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Episode 184 – Luke Rooney

Luke is a former professional Rugby Union/League Player and currently the Founder of Rugby Pro Academy. He has a decorated career playing predominantly as a winger, a NRL premiership player for the Penrith Panthers, represented Australia 6 times and played 5 State of Origin games for New South Wales.

Luke has transitioned well from a pro athlete to coaching working in environments ranging from elite sport, high school and now running his own business Rugby Pro Academy, which helps Rugby players turn pro. Located in Melbourne Australia, he is dedicated to providing hands-on training to individuals who are interested in the field of Rugby and is dreaming to be a professional.

Highlights of the episode:

  • When he started to think about coaching as a career
  • Luke’s biggest challenges during his pro playing days
  • Why he turned a regular personal training business into Rugby Pro Academy
  • His biggest learnings from starting up a new business
  • How to keep up with social media to market your business

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Episode 182 – Tyson Popplestone

Tyson is the Founder of Relaxed Running. He has been involved in running and running based sports for many years. He ran for Australia, won one of Australia’s biggest 10,000m Road Race, the Victorian One Mile State Title and many more. 

He’s trained with distance running greats like Craig Mottram, and AFL greats like Sam Mitchell. With all of his running experience, he realized that nearly every running-based sport offered a generalized training program to athletes of all different fitness levels and player positions. With that in mind, he set out to combine high quality training programs with technique analysis to transform every athlete’s running.

Highlights of the episode:

  • Strong influencers of his running development and his current program
  • Common mistakes for running and why you need to relax your upper body when sprinting
  • Tips to be relaxed and perform at your best in an event
  • Relaxed running philosophy and why it has three tiers of progression
  • His favorite running distance for repeat speed

People mentioned:

  • John Quinn
  • Sam Mitchell
  • Mark Blicavs
  • Paull Roos
  • Tiger Woods

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Episode 181 – Valeri Stoimenov

Highlights of the episode:

  • What the program at Bendigo East High School looks like and their athlete selection process
  • How to break up athletes in big groups during their running drills
  • The reason why the Frans Bosch Methodology is getting popular nowadays
  • Valeri shares their strength training program
  • How he deals with athletes who are scared to try something new

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Episode 180 – Jarrod Wade

Jarrod is an experienced strength and conditioning coach and high-performance manager at Collingwood FC. Over his career, he has worked in Geelong FC, Essendon FC and South Sydney Rabbitohs in roles such as head of strength, sports science, and rehabilitation in football codes (AFL/NRL). Jarrod is a strong research professional with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) focused on Human Movement and has completed a master’s degree in Research into Strength and Power Profiling of Rugby League Athletes.

Highlights of the episode:

  • Considerations for loading in pre-season
  • Importance of chasing one key area of athletic development each week rather than all of them
  • Why GPS is not a good measure of training load
  • How to manifest energy when players are having it tough during their training block
  • Common mistakes when planning in-season performance work

People mentioned:

  • Tim Rogers
  • Julian Jones
  • Ross Smith
  • Dean Robinson
  • Paul Haynes
  • Suki Hobson
  • Wayne Bennett
  • Craig Mcrae
  • Steve Hocking
  • Neil Balme
  • Paul Devlin
  • Gregg Inglis
  • Dean Filopoulos
  • Mark Thompson

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Episode 179 – Selwyn Griffith

Highlights of the episode:

  • How he uses his osteopath experience for his rehab and conditioning philosophy
  • Importance of harnessing your top traits and skills
  • Trends he saw where rehabs don’t go well
  • Key areas footballers need to develop
  • How an osteopath can contribute to a footy team

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Episode 178 – Conor Daly

Highlights of the episode:

  • Tips to help strength & conditioning coaches find their passion in the fitness industry
  • The importance of the physical preparation program assisting the football game plan
  • The similarities and differences between rugby union, league and AFL
  • The factors to consider when prescribing strength & power sessions prior to field sessions
  • The importance of understanding the demands of the game style and how to develop physical qualities to enhance performance and mitigate injuries

People mentioned:

  • Blair Mills
  • Cameron Ferguson
  • Shane Lehane
  • Nick Henderson
  • Bryce Cavanagh
  • Sean Murphy
  • Alex Sakadjian
  • Nick Kane
  • Roy Keane
  • Will Snelling
  • Matt Guelfi

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Episode 176 – Ben Serpell

Ben is the Performance Coach at Geelong FC. With extensive experience working in elite environments across Europe and Australia, Ben has demonstrated success collaborating with a range of high performing teams and individuals in professional and international Rugby (Brumbies Rugby, NSW Waratahs, Munster Rugby, Gloucester Rugby, Wallabies), Australian Rules football (Port Adelaide Power, Geelong Cats), individual athletes (Ellyse Perry, Maitlin Brown), and high performance consultancy for physical, coach, and high-performance program development in Olympic Sports (Australian Institute of Sport, Cycling Australia, Australian Taekwondo)

Highlights of the episode:

  • Why you need mentors to develop you technically and sponsors to advocate for you
  • Doing lifting before running and how it boosts testosterone and energy
  • Building emotional resilience in AFL
  • What a good primer session for young athletes looks like
  • Recovery tips to help athletes mentally and physically recover after a football match

People mentioned:

  • Dean Benton
  • John Pryor
  • Frans Bosch
  • Harry Talor
  • Scott Murphy
  • Paddy Hogben

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