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Episode 96 – Nicholas Ruhl

Nicholas Ruhl is the Prepare Like a Pro strength & conditioning coach for Caulfield Grammarians FC (Mens). A​ qualified exercise physiologist, he is currently working at Keiser as an exercise scientist.

Highlights from the episode:

  • 00:10  How he learned to program training & what he learned that was not taught in uni
  • 00:55  How to make the most of internships
  • 01:55  What he writes down on his sessions
  • 02:45  What his typical day looks like as an exercise scientist at Keiser
  • 03:40  The difference between Keiser and gym / PT studio
  • 04:21  Career highlights and memories that he’s proud of

Connect with Nicholas:  https://www.instagram.com/ruhls.of.fitness/

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Episode 95 – Don Scott

The 300 gamer for Hawthorn, 3 time premiership player 2 of which as captain, inducted in AFL hall of fame, team of the century hawthorn fc and founder of the company operation payback which was instrumental in preventing Melbourne & hawthorn merging

  • 00:00  What successful leaders in the team should possess
  • 01:14  How he inspired footballers who looked up to him
  • 02:22  How he condition his mental side before the game
  • 02:57  Don’s challenges as a player
  • 03:48  Highlights of his career
  • 04:22  How he helped to prevent Hawthorn FC from merging to Melbourne FC in the ’90s

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CategoriesPLP Podcast Psych/Nutrition

Episode 94 – Pip Taylor

Pip is a former professional athlete and is currently engaged in a leadership position for public service, as well as providing expertise through her consultancy business. She was the former performance sports dietitian at Brisbane Lions. 

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  Intro
  • 00:09  Important things that athletes should focus on for their health and longevity in sport
  • 01:05  Things young athletes need to learn in their nutrition journey
  • 02:08  Influencers and mentors in her career
  • 02:50  How she upskills herself
  • 03:58  Pip’s fave inspirational quote
  • 04:42  Her work life pet peeves

Connect: https://www.instagram.com/piptpip/

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CategoriesPLP Podcast Psych/Nutrition

Episode 93 – Matt McGregor

Prior to this role, he worked for Hawthorn FC, Port Adelaide, Western Bulldogs, St.Kilda, Cricket Aus, and Olympic individuals/teams. Matt is an experienced Psychologist with an extensive history of working in the sports industry with individuals, teams, and organizations. He is skilled in Sports Psychology, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Sports Management, Coaching, and Performance Psychology. He has a strong community and social services professional with a Ph.D., Master’s degree, and Certificate of Practice in Clinical Neuropsychotherapy focused in Neuropsychotherapy from Medicos.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:09  People who influenced him early in his career
  • 00:45  Things footballers need to start practicing for their mental health
  • 01:55  Biggest challenges in his career
  • 03:09  Advice for dealing with trauma and self-care
  • 04:05  Highlights of his career
  • 05:16  Fave movie or tv series that impacted him

People mentioned:

  • Phil Hughes
  • David Williams
  • Lisa Stevens
  • Travis Boak
  • John Mccarthy
  • Hannah Davis
  • Shaun Burgoyne
  • Mark Anderson

Connect with Matt McGregor on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matt-mcgregor-8b541820/

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CategoriesMedical PLP Podcast

Episode 92 – Cameron Falloon

Prior to creating BFT, Cam worked as the rehabilitation coordinator at Geelong Cats, Physical Performance Manager at Western Bulldogs, and High-Performance Manager at Port Adelaide FC.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:09 When he started his passion for fitness
  • 01:21 His focus points on his rehabilitation
  • 02:14 His challenges and what he learned
  • 03:16 How he started Body Fit Training 
  • 04:21 Fave inspirational quote 

People mentioned:

  • Paul Chek
  • Andrew Russell
  • Garry Ablett
  • Andrew Rondinelli
  • Scott Patterson
  • James Merideth
  • Joel Mullen
  • Bohdan Babijczuk
  • Loris Bertolacci
  • Luke Meehan
  • Kevin Ball
  • Robert Aughey
  • Andrew Demetriou
  • Neale Daniher 
  • Rodney Eade
  • Matthew Thomas
  • Daniel Stewart
  • Matt Thomas

Connect with Cam:https://www.instagram.com/camfalloon/

Body Fit Training: https://bodyfittraining.com/

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CategoriesMedical PLP Podcast

Episode 91 – Tim Parham

Prior to Adelaide FC Tim has worked at a large range of elite sporting teams such as Arsenal, Port Adelaide, and GWS Giants.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  His biggest challenges and what he learned
  • 01:04  How he upskills himself
  • 01:52  What he notes down on athletes during the rehab process
  • 02:48  Do you have to lie to change an athlete’s mentality
  • 03:52  How often athletes stick to the rehab plan 100% 
  • 05:00  His pet peeves in work/life

People mentioned:

  • Scott Smith
  • Jack Hombsch
  • Mark Williams
  • John Quinn
  • Darren Burgess
  • Mark Fisher
  • Ian Mckeown
  • Kevin Sheedy
  • Stuart Graham
  • Chris Morgan
  • Tom Allen
  • Sam Wilson
  • Lachlan Wilmot
  • Nick Walsh
  • Arsene Wenger
  • Unai Emery
  • Travis Boak
  • Chad Cornes
  • Phill Davis
  • Petr Cech

Connect with Tim: https://www.instagram.com/timparham/

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Josh Fahey Prepare Like A Pros ambassadorsCategoriesBlog Elite Lifestyle Players Training Program

PLP Ambassador, Josh Fahey, Became a Giant

Josh Fahey, a Canberra native, was listed by the GWS Giants in the AFL draft, putting him one step closer to playing in the AFL.

Fahey, a national ambassador for Prepare Like A Pro and a Giants Academy product, was selected with pick 42 after GWS matched a Bulldogs bid.

The 18-year-old is a medium defender/winger with a dazzling left foot who enjoys taking the game on with his mastery of pace and speed. Fahey has been in the Giants’ system since he was a kid, and getting selected up by them is a dream come true for him.  Before the draft, he met with Leon Cameron, who informed him that he was in the club’s plans, and he’s trained with the club in Sydney a few times over the last two years. He “liked every second of it,” as one might expect.

“It seems like home,” Fahey remarked, “and there’s no else I’d rather be than here.”

Fahey, a high talent from outside the AFL heartland, played for the AFL Academy against the Geelong VFL team in April, collecting the MCC President’s medal for best on the ground; played five games for the Giants’ VFL side; and, of course, wore the yellow and black for his Queanbeyan Tigers.  He appreciates everything the Tigers have done to assist him in making the AFL list after coming through the Tigers program.

“They’ve done a lot for me during my career and are probably the main reason I’m where I am now,” Fahey said.

Growing up in Canberra’s rugby league heartland and playing for Queanbeyan, Fahey’s path to the AFL big time was everything but smooth. After his father transferred to the Gold Coast for employment in January of last year, he took a three-month break and played two games for the Suns Academy. After that time, it was unclear if Fahey would still be considered a Giants Academy player for AFL draft purposes when he returned to Canberra.

Before he sealed his credentials with a best-on-ground effort in a losing cause for the AFL Academy against Geelong’s VFL club, league officials signed off on his eligibility.

Fahey is a high-achieving junior who embodies the progress junior football has made in the ten years since the Giants Academy was founded. Despite this, Fahey believes it is still more difficult to break into the AFL from Canberra than it is from the footy-heavy states south of the Barassi-line.

“You don’t get noticed as much,” he stated, “but some people don’t get the same opportunity as others in larger states, so it’s quite humbling to be able to receive this opportunity.”

“There’s a lot of strong talent going through the Academy in Canberra and the Riverina area, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw a lot more draftees come out of the area.”

And now that his number has been summoned, the sprightly rebounding defender should expect things to go swiftly.  His goal for pre-season is to put in a good chunk of work in preparation for his AFL debut next season.

“Hopefully next year I have the opportunity,” he said. “It would be fantastic to debut here in front of my local audience and family.”

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PLP Ambassador Nick Daicos Got Drafted with MagpiesCategoriesBlog Elite Lifestyle Players

PLP Ambassador, Nick Daicos, Got Drafted with Magpies!

Nick Daicos is one of the most well-known prospective AFL players in the 2021 draft. The son of legendary Magpies ace Peter and brother of Collingwood star Josh, Nick is one of Prepare Like A Pro’s esteemed national ambassadors.

Daicos is undoubtedly one of the most well-known draftees in football history, given his popularity on social media and heightened focus on the talent pipeline. Daicos, potentially the league’s first father-son selection ever, has already signed a four-year contract, has an endorsement deal with Nike, has over 50,000 Instagram followers, is known by a moniker “Whisper” (his social media account username), is stopped for pictures on the street frequently draws hundreds of supporters to his NAB games. Add to that he’s going to one of the country’s biggest clubs, which just had its worst season in more than two decades, and the attention on Daicos is entirely understandable.

This is Nick Daicos, a basketball-smitten, Fortnite-playing youngster navigating COVID-19 challenges during the most crucial year of his young career. All while being the white hope for Collingwood, a classy midfielder with pinpoint finesse, an incredible work ethic, a thirst for the ball, a star mentality, and a talent for the goal that is in his genes.

The elder Daicos is still remembered as a Pies hero, a 250-game standout who scored 549 goals and led them to their first-ever premiership in 1990. Daicos was known as the ‘Macedonian Marvel’ for his incredible goal-scoring feats and football prowess. The 60-year-old, who deals in real estate development, is now a proud father.

“When I was younger, I’d search him up on YouTube and have a look at a few of his goals,” Nick said in an interview with AFL’s website. “He’s the last person who would say, ‘Hey, look at this clip of me!’, but we are all so proud of dad.”

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said Daicos would have been selected for round one if he had been on the list after working with the Pies twice a week as part of the club’s father-son program in February.

“There’s no disputing his absolute talent. He already looks strong, quick, low to the ground – the Daicos trait. Very powerful. Left foot, right foot. Talent-wise there’s no question. Effort, attitude-wise he looks really good,” Buckley said.

All father-son possibilities pique interest, but when you combine Collingwood’s troubles and Daicos’ form in 2021, he becomes a national figure. However, as the year progressed, Daicos was undecided about nominating for the Pies or joining the open draft. In February, Daicos, his parents, and D’Orazio met with Collingwood football manager Graham Wright, who explicitly confirmed the club’s intention of signing him.

“At the moment, I’m up for grabs for anyone. I’m so driven by team success. I want to win two, three, or four flags. That’s my aim. I feel like I’ve got to make the decision that’s right for me, I don’t feel pressure to nominate as a father-son. I’ve worked hard to get into this position and hopefully, it pans out that I do get to Collingwood and I’m really liking the club. But I’m stuck in the middle and not sure what I’ll do or where I’ll go,” said the younger Daicos.

He also confirmed his desire to play with his brother and be recognized as the top draft pick.

“The pro is I’d love to play with Josh. To play with your brother at the highest level would be a dream come true. That’s the main thing for me to go there. Against would probably be that I really want to be the No.1 draft pick. That’s my aim but if I’m a father-son it could stop that. A lot of people will say, ‘It’s just a pick’ which is definitely fair enough but it’s also a really good representation of the hard work that’s been put in.”

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Episode 90 – Josh Growden

Josh Growden was drafted by the GWS GIANTS. However, a broken leg and two hip operations cut his career short. With a fresh outlook on life, he decided to take up punting with Prokick Australia. Here he earned a scholarship to one of the biggest football colleges in the United States – LSU.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00 Influencers in his junior ranks
  • 00:36 Difference in the US and Aussie footy preparation
  • 01:34 His favorite types of kicks for developing footballers
  • 02:31 How he created The Kicking Consultant
  • 03:43 Tips for kicking on wet weather
  • 04:33 Common mistakes on kicking

People mentioned:

  • John Quinn
  • Tim Parham
  • Mark Williams
  • Dylan Shiel
  • Adam Treloar
  • Jeremy Cameron
  • Allan Mconnell
  • Phill Davis
  • Tom Scully
  • Luke Power
  • Trent Mckenzie
  • Chad Cornes
  • Kevin Ball
  • Nathan Chapman

Connect with Josh:https://www.instagram.com/thekickingconsultant/

The Kicking Consultant: https://www.thekickingconsultant.com/

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Episode 89 – Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary is the Prepare Like A Pro strength & conditioning intern for Glenorchy FC (looking after the senior Men’s program). He is also a business owner of Tom Cleary Coaching an online program for men and has a Bachelor of Health & physical education.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  His shift from going to be a physio to physical preparation 
  • 01:10  How he started at Collingwood FC while having his degree
  • 02:02  Mentors and people who helped him in his career
  • 03:03  Key relationships within the program for a rehab coordinator role 
  • 03:45  Methods to build resilience for developing footballers
  • 05:00  Fave inspirational quote or life motto

People mentioned:

  • Daniel Jones
  • Martyn Girvan
  • Ben Shipperd
  • Dean Filopolous 
  • Josh Humphries
  • Dan Meehan
  • Jona Segal
  • Dave Sobey
  • Alex Moore
  • Dan Pfaff
  • Stu Mcmillion
  • Matt Turnbull
  • Kobe Bryant 
  • Craig Purdham

Connect: https://www.instagram.com/matty_ferraro/

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