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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Portland. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Portland, often where they are interviewed.

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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Portland. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Portland, often where they are interviewed.

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Sam Portland, Running Drills, Speed Development, Enabling Elite Performance || Episode #44 [EN]

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Sam Portland is an S&C consultant with over 10 years coaching experience at the elite level. Based in London England he works with NFL players, elite rugby player and athletes across multiple other sports. He also provides coach mentorship and education. Find Sam Online: Website: Www.coachsportland.co.ukInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/coach_sportland Mentorship Program: https://coachsportland.co.uk/coach-sportland-mentorship-program/Topics:0:00 - Start0:56 - Sam’s background 5:05 - Main influences7:02 - James Smith8:29 - Using running drills as disguised plyos 13:53 - Speed development model23:51 - Similarities and differences working with elite athletes VS kids32:22 -The role of strength in speed 44:26 - “S&C is like a teenager going through pubery”48:03 - Politics and sports performance 52:18 - Creating an environment for performance 1:04:11 - What fascinates you in S&C currently 1:07:46 - Coaching Mentorship Program1:111:22 - Where can we find you onlineFull Vide Interview: https://youtu.be/nALTLMmJqQM

Aug 25 2020 · 1hr 11mins
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#173- Sam Portland- Elite Athletic Performance Coach

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Sam Portland has been coaching field sports athletes at the professional level for over 10 years. In this episode we discuss balancing the soft/ hard skills of coaching, working for yourself vs being an employee and wether or not it matters what side of your foot you push off. Instagram: @hyperformancepodcast

Twitch: twitch.tv/hyperformance_podcast

Email: hyperformancepodcast@gmail.com

May 01 2020 · 1hr 11mins

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Upper Left Performance #12 Sam Portland - Knowing Your Role and Making the Most of It, Training Considerations for Speed, Providing a Good RTP Environment

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Sam Portland is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with experience at several professional Rugby teams in the UK. He is currently operating his own company Sportland where he trains athletes ranging from the NFL to the Olympics.

I brought Sam on to discuss speed, RTP protocols and having a business during this pandemic. While we hit those things, we also took a deep dive on the state of S&C in our current world and had a ton of fun doing it. Sam is passionate, genuine and was extremely gracious to come on after I botched our recording time due to being bad at figuring out time differences.

I really enjoyed talking to Sam about aligning efforts between professions in rehab and building certainty for athletes by using KPIs. Our discussion on speed with team sport athletes was really interesting and he went in depth on training one of his NFL athletes and the changes he made with him.

Sam can be found on the following platforms


IG: @coach_sportland

Sam is also offering some outstanding training programs listed below that can be utilized during this pandemic. He was cool enough to give UPL listeners a discount on his programs. Use the code: POD

The Bodyweight Athlete Program

Speed Progressions

All Online Programs


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Apr 13 2020 · 1hr 13mins

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Series 2, Episode 5 - Sam Portland

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Sam Portland discusses in depth the importance of building good relationships with the athletes you work for, and gives an account of his holistic approach with regards to developing speed with his own clients. Sam also explains his journey and how he came to develop his S&C philosophy. Another key factor we discuss is the importance of wellness, not only for the athlete, but for yourself as a coach. Sam gives honest feedback on his experience over the years that lead to failures, and the development of his training manuals -- all intended to give coaches plug and play strategies for progressing athletes, encouraging them to focus on coaching and building strong relationships.
Follow Sam on instagram at @coach_sportland.

Thank you to the sponsors for this series:

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Mailing List: https://mailchi.mp/763e671a0a32/cpperformanceuk

Intro/Outro music credit to: NeOH! - Hollowed

‍Download on SoundCloud: http://bit.ly/2rOdXUu
Mar 23 2020 · 57mins
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#86 Sam Portland

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For this week’s Strength Chat, I had the opportunity to speak with a strength and conditioning coach with almost a decade of experience, having worked with Premiership rugby teams, international competitors ranging from hockey to track and field athletes, as well Olympians, Sam Portland. It was great to pick the brains of someone with Sam’s knowledge and experience within the field of strength and conditioning. Therefore, in this episode, we chatted about all things sports performance, from speed training to how the strength and conditioning world can progress and improve.

You can follow Sam via the following links;

Instagram: @coach_sportland

Website: https://coachsportland.co.uk/

You can follow myself, Coach Cuthbert, via the following links;

Instagram: @coach_cuthbert

Facebook: Coach Cuthbert Training Systems

Website: http://www.coachcuthbert.co.uk/

Sep 27 2019 · 51mins
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Interview with Sam Portland - Episode 11

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In this weeks episode I chat with speed coach Sam Portland.  Have a listen and let me know what you think!

Sep 24 2019 · 45mins
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RRP 53: Sam Portland

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Sam Portland Consultant Strength & Conditioning Coach with Kenyas 7s talks to us about speed development, culture, coach development and tons more... #BuildingMachines
Jun 15 2019 · 43mins
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141: Sam Portland on the Power of “Speed Gate Golf” on Injury Prevention and Performance | Sponsored by SimpliFaster

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Today’s episode features UK physical preparation coach Sam Portland.

Sam has been a strength coach on the elite level for nearly a decade, working with premiership rugby, Olympians, and international competitors ranging from hockey to track and field.  He was first introduced to me by Keir Wenham-Flatt in our podcast together, where Keir mentioned Sam’s experience with “speed gate golf”.

Sam is a forward thinking coach who got started in the coaching game very early and has a knack for the intuition of developing athletes.  In speed gate golf, Sam found a method, not only to essentially eliminate injuries from his speed training program, but also get athletes faster than they have ever been in the process.

I’m very interested in the ideas of getting faster and jumping higher without “trying as hard” and I think nothing speaks to that more firmly than studies like Rewzon’s famous (at least in terms of how often I use it) long jump study where jumpers who jumped to “targets” in the landing pit that were not necessarily their maximal distance, would jump further in the end than jumpers who jumped as far as they could every leap.

Sam has taken this idea into speed training in a creative way that helped field sport athletes (rugby) get some tremendous results, and this method is a motor learning gem that can speak volumes to physical preparation, track and sport coaches alike.

Today’s episode is brought to you by SimpliFaster, supplier of high-end athletic development tools, such as the Freelap timing system, kBox, Sprint 1080, and more.
Key Points

Sam’s background as an athlete and what got him into the physical preparation field
The birth of “speed gate golf” and how it was able to get athletes very fast while minimizing injuries
How Sam changed his language in the weightroom to improve the athletic development quality of it
How Sam would program speed into the context of sport coaching if he were a sport coach in a “Global Dynamics” of coaching model
“If you look at coaching, we are academics in a kinesthetic world”

“Every time speed gates come out in professional environment people get hurt (pull hamstrings)”

“(By doing sprint and technical drills through the gates) their feedback loop is always positive”

“(In speed gate golf) It became a really competitive game because people wanted to run slow, instead of all wanting to run fast, the goal was to run slow, but run slow technically well”

“(In speed gate golf) We used rank-record-publish”

“(Using speed gate golf) We didn’t have a hamstring, calf, groin issue at all out of 28 players, and we were knocking boys down into the 10 meters into low 1.6’s”

“Any time a guy ran a 2 second 10 (submaximal, accurate running), there was a picture of me and him shaking hands going on my Instagram”

“From there, we just built our process of intensification, they’ve showed me that they respect it and understand it…. we just took our rhythm from our a-skip drills and bounds and put that into the gates… show me your a-skip, show me the bound, and now just speed it up a little bit”

“Speed gate golf is a 2 second day in trainers… we’d go back to those extensive qualities, then we’d go to intensive qualities”

“When you start looking as training as an organism in response to oxygen, then you are going to go a long way”

“(In regards to relaxation) Athletes always want to be “on”… nah…. be “off””
About Sam Portland


Sam Portland has been a strength and conditioning coach at the elite level for nearly a decade with a vast array of experience.  Sam has worked with premiership rugby, Olympic athletes, international competitors across a plethora of sports including hockey and track and field. Aside from this Sam keeps in touch with the grass roots aspects of athlete preparation by hosting his ‘combine program’. This program is a long term athletic developme...
Mar 14 2019 · 1hr 1min
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#102 - Q&A w/ Elite Coach Sam Portland - Speed work, power, the optimal training week in-season and hamstring tears...

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We're back again with Coach Sportland going through the usual Thursday riff raff of Instagram questions! This week they were:

How does independant coaching compare to being a team staff member? 

Whens the best time to do speed training? 
Do jumps/throws have to be sequenced before lifts or are there advantages to during/after? 

How should my training week look as  Monday-Friday school teaching rugby player?

I’m naturally fast but suffer hamstring tears - help? 

To get a discount for his live Speed Development Seminar use the code "TJ" at checkout





Support the show (http://rugby-muscle.com)

Feb 28 2019 · 34mins
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#101 - What Real-World Strength and Conditioning Looks Like w/ Sam Portland

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In today's episode TJ chats with Sam Portland, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Boat-House owner.
Coach Sportland is a specialist in prepping elite-level athletes to reach new-levels of sports performance, particularly with speed.
Today, the guys discuss what strength and conditioning looks like in the real world, why it might be a good idea to do LESS and how to know what you're doing is right.

To get a discount for his live Speed Development Seminar use the code "TJ" at checkout


Support the show (http://rugby-muscle.com)

Feb 26 2019 · 46mins