Episode 023: Training the Armed Forces, UFC Fighters and Managing the Four Pillars featuring Kyle Holland

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?
  • Intermittent fasting
  • How Kyle manages
    • Stress
    • Sleep
    • Exercise
    • Nutrition
  • Putting things in perspective
  • Creating buy in with tactical athletes

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Episode 022: A Day in the Life of a Strength Coach Couple with Eirinn Carroll

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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Episode 014: Training Aging Adults, Managing the Rehab Process and Heart Rate Training featuring Kevin Carr

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


Episode 010: Nutrition Part 3 featuring Dr. Lindsay Tanskey, Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll


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


Episode 009: Nutrition Part 2 featuring Dr. Lindsay Tanskey, Bonnie Chang and Eirinn Carroll


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

Client Spotlight, Fat Loss, Food, Nutrition, Self Care

A Fat Loss Journey

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Weight loss is often a journey of self discovery

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


Episode 003: Nutrition – Part 1 with Eirinn Dougherty


In episode three of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan talks with Eirinn Dougherty about nutrition. There is some really great take aways in this podcast from Eirinn including how to set manageable nutrition goals, what is healthy eating and what exactly is “healthy” food? In relation to taking ownership of your own nutritional habits we discuss meal planning and how to go about it, eating for health and eating for fat loss as well as discussing nutrient dense foods. Other topics that popped up were discussing whether macros are a viable option regards tracking your food intake, food sensitivities, different diets doing the rounds in the media and last of all how to achieve sustainability with your nutrition based goals. You may also find out what my favorite guilty pleasure movie is?!

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