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Decoding Excellence

The Decoding Excellence show , hosted by Adam Ringler, is an exploration of the human element behind world-class performers. The show is centered around intimate conversations with masters of their craft, to distill the tools, tactics, and techniques that encapsulates excellence. The Decoding Excellence show focuses on identify the commonalities and differences between world-class professionals in order to deconstruct and decode excellence.
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Jul 12, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence Show, I am again speaking with Coordinator of Performance Nutrition for the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Minnis.

This was such a great episode and I walked away with several pages of notes from Michael. He shares many stories and lessons learned from his journey into the world of performance nutrition. Michael had stops at Kansas State University, EXOS, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, to his eventual and current role at the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Michael and I discuss:

  • The architecture of a Performance Nutrition program
  • What Michael Learned as a S&C Coach
  • Conscious Coaching within Performance Nutrition
  • Hybrid roles between S&C and Nutrition
  • Challenges between collegiate and professional sports
  • Advice for future performance nutritionists

You can catch up with Michael on Twitter at @MMinnis89. You can also navigate to to his Instagram at @MMinnis89 and browse the many great resources he's posted. 

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com.

Thanks again for listening to the Decoding Excellence Show! I appreciate all the support growing this Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and High-Performance Coaching resource. If you have taken anything away from the show, please login to iTunes and navigate to the Decoding Excellence page and leave us a review.

Jun 28, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence Show, I am again speaking with Sports Nutritionist and Owner of On Your Mark Nutrition, Katie Mark for Part 2 of our conversation.

If you missed Part 1, stop right now and download episode #014. It was an amazing conversation with Katie discussing everything from the gut microbiome; and how preventative nutrition goes beyond “Fueling”. We then discussed hydration and sport drinks; and whether athletes really "need" them. Lastly, in Part 1, Katie shares information about exercise-associated muscle cramps. It was an incredible episode and you cannot miss it!

Katie Mark, MS, MPH, (On Your Mark Nutrition) lives in Miami, Florida, where she trains as a competitive cyclist and works as a sports nutritionist, an R&D consultant and a writer. Katie's written works are nutrition-centered, evidence-based and intended for those who are sport performance or fitness-driven. She has a strong understanding of investigating nutrition science research and applying the science in the real world.

Her nutritional philosophy for optimal performance focuses on helping athletes achieve being fit and healthy by using nutritional strategies that target long-term training adaptations and long-term health. She holds a Master of Science in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition and a Master of Public Health from Tufts School of Medicine.

This summer, Katie will start her dietetic internship (focusing on Sports Nutrition & Entrepreneurship) so she can become a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist by early 2018.

Katie and I discuss:

  • Being Healthy AND Fit
  • Periodized Nutritional Strategies
  • What is a High Protein Diet

You can catch up with Katie on Twitter at @OnYourMark_NUTR. You can also navigate to Katie's website, KatieMarkNutrition.com, and browse the many great resources she's posted. Check it out!

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com.

Thanks again for listening to the Decoding Excellence Show! I appreciate all the support growing this Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and High-Performance Coaching resource. If you have taken anything away from the show, please login to iTunes and navigate to the Decoding Excellence page and leave us a review.

Loyally,

Adam Ringler

Jun 22, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence Show, I am speaking with Sports Nutritionist and Owner of On Your Mark Nutrition, Katie Mark.

Katie Mark, MS, MPH, (On Your Mark Nutrition) lives in Miami, Florida, where she trains as a competitive cyclist and works as a sports nutritionist, an R&D consultant and a writer. Katie's written works are nutrition-centered, evidence-based and intended for those who are sport performance or fitness-driven. She has a strong understanding of investigating nutrition science research and applying the science in the real world.

Her nutritional philosophy for optimal performance focuses on helping athletes achieve being fit and healthy by using nutritional strategies that target long-term training adaptations and long-term health. She holds a Master of Science in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition and a Master of Public Health from Tufts School of Medicine.

This summer, Katie will start her dietetic internship (focusing on Sports Nutrition & Entrepreneurship) so she can become a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist by early 2018.

Katie and I discuss:

  • Gut Microbiome – Preventative Nutrition that Goes Beyond “Fueling”
  • Hydration & Sports Drinks
  • Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps

You can catch up with Katie on Twitter at @OnYourMark_NUTR. You can also navigate to Katie's website, KatieMarkNutrition.com, and browse the many great resources she's posted. Check it out!

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com.

Thanks again for listening to the Decoding Excellence Show! I appreciate all the support growing this Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and High-Performance Coaching resource. If you have taken anything away from the show, please login to iTunes and navigate to the Decoding Excellence page and leave us a review.

Loyally,

Adam Ringler

May 22, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence Show, I am speaking with Michael Mullin, the owner of Integrative Rehab Training LLC.

Michael is a clinically-based athletic trainer with over 25 years of experience in training and rehabilitation. He is the Owner/Clinician of Integrative Rehab Training LLC and sees clients out of Back Cove Personal Fitness in Portland and Beyond Strength in Falmouth. He is an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and a registered Physical Therapy Assistant in California.  He is on the adjunct faculty at the University of New England and is a Certified Clinician through the Postural Restoration Institute. Michael specializes in the treatment, rehabilitation and training of individuals and has worked with all levels of athletes.  He has provided consultation, treatment and/or presentations to NFL teams, the US Ski Team, Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, Cressey Sports Performance, Perform Better seminars, Stars On Ice tour, national level rugby teams as well as numerous dance studios, sports teams, fitness facilities and running clubs.

Michael and I discuss:

  • His journey into the rehabilitation profession
  • Importance of proper breathing mechanics
  • Integrative models of performance & rehabilitation
  • Lessons learned applying Postural Restoration Institute concepts

You can catch up with Michael on Twitter at @MJMatc. You can also navigate to Michael's website, Integrative Rehab Training, and browse the many great resources he's created. Michael is also active on Facebook, where he links and post regular articles surrounding his rehabilitation and training programs.

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com.

Thanks again for listening to the Decoding Excellence Show! I appreciate all the support growing this Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and High-Performance Coaching resource. If you have taken anything away from the show, please login to iTunes and navigate to the Decoding Excellence page and leave us a review.

Loyally,

Adam Ringler

May 15, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence Show, I am speaking with Ryan Horn, Wake Forest's Director of Performance for Men's Basketball.

 Ryan and I discuss:

  • His journey into coaching
  • The lessons his mentors taught him
  • The role of technology in coaching
  • The management of key performance indicators
  • Importance of continuing education clinics

You can catch up with Ryan on Twitter at @RyanHorn45

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com.

Thanks again for listening to the Decoding Excellence Show! I appreciate all the support growing this Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and High-Performance Coaching resource. If you have taken anything away from the show, please login to iTunes and navigate to the Decoding Excellence page and leave us a review.

Loyally,

Adam Ringler

May 1, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence Show, I am speaking with Jorge Carvajal, a performance coach and consultant who works with elite athletes.

Jorge has trained athletes at places like the University of Florida, the University of Nebraska, and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He currently works with NFL, Tactical and Big Wave surging athletes.

 Jorge and I discuss:

  • His journey into coaching
  • The lessons his mentors taught him
  • Developing durability & resiliency in athletes
  • Flow producing environments
  • Longevity in the coaching profession

You can catch up with Jorge on Twitter at @CarvPerformance

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com.

Thanks again for listening to the Decoding Excellence Show! I appreciate all the support growing this Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and High-Performance Coaching resource. If you have taken anything away from the show, please login to iTunes and navigate to the Decoding Excellence page and leave us a review.

Loyally,

Adam Ringler

Apr 24, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence Show, I am speaking with Hamish Munro, the U21 Sport Scientist/Strength and Conditioning Coach at Al Ahli Football Club Dubai.

Hamish is a Sport Scientist, Fitness Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coach who specializes in the physical preparation of footballers. Hamish has worked in professional football within three countries across Europe and Asia leading the support of sport science. Hamish holds a BSc in Strength and Conditioning, a PGCert in Sport Performance and accreditation including CSCS, XPS, Eleiko, and FA.

 

Hamish and I discuss:

  • Overview of Tactical Periodization
  • Lessons Learned in his Journey
  • Progression through Football Clubs
  • The Place of Technology in Training

You can catch up with Hamish on Twitter at @HamishMunro90 or his Linkedin Page where he outlined a great post about Tactical Periodization.

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com. Thanks again for listening to the Decoding Excellence Show! I appreciate all the support growing this Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and High-Performance Coaching resource.

Loyally,

Adam Ringler

Apr 17, 2017

​In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show, I am speaking with Sleep Coach and author, Nick Littlehales.

Nick is a leading industry expert with over 30 years experience in the world of sleep, sleeping habits, and product design and over 15 years dedicated to elite athletes and professional sport.

Recently, Nick authored a fantastic book on the importance of sleep and recovery titled: "Sleep: Redefine Your Rest, for Success in Work, Sport and Life".

Having read the book, it's a tremendous and practical guide that all coaches would benefit from reading and applying the simple lessons provided in the text.

Nick's book is available on Amazon.com, Audible, iBookstore, and Google Play. 

Nick and I discuss:

  • Importance of Sleep in Athletic Performance
  • Discussions surrounding his book
  • The concept of aggregation marginal gains
  • The R90 Sleep Method
  • Simple & Real World Sleep/Recovery Tips
  • Understanding your Circadian Rhythm
  • Identifying your Sleep Chronotype
  • How Sleep affects Recovery & Regeneration

You can catch up with Nick on Twitter at @SportSleepCoach or his website at SportSleepCoach.co.uk

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Apr 6, 2017

​In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show, I am speaking with Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the University of Tennessee, Coach Greg Adamson.

Coach Adamson to Tennessee after serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Winthrop in 2011-12. While at Winthrop, he developed training regimens and programs for women's basketball, baseball, men's & women's Soccer, track and field, men's tennis, and lacrosse. Prior to his time at Winthrop, he served as a graduate assistant for strength and conditioning at Central Michigan for two years, where he worked with four top 25 teams.

Coach Adamson and I discuss:

  • His background into S&C
  • Coaching progressions & evolutions
  • Empowerment & Education
  • Battling Entitlement
  • The Power of Youth Coaching
  • Characteristics of Great Coaches
  • Problem Solvers & Enthusiasts
  • Favorite Books from 2016
  • Utilization of Sports Technology
  • Building Sport-Science Buy-in
  • His Definition of Excellence

You can catch up with Coach Adamson on Twitter at @UTCoachGreg

 

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Apr 3, 2017

 

​In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show, I am speaking with Dr. John Sullivan.

Dr. Sullivan is a Sport Scientist and Clinical Sport Psychologist. He has over twenty years of clinical and scholarly experience, and for the past 16 years he has worked with the same team in the National Football League (NFL) coordinating clinical care and sport science. Dr. Sullivan’s experience also includes such work within the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, English Premier League, The English Football Association, Premier Rugby League, Australian Football League and Olympic national teams.

Dr. Sullivan and I discuss:

  • The importance of brain health
  • Importance of Nutrition, Hydration & Sleep
  • His book: "The Brain Always Wins"
  • What "Mental Toughness" really is
  • Performance Technologies

You can find Dr. Sullivan on Twitter at @BrainAlwaysWins or at his website TheBrainAlwaysWins.com In addition, you can read more from Dr. Sullivan by purchasing his latest book, "The Brain Always Wins" via. Amazon.com

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Mar 27, 2017

​In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show, I am speaking with Henry Barrera.

Henry comes to Liberty from the state of Oregon, where he was a Performance Training Specialist at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. While at Nike he was instrumental in designing training content for multiple projects including Jordan Brand's Terminal 23 in New York and The Hangar in Los Angeles. He continues to consultant with many training companies including Nike Basketball, the Jordan Brand, Nike N7, Shoot 360 and multiple others.

Henry and I discuss:

  • Liberty Men's Basketball Training
  • Henry's Performance Model
  • Strategies to Influence Performance
  • Various Performance Technologies
  • Culture Building & LTAD Approaches

You can find Henry on Twitter at @HoopDiaries or at his website HoopDiaries.com. Barrera has owned and operated Hoop Diaries, a basketball and performance training company for the last seven years, training athletes world-wide with the mission of learning, sharing and growing.

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Mar 20, 2017

​In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show, I am speaking with Derek Salvador.

Derek is the Owner and Director of Sport Science at Athletic Solutions Inc., a company that specializes in strength and conditioning, athletic development and soccer specific fitness. Currently, Derek is the Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Oakville Soccer Club, Power FC Academy and KW United FC (USL PDL).

Derek and I discuss:

  • LTAD approach for soccer development
  • Importance of movement variability
  • Differences of coaching approaches to U10s to U20s
  • Pedagogical approaches to applied kinesiology

You can find Derek on Twitter at @ASI_Strength or at his website AthleticSolutionsInc.com

 

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Mar 13, 2017

​In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show, I am speaking with Dr. Mike Sonne, an ergonomist examining injury mechanisms surrounding muscular fatigue and part-time baseball enthusiast. If your interested in analytics, you do not want to miss this episode.

Dr. Sonne and I discuss:

  • His background in ergonomics
  • The passion for baseball
  • Pitching mechanics & muscular fatigue
  • Performance technologies
  • Workload monitoring strategies

You can find Dr. Sonne on Twitter at @DrMikeSonne or at his website mikesonne.ca

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Mar 6, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show, I am speaking with Vernon Griffith, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Co-Founder of Virginia High Performance.

Vernon and I discuss:

  • How to build confidence in your female athletes.
  • The greatest impact you have as a coach.
  • Balancing the demands of home and work.
  • His biggest influences on his coaching career.

We discuss his coaching journey and his own personal process behind his coaching principles. You can find Vernon on Twitter at @VernonGriffin4 or at his website VirginiaHP.com

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord, DashBord, and the GroinBar.

They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Feb 15, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show I am speaking with Brett Bartholomew, Strength & Conditioning coach, Co-Founder of Unbreakable, and newly author of Conscious Coaching.

Brett and I discuss:

  • What "Conscious Coaching" means
  • How to increase athlete buy-in
  • How to improve your influence and coaching IMPACT
  • Strategies to improve communication
  • Basics of human behavior

We discuss the process and history behind his book, Conscious Coaching, and why we need this book more than ever. You can find Brett on Twitter at @Coach_BrettB or at his website BartholomewStrength.com

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord. They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

Feb 14, 2017

In this episode of the Decoding Excellence show I am speaking with Matt Shadeed, the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Arkansas State University. Matt and I discuss leadership strategies, staff development, and the many lessons learned from navigating his career to his current position. We discuss:

  • His path into coaching
  • Why Matt focused on leadership development
  • What is his central focus
  • Significant mentors in his coach development
  • The mistakes he's made along the way

This episode of the Decoding Excellence show is brought to you by Vald Performance, the makers of the NordBord. They can be found at ValdPerformance.com

Stay updated with the podcast by following me on Twitter via @AdamRingler or visiting AdamRingler.com or DecodingExellence.com

Loyally

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