Strength Conditioning Evolution SuccessCategoriesHigh Performance PLP Podcast

Episode 23 – Daniel Baker

Unlocking Athletic Potential: The Dan Baker Story

In the realm of Strength Conditioning Evolution Success, few names carry as much weight as Dan Baker, the current President of the Australian Strength Conditioning Association. With a career spanning over two decades, Dan’s journey from being the Strength and Power Coach for the Brisbane Broncos to his current role as a leading figure in the industry is nothing short of inspiring. In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast, I am speaking to Daniel Baker, President of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, Strength and Power Coach for the Brisbane Broncos for 20 years, and has a Ph.D. Strength Conditioning Evolution Success is a powerhouse in the S&C world. Dan has been working in the field since the beginning. He spoke to Jack about training back before there were S&Cs and gave advice for older athletes who want to prolong their careers.

Dan can be found on Instagram: @danbakerstrength_

Early Years and Passion Discovery

Dan discovered his passion for strength and conditioning at 15, a time when structured programs were rare. His early training involved unconventional yet challenging routines.

From Self-Training to Mentorship

Dan’s narrative shifts to his early years of being his coach when the profession was virtually nonexistent. The post explores how Dan’s perspective on strength training evolved as he encountered mentors, including a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, and began lifting weights that seemed unfathomable at the time.

Powerlifting and Paradigm Shifts

Dan’s exposure to powerlifting is explored, emphasizing the transformative effect of witnessing athletes lift monumental weights, pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible. This segment highlights the importance of role models and mentors in shaping an individual’s approach to strength training.

The Growth of Strength Coaching

A turning point in Dan’s career came with the growth of strength coaching in elite sports. The post explores the era when teams started investing in dedicated strength coaches, leading to a professionalization of the field. Dan shares insights into how this shift paved the way for the Australian Strength Conditioning Association and its subsequent success.

Nurturing Future Champions

Dan’s legacy lies in his work with young athletes. The post highlights his emphasis on early movement competency in children, underlining the importance of proper form before introducing loaded exercises. Dan’s philosophy is explored, emphasizing the long-term impact a good coach can have on a young athlete’s trajectory.

Adapting to Change: Training During a Pandemic

The narrative takes an unexpected turn as Dan shares his experiences training during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stranded in Bali due to travel restrictions, Dan reflects on the challenges and adaptations in his training routine. This segment adds a contemporary touch to the story, showcasing how even industry veterans navigate unforeseen challenges.

The Future of Strength and Conditioning

As the post concludes, it explores Dan’s views on the future of strength and conditioning. With the landscape shifting due to the pandemic, Dan provides insights into the changes in course delivery for strength coaches. The narrative touches on the potential of online courses and the resilience of the strength and conditioning community.

Key Takeaways

The post wraps up with key takeaways from Dan Baker’s journey, emphasizing the evolution of the strength and conditioning profession, the importance of mentorship, and the enduring impact a dedicated coach can have on athletes.

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CategoriesHigh Performance PLP Podcast

Episode 22 – Tim Gabbett

In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast I am speaking to Tim Gabbett has 25 years of experience working as an applied sports scientist for professional athletes from a range of sports. In this episode, Jack and Tim talk about Tim’s early days following his dad around while he trained athletes and the lessons that he learned from observing. Tim gives advice for how younger athletes can read their bodies better, how older athletes can prolong their careers, and the complexities of applying ACWR theory to athletes with chronic pathologies.

Tim can be found on Instagram: @gabbetttim

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CategoriesPLP Podcast Psych/Nutrition

Episode 21 – Luke McDonald

In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast, I am speaking with Luke McDonald, Sports psychologist for the Boxhill Football club. Luke is well experience working in the clinic and athletes for both recovery & performance preparation. We discussed with Luke his love for helping others with athletic pursuits and health. Mentor’s along his journey from his father Barry Mitchell to past peers at the Sydney Swans. Tom provided insight into his approach to assisting footballers with mental tools to help to cope with performance anxiety. The importance of understanding everyone is different and not one approach suits all.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Luke career journey from start to now
  • His mindset and the importance of hard focused work
  • His business leading psychology and what he does to help others
  • The challenge of 2020 and how he coped with it personally and helped his clients to cope
  • The lessons learned from the experience of valuing life balance
  • The importance of working on your strengths and making the best they can be
  • What has worked and what has and hasn’t throughout his career

People mentioned:

  • Max Bailey
  • Damian Mascitti
  • Josh Deluca
  • Vincent Adduci
  • Dylan Vizzarri
  • Daniel Napoli
  • Sam Mitchell

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CategoriesCoaches PLP Podcast

Episode 20 – Ben Darwin

In this episode of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast I am speaking to Ben Darwin the director of Gain Analytics a high-performance analytics.

Ben Darwin is one of the most experienced analytics coaches in Australia. In this episode, Ben and Jack talk about how to get into the field of elite sport and Ben shares his experiences as a pro athlete, coach, and then analytic.
They discuss the importance of how important team cohesion is in elite sport and how data analysis can help guide performance.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Who Ben is (Pro athlete & coaching background, education, and current role)
  • Why business choice
  • Role in high-performance sport
  • The value of analytics in a team sport
  • Importance of team cohesion & how to measure it

People mentioned:

  • Chris Judd
  • Damian Hardwick
  • Paul Roos

Ben can be found on Instagram: @ben.darwin

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CategoriesPlayers PLP Podcast

Episode 19 – Hayden Mclean

Hayden Mclean is the AFL Forward for Sydney Swans FC. Definitely check this chat out we dive into some topics any football fan, footballer or staff member needs to hear.

Connect with Hayden
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hayden_mclean_/

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CategoriesHigh Performance PLP Podcast

Episode 18 – Harry Simington

In Episode 18 of the Prepare Like A Pro Podcast, I speak with Harry Simington
Harry is is a former semi-professional Australian Rules Footballer who last played for The Gold Coast Suns in the NEAFL. He is currently a strength and conditioning coach for one-on-one football.

We covered the following topics:

  • Practical tips to help developing footballers improve their physical and skill development
  • How to deal with setbacks whether be due to injury or form slumps
  • Harry’s passion for coaching and his drive to continue to improve
  • How to manage to focus on your football career while pursuing other avenues like study and work
  • His mentors and methods to improve his knowledge and management skills
  • The work he’s doing for one on one football and the exciting things ahead

Connect with Harry

Book a session with Harry
https://www.oneononefootball.com.au/

Connect with Harry
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harry_simington/

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CategoriesPlayers PLP Podcast

Episode 17 – Josh Deluca

Josh is is a former professional Australian Rules Footballer who last played for the Carlton Football Club in the AFL. He is currently playing for the Boxhill Hawks in the VFL.

We covered the following topics:

  • Practical tips to help developing footballers improve their physical and skill development
  • We discuss culture and what successful teams do well
  • Josh’s passion for football and his drive to continue to improve
  • Leadership the do’s and don’ts from leaders in footy
  • His mentors and methods to improve his knowledge and management skills
  • Daily practices to improve athleticism and how he prepares for a football game

Connect with Josh
Instagram: www.instagram.com/josh.deluca/

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CategoriesHigh Performance PLP Podcast

Episode 16 – Ian Mckeown

Mackers is currently the Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide FC where he leads an impressive group of sports medicine, sports science, and strength and conditioning professionals. Ian is now heading into his 9th season within the AFL at Port Adelaide having previously worked as the Head of Athletic Development.

Originally from Northern Ireland where he worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the Sports Institute for Northern Ireland, he headed to Australia in 2009 to coach at the Australian Institute of Sport and to complete his Ph.D. on power development and movement ability in junior athletes.

We covered the following topics:

  • Practical tips to help developing footballers improvise their athleticism
  • The assessment of athletic development and movement ability
  • Ian’s passion for coaching and ensuring the rigour of performance science is utilised
  • His mentors and methods to improve his knowledge and management skills
  • Daily practices to improve athleticism and on-field performance.

People mentioned:

  • Phil Moreland
  • Jason Cripps
  • Kelvin Giles
  • David Pyne
  • Stuart Graham
  • David Martin
  • Nick Richardson
  • Tim O’Leary
  • Daniel Rogers
  • Sam Hayes

Connect with Ian
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ian.mackers/

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CategoriesHigh Performance PLP Podcast

Episode 15 – David Watts

David is Elite Level Strength and Conditioning coach from Brisbane Australia. He is currently employed as strength & conditioning coach at Melbourne football where he manages the Strength & Power program.

We covered the following topics:

  • Practical tips for developing footballers
  • David’s experience at Queensland Academy of Sport
  • Physical preparation of the athletes of different sports: similarities and differences
  • His mentors and strategies he has done to help him continue to create career opportunities
  • How does David manage to keep his players strong and resilient during a lockdown

Definitely check this chat out we dive into some topics any football fan, footballer or staff member needs to hear.

Connect with Dave
Instagram: www.instagram.com/davewattsau/

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Episode 14 – Kayne Johns

Kayne discusses his passion for the competition started as an athlete competing in swimming at a national level.

We discuss how he came to work at the Melbourne football club, the differences in methods for elite female footballers to elite men.
How he managed to cope during the AFL Covid cuts and what he’s doing now!

Book an appointment: preparelikeapro.com/trainer/kayne-johns/

Connect with Kayne John’s
Instagram: instagram.com/kaynejohns?utm_medium=copy_link

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