Introducing 2013 Presenter Landon Evans

Today we are excited to introduce another presenter for The 2013 Seminar, Landon Evans.  Landon is on staff at the University of Iowa working with their Olympic Strength and Conditioning Staff and is also the
department’s sport nutritionist.  Landon will be presenting on a unique topic that is sure to be of great value and assistance to all the coaches, and trainers in attendance.

JD: Landon, we’re excited to have you back on the docket this year. I know you have been very busy since you spoke last year. Why don’t you tell us what has been going on.

LE: I was given the great opportunity to join the University of Iowa Olympic Sports Strength & Conditioning department. I serve as an assistant strength & conditioning coach and oversee the sports nutrition department for the teams that we serve.

There were many great and supportive people that my family left a lot of great people at Illinois State University.  I would be nowhere without the people at ISU, and am grateful for their support in my tenure there.

Additionally, my wife and I are proud parents of a 1 year old little girl. The timing of her coming into our lives, the opportunity to get back to Iowa, and to be apart of a great athletic department and staff has been a dream for our family.


JD: The new position sounds fantastic. How has the transition been? How is the new staff/environment and where do you see things going for you professionally at Iowa?

LE: The transition has been smooth. The staff at Iowa is top notch and they genuinely care about what they do. Additionally, the athletic training services director has been great to work with. The collaboration between our departments has been steadily moving forward and becoming more and more integrated by the day. It has been a great ride so far.

Professionally here, it is limitless in my opinion. There is always more that can be done.  The environment in which I work allows for the envelope to continually to be pushed. Outside of the athletics department, I will begin teaching in the Health and Human Physiology department this upcoming fall. The people that I’ve met so far in the department are exactly the people that I love being around. They seem to be a very proactive group. Being a part of this department will lend itself for many opportunities for myself, and potentially our strength & conditioning department.


JD: One thing many people do not know about you is that you studied computer engineering in college. How was the transition, and where does your work as an undergrad help you as a sports performance coach?

LE: When I entered my undergraduate studies, I began in computer engineering. I was head-over-heels for computing in my early years in high school, but as the years went on in undergraduate, I became more aware of the reality of what I was actually working towards.  This didn’t sit well with me so I decided to make the switch to a sport related field.  Granted, knowing how the profession is now, I may have stuck out the engineering, especially from a software development standpoint. With that being said, I’m very happy with what I’m doing now.

In engineering, I was forced to think critically all the time. You were always in pursuit of finding a better way to do something. That was the expectation. It wasn’t an option. So you naturally developed more and more skillsets to solve a problem. Coaching is all about solving problems, so it was a natural transition.

Microsoft Excel was something I used right away when the Office package came out, but I didn’t get into it until I was actually coaching. From a database standpoint, I was only exposed to setting up MySQL servers, and working within Microsoft Access a bit. As a coach, everything I need (at least right now) is done in Microsoft Excel. This includes everything from workouts, to data analysis, to data visualization.


JD: I’m excited for your presentation on how coaches can utilize computer programs for tracking and analyzing data; I think that this is a topic many coaches are undereducated in. Can you tell us why this sort of work is important for the coach, and what they can learn from utilizing computer programs correctly?

LE: Numbers drive a lot of decisions. Using instinct as a coach is important, but objective data can definitely help us make many decisions a little bit easier. There are many instrumental channels that help us make those decisions. Objective data is just one of them, but a powerful one. Software can help us manage this data much better, especially if you know how to utilize the basic elements of the software.

The talk is going to be strictly on Microsoft Excel as this is the most popular software being used in our profession. Some are going web-based to write their programs, but those programs are still very limited. Excel is what the majority of the strength & conditioning professionals that I know use to construct their programs and to enter in their respective data.

If I look at my work-day, a lot of time is sitting on the computer writing programs, inputting data, analyzing data, visualizing data, staring at data to make sense of it, or reading. All of that can take a ton of time, that we really don’t have, but you can speed up the analysis and visualization by simply writing better Excel programs. Some people are intimidated by Excel, but in the hour that I will be presenting, I’ll share how to write programs easier, showcase best practices with database entry, provide shortcuts, and highlight dashboard design.

I encourage people to bring their laptops to actively work along with my presentation. Additionally, since the presentation is only 1 hour long, I do not have any issue sitting down with individuals to hack at their Excel with them to come up with a better solution for them.

JD: That sounds absolutely fantastic Landon.  Finding a better way to track and input data, write programs, and visualize the data is something that can help any coach.  From presentations for sport coaches, sharing data with other strength and conditioning coaches, to analyzing the training that they are implementing with there athletes, making that a faster and smoother operation would be fantastic.  We can’t wait for the presentation.


Introducing 2013 Presenter, Joel Jamieson

I’m pleased to welcome back to The Seminar, author of Ultimate MMA Conditioning Joel Jamieson.  Joel has been a favorite of all in attendance the past two years, and with his presentation overviewing his camp preparation for his MMA fighters, this year is sure to bring it!
JD: Joel, it’s great to have you back on the docket for The 2013 Seminar.  Catch our readers and attendees up.  What is new with Joel Jamieson?

JJ: Just staying busy, working on a few different projects, training the usual group of fighters and running the gym – same old, same old. Mostly I’ve been focused on the new stuff for the BioForce Project, which is something I’ll be discussing at the 2013 seminar.  It’s really exciting work, something that I don’t think has ever really been done before and I’m excited to talk more about it.

JD: Your presentation is going to be an example of one of your fighters’ “camps” leading up to a fight.  What can our attendees expect to take away?

JJ: The goal will be to give attendees an inside look at what it really takes to get ready for a fight and my goal is to give them practical ideas that they can implement with their own athletes. I’ll be explaining not just what we did week by week, but also why we did it that way, which is the most important part.

JD: All of the fighters must be absolute freaks.  Strong, fast, fit, tough, fantastic athletes.  So when you get the opportunity to work with the cream of the crop, like a DJ, where do you start?  Where do you go?

JJ: I wouldn’t say every fighter in the sport is a fantastic athlete by any means, but it’s been getting that way more and more in the last few years. You’re finally starting to see some really high level athletes competing in MMA and I think over the next few years the level of athleticism is only going to get better.

Still, no matter how good an athlete might be, there are always places that he or she can improve. This is especially true in a sport like MMA, which requires such a diverse skill set and such a high level of fitness. Whether it’s DJ or any other fighter, there’s always something that can be improved and that’s where the training will be focused on.

JD: What evaluations, if any, do you utilize at the beginning of a camp to see where you need to go with an athlete in their fight prep?

JJ: There’s a ton of evaluation that goes on at the beginning of a camp; we look at their overall fitness levels, their skill set, and their opponent. The biggest part of this is really done by their skill coach because at the end of the day, the sport is one of skills; fitness levels just support that, so a fighter’s skills must be evaluated so that the right game plan can be drawn up based on the opponent. This is where working with a world class coach like Matt Hume is so valuable because he’s as good at evaluating fighters and coming up with game plans as anyone in the world.

JD: With these evaluations in mind, when you start a camp with a fighter, what are some common “issues” you run into with the athletes?  How might these change your approach?

JJ: Every fighter is different and so I don’t know that there really are “common” issues. Everyone has their own set of needs, goals, limitations, strengths, weaknesses, etc. At this level, they are all professional athletes and they take their training seriously so it’s just a matter of putting together the right game plan and executing it.

JD: What may change throughout the camp is how well they recover, if they sustain any minor injuries, etc. These day to day issues are really the biggest things that come up and need to be managed. At the end of the day, everything is based around keeping them healthy and training so that they can be ready to fight.

JJ: The strength and conditioning program can’t beat them up, but rather must get them in shape without increasing the risk of injury. It also can’t have a negative impact on their skill training. So on a day to day basis there’s quite a bit of evaluation and management that goes on to keep them on the right track, but the overall approach and game plan stays the same.

JD: Joel, thanks for taking the time out to catch us up with what’s going on with you.  We’re really excited to have you in the lineup again.  To hear firsthand how you prepared a fighter will be an awesome presentation.  I can’t wait to see it.

JJ: No problem, looking forward to coming back to Virginia and seeing everyone again this spring!


Podcast with 2013 Presenter Henk Kraaijenhof-Part 2

I had the distinct fortune to sit down and interview 2013 Presenter Henk Kraaijenhof for a second time.  During our discussion Henk dives into working with the “middle” versus the extremes in a team setting, specialized strength and specialized exercises, the “90% rule”, technique work, and monitoring the training effects of athletes.  Thank you to our readers who contributed questions.  This is a 100 minute interview jam packed with information.  I hope you enjoy it!  Click below to download.

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Ten Take-Aways from Triphasic Training-Guest Post from Dennis Adsit

When I was a teenager, my father frequently reminded me that I didn’t know shit-from-Shinola. (Thanks to the Google, I finally know what Shinola is.)  In retrospect, he was generally correct.

As a new strength coach with only three years of experience, were my father still alive, he could say the same thing and be right again.  There is so much I don’t know, which is why Mike’s know-it-all vs. learn-it-all article made me chuckle.  I’m not worried about being a know-it-all.  In fact, I look forward to the day when I can be a know-a-hundredth-of-it-all.

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Podcast With 2013 Presenter Henk Kraaijenhof

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with 2013 Seminar Presenter Henk Kraaijenhof on the preparation of athletes. Our 90 minute discussion covered topics ranging from team vs. individual training situations, adapting programming both based on sporting activity and athlete’s ability, the mental aspect of training, and the technology he utilizes and how he utilizes it. I hope you enjoy!

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Introducing 2013 Presenter, Jesse Burdick

Today, I’m happy to introduce our eighth presenter for The 2013 Seminar, Jesse Burdick.  Jesse is a former collegiate baseball player, turned powerlifter, and is now a coach at Combat Sports Academy and running the Crossfit Powerlifting specialty course with Mark Bell (Super Training Gym). He recently totaled elite at 220 after leaning up, dropping weight, and getting back in shape. We are really excited to have Jesse’s energy at The Seminar, but what is probably his most overlooked attribute is his immense knowledge and intelligence when it comes to the training and preparing athletes. We’re really excited to hear what Jesse has to share at The Seminar.

JD: If you could, please give our readers a little background information about yourself, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available, and/or notable publications.

JB: Well first off thank you very much for considering me to speak, no matter how big or small this is a huge honor. I am a former division one and semi pro baseball player.  After moving to the west coast I needed to find something to stay competitive and interested in and I was able to find powerlifting.  Since that point I am one of 30 people in powerlifting to achieve elite totals in 5 different weight classes.  While learning to lift I became a CSCS, ART therapist, and was able to cut my teeth under some of  the world’s best coaches and lifters.  Right now I am a S & C Coach at CSA gym in dublin, california. I also run and am a frequent contributer  to Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, and 2 years ago, along side of Mark Bell, was hand picked by Louie Simmons to assist him in his role of powerlifting coach for CrossFit.

JD: Jesse, you’re a strong dude who’s moved some huge weights on the platform. I’m sure there have been some ups, downs, and hiccups along the way. With that in mind, what are a couple of the common technical issues you see with athletes in a weight room?

JB: There are always thing that can be improved in anyone’s weight room. The biggest issue that I see is a lack of communication, direction, and motivation.  If the athletes are taught properly, have a good idea, or even any idea, of what they are doing and how to work hard, things seem to take care of themselves.

JD: Discuss with us the mistakes you see made by strength and conditioning coaches in the United States and around the world, and what you feel should be done differently to correct these issues.

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Introducing 2013 Presenter, Dr. Michael Kalinski

Today we would like to introduce 2013 Seminar presenter Dr. Michael Kalinski. Dr. Kaliniski is currently a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Kent State University. Prior to his tenure at Kent State, Dr. Kalinski at the Kiev State Institute of Physical Culture and Sport, first as a student, and then as a professor and department chair. With an extensive background in biochemistry, energy metabolism, and ergogenics, Dr. Kalinski is a fantastic addition, and one that certainly will bring a fascinating presentation to our attendees.

Michael Kalinski, Ph.D., FACSM, born 1943 (Ukraine). Fulbright Scholar, Honorary Professor and Honorary Doctor of Bukovinian State Medical University of Ukraine, Life Member of NAPESS, India.
Dr. Kalinski has been a tenured Professor of Exercise Physiology at Kent State University since 1998.

JD: Dr. Kalinski, if you could, please give our readers a little background information about yourself, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available, and/or notable publications.

Sports: Modern Pentathlon.
Education: BS in Physical Education and Sport in Coaching (Modern Pentathlon) from Kiev State Institute of Physical Culture and Sport in the capital of Ukraine – Kiev.

BS in Biology from Shevchenko National University (Kiev).

MS in Exercise Biochemistry, PhD in Exercise Biochemistry from Institute of Biochemistry of National Academy of Science (Kiev).
Professional positions in Ukraine: Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise Biochemistry of the Kiev State Institute of Physical Culture and Sport in the capital of Ukraine (1972-1990).

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Introducing 2013 Presenter, Kelly Starrett, DPT


Today I am excited to introduce another one of our speakers for The 2013 Seminar, Kelly Starrett. Kelly received his DPT in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. Kelly is most known for his work with CrossFit athletes, but his experience is definitely not limited to just that. Outside of his work at his practice at San Francisco CrossFit, K-Star has also worked with Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world and national record holding  weightlifters/Powerlifters, ballet dancers, military personnel, and age-division athletes. So, without further ado, allow me to introduce Kelly Starrett.

JD: If you could, please give our readers a little background information about yourself, what your niche in the world of athletics is, accomplishments, how you got there, education, any products you have available, and/or notable publications.

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Introducing 2013 Presenter, Ben Peterson

In today’s Q and A,  we introduce our next presenter for the 2013 Seminar, Ben Peterson.

DR: Ben, great to have you on board for this year’s Seminar. Can you give our readers some background information about yourself?

Ben Peterson, Co-Author of "Triphasic Training"

Ben Peterson, Co-Author of "Triphasic Training"

BP:  I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology at the University of Minnesota. At the university I help run the Sport Performance Lab, testing hundreds of athletes annually in sports ranging from cross-country skiing to football. In addition to my time in the lab, I help teach two courses within the kinesiology department: Strength/Power Development and Health & Wellness. My research looks at repeated sprint ability in anaerobic athletes (specifically as it pertains to energy system efficiency and fatigue) looking at central and peripheral causes of decreased force production. My research also looks heavily at power and rate of force development in athletes and its dynamic correspondence and transferability to sport. [Read more...]

Jump Training 101 with 2013 Presenter Dr. Natalia Verkhoshansky

We are extremly excited to announce the latest addition to the 2013 Seminar, Dr. Natalia Verkhoshansky. Dr. Verkhoshansky gave two fantastic presentations (GAS, and Shock Method) at the 2012 Seminar and we are excited to have her back in 2013. As part of her re-introduction to our readers for this coming edition of The Seminar, Dr. Verkhoshansky answered some of our questions on jump training. This will be an ongoing series, and trust me when I say that I have a whole pile of questions ready for Dr. Verkhoshansky, but we want yours as well. So please, any questions you may have, post them below or on our facebook page.

Jump Training 101, Dr. Natalia Verkhoshansky