My name is Jack McLean and I’m the founder of Prepare Like a Pro. I have worked in the fitness industry for my entire life. I love training athletes so that they can reach their professional goals and become the best sportspeople that they can possibly be.
My foray into the fitness industry began in high school when I worked as a swimming teacher for adults. After finishing school, I completed my personal training certificate with the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers. As soon as I started working, I loved the motivation of my clients as they strived to learn and improve themselves.
As a young adult, I played football at Caulfield Grammarians and oversaw the team's pre-season program. I enjoyed coaching the football players to become better athletes for sport, not aesthetics.
As my career progressed, I became interested in Crossfit. Crossfit is a physically demanding sport from which I learned not just how far I could push myself, but about the importance of rest and recovery. By attaining this elite level of athletic performance, I understood how to listen to my body and learned how crucial it is to have a well-balanced program.
For the last five years, I have combined my interest in strength and conditioning with my passion for football and have been working, first at the Box Hill Hawks Football Club and then Hawthorn Football Club. For the last two years, I took on a role as the Development Strength & Conditioning Coach at Hawthorn Football Club and the High-performance Manager at Box Hill Football Club.
All aspects of my professional experience have fed into the creation of Prepare Like a Pro. My approach to athletic performance is one of mindset–recovery–nutrition and I apply this in everything that I do.
Develop your eating, mental & recovery behaviours through private zoom consultations with Jack.
Develop your lifting & running technique to help develop your athleticism & reduce liklihood of injuries.
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I have a passion for developing all athletes to be the best they can be. Through my love of sport, particularly AFL, I developed a passion for strength and conditioning. I played at TAC Cup and VFL level in my late teens to early 20s, gradually transitioning to becoming a full-time strength and conditioning coach.
My diverse industry experience, involving years of hands-on mentorship and a personal journey filled with multiple significant injuries, has culminated in a unique perspective. From this, I have the experience and know-how to help athletes of any level reach their full physical potential.
Get football-fit with Dylan. His experience playing at a high level gives Dylan a special insight into understanding what athletes endure to realise their potential.
Become strong and powerful with Dylan
I have worked in the elite performance sector for nearly 7 years. All of this time has been spent at Melbourne Football Club in both the men’s and women’s teams. In particular, I have been the Head of Performance for the Melbourne AFLW program since AFLW commenced.
Q&A with Kayne Johns
I have a passion for developing all athletes to be the best they can be. Prior to working at Melbourne, I was a swimmer of 15 years, competing at the national level. I love hard work and challenging my athletes to get the most out of their body and mind.
I have completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and I am an accredited strength coach.
Get football-fit with Kayne, field-based conditioning is his specialty.
Kayne's experience at the AFL as a sport scientist allows his analysis to give the athlete he works with a competitive edge.
Like most S&C coaches, I’m a failed athlete, having tried my hand at everything from motocross racing to golf. Once it became clear that I was never going to make it as an athlete, my focus turned to being involved with sport at the highest level. S&C was the obvious answer.
The Prepare Like a pro Podcast episode 24 a live Q+A with Ben
After completing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science and a master’s degree in High Performance Sport, I have spent the last 6 years working in elite football programs, including the VFL, VFLW, AFL and AFLW. I been responsible for all facets of the strength & conditioning programs, from rehabilitation, to conditioning, to strength and power, to sports science and load management. I currently work for the St Kilda Football Club as the strength & conditioning manager for the AFLW team. I am passionate about developing robust and powerful athletes and enabling them to become the best players they can be.
Get football-fit with Ben, field-based conditioning is his specialty.
Ben's experience at the AFL as a high-performance manager allows his testing and workouts to give the athlete he works with a competitive edge.
I have worked as a trainer and coach for the last 2 years and am currently completing my exercise sport science degree. Work in this field is the culmination of a lifetime passion for strength and conditioning and all things performance related.
After my own football career was cut short from injury I particularly enjoy injury prevention and helping athletes perform their best. I emphasise a holistic approach to health and performance and love seeing people’s improvement when they realise nutrition, sleep, stress and recovery are just as important as the work they do on the track or in the gym!
Get football-fit with Tom. His experience playing at a high level and having a sub 3 hour marathon gives Tom a great understanding of hard training and how to manage athletes to push their limits while limiting break down.
Become strong and powerful with Tom
How Tom managed coming back from 2 ACL reconstructions
- How he prepared to get a sub 3 hour marathon and how he’s finding working at Geelong as a intern
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