Behind the Podium: Unveiling the Coach

The key to life is being able to personally apply the advice you give to others.
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Ep 30: Coach Panda aka Keith Wittenstein

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Keith Wittenstein, a coach who has an eclectic source of experience within the realms of fitness, multi-modal movement-training, mobility, and injury/pain recovery and management. Keith is well versed in CrossFit, vinyasa yoga, Yoga Tune Up®, gymnastics, kettlebells, Olympic Weightlifting, and Jiu Jitsu and takes great pride in being a coach’s coach. He is a veteran member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff and leads CrossFit specialty seminars on kettlebells, gymnastics, and Olympic Weightlifting.

We cover:

  • How to navigate all the conflicting information on the internet
  • There’s never a single path to the same end point
  • How to approach new things with a beginner’s mind
  • and much more!

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Ep 29: Kelly Starrett and Being in the Bull Ring

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Kelly Starrett – a coach, physical therapist, best-selling author, thought leader, surfer, paddler, Olympic Lifter, Power-Lifter, CrossFitter, dancer, science fiction lover, podcaster, father, husband, business owner, and ambassador of SUPPLENESS.

Kelly has revolutionized, democratized, and mobilized the public’s understanding and ability to perform basic maintenance on themselves, so they can improve their performance and eliminate pain. He wants YOU to be as user proficient with your body’s machinery as you are with your smartphone. Kelly is also the best-selling author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, Ready to Run, and Deskbound.

We cover:

  • The importance of giving credit where credit is due
  • If you want to go fast, go by yourself – if you want to go far, take someone with you
  • How we need to continue to be in service of the coaches and athletes we serve
  • What the cue “knees out” really means
  • How you should approach all aspects of your business with the goal of solving a problem
  • “To talk of bulls is not the same as being in the bull ring”

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

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Ep 28: Amy Mantis and Space Between

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium (again) with Amy Mantis, a musician based in Boston. Amy joins us to talk about her band, Space Between and their new EP Where the Mountain Should Be.

We cover:

  • The release of her new EP and the process of following a large scale project from idea to completion
  • Why you have to love what you do to get through the work
  • How to craft the perfect personal pitch
  • How we are always our own worst critic
  • Why you should never stop exploring your art

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

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Ep 27: Being Accountable

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium on being accountable for yourself and your clients.

We cover:

  • Maintaining control of your classroom
  • Motivating clients who may not be interested in doing “deep work”
  • Creating accountability both during and after the session
  • What is the place of a group class?

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

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Ep 26: Katie McKee and Goal Setting for Success

Today we go Behind the Podium (again!) with mental skills and sport performance coach Katie McKee. Katie owns her own private consulting business, Elite Mind and Performance in Southern California.  She consults with individual athletes, teams, and organizations training them in sports psychology skills and techniques as well as sports performance training aimed at helping them to improve their performance and increase their self-awareness as they strive to reach their potential.

We cover:

  • How to get a hold on time management
  • Why it’s important not to peak too soon
  • Setting goals vs. making a to-do list
  • You have to fail to succeed
  • How a reflective practice helps to decompress and reframe
  • Why you’re never too old to chase your dreams

For references of everything mentioned in this episode, head over to http://behindthepodiumpodcast.com/.

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Ep 25: Dan Roberts of Barbell Inspired

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Dan Roberts, the founder of Barbell Inspired and a coach that stays hungry for all things related to optimizing health and the world of strength and conditioning. He is currently the gym manager at California Elite Training Center, head coach at CrossFit DCS and is the media manager for the upcoming US Open Powerlifting Championships in April 2017.

We cover:

  • How your set up and approach will always depend on the client in front of you
  • Why movement and variability matters
  • How to motivate kids and adults to learn any skill
  • Why working with clients who align with your WHY is more fulfilling than working with loads of people
  • How being transparent as a coach is the best way to practice what you preach

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

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Ep 24: Isabelle Barter and Being a Stronger Human

Today, Jared and Alex go behind the podium with Isabelle Barter, a coach and movement educator that has an insatiable appetite for continuing education. Isabelle is the founder of Stronger Human and Movement is My Medicine, a 200-hr experienced registered yoga teacher, Yoga Tune Up® teacher, Strong First Kettlebell Level 1, Z-Health, Functional Range Conditioning, and the Functional Movement Screen.

We talk about

  • How there is no substitute for time when mastering your craft
  • How to select a coach and why coaches need coaches too
  • What do “aligned” and “alignment” really mean when it relates to movement?
  • You can’t assume someone is in pain just because of how they stand or move
  • Why we shouldn’t create fear around “bad alignment”
  • Why play will be the most important thing for the younger generation
  • Why sore is not always better
  • and so much more! You really should stop reading this and listen to the episode 😉

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

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Ep 23: Distilling Principles

Today Jared and Alex discuss the differences between principles over practice, context over content and how to infuse the why to leave clients with something more tangible.

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Ep 22: Kenny Kane and The Mastery Method

Today Jared and Alex go Behind the Podium with Kenny Kane – a coach, comedian, podcaster, hip-hop dancer, martial artist, fellow SEALFIT KOKORO graduate, father, business owner, and ambassador of the pursuit of mastery. Kenny owns and coaches at CrossFit LA—The School of Mastery–in Santa Monica, CA, and is the founder of the positivity project, and The Mastery Method, formerly known as Context Coaching. Early adopters should be familiar with The Mastery Method, programming that intentionally differentiates between practice days, competition days, and mental toughness days, from our first guest episode with Matt Cipolla, who works with Kenny at CrossFit LA.

We cover:

  • Breakthrough can lead to breakdown – but at what cost?
  • How the time is over to compartmentalize your fitness practices.
  • Why intention is most important when you are coaching.
  • The most important question to ask your clients.
  • How bringing people together to improve their quality of life and build human connections is the most important piece of any business.

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

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Ep 21: The Incremental Learning Process

Today Jared and Alex discuss the incremental learning process and how to make new skills approachable for all students.

We cover:

  • How to approach new skills
  • What to do when your client fails
  • How to smartly progress your clients for success
  • The only form of learning is relearning!
  • Why reflection is the best coaching skill
  • How dog training is not that different from coaching and teaching skills

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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