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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Michael Zweifel. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Michael Zweifel, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Michael Zweifel. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Michael Zweifel, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 19: Michael Zweifel

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This week's guest is Michael Zweifel, owner of BBA Performance in Dubuque, Iowa.  We talk RPR, skill acquisition, and the tailoring of representative environments.  We both came out of this one with great notes and learned a lot.  Hope you do as well!



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Aug 17 2020 · 1hr 16mins
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Michael Zweifel of Building Better Athletes

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Building Better Athletes is a science based, results driven, Sports Performance Facility for ATHLETES!

Our system begins with a comprehensive assessment of each athlete in order to provide an individualized training program specifically designed to maximize results. Combine this with in-depth athlete monitoring and the latest technology - this gives us the tools to give every athlete the exact prescription of what they need and when they need it.

We understand that great sports performance training doesn't stop with training - that's why we address the athlete from every angle possible - physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, soft-tissue, mobility and much more.

Our focus is building the athlete from the ground up by becoming masters of our own movement, building authentic skills, developing strength & power, making sustainable nutritional changes, implementing individual recovery modalities, and giving athletes ownership of the Other 23.

Using these methods and principles, BBA has been fortunate to help athletes to...
8 NFL Players
4 Gatorade State Player of the Year
2 CFL Player
1 AAF Player
23 State Champions
24 Collegiate All-Americans
34 Conference Player of the Years
35 Division I Athletes
284 All-Conference Athletes​


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Aug 11 2020 · 54mins

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Episode 378: Seminar Series (Part 3): Marvin Harrison with Michael Zweifel

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In the third installment of our Seminar Series exploring the Movement Marvels of American Football, Matt is joined by Michael Zweifel (@BBAPerformance). Michael Zweifel is a Sports Performance Coach. NCAA Record Holder & Wisconsinite. Michael is the Owner and Head of Sports Performance at Building Better Athletes (BBA). Michael is also a Lead Instructor at the movement skill and education company -  Emergence.  In this episode Michael and Matt discuss Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts. Michael's unique journey offers tremendous insights. Enjoy!

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Jul 31 2020 · 47mins
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Michael Zweifel, Agility Training, Coaching Speed, Warm Ups, The Other 23 || Episode #31 [EN]

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Michael Zweifel is the owner of Building Better Athletes, a performance gym located in Dubuque, Iowa. Topics:0:28 - Intro0:45 - Who are you and what do you do?2:36 - How did you get into coaching?4:20 - Philosophy of physical preparation14:03 - What is agility? What are the common mistakes?26:17 - How do you create environments that allow for the athlete to solve their own problems?36:03 - How do you teach speed to youth athletes?44:51 - Transitional Speed - What is it?46:55 - How to build an effective warm up?53:30 - "The other 23”59:30 - Coaching influences?1:02:56 - Game book - what is it and who is it for?1:07:49 - Where can people find out more about you?BBA online: https://www.building-better-athlete.com/BBA Game Book: https://www.building-better-athlete.com/game-book.htmlBBA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbaperformance/Full Video Interview: https://youtu.be/5NwWG8sqPdU

Jul 02 2020 · 1hr 8mins

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Episode 31 - Michael Zweifel - Create Enviroments and Play

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Nugget Of the Day: “Hell is described as laying on your death bed and the person you’ve become meets the person you could have been”

This quote leads us into our guest Michael Zweifel. Michael is the owner of BBA Performance, was a Gagliardi Trophy winner (where he led the entire NCAA in receptions) and played professional football overseas for the Vienna Vikings. I’m really excited to have Michael on this podcast as he is a fellow D3 athlete and has experience in both the private and collegiate sector. Today we talked about Creating Environments, the importance of play and Michael's Goal of Creating Happy, Healthy and Confident Athletes!

Mar 16 2020 · 1hr 3mins
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181: Tyler Yearby and Michael Zweifel on Creating Robust Athletes in the Weight Room Through Variability and Creative Movement | Sponsored by SimpliFaster

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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 continues to work with athletes ranging from youth to professional.  Michael Zweifel is the owner and head of sports performance for “Building Better Athletes” performance center in Dubuque, Iowa.  Michael has been on a number of previous Just Fly Performance Podcast episodes, focusing largely on the development of reactive agility and transferable sport movement.  Tyler and Michael are both a part of “Emergence” which is a movement skill education company.

When it comes to building athletes in the agility and change of direction space, attitudes are changing and coaches are realizing how important it is to teach perception and decision making in a variety of situations, to eventually transfer better to sport.  Agility done for the sake of running through cones as fast as possible is very limited in what it can do for an athlete in a chaotic sport environment, and podcast #76 was the epitome of that information.

Today’s show takes those same ideas of reactivity and creative movement, and puts it into the structure of the weight room: resistance training and plyometric exercises.  Tyler and Michael try to mirror their approach to an “athlete based” model of problem solving throughout an entire program, and in this episode they share how creative means are utilized in the weight room to not only improve movement and robustness, but also stoke the fires of athlete creativity.  On the show today, we dig into what these sequences look like, and get to the core of “athlete centered” training in the weight room on the level of variability, and much more.

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Key Points

What the motor learning concept of “repetition without repetition” means on a basic level
How Michael and Tyler are using motor learning and “repetition without repetition” principles in the weightroom
What a typical “repetition without repetition” weightroom training sequence would look like in the pre-season training period
What “athlete centered” training and coaching looks like
How ideas on variability affect plyometric and reactive training
How to adjust training variability based on an athlete’s readiness
“Repetition without repetition is not the means to solving a given motor problem, but the process of that solution.  It is the changing and improving from rep to rep and the means of that, so everything essentially slightly changes as we perform any type of motor action”  Yearby

“We view sport as a problem solving activity… we view the weightroom as assistive to this problem solving activity”  Zweifel

“(In regards of variables to change from set to set) One (variation) is tempo, the other is stance” Yearby

“(Regarding lifting in awkward positions) Don’t our athletes need to be able to express force, despite the compromised positions they find themselves in the field?” Zweifel

“The learning centered approach doesn’t mean that you let the athlete do whatever they want” Yearby

“For me personally, in my athletes, I’ll gladly take a 20% weight reduction in a compound lift to have on this repetition without repetition scheme (different types of repetitions each set or rep)” Zweifel

“My athletes have given me a ton of feedback that me allowing them to explore in the weightroom, to be creative, and to own their own movements in the weightroom, have given them the confidence to do the same things out in the field” Zweifel

“For an initial starting point,
Dec 19 2019 · 1hr
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171: Jay DeMayo, Jeff Moyer, and Michael Zweifel on A Transferrable Agility and Change of Direction Training Roundtable | Sponsored by SimpliFaster

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Today’s episode is a special roundtable featuring all previous podcast guests, Jay DeMayo, Jeff Moyer and Michael Zweifel.

Jay DeMayo is a long time strength coach at the University of Richmond, working primarily with basketball along with several other sports.  He also heads up the Central Virginia Sports Performance Seminar and Podcast.

Jeff Moyer is the owner at DC Sports Training and is well versed in all things Russian sports performance, and has appeared on this show multiple times, as well as having written a large number of articles on a variety of topics involving the transfer of training to sport.

Michael Zweifel has been a prior podcast guest twice and has written a large number of articles regarding the perception and reaction approach to improving in-game movement and agility.

In the world of agility training there is a big shift happening in terms of moving things into the perceptual space, and for good reason.  Athletes who fail to make the right decisions in a game will be at a huge disadvantage, regardless of how good their raw ability to change direction devoid of a stimulus is.   Does this mean, however, that all traditional agility and change of direction training is dead? What should we do with all of the more traditional thoughts on agility training in terms of developing the raw physical skills associated with change of direction?

This expert crew is going to dissect the answer to these questions and much more for us on the show today.

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Key Points:

Philosophy of what good change of direction on the field of play entails
Thoughts on baseline physical abilities for better change of direction
Change of direction KPI’s for athletes
Different approaches to the value and integration of non-perceptive change of direction work
How to record or quantify the results of an agility program (if this is even possible currently)
Defining pieces of agility ability and who may need work beyond perceptive and decision making training
Some of the special exercises Jeff Moyer and Jay DeMayo utilize in their work
Summary statement of each coach in regards to agility, perception and reaction
“In field based sports, change of direction means the basics of what we are trying to teach, and agility means implementing into a situation where it is responsive to some sort of stimulus”  DeMayo

“I want athletes to be able to solve problems on their own without me giving them the answers” Zweifel

“In the biomechanics of change of direction, you always have to look at it in the context it is going to be asked in sport… if we are going to change technique or biomechanics, we have to do it within the context of which it is going to be asked in sport” Zweifel

“I think that one thing is we would see a lot of carryover and success (into agility) with the integration of some form of extensive method jumping” Moyer

“I don’t think there’s so much a biomechanical model; there’s KPI’s” Moyer

“If you watch sports a lot of athletes don’t (decelerate) on two legs, they do it on one leg… one of the things I look for is how many steps does it take for an athlete to stop” Moyer

“What I hope for is that it looks crisper when they are doing it (COD in sport) and they shouldn’t be thinking about it when they are doing it” DeMayo

“In actual open sports, how well you perceive the information in the environment, that will directly dictate mechanics, kinematics” Zweifel

“(Regarding defining the results of a COD/agility program) A lot of it’s qualitative” Moyer

“It is a learned error, a perceptual error, or a physical error, those are the three things I go through”  Moyer

“Know your sport more, watch practices, get Hudl and look at practice, go to games, that’s the number one way I’ve seen it,
Oct 10 2019 · 1hr 20mins
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Episode 190: Seminar Series (Part 4): Skill Acquisition with Michael Zweifel

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In the fourth part of our Skill Acquisition Seminar Series, Matt is joined by Michael Zweifel (@BBAPerformance). Michael Zweifel is a Sports Performance Coach. NCAA Record Holder. Former NFL. Wisconsinite. Michael is the Owner and Head of Sports Performance at Building Better Athletes (BBA).In this episode we discuss how to apply the principles of skill acquisition within the coaching and evaluation of American football. Michael's unique journey offers tremendous insights.
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Jul 06 2018 · 51mins
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84: Michael Zweifel: “Speed, Perception and On-Field Dominance” | Sponsored by SimpliFaster

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Today’s episode features Michael Zweifel, owner of the “Buiding Better Athletes” performance center in Dubuque, Iowa.  

Michael was a key contributor to the incredibly popular agility, perception, and sport movement roundtable with himself, Shawn Myzska, and Scott Salwasser.  Michael is a CSCS, IYCA certified practitioner, and was the all-time NCAA leading receiver with 463 receptions in his playing days at the University of Dubuque.  

Michael is not only one of the most well-studied individuals on methods of improving athletic speed, jumping and overall power (you may have read his contributions to Just Fly Sports in this regard over the last few years), but he is also a field-leader in transferable training methods to on-field reactive ability.  As we’ve discussed in past episodes, great speed and strength doesn’t win games if athletes can’t react properly to their opponents.

Michael is continually pushing the envelope in this area, particularly in the target of the private sector and scholastic athletes.  He is continually finding new methods to give athletes chances to improve their reactive power through a variety of creative methods, many of which you can catch on his Twitter and Instagram profiles.  

Michael’s talks on our last roundtable were really intriguing and brought up a number of new questions that I was excited to follow up with for this solo episode.  Topics today will be the relation of linear speed to on-field success, transitional speed, quantifying training for sports speed, agility, learning environments, building reactive warmups, and more.  

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Key Points:

Michael’s background in the field as an athlete and coach
Michael’s usage of long isometric holds
What aspects of linear speed filter into team sport success
Ideas on transitional speed in a team sport, and how to train it
Quantifying team sport speed
Is there a “technique” for agility
How to create learning and teaching environments to help athletes perform better under pressure and fatigue
Building a reactive warmup
“I implemented long duration as a cool-down, because I believe it is superior to static stretching”

“In team sports, transitional speed is huge”

“Team sports should prioritize speed and agility and have the weightroom as an accessory”

“You get guys who run a 4.3 who don’t stand out on the field… they don’t have the ability to take perceptual ability and apply it to sport”

“I think one of the worst things you can do if you have a short window is to try and change everything about an athlete”

“There are a lot more areas of transitions into linear speed that occur in a game, than speed from a static start”

“The easiest way to screw up a golfer or a guy shooting a basketball is to make them aware of an internal technique they are using”

“It is really unwise to de-couple a technique from a stimulus”

“The process of learning a technique cannot interfere with the perception… here we do it backwards”

“Every athlete is going to approach the same problem or stimulus, and react to it differently, based on their strengths, movement tendencies, etc.”

“We can’t say there is a correct movement for every athlete (as far as agility and COD is concerned)”

“I’m trying to find ways to continually add pressure and anxiety to training, and when you do that, you can find movement disfunction”
Show Notes
Reactive Warm Up
Transitional Speed Work
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About Michael Zweifel
Michael Zweifel is the owner and head of sports performance for “Building Better Athletes” performance center in Dubuque, Iowa.

Michael is a CSCS,
Feb 06 2018 · 1hr 4mins
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76: Redefining “Agility” and Sport Movement: Shawn Myszka, Scott Salwasser, Michael Zweifel

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Today’s podcast is a special roundtable episode on sport movement, featuring an expert panel of Shawn Myszka, Scott Salwasser and Michael Zweifel.  Each of these coaches has a unique area of application and insight into making athletes better at reacting to actual sport stimuli, making plays, and ultimately winning games.

Shawn Myszka is a movement specialist working with many NFL athletes and has a large background in physical preparation.

Scott Salwasser is the director of speed and power at Texas Tech University and is making his third appearance on the Just Fly Performance Podcast.   Scott is not only a great linear speed coach, as we’ve seen through his talks and writing on the topic, but also is constantly pioneering sport-applicable movement training through his own athletes and interaction with other movement specialists in the field.

Michael Zweifel, who has written some tremendous articles for Just Fly Sports in the past, is the owner of Building Better Athletes Performance, is an NCAA record-holding wide receiver.   Michael is an industry leader in reactive training for athletes, particularly in the scholastic population, and where specialization is not possible.

“Agility” is a word likely most used in marketing, and getting parents to buy in that a particular sports performance institution will make their child better at reacting in their sport, but this is rarely, if ever the case in the manner that the majority of these training interventions are implemented.

For today’s podcast, we simply cover the ideas of what “agility” training really is, and best practices in creating training to allow athletes to become more reactive movers on the field of play.

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Key Points:

Shawn, Scott and Michael’s backgrounds in the industry
The value of teaching sport agility absent of sport stimuli
Thoughts on non-specific agility stimuli such as colors and lights
Anecdotes of what Shawn, Scott, and Michael do in their practice
“Sport is nothing but a problem solving activity where movements are use to produce the necessary solution”

“For football, the biggest (agility) stimulus is other bodies; the stimulus that most of them are reacting with are other human beings, so you don’t need football specific plays to give them an authentic stimuli because a lot of times they are working against someone else and that is the primary stimulus”

“How can this running back that runs a 4.4 40yd a 4.0 pro agility getting tackled in the backfield by opponents, it just doesn’t make sense; so it led me Shawn and the idea that (this athlete) is not a very good decision maker”

“When you de-couple a movement or an action, so you take away the perception or intention from the movement outcome, you aren’t doing any good”

“Most coaches are control freaks, and we know exactly what controlled drills are going to look like; more of an open environment intimidates a lot of coaches”

“One things that I’ve gravitated towards is making the agility stimuli as human as possible; humans are free”

“We perceive to act and we act to perceive”

“The space and time relationship is our key performance indicator”

“We know that situations are going to afford and invite and constrain certain (movement) patterns”

“I am always going to get to the more specific representation of what athletes are going to see on the field (at the end of the day)”

“With my cat and mouse drills, it’s not tag; football players will try and tag their opponent when they get within arms length, and that’s not going to result in you making the play”

“My athletes need to be very comfortable being uncomfortable at all times”

“Perfect practice is constant problem solving; we try to increase pressure and ...
Dec 11 2017 · 1hr 7mins