A majority of us want to preserve our health. But there’s more to the “self” then just our health. Can our identity interfere with our ability to improve and change? Our vague, often inaccurate perceptions of pain, risk and time muddy the waters. How do we coach people through these perceptions? Can people change how they perceive themselves?

Self Preservation

Meeting Date: 2 / 17 / 16

Attending Members: Alison BlakeCraig JonesPatrick RahmNatasha Tully


Power, strength, and size are often used interchangeably. How does power differ? Are the intentions behind training strength and power the same? Which exercises and intensities are utilized? Can we teach suddenness? Velocity based training, Brian Mann, and Cal Dietz are staples in the discussion. Lastly, shouldn’t power be prioritized in those aged 70 + years?


Meeting Date: 1 / 20 / 16

Attending Members: Jon GreenwichPatrick RahmGrady RenfrowTim RidleyJohannah Zabal


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