Behind the Podium: Unveiling the Coach

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Ep 40: Brian Alexander and Aligning Your Mindset for Success

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Brian Alexander, a coach, Olympic level water polo athlete, graduate from John F. Kennedy University with a master’s in Sports Psychology, father, husband, a fan of The Big Lebowski and avid wrestler when facing off with his four-year-old son.

Brian is the official Mental Skills coach for the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program and has written articles on sport psychology topics that have been featured on the following websites: Water Polo Planet, Bridge Athletic, and Kap7 International. Brian is also an Association for Applied Sport Psychology certified consultant who runs his own private practice located in the San Diego area where he works with individuals interested in enhancing their mental game so they can become more empowered with psychological skills to be a better version of themselves daily and during high-pressure situations.

We cover:

  • What sports psychology is and what it entails
  • The importance of having a mentor
  • the value of waiting, patience, and perseverance
  • The power of being present in the moment
  • How winning is never perfect
  • The importance of focusing on what you can control
  • Learning from past experiences
  • His recent experience coaching a client through the Badwater, the World’s Toughest Foot Race
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 39: Recap!

Today, Jared and Alex chat about the last few months of guests, the lessons we’ve learned and some of our favorite moments. If you are a fan of the show, enjoy the stroll down (short-term) memory lane. Newbie? Enjoy the refresher and mentions of some of our previous guests!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 38: Kristina Thuaux of Core Concepts

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Kristina Thuaux, a coach, body worker, movement teacher that is infinitely committed to filling her accumulator and clinical efficacy, nature lover, San Diego State University graduate with a BS in kinesiology, insatiable learner, wife, and avid fan of sarcasm.

Kristina is the face behind Core Concepts and her qualifications include but are not limited to Anatomy in Motion, Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Functional Range Conditioning/Functional Range Release, Neurokinetic Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, NASM corrective exercise specialist, performance enhancement specialist, and integrated flexibility specialist.

We cover:

  • How to assimilate new trainings into working with clients
  • How to have 2 opposing ideas but be at peace with it
  • How to retrain the body into being pain-free
  • The importance of the feet in movement and pain scenarios
  • When to focus on details and when to focus on the movement
  • If you should be training barefoot
  • Why you should be able to explain what you do to a 5-year-old
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 37: Dr C. Shante Cofield – The Movement Maestro

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Dr. C. Shante Cofield, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CF-L1, a coach, doctor of physical therapy, soccer player, basketball player, lacrosse player, CrossFitter, rock climber, teacher, movement specialist, insatiable learner, and lover of POKE bowls.

Dr. Cofield may be best known as The Movement Maestro on Instagram and she truly is a maestro of her craft—as a clinician, she analyzes the way you move in order to determine the source of your pain in order to treat the problem NOT just the symptoms.

When not working with clients one on one, our guest can also be found teaching courses for Rock Tape.

We cover:

  • What the title “coach” actually means
  • How we frame things matters
  • Why a PT could really be a movement coach
  • What balance means when you are living your passion
  • Why you should just do you on social media
  • How to utilize breathing in a training or therapeutic setting
  • What blood restriction can be good for
  • Why you should expose yourself to as many things as possible and then practice them
  • Why you should focus on  moving well enough for health and then moving often enough for fitness
  • How more is not better, better is better.
  • and much more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 36: Clifton Harski – Paying it Forward as a Coach

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Clifton Harski, a coach, fitness mover and shaker, SDSU alum with a degree in kinesiology, former Trader Joe’s employee, ambassador of deep V neck t-shirts and tights or onesies that scream America, ice cream and gummy bear fiend, aspiring ninja, husband, uncle, and brand-new father.

Cliff is currently Fitwall’s Director of Training and Head Coach and is an Animal Flow Master instructor, owns his own coaching company, BA Training, teaches workshops for Kettlebell Athletics, and has coached over 1400 people in over 80 workshops for MovNat.

We cover:

  • How being entertaining can help you trap and keep your audience’s attention
  • Why all coaches should strive to engage, entertain and be humble
  • Why it’s ok to say you don’t know vs. making stuff up
  • Why we should move away from black and white rules and into more gray area
  • Why finding your context is a good guide for your training
  • Why goal orientated practices can distract you from the practice itself
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 35: Breia White and the Power of Breathing

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Breia White, a coach, Kundalini yogi, CrossFitter, television editor, cold immersionist, breathing enthusiast, and world traveler. Breia is a Level 4 Pranayama Two-Stage Breath instructor and a Wim Hof Method instructor.

We cover:

  • How breathing can help you tap into your physiology
  • How breathing is empowerment
  • How breathing can help you shed the extra baggage you have acquired over a lifetime
  • How breath is the most underutilized tool in our tool box
  • and how to have more days of feeling happy, healthy and whole

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 34: Dr. Ben Ramos and Skill Transfer vs Athletic Specificity

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium (again) with Dr. Benjamin Ramos, a California native surfer, skateboarding, breakdancer, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, and military veteran who served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Pacific Fleet Operations. He is a doctor of chiropractic medicine and has his master’s of science in exercise.

Dr. Ramos s a doctor of chiropractic medicine and has his master’s of science in exercise and sport science and owner of FlowForce Rehab in San Diego, CA.

We last talked to Dr. Ramos on Episode 14 and are very happy to have him back.

We cover:

  • How all movements/exercises should be safe, productive and sustainable
  • All movement and positions are context specific to the person standing in front of you
  • How there is no specific range that all people will fall into
  • Why movement screens are not as helpful as some may think
  • How protective mechanisms persist even after tissues have healed
  • and more!

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 33: Valerie Hunt Teaches Us How to Run

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Valerie Hunt, a coach, Weightlifter, aerobics instructor, CrossFitter, business owner, gym owner, Pose Method® running specialist/master coach, Yoga Tune Up® therapy ball user/enthusiast, ice bath dabbler, Wim Hof ambassador, mother, wife, and bulldog lover.

Valerie is a veteran of the fitness/strength-conditioning world and currently owns and coaches out of BVM CrossFit in Austin and RunRx, her running mastery and instruction company. Valerie is also a coach of CrossFit HQ’s Pose Method specialty course.

We cover:

  • How running is a technical skill that needs to be taught
  • Why balance should always be a part of your programming
  • The moves you should check to see if you (or a client) is ready to run
  • How to help clients see and feel how to run
  • Walking as a skill and why position matters here too
  • Why gravity is a critical component to proper running form

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 32 Dr Tim Gerstmar on Natural Health, and Being a Lifelong Learner

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Dr. Tim Gerstmar, a coach, naturopathic doctor, blogger, podcaster, business owner, health educator/public speaker, husband, father, and science fiction enthusiast. Dr. Gerstmar has spoken at four Ancestral Health Symposiums and two PaleoFX conferences to share his passion for educating others on the intricacies of health and disease.

He founded and treats patients locally and remotely out of his clinic, Aspire Natural Health, in Redmond, WA. Aspire Natural Health specializes in treating gut, autoimmune diseases, and other hard to treat cases that the conventional medical system or other practitioners have been unable to resolve.

We cover:

  • Why describing results helps people understand what you do
  • Why you shouldn’t jump on the fad bandwagon
  • How to follow up with clients so that you don’t lose sight of their wants + needs
  • How the overnight successes are really 10 years in the making.
  • Why you should be worried if you think you know everything
  • Why you should have empathy for people and meet them where they are

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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Ep 31: Robb Wolf and Wired to Eat

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Robb Wolf, a coach, research biochemist, best-selling author, thought leader, health consultant, powerlifter, gymnast, martial artist, podcaster, business owner, father, husband, and aspiring coconut farmer. Robb is one the original trailblazers of the Paleo/ancestral health movement and the sole individual that birthed its prominence within the CrossFit space. He not only was a part of the team that started the 1st CrossFit affiliate gym but, subsequently, he and his wife went on to open the 4th CrossFit affiliate now known as NorCal Strength and Conditioning. Robb is the best-selling author of The Paleo Solution, and the newly published Wired to Eat.

We cover:

  • How to ask the right questions with new clients to start them off in the right direction
  • How saying less can be better than over coaching
  • How research requires observation – why are we afraid to test things out?
  • How to be valuable to the people around you

For references to everything mentioned in this episode, head over to www.behindthepodiumpodcast.com.

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In this show, Jared Cohen and Alexandra Ellis (and guests) discuss the struggles, philosophies, and evolving practices of coaching—being a coach, having a coach, and or any avenue of providing value to another individual that advances his or her life.

While we hope to answer some questions – the key to learning and growth is continuing to ask better questions (a la Gil Hedley)! Keep tuning in in order to get answers to your current questions, spark new questions, and continue to refine your coaching and leading skills. The best coaches cannot do it alone. This podcast hopes to cast a larger net over those coaches interested in the nuances of putting theory to practice.

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