Episode 9 - Nutrition

Chalk Talk – Episode 9: Nutrition w/ April Liles RD

Chalk Talk – Episode 9: Nutrition w/ April Liles RD 

As teachers and coaches, we know nutrition is something worth talking about with our students and athletes. But for most of us, we do not know where to start….April Liles joins the podcast to help PLT4M get started talking about nutrition!

April Liles, Registered Dietitian and Food Service Director at Waltham Public Schools breaks down for us how, what, and why nutrition is a key for every student that we work with. 

Note from the host: 

This was an awesome start the wide world of nutrition, and we know there is so much more to unpack! Sport drinks, pre-game meals, added sugars….when I was talking with April my mind was racing on what to talk about with her next time she stops by!!

For that though, I need everyone’s help! Please share with us questions or topics you want to hear covered with April in future episodes: Chalk Talk Episode Suggestions.

Thanks again to everyone for tuning in!! #InPursuitofBetter — Doug Curtin

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: Starting to Talk Nutrition

  • Who is April Liles? (0:45-3:51)
  • Food Service Options (3:51-7:35) 
  • Talk about Nutrition (7:35-9:10)

Part 2: Macronutrients: Talking Basics (9:53-11:30)

  • Carbs: Good, Bad, Grab and Go! (11:30-15:10)
  • Proteins: “Not all equal, but all very good” (15:10-16:15)
  • Fats: “Essential Building Block” (16:16-17:25) 
  • Micronutrients: Real Food Matters (17:50-18:50)

Part 3: Real-World Implications

  • Making Nutrition a Priority (19:20-23:37)
  • Eating Real Food (23:37-27:00)
  • Exposure and Education (27:00-35:40)**

**Towards the end of the episode, April talks about Fearless Foodies and the video campaign she worked on for her elementary students. Check out an example video here: Fearless Foodies making Overnight Oats!  

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GameDay Lifts

Chalk Talk – Episode 8: GameDay Lifts vs. Lifting on Game Day

Chalk Talk – Episode 8: GameDay Lifts vs. Lifting on Game Day 

It is game day and just a few hours before the big competition. Time to lift? While some coaches are jumping into “Game Day Lifts”, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno suggest we take a step back and think about what our goal is. 

This episode breaks down everything from when to lift, when not to lift, and why pre-game prep does not mean we need a barbell in our hands.

Check out our full article on Game Day Lifts written by Coach Reno. 

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: What Are Game Day Lifts?

  • Game Day Lifts vs Lifting on Game Day(0:30-7:00)
  • What is PAP? (7:00-12:14)
  • What is actually happening? Advantages and Disadvantages (12:14-17:16)

Part 2: Recommendations and Considerations: 

  • Game Day Prep: Getting Loose and Feeling Good (18:00-22:30)
  • PE Class on Game Day-What do with In Season Athletes  (22:30- 28:00)
  • Identifying Priorities in the Weight Room-Not All About Intensity (28:00- 30:25) 
  • Pre-Game Warm Up…the Real PAP (30:25-34:52)
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Episode 7 - In-Season Training

Chalk Talk – Episode 7: In-Season Training

Chalk Talk – Episode 7: In-Season Training 

You put so much energy and effort into your off-season training program, but when the season comes weight training practically disappears. There is only so much time in your schedule, and getting your team to the weight room is a weekly challenge. 

We talk about why ‘In Season Lifts’ should be considered PART of practice, not INSTEAD of practice. Find out why in-season lifts are so important and how we suggest implementing them at the high school level.

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: Why is in Season Training Important? 
  • Use it or Lose it (0:45-3:50)
  • Long Term Benefits: War of Attrition (3:50-8:50)
  • Making In Season Lifts PART of practice (8:50-15:00)
Part 2: How Do I Plan for In-Season Training?
  • Volume vs Intensity (15:50-20:30)
  • What an In-Season Lift Looks Like(15:50-23:48)
  • Strength Maintenance, Pre-hab, and Recovery (23:48-31:08)
  • Maturity Needed for In Season Lifts (31:08-33:00)
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Chalk Talk – Episode 6: School Spotlight: Growing a Program

Chalk Talk – Episode 6 –  School Spotlight: Growing a Program 

What do you do when your high school weight room is less than 400 square feet and in the back corner of a woodshop? If you are Mount Abraham High School, you roll up your sleeves and build a unified strength and conditioning program. 

Mount Abraham Physical Education and Athletics established a school-wide initiative and are now celebrating its successes. What starts as collaboration, culminates in student-athletes seeing long term benefits in fitness, performance and most importantly confidence. 

Read the Full Success Story of Mount Abraham Here

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: Building a Program:
  • Making the Weight Room a Priority (0:40-5:20)
  • Supporting Coaches and Teachers (5:20-7:00)
  • Safety for Students (7:00-8:30)
  • Bridging the Gap Between PE and Athletics (8:30-10:20)
Half Time: 
  • Jackie’s School Spotlight Breakdown: Seeing Mount Abraham Grow: (11:00-14:20)
Part 2: Spotlights of Success, Stories to Grow From
  • 8th Graders Building the Foundation (15:00-16:00)
  • Off-Season Dedication for Football (16:00-18:36)
  • Camaraderie in the Weight Room for Field Hockey and Baseball (18:36-20:20)
    Student Transfers: Skills Taken with Him (20:20-21:20)
  • Goals, Thank You’s, and Final Thoughts (21:20-26:50)

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Episode 5 - Coaching Culture

Chalk Talk – Episode 5: Putting It in Perspective: Coaching Culture

Chalk Talk – Episode 5: Putting It in Perspective: Coaching Culture

Student-Athletes are juggling school, work, family, and an onslaught of other commitments. Max Isaak describes shifting the perspective on training to get the most out of your time with young student-athletes. 

Coach Max Isaak has worn many hats from a kindergarten teacher to a gym owner, to PLT4M’s Head Performance Coach. Max places emphasis on creating a certain mindset with his athletes that allows them to foster great habits, and learn something from each and every training session.

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: Setting the Tone
  • Mindset Behind Training: Set the Tone (0:40-4:04)
  • Managing Expectations and Egos(4:04-11:45)
  • Showing Up, and Loving the Grind (11:45-14:20)
Part 2: Putting it in Perspective
  • Know Your Athletes (15:10- 17:50)
  • Recognizing Integrity and Hard Work (17:50-23:15)
  • Coaches as Active Participants (24:00-27:30)
  • Debriefing Workouts: Put it in Perspective (27:30-30:20)

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Ep4 - High School Weight Rooms Equipment

Chalk Talk – Episode 4: High School Weight Rooms – Equipment FAQ

Chalk Talk – Episode 4: High School Weight Rooms – Equipment FAQ

Most high school weight rooms are a far cry from the immaculate facilities we see advertised at elite collegiate programs. 

Doug pulls from our high school coaches frequently asked questions regarding high school weight rooms and equipment. Coach Bres and Coach Reno talk about getting creative, making smart investments, and managing the high school weight room you have.

Podcast Highlights

Part 1: Equipment FAQ
  • What would be my best bang for my buck in updating my weight room? (0:40-6:45)
  • Are nautilus machines worth the investment? If so, which ones? (6:45-12:50)
  • Should I get a GHD Machine (Glute Ham Developer)?  (12:50-16:08)
  • We have plenty of DBs, should we invest in KBs? (16:08-18:30)
  • What do you suggest when purchasing jump ropes? (18:30-21:10)
  • What type of med balls should I get? (21:10-23:05)
Part 2: The Bigger Picture 
  • Weight Room Layout (23:40-26:35)
  • Rack vs Rig (26:35- 31:00)
  • Favorite Piece of Equipment: Our Coaches Experience (31:45- 34:45)

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