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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 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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Episode 87 – Jordan Love

Jordan Love is a Prepare Like A Pro strength & conditioning coach for Caulfield Grammarians FC (Womens). He has also worked at Carlton VFLW and Geelong Falcons FC.

Topics we discussed:

  • How his passion for S&C started
  • How he got into Geelong Falcons
  • The importance of experience for a developing S&C coach
  • What he learned from living with professional elite athletes
  • How he made connections to his mentors
  • Challenges in his career and what he learned

Players mentioned:

  • James Worpel
  • Will Day
  • Harrison Pepper
  • Harrison Jones
  • Dan Pfaff
  • Luke Boyd

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Episode 86 – Hal Marsden

Hal is currently the Head of Strength & Rehabilitation for Western Force FC.

Prior to Western Force, he was head of performance at Edge Training, performance and rehab coach at Melbourne Storm for 7 years being involved in two premierships and a former pro athlete.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  Things he would done differently when he started his career
  • 01:16  What hardwork looks like in athletes
  • 02:17  How he got to contact the heads of football clubs
  • 03:11  How he built his network and his mentors
  • 04:24  Challenges in his career and what he learned from them
  • 05:20  Highlights of his career

People mentioned:

  • Alex Corvo
  • Dean Benton
  • Lachlan Penfold
  • Dan PiPasqua
  • Adam Basil 
  • Neil Craig
  • Craig Bellamy

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Episode 81 – Tim Schmidt

Educating and developing players, coaches, and parents across Australia, Tim Schmidt’s primary focus is kicking, but also teaches all fundamental skills of Australian Rules Football.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00 How to hone your kicking skills
  • 01:11 Program for kids/player with coordination disorder
  • 02:44 Using games approach for teaching kids kicking fundamentals
  • 03:54 Advice to player rejoining AFL or an academy who has improved his muscle mass and skills
  • 05:18 How to get power without wheeling around to the side
  • 06:28 How to contact Kicking Dynamics

People mentioned:

  • Neil Craig
  • Steven Doyle
  • Callum Mills
  • Tadhg Kennelly
  • Josh Willoughby
  • Brett Kirk
  • Adam Goodes
  • Jude Bolton
  • Nic Fosdike
  • Nathan Buckley
  • Paul Roos
  • Michael Jordan
  • Bruce Lee
  • Chris Schmidt

Connect Instagram:
Tim Schmidt: https://www.instagram.com/timschmidt36/

Kicking dynamics: https://www.instagram.com/kickingdynamicsau/

Website: https://www.kickingdynamics.com.au/

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Episode 76 – Beatrice Devlyn

Beatrice Devlyn recently completed her Masters’s in Strength & Conditioning and has been working as a strength and conditioning coach for the last 3 years. She is the Head S&C for Subiaco’s women’s team in the WAFLW and recently joined our coaching team. Bea has been playing football for 17 years and played in the AFLW for both the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles.

Topics we discussed:

  • 00:00  Strong influencers as athletes and as a coach
  • 01:18  What her coaching sessions look like 
  • 02:08  What she did to get back to the footy system after recovering from an injury
  • 02:58  How to unite a team during preseason training
  • 04:03  Key habits to develop for young female footballers
  • 05:07  Fave inspirational quote

People mentioned:

  • Jason Johannisen 
  • Ryan Gaias 
  • Michelle Cowan 
  • Jan Cooper 
  • Alivia Del Basso 
  • Tami Jakobson 
  • Matthew Lester 
  • Kailey Payne 
  • Eric McKenzie
  • Hayley Miller 
  • Rebecca Yipp
  • Sophia Nimphius 

Connect with Bea: https://www.instagram.com/bea_devlyn/

Website: https://preparelikeapro.com/trainer/beatrice-devlyn-2/

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Meg HutchinsCategoriesBlog Coaches High Performance

Meg Hutchins – The Melbourne Female Footy Legend!

From the game of footy to the game of waves, Meg found her way back to Australian Football League (AFLW). Thanks to her non-stop playing footy. Her passion for sports started in her early teens when she had to play with her older brothers while being the water girl at the same time.

Her hard work and bravery were fundamental to her ascend as AFLW. Even this well-renowned player asks herself what has got into her making it from her small girl football dream towards her real-life occupation.

Patience and training were something she depended on. She never failed to discipline herself. Reaching 250 football games she definitely got what she deserved.

A Childhood Fantasy

Meg’s Football dreams started back when she was a kid. She practiced her skills out in their backyard. A young girl with big goals, the goal was to play for Collingwood. So much for a childhood fantasy coming into reality, she finally joined the Collingwood Football Club as the priority pick sometime in August 2016. The Magpies officially welcomed the brave footballer straight off as their playing operations manager.

Knowing her story of falling and eventually rising higher is worth a Sports Page casting. An Australian feat to succeed in Women’s Football has seen years of coaching, training, and winning. Her impressive career in Sports has reached the headlines as she was looked forward to during AFLW’s annual decorated seasons. She founded the idea of making dreams a reality and starting young is the key.

The struggle to move forward with her childhood fantasy was not as easy as that of a straight line. When she was left with no other option, she joined other sports like hockey and basketball. She even landed a seat as a famous rower of an 8-crew Victorian boat vying for the Australian championships. She just didn’t give up on her ambition. As destined to have it one way or another, she got her big break.

For The Wins

Meg Hutchins had her share of losses. The debut game she was picked for against rivals Carlton Blues. Her prior experience as a defender of her original team, the Eastern Devils of the Victorian Women Football League (VWFL) was tied to her role as co-captain. It was around this time when she was awarded the most coveted Helen Lambert Medal for being the best and the fairest player of the season. She was a 6-time All-Australian awardee and that speaks of how much she shines in her game.

This woman of grit, an athlete with a wide range of competitive experiences, won the VWFL Best First-Year Player for the year 2003. She was a goalkicker from 2005 up until 2008. She officially played her first AFLW season, the year of 2017. She signed with the same team the following year, 2018. She was not listed by Collingwood for the year 2019 as she expressed intent to retire the year before that. The resilience of an amazing woman made her mark. Soon after, she joined the Hawthorn Hawks in the VFLW league. 

A player by heart, every team she played with had only good things to say about her. She is a winner, not just in any game she plays, but by her attitude. She was a real defender who speaks well of the management, of the club owner, of the co-players she happens to work or play with. And that is the one thing that no other sports personality can beat. Coping up with trials and standing strong after a fallback is just sweet icing to her good deeds.

The world stage 

She crossed the AFL towards the international level as she played for her team against Ireland back in 2006. This 39-year-old goalkicker has helped Collingwood’s team and has contributed so much towards the development of the game. She was very vocal about her humility and gratitude towards the teams she played with.

Many have witnessed how she overworked in coaching and managing just as she played alongside her team members. This is something worthy of sharing with every aspiring athlete who is on the lookout to land a part of the most sought-after Women’s Football teams. 

Meg is a football veteran who will forever be remembered in the world of Women’s Football. Her inspirational story of overcoming challenges, and being a leader who faces any challenge head-on especially when on the field will definitely inspire others.

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Episode 54 – David Mirra

Our guest for Episode 54 of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast is David Mirra.

As a young player who was no longer eligible for junior football, Mirra joined Box Hill in the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 2010. In his first season with the club, he played just one senior game, spending the rest of the season playing in the development team which won the premiership. From 2011 onward, Mirra was a regular senior player for Box Hill. He became a solid and dependable defender and had been selected for the VFL in-state representative matches on three occasions. In 2013, Mirra led Box Hill to a grand final win after club captain, Daniel Pratt, was unable to play because of injury. He has been named in the VFL Team of the year four times and won the club best and fairest in 2016 having previously been runner-up on four occasions.

To the end of the 2019 season; Mirra has played 155 senior games for Box Hill and captained the side for four seasons from 2014 to 2017. He has captained the Box Hill Hawks in 78 matches, a club record.

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Guest Intro
  • 1:34 – His love for the game and fond memories of watching Essendon FC play and playing footy in the backyard with his dad
  • 4:04 – David journey as a later developer to some of his mates growing up
  • 7:42 – His mentors along his journey such as David Banfield, Brendon Bolton and his family (check out their awesome interviews in our podcast list!)
  • 7:55 – How he values hard work and persistence
  • 12:29 – Why sacrifice was crucial for his success
  • 14:41 – His insight into his approach on how to prepare for AFL football, including the training, recovery, and the mental side.
  • 16:27 – His approach to his development breaking it down into three key areas
  • 17:28 – The importance of living an elite lifestyle and leading by example
  • 21:17 – Why he chose to play for Boxhill and why he grew to love the club
  • 22:42 – The things that worked and haven’t worked throughout his career

People mentioned:

  • Mick Mirra
  • David Banfield
  • James Hird
  • Blake Caracella
  • Matthew Lloyd
  • Sam Blease
  • Brendon Bolton
  • Marcos Bellos
  • Max Bailey
  • Chris Newman
  • Ed Curnow
  • Sam Gibson
  • Sean Murphy
  • Sam Switkowski
  • Jarrad Rivers

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Prepare Like A Pro Features Paul Roos

#PrepareLikeAPro features the legendary Paul Roos in Episode 52 Podcast. In this blog post, we will learn more about this amazing person who was inducted into the AFL Hall Of Fame in 2005!

Paul Roos is a household name for the millions of Australians who follow the AFL; he had a storied career as a player and coach. Paul began his playing career at Fitzroy F.C. He finished it at Sydney Swans with 356 senior games, 5 Best and Fairest awards, 7 All Australian selections, and the 1986 Leigh Matthews Medal.

Roos was a dynamic key position player who was a strong mark and outstanding at ground level and was voted the best footballer in Australia during his heyday. In the latter years of the Fitzroy Lions’ existence, he was one of the team’s best players. He was chosen to Fitzroy’s Team of the Century at center halfback.

Aside from earning a well-deserved reputation as an AFL legend, senior coach, and AFL strength and conditioning coach, Roos has also made his mark as a well-respected corporate speaker, television personality, columnist, and author.

Roos grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Donvale, where he played junior football for Doncaster East’s Beverley Hills Football Club. From 1975 through 1981, he studied at Donvale High School. Roos was chosen to play for the Fitzroy Lions’ Under 19’s team since Beverley Hills was in Fitzroy’s recruitment zone.

In 2013, Roos was named head coach of the Melbourne Football Club. His performance model helped Melbourne transform from a struggling squad into a contender for the finals.

Roos’ passion for being a strength and conditioning coach helped him succeed with the Sydney Swans. His groundbreaking methodology to player feedback and appreciation was instrumental in establishing the fabled “Bloods Culture.” Roos led the Swans to their first championship in 72 years in 2005, marking the end of a 72-year title drought for the Sydney squad. 

This was Roos’ moment of glory, with over 92,000 spectators at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and hundreds of millions more following on television screens worldwide. The 2005 Australian Sports Coach of the Year, former 356-match AFL great, and Australian Hall of Fame figure had just watched the Swans rally to clinch the grand final with a nail-biting 58-54 victory over the West Coast Eagles.

Roos’ contributions to the Swans’ monumental victory could not be denied and was given its due during the post-match celebrations with former triple Hawthorn premiership player Peter Schwab saying, “The greatest strength in Roos’ coaching appears to be his ability to make a group of players believe that everything is about and for the team.”

The Roos’ Swans returned to the MCG on Grand Final Day in 2006 but were defeated by West Coast by a single point. That day, Roos’ genuine spirit was displayed when he accepted the loss in much the same way he had embraced triumph the year before—a sign of a true sportsman.

Roos accepted a summons halfway through the 2002 season to fill a vacancy for the senior head coaching position at the Swans, following an exceptional career as a player. After serving as a full-time assistant coach since 2001, he was promoted to the club’s senior coaching role for a three-year contract beginning in season 2003. He led the Swans to the playoffs in 2003, and his abilities were recognized when he was named AFL Coach of the Year.

After a legendary career with the old Fitzroy club—now called the Brisbane Lions—which included six seasons as captain, Roos joined the Sydney Cricket Ground-based Swans in 1995 and played 87 games for the club. He was a part of the Victorian representative team for ten years, two of them as captain, during his Fitzroy career. He was also named to the All-Australian squad seven times, including twice as captain.

Roos was runner-up in the Brownlow Medal—the AFL’s highest distinction for individual players—in 1986 after being third the year before. He was a very dynamic player with vast marking and kicking skills. In 1985 and 1988, he was also presented with the E J Whitten Medal, which is given to the best Victorian player in State of Origin football.

Roos took over as coach of the Swans Academy after stepping down as Swans mentor. He is the academy’s prominent voice and leader, tasked with guiding approximately 300 players. He also worked in the media, writing for the Herald Sun and doing match day analysis for Fox Footy, among other things. Between 2011 and 2013, he co-hosted On the Couch on Fox Footy with Gerard Healy and Mike Sheahan.

Following his time as Melbourne coach, Roos joined Triple M as a special commentator in November 2016 before returning to Fox Footy as an expert commentator, both of which he still holds.

In late 2013, he signed a three-year deal with the Melbourne Demons after receiving repeated inquiries from the team. He was successful in changing the fortunes of the struggling football club. He was credited for improving the Demons’ on-field fortunes; the team won four games in his first season, more than doubling their total from the previous season, and their percentage rose from 54.07 percent in 2013 to 68.04 percent in 2014. He also made good on his pledge that the club would be “the most difficult to play against.”

Roos retired from the Melbourne Demons at the conclusion of 2016, announcing his comeback to his media duties and resuming his extensive corporate speaking commitments.

When Roos retired from football after 16 years and 356 games (only 12 individuals had played more), he wrote a list of 25 things he wanted to do. “Coaching and playing had both positive and negative aspects for me. I wanted to remember what it felt like to be a player.” The list eventually became the foundation for his coaching style at both his stops in Sydney and Melbourne.

In interviewing Roosy on the Prepare Like A Pro podcast, what sticks out is how he displays and illustrates each of the ideas, as well as how he applied them over his decorated coaching career. The most intriguing aspect is the realization that in order to be a successful coach, Paul has had to recall what it was like to be a player.

Resources:

Paul Roos website
The Fordham Company

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