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The Fit Pro Podcast with Dr Emily Splichal



This week we’ve got our first ever female guest, Dr Emily Splichal. Dr Emily is a podiatrist and human movement specialist from New York and she’s also the founder of the Eviedence Based Fitness Academy. Dr Emily is an expert on barefoot training, putting together the most comprehensive courses on the subject, as well as speaking about this topic around the world. She’s been a consultant to companies like Nike, Trigger Point Therapy and Crunch Fitness, as well as a guest on THE Oprah show.

To Find Out More About Dr Emily:

What We Cover in This Episode:

    • The Future of Footwear
    • The big toe’s influence on movement
    • The truth about orthotics
    • Dispelling the myths about barefoot training
    • Whether clients should train barefoot
    • The Vibram lawsuit
    • Progressions to training barefoot
    • And so much more

Resources Covered in This Episode:

Evidence Based Fitness Academy

Short Foot Video

Short Foot Article by Dr Emily

Yamuna Foot Wakers

Melt Method

Reflexi Foot

More Articles:

Nerves of the Feet

Gait Analysis

The Power Behind Barefoot Training – Beyond Running



The Fit Pro Podcast with Josh JB Bowen



This week’s guest is Josh JB Bowen. Josh is a personal trainer and speaker from Kentucky. He was the 2013 Life Fitness Personal Trainer to Watch Global Finalist and is the author of 12 Steps to Fitness Freedom. He’s a super motivated guy who loves to talk about how and why our clients are motivated to exercise, with a special interest in Emotional Intelligence with regards to exercise.

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What We Cover in This Episode:

The Fit Pro Podcast with Anthony Carey



This week I’ve got Anthony Carey on the show. I’ve known Anthony for almost a year now and when in comes to people in chronic pain; Anthony is the one to call. Anthony has worked in the fitness field for over 21 years and has presenting all over the world at numerous conventions. He owns Function First in San Diego, my favourite city on earth, is an author of The Pain Free Program & Relationships and Referrals, as well as numerous published articles, the inventor of the Core Tex and a consultant to some of the industry’s leading companies. He also has clients fly in to see him from all over the world.

To Find Out More About Anthony:

What We Cover in This Episode:

  • Dealing with Clients in Chronic Pain
  • What drives chronic pain
  • Whether we are doing a good job with corrective exercise prescription
  • The state of the industry when it comes to assessing clients
  • Anthony’s biggest lessons during his 20+ years

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:



Clearing Up Shoulder Pain


If you’ve ever had a client with shoulder issues you know how tricky they can be. And, if you’ve suffered any shoulder injuries or pain you know exactly what I’m talking about. But the worse thing of all is that there is so much information out there, with conflicting opinions that it’s hard to figure out who and what to believe.

So with all this information out there I decided to give you some great articles to help you understand the shoulder a bit better. These aren’t the easiest reads around, but I think if you take some time to read and digest them you’ll really take your game to the next level with understanding how the shoulders work.

One thing that I would strongly recommend for you to do with all your clients is to look at these 3 things before you start training them.

1) Clear for acromioclavicular impingement

2) Clear for Sub acromial impingement

3) Check thoracic extension

Obviously you want to know if there is any impingement before you start training a client. If there is, you should be sending them out to get checked by the appropriate health care practitioner. This way they can do an in depth assessment and give you directions on exactly what your client can and cannot do.

Acromioclavicular impingement typically causes pain in your client when they take their arm into abduction, around the top of the movement. The pain is caused when the rotator cuff and bursa get pinched or impinged underneath the acromion, so the simple test is to see if there is any pain when the client takes their arm across their chest.

A simple clearing test for subacromial impingement is to have your client place their hand on their opposite shoulder and imagine they are holding down a $20 bill on it. Now have them lift their elbow towards the ceiling. If they get any pain before they get to at least 120° that’s a positive sign that there may be some impingement.

Checking that your client can extend their thoracic spine is the most common one of the three that trainers check. If your client is unable to extend their thoracic spine and pick up their first rib angle then we should not be asking them to do any overhead lifting. The reason for this is that the head of the humerus won’t sit properly in the glenoid, which will cause wear and tear over time.

So there you have 3 quick and easy clearing tests to do with you clients to determine if there are any underlying issues that need to be further investigated.

If you want to go a bit deeper, here are 8 great articles that will take your knowledge of how the shoulder works to a whole new level.

The Truths About Shoulder Impingement Pt 1 by Eric Cressey

The Truths About Shoulder Impingement Pt 2 by Eric Cressey

All Things Thoracic Spine Pt 1 by Dean Somerset

All Things Thoracic Spine Pt 2 by Dean Somerset

All Things Thoracic Spine Pt 3 by Dean Somerset

So Your Shoulder Hurts……by Tony Gentilcore

Shoulder Packing by Joe Sansalone (via Bret Contreras)

And for the super trainer geeks:

Current Concepts in the Scientific and Clinical Rationale Behind Exercises for Glenohumeral and Scapulothoracic Musculature

The Fit Pro Podcast Episode #15 with Peter Twist



This week I’ve got a very special guest. He’s actually the first person I ever saw at my very first fitness convention back in Toronto, and that’s Peter Twist. Peter has been a leader in the fitness industry for the last couple decades. Pete has authored a number of books and papers on sports conditioning, coached over 700 pro athletes and has presented at I think every major fitness convention around the world. He’s the founder of Twist Conditioning and an all around amazing guy. He’s a guy who I looked up to early in my career and am now extremely honoured and humbled to call Twister a good friend.

To Find Out More About Peter check out his website:

What We Cover in This Episode:

  • What functional training actually is
  • How the industry has become too “tool” centric
  • Why we need to get back to coaching
  • Introduction of Twist University



The Fit Pro Podcast with Brett Klika



This week we’ve got Brett Klika on the show. Although Brett looks like he just graduated from high school, he’s been in the industry for well over a decade,. Brett travels around the world speaking at a number of fitness and corporate events and just recently was awarded personal trainer of the year by the IDEA Health & Fitness Organization. Brett works with both professional baseball players and your everyday Joe and Jane, but what Brett is really passionate about is working with kids.

To Find Out More About Bret check out his website:

What We Cover in This Episode:

  • We discuss the “No Weight Training for Kids” debate
  • Why kids are becoming so unfit and unhealthy
  • How to motivate kids to exercise
  • Motor Development of kids
  • What skills you should work on with different age kids
  • Whether education is an issue for childhood obesity
  • Training High School aged athletes
  • Starting a sports conditioning program
  • And so much more

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

The Underground Workout

Spider Fit Kids



The Fit Pro Podcast with Bret Contreras


EPISODE #13 – Bret Contreras

This week we’ve got Bret Contreras, otherwise known as the Glute Guy. Bret is a super smart guy and loves digging deep into the research so he’s got a lot to share both in the interview, as well as on his site. And for any of you how have ever wondered where Bret’s obsession with the glutes came from, you might be surprised with the answer. This is definitely a great one for all you fellow “trainer geeks” out there

To Find Out More About Bret check out his website:

What We Cover in This Episode:

  • How Bret became obsessed about the glutes
  • The difference between a hip thrust and a glute bridge
  • How load vectors play into program design
  • Hypertrophy methods for the glutes
  • EMG studies of different glute exercises
  • How he set a new deadlift PB after 5 years
  • Bret’s new 2X4 Program
  • And tons more!

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Brad Schoenfield



Bret’s new program 2×4 Strength



The Fit Pro Podcast with Martin Rooney


EPISODE #12 – Martin Rooney

You are in for a treat this week because Martin Rooney absolutely crushed this episode! Martin is a pioneer in the strength and conditioning field when it comes to martial arts and speed training. To just touch on what Martin has done, he is the creator of Training for Warriors, an author of 5 books, and he’s trained some of the world’s best athletes. Oh and did I mention he’s one hell of a motivator?!

To Find Out More About Martin check out his website:

What We Cover in This Episode:

  • The 2 F’s of Success
  • Martin’s Secrets to Success
  • The Current State of the Fitness Industry
  • The Good, Bad & Ugly of Metabolic Training
  • How to be a World Class Coach
  • Secrets to Motivation
  • The Truth about Childhood Obestity
  • And SOOOO Much More

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Parisi Speed School

Training for Warriors Australia Workshop

The TFW Dojo

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The Fit Pro Podcast Episode #11 with Nick Tumminello


EPISODE #11 – Nick Tumminello

This week’s guest is Nick Tumminello. Nick is an extremely knowledgeable trainer to the trainers, who has a lot to share. Although he’s been known to ruffle some feathers at times, what I like most about Nick is that it’s never about ego, but about improving the standard of the industry.

To Find Out More About Nick check out his website:

What We Cover in This Episode:

  • Why there is so much conflicting information in the fitness industry
  • How to sort through and find reliable resources
  • How today’s trends are affecting the fitness industry
  • What you need to stop doing at fitness conventions
  • The science based trainers movement
  • Nick’s new book Strength Training for Fat Loss

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Alan Aragon

Brad Schoenfield

The mechanics of hypertrophy paper

Bret Contreras

Rick Mayo

IDEA East Conference

Fabio Comano




Handicapping FILEX 2014


Every year the line up at FILEX gets exponentially better and I know from talking to some of the other presenters that FILEX now rivals any other fitness convention worldwide. And I feel safe in agreeing with this after speaking and attending some of the biggest fitness conventions in the world like IDEA World, CanFitPro, and the Perform Better Summits.

With so many amazing workshops and presenters it’s hard to figure out who to go see in each time slot. So I’m going to give you a breakdown of who I’m going to see, as well as some of the other best options in each time slot. Now this is just my opinion, so I would love to hear who you’re going to see too! (sidenote: I got this idea from Michael Boyle who handicaps the Perform Better Summit each year)

Friday Sessions

Friday Session-1The first time slot of the day (10:30-12pm) is an absolute powerhouse of names with Todd Durkin, Len Kravitz, Evan Osar, Michol Dalcourt and Rodney Corn but for me I’ve gotta start FILEX off right and go with my main man TD in his IMPACT Challenge. I’ve helped Todd with this one at IDEA World last year and it’s awesome! If you’re looking to get your nerd on I’d go with either Evan Osar’s Earn the Right to Run or the ever geeky Dr Len Kravitz’s Stress, Cortisol and Obesity lecture.

Friday Session-2The 1:30-3pm slot could be even harder to pick with Durkin, Osar, Chuck Wolf, Frank Nash, Paul Taylor, Cassidy Phillips and Fraser Quelch all having a session on offer. Paul Taylor is one of the best presenters you’ll ever hear and his Silent Killer lecture will be stellar as always I’m sure! Frank Nash is a social media genius and since I helped convince Frank to come over and speak this is obviously the choice if you want to learn social media. Chuck, Evan and Cassidy’s talk all attract the inner geek and Fraser’s will no doubt be a great hands on session, but I’m going with Todd again. His talk The Road to World Class will no doubt be a game changer. If you know anything about TD you’ll know what he’s created, so that’s where I’ll be.

Friday Session-3At 3pm it will be a toss up between Rodney Corn and Michol Dalcourt. These two are both super smart but since I’m lucky to call Michol a good friend I think I’m going to head over to see Rodney. I met Rodney last year at IDEA World as I was speaking straight after him and caught the end of his talk. Plus anyone who gives their session name a gangsta twist like Change the Game, Not the Player, has got to be good.

Friday Session-4Rolling into the last session of the day, I’ll be heading to see Chuck Wolf’s Shouldering the Load from the Ground Up. But if you haven’t got your workout for the day in you might want to go see Amy Dixon (Kettlebell Body Blast) and my fellow Canadian Fraser Quelch (TRX Advanced Core Training). You could also attend Mark Buckley’s talk on the Sacroilliac Joint if you’re brain has any room left.


saturday Session-1As if Friday wasn’t hard enough to pick, Saturday only gets harder!

It’s always great to get moving first off, unless you’d been a bit too social the night before so I’ll be in The Complete Boot Camp Package session run by Todd Durkin. But if you’re feeling a little less energetic you might want to check out either Evan Osar (The No Stretch Solution to Chronic Tightness), Michol Dalcourt (The Foot and Ankle) or Len Kravitz (The physiology of Fat Loss). But if you choose one of these better make sure you’re awake and ready to pay attention.

saturday Session-2Next up we’ve got Aussie Anthony Spark speaking on how to package your PT products, which I know will be great. You’ve also got a great hands on with Dan McDonogh about bodyweight training and Chuck Wolf speaking on Low Back Considerations. All great choices so I’m not sure and I think it will be a last minute decision between Rodney Corn & Cassidy Phillips talking about Stress Mindset and Soft Tissue Preparation and Ian O’Dwyer’s Isolation vs Integration.

saturday Session-3After lunch you’ve got two great functional fitness talks by Rodney Corn and Chuck Wolf, two great science/research talks with Len Kravitz and Mark McKean or two amazing business talks by Justin Tamsett and Michael Port. I’ll probably be sitting in Rodney’s talk on When eMotion meets motion as I think understanding the emotional side of our clients is one of the future trends of the fitness industry.

saturday Session-4Then as 3pm rolls around I’ll have my first session on training the glutes so of course I’d say that one is a good one! If I weren’t speaking I would probably go watch my buddy Frank Nash speaking on how to systemise your small group training, or another friend, Michael Cunico, and his interesting talk on the 7 habits of highly effective PT’s. There’s also a great hands on session if you work with MMA athletes with Tarek Chouja or you can get your geek on with Michol (Function and Footwear) Tony Boutagy (A Practical Approach to Hypertrophy) or Evan Osar (Strategies for Improving Hip Function).

saturday Session-5I’ll be ending my Saturday the same way I started it, with Todd Durkin! Train the Joes Like the Pro’s is a high energy hands on session perfect before a night of heavy “socializing”. If you’re body is too tired but you brain is still working, check out Len Kravitz Metabolic Conditioning or Wolf’s Training Movements, not Muscles.


Now we come up to the hardest session for attendees to make, Sunday 8am, and it looks like the FILEX crew have added some extra incentive to get up because this time slot is stacked! You’ve got Rodney Corn, Tony Boutagy, Justin Price, Dan McDonogh, Cassidy Phillips and Michol Dalcourt. I’ll probably be sitting in Dan’s talk on avoiding burnout as this topic appeals to me most, but any of these guys would be a great choice for Sunday morning!

Now you’ve had time to recover and grab a bit to eat, you’ve again got a lot of choices at 1pm. Between Fraser, Michol, Wolf, McKean and O’Dwyer it is impossible to make a bad choice here. I’m going with Chuck Wolf’s talk on regressions as this is a topic I think more trainers need to learn about at a deeper level.

And to finish off the conference I will be doing my Bodyweight Bootcamp session and I’ve even got some equipment shipped in from the US just for this session. But I will miss hearing Paul Taylor who has a lecture on at the same time. So if I don’t see you hopefully you’re listening to Paul because I know it will be awesome!

So there you have it, my run down of FILEX 2014. There are a ton of great talks and presenters and you’re in for a great weekend! Make the most of the weekend by talking with and exchanging idea’s with your fellow fit pro’s, because that’s the most valuable thing you’ll get out of the entire weekend. Hopefully my rundown helps you out, but I would love to hear who you’re going to see because like I said at the start, this is only my opinion.

See you in Melbourne!