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 38 - NBA Pre-Season, The Athlete Heart & Cardiovascular Disease w/ Tony Manci MS

Season 2 Episode 38, Dr. Bubbs talks heart health, cardiovascular screening and the “athlete heart” with clinical physiologist Tony Manci MS. In this episode, Tony will discuss hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and sudden cardiac death in athletes, the difference between “athlete’s heart” and heart disease, and outlines an NBA pre-season cardiovascular screen. Tony also discusses the impact of a sedentary lifestyle on heart and vascular health, highlights modifiable risk factors to reduce your likelihood of heart disease, and shares his favourite strategies to build aerobic fitness. He also talks about the power of habits and the evolution of HCM research.

Summary of Episode

3:00 – Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) – Athlete’s Heart

5:00 – Athlete’s Heart vs. Vascular Disease

12:45 – NBA pre-season screening protocols

14:30 – Bruce Protocol

18:00 – Beneficial changes to aerobic training

22:00 – Sedentary lifestyle impacts on heart health

25:00 – Tony’s thought on heart health nutrition

30:00 – Tips for starting a client on heart health aerobic session

35:45 – The challenge of building habits

38:20 – Evolution of athlete heart research

 

Research Paper

High-Intensity Interval Training, Solutions to the Programming Puzzle : Part I: Cardiopulmonary Emphasis.

  

About Tony Manci MS

A Clinical Exercise Physiologist from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Manci is an expert in cardiovascular physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology and has 13 years of experience which includes working with professional sports teams – like the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks – as well as testing and educating cardiac patients. Follow Tony Manci on Twitter

S2 EPISODE 37 - HIIT Science, Physiology First & Weapons of Mass Destruction w/ Prof. Paul Laursen PhD

Season 2 Episode 37, Dr. Bubbs interviews renowned sport scientist and coach Professor Paul Laursen PhD to discuss the science and application of HIIT training. In this episode, Prof Laursen outlines his new collaborative project HIIT Science and dives into key principles for programming HIIT training for individuals and team sport athletes. He kicks things off by addressing the importance of understanding the demands of the sport and the athlete profile. Laursen then shares the three main areas that can be targeted with HIIT training: aerobic, anaerobic and neuromuscular, and the five different types of HIIT training formats. He also outlines the pitfalls of thinking “format first” (i.e. the workout) and emphasizes the importance of thinking “physiology first” when programming training sessions for individuals and teams. Phenomenal insights from Prof Laursen and an exciting new educational resource for practitioners and athletes. 

Summary of Episode

3:00 – Introduction to HIIT Science

5:00 – Demands of sport & athlete profile

11:30 – HIIT Target Types

15:20 – Type II HIIT sessions

18:30 – Weapons of mass destruction – Type IV HIIT sessions

21:45 – Type V HIIT sessions

26:00 – Importance of context

30:00 – Athlete longevity and health

33:15 – Diet is the biggest confounder

36:15 – HIIT training is not “no pain, no gain”

37:46 – Importance of consistency

40:00 -  Evolution of HIIT Science

Research Paper

High-Intensity Interval Training, Solutions to the Programming Puzzle : Part I: Cardiopulmonary Emphasis.

About Pro. Paul Laursen

Across the last two Olympic cycles, Dr. Laursen was employed as Lead Physiologist for High Performance Sport New Zealand alongside a joint position as Adjunct Professor of Exercise Physiology at Auckland University of Technology. This unique role positioned him at the nexus between theory, research and application of sport science and physiology for Olympic sports in New Zealand. While he continues his Professorial role, he is now based in Canada as a coach and consultant (www.plewsandprof.com). He’s amounted more than 125 scientific publications. He’s personally competed in 17 Ironman triathlon events, including Hawaii, with a personal best time of 9:57. Follow Prof Laursen on Twitter @PaulBLaursen and @HIITScience. Learn more at https://hiitscience.com.

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 30 - IBS: Does It Exist? Insights, Testing & Solutions w/ Ben Brown ND

Season 2 Episode 30, Dr. Bubbs sits down with Ben Brown ND to talk about IBS and pose the question “Does It Really Exist?” Ben will outline the classic definition for IBS and why many experts believe now is the time to rethink the classification of IBS as a syndrome. He’ll then discuss the true root causes of irritable bowel-like symptoms; functional imbalances, lifestyle and environmental factors, as well as nutritional factors. Ben also shares the limitations of standard testing, if there is value in functional medical tests and what clients and practitioners can do to resolve chronic digestive complaints.

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)    The traditional definition of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is disorder of the large intestine that leads to cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. 

2)    Expert now belief IBS is not a syndrome, but rather a collection of Irritable Bowel-like Symptoms.

3)    The root causes of Irritable Bowel-like Symptoms are varied. Ben Brown ND categorizes them as functional imbalances, lifestyle/environment factors and nutritional factors.

Links to Research Article

Diarrhea Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D): Fact or fiction

About Benjamin Brown ND

Ben is a naturopath, nutritionist, science writer and speaker. He is author of The Digestive Health Solution and contributes regularly to industry magazines and scientific journals. Ben is Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition, Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations (UK), and is on the Advisory Board of the BCNH College of Nutrition and Health where he is also a lecturer. He regularly features at public speaking events and international conferences. Ben founded timeforwellness.org as a way to connect people with free evidence-based health information focusing on natural and lifestyle medicine for chronic disease prevention and the promotion of optimal health.

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

S2 EPISODE 1 - Fat Loss Nutrition, Overcoming Roadblocks & Achieving Compliance w/ Danny Lennon

In Season 2 Episode 1, Dr. Bubbs chats with Danny Lennon MS, founder of Sigma Nutrition, about all things weight loss: foundational principles of weight loss, food quality, the impact of fiber and protein on palatability, is low-carb superior to a low-fat diet, behavior change secrets, and strategies for promoting successful, long-term weight loss. Great insights and practical tips from Danny!

Lay-Ups From This Episode

1)             The overarching theme for all successful diets is caloric restriction

2)             Increases in protein promote superior satiety and thermic effect of food compared to carbohydrates and fats.

3)             Compliance is an overwhelming predictor of weight loss success.

Performance Tips In This Episode

1)            Fuel for the work required.

2)            Elite athletes – equal distribution of protein across the day

3)            Lack of sleep leads to direct effects on appetite and desire for hyper-palatable foods.

The “Big Rocks” - Danny’s Tip

Take stock in “why” you want to make a change; what is the underlying reason behind that reason. Take the time to peel back the layers to find out.

About Danny Lennon

Founder of Sigma Nutrition and the popular podcast Sigma Nutrition Radio. He has a formal scientific background in academia, completing a master’s degree (MSc.) in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork. During this time Danny researched vitamin D, directly under the world-renowned researcher Professor Kevin Cashman.  Danny also works as a performance nutritionist to professional MMA fighters, professional boxers and competitive powerlifters. He has consulted w several teams in a number of sports ad has an online coaching service helping a wide array of clients with nutrition related issues. Outside of the nutrition world, Danny is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, raw powerlifter and a life-long Arsenal fan.