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23 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Training After a Layoff with Jacob James
Whether your gym was closed, you were injured or you simply got distracted, coming back into the gym after a layoff needs to be well planned. Many of us want to simply jump back in where we left off, but this can be a recipe for disaster. Our bodies become detrained without stimulation, and we can lose significant strength, power and conditioning over a few weeks. In today’s podcast, coach Jack James, from Crusader Strength, discusses his plan for bringing his athletes back from layoff. We discuss: The mindset needed during your return Physical assessments to measure how far you’ve fallen The Ultimate training method to use after a layoff Taking the time to address weak links Being mindful of people’s varying situations Learn more from Jacob: Isometric Training When You’re Stuck at Home Eccentric-Isometrics to Build Ridiculous Strength NEW Program called REBUILD is Available! 4 week plan to help people get back into the gym after a layoff. Click Here to Learn More About REBUILD The post Training After a Layoff with Jacob James appeared first on Fight Camp Conditioning.
35 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Cutting Weight with Ben Zhuang
Cutting weight is a highly polarizing topic and we wanted to bring Coach Ben Zhuang on to discuss the research, practical application and the methods related to making weight. In today’s podcast, our goal was to share ‘good practices’ and provide some guidelines for athletes and coaches to use when they are cutting weight for an event. Give it a listen and be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions. Coach Ben is a Brazilian jiu-jiutsu black belt, strength and conditioning coach, and weight management/weight cut consultant. He is based out of Southern California and is the owner of SCHOOL Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Lionheart Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and 1A Fitness. He works with current athletes in the UFC, NHL, and Professional Boxing. He has a podcast on the Jiu-Jitsu Magazine Podcast Network called Ask Coach Ben . Stay in touch with Ben here: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Click Here to Learn More About Cutting Weight The post Cutting Weight with Ben Zhuang appeared first on Fight Camp Conditioning.
20 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Dr. Michael Camp – Physical Therapist from New York City Discusses His Approach to Physical Therapy for Fighters
Dr. Michael Camp has been a physical therapist for 17 years and works with many top fighters from Long Island, NY. In today’s podcast with discuss common injuries, how to find a good physical therapist, working with other coaches, assessments, therapy methods and making sure that fighters are healthy enough to train, compete and perform at their best. Follow Dr. Michael Camp on Instagram –> @docmcamp Dr. Michael Camp is a highly accredited & recognized Physical Therapist and Performance Enhancement Specialist. He graduated from the University of Maryland, with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Exercise Physiology. Upon graduation, he went to Osteopathic Medical School, then changed careers and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Having a passion for Manual Medicine and Human Performance Enhancement, Michael pursued continuing education in Osteopathic Manual Medicine, and other advance manual courses. Michael trained in Tampa, Florida, rotating through several top performance facilities, working with Medical Teams, designing and implementing post surgical elite programs, rehabbing, and enhancing the performance of Athletes from MLB, MLS, NFL, NHL, UFC, NBA, Pro Golfers, Tennis Pros, Collegiate Stars, and Olympic hopefuls. Michael earned his CSCS, from the NSCA, Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification from NASM, and many other noted credentialed courses in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. Michael, also an author, contributes to periodicals like Muscle & Fitness, Men s Fitness, discussing programs involved with Health, Fitness, and Injury Prevention. Michael has been featured in Muscular Development, Muscle Mag, and The Alpha Male Challenge. Michael was also featured on MSNBC, MSG, and HBO working with various athletes and discussing his views on injuries in sports and bodybuilding. Dr. Mike Camp is continuously courted by many top pros to design their Strength & Conditioning Programs, and is flown across the country to consult about lagging injuries. Michael is recognized as someone who can train with the best and in many cases, set the pace when working along side top athletes. A competitor himself in powerlifting and bodybuilding, Michael has Squatted 505, deadlifted 605, and benched 385, all raw and weighing 181 pounds. In addition, he has been involved in either training or learning from the best in various fighting disciplines and wrestling for the past 25 years. The post Dr. Michael Camp – Physical Therapist from New York City Discusses His Approach to Physical Therapy for Fighters appeared first on Fight Camp Conditioning.
25 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
Adam Lusby Discusses Common Mistakes During Fight Camps
After working in a prison in Scotland, Adam Lusby describes his transition into strength and conditioning and he discusses some of the simple mistakes that fighters are making during their fight camps. Adam is a strength & conditioning coach from Scotland and runs Enhanced Sports Performance. He works with a variety of elite level athletes throughout Scotland in a wide array of sports. Adam puts a strong emphasis on mindset and incorporates this into all of his S&C sessions. Getting the athlete to understand why he/she is doing something is at the core of Adam’s beliefs and believes communicating in a way the athlete can understand is key. Follow Adam on Social Media: Instagram – @enhanced_sports_performance Facebook – Enhanced Sports Performance The post Adam Lusby Discusses Common Mistakes During Fight Camps appeared first on Fight Camp Conditioning.
21 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Sabina Skala Discusses Training Long Term vs Short Term Competition Prep
Many athletes only train for a few weeks leading up to a fight, but being consistent for long periods of time is essential for the best results. Today, strength coach Sabina Skala, discusses how she trains her athletes all year ’round. She goes into detail about how she adjusts training, coordinates with their training schedules and helps them peak for competition. Follow Sabina on Instagram –> @sabinaskala Sabina s stable of clients includes pro MMA as well as top BJJ athletes, triathletes, polo players, climbers, dancers and military personnel. She has also successfully trained top male models. She works closely as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Balance Sports Injury Physiotherapy clinic in London. As a former competitive athlete Sabina believes that each is truly responsible for the performance potential and that we all are capable of limitless possibilities when we put our mind and hard work to it. Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or via contact form at www.sabinaskala.com Learn More from Sabina Skala Is Powerlifting Beneficial for Combat Athletes? Application, Adaptations to Strength Training Benefits of Strength Training for Fighters The post Sabina Skala Discusses Training Long Term vs Short Term Competition Prep appeared first on Fight Camp Conditioning.
26 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
Chris Camacho – Boxing vs MMA Strength
Chris has worked with a variety of combat athletes and in today’s podcast we discuss the differences between preparing for a mma fight vs boxing. Chris goes into detail about how he differs his approach, cultural differences, mistakes he’s made and more. Follow Chris on Instagram > @camacho100 Chris came to California as the Director of D1 Training Santa Clara and a Board Member of Program Development and Design, where he implemented training programs for all 28 D1 facilities nation wide. He s coached athletes from UFC Champion Daniel Cormier to tennis great Pete Sampras. Full Transcription of Our Podcast with Chris Camacho Corey Beasley [00:00:01]: Hey guys, is Corey Beasley with fight camp conditioning. Today we get to talk to Chris Camacho. Chris, how are you doing? Chris Camacho [00:00:07]: I’m very pretty good. I’m currently in camp with Teddy Atlas and Alex Bosedoc, if I pronounce it wrong, please forgive me. But we’re currently fighting for the light heavyweight championship. He’s a WBC and we’re fighting, I believe for the IVF I believe, or IVF, none of them. So they’re trying to unify another belt. So this is kind of exciting. I’m in Philadelphia coaching at the camps. Corey Beasley [00:00:36]: There you go. So I know you hit me up. I wanted to talk about the differences between MMA and boxing strengths. I know there’s a lot of opinions out there. There’s a lot of different methodologies and ideas and whether they’re true or false or whatever maybe, but now that you’ve got your feet wet, you’re training a lot of different boxers, but also I’m ready guys as well. I’m eager to kind of talk to you and walk through some of these things. Chris Camacho [00:01:05]: Yeah. I’m excited to share some of these things that I know to be currently working with a lots of them know me from DC coach. We kind of spend a lot of time in MMA world and insurance for the over and got to work with coaches like Teddy Atlas Freddie Roach and some of those coaches. Everybody knows the boxing world with some high level coaches and been able to see the difference and the high level camps, championship title fights and seen how one prepare from the other. We can go on talking about energy and strength, but today we’re just going to focus on strength and a little bit of mobility and the difference between those categories. Corey Beasley [00:01:46]: So I mean from your perspective, you sit in there, you walking in, you getting somebody started in one of these camps are just getting to know these athletes, I guess. What are some of the big things that you notice the differences between the two sports? Chris Camacho [00:02:03]: Some of the things that I experience, again, these are just things that I’ve experienced firsthand through the camp. So I’ve been there with a part of is in the size of the camps, right? Depending on the size of the camp, it’s going to pretty much dictate how much work you can get done. And an example would be, I’m currently in camp with his boxer and we have Teddy, who is the head coach. He has an assistant. And then there’s me. So this is a three person camp and that’s kind of a majority of all the camps I work over at boxers. And then you go to the MMA side where the camp consist of a striking coach who might be just a boxing coach and then they might have a grappling coach who one might be broke into two coaches once you get to one wrestling and then you might have a strength coach. So there might be six to five coaches on board then there might be the head coach overlooks everything with the MMA. So depending on the size of team you have to pick and choose your battles as far as what strength I’m trying to attack, what methods, what ratios this has pushed can we accomplish in the difference of the demand for the sport. So this things that is the size of the camp would dictate how much time volume of work you can put into to complete the camp. Because it’s about winning games as far as trying to get in rhythm with the camp cause you’re not getting you ready for a bench competition or attract competition is getting ready to fight. So sometimes the other volume all over training, you might oversee your volume and you have to know when to pick and choose your battles with that. Corey Beasley [00:03:44]: So as you’re getting to know these guys and find the rhythm of the camp and getting coordinated, become coordinated, I guess with all the other coaches involved. I guess just let’s talk about maybe your camp with DC versus maybe the camp you’re in right now and how your mindset as far as just kind of getting things moving and as far as mobility and strength and those types of things that you mentioned. Chris Camacho [00:04:11]: So the biggest thing is everybody has like a GPP, general physical preparation, everybody’s a little different for MMA, I believe that majority of any may guys have a pretty good foundation of hypertrophy. So their GPP might ready be set there. They’re already have basically hypertrophy. So my program with DC and majority MMA guys that I train is a combination of hypertrophy and power, so the transition from power to endurance, muscular endurance is a little quicker. Where towards the boxer and this is just my experience. The boxer doesn’t have that good of a foundation. So they’re GPP might just be hypertrophy and then slowly transition to power and then slowly transition muscular insurance. I’ll power endurance. Either one of their commercials same at the end, but so I find that you have to get a better foundation for the boxer and the MMA guys because they are training jiu jitsu, they’re doing a lot of body weight strength. So a lot of them have that hypertrophy kind of built in they train program with not even noticing it. So I find that one boxers me a better foundation and two you can transition MMA guy over the power a little quicker because they have a better foundation of strength, if that makes any sense. Corey Beasley [00:05:47]: So you’re going to get in the guy started your focus is a little bit different. I mean every athlete is going to be different, right? Chris Camacho [00:05:57]: Yes. And again, some of these guys I might go into and they already maybe very strong naturally. So then we might be able to just to go over and kind of touch it for a couple of weeks and go right into power or power endurance depending on where we are in the camper in this phase I, depending on everybody’s particular, but when you look at some other things some breaking down the difference of let’s say we stay in strength but we go to some anaerobic work, right? I find that boxers kind of to have a tiered anaerobic, a lactic work. So you have an eight to ten second of burst strike those are more like boxing combos where the boxers are putting out combos usually 10 seconds is the most, their combos last and MMA they’re more on the anaerobic lactic side where they’re going to be transferring for more than maybe 20 to 40 seconds of transitioning, like grappling. They might go from a clench to grappling back to a clenching back to standing. So that’s burst maybe longer. So I find that a little bit of different things and those two as well as a lactic boxers have a shorter burst and MMA I have a longer burst. So you kind of have to these are just my opinion on the differences of the two training, right? So you want to focus on a little more a lactic with boxers and you want to focus them on the lactic side of MMA Corey Beasley [00:07:31]: Now, when it comes to dealing with those spaces, specific energy systems, how are you coordinating or adjusting your volume and intensity through the week in coordination with what they’re doing is their skill training? Chris Camacho [00:07:48]: Perfect. Good question. That’s the thing got to understand is that majority of MMA work is a lot of endurance, and the majority of a lot of boxing is also endurance on that side too. So you have to be mindful. So if we’re where your knowledge comes in. But I think for a strength coach when you’re dealing with the these fighters and these schedules that they have is understanding one intensity and understanding volume, so maybe if their volume is high and the training phase that day, you may be able to have a higher intensity to balance out the two. And it tends to be is high. You may be able to switch over to a volume side of training and an example would be, if their volume is high and they’re sparring that day, we may go and work power and keep the intensity and do the opposite. The volume is high. So strength session then to have a higher intensity, less volume, and then vice versa, if they were doing, their boxer was working a lot of power shots and it tends was high, well out arrest, I’m going to switch over and have a higher volume day and maybe focus on a little muscle endurance and kind of raise up the volume a little bit more of a steady state. Corey Beasley [00:09:19]: So as you guys are kind of coordinating and developing a schedule for a week would you mind going through and kind of showing a differences between what may be the DCs week looks like versus the camp that you’re in right now for your boxer? Chris Camacho [00:09:36]: Yeah, so DC’s difference is his volume of training is, is really extremely high and the majority of MMA training is extremely high. What I mean by that is they average between 10 to maybe 14 workouts a week and that’s a high volume and they compared to a boxer who if you count a morning and run out of the workout, yeah. I mean there may be three under ever four mills it’s a little workout. But that’s more like, I would say like steady state cardio t
26 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
Australian Strength Coach Meer Awny Discusses Developing a Support Team for His Fighters
Australian strength coach Meer Awny shares his experiences training combat athletes, collaborating with other coaches, putting a team together, traveling to learn from other coaches and effective ways to prepare fighters for competition. Meer works with a wide variety of fighters including youth, pro MMA fighters, boxers, judo athletes and more. Follow Meer on Instagram –> @meer_awny Meer is the Director and head coach at Ethos Performance. His initial experience in the industry began during his study at the University of Sydney where he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sports Science). Progressing from formal education completion, Meer received his Australian Strength & Conditioning Association accreditation and went onto volunteering at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. During this time, he saw a need for developing a home for the combat athlete in Sydney, and so he sought out experience internationally. This guided Meer to spend 6 weeks under the tutelage of Loren Landow in Denver, Colorado at the worldly recognised facility, Landow Performance. Upon returning to Sydney, Meer has created an environment that has facilitated the development of Australia s best combat athlete s, ranging from UFC, Bellator, ONE, and top #5 ranked boxers across the world. The development of the systems at Ethos Performance cater to a wide range of athlete s and levels. These include amateur & youth level boxers, wrestler s, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Mixed Martial Artist s (MMA) through to semi-professional and professional athletes across a variety of sports. Meer s philosophy is centred on maximising individual performance through the cultivation of a system designed to bring the best from all fields to his athlete s. Careful attention is placed on the integration of various factors that shape the overall long-term development of the athlete. Success through these methods has seen him work top 3 ranked boxers in the world such as George Kambosos JNR, UFC fighters Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro, Bellator athlete s Arlene Blencowe and Janay Harding, as well as various domestic and international medallists across other combat sports. A National presenter for leading organisations, Meer has been engaged in speaking on subjects related to his field for the ASCA, PLAE, ACU UNIVERSITY, and is continuously providing educational and mentoring opportunities through these relationships. When he isn t coaching you ll find Meer enjoying coffee, reading, being outdoors, spending time as an uncle, and training his dog. We asked Meer what his favourite thing about coaching is: Achieving success in the athletic realm is amazing, however, the development of relationships that last well beyond the sporting journey has to be the most rewarding feeling as a coach . Full Transcription of Our Podcast with Meer Awny Australian Strength Coach Meer Awny Discusses Developing a Support Team for His Fighters Corey Beasley [00:00:01]: Hey guys, is Corey Beasley with fight camp conditioning? I’m excited today to have Meer Awny from Australia talk. What is Meer how are you? Meer Awny [00:00:10]: Good Corey, how are you? Thanks for having me on. Corey Beasley [00:00:13]: Yeah, absolutely man. I know it’s bright and early out there made you get up out of bed pretty early, but I’m excited to chat with you today. So for everybody that’s listening. Can you give everybody a little two sense of who you are and what you’re doing? Meer Awny [00:00:28]: I am a strength and conditioning or sports performance coach here in Sydney. I primarily work with combat sport athletes. The males, females that walk through my doors range from extremely young levels or youth athletes all the way to guys that are in the UFC. I’m competing professionally and belittle as well as top rank guys as a professional boxers. In that scope I work with amateur boxers, kickboxers junior athletes, jiu jitsu athletes and pretty cool range of combat sport athletes as a whole. My facility or my services run as like a combat sport athlete program. Me and my staff, we do that Monday to Friday and athletes essentially come into the facility. We give them the personalized service in attempts to give the combat sport athletes everything that they need. Corey Beasley [00:01:25]: So how long have you been working with the combat sports athletes? Meer Awny [00:01:31]: I’d say going on two, three years purely working with combat sport athletes now. Corey Beasley [00:01:38]: So it’s been a little while. How’d you get interested or involved in that niche? Meer Awny [00:01:44]: I have a competitive experience myself as a combat sport athlete. So up until I was 15 years of age I played soccer. And then I transitioned into muay thai. So I’ve been more or less involved with some element of combat sport since I was 15 years of age. I did karate when I was younger. When I transitioned out of being an athlete to university, I realized that there wasn’t really a place back at home for me. So back in Sydney that dealt with combat sport athletes like wholeheartedly or purely. So I wanted to volunteer or get some experience in that sort of environment. So I could bring it back to Sydney and progressively work on creating a place. So in a nutshell, that’s how it started. Corey Beasley [00:02:33]: Now, before we were before we’re online here in recording stuff, you mentioned a lot about the resources that are available to some or are becoming available. But the big differences between other sports like professional sports like rugby and soccer and these other sports that have huge amounts of resources for the professional athletes where a lot of these fighters are kind of like you were when you first kind of started out. You’re kind of doing the best you can and organize in your group of coaches or people that are helping you yourself. Can you kind of talk about that a little bit more? Meer Awny [00:03:14]: Yeah, definitely. I think I’m going to step on some toes if I talk about finances of combat sport athletes, but I’m happy to do so. I inquiry you, you also know that even at the highest levels, the majority of let’s just give the example of bellator UFC, MMA athletes being that the fastest growing combat sport athlete in the world at the moment. So even in the UFC, these guys aren’t getting paid huge amounts of money. And the difference between, I guess a professional team sport and a professional UFC athlete or bellator athlete is the services provided to that person. They do exist, but it’s not as easily accessible to the UFC fighter. For example, if you play for Manchester United, if you play for any professional sporting team, that team also has a team of professionals who are dedicated to the services for that athlete, whether it be nutrition, dietician, psychologists, physical therapists preparation. So the athlete has access to all of those people by being a representative of that club. Now, if we’re talking about the UFC that’s the biggest organization for mixed martial arts. It doesn’t get any bigger. If an athlete isn’t let’s say close by to the UFC performance Institute in Shanghai or the one in Las Vegas, it becomes difficult for them to utilize those resources not that they can’t, but on a more frequent basis. I’m sure that plan is either going to change, but at the moment, in my opinion, that poses some challenges not only the professional but also the amateur liberal combat athletes. Corey Beasley [00:05:00]: Yeah, absolutely it does. Now, from your experience and developing a program that you guys have over the last three or four years, how’d you kind of put those pieces together? What pieces were involved and what gaps do you kind of see with a lot of the amateur and professional athletes you’re dealing with currently? Meer Awny [00:05:22]: So as a whole at the lower levels or at the higher levels, let’s say an athlete is dealing with an injury more or less they need to make those decisions for themselves about who they allow onto the team, quote unquote team, and they need to find those people themselves. So I started to see the same kind of pattern of athletes not having access to a good physiotherapist or a physical therapist. Especially in my case when I was dealing with the fighters who would have issues with weight not know how to approach things professionally. This will kind of tie in to the role of the courage, which we can speak about a little later on. But I felt the need to not only educate myself enough to be able to give them some sort of advice when they asked me those questions, but also I wanted to practice within my own scope of practice and be comfortable in knowing that I had a good team of professionals that I could always refer out to. And I think any good practitioner or any good coach has a good group of people around them, which they can feel comfortable to do so. Corey Beasley [00:06:31]: Yeah, I mean that makes a huge difference because like you said, it’s not if this stuff is going to pop up, it’s when. I mean all these kids are dealing with these challenges across the board pretty much until they really kind of develop a rhythm to their training. Meer Awny [00:06:47]: Definitely. So the moves that we made or that I made to account for this issue that, I still continued to notice was we started working closely. I started working closely through collaboration for one of my UFC athletes who was working with the dietician Jordan Sullivan. So he’s currently in Vegas working with a few athletes who are going to be competing this Sunday or this Saturday evening on the max Holloway. So he and I are relatively close now. We have a referral system between his athletes because he’s primarily an online based practit
22 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
Mike Perry Discusses How He Juggles Running a Gym, Training Jiu Jitsu and Being a Family Man
Mike Perry is a gym owner outside of Boston, Massachusetts that trains a variety of combat athletes. He also has a family and recently started training jiu jitsu. Our discussion today revolves around how he schedules and prioritizes his work, training and free time. Lots of great tips for busy people that are interested in juggling a variety of things. Follow Mike on Instagram: @coachmikeperry Full Transcription of Our Podcast with Mike Perry Mike Perry Discusses How He Juggles Running a Gym, Training Jiu Jitsu and Being a Family Man Corey Beasley [00:00:02]: Hey guys, is Corey Beasley with fight camp conditioning. I’m excited to have Mike Perry from the skill of strength with us today. Mike, how are you doing? Mike Perry [00:00:08]: I’m doing fantastic Corey. How are you today? Corey Beasley [00:00:11]: Great. Thanks for taking the time to join us and talk with us and share some of your experiences. Guys, Mike runs at skill of strength, which is out tell me if I’m wrong, but just outside of Boston? Mike Perry [00:00:22]: Yeah, so we’re about 35, 40 miles West of Boston in a town called Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Its right next to Lowell, Massachusetts and it’s right on the New Hampshire border. We actually border a Nashua, New Hampshire, so we’re a little bit West, but we can get to the city within about 40 minutes or so. Corey Beasley [00:00:39]: Very cool. Now Mike, for everybody that’s listening you train a lot of different combat athletes out there at your gym and you’ve done a lot of great work. Who are some of the guys that you’ve work with over the last few years? Mike Perry [00:00:55]: So as far as combat athletes go in the names that most people would recognize are Rob Font is actually, he was my first full time client. I’ve been working with Rob for about seven years. Calvin Carter, I’ve been working with about three or four. Joe Lozan. Mike Rodriguez, Kyle bochniak, I’ve been with a few years. I’ve the last camp I worked with Randy Costa, Devin Powell. I’ve worked with John Howard in the past. A lot of the bigger names that are based out of New England. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with. So and I currently train a bunch of jiu jitsu far does as well. My school, a gentle art dojo. Raphael Carneiro are really accomplished black belt and not his strength and conditioning coach. And he is my jiu jitsu coach and a handful of other guys that are popping in here and there to help them out. So right now it’s mostly those, a higher level UFC guys and I do help with a lot of programming remotely with some other athletes as well. Corey Beasley [00:02:02]: So I wanted to talk with you about that, Mike, because over the past I don’t know how long it’s been several months, maybe years, but you’ve all forgotten jiu jitsu yourself, like you said, so you’ve been running a gym you train training guys, you’ve got quite a bit of experience doing this stuff and then you jump on the mat. I really kind of want to talk about you’re juggling, you’re juggling as a business owner, as a husband and father, and then you’re jumping on the mats in addition to all the other stuff you’re doing. So I want to kind of talk about how you’re navigating that. Mike Perry [00:02:35]: Absolutely. First of all, I’m not sure if I’m actually navigating it correctly yet, but I’m trying my best. Honestly, what I do with my schedule is I have my stable of clients that I work with and after that really good base of clients, I really don’t take on too many others just because I’m so stinking busy. But I try to have my clients that I see every week and then my afternoons tend to be a little bit more training on my own or doing some social media, doing some writing, trying to get some articles together, everything else. And then what I try to do is I try to shut it down after working about nine or 10 hours and then try to make the switch so I can take the kiddos to basketball practice and soccer practice and I’m actually now jiu jitsu practice because both of my young boys are doing jiu jitsu. So it’s really about managing my time and trying to, trying to make sure that, if I put something in my calendar that block of time, whether it’s writing or whether it’s training is, is really non-negotiable. So for me, I live and die by my calendar and I tried to do my best to manage it all and sometimes I feel like I’m doing a decent job. Other times, not so much. So I’m a constant work in progress, but so far so good. So we’re just going to keep on trucking along and hopefully we can continue to have success with my athletes and with my gym and at the same time trying to be a good dad and a good husband. Corey Beasley [00:04:01]: Yeah, absolutely. It’s a lot to juggle. But from your perspective how many days a week are you rolling right now? Mike Perry [00:04:09]: So I’m usually rolling two to three days a week. It really depends on my schedule. I try to get three training sessions a week at the gym. Two of those days are a little bit harder. They’re competition classes, so they’re usually an hour and a half to an hour and 40 minutes. And that’s usually about 30 minutes or so of technique and drilling. And then usually we roll about 45 minutes to an hour. So it’s a good training session. And I’m training with some high level guys, some Brown belts and some black belts and it’s really tough. Oftentimes I’m the nail, but that’s okay. I actually, I love the challenge. So I think for me, anything more than that I think I’d start to get a little bit too banged up. So two to three times a week is the sweet spot for me. Corey Beasley [00:04:55]: I think that’s important for a lot of people to kind of figure out because I’ve seen a couple of your posts where you’re talking about how to stay healthy and consistent over time versus just putting out bursts of effort. So I mean, just even creating a schedule is a big jump for a lot of people. Mike Perry [00:05:13]: Yeah. I think one of the biggest mistakes people make is when they’re doing jiu jitsu, they want to get their stripes, they want to try to fly through belts. So a lot of schools will promote people based off of attendance and how many classes they go to and that that seems to be the norm. But for me I would rather have two to three quality sessions where I feel like I can train hard, I can pay attention and I’m not dogging it. So for me, I like to have those sessions where I feel like I’m very productive. I just don’t like to show up just to get a class checked off. That’s just not me. But I do think that everybody needs to find their sweet spot where they can figure out, how many days a week am I going to be on the mats? And within those days, what are going to be my harder days? I’m going to be maybe sparring a little bit harder or rolling harder. And what are the days where I’m going to back off and maybe drill a little bit more and spend a little bit more time on technique. And I think it’s important for people to understand, how their body reacts because it’s a tough sport and there’s so many moving targets and there’s so many variables when it comes to training. So you have to understand the tendencies of your training partners and you have to be careful with who you choose to roll with because next thing you know, you don’t want this monster ripping your leg off or ripping your arm off and now you can’t work for a while. So I think you have to be fairly deliberate with your decision making so you can make progress with your jiu jitsu and stay healthy at the same time. So again, finding that sweet spot I think is very important for some people. And everyone thinks I just got to be on the mats five days a week. And that’s what I need. Now, for some people that might work, but if you’re 35, 40, 45 years old and just starting jiu jitsu, I’m going to say that five days a week on the mat is eventually going to beat you up and you are going to get injured. So I think you do have to find that sweet spot. Corey Beasley [00:07:01]: Now, Mike, as a strength coach and for you just talked about it, right? These guys go in and they’re doing three, four, five days or maybe even two days at the beginning and it shocks the system a bit and a lot of guys get a lot of aches and pains and nagging injuries that are just consistent for a long period of time. What are some tips that you have or that you’ve used to kind of organize your strength and conditioning outside the jiu jitsu gym? Mike Perry [00:07:29]: Well, for me, I really had to put my ego aside because I was at guy early in my career. I wanted to lift heavy and I was really focused on trying to lift heavy and try to put those big numbers up right. And when I started doing that, I was getting decently strong. I was never the strongest guy out there, but I was respectably strong. But what ended up happening is once I started jiu jitsu was putting a toll on my body and I was training really, really hard and I was also still trying to, dead lift, real heavy squat, real heavy press real heavy. And I was just really taking too much money out of the bank account and not putting anything back in. And I ended up with about a year where I was dealing with some nasty back stuff. So I really had to change the way that I train and say to myself, Hey, like what’s my goal? If I really want to get better at jiu jitsu and I want to practice this sport for as long as I can, I need to just make some better decisions. So I really had to dial back the heavy lifting and I spent a lot more time cleaning up my movement patterns and
26 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
Coach Dan Howard Discusses How He Utilizes Velocity Based Training with His Fighters
Dan Howard is a strength and conditioning coach & sports scientist out of Absolute MMA and Conditioning. Building athletes, training protocols and martial arts periodization from the ground up, ensuring all athletes are ready to reach the next level. Connect with Dan on Instagram: @coach_dan_howard In Today’s Episode We Discuss How Dan is Using Velocity Based Training, what equipment/technology he utilizes with his athletes and what benefits this type of training can provide to the athlete. Technology discussed in this episode: flex device @flex.stronger https://flexstronger.com/ GymAware @gymaware https://kinetic.com.au/ Push band @trainwithpiush https://www.trainwithpush.com/ Full Transcription of Our Podcast with Dan Howard Coach Dan Howard Discusses How He Utilizes Velocity Based Training with His Fighters Corey Beasley [00:00:01]: Hey guys, is Corey Beasley with fight camp conditioning today. I’m on the phone with Dan Howard. Dan, how you doing? Dan Howard [00:00:08]: Yeah, good man. Good. Very happy to be on here with you. Corey Beasley [00:00:12]: Yeah man. I appreciate you taking the time, guys Dan is all the way around on the other side of the earth for me. He’s out in Australia and what city are you in? Dan Howard [00:00:22]: Melbourne. Corey Beasley [00:00:25]: And that’s on the East coast, West coast. Dan Howard [00:00:28]: So down South East coast here. Corey Beasley [00:00:34]: So it’s a summer there? Dan Howard [00:00:37]: Yeah, coming into it we still got about five or six days until official summer. But that’s some hot days. It got about 40 degrees two days ago. So pretty hot. Corey Beasley [00:00:50]: Well cool. Dan, I’ve been seeing your name all over the place on social media and following you guys for quite a while and it looks like you guys are doing some really great stuff. You’re putting out good content and more importantly, you guys are putting out some fighters that are physically prepared to do work. So I’m excited to talk to you. I know we talked real briefly before we got online here about a lot of the different methods that you’re using and one kind of peaked my interest the most was the velocity based training that you were speaking about guys that are listening, like what is velocity based training for the guy that has absolutely no idea right now? Dan Howard [00:01:37]: Yeah. So velocity based training. So it’s been out for a long time. Like, people have been using it for years and years. It’s kind of getting popularized now because there’s a lot of new technology out as a lot new devices that you can use. Basically what it is you’re just tracking the speed, so the mean velocity of the bar in meters per second. So you can track the peak velocity main velocity. You can track power generated. You can do it a lot. A lot of things with it. Predominantly what we’re looking at is mean velocity over the concentric movement of the bar. Corey Beasley [00:02:17]: Have you doing a bench press? It’s measuring how fast you’re pushing that bar up? Dan Howard [00:02:21]: That’s it. How fast are you going up squat, how fast you raising it. Same with the dead lift, pretty much anything you can use it on most exercises dependent on the device that you use it Corey Beasley [00:02:33]: Now, how did you kind of learn about this? I know with a lot of the new technologies, some of them can be cumbersome or have a large learning curve. So I mean with you getting started, I guess, why did you want to implement that and then how did you implement it with your guys? Dan Howard [00:02:52]: Yeah. So basically to be honest I’m a massive technology geek, so I pretty much love anything new technology wise. It’s cost me a lot of money in the past. And I’ve gone down the wrong avenues quite a few times as well, to be honest with a few pretty stupid things like the [inaudible 00:03:15] sticks and all that sort of stuff, which supposedly tests like your nutrients in the body just by scanning the skin and shit like that. So I’ve got to just because it looks cool. I thought it was cool. I knew that it was basically no science behind it put afforded be cool and fun to try. So velocity based training pretty much came the same, came around the same route. I knew it was a lot of money, so I’ve done a lot of research into it. It’s been around for a lot of years now. But it’s kind of now getting popularized because there’s so much different technology. So I started off with the gym aware which I kind of classes as the gold standard. That was the first unit that I purchased. And it’s been just unbelievably reliable for me. Really good. It’s helped me out in a lot of ways. It’s helped me make a lot of contacts in the business as well. Because people like yourself are kind of asking me a little bit about it, how to use it, all that sort of stuff. So then I went on to a few different ones. I’m always looking to develop and try and try and kind of get the best out on the market and see what can help my athletes the most. I’ve also used Tendo units, force plates, jump plates, all that sort of stuff as well. Went to speed for lifts as well because they were another string based velocity trainer, which means you basically you attach a string to the bar basically. And then that attaches to a little CPU on the floor and that’s where you get the velocity. So how much string goes in and out of the CPU and how long it takes. So they re the two gym wear, Tendo, they’re the two main ones, the big players. Then you’ve got like speed for lifts, which is a little bit not as expensive, not as not as accurate from what I’ve seen, but still very good. And it still is a measure of that direct measure of string out but over time. So it’s still a good way to do it. Corey Beasley [00:05:30]: Cool. Now I’ve seen the ones that had a string or a wire that went to box on the ground and I think I saw that at Lauren Landauer’s place in Denver and using it out there quite a bit. Now is the other one, I think its gym wear or I believe you said Tendo. Do those have no wires? Dan Howard [00:05:57]: No, so you’ve got the gym wear and the Tendo and the speed for lifts. They’ve all got wires. So they’ve all got the wire coming from the CPU and you attach it to the bar. So that’s always my favor. And that’s always my key performance measure is always that string, because that’s a direct measure, you know what I mean? They’re not using it. So they’re not using anything like that. It’s just a direct measure of how much string comes out of the CPU and how fast it comes out. And that was always when I was first getting into it. That was kind of a big thing for me because I was like, that’s the purest form of velocity is how much it moves and how fast it moves. So there’s no other calculations. There’s no miscalculations is pretty much the purest form that you can get as easy as you could get it. And I’ve always got that direct measure of the string coming out of the machine. Corey Beasley [00:06:52]: Now, you guys as a new athlete comes in are you using this thing assessment-wise are using it daily on your workouts to measure progress over time? I mean, tell us a little bit about how you’re using it with your guys? Dan Howard [00:07:10]: Yeah. So basically what we do is I always get the guys on the gym wear to start off with and that’s just for some basic 1RM testing. So what we test with that at the moment is we test the bench press, we test the conventional deadlift and we test the squat as well. So that’s going to be changing in a little bit for us as soon as we get a bit more equipment, because I trained over three different gyms or we’ve got three different gyms. I’ve predominately testing two of them. And the reason we do a conventional deadlift test is because our chat bars aren’t big enough. We can get, I think it’s 160 kilos on there with bands. So we can’t even clip it on. So we haven’t got enough weight to, if you’re getting like a heavyweight under that, we can’t really test is what our testing. I don’t agree with the conventional so much, so I get a lot of kickback from that one. I’m testing, but it’s what we can do is how we can keep it standard for all of our fighters. And then bench press and back squat. But we’re going to be changing that to possibly are probably keeping the bench press. We’re going to be changing it to [inaudible 00:08:34] squat testing and trap testing instead. Basically, so what we do is, we have their estimated 1RM already. So generally speaking, most of them will know that have kind of an estimation and then we just build them up. So we go from 60% up to 70% up to 80% up to 90%. And then depending on the speed we’re looking at, we might push a little bit further, but we don’t really need to. So main thing we’re looking for is we’re looking for every component of strengths. We’re looking for their max strengths velocity, looking for their strength, speed, velocity. We’re looking for their speeds, jump frosty and they’re starting strength velocity. As long as we get tested in each of those zones, then we’re pretty happy. Corey Beasley [00:09:30]: So you have a good baseline. You get those guys through those tests. Those are all your strengths tests I would imagine. Are you able to do any like jump testing, anything like that with these units? Dan Howard [00:09:43]: Yeah. So with the string base units, with the gym wear, the speed for lifts and the Tendo units we do a lot of vertical jumps. We do that unloaded. We just basically attach or at the moment what we
30 minutes | Dec 6, 2018
#96 with Caleb Rogers aka Mental Sensei
This week, we had the opportunity to talk with Caleb Rogers, aka Mental Sensei. Caleb has helped quite a few top tier mma fighters mentally prepare for big fights. Caleb talks with us about his approach to working with his combat athletes. As many of you know, the mental side of mma is essential, but often overlooked. In today’s podcast, you’ll learn a few simple strategies that can help take your game to the next level. Listening to the Athlete What are we accomplishing? What can we control? Confidence is earned Limiting beliefs What drives the individual? Daily mantra and more! J. Caleb Rogers is a CPA, the Mental Sensei, and CEO of Conquer, LLC. He has worked with 100’s of professional athletes competing in MMA, BJJ, Boxing, and Kickboxing across organizations such as the UFC, Bellator, and Invicta, preparing them to perform at there best. His athletes show up ready, focused, and with the mindset of a conqueror. His purpose is to light a fire in every individual from which stems from their core beliefs and values. He has studied, psychology, finance, religion, philosophy, strategy, and more to offer wisdom, truth, accountability, and encouragement to each individual. The results are powerful and life changing. Feel free to ask his clients. Full Transcription of Our Podcast with Caleb Rogers: Interviewer: Corey Beasley Guest/Interviewee: Caleb Rogers aka Mental Sensei ——————————————————————————————————————— COREY: Hey guys this is Corey Beasley with Fight Camp Conditioningand today we got Caleb Rogers aka the Mental Sensei. Caleb, how re you doing? CALEB: I m doing great, man. Thanks for having me on. 00:12 COREY: Of course, I appreciate you taking the time to chat with us. So guys, many of you guys know, the sports psychology or mental side of fighting has become a pretty popular topic these days, and a lot of guys spend a ton of time in the gym, beating each other up and getting really strong and powerful, but a lot of guys lack the muscles, say between the years. So that’s why we’re wanting to talk to Caleb and figure out some things that can help us all be a little bit stronger, a little bit tougher, a little bit more intelligent, so to speak, in our preparation. So Caleb, give everybody a little two cents of who you are and what you’re doing. 00:54 CALEB: Absolutely. Thanks again, Corey for having me. My name is Caleb Rogers. I am the Mental Sensei. I started working a couple years ago with athletes because I began to notice that you would have all of these men that just had the physical — men and women had the physical, had the technique, or ready to go but would get beat before the fight even started. And I realized this is a problem. I mean, I can help with this. So I started doing an in depth dive into sports psychology, psychology, philosophy, theology, religion, work tactics and the like. And then I started doing it. I just started coaching individual athletes for free, slowly worked my way up to work with multiple athletes in the UFC Bella tour LFA, IBJJF and the like, and kept learning kept growing as they go. And my goal is ultimately to get people where they want to go in a powerful way. I kind of attribute it to I m a fire starter, I look for a fire inside each individual athlete. And then man, we get that thing burning and growing. So they’re showing up to their full potential and capability. 01:56 COREY: Very cool. So yeah, it is one of those interesting things like you were saying what will lose the fight before they even show up? You know, even I’m sure everybody, if they were completely honest has been there one time or another during their competitive career or maybe even outside of their competition, but just in training and stuff like that I’m sure there’s a lot of mental things holding people up as well. So when you do start with somebody, Caleb, like, where do you start out with these guys? 02:25 CALEB: Sure, my first start with the athlete. My goal is to understand. I’m not going to get very, very far if I begin prescribing before I’ve diagnosed right, I think you’ll get that with a lot of people, they have all the answers, but they don’t listen. So the first couple of sessions, I really listen and we get really clear on what we want to do, what we’re there to accomplish, why we’re going to accomplish it, and who we are as a person that’s going to get it done. And from that understanding, we will develop a character. And that’s really what I build, I build men and women of strong character. There’s so much that exists outside of our control, but our personal development and growth like we absolutely can own that. And when we show up powerfully for building characters that matter, the rest falls into place. If you build a powerful person they’re going to perform powerfully. So it starts with understanding it moves toward clarity on goals, and then I encourage them through accountability and encouragement, with techniques, positive self talk, visualization things, things that you typically read about in sports psychology, and we get where we want to go so that they can show up and get the results that they want. 03:34 COREY: Right on. So basically, what you’re doing is you re just kind of sitting down and clarifying who they are, where they’re at, where they’re going. 03:40 CALEB: In the beginning, yeah. COREY: And really just I mean, I — as many different programs that I’ve gone through just you know, being a coach and a gym owner and working with different employees and athletes and all these different people in different ways, I guess over the years. It is interesting how much it can help somebody just by sitting down and figuring out where they’re at, it blows you away. It helps [Inaudible] all avoid what we all can do. CALEB: Yeah, it s crazy. COREY: Yeah, we just get busy and it just kind of like you lose sight of what’s happening or what you’re doing or what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. And I think just the basics, like a lot of people might just overlook what you just said. And without being able just to sit down and really clarify and really think about where they’re at. 04:33 CALEB: Yeah, no, you’re absolutely right. I mean, I think, you know, it’s the stuff that I teach most people have known or been exposed to in some form or fashion, but a lot of us don’t do the work. You know, we don’t put in that work and this is work. I don’t think, you know, there’s no getting around this, that confidence is earned. You know, whether you’re earning it in the gym or whether you’re earning it in the mind, you’ve got to put in the reps. And we make sure that we keep your mind sharp that you’re putting in those reps. And the other thing too, is, I think this is — varies by coach. But as a sports psychologist, which I’m not, I’m a mental coach, as a mental coach, or any type of therapist or coach, they get used to seeing patterns of things, which can maybe help uncover or identify beliefs or limiting beliefs of misplaced notions that can really be holding the athlete back. And I think that’s kind of another thing that that we figure out is like, what’s really important to us? Like, yeah, I value this I value winning value I value the championship. And when you uncover that, why, why do I value these things? And what are these things giving me as a person, and when you can begin to uncover what drives the individual, it simplifies things, it has a clarity, and then we’re able to really show up, like I said, powerfully in our performances and in our training to get there. 05:48 COREY: Right on. So you work with quite a few different types of people. I mean, I would imagine, you know, sure, they’re all high level athletes and stuff like that, but they’re also individuals with very different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses and things like that. With every single one of them, you’re kind of digging in going through this initial process. And then where’s the work start? Like, how does that kind of implement? How do you work with people? 06:16 CALEB: Where does the work start? As far as — can you clarify a little bit? COREY: Yeah, I mean, you go through that initial assessment, you know, you’re sitting down, you’re listening, you’re going through, you’re figuring out what do we want to accomplish? And why? What can we control? You know, what are some of maybe of our limiting beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, whatever you want to call it? Then you clarify that thing for that person? So as I’m imagining, that’s the first few sessions. Then you said you got to work. CALEB: Right. COREY: When you’re talking about working with people, what’s a typical, like, what’s the work look like? When people come and see me? It’s like, okay, cool. We’re going to warm up. We re going to do some work. CALEB: Yeah. COREY: That we’re going to go through the — you know, do our reps in the gym, so for you guys, what’s that work look like? 07:02 CALEB: Sure. Let me keep it brief just to lay d
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