OPEX Podcast - Fitness Explained
#085 - Enda King

#085 - Enda King

December 6, 2019


Enda King PhD MSc has over 15 years experience working as a Sports Physiotherapist with athletes and coaches across a spectrum of sports and disciplines. Currently, he is Head of Performance Rehabilitation with Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin, Ireland.

Enda completed his BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in Trinity College, Dublin and MSc Manipulative Therapy in Curtain University in 2009. Graduating with distinction Enda returned home and has focused his work in the Sports Surgery Clinic in Ireland around cutting edge methodology for hip and groin injury prevention and rehabilitation. In early 2019 he completed his PhD through the University of Roehamption in London exploring the influence of 3D Biomechanical analysis on outcomes after ACL reconstruction. Through his base at the renowned Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin Enda combines his clinical and research work through the use of 3D biomechanics and high-level residential rehabilitation to optimize performance and an efficient recovery after injury. He has worked with athletes and consulted for teams across a wide variety of disciplines including rugby, soccer, AFL, NFL, UFC, boxing, jockeys and GAA. His greatest areas of expertise lies within hip and groin related, as well as knee / ACL rehabilitation, and he is committed to performing innovative research to develop robust methods for injury prevention and rehabilitation in elite sport. Enda has over 20 peer-reviewed publications and regularly travels to speak at international conferences on groin injuries, ACL Return To Play and Return To Performance After Injury. Enda also authored the hip and groin chapter in “Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation”.

Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website: enda-king.com

Website – sportssurgeryclinic.com

Facebook – Sports Surgery Clinic Santry

Twitter - @SSCSantry

Instagram – sscsantry

Books Mentioned:

Everything is Fucked

Podcast Mentioned:

Pacey Performance Podcast #166 - Enda King (Head of Performance at the Sports Surgery Clinic)

Physioedge Podcast #032 How to rehabilitate ACL Injuries with Enda King

Physioedge Podcast #034 Advanced ACL Rehabilitation with Enda King

Sigma Nutrition Radio #194: Daniel Davey – Applied Performance Nutrition for Team Field Sports

OPEX Podcast: #065 - Daniel Davey Head of Sports Performance Nutrition w/ Leinster Rugby, CEO of Foodflicker

People and Resources mentioned:

Martin Kennedy

Trinity College

Curtain University

University of Roehamption


Raheem Sterling

Daniel Davey

Danny Lennon

David Pope

Ray Dalio

Al Vermeil

Jordan Peterson

Mark Manson

Pat Davidson

Lee Taft

Viktor Frankl 



0:00 – 7:56 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Enda to about his background

7:57 – 15:47 - Robbie asks Enda about the process of individualising rehabilitation

15:48 – 23:09 - Robbie asks Enda if he feels that there can be an over emphasis on the biomechanical model within rehab?

23:10 – 31:55 - Robbie asks Enda about building trust and sustainability in the rehab process

31:56 – 39:23 - Robbie asks Enda about how an injury can lead to a self-identity crisis?

49:24 – 45:43 - Robbie asks Enda how his role at the sports surgery clinic has led to him attaining a deep sense of meaning

45:44 – 47:11 Robbie wraps up the show!

#084 - Lee Taft

#084 - Lee Taft

November 29, 2019


Known to most simply as “The Speed Guy”, Lee is regarded as one of the top athletic movement specialists in the world. Over the past 30 years he has devoted most of his time training multi-directional speed to all ages and ability. He has been the ‘go to’ speed training expert for everyone from NFL organizations and Wimbledon champions to up and coming youth athletes.

He’s a sought-after presenter, sharing multi-directional speed methods at Perform Better events, the MLB, the NFL Combine Seminar, the NBA Strength & Conditioning Coaches Workshop and hundreds of other events. 

But above all else, Lee is a teacher and coach and his in-the-trenches, proven protocols for developing faster athletes, made specifically for coaches are game changers and will finally give you the speed development system you need.


Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website – leetaft.com

Facebook – Lee Taft

Twitter - @LeeTaft

Instagram – leetaft

YouTube – Lee Taft Athletic Consulting

Podcast - Complete Sports Performance Podcast

Books Mentioned:

Make it Stick


Lee’s Book Recommendations

Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches - Based on My Life in Sports Medicine

The Athletic Skills Model

The Anatomy Coloring Book

People and Resources mentioned:

Gale Sayers

Michael Jordan


Bill Hartman

Mike Boyle

Al Vermeil

Cal Dietz

Chris Korfist

Frans Bosch


Shawn Myszka

Newells – Model of Constraints

JB Morin

Stu McGill

Ryan Lee

Lee Taft’s Low Box Training for Athletes

John Wooden

Phil Jackson

Steve Jobs

Kobe Bryant

Scottie Pippen


Galileo Galilei

Michael Jordan

Dennis Rodman

Michael Phelps

Eric Cressey

Tom Myslinski

Dave Puloka

Ken Ford


Brendan Egan

Joe Gomes

The Venus Project

Jacque Fresco

Roxanne Meadows

Elliot Hulse

Vern Gambetta

Pat Beith

Athletes Acceleration 


0:00 – 6:35 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Lee about his background

6:36 – 9:42 - Robbie asks Lee about the application process for his mentorship program

9:43 – 15:09 - Robbie asks Lee for his thoughts on optimizing a learning environment for the development of linear and multi-directional speed

15:10 – 21:24 - Robbie asks Lee how he diagnoses a movement issue with an athlete?

21:25 – 26:26 - Robbie asks Lee if he thinks that some coaches over prescribe strength training to “fix” speed deficits?

26:27 – 35:39 - Robbie and Lee discuss how training modalities, nutritional inputs, and mental coping strategies that were beneficial at a certain time point in an individual’s life, can end up be detrimental at another time point in an individual’s life.

35:40 – 42:15 - Robbie asks Lee for his thoughts on as been known as the “Speed Guy”

42:16 – 52:22 - Robbie asks Lee for his model for coaching linear and multi-directional speed

52:23 – 54:49 - Robbie asks Lee how he deals with mechanical issues with his athletes?

54:50 – 1:00:44 - Robbie and Lee talk about how a lot of Lee’s work is very similar to that of Frans Bosch’ work

1:00:45 – 1:01:44 - Robbie asks Lee what is he currently reading?

1:01:45 – 1:03:36 - Robbie asks Lee how he learns?

1:03:37 – 1:10:32 - Robbie asks Lee, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:10:33 – 1:16:32 - Robbie asks Lee where people can find out more about him and his work, and what he has going on in 2020?

1:16:33 – 1:18:31 - Robbie wraps up the show!

#083 - Keith Norris and James Fitzgerald

#083 - Keith Norris and James Fitzgerald

November 22, 2019

Keith's Bio:

Keith Norris is a former standout athlete and military veteran.  He is an elite strength and conditioning specialist and habit change expert with over 40 years of in-the-trenches experience.  As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is a co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo platform in the world, Paleo f(x).  As well, Keith is the CEO of Phoenix Equipment Group, LLC, and a founding member of ID Life, a company whose mission is health and lifestyle optimization. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness and personal development blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice, and is the author of The Five T’s, the art of goal setting and continual improvement.


Keith's Websites and Social Media Links:

Website – paleofx.com

Facebook – Paleo f(x)

Twitter - @PaleoFX

Instagram - paleofx

YouTube – Paleo f(x)

James' Bio:
The guy that paints the picture, James is the founder of OPEX (Formerly OPT) and The International Center for Fitness. When not coaching, he’s a full-time husband, father and fitness athlete. His 20+ years of experience and service as a strength coach/technician, tireless practice on refining energy system work, nutritional and lifestyle balancing techniques and training of other coaches has made OPEX a sought after method of bringing fitness to a Higher Order.

James has found a desire and passion to understanding fitness through assessment, testing, research, programming and more. He has had many years experience as an athlete from early childhood into adulthood, from playing top level soccer, short and long distance running to CrossFit where he was crowned “The Fittest on Earth”, Winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games.

James' Websites and Social Media Links:

Website – OPEXfit.com

Facebook – OPEX Fitness

Twitter - @OPEXFitness

Instagram - opexfitness

YouTube – OPEX Fitness


Books mentioned:

Homo Sapiens

Homo Deus

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

The Singularity Is Near

Adaptation in Sports Training

Dream On


Resources and People mentioned:

OPEX CCP – Level 1

Tom O’Bryan

Andy Galpin

Joseph Mercola

Chris Poirier

Mark Sisson

Robb Wolf

Ben Greenfield


Health Optimisation Summit

Dave Asprey

Joel Kahn 


Shawn Baker

Mikhaila Peterson

Gabrielle Lyon 

Palmer Event Center

Michelle Norris


Mike Boyle

Certified Functional Strength Coach

Brett Bartholomew

Dan Baker

Mike Young 

Loren Cordain

JJ Virgin

Reed Davis



0:00 – 5:25 – Robbie intros the show and asks Keith to introduce himself? 

5:26 – 10:45 - James asks Keith about the genesis of Paleo f(x)

10:46 – 18:40 - James asks Keith how he is measuring the impact Paleo f(x) is having?

18:41 – 22:06 - James asks Keith if Paleo f(x) appeals to the educator or consumer?

22:07 – 26:05 - James asks Keith how he communicates the true meaning of Paleo?

26:06 – 31:09 - James and Keith discuss biohacking

31:10 – 42:20 - James asks Keith how he decides who will present at Paleo f(x)?

42:21 – 53:32 - James asks Keith what his goals are for paleo f(x) 2020?

53:33 – 56:10 - Robbie asks Keith if he kept the napkin that he and Michelle wrote out the vision for Paleo f(x)?

56:11 – 57:35 -  Robbie asks Keith if he and Michelle both have the same genetic predisposition for the Apoe-4 gene allele?

57:36 – 59:00 - Robbie asks Keith if he thinks the name Paleo could limit Paleo f(x) mission going forward?

59:01 – 1:02:40 - Robbie asks Keith about the details for Paleo f(x) 2020?

1:02:21 - 1:03:21 - Robbie wraps up the show!

#082 - Mike Robertson

#082 - Mike Robertson

November 15, 2019

Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (IFAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. IFAST has been named one of the Top 10 Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine numerous times, as was also a fitness award winner by Women’s Health Magazine.

Over his 20-year coaching career, Mike has worked with athletes from every major professional sport including all-stars in both the NBA and MLS. He also serves as a writer, speaker, consultant and educator across the fitness industry.

Show Notes:

Website: robertsontrainingsystems.com

Website: ifastuniversity.com

Facebook: Mike Robertson

Instagram: robtrainsystems

Books Mentioned:

Everything is Fucked

Man’s Search for Meaning

Podcasts Mentioned:

The Percent Happier

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris #114: Dr. Bianca Harris

OPEX Podcast #075 - John Berardi

OPEX Podcast #064 - Kevin Carr Head Coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning

London Real - MARK MANSON - THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

People and Resources mentioned:

All of Mike’s educational products

Ball State University

Matej Hocevar

Dan Pfaff

Winston Churchill

Albert Einstein

Eric Cressey

Mark Manson

Glenn Robinson

Oura Ring

Dan Harris

Mark Epstein

London Real

Brian Rose

Viktor Frankl

Jordan Peterson 

John Berardi

Bill Hartman



0:00 – 9:24 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Mike about how he organizes his lifestyle?

9:25 – 11:28 - Robbie asks Mike what he learned from his parents regarding work ethic?

11:29 – 13:02 - Robbie asks Mike about what resources he invested in to enhance his self/personal development 

13:03 – 24:56 - Robbie asks Mike how does his organizes his life from a micro to macro scale, and about contingency plans?

24:57 – 29:05 - Robbie asks Mike about how important his own training is for his self-management?

29:06 – 31:45 - Robbie and Mike discuss the importance of cognitive health

31:46 – 39:19 - Robbie asks Mike about the importance of sleep, nutrition, and meditation

39:20 – 44:47 - Robbie asks Mike what is the purpose of life?

44:48 – 49:16 - Robbie asks Mike if he actively seeks feedback?

49:17 – 52:04 - Robbie and Mike discuss the importance of training the brain for long-term cognitive health 

52:05 – 53:35 - Robbie asks Mike where people can find out more about him and his work

53:36 – 54:30 - Robbie wraps up the show!

#081 - Anthony Renna

#081 - Anthony Renna

November 8, 2019


Anthony Renna has been a personal trainer since 2004, first working with Equinox, then on his own at different facilities before opening his own gym, Five Iron Fitness, in 2008. He sold Five Iron in 2016 so he could focus on his true passion of providing educational resources for fitness professionals to excel in the profession. His mission is to help them find success and make an impact in the world by sharing all he has learned from the best of the best.

As the founder and host of both the Strength Coach Podcast and Strength Coach TV, he has interviewed hundreds of strength coaches, fitness professionals, physical therapists and gym owners. He applies what he learned by helping fitness professionals in his personal coaching and accountability group.

Anthony still trains clients a few hours a week and is a partner with Michael Boyle in StrengthCoach.com and BodyByBoyleOnline.com

His new book Be Like the Best: A Guide to Reaching the Top in the Fitness Profession is out October 18.  www.BeLiketheBest.com


Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website – continuefit.com

Website – strengthcoach.com

Website – strengthcoachpodcast.com

Facebook – Anthony Renna

Twitter - @CONTINUEfit

Instagram – antrenna


Books Mentioned:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Everything is Fucked

Do The Work

Tribes of Mentors

Tools of Titans

The War of Art


Anthony’s Book Recommendations

Delivering Happiness


On the Road

Why Sinatra Matters

The Drinking Life


People and Resources mentioned:

Gray Cook

Mark Verstegen 

Mike Boyle

PT on the Net



Nick Winkelman

Sean Croxton

Paul Chek

Sally Fallon

David Getoff

Weston A. Price

Perform Better

Erin McGirr

Steven Pressfield

Tim Ferriss

Tony Robbins

Richard Branson

Stephen King

Don Saladino

Ron McKeefery

Geralyn Coopersmith

Toast Masters

Patrick Ward

Jason Ferruggia

Derek Hansen

Laree Draper

Frank Nash

Darcy Norman


Molly Galbraith

Girls Gone Strong

David Epstein

Mark Fisher

Alwyn Cosgrove

Tuff Girl Fitness

Tony Hsieh

Christa Doran

Chicken soup for the soul 

Jack Kerouac

Pete Hamill

Frank Sinatra

Wayne Gretzky

Gordie Howe

Ken Dryden

Denis Potvin

Stevie Ray Vaughan



0:00 – 9:35 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Anthony about his background

9:36 – 11:03 - Robbie asks Anthony was closing his facility scary?

11:04 – 15:37 - Robbie asks Anthony about his podcasting career

15:38 – 21:07 - Robbie asks Anthony why did he decide to write his book “Be Like The Best”?

21:08 – 24:10 - Robbie asks Anthony how his book went from a minor to major project?

24:11 – 29:19 - Robbie asks Anthony about the structure of the book

29:30 – 36:32 - Robbie asks Anthony about the similarities and differences between all the individuals he interviewed for his book?

36:33 – 38:38 - Robbie asks Anthony what was his biggest takeaways from writing this book?

38:39 – 42:57 - Robbie asks Anthony if he feels the diversity between the goal setting habits of the individuals he interviewed for his book should be something to be embraced?

42:58 – 42:52 - Robbie asks what’s next for Anthony Renna?

42:53 – 47:59 - Robbie asks Anthony, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

48:00 – 50:23 - Robbie asks Anthony where people can find out more about him and his book?

50:24 - 51:58 - Robbie wraps up the show!

#080 - Mike T Nelson

#080 - Mike T Nelson

November 1, 2019


Mike has a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota, with that work focusing on the concept of metabolic flexibility. In addition, he has a MS in biomechanics and an adjunct professor and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Show Notes:

Websites and Social Media Links

Website – miketnelson.com

Website – flexdiet.com

Facebook – Mike T Nelson

Twitter - @MikeTNelson

Instagram - drmiketnelson

YouTube - Mike Nelson

Books Mentioned:

Why isn’t my brain working?


Oxygen Advantage 


Mikes Book Recommendations

Cannabis: A History

Never split the difference 


Movies Mentioned:


Videos Mentioned:

Impact of Cannabis/ CBD on Exercise Recovery and Adaptation

People and Resources mentioned:

The Carrick Institute

Danny Lennon

Sigma Nutrition Radio

Human Charger

Dan Pardi

Bill Hartman

Charlotte’s Web 

Stu Philips

Daniel West

Datis Kharrazian

Eric Rawson

Fred Carrick

Joe Clark 

Bennet Omalu

Leonhart Fuchs

Roger Harris

Perry Renshaw

Bryan Walsh

Brendan Egan

Dominic D’Agostino

Patrick McKeown

Brett Bartholomew

Jim Camp

David Esptein

Thomas Myers

Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) Level 1 Course Online

Joe Rogan

Henry Rollins

Louie Simmons


Teddy Roosevelt  



0:00 – 3:03 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Mike about all his recent traveling

3:04: – 8:12 - Robbie asks Mike how he manages his body and mind with all his traveling

8:13 – 21:29 - Robbie asks Mike to share his research on cannabidiol (CBD)

22:00 – 26:26 - Robbie asks Mike what CDBs effects on the body?

26:26 – 33:14 - Robbie asks Mike about CBD’s effects on recovery

33:15 – 37:36 - Robbie asks Mike about creatines role in concussion rehab

37:37 – 44:13 - Robbie asks Mike what concussion protocol he would put in place if he was involved in a sport where concussions are common

44:14 – 47:15 - Robbie asks Mike about the different deliver methods for applying CDB

47:16 – 54:15 - Robbie asks Mike what are terpenes?

54:16 – 55:51 - Robbie asks Mike about creatine dosing

55:52 – 1:02:30 - Robbie asks Mike about maximizing cognitive performance and longevity 

1:02:31 – 1:07:40 - Robbie asks Mike about nutrition for cognitive performance

1:07:41 – 1:11:03 - Robbie asks Mike where people can find out more from him?

1:11:04 – 1:13:24 - Robbie asks for his current and top book recommendations

1:13:25 – 1:16:16 - Robbie asks Mike how he learns?

1:16:17 – 1:17:59 - Robbie asks Mike, if he could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

1:18:00 – 1:18:38 – Robbie wraps up the show

#079 - Dan Pardi

#079 - Dan Pardi

October 25, 2019

Dr. Dan Pardi is the CEO of humanOS.me - an application dedicated to helping you take care of your body and mind so that you can perform better per hour in life. His podcast, humanOS Radio, covers a broad range of health topics, from performance to better aging. The show is the official podcast of the Sleep Research Society and the Canadian Sleep Society. 

Dan also does work directly with high performing organizations, from Silicon Valley VCs like the Mayfield Fund and Artis Ventures, to companies like Adobe, Workday, Pandora, Intuitive Surgical and many more. He also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain capable decision making under challenging circumstances. Dan has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Leiden University in the Netherlands, with research funding from Stanford University in the United States, and he has a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University in the United States.

Show Notes:

Website: human.os
Facebook: HumanOS.me
Twitter: @humanOS_me
Instagram: humanos.me
YouTube: HumanOS.me

Podcasts Mentioned:

The Ten Percent Happier Podcast #202: Can Meditation Prolong Your Life?, Dr. Peter Attia

HumanOS Podcast: The Role of Advanced Glycation End Products in Aging and Disease. Podcast with Pankaj Kapahi

HumanOS Podcast: Sleep and DNA Repair. Podcast with Lior Appelbaum

HumansOS Podcast: Sunlight for Weight Control? Podcast with Scott Byrne

HumanOS Podcast: Is the Ketone beta-Hydroxybutyrate Good for Memory? Podcast with Professor John Newman from UCSF and The Buck Institute

HumanOS Podcast: Does Metformin Block the Health Benefits of Exercise? Podcast with Ben Miller

ATSW - Episode 210: Greg Potter - Circadian Rhythm masterclass

People and Resources mentioned:
Buck Institute 

Scott Byrne

John Newman

Peter Attia 

Dan Harris 

Pankaj Kapahi

Lior Appelbaum

Satchin Panda

Greg Potter


0:00 – 8:09 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Dan how can we maximize longevity?

8:10 – 25:21 - Robbie asks Dan if he could discuss the mechanisms behind sleep and DNA repair, behaviour change, and sunlight and health

25:22 – 36:05 - Robbie asks Dan if he was in charge of environmental design and education on maximizing health and longevity , what would he put in place?

36:06 – 43:11 - Robbie asks Dan about meal timing as a peripheral circadian regular and its role in health and longevity

43:12 – 45:34 - Robbie asks Dan where people can find out more about him and his work?

45:35 – 46:07 - Robbie wraps up the show!


#078 - Jeoff Drobot

#078 - Jeoff Drobot

October 18, 2019

Jeoff is one of the founders and medical directors of the American Center for Biological Medicine (ACBM), and is happy to bring his medical expertise and compassionate care to ACBM.

Jeoff graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Exercise Physiology.  He then pursed his doctorate degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. He has been blessed to have gained an international presence with clinics in both Canada and the United States and he is sought out regularly by organizations and elite athletes for my medical expertise.  His supplement line, PeakBio (www.peakbiology.com), is being utilized by the best coaches and practitioners in the fields of health and fitness.

Jeoff prides himself on being a leading authority in the fields of European Biological Medicine, chronic and autoimmune disease treatments, detoxification, hormonal imbalance correction and customized sports medicine and nutrition programs. His love of medicine has evolved into a vast clinical focus treating men, women and children from the youngest to the oldest.  His passion for learning has regularly led me to travel the world attending seminars, educating others and spending time with the most talented people in medicine.

Show Notes:

Website: thebiomedcenter.com

Facebook: The BioMed Center - Scottsdale

Twitter:  @thebiomedcenter

Instagram: drdrobot

YouTube: American Center for Biological Medicine

Films Mentioned:

Zeitgeist Series

People and Resources mentioned:

James Fitzgerald

The Bilderberg Group

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

Functional Medicine University

#077 - Brian St Pierre & Jim Crowell

#077 - Brian St Pierre & Jim Crowell

October 11, 2019

Brian St. Pierre is the Director of Performance Nutrition at Precision Nutrition. Brian was kind enough to come on and talk with OPEX CEO, Jim Crowell, about a myriad of fascinating topics.

Some of the heavy hitter topics on this episode are:

1. How complex does nutrition really need to be for most people?
2. How does behavior factor into people progressing within nutrition?
3. Just how tightly correlated is nutrition to fitness performance?
4. How do you approach an athlete's nutrition (and behavior) vs a fitness enthusiast's?
5. What coaching behavior and language is generally positive to present to clients?
6. What coaching behavior and language is generally negative to present to clients?

We spoke about some of Brian's experiences with professional athletes, but we also talked about the similarities and differences between those athletes as well as everyday athletes - fitness enthusiasts.

#076 - Mike Tuchscherer

#076 - Mike Tuchscherer

October 4, 2019

Over the 15+ years Mike has been coaching, he has coached over 400 lifters.  Sixteen of those lifters went on to earn a medal at the IPF Classic World Championships under his guidance.  Fourteen lifters have earned World Records. As part of RTS Classroom, Mike has taught more than 500 athletes and coaches how to make better training decisions.

Mike began coaching in 2004 when he took over as the Cadet-in-Charge of the USAFA Powerlifting club.  After he graduated in 2007, he wrote about what he had learned in his first book, “The Reactive Training Manual”.  The book taught lifters how the concept of RPE could be adapted to lifting. It went on to shape Powerlifting and popularize the notion of autoregulated training.

Mike was an early adopter of online coaching for Powerlifting and helped to develop that industry.  He coached and handled lifters all over the world for the next several years. In 2016, he began developing his “Emerging Strategies” framework – a planning style that systematically determines what a lifter responds best to.

Over the 15+ years Mike has been coaching, he has coached over 400 lifters.  Sixteen of those lifters went on to earn a medal at the IPF Classic World Championships under his guidance.  Fourteen lifters have earned World Records. As part of RTS Classroom, Mike has taught more than 500 athletes and coaches how to make better training decisions.  

Whether through innovative concepts or ground-level coaching, through free online systems or direct teaching, through his own lifting or the coaching of others, Mike has inspired countless other powerlifters to individualize their training so that it works best for them.


Show Notes:

Website: reactivetrainingsystems.com

Facebook: Reactive Training Systems

Instagram: reactivetrainingsystems

YouTube: Reactive Training Systems

Podcasts Mentioned:

Iron Culture Podcast - Ep. 26- How Progressive Overload Actually Works

RTS Podcast - The Utility of Exertion Load with Robert Frederick

ATSW - Episode 113: Mike Tuchscherer - Speaks on Training Volume, Psychological Profiling, & Stress & Fatigue Management

ATSW – Episode 167: Mike Tuchscherer - Overcoming the limiting factors of maximum strength development, the Bondarchuk system for powerlifting, and much more!

Video’s Mentioned:

Emerging Strategies with Mike Tuchscherer

People and Resources mentioned:

Mike Boyle

Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC)

Eric Helms

Brian Minor

Omar Isuf

James Fitzgerald 

James Hanley

Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Danny Lennon 

Greg Nuckols

Robert Fredrick 


0:00 – 2:56 - Robbie intro’s the show and asks Mike about his surname origins?

2:57 – 11:34 - Robbie asks Mike what is fatigue?

11:35 – 16:01 - Robbie asks Mike about progressive overload and fatigue and about the concept of still performing well, despite a subjective feeling of fatigue

16:01 – 20:36 - Robbie asks Mike about how he is tracking and measuring fatigue within his own training and with his athletes

20:37 – 30:34 - Robbie asks Mike to discuss his stress index for measuring fatigue

30:35 – 31:35 - Robbie asks Mike about trends from the stress index regarding the big 3 lifts

31:36 – 34:09 - Robbie asks Mike what is the biggest factor regarding fatigue accumulation?

34:10 – 36:09 - Robbie asks Mike about how Robert Fredrick calculates fatigue?

36:10 – 40:26 - Robbie asks Mike how to calculate how much overload is needed at any given moment in time to attain an adaptive response?

40:27 – 47:56 - Robbie asks Mike about the use of open-ended sets to autoregulate training

47:57 – 50:40 - Robbie asks Mike about the use of velocity-based training (VBT) to objectify fatigue

50:41 – 55:18 - Robbie asks Mike where people can find out more about him and his work

55:19 - 55:49 - Robbie wraps up the show!