Achieving the “correct” depth in the back squat exercise continues to be debated; more of that here. Babies, basketball players, power-lifters, and Crossfit all seem to complicate the issue. Are the GOAL and TIME what ultimately determine the role and “look” of the back squat within any training program?

The Back Squat

Meeting Date: 12 / 16 / 15

Attending Members: Harrison BernsteinAlison BlakeJon Greenwich Patrick RahmGrady RenfrowJohannah Zabal

Early considerations on monitoring technology in health & performance. What do we monitor now and what will we be monitoring in the future? The discussion reverts to familiar, low-tech monitoring methods. Going forward, what potential uses and challenges will there be? What about obtaining consent to collect and store data?


Meeting Date: 11 / 18 / 15

Attending Members:  Alison BlakeJon GreenwichPatrick RahmTim Ridley

A “back to basics” discussion on programming. A review of the principles underlining any training program with a focus on the interaction between variation and progressive overload. Inevitably, the art of coaching any program makes its way into the discussion. Programming for fat loss finishes things off.


Meeting Date: 10 / 21 / 15

Attending Members: Alison BlakeJon GreenwichPatrick RahmTim Ridley

What are some instances where body fat should be maintained or gained? Considering body composition’s effect on health, how much of the problem is caused by deficiencies in vitamins and minerals? How does fitness and physical activity rank in importance against body composition and other metrics of health?

Body Composition

Meeting Date: 9 / 16 / 15

Attending Members: Alison BlakeBeth DonnellyJon GreenwichPatrick RahmTim Ridley

Which kind of drills or exercises may make an athlete more reactive? Isn’t all training essentially reactive? What role does “decision-making-speed” play? Can one be primed to be more reactive and / or decide quicker? How can performance and sport coaches be collaborating more effectively in this respect?

Reactive Agility

Meeting Date: 7 / 15 / 15

Attending Members: Harrison BernsteinBeth DonnellyJon GreenwichPatrick RahmGrady RenfrowTim Ridley

The line between speed training and conditioning is often blurred. What four variables determine whether one is training for speed or conditioning? Is there a misalignment in perceptions of fatigue between sport and performance coaches? Lastly, a coaching technique involving dog whistles…and maybe a gong.

Periodizing Speed & Conditioning

Meeting Date: 6 / 3 / 15

Attending Members: Harrison BernsteinJon GreenwichPatrick RahmGrady RenfrowJohannah Zabal

An open discussion between three previous athletes and current fitness professionals. A professor of exercise physiology jumps in late with a valuable contribution. Included are thoughts on the world of exercise competitions, self periodization, ambition, inspiration, toughness, adversity, failure, and the importance of support and the built environment.

Open Discussion

Meeting Date : 4 / 29 / 15

Attending Members : Harrison BernsteinPatrick RahmGrady Renfrow

There are many obvious and some not-so-obvious differences to acknowledge when coaching females and males. Do preferences for coaching styles differ between genders? If so, are the differences rooted in physiology or culture, or both? Can other personality traits overpower the influence of gender?

Gender Differences

Meeting Date: 4 / 15 / 15

Attending Members: Harrison Bernstein – Alison Blake – Jon Greenwich – Patrick Rahm – Johannah Zabal

Best guesses on the future of the industry. What’s the current environment and how will it change? Which populations are currently served well. Which ones will need better attention? In what settings or formats will this occur? Also, a brief interlude on scope of practice of fitness professionals.

Industry Projections

Meeting Date: 4 / 1 / 15

Attending Members: Jon Greenwich Steven PazanPatrick RahmJohannah Zabal


Members discuss this challenge of determining “how much” in exercise prescription. Are there lessons to learn from pharmacology? How can exercise professionals first determine and then safely stay within the “therapeutic window” when dosing exercise.


Meeting Date: 3 / 18 / 15

Attending Members: Harrison BernsteinAlison BlakeJon GreenwichSteve PazanPatrick Rahm – Johannah Zabal


03:55 – Do you perceive whatever you prescribe (exercise, nutrition, etc) as medicine?

10:10 – Considering the dose response curve

17:30 – The window between minimum effective dose and the maximum tolerable dose

22:20 – Considering the multitude of variables that could influence the effect of a dose

28:15 – How monitoring technology may help us to better manipulate exercise dosage

39:35 – Do you more often aim to ADD or SUBTRACT behaviors?

52:40 – The rewards and risks of prescribing very high dosages 

53:30 – One CRUCIAL misunderstanding about exercise that often leads to overdose

1:07:45 – When to prescribe dosage at either of the extremes of the therapeutic window 

1:26:15 – When should we allow the client / athlete prescribe their own dosage?