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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Episode 3 - Teaching Strength

Chalk Talk – Episode 3: Teaching Strength

Chalk Talk – Episode 3: Teaching Strength

Every athlete wants to be able to lift heavy and “move weight”. The draw to strength and conditioning for most high school athletes lives in the numbers. 

As coaches and teachers, the value we place on form, technique, and movement is paramount to any sexy amount of weight put on the bar. Coach Sam Breslin and Colin Reno talk about focusing on movement mechanics and seeing strength develop as a direct result.

Podcast Highlights

Part 1 – Teaching the Clean:
  • A Complex Movement: Starting with the Basics (1:15-4:30)
  • Taking the Bar from the Ground (4:30-7:00)
  • Modifications and Breaking Clean Into Parts (7:00-9:20)
Part 2 – Self Adjustment and Making Modifications:
  • Not Being Attached to the Numbers (9:20-14:30)
  • When Adding Weight Makes Sense (15:10-22:15)
  • Understanding the Intended Stimulus of a Workout (22:15-26:15)
  • Establish Expectations: Our Coaches Experience (26:20-29:20)

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Episode 2 - Teaching Movement

Chalk Talk – Episode 2: Teaching Movement

Chalk Talk – Episode 2: Teaching Movement

You wouldn’t teach calculus before covering algebra. The same thought process goes for teaching fitness education. Start with the basics!

Teaching foundational movements is the staple of a great fitness education. This episode we cover teaching movements like push ups, pull ups, and air squats.

Coach Sam Breslin and Coach Colin Reno talk about how we can introduce new movements and properly scale them so that students grow their skills and confidence in training.

Podcast Highlights

Push Ups: Knees or Elevated? (1:25-5:55)

Pull Ups: What is our goal? (5:55-12:15)

Air Squat: Points of Performance (13:05-23:15)

Cardio: Ways to get the Heart Rate Up (24:05-28:45)

 

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PLT4M Chalk Talk

PLT4M Podcast: Chalk Talk Now Live!

PLT4M Podcast: Chalk Talk Now Live!

The PLT4M team is excited to announce the launch of our brand new podcast “Chalk Talk” hosted by PLT4M’s very own, Doug Curtin.

As a teacher or coach you are expected to have all the answers. If you have a passion for fitness, strength and conditioning, or just working with students and athletes, this is the podcast for you.

Join Doug Curtin as he explores the questions and challenges that face high school coaches and teachers. Coach Sam Breslin and Coach Colin Reno will be the main contributors to Chalk Talk, as well as a variety of guests that have experiences as teachers, coaches, nutritionists, and thought leaders in education, health, and wellness.

Each episode will be packed with informative and relatable stories, and we’re so excited to share them with you!

Check out our first episode! Episode #1 – Summer Workouts

Why Did We Decide To Create A Podcast?

  1. Here at PLT4M, our #1 goal is to equip high school teachers and coaches with information that empowers them.
  2. We saw the need for an outlet that brings all the topics and questions we hear the most frequently in a more accessible manner.

Have an idea or topic you would like us to cover? Feel free to send us along a suggestion!

Meet the team!

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SMR for Mobility & Recovery

Widely used and often the focus of hot training takes, SMR (or Self Myofascial Release), is a warm up and recovery mechanism we believe in here at PLT4M. SMR is by no means a be all end all cure for mobility, recovery, or performance goals, but when used in conjunction with a balanced training program, it can be a very useful pre- or post-workout tool.

But what is it, really?

Self Myofascial Release is just a fancy name for a massage you give yourself, often performed with a foam roller or other instrument. We are simply applying pressure to the muscle with slow controlled movement.

But why? In an attempt to make a long story short, the theory is as follows…

1. Your muscles are surrounded by a soft, fibrous connective tissue called Fascia. You can think of it like a strong but flexible sleeve of sorts, that surrounds all components and compartments of the body to maintain integrity, support, and protective structure.

2. When irritated (through intense exercise, poor movement or posture, lack of regular stretching, or even emotional distress) the fibrous tissue sometimes forms adhesions. Essentially, the fascia and muscle fibers have become stuck together. These adhesions restrict muscle movement. This limits an athletes flexibility and range of motion, and can cause soreness. These adhesions are often referred to as knots or trigger points.

3. By applying pressure, we incite blood flow to the tissue and work to break up those adhesions. The goal is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and the muscle may more freely, independent of one another. Returning this relationship to its original state improves mobility by maximizing muscle range of motion while reducing soreness and speeding up recovery. We can also apply the same principle to breaking up scar tissue within a damaged muscle.

While there is a distinct lack of official research on the topic, our experience and that of many top-level coaches and athletes indicates a certain value in adhering to this belief.

So how should you go about it?

To put it most simply: you really can’t do it incorrectly. Blood flow is the name of the game. So long as you are applying pressure to soft-tissue areas, you are increasing blood flow to the area. In the videos linked below, we walk you through 2 very basic foam roller progressions to get you started!

Lower Body: https://youtu.be/1I7CFtAGoeE

Upper Body: https://youtu.be/NDbI4AfaDAE