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Movement Made Better Podcast

Podcast by Stick Mobility, the fitness training program that combines joint mobilization, strength training, and active stretching. The show focuses on improving mobility hosted by co-founders Dennis Dunphy and Neal Valera, featuring special guests from the fitness community.

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#51 Defining Strength with Doug Sheppard

This week's podcast episode is with Doug Sheppard. Doug has been helping people reach their fitness goals since 1991. In 2015 Doug was selected from hundreds of trainers nationally and awarded 3rd place in the Men’s Health Next Top Trainer competition. As a competitive bodybuilder, he reached a pinnacle in his amateur career when he won the 1998 Junior National Championships as a light-heavyweight. Doug has trained professionals of the NFL, USTA, and PGA. He currently is the Nevada state director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has been a featured speaker for the Professional Fitness Institute in Las Vegas a division of Pinnacle Career Institute. In 2015, Doug fulfilled a lifelong dream and opened the J & D Fitness Personal Training Studio in Las Vegas. Doug is currently a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is certified as a kettlebell instructor through the Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC). He is also a level 1 and small group instructor with the TRX suspension system, a Dynamic Variable Resistance Training (DVRT) certified coach, and a certified professional in the Functional Movement Screen system (FMS). Doug is certified with Precision Nutrition as a level 1 coach. The International Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA) awarded Doug the distinction of “Master Trainer” in 2005.  In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 05:52 - Reflections from a former body builder 14:50 - Hybridizing body building and movement practice 16:00 - Explaining the why to clients  21:06 - Initial impressions and benefits of Stick Mobility 28:48 - Empathy - A critical coaching component 31:46 - Assessing clients - Why and how 39:26 - Deficiencies in the fitness industry 48:28 - Learning through mistakes 52:39 - Importance of education 55:15 - Building your network as a trainer 1:00:57 - NFL scouting combine assessment analysis 1:14:37 - NFL Draft More from Doug: https://www.instagram.com/janddfitness http://janddfitness.com/pages/online-training

1hr 17mins

3 May 2021

Rank #1

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#50 Rowing Strength with Blake Gourley

Check out this week's podcast episode featuring Blake Gourley. With a Masters Degree in Sports Performance, 12+ years of experience in competitive rowing, 10+ professional certifications, and several published articles under his belt, Blake's goal is to help as many rowers as possible.  For the past 12+ years, he has been working with clients ranging from high-performing athletes with no limitations to clients transitioning out of injury. He strongly believes that no matter where you are currently, there’s always a way to improve. You aren’t broken. Blake has held internships with Stanford Sports Performance and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (voted the #1 gym in the USA). He spent 9 years coaching high school rowing and was the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Santa Clara University Men's Crew Team for 2 years. He is currently the Injury & Performance Management Consultant for the Los Gatos Rowing Club, and a board member & associate professor for the Personal Training Certificate Program at West Valley College. In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 02:59 - Competitive rowers - A growing demographic 05:30 - Rowing applications - Sculling and Sweep 08:48 - Programming for rowing clients 12:04 - Stick Mobility for improving rowing pelvic positioning and stroke 13:59 - Rowing - much more than an upper-body exercise. 15:08 - Measuring leg strength as a performance indicator 16:56 - Coordination 19:28 - Grip strength and rowing technique 26:15 - Tips and advice for beginner gym rowers 28:28 - Proper rowing back positioning  29:22 - Foot sequencing for efficient rowing 31:06 - Recommended strokes per minute ranges 32:48 - Breathing patterns and bracing 35:32 - Testing anaerobic capacity on a rower 36:32 - End range rowing mechanics 37:49 - Current projects 38:57 - Recovery More from Blake: https://www.instagram.com/rowing_strength/ https://www.rowingstrength.com/ https://scienceofrowing.com 


19 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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#49 Move Better, Get Stronger and More Resilient with Coach Ian Vaughn

Tune in to this week's podcast episode featuring Ian Vaughn. Coach Vaughn is from Palmdale, California. He is based at Viking Valhalla Training Center and provides professional one on one training for any goal. He has traveled all around the world learning from the best minds in the fitness industry and preaches his own craft before he teaches it. He’s a certified fitness and nutrition coach, StrongFirst Kettlebell instructor (SFGII), Flexible Steel, Stick Mobility, and is a steel mace & club specialist. Coach Vaughn utilizes unconventional training modalities which sync into a singular system that brings a new sense of awareness of how to move better, get stronger and more resilient in your life endeavors. He’s now published four ebook programs and a paperback book for steel mace training to better educate people around the world. In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 01:15 - Fire fighter training 02:44 - Kettlebells and Strong First Certification 04:28 - Body leveraging, power, and torque 06:02 - Moving with load for aesthetics 11:28 - Teaching the kettlebell swing 14:38 - Ian’s books and their target demographics 18:09 - Training approaches during the pandemic 19:15 - Training clients with Parkinson’s 21:50 - Farmer carries and grip strength 26:10 - Squat variations and their efficacy 34:54 - Stick Mobility single leg system 36:59 - Box gyms More from Ian: https://www.instagram.com/coach_vikingvaughn/ ttps://www.coachvaughn.net/


5 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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#48 The Neural Science of Exercise and Brain Health with Ryan Glatt

Check out this week's podcast episode featuring Ryan Glatt. Ryan is a psychometrist and brain health coach at the Brain Health Center at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute. With a strong background in exercise science and human health, he coaches individuals towards optimal brain health. Ryan develops curricula specifically targeted towards those with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and traumatic brain injury. He focuses his practice and research towards slowing cognitive decline for those with cognitive complaint and those who want to prevent neurodegenerative conditions. Ryan also develops programs for the health and fitness industry on health and neuroscience. He actively consults for brain-based technology companies like SMARTFit. He has completed brain health programs from the Amen Clinics, the NeuroCoaching Institute, the Neuroscience Academy, the NeuroLeadership Institute, Neuroscience for Coaches, and others on the topics of brain health, sleep, and mindfulness. Recently, Ryan has released the Brain Health Trainer course, which is the first comprehensive course to be released on the topic of brain health and exercise. In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 10:45 - Training brain health across age demographics 13:02 - Exercise and brain health benefits 17:47 - The FITT principal 20:15 - The goals of brain training 26:00 - Exercise prescriptions 30:58 - Rock climbing - The single best training modality for the brain? 34:41 - The removal of recess in schools and child cognition 39:55 - Cross lateralization movements 43:03 - Intentional understanding of movement training 48:09 - Stick Mobility and the Optimal Theory of Motor Learning 49:53 - Stick Mobility for brain health More from Ryan: https://www.instagram.com/glatt.brainhealth/ https://www.brainhealthtrainer.com https://www.acefitness.org 


29 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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#47 Strength, Mobility, and Endurance with Jared Forestieri

This week's podcast episode features Jared Forestieri. Jared is a Master Stick Mobility Instructor and Strength & Conditioning coach with nearly a decade of training experience. He is a former D-1 baseball player who transferred his passions for baseball into his own gym where he trains fellow athletes, as well as non-athletes, to achieve new heights in strength and mobility through small group functional training. In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 01:48 - Nuanced training approaches  04:05 - Recovery training 04:47 - Plyometric training 12:09 - Gym equipment 17:05 - Challenges of working with student athletes 19:05 - Performance testing 20:30 - Back squats - pros, cons, and alternatives 23:49 - Landmine training 27:42 - Circuit training for strength, cardio, and mobility 32:24 - Emerging trends in the fitness and business space 34:37 - The power of referrals 39:12 - Knees over toes 41:48 - Resisting ego 44:08 - Pistol squats and squat variations 48:11 - The Mac & Cheese Challenge More from Jared: https://www.instagram.com/jared_strongnj/


24 Mar 2021

Rank #5

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#46 Physical Activity: The Best Anti-Depressant/Anti-Anxiety with Dr. Mattu

This week's podcast episode features Dr. Ali Mattu. Dr. Mattu spent a decade treating panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania), skin-picking disorder (excoriation), tic disorder, and Tourette syndrome using cognitive behavioral therapy. He’s created over 150 videos for his YouTube channel, The Psych Show, which have been seen over 3.5 million times. Dr. Mattu is the co-host of PBS’s Self-Evident, an expert on Netflix + Vox’s The Mind Explained: Anxiety, HBO’s Doctor Commentaries, and A&E’s The Employables.  He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. Dr. Mattu received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mattu has been called a “forward thinker” in psychology, and was named one of The Mighty’s mental health heroes of 2015. His work has been described as “simple, thoughtful, and actionable.” Dr. Mattu lives in the San Francisco Bay Area In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 02:57 - The quickest, most effective, anti-depressant/anxiety prescription 06:34 - Gym intimidation factor 09:49 - Social psychology on exercise and support 10:54 - The physical and psychological benefits of walking 16:19 - Addressing inhibitions towards ‘the outdoors’ 20:31 - Understanding client passions, goals, and frustrations 22:24 - Motivational interviewing 27:10 - Changing your identity to change your behavior 33:37 - Stretching our environment to meet our goals 38:28 - Locking in healthy choices when its easy 40:27 - How to make changes without relational support 46:23 - Influencing others positively and effectively 47:56 - The challenges of the pandemic on mental health 55:57 - The importance of novelty in training and everyday life 59:00 - The 2-minute rule of behavioral change More from Dr. Mattu: https://alimattu.com/ https://www.instagram.com/alimattu/ The Psych Show | YouTube

1hr 3mins

15 Mar 2021

Rank #6

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#45 Interweaving Play and Traditional Training with Jeff Barton

This week’s podcast episode features Jeff Barton. Jeff is an Iowa native coach, gym owner (Surefire Fitness), and former touring rock star with the band ‘38th parallel.’ He has several years of fitness experience and a specialization in movement. He utilizes “play” as a primary training modality. His mission is to create a community excited about exercise again by moving well, training smart, and playing more. Some of Jeffs accolades include a BS in Kinesiology and Health, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, MovNat Level 1, and FMS Level 2. In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 04:37 - Interweaving play and traditional training 05:12 - Gamifying strength 08:00 - The developmental concept of 'Neoteny' 11:30 - The differences between play and sport 12:50 - "Play" programming objectives 13:58 - Working with older demographics 14:39 - The Surefire Fitness Gym 19:44 - Modifying game strategies post-pandemic 24:40 - Creative game education for  trainers 26:05 - Maintaining an open mind as a fitness professional 29:20 - Stick Mobility in the Mid-West More from Jeff: https://www.instagram.com/jeff.blue.tape/ http://www.surefire-fitness.com/


8 Mar 2021

Rank #7

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#44 Battle Ropes and Metabolic Pathways with Aaron Guyett

This week's podcast episode features Aaron Guyett. Aaron is a world-class trainer, coach, and educator with a wide array of skills that he brings to both mental and physical fitness. As a Living Fit Master Coach and Equinox Educator, he teaches battle ropes and metabolic pathway programming for power, strength, and endurance to athletes and coaches of all levels. He delivers uncompromising results to teams, units, organizations, and communities throughout the nation and world. Aaron is a husband, father, Living Fit Education Director, Marine Corps Training Chief, and founder of three companies (Battle Ropes Education, Leaders of Leaders, and Innovative Results-sold 2017). The combination of these different aspects of his life distinguishes him as a leader across multiple fields of life. His experience as a trainer and coach is unparalleled: Living Fit’s Education Director, Former Onnit Academy Master Coah, Team USA Kettlebell (Aaron holds four national records and is sixth in world competition), Founder of Battle Ropes Education, Founder of Leaders of Leaders, Founder of Innovative Results (sold 2017), Masters in leadership studies, CSCS, FRC mobility Specialist, to name a few of his accolades. In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 03:04 - Common misconceptions about Battle Ropes 05:32 - How important is form with Battle Ropes? 08:42 - Is training with ropes safe? 11:23 - Heart rate training with ropes 12:32 - Training breakdown - set/rest schemes for Battle Rope 13:46 - Breath regulation 14:42 - Rest-to-work ratio’s 17:17 - Battle Rope programming for the average client 22:18 - The intimidation factor of the ropes 23:46 - What’s the best rope size for the beginner? 25:57 - The ropes as a versatile tool for all demographics 28:55 - Battle Ropes certification course 30:14 - Inertia wave Vs. the Battle Rope 33:34 - Anchor point adjustments 37:47 - Battle Rope intra-set body positional changes 40:17 - Rope training carry over into kettlebell sport? 42:28 - Rope training frequency 46:00 - Innovative results gym - bringing recess back to adults 50:46 - Plans and future endeavors More from Aaron: https://www.instagram.com/aaronguyett/ https://www.instagram.com/battleropeexercises/ https://www.instagram.com/kbkliving.fit/ https://chooseourlegacy.com/blog


1 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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#43 Strength, Adaptation, and Development with Justin Kerley

This week's podcast episode features Justin Kerley. With over 15 years in the fitness industry, Justin has positioned himself as a top-tier trainer in the industry working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. He has a specialization in strength and mobility and is a former professional wrestler who has gone toe to toe with the likes of 'The Big Show' on national television. Justin is also a proud gym owner at 'Kerley's Fitness' which operates out of Fort Collins, Colorado. He has certifications in NASM CPT, USAW Barbell Lifting, Stick Mobility, Functional Range Conditioning, and more. He is also a group fitness instructor and Olympic lifting coach.   In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 04:00 - Training for professional wrestling 07:12 - A week in the life of a pro wrestler 10:54 - Mobility and the art of Jiu-Jitsu 13:20 -  Client discomfort with training from the floor 17:25 - Moving from California to Colorado and opening a gym 23:22 - Industry observations a year into the pandemic 26:40 - The surprising costs of opening a new facility 30:43 - Adapting and developing as a gym owner and new father 36:19 - Dream jobs 39:21 - Broadcast censorship 42:30 - Looking back on a professional wrestling career 45:22 - Unconventional training and play 53:57 - Superheroes and comic books More from Justin: https://www.instagram.com/kerleysfitness/ https://www.facebook.com/KerleysFitness https://www.kerleysfitness.com


15 Feb 2021

Rank #9

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#42 Optimizing The Human Movement System with Tony Ambler-Wright

Tune in to this week's podcast episode featuring Tony Ambler-Wright. Tony brings with him over 22 years of experience in the fitness industry, a Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) in Exercise Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He is also credentialed as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Tony is a Master Instructor and content strategist for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, national lecturer, and adjunct faculty member in exercise science programs at both the university and community college levels. He has spent his career working with a broad spectrum of clientele, ranging from stay at home moms and weekend warriors to professional and Olympic athletes. In this podcast we discuss: 00:00 - Intro 9:45 - Working with professional athletes 14:33 - Tony's current training schedule 16:38 - Tony's thoughts on Stick Mobility 17:12 - Training a champion polo player 26:56 - The foundations of the OPT Model 37:12 - Rep tempo schemes and volume 41:29 - Adaptation as a training focus 43:50 - Phases of the OPT model 48:32 - Application of the phases in programming 55:00 - Upcoming NASM/Stick Mobility webinar 55:49 - Exclusive NASM discounts to the Stick Mobility community 57:18 - CES Specialization 59:53 - Super Bowl Picks More from Tony: www.nasm.org Promo Code: STICKMOB35 - for a 35% discount on NASM CPT & Specialization Course

1hr 1min

8 Feb 2021

Rank #10