Coaching, Self Improvement, The Coaches Series

Interview with Strength Coach Alex Tanskey

When Alex Tanskey isn’t wearing quality Christmas sweaters or deadlifting over 500lbs he occasionally likes to do an interview. I sat down with Alex to listen to what he had to say about saying goodbye to long time clients before his move from Boston to North Carolina, the keys to training for life, the difference between a workout and training as well as why you need to laugh at yourself.

Warning! This interview contains knowledge bombs and a few good laughs! You should probably go ahead and listen. See audio player below.

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Coaches Series – Part 8 – Brendon Rearick

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This weeks episode is really awesome.  Strength coach Brendon Rearick from Movement as Medicine took the time to tell me how his life philosophy has changed since being diagnosed with  Aplastic Anemia a year ago. Continue reading

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Coaches Series – Part 7 – Ramez Antoun

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Ramez Antoun is a guy I am lucky enough to work close to and be able to absorb knowledge from whenever he visits the Training Room in Somerville. I recently had the chance to put some questions to Ramez and get his feedback on physical therapy, his training philosophy and the biggest influences on his career thus far. Continue reading

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Coaches Series – Part 6 -Matthew Thorne

 

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Matthew Thorne is the head coach at the University of Western Alabama where he heads up the Mens soccer program. Matty is also a Colaiste Ide alum like myself and has achieved great things in his playing and coaching career since arriving on his scholarship in the US. In this weeks interview Matty discusses how to gain a soccer scholarship, be successful as a collegiate athlete, tips for foreign players coming to the US and how he has made the UWA program a successful one. Continue reading

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Coaches Series – Part 5 – Kyle Holland

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This week the “Coaches Series” welcomes strength coach Kyle Holland of EXOS. Kyle is a wealth of information and experience in the strength and conditioning field. I was lucky enough to work alongside him at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning where I learned a lot from him and I still continue to learn from him to this day. Knowledge bombs are dropped daily on his twitter account and if you don’t follow him already, you need to. Enjoy this weeks interview and I hope you gain some new knowledge from it to take forward into your coaching.

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Coaches Series – Part 4 – Gary Rogers

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I recently had the chance to catch up with Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers. I attended Colaiste Ide with Gary and since then he has gone on to play for a host of teams in the League of Ireland, experience the Champions League and train with the Republic of Ireland  team under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. Gary talks about how his career got going, playing in the Champions League, his funniest moment and that infamous moment from the Dublin derby between St. Pats and Shamrock Rovers. Continue reading

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Coaches Series – Part 3 – Ricky Zambrano

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It was thoroughly enjoyable to reconnect with my collegiate coach Ricky Zambrano, head coach of the Mens program at Thomas University. I learned a ton from him during my time at TU. He improved me on and off the field. I’m forever grateful for his influence. When Ricky first came to Thomas University I was recovering from a knee injury having previously red-shirted my sophomore season. It was some tough love from Ricky that made me realize that in order to achieve some things in life, you need to put in some serious work towards that goal. No one was going to hand it to you. I took it upon myself to stay in the US during the summers and work on my conditioning levels. When he saw me after the summer break of my sophomore season, I was reduced to the physique of a footballer instead of the overweight specimen he had left behind before the summer break. Continue reading

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Coaches Series – Part 2 – Joe Young

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In this weeks installment of the coaches series we talk to Physical Therapist & Strength Coach Joe Young of “Young Performance”. I met Joe while at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning and we have developed our bromance ever since then. Joe is super intelligent, a great coach and also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever come across. We are both Uber connoisseurs thanks to a recent trip to Indianaplois for a conditioning seminar. Here’s what he had to say on who has had the biggest influence on his coaching career, business ownership, internships, continuing education as well as his funniest coaching memory to date. Continue reading

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Coaches Series: Part 1 – Jim Conroy

 

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Welcome to the Coaches Series, a  catalogue of interviews with coaches in all settings from strength coaches to specific sport coaches. First up in the series is Jim Conroy from Soccer Scholar US-based in Ireland. Jim was undoubtedly one of the biggest influences on my soccer career and for that I’m forever grateful. I wanted to catch up with him and see how things are going and also gain some coaching gems from one of the best soccer coaches around. Enjoy! Continue reading