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Author: Gerry DeFilippo

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Muscles and Management takes an in depth look at all things training, sports performance and business. Gerry DeFilippo is a strength & sports performance coach who takes the listener through a learning experience via his own work and findings with his athletes and business, as well as from the perspective of the coaches and personalities he brings on the show. This podcast will take on any and all topics in both strength training, personal fitness and business and welcome the perspective of some of the best coaches and business minds in the industry that Gerry has had the pleasure of connecting with and in turn brings to the podcast for the listener. Whether you are an aspiring gym owner, athlete or coach you will enjoy all aspects of this podcast as we dive into the "ins and outs," of the sports performance industry as well as what it takes to excel in business.
129 Episodes
In this episode, Gerry welcomes on strength and conditioning coach Deerick Smith.Deerick is a young, up and coming strength and conditioning coach who works with various athletes across the middle school, high school and college level.The conversation starts with some basic philosophies and how Deerick helps guide his athletes in their development.Then, the discussion turns to speed training, working with sport coaches and much, much more!All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode, Gerry welcomes Julian back on the show to talk all things nutrition and nutrition for athletes. A few weeks ago, Julian posed an interesting question on social media asking strength coaches what they thought were the most misunderstood areas of nutrition for athletes and their parents. So, this show runs through some of those questions and gets Julian's perspective on them, and MORE!To start, Gerry and Julian give an update on Gerry's quest to get "ripped again," which leads into a discussion about carbohydrates (and the misconceptions surrounding them), athletes thinking they eat "a lot," and the importance of starting your day with a quality breakfast.From there, Julian gives some insight on micronutrients, advice for parents and things they should look for, as well as a discussion on fat, protein, carbs and over-reliance on supplements.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Episode Timestamps4:50 - “Make Gerry Ripped Again”12:10 - Carbs Are Not the Enemy17:00 - “I Eat So Much”21:30 - Importance of Breakfast & Tips30:20 - Micronutrients32:50 - Advice for Parents & Food Prepping Tips38:20 - Fats41:35 - Priorities in a Diet49:40 - Nutrient Delivery & Lean Protein53:20 - Too Much Reliance on SupplementsSupport the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode, Gerry welcomes fitness coach Des Pfeifer. Des has created a booming online training business and quite the following and joins the show to give insight on how she has built all of it!Des opens up about some of the challenges of entrepreneurship (both business AND personal) and some of the tips she has for aspiring entrepreneurs. From ignoring the opinions of others, becoming better at surrounding yourself with people to help you and more, Des gives some great advice on how to get started in the fitness/training industry and some of the things she has learned along the way to help grow your business and following.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Episode Timestamps6:00 - How Des Started 11:20 - Watered-down Content & Staying True to Yourself 21:30 - Growing a Following That Genuinely Cares about What You Say and Do 24:20 - Future Goals 29:00 - Bringing Others on to Help You Grow 34:00 - Being a Good Boss 41:45 - Tips for Starting a Business 46:10 - Making the Money & Flexing 51:45 - Balance Life and Work 59:20 - Final ThoughtsSupport the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode, Gerry welcomes on Furman University Strength and Conditioning Coach, Matt Aldred.To begin, Matt and Gerry discuss fundamental and principle driven ways to bridge the gap between sport and the weight room and how you can still hit the basics while doing so.Then, the two discuss building solid relationships between strength and sport coaches and how that inevitably will help the athlete. Then, the conversation finishes up with a discussion about weight room culture and building a solid community with your athletes.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Episode Timestamps:7:00 - Performance Model & Working with Coaches Concerns11:20 - How to Communicate with Sports Coaches19:30 - Coaches: Mental Toughness23:00 - Strength Coaches: Wins, Losses, and Injuries26:00 - Control What You Can Control29:30 - Prioritizing Exercises in a Time Crunch41:30 - Building Trust with Athletes50:00 - Teaching for When You Aren’t Around57:00 - Having Players Become Accountable of Each Other1:01:50 - Matt’s Final ThoughtsSupport the show (
In this episode Gerry discusses a recent tweet he saw about using medicine balls that are ONLY 8 pounds or less and why that pisses him off.He explains the need to analyze the force-velocity curve and think about how we load sprints and jumps and not abandon these principles just because we are using a different tool (medicine ball).Gerry dives in to how he used medicine balls and his approach to picking weights that best work for each unique athlete based on their need.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management.Support the show (
In this episode, Gerry welcomes on world-renowned sprint coach Dan Pfaff to talk about a variety of areas concerning speed development with team-sport athletes as well as overall career development.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Episode Timestamps3:39 - Working with High School Athletes First 15:00 - Dan’s Early Years as a Coach 20:30 - Do What People Seek You out For 23:15 - Sports & Covid 26:50 - Multi-sport Athletes 32:00 - Wellness and Injuries 39:00 - Gerry & Dan’s First Interaction: Scope of Practice 43:35 - Strength Coaches Adjusting to What an Athlete Has Been Doing Elsewhere 47:55 - High-performance Model 52:30 - What Is a Complete Athlete? 58:05 - Overdoing Small Mechanical Changes in Athletes 1:06:00 - the Science of Coaching 1:14:15 - Dan’s Final Thoughts Support the show (
In this episode, Gerry welcomes on speed and strength coach Bobby Stroupe to talk a wide range of topics in the world of sports performance.To start, Bobby goes through his early career and what first drew him to a career in sports performance. He discusses the early struggles of starting his business and what he learned along the way that eventually lead him to founding one of the most well known and elite training facilities in America, APEC.From there, Bobby and Gerry discuss the nature of working with elite level athletes and understanding the impact even the smallest changes can have. Bobby talks about his work with Patrick Mahomes and some fun stories that shed light on things you need to look for when preparing and guiding college and professional athletes.To finish up, the conversation turns to the litany of injuries early on in this COVID impacted NFL season and some of the factors that could be at play. This leads to a discussion about volume, collaboration amongst all aspects and areas of athletic performance and the best practices to mitigate injuries for athletes.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
In this episode Gerry discusses everything you need to know about intensive and extensive plyometrics.To start, the conversation addresses the inspiration for the episode and Gerry's initial claim on Twitter that extensive plyometrics create a solid base and foundation for desired "high speed," movements. Extensive plyometrics are distinct from their counterpart, intensive plyometrics, and have several benefits and uses for athletes. Gerry gives a breakdown of the difference between the two and then some benefits you can get from using them.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*Brendan Thompson, PT, DPT, is a former All-American sprinter at the University of Iowa and current physical therapist and speed/sprint coach. Brendan joins the show to talk about his college career and training experience with his own sprint work, the road to becoming a physical therapist and everything you can imagine when it comes to speed training and handling athletes.From the importance of all sectors of athletic development building rapport to build athletes, the importance of staying in our scope of practice depending on our area of expertise and valuable technical/timing and data aspects of sprint training... this conversation covers many topics.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Episode Timestamps:2:20 - Julian’s Nutrition Tip5:10 - Brendan’s Background12:40 – Hamstring Injuries16:45 - Brendan’s Educational Experience in Becoming a Physical Therapist23:17 – Staying in Your Scope of Practice32:25 – Improving Speed39:15 – Helping Athletes be Patient44:00 – Keeping Data Accurate51:50 – Lack of Sub-Max Training in Sprinting59:00 – More Effort Does Not Guarantee Higher Performance1:08:00 – How to Promote Gains in a Responsible Way as a Coach1:11:40 - Brendan’s Last ThoughtsSupport the show (
In this episode Gerry dives into two very important topics in the world of sports performance and strength and conditioning: mapping out training cycles and building rotational power.To start, the conversation gives a breakdown of one of the most important aspects of strength and conditioning: constructing and planning a training cycle. Gerry gives his thoughts on the areas that should be defined and structured and how you can go from there.From there, Gerry gives a breakdown on the development of rotational power and how FORCE is just as important as VELOCITY when it comes to power.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*Episode Timestamps:5:09 - Julian’s Nutrition Tip 8:30 - Getting to know Angelo Gingerelli15:00 - Working with Large Groups 23:35 - Baseball Strength Training & Training Pitchers 31:20 - Individualization for an Athlete 36:30 - Biggest Changes in the Industry over the Years 43:10 - Sticking to the Basics and Being Consistent 50:00 - Social Media and Getting Attention 52:00 - Starting Strength Training at a Young Age 59:15 - Work/Life Balance, Talking with People Outside of the Gym 1:04:45 - Angelo’s Final Thoughts and New Book Coming SoonSupport the show (
In this episode Gerry discusses an important topic that has flown around strength and conditioning Twitter this past week: Westside Barbell for athletes.In essence, there are some definite misconceptions regarding what conjugate programming is for athletes and what is done in a standard Westside Barbell. Gerry gives a breakdown of the difference it makes when you are training athletes and have to account for sports, speed and many variables that go BEYOND the barbell.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode Gerry welcomes on world-renowned strength coach and businessman Tony Gentilcore.Tony has trained both athletes and general fitness clients for almost two decades while having a hand in the co-founding and early years of Cressey Sports Performance as well as his own successful training studio, Core, in Massachusetts.The conversation begins with a look at Tony’s ascension through the industry, his experience co-founding Cressey Sports Performance and what he learned in that time and in venturing out on his own thereafter.From there, he talks about COVID-19 and the impact it has had on the fitness industry, the perils of misunderstanding sport specificity, sticking to the basics in strength training and way, way more.For a refreshing, genuine perspective on various areas of strength and conditioning you definitely won’t want to miss this episode!All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Episode Timestamps3:20 - Julian’s Nutrition Tip9:10 - Dealing with Covid19:20 - Small Gym Atmosphere & Gym Composition24:15 - Tony’s Background & Clients27:40 - Dealing with Clients That Get in Their Own Way32:25 - Dealing with Parents44:33 - Shifting to Gen Pop Vs. Athletes50:45 - The Grind of Moving Up53:48 - Defining When You’ve “Made It”1:00:00 - Avoiding the “Change Just to Change” MentalitySupport the show (
In this episode, Gerry discusses a variety of topics inspired by the latest questions in his DMs.To start, the conversation tackles the importance of a good warm-up structure and what you can look to do both when you first arrive to the field before a game as well as what you should do right before game-time.From there, Gerry discusses both objective AND subjective factors that are at play with minimum-effective dose and what you can look for when it comes to deciding when it is "okay," or necessary to push athletes a bit more with intensity and volume.Then, the conversation finishes with specifics of the drop-step and how to break-in in the private sector as a coach!All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode, Gerry welcomes on strength and speed specialist Mike Whiteman.To start, Mike discusses how he dealt with COVID-19 and came up with ways to train his athletes and help them continue making improvements in their performance.From there, the conversation turns to training speed for multiple sports and team-sport athletes, the basics of acceleration and top-speed and finding the line between quality and perfection.To finish, Mike discusses coaching plyometrics and Velocity based training as well as building quality movements with large groups of athletes.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Episode Timestamps2:30 - Julian’s Nutrition Tip7:00 - Dealing with COVID11:55 - Being Resourceful During This Time13:48 - Mike’s Journey19:30 - Working with multiple sports26:50 - Programming: Speed & Acceleration31:10 - Finding the Line between quality and perfection42:30 - The most successful way to get athletes in the correct positions58:10 - The difficulties of working with multiple athletes1:00:40 - Plyometrics1:10:30 - Going Over Mike’s Tweets (Change of Direction, Agility, Rep Amounts)1:20:00 - Mike’s SocialsSupport the show (
In this episode Gerry gives you insight and information on some more important topics in strength and conditioning and business.To start, Gerry discusses his frustration with people who try to narrow the complexities of injuries or other diverse topics into one "fix," or "cause," and their tendency to market off their own bulletproof solution.From there, he gives his breakdown on overcoming isometrics, how he utilizes them and his thoughts on utilizing them for speed and jump training, contrast training and in-season training.Then, the conversation shits towards guidelines for in-season training, training inexperienced athletes and how to improve force application in speed movements.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode Gerry welcomes on Tyler Scatturo of "Pocket Radar," to discuss the evolving landscape of technology and metric measurement in sports and sports performance!Episode Timestamps1:50 - Julian Nutrition Tip5:15 - Tyler’s Start with Pocket Radar8:40 - Early Goals and Vision for Pocket Radar11:45 - Evolution of Radar Technology and Culture16:00 - Getting People to Trust the Product20:20 - Transition from a Secondary Product to the Go to Product27:25 - Social Media Push for Promoting Yourself as an Athlete34:15 - Social Media Goals37:45 - Sprint Measuring39:38 - Future of Pocket Radar43:09 - Tyler’s Final ThoughtsSupport the show (
Muscles and Management is back after a week off and Gerry is answering some of your questions from his DMs!To start, Gerry discusses strength training and the idea of working up to heavier loads and lower reps to expose an athlete's nervous system to demands that require further recruitment of motor units. This will not only help drive up their overall weight lifted, but provide value in overall improvement of force output.From there, the conversation gets real as Gerry talks about some self-doubt he dealt with this past week and how important it is to compare yourself to the top standard of the industry so you always continue to improve your knowledge and abilities. How can this mindset help build respect and a following for a young coach if paired with a steadfast effort to post quality content backed with thought provoking reasoning. To finish, Gerry discusses cleans and burpees and how application is inevitably king, but that he may NEVER agree that a particular barbell lift is indeed BETTER for a team-sport athlete in terms of enhancing their speed, power and on-field ability.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
In this episode, Gerry welcomes on UMass Lowell Head Sports Performance Coach Kevin Cronin to discuss some key topics in sports performance and strength and conditioning.To start, Kevin details his career journey through the college ranks and how a move back to the east coast and "internship," under Mike Boyle lead to his current position at UMass. Kevin discusses what he learned from Mike in his brief time at MBSC and what it is like to be an intern after spending years of working at a high level as a coach. If you are in the field or looking to get into it you will not want to miss this!From there, the conversation turns to two key topics in strength training. How to handle "in-season," training and when you should shift focus away from strength training and more towards speed and power training. Additionally, Kevin discusses anti-rotational training and core stability as it pertains to rotational power and ability.All that and more on this episode of Muscles and Management!Support the show (
*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode, Gerry welcomes on Baseball Development Group Director of Pitching, Lennon Richards.Episode Timestamps:2:52 - Julian's Nutrition Tip6:58 - Current Work Lennon Is Working On11:40 - Process of Teaching12:40 - Getting Job in Private Sector15:15 - Working with Steve ______20:30 - Throwing Distance for Drills28:20 - Having a Curveball and a Slider37:20 - Changing Arm Action of Big League Pitchers41:25 - Weighted Balls45:10 - Using Technology, Coaching52:15 - Lennon’s Final ThoughtsSupport the show (
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