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Chalk Talk

As a teacher or coach, you are expected to have all the answers. If you have a passion for fitness, strength and conditioning, or just working with students and athletes, this is the podcast for you.Join Doug Curtin as he explores the questions and challenges that face high school coaches and teachers.Chalk Talk is presented by PLT4M, an educational fitness platform built for high school teachers and coaches.

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# 21 - Brian Kight - Commitment Through Leadership

Event + Response = Outcome or (E+R=O). How can we take this equation and think about the weight room and strength training for high school athletes? Brian Kight, the founder of Daily Discipline, joins PLT4M to talk about setting up systems and structures for successful training. Want to watch this interview? Go check out the full video here. Go follow @TBrianKight and @PLT4M on Twitter.

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24 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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# 59 - The DOMS -All Things Muscle Soreness

We all know that feeling in our muscles after a great workout. It could be a few minutes, few hours, or even a few days later, but gosh can your muscles be sore!    Coach Bres breaks down what the DOMs is, is not, and what we can do when we start to feel that soreness ourselves! Check out more at PLT4M.


23 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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# 63 - Stretching - The Great Debate

Stretching is something that has been around for thousands of years, but in the last decade the practice has come under some scrutiny. On this episode, Coach Bres breaks down why we do it both for our physical and mental benefits, as well as important considerations on when to do it.    Check out more at PLT4M.


6 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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#6 - School Spotlight: Building a Program

What do you do when your high school weight room is less than 400 square feet and in the back corner of a woodshop? If you are Mount Abraham High School, you roll up your sleeves and build a unified strength and conditioning program.  Mount Abraham established a school-wide initiative and is now celebrating its successes. What started with collaboration, has culminated with student-athletes seeing long term benefits in fitness, performance, and most importantly, confidence.  


22 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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# 10 - Sports Specific: Myth vs. Reality

Sport Specific Training can get every coach talking, and maybe even a little red in the face. Instead of turning red, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno discuss the myths versus reality around Sports Specific Training.  On today’s episode, we talk about basketball, track &cross country, and baseball, but this is certain to be a good listen for any sports coach or strength coach. 


19 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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#5 - Coaching Culture: Putting it in Perspective

Student-Athletes are juggling school, work, family, and an onslaught of other commitments. Max Isaak describes shifting the perspective on training to get the most out of your time with young student-athletes.  Coach Max Isaak has worn many hats from a kindergarten teacher to a gym owner, to PLT4M's Head Performance Coach. Max places emphasis on creating a certain mindset with his athletes that allows them to foster great habits, and learn something from each and every training session. 


15 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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# 27 - Maxes, Percentages & Worksets - Programming Weights

Maxes, and Percentages, and Worksets, Oh My! We discuss all of the considerations that go into prescribing appropriate weights and reps to athletes throughout training. Check out Coach Jeff Lindeman’s article mentioned in the podcast. And go to PLT4M for lots more on our training programs!


18 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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# 48 - Professional Development feat. Eric Davolt

Eric Davolt is a Teacher Adviser for k-12 physical education at one of the largest school districts in California. He joins Chalk Talk to discuss what he does as a #PhysEdCoach.  Check out more from Eric At ThePhysEdCoach. Check out more at PLT4M. 


13 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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# 68 - Schools Going Remote feat. Michael Horn

Remote schooling has always been an option, but never the dominant one. Now, every school across the country is navigating remote and distance learning at a large scale.  Michael Horn has dedicated his life talking, researching, and working through disruptive education strategies and joins the podcast to discuss what schools going remote does, can, and should look like. 


23 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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# 62 - Routines In PE feat. Brian Hull

Establishing routines in life can go a long way. That is why Brian Hull, Shape Teacher Of The Year, works with his students to help establish great routines in PE class as well.  This podcast was originally recorded, before all of our routines were disrupted by Covid-19, but has great insights for how we can structure class when we do get back to normal!  Go check out lots more at PLT4M.


2 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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# 23 - S+C Coaches Are Educators feat. Tobias Jacobi CSCS

“If you are in the weight room teaching or coaching students, then you are a strength coach.” PE Teachers, Sports Coaches, and Strength Coaches are all trying to do what is best for their students. Tobias Jacobi talks about strength coaches being seen as the educators they truly are. Go to PLT4M to check out more!


4 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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# 47 - The "Warm Up" - What, Why and How?

'We only have so much time, let's skip the warm up!' Before you go racing past the warm up, consider what it provides far past just getting 'warm.' Coach Bres talks about how the warm up is an integral part of your training, no matter how much time you have in a given session.  Check out more at PLT4M.


10 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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# 25 - "In-Season" Forever? Developing Multi-Sport Athletes

Coaches are juggling high school athletes playing sports year-round. Does that mean they are in-season training all year? When will they get a chance to get any stronger? Coach Bres joins Chalk Talk to help us clearly define the In-Season versus Off-Season training discussion. We get into the nitty-gritty when we start to consider volume, intensity, and frequency of both sport and training! Go to PLT4M for lots more!


11 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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#8 - Game Day Lifts vs. Lifting on Game Day

It is game day and just a few hours before the big competition. Time to lift? While some coaches are jumping into “Game Day Lifts”, Coach Breslin and Coach Reno suggest we take a step back and think about what our goal is.  This episode breaks down everything from when to lift, when not to lift, and why pre-game prep does not mean we need a barbell in our hands. Check out Coach Reno's full article on Game Day Lifts Here: https://www.plt4m.com/2019/07/25/gameday-lifts/


5 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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# 58 - Flexible Yet Structured feat. John VanDusen

When we set up extremely rigid weight room schedules for high school athletes, we may be setting them up for failure. Kids have other sports, jobs, and life responsibilities that make getting to the weight room at an exact day and time challenging.  Coach John VanDusen talks about how high school athletes are thriving at Kingsford because of the balance PLT4M has given them between flexibility and structure. Check out more at PLT4M.


19 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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#3 - Teaching Strength

Every athlete wants to be able to lift heavy and “move weight”. The draw to strength and conditioning for most high school athletes lives in the numbers.  As coaches and teachers, the value we place on form, technique, and movement is paramount to any sexy amount of weight put on the bar. Coach Sam Breslin and Colin Reno talk about focusing on movement mechanics and seeing strength develop as a direct result. 


1 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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#4 - High School Weight Rooms: Equipment FAQ

Most high school weight rooms are a far cry from the immaculate facilities we see advertised at elite collegiate programs.  Doug pulls from our high school coaches frequently asked questions regarding high school weight rooms and equipment. Coach Bres and Coach Reno talk about getting creative, making smart investments, and managing the high school weight room you have. 


8 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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# 9 - Nutrition w/April Liles RD

As teachers and coaches, we know nutrition is something worth talking about with our students and athletes. But for most of us, we are not sure where to start….April Liles joins the podcast to help PLT4M get started talking about nutrition!  April Liles, Registered Dietitian and Food Service Director at Waltham Public Schools breaks down for us how, what, and why nutrition is a key for every student that we work with.  Want to hear April come back and talk about something specific in the world of nutrition? Reach out and let us know! 


12 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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# 54 - A Shared Vision of S+C feat. John Martin, CSCS

"The football team was using the weight room, but not many others." This common theme at the high school level is what John Martin inherited when he got to Queensbury High School in New York a few years ago.   Coach Martin, CSCS, set out to create a strength and conditioning program that all sports teams wanted to be involved with. Check out this great conversation about how a young coach is taking the route of education and humility when he looks to grow the program. Follow Coach Martin on Twitter and go check out more at PLT4M.


5 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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# 13 - Make PE Great feat. Michael Horn

Turning public education into a personalized experience for each student is no small task. We bring on special guest Michael Horn who writes and speaks about transforming education through digital learning. This was a live episode at PLT4M HQ with Doug Curtin, Max Isaak, and Michael Horn. Go check out the video here: PLT4M HQ Video Go check out Michael Horn’s full article, Make PE Great, featured in Forbes!


9 Sep 2019

Rank #20