How to improve the current healthcare model, overcoming a life threatening illness and managing the four pillars of health are among the topics Jon discusses with Brendon Rearick on this episode. Brendon is a San Francisco based strength coach who owns Movement as Medicine with Kevin Carr. He is also part of Certified Functional Strength Coach and has also worked at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Boston. Brendon has recently taken on an exciting new role with a company called Crossover to streamline the healthcare model in the United States. Other topics discussed in this episode include:
The front end health care approach
Creating an enjoyable coaching environment
Brendon’s training philosophy
The stress scale and why you need to score low
Why client education is critical
Starting a business
Overcoming adversity and dealing with aplastic anemia
Kyle Holland is a Performance Specialist with EXOS and is currently embedded within a special operations unit. As a strength coach to the entire unit Kyle oversees the readiness of many within the armed forces. Kyle talks to Jon about interning at the University of Iowa, training UFC fighters like Joel Lauzon as well as tactical athletes like those in the armed forces. Other topics include:
Why the basics are important when it comes to strength training
Why more isn’t always the answer
Programming regeneration days for UFC fighters
Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor – was conditioning the reason McGregor lost?
Eirinn and Jon go into their current daily schedule as strength coaches and also working alongside each other as husband and wife. They also go into why getting the balance between work and home life is important. Most strength coaches work a split shift, mornings and evenings so this leaves a gap in the middle of the day. This is when coaches get their own training in, run errands and everything in between. Some of the topics discussed in todays episode include:
What is a split shift?
What time do we get up at?
The evolution of Jon’s alarm clock
What a normal daily work schedule consists of
Working together as husband and wife
Creating balance between work and home life
When do we eat breakfast and lunch?
When do coaches train?
Our schedule starting out as coaches
What is our ideal schedule?
The pro’s and con’s of our profession
What would we change if we had the chance?
Biggest lessons learned over the years?
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Joe Young is the owner of Young Performance which is located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Joe joins Jon on the podcast to discuss developing middle school, high school and collegiate athletes. The guys also dive into the developing role of physical therapy in a gym setting and how Joe has also introduced guided breathing exercises as a staple in his youth and adult programs. Here is a synopsis of the topics the guys get into.
Owning and running your own gym
Developing athletes of all ages
Creating a positive culture in gym
Creating buy in with athletes parents
Assessment techniques utilized at Young Performance
Bridging the gap between training and physical therapy
Integrating physical therapy and PRI together as one in the training setting
January was thyroid awareness month. In order to raise the profile of auto immune diseases we here at Coach Jon Carroll wanted to highlight hypothyroidism to begin with. Thanks to Donna Rogers for this guest post and an awesome contribution overall. Often times auto immune diseases come with a multitude of symptoms and can usually go undiagnosed for years. In this post, Donna recommends foods that you can incorporate in order to help you feel better if you are hypothyroid or think you may be. Please see your primary care doctor for a blood test and insist on a full thyroid panel and not just the usual thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) which often leaves youth an incomplete picture of whats really going on. Look out for Fridays post from Donna which is an awesome info graph on “How the Thyroid Gland Affects our Health”.Continue reading →
In an attempt to share some of the remarkable stories from the people Jon currently coaches or has coached in the past, he has started a series called “Extraordinary People”. First up in the series are Miriam Ruttenberg and Peter Kraft, two people Jon has had the pleasure of coaching on a weekly basis for three years now. Over the course of his time as their strength coach Jon has learned so much about them and the worlds within which they operate. To see people actively trying to make positive change in the world is a story that needs to be told. Not only are they trying to help out other people but they are also husband and wife. Talk about a power couple!
Miriam is an attorney at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee in Boston. Currently, the MHLAC is trying to get a bill passed to stop non violent incidents in school ending in arrests, which ultimately supplies the school to prison pipeline. Miriam was recently interviewed by WCVB about the bill and why it needs attention from the general public. [please see show notes for the link to that interview]
Pete, a PhD in Epidemiology, currently works at the Harvard School of Public Health. With the help of his team at Harvard, they have recently uncovered more clues when it comes to the genetic causes of breast cancer. CNN recently spoke to Pete about this research and what it means for women when it comes to early detection of breast cancer. Pete also talks about screening frequency as well as behavioral changes to help reduce an individuals risk of breast cancer.
The menstrual cycle is something we need to talk about. Jonathan sits down with Eirinn Carroll to discuss the menstrual cycle and what goes on in the female body during the different phases as well as what you can do to optimize your workouts during this time. Lots of important take aways from this one including:
The difference between the menstrual cycle & the period
The phases of the menstrual cycle
How the four phases affect women
Changes within the luteal phase
How women can work with their cycle
Cycle tracking to optimize training
How to approach workouts in each phase
What do to on those days you’re “just not feeling it”
Communicating with your coach about the menstrual cycle
Nutritional and supplementation tips during the menstrual cycle
Fitness myths are the topic up for discussion in episode eighteen. Jonathan welcomes Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins back on the show to discuss some common fitness myths that they have come across in their coaching experience. The topics discussed in this episode include:
In episode seventeen Jonathan is joined by his colleague from The Training Room, Derek Christeler. Derek is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever come across, he always wears a huge smile on his face and his enthusiasm for everything he takes on in life is contagious. Derek is an accomplished StrongFirst Level II instructor with a wealth of coaching experience to draw upon. During the course of the interview Derek and Jonathan discuss the following topics: Continue reading →
In episode sixteen Jonathan teams up with Eirinn to put together a list of ways to manage the holiday season as best as possible. During times of increased travel, stress and eating we can sometimes get down on ourselves, abandon goals or lose motivation all together. Eirinn and Jonathan detail five tips each on how they recommend approaching the holiday season when it comes to your goals within the pillars of health. Continue reading →
In episode fifteen Jonathan is joined by Brandon Marcello. Brandon is a performance optimization coach who has worked in the collegiate setting as well as with professional and Olympic level athletes. The guys delve into the complex topic of sleep and discuss the following:
In episode fourteen Jonathan is joined by Kevin Carr from Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning as well as Movement as Medicine. After the guys finish chatting about the recent Camron and Mase diss tracks they go into the following topics: Continue reading →
In episode thirteen of the podcast, Jonathan is joined by the co owner of The Training Room in Boston and his boss, Maren Kravitz, to discuss how food and the way we react to it plays a role not only our training goals but also in our everyday life. Maren discusses her own personal journey with celiac disease and some of the topics discussed include:
Differentiating between an allergy, a sensitivity and celiac disease
Symptoms of sensitivities and celiac disease
Seeking medical help to curb food reactions
The path and process to becoming reaction free
Food restrictions and their implications
How to handle eating out
Food reactions and your fitness goals
Advice for someone currently suffering from a reaction to certain foods
In episode twelve Jonathan is joined by Dr. Jonathan Jenkins. Jonathan is a psychologist who owns and operates “Mental Fitness Psych” , his private practice which is located in Brookline. He also works with professional, collegiate and high school athletes and sports teams in the general Boston area. Jonathan discusses many topics including: Continue reading →
In episode eleven Jonathan is joined by his boss and co-owner of The Training Room, Heidi Shalek to discuss training and pregnancy. With a wealth of pre and post natal training under her belt as well as recently welcoming her first child into the world, Heidi goes into detail on some best practices for women who may be expecting. Some of the topics discussed include: Continue reading →
In episode ten Jonathan is joined by Dr. Lindsay Tanskey from North Carolina State and Boston based Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll. Seeing as nutrition is such a complex topic it has taken three episodes to get through all the talking points as well as listener questions. If you haven’t already done so please listen to parts one and two before you take in part three. As an added bonus listeners get to hear my two dogs provide a highly entertaining soundtrack at times. Some of the topics discussed in today’s episode include: Continue reading →
In episode nine of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined on the phone by Dr. Lindsay Tanksey from North Carolina State University, clinical social worker Bonnie Chang and strength coach Eirinn Carroll to discuss nutrition from many different angles. Thanks to my two dogs Mickey and Remington for providing an entertaining soundtrack to this episode. Some of the topics discussed under the banner of nutrition include: Continue reading →
As much as marketing campaigns and the media want us to believe that fat loss is achievable with their latest supplement, a hew hype fitness food or some random exercise technique (all my shake weight crew say heyyyyyy). Fat loss is not a simple phenomenon, there are many levels as to what goes into allowing someone to lose not just weight but body fat. We’ve all heard the “you should eat more protein, use high intensity interval training until you puke” advice. On the other hand we can simply embark on a journey of self discovery. This is the least popular answer as it takes time and doesn’t give instant results. Spoiler Alert – Nothing gives instant results. Continue reading →