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The Just Fly Performance Podcast is dedicated to all aspects of athletic performance training, with an emphasis on speed and power development. Featured on the show are coaches and experts in the spectrum of sport performance, ranging from strength and conditioning, to track and field, to sport psychology. Hosted by Joel Smith, the Just Fly Performance Podcast brings you some of the best information on modern athletic performance available.
 
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Our guest today is cricket fast-bowling coach and overall motor learning wizard, Steffan Jones. Stefan is the last “dual pro” between rugby and cricket, and is an ex-cricketeer turned coach. He is one of the world leading experts in regards to not only fast-bowling training, but also topics such as training individualization, motor learning and the…
 
Our guest today is Adarian Barr, athletic movement coach, inventor and performance consultant. Adarian has been a mentor to me for almost 5 years, and opened up my eyes to the movement potential of the human body, how to observe it, and coach it more optimally. He has been on this podcast for many prior episodes, and has recorded a number of webina…
 
Our guest today is the owner of SOAR fitness in Columbus Ohio, Mike Kozak. Mike previously appeared on podcast #184 and has written several articles for Just Fly Sports. Notably, Mike has mentored extensively under Adarian Barr, and frequently posts the exercise and training progressions based on Adarian’s work.Speed is always en vogue in the world…
 
I’m happy to welcome Dr. Pat Davidson back to the podcast. Pat is an independent trainer, consultant, author, and lecturer in New York City. He is the author of MASS and MASS2 and is the developer of the “Rethinking the Big Patterns” lecture series, as well as an upcoming book on the same topic. Pat is one of the most intelligent individuals I know…
 
Today’s podcast features speed and strength coach Brandon Byrd. Brandon Byrd is the owner of Byrd’s Sports Performance in Orefield, Pennsylvania. Brandon is an alumni of the University of Pittsburgh and has learned from elite coaches such as Louie Simmons, Charlie Francis, Buddy Morris and others.Brandon’s unique blend of rotating training stimuli,…
 
Today’s podcast features Grant Fowler and Kevin Foster.Kevin Foster is a former NCAA DI javelin thrower training for the 2021 Olympic trials. He is the owner of the Javelin Anatomy Instagram page, a regular writer for Just Fly Sports, and was the guest on episode #164. of the podcast.Grant Fowler is the owner of Fowler Fitness in The Woodlands, Tex…
 
Today’s podcast features Dr. Michelle Boland and Dr. Tim Richardt, speaking on the topic of exercise categorization and classification, as well as the process of selecting and integrating gym training movements based on the specific needs of athletes and clients.Michelle Boland is the owner of michelleboland-training.com and has several years of pr…
 
Today’s podcast features personal trainer, massage therapist and musician, Charlie Reid.Living in the San Francisco Bay Area for 8 years of my life brought with it the opportunity to meet and learn from many wonderful and knowledgeable coaches and trainers. One of those that I met was Charlie, who I met at Pat Davidson’s “Rethinking the Big Pattern…
 
Today’s podcast welcomes coach Ty Terrell. Ty is currently an NBA physical preparation coach and has a wealth of experience ranging from training athletes out of a garage, to coaching high school basketball, to being mentored by some of the top professionals in the coaching industry. Individuals such as Lee Taft, Bill Hartman, and Mike Robertson ha…
 
Today’s podcast welcomes back coach Christian Thibaudeau to the podcast. Christian has been a strength coach for nearly 2 decades, working with athletes from nearly 30 sports. He has written four books and has pioneered multiple educational courses, including the Neuro-typing system, which goes in-depth on how to train athletes in the weight room (…
 
Today’s podcast features coach and consultant, Kyle Dobbs. Kyle is the owner and founder of Compound Performance which offers online training, facility consulting, and a personal trainer mentorship. Kyle has trained 15,000+ sessions and has experienced substantial success as a coach and educator. Kyle has an extensive biomechanics and human movemen…
 
Today’s podcast features performance coach and breathing specialist, Leo Ryan. Leo is the founder of Innate-Strength.com. He has studied athletic training, health and breathing since he healed himself of asthma in 2004.Leo has achieved a prolific amount of education in human performance and breathwork. He has attained multiple diplomas and certific…
 
Today’s episode features performance coach and nutritionist, Matt Cooper. Matt has been a multi-time podcast guest and writer on Just Fly Sports, and trains athletes and individuals out of his gym in Los Angeles, California. Matt is a bright young coach who has encapsulated many of the training concepts from top coaches, nutritionists, and human pe…
 
Today’s episode features performance coach, author, and speaker, Brett Bartholomew. Brett is the founder of “Art of Coaching™”, which works with corporations in the financial and tech sector, medical professionals, military, as well as professional sporting organizations to enhance their leadership ability through improved communication and underst…
 
Today’s episode features coach Paul Cater, speaking on his holistic approach to athlete training sessions. Paul has pioneered a way of training that makes the session a heightened experience on multiple levels, versus a scripted “to-do” list.Paul is the owner of the Alpha Project, a gym in Salinas, California. He has worked with a wide variety of a…
 
Today’s episode features speed coach and human performance expert, Chris Korfist. Chris is a multi-time guest on the podcast and is back for a solo-interview show where he gets into his recent developments in speed training, as well as a great conversation about mind-body concepts and their relationship to sport, and even life itself.Chris Korfist …
 
Today’s episode features athletic performance coach, Scot Prohaska. Scot is distinguished as a nationally recognized sports and executive performance consultant. Scot runs his performance center out of Los Angeles, California, and works with a wide range of athletes, from professionals and Olympians at the highest level, to scholastic athletes.Scot…
 
Today’s episode features strength and athletic movement coach Austin Jochum. Austin is the owner of Jochum Strength where he works with athletes and “washed up movers” to become the best versions of themselves. He also hosts the Jochum Strength podcast, and was a former D3 All-American football player and a hammer thrower at the University of St.Th…
 
Today’s episode features biomechanics specialist and rehabilitation expert, David Grey. David runs the Grey Injury Clinic and helps athletes with injury, pain, rehab, and performance. David has learned under a great number of mentors, and is influenced greatly by the work of Gary Ward who is a 2x previous podcast guest and the creator of the “Anato…
 
Today’s episode features Phoenix Suns' head strength coach, Cory Schlesinger (and myself) answering questions on athletic performance training sent in from listeners. Topics for this show ranged from programming based on athlete-autonomy, to isometrics, to foot training, as well as important questions on blending strength work into a level of high-…
 
Today’s episode features a special guest interviewer, Josh Hingst, head strength coach of the 2018 Superbowl Champion, Philadelphia Eagles, who interviews me on a number of questions related to training American Football. I met Josh in Barcelona, Spain back in 2005, and I’m happy that we’ve been in correspondence since that time. I originally meant…
 
Today’s episode features personal trainer and human movement expert, Rocky Snyder. Rocky is the owner of Rocky’s Fitness in Santa Cruz, California, and is an experienced personal trainer, as well as an accomplished surfer and snowboarder. Rocky has taken an absolutely immense amount of continuing education in human performance and is the author of …
 
Today’s episode features strength coach Christian Thibaudeau. Christian has been involved in the business of training for the last 18 years, having worked with athletes from 28 different sports. He is a prolific writer and presenter, having written four books, as well as presenting to top coaches and organizations all over the world.Christian is al…
 
Today’s episode features Feldenkrais practitioner and human movement specialist, Edward Yu. Edward is a former triathlete, current martial arts enthusiast, and perennial student of Masters Li Xueyi and Ge Guoliang in the art of Bagua. Edward has worked with members of the US Olympic Track Team as well as those in the Portuguese National Ballet. Edw…
 
Today’s episode features track and sports performance coach, Ross Jeffs. Ross is a sprints, jumps and hurdles coach at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar. He formerly worked in the Netherlands as a sprints and jumps coach at Atletiek Trainingscentrum Rotterdam, and has also coached under the guidance of Jonas Dodoo within the Speedworks system. Ross…
 
Today’s episode features Boo Schexnayder, current strength coach and former jumps coach at Louisiana State University. Boo is regarded internationally as a leading authority in training design, possessing 37 years of experience in the coaching and consulting fields. Most noted for his 12 years on the Track and Field coaching staff at LSU, he is reg…
 
Today’s episode features Max Shank, fitness coach and owner of Ambition Athletics in Encinitas, California. Max has written 3 books, taught over a hundred courses in countries around the world and is the creator of the “5-minute-flow”. Max is an avid learner, having picked up guitar, piano, and drums as an adult, in addition to the dozens of physic…
 
Today’s episode features strength coach and gym owner, Eric Cressey. Eric Cressey is the president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance (CSP), with facilities in both Hudson, MA and Jupiter, FL. Behind Eric’s expertise, CSP has established itself as a go-to high-performance facility to both local athletes and those that come from across the…
 
Today’s episode features strength coach and consultant, Dr. Matt Jordan. Matt is a strength and conditioning coach/performance consultant for elite athletes with six Olympic cycles of experience. He holds a Master of Science in Exercise and Neuromuscular Physiology, and a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Calgary. Matt has consulted wit…
 
Today’s episode features Alex Natera, senior athletic performance specialist at the GWS Giants of the AFL. Alex has over twenty years of experience in high performance sport including time spent as a professional sportsman, a technical coach, a sport science lecturer, a published scientific researcher and his primary role as strength & conditioning…
 
Today’s episode features sports performance coach Scott Salwasser. Scott has been a multiple time guest on this show, talking about speed training in football, force-velocity profiling, and perception/reaction work. Scott is currently the assistant director of strength and conditioning for football at the University of South Carolina. Scott has wor…
 
Today’s episode features Jeff Moyer, owner of Dynamic Correspondence Sports Training in Pittsburgh, PA. Jeff has been a multi-time guest on the show, appearing as a solo guest in two shows, and on three roundtables. His expertise includes elements such as Soviet training systems, motor learning, skill acquisition, pain reduction and reconditioning.…
 
Today’s episode features sports psychologist, Simon Capon. Simon is a hypnotherapist, Master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner, as well as the author of the book "It’s Time to Start Winning." Since 2006 Simon has worked with professional athletes, using variety of techniques including skills from NLP and hypnotherapy. He has inspired …
 
Today’s episode features segments with Paul Cater, Rachel Balkovec and Rafe Kelley in part II of our mini-series on perspectives in this time of social distancing and staying-at-home on coaching, training and becoming the strongest version of ourselves.Paul Cater is the founder of the “Alpha Project” in Salinas, California, and has over 18 years of…
 
Today’s episode (part I of II) is actually three talks in one show, featuring segments with Jeremy Frisch, Rob Assise, and Dr. Tommy John.In our current world situation, many have found themselves without our typical training structures. This can be anything from not having a team, or partners, to train with anymore, a lack of gym space, and a lack…
 
Today’s episode features Marc Bubbs, naturopathic doctor, performance nutritionist, and author of the best-selling new book "PEAK - The New Science of Athletic Performance That Is Revolutionizing Sport." An integrated and personalized approach to health, nutrition, training, recovery and mindset.Marc currently serves as the Performance Nutrition Le…
 
Today’s episode features Rachel Balvokec, a professional baseball hitting coach working with the New York Yankees. Rachel made headlines when she become a minor league strength and conditioning coordinator and coach for the St Louis Cardinals from 2011-15. Rachel also has experience working with the Houston Astros, as well as the Dutch national bas…
 
Today’s episode features Nick Winkelman, head of athletic performance and science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. Nick was formerly the director of education for EXOS, and oversaw the speed and assessment component of their combine development program. Nick is an internationally recognized speaker, and has his Ph.D with a focus on motor learnin…
 
Today’s episode features biomechanist and foot expert, Gary Ward. Gary is the author of the book “What the Foot” inventor of the “Flow Motion Model”, and gives his “Anatomy in Motion” clinics throughout the world. He is a leading thinker in human movement and mechanics, and is a master of getting people to function better through giving them back t…
 
Today’s episode features coach, biomechanist and inventor, Adarian Barr. Adarian Barr is a unique mind in the world of sport movement who has not only given me dozens of paradigm shifting, “aha” moments, but has also retooled the way that I personally think about human movement and the related coaching process. Adarian has coached at numerous Unive…
 
Today’s episode features Grant Fowler, owner of Fowler Fitness in The Woodlands, Texas. Grant is a creative coach and performance consultant who has been getting some fantastic results with his athletes in the realms of strength, speed and power. Grant is a different thinker who has a distinctive “non-linear” and adaptable style to his training pro…
 
Today’s episode features Evan Peikon. Evan is a coach, physiologist, and educator at the Training Think Tank HQ in Atlanta, GA. He has experience working with athletes on-site and remotely across the U.S. and internationally. Evan is a former track and field athlete and has learned from world-leading experts in applied muscle physiology and perform…
 
Today’s episode features neurology expert and personal trainer, Scott Robinson. Scott is an Applied Movement Neurology (AMN) master practitioner and the creator of AMN Neuro-Flexibility. He has worked successfully with all levels of neurological complexity in his time training and coaching a wide variety of clients. Scott is a specialist in dealing…
 
Today’s episode features Logan Christopher, strongman, author, owner of Legendary Strength and CEO of Lost Empire Herbs. Logan previously appeared on episode 111 where he discussed mental training in depth, including the utilization of hypnosis and mental anchors.Alongside his athletic and business pursuits, Logan has also written several books inc…
 
Today’s episode is a question and answer session where I take a break from the typical interview format and reflect on listener questions. I always enjoy doing these shows, since it’s great to get a pulse on what training topics are on the mind of the coaching community.For this show, the particular focus was questions on sprinting and sprint train…
 
Today’s episode features András Hegyi, a final-stage Ph.D. student working at the Neuromuscular Research Center at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. His Ph.D. work focuses on regional and inter-muscular hamstrings EMG activity in different hamstring exercises and in running. Hegyi's recently published thesis can be found at University of Jyvä…
 
Today’s episode features gym owner and sports performance coach Mike Kozak and physical therapist, Stephen Laflamme. Mike Kozak is the Owner of SOAR Fitness in Columbus, Ohio. He has trained hundreds of youth athletes as well as a number of current and prospective college and pro athletes. Mike has previously worked as a physical education teacher …
 
Today’s episode features Dr. Nick Serio. Nick received his doctorate of education in sport and performance psychology from the University of Western States. He is the co-owner and general manager of the “Athlete’s Warehouse” located in Pleasantville, New York. Nick also serves as the head pitching coach at Fox Lane high school, where the baseball t…
 
Today’s episode features John Garrish, director of athletic development & performance at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida, and the school’s head track and field coach. John has previously served as the Director of Athletic Performance with the Florida Rugby Union’s High-Performance Program 7’s team, and has been involved i…
 
Today’s episode features Tyler Yearby and Michael Zweifel.Tyler Yearby is a Former Strength & Conditioning Coach at Northeastern State University and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities who has delivered over 200 domestic & international continuing education courses, workshops, and conference presentations in 12 countries. Tyler has, and conti…
 
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