Olympic games as a member of the Canadian Olympic team and has helped numerous athletes achieve high performance levels under intense pressure. With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, he has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers.

Peter is a top-rated instructor in seven programs at the Queen's Smith School of Business. He also helped design the Queen's Executive Leadership Program. He is a founding director of Performance Coaching Inc., one of Canada's leading corporate training firms. Fortune 500 companies in eight countries have benefited from Peter's programs.

Peter has written three books: The Inside EdgeIgnite the Third Factor, and, most recently, Thriving in a 24-7 World - a compelling look at how everyone can use the skills of energy management to enhance personal resilience under pressure. His work has been featured on ABC, CBS, CBC, CTV and in a wide array of print media in North America and Europe. Peter's clients include BP, Nexen, Syncrude, Labatt, Hydro One, CCMD, RCMP, GE Capital, Maclean's and Royal Bank.

S2 EPISODE 33 - Rewind: Sprints, Circadian Biology, Vagus Nerve & Elite Mindset

In Season 2 Episode 33, Dr. Bubbs “rewinds” the tape and revisits highlights and key insights from world leading experts from the past two seasons of the show. In this instalment, Dr. Bubbs talks training athletes with Strength Coach Clance Laylor, sprinting and injury prevention with Sprint Coach Derek Hansen, the application of HIIT training in heart disease and markers of overtraining with expert Dr. Martin Gibala PhD. He then shifts gears to discuss muscle fiber types (and the confusion and myths in this area) with leading expert Dr. Andy Galpin PhD, and hears from Dr. Dan Pardi PhD on circadian biology and how it impacts health and performance. Finally, Dr. Bubbs rounds out this edition of REWIND by discussing brain and recovery with expert Dr. John Sullivan PhD and the mindset traits of elite captains with author of Captain Class and Wall Street Journal Sports Editor Sam Walker. Tons of great insights from this incredible group of experts!

S2 EPISODE 9 - Strongman Training & Nutrition Strategies w/ Dain Wallis

In Season 2 Episode 9, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Canadian Strongman Champion Dain Wallis to talk about his preparation for competition; training periodization, importance of technical proficiency, nutrition for hypertrophy, sleep and recovery strategies, the psychology of competition as well as applications of Strongman training for the recreational athlete. Great tips from Dain!

Lay-Ups From This Episode

1)             It takes time to build elite maximal strength.

2)             Consistent and regular meals throughout the day are crucial for growth and repair.

3)             A winning mindset and letting go of fear are keys to victory.

About Dain Wallis

Dain is a nutrition & strength coach from Toronto, Canada and currently Canada's Strongest Man in the 80kg weight class. He’s also a fellow instructor at DTS Fitness Education on the Nutrition Fundamentals course. Follow Dain on Twitter or find out more at canadasnutritioncoach.com

S2 EPISODE 2 - Evolution of Sport Science, Big Data & Changing The Game w/ Dr. Fergus Connolly

In Season 2 Episode 2, Dr. Bubbs interviews expert sport scientist and Director of Performance at the University of Michigan Dr. Fergus Connolly PhD. Fergus talks all things sports science; why we should start from the game itself and work backwards in sport science, a holistic, rather than reductionist view in performance sport, the value of upskilling staff versus adding more specialists, the importance of a “Human First” approach to athletes, how data is either useful, useless or interesting, and so much more. Terrific insights from one of the best in the business.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)             Start from the game itself and work backwards.

2)             All data has a life cycle.

3)             Never stop learning

Performance Insights From This Episode

1.    Coaches - What is the emotion of the day in your training program?

2.    There is tremendous value in having independent sports science experts to design assist in designing your sports science program (rather than solely relying on industry support).

3.    As Charlie Francis used to say  “learn from your athletes” (It’s not a one-way street).

The “Big Rocks” - Fergus' Tip

Find mentors to gain experience and learn as much as you can from your athletes (not just you teaching them).

About Dr. Fergus Connolly

Perhaps the only person in the world who has worked at the highest levels of Premier League soccer, international rugby, the NBA, NFL, and NCAA - where he’s currently the Performance Director for Michigan Football. Fergus is also the author of the fantastic and unique book, Game Changer, which cuts through the hype and myths to show you what really works, sharing details of how the most elite teams from around the world apply the latest knowledge, research, sports science, and technology to achieve excellence. Follow Fergus on Twitter