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Aaron Combs and Kyle Rapp

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Want to take your athletic career or the athletes you work with to the next level? Every week, strength expert Aaron and mind expert Kyle combine their research-driven thoughts and ideas along with their personal experience to explore the cross-over between physiology and psychology along with covering topics in leadership, mindset, and overall athlete development. From the molecular level to team-leading strategies, weekend warriors and elite level athletes alike can enjoy the level of knowledge displayed in a fun, casual setting. Aaron Combs, M.Ed, CSCS, is a strength and conditioning coach with experience at every level of competition and with every sport. He has trained current athletes in the NFL, NBA, and NHL. Kyle Rapp, M.Ed, ACE-CPT, is a physique, mindset coach, and founder of Rappflex, a business and lifestyle design company devoted to helping elite achievers level up their physical and mental capabilities. Kyle has worked with all levels of athletes in multiple sports along with CEO's and other high performers.

Latest Episodes

#23: Kyle's Interview on the Zero Xcuses Podcast

Wanted to bring you this interview Kyle did on the Zero Xcuses podcast. Kenyon and Kyle discuss Kyle's story, the 1% mindset, and tactical thoughts on where to start when thinking about mental conditioning. Hope you enjoy! Join the Strength N Mind Tribe! A private Facebook group dedicated to hungry athletes and coaches wanting to connect with like-minded individuals and crush their goals! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

35 MINJUN 17
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#23: Kyle's Interview on the Zero Xcuses Podcast

#22: Back to the Basics Series Part 3: Sport Psychology and Mindset

Our third and final part of the Back to the Basics series covers sport psychology, mindset, and mental conditioning. This area is often overlooked especially in the beginning stages of an athlete's career. Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses? While you are still growing as an individual, it's never too early to become self-aware of what you thrive at and where you may need some work. Do you also know where you are heading? What your ultimate vision is? The path to greatness is long enough but if you don't know which path you are heading down, it will be even longer. Finally, once those two aspects are in place, understand the concept of progress over perfection. This is the key to lasting peak performance. Enjoy the episode and please let us know if you enjoyed this series and what other series we can bring to you! Time Stamps: (0:45) Welcome Back! (1:04) Sport Psychology/Mindset (1:40) Getting Ahead in Sport Psychology (3:09) Should You Be Taking Nootropics? (4:03) Age Minimum to Start a Mental Conditioning Practice (4:33) READ! (7:02) What is Mental Conditioning? (8:37) Ballin Mentally on a Budget (9:21) 5 Mental Tactics Episode! (10:50) Strengths, Weakness, and Opportunities (15:08) Progress over Perfection (18:32) 3 Takeaways from Our 3 Part Series Join the Strength N Mind Tribe! A private Facebook group dedicated to hungry athletes and coaches wanting to connect with like-minded individuals and crush their goals! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

22 MINJUN 10
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#22: Back to the Basics Series Part 3: Sport Psychology and Mindset

#21: Back to the Basics Series Part 2: Nutrition Principles

We are back for the second part of our three-part series covering the basics of sport performance. This week, we dive into topics covering nutrition. Nutrition is incredibly complex so we wanted to bring you a 30,000-foot view and get you started on what you should first be implementing in your life if you want to be successful with your nutrition. That means assessing what you are currently consuming (a food journal is perfect for this) and then assessing what your goals are within your sport or life. Are you training for aesthetics, performance, or overall general health? These 3 different avenues will look vastly different when it comes to strictness and adherence to a specific diet. But first, you must know what you are consuming currentlyso you can adjust. We also dive into our personal experiences growing up and what we ate, nutrition issues currently going on, and cover what youth athletes should be focusing on. Time Stamps: (2:20) Last Week’s Episode (2:32) Nutrition (3:13)...

22 MINJUN 3
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#21: Back to the Basics Series Part 2: Nutrition Principles

#20: Back to the Basics Series Part 1: Training Principles

This is our first ever mini-series on the podcast and wewanted to start from the beginning. Literally. While going back the basics may not be sexy, to lift heavy, get shredded, and dominating mentally takes consistent action and that starts with the basics. Coach Aaron headlines this episode describing what he believes are a few mistakes athletes and individuals make in their strength training and conditioning. He also ends with advice for any strength and conditioning coach just starting out. Time Stamps: (2:20) Welcome Back! (2:42) Memorial Day Recording (4:26) Mistake - Not Mastering the Movement (7:01) Disengaging Ego (9:18) Mistake - Ultra Conditioning (12:28) Educational Breakdown (17:04) Advice to Strength and Conditioning Coaches Join the Strength N Mind Tribe! A private Facebook group dedicated to hungry athletes and coaches wanting to connect with like-minded individuals and crush their goals! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on I...

21 MINMAY 29
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#20: Back to the Basics Series Part 1: Training Principles

#19: The Head Coach/Speciality Coach Connection: How to Create a Dynamic Relationship Between Coaches

One of the most fundamental components of a successful team is the relationshipbetween the head coach and his or her other coaches. Not just his or her assistant coaches, but anyone who spends time making the athlete better needs to be on the same page as the leader of the team. If there is a disconnect, the athlete will suffer because of what Strength and Conditioning and Sport Psychology can specifically give an athlete is vital to their performance and wellbeing. No matter the sport, an athlete will benefit from becoming stronger, better conditioned, and more mobile to avoid injury. They also need mental conditioning. Yogi Berra's famous quote: "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical." To serve athletes in the best way possible, specialty coaches need to be on the same page as the head coach. We want to share with you how to do that, our perceptions of what we provide to athletes, and specific examples to illustrate exactly what we are discussing. Time Stamps: (2:05) Welcome Back! (3:17) Urban and Coach Mick! (4:25) Sport Psychology and Time (6:20) Strength and Conditioning (10:30) Head Coach/Speciality Coach Relationship (17:35) Feeling like an Accessory and The Progression of Speciality Coaching (19:16) Shoutout to Coach Sev! (22:00) Make Sport Psychology Sexy ;) (23:20) Working with Wrestling (25:07) The Mystery of Specialty Coaching (27:27) Meet with the Sport Coaches! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

30 MINMAY 20
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#19: The Head Coach/Speciality Coach Connection: How to Create a Dynamic Relationship Between Coaches

#18: How to Hire a Phenomenal Performance Staff and Cultivate an Evergreen Culture

Fred, a fictional 1986 character, inspired this episode. Fred is stuck in his own ways. Fred doesn't adapt to his surroundings or his co-workers he depends on. Don't be a Fred. Today's episode centers around how to hire and foster a positive culture in your performance staff (or any staff for that matter). Outwardly, this may seem like a rudimentary and boring topic. Who you surround yourself with and how you assess the performance of your staff is vital to your customers, your revenue and profit, and your sanity as well. We discuss the hiring process, what to look for in interviews, how to deal with shit talk in the workplace, and where you need to first begin in order to hire effectively (spoiler alert, it starts with you). Time Stamps: (1:56) The Golden State Warriors (3:23) Putting Together a Performance Team (4:50) Self Awareness (8:54) Everyone is Selling Something (10:18) Strengths vs. Area of Genius (14:30) Branding (18:42) Hiring and Resumes (23:41) Social Media and Personal Life (25:20) Shoutout to Layne ;) (27:09) Interviews (30:33) MOST VALUABLE PART OF THE EPISODE! (37:04) Assessing Performance (39:40) The Sandwich Theory of Critiquing (42:50) Interactability… is that a word? (45:07) Sh*t Talk (47:45) What Would You Tell Yourself Now? Hiring Tactics Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

51 MINMAY 15
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#18: How to Hire a Phenomenal Performance Staff and Cultivate an Evergreen Culture

#17: What Failure Truly Means

Coach Kyle on the mic solo today talking about a topic he's been reflecting on and wanted to discuss and that is the topic of failure. Failure can be looked at in many different ways. Understand that the way you interpret and view failure will have a profound impact on your future. The old adage "it's not how many times you fall, it's how many times you get up" may be overused but it's true. A short and sweet episode unedited to start your week off on the right note.

12 MINMAY 6
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#17: What Failure Truly Means

#16: Why Participation Trophies Suck and How to Coach with Intensity

Whoever invented the participationtrophy, this episode is dedicated to you. We have no idea what you were thinking when you created them and we are here to destroy them. Figuratively. Literally would take too much time. Understand that a participation trophy should be a reminder. When you look at it, I'm sure you feel no pride or any sort of positive emotion towards it. That is because you didn't EARN it. Coach Aaron and Coach Kyle break down that nothing is given, only earned. We also discuss how to coach with intensity, how to receivethat intensity from coach, and give you tactical advice you can use today to better your efforts. Time Stamps: (1:20) Participation Trophies (1:30) NFL DRAFT! (1:40) Kyler Murray and Arizona (5:18) Shoutout to Dan Orlovsky! (7:37) The Origin of Participation Trophies (9:30) Real Life Example (13:06) Kyle’s Breakdown #100to0, Shoutout to Andy Frisella (16:03) Running up the Score (24:30) What You Should Do with Participation Trophies (28:00) Coaching with Intensity (34:25) Changing Intensity (38:45) Shoutout to Cody Boom Boom and His Seminar (45:47) Micro-Failure (47:00) Tactical Advice (50:42) Direct Coaching (52:40) Ratings and Reviews! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

54 MINAPR 29
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#16: Why Participation Trophies Suck and How to Coach with Intensity

#15: Top Strength and Conditioning Equipment You'll Want to Add to Your Arsenal

Today, we are talking about equipment. Thank Alvin Kamara and Dr. Reef Fitness for this one. Sometimes (a lot of the time) equipment is made and utilized for this flashiness (quite literally in one instance). While they are fun to use and look cool, it's important to understand that alternatives can be used to accomplish the same goal. Coach Kyle asks Coach Aaron about many of the popular pieces of equipment in today's strength and conditioning world. (1:04) Welcome Back! (1:22) Aaron’s Redline Experience (3:00) Equipment! (4:05) Time, Space, and Cost (6:48) Fit Lights (9:18) Alvin Kamara’s Workout (14:00) Case Study with Hecostix (18:30) VertiMax (22:07) Redline’s Instagram! (24:00) TRX (28:28) Kettlebells (31:56) Unique Design of the Kettlebell (36:30) Dumbbells, Barbells, and Screening Athletes (39:30) Technological Advancements (41:26) Coaches Eye (43:47) Safety Bars Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

48 MINAPR 22
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#15: Top Strength and Conditioning Equipment You'll Want to Add to Your Arsenal

#14: Why Too Much Discipline is a Problem

Discipline is foundational for success in any field. No argument there. However, too much discipline can lead to adverse results, especially in the coaching realm. Athletes are humanbeings. Coaches need to understand that athletes are not robots. They have lives, emotions, and the same struggles everyone has. While results are the objective, getting to those results can vary vastly. We break down our thoughts on the article and use examples from both the Strength and Conditioning and Sport Psychology realm and give you practical examples of how to have productive discipline. Time Stamps: (1:35) NSCA Article (1:53) Title of Article (2:26) Strength and Conditioning Perspective (2:45) Article Overview (6:10) Perfect Program and Adherence (8:00) Sport Psychology Example (9:16) PPR’s (Pre-Performance Routines) (12:00) Vikki Krane and Inclusion (13:00) Flexibility (15:41) Shoutout to a Follower on IG! (17:06) Kyle and Aaron’s Morning Routines for a Surface Level (17:50) Shoutout to 15 Minutes to Freedom! (20:50) There is Such Thing as Too Much Discipline Full Article Citation:Unintended Consequences of Too Much Disciplineby Clayton Kuklick, MA, PhD, CSCS and Brian T. Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, FNSCA If you are interested in working with us 1-1 to reach yourathletic goals, please email us at strengthnmindpodcast@gmail.com. And as always... Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

23 MINAPR 15
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#14: Why Too Much Discipline is a Problem

Latest Episodes

#23: Kyle's Interview on the Zero Xcuses Podcast

Wanted to bring you this interview Kyle did on the Zero Xcuses podcast. Kenyon and Kyle discuss Kyle's story, the 1% mindset, and tactical thoughts on where to start when thinking about mental conditioning. Hope you enjoy! Join the Strength N Mind Tribe! A private Facebook group dedicated to hungry athletes and coaches wanting to connect with like-minded individuals and crush their goals! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

35 MINJUN 17
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#23: Kyle's Interview on the Zero Xcuses Podcast

#22: Back to the Basics Series Part 3: Sport Psychology and Mindset

Our third and final part of the Back to the Basics series covers sport psychology, mindset, and mental conditioning. This area is often overlooked especially in the beginning stages of an athlete's career. Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses? While you are still growing as an individual, it's never too early to become self-aware of what you thrive at and where you may need some work. Do you also know where you are heading? What your ultimate vision is? The path to greatness is long enough but if you don't know which path you are heading down, it will be even longer. Finally, once those two aspects are in place, understand the concept of progress over perfection. This is the key to lasting peak performance. Enjoy the episode and please let us know if you enjoyed this series and what other series we can bring to you! Time Stamps: (0:45) Welcome Back! (1:04) Sport Psychology/Mindset (1:40) Getting Ahead in Sport Psychology (3:09) Should You Be Taking Nootropics? (4:03) Age Minimum to Start a Mental Conditioning Practice (4:33) READ! (7:02) What is Mental Conditioning? (8:37) Ballin Mentally on a Budget (9:21) 5 Mental Tactics Episode! (10:50) Strengths, Weakness, and Opportunities (15:08) Progress over Perfection (18:32) 3 Takeaways from Our 3 Part Series Join the Strength N Mind Tribe! A private Facebook group dedicated to hungry athletes and coaches wanting to connect with like-minded individuals and crush their goals! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

22 MINJUN 10
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#22: Back to the Basics Series Part 3: Sport Psychology and Mindset

#21: Back to the Basics Series Part 2: Nutrition Principles

We are back for the second part of our three-part series covering the basics of sport performance. This week, we dive into topics covering nutrition. Nutrition is incredibly complex so we wanted to bring you a 30,000-foot view and get you started on what you should first be implementing in your life if you want to be successful with your nutrition. That means assessing what you are currently consuming (a food journal is perfect for this) and then assessing what your goals are within your sport or life. Are you training for aesthetics, performance, or overall general health? These 3 different avenues will look vastly different when it comes to strictness and adherence to a specific diet. But first, you must know what you are consuming currentlyso you can adjust. We also dive into our personal experiences growing up and what we ate, nutrition issues currently going on, and cover what youth athletes should be focusing on. Time Stamps: (2:20) Last Week’s Episode (2:32) Nutrition (3:13)...

22 MINJUN 3
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#21: Back to the Basics Series Part 2: Nutrition Principles

#20: Back to the Basics Series Part 1: Training Principles

This is our first ever mini-series on the podcast and wewanted to start from the beginning. Literally. While going back the basics may not be sexy, to lift heavy, get shredded, and dominating mentally takes consistent action and that starts with the basics. Coach Aaron headlines this episode describing what he believes are a few mistakes athletes and individuals make in their strength training and conditioning. He also ends with advice for any strength and conditioning coach just starting out. Time Stamps: (2:20) Welcome Back! (2:42) Memorial Day Recording (4:26) Mistake - Not Mastering the Movement (7:01) Disengaging Ego (9:18) Mistake - Ultra Conditioning (12:28) Educational Breakdown (17:04) Advice to Strength and Conditioning Coaches Join the Strength N Mind Tribe! A private Facebook group dedicated to hungry athletes and coaches wanting to connect with like-minded individuals and crush their goals! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on I...

21 MINMAY 29
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#20: Back to the Basics Series Part 1: Training Principles

#19: The Head Coach/Speciality Coach Connection: How to Create a Dynamic Relationship Between Coaches

One of the most fundamental components of a successful team is the relationshipbetween the head coach and his or her other coaches. Not just his or her assistant coaches, but anyone who spends time making the athlete better needs to be on the same page as the leader of the team. If there is a disconnect, the athlete will suffer because of what Strength and Conditioning and Sport Psychology can specifically give an athlete is vital to their performance and wellbeing. No matter the sport, an athlete will benefit from becoming stronger, better conditioned, and more mobile to avoid injury. They also need mental conditioning. Yogi Berra's famous quote: "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical." To serve athletes in the best way possible, specialty coaches need to be on the same page as the head coach. We want to share with you how to do that, our perceptions of what we provide to athletes, and specific examples to illustrate exactly what we are discussing. Time Stamps: (2:05) Welcome Back! (3:17) Urban and Coach Mick! (4:25) Sport Psychology and Time (6:20) Strength and Conditioning (10:30) Head Coach/Speciality Coach Relationship (17:35) Feeling like an Accessory and The Progression of Speciality Coaching (19:16) Shoutout to Coach Sev! (22:00) Make Sport Psychology Sexy ;) (23:20) Working with Wrestling (25:07) The Mystery of Specialty Coaching (27:27) Meet with the Sport Coaches! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

30 MINMAY 20
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#19: The Head Coach/Speciality Coach Connection: How to Create a Dynamic Relationship Between Coaches

#18: How to Hire a Phenomenal Performance Staff and Cultivate an Evergreen Culture

Fred, a fictional 1986 character, inspired this episode. Fred is stuck in his own ways. Fred doesn't adapt to his surroundings or his co-workers he depends on. Don't be a Fred. Today's episode centers around how to hire and foster a positive culture in your performance staff (or any staff for that matter). Outwardly, this may seem like a rudimentary and boring topic. Who you surround yourself with and how you assess the performance of your staff is vital to your customers, your revenue and profit, and your sanity as well. We discuss the hiring process, what to look for in interviews, how to deal with shit talk in the workplace, and where you need to first begin in order to hire effectively (spoiler alert, it starts with you). Time Stamps: (1:56) The Golden State Warriors (3:23) Putting Together a Performance Team (4:50) Self Awareness (8:54) Everyone is Selling Something (10:18) Strengths vs. Area of Genius (14:30) Branding (18:42) Hiring and Resumes (23:41) Social Media and Personal Life (25:20) Shoutout to Layne ;) (27:09) Interviews (30:33) MOST VALUABLE PART OF THE EPISODE! (37:04) Assessing Performance (39:40) The Sandwich Theory of Critiquing (42:50) Interactability… is that a word? (45:07) Sh*t Talk (47:45) What Would You Tell Yourself Now? Hiring Tactics Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

51 MINMAY 15
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#18: How to Hire a Phenomenal Performance Staff and Cultivate an Evergreen Culture

#17: What Failure Truly Means

Coach Kyle on the mic solo today talking about a topic he's been reflecting on and wanted to discuss and that is the topic of failure. Failure can be looked at in many different ways. Understand that the way you interpret and view failure will have a profound impact on your future. The old adage "it's not how many times you fall, it's how many times you get up" may be overused but it's true. A short and sweet episode unedited to start your week off on the right note.

12 MINMAY 6
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#17: What Failure Truly Means

#16: Why Participation Trophies Suck and How to Coach with Intensity

Whoever invented the participationtrophy, this episode is dedicated to you. We have no idea what you were thinking when you created them and we are here to destroy them. Figuratively. Literally would take too much time. Understand that a participation trophy should be a reminder. When you look at it, I'm sure you feel no pride or any sort of positive emotion towards it. That is because you didn't EARN it. Coach Aaron and Coach Kyle break down that nothing is given, only earned. We also discuss how to coach with intensity, how to receivethat intensity from coach, and give you tactical advice you can use today to better your efforts. Time Stamps: (1:20) Participation Trophies (1:30) NFL DRAFT! (1:40) Kyler Murray and Arizona (5:18) Shoutout to Dan Orlovsky! (7:37) The Origin of Participation Trophies (9:30) Real Life Example (13:06) Kyle’s Breakdown #100to0, Shoutout to Andy Frisella (16:03) Running up the Score (24:30) What You Should Do with Participation Trophies (28:00) Coaching with Intensity (34:25) Changing Intensity (38:45) Shoutout to Cody Boom Boom and His Seminar (45:47) Micro-Failure (47:00) Tactical Advice (50:42) Direct Coaching (52:40) Ratings and Reviews! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

54 MINAPR 29
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#16: Why Participation Trophies Suck and How to Coach with Intensity

#15: Top Strength and Conditioning Equipment You'll Want to Add to Your Arsenal

Today, we are talking about equipment. Thank Alvin Kamara and Dr. Reef Fitness for this one. Sometimes (a lot of the time) equipment is made and utilized for this flashiness (quite literally in one instance). While they are fun to use and look cool, it's important to understand that alternatives can be used to accomplish the same goal. Coach Kyle asks Coach Aaron about many of the popular pieces of equipment in today's strength and conditioning world. (1:04) Welcome Back! (1:22) Aaron’s Redline Experience (3:00) Equipment! (4:05) Time, Space, and Cost (6:48) Fit Lights (9:18) Alvin Kamara’s Workout (14:00) Case Study with Hecostix (18:30) VertiMax (22:07) Redline’s Instagram! (24:00) TRX (28:28) Kettlebells (31:56) Unique Design of the Kettlebell (36:30) Dumbbells, Barbells, and Screening Athletes (39:30) Technological Advancements (41:26) Coaches Eye (43:47) Safety Bars Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

48 MINAPR 22
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#15: Top Strength and Conditioning Equipment You'll Want to Add to Your Arsenal

#14: Why Too Much Discipline is a Problem

Discipline is foundational for success in any field. No argument there. However, too much discipline can lead to adverse results, especially in the coaching realm. Athletes are humanbeings. Coaches need to understand that athletes are not robots. They have lives, emotions, and the same struggles everyone has. While results are the objective, getting to those results can vary vastly. We break down our thoughts on the article and use examples from both the Strength and Conditioning and Sport Psychology realm and give you practical examples of how to have productive discipline. Time Stamps: (1:35) NSCA Article (1:53) Title of Article (2:26) Strength and Conditioning Perspective (2:45) Article Overview (6:10) Perfect Program and Adherence (8:00) Sport Psychology Example (9:16) PPR’s (Pre-Performance Routines) (12:00) Vikki Krane and Inclusion (13:00) Flexibility (15:41) Shoutout to a Follower on IG! (17:06) Kyle and Aaron’s Morning Routines for a Surface Level (17:50) Shoutout to 15 Minutes to Freedom! (20:50) There is Such Thing as Too Much Discipline Full Article Citation:Unintended Consequences of Too Much Disciplineby Clayton Kuklick, MA, PhD, CSCS and Brian T. Gearity, PhD, ATC, CSCS,*D, FNSCA If you are interested in working with us 1-1 to reach yourathletic goals, please email us at strengthnmindpodcast@gmail.com. And as always... Follow us on Instagram and Facebook! Follow Aaron on Instagram! Follow Kyle on Instagram!

23 MINAPR 15
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#14: Why Too Much Discipline is a Problem