Coaches Tuck Radio

Coaches Tuck Radio is a podcast about coaching, training, sport, and life through the perspectives and experiences of coaches and high level performers.  Be sure to subscribe to and download our podcast on iTunes, give us a review, and share to the masses.  And remember…STAY TUCKED!

Episode 9: Kevin Doherty

Long Term Athlete Development. When it comes to developing kids into world championship level competitors, Kevin Doherty, the head coach of Hassle Free Barbell, is one of the best. In episode 9 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don discusses with Kevin what Long Term Athlete Development means to him.

It would be hard to find another coach in the country that has worked with more athletes from day 1 as a young kid to a world championship level athlete over the past 10+ years than Kevin.

Kevin discusses how recruiting and talent selection is ultimately a numbers game. Out of all the kids that Kevin works with yearly, only about 1% of the athletes end up making it to the international level.

While we typically hear about the X’s and O’s to developing athletes, Kevin takes a more personal approach to Long Term Athlete Development. To him, the key to developing an athlete from the youth to senior level is life balance. It may seem contrarian to some, but in Kevin’s experience, the more an athlete focuses on things outside of the sport like school, work, relationships, etc., the better the performance on the platform is.

Additionally, building trust and faith with your athletes is essential to success – a common theme with most of our guests on the podcast.

Strap in, listen, and enjoy the ride!

You can follow Kevin and his club on Instagram at @hasslefreebbc and on the web at www.hasslefreebarbell.com/.

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Episode 8: Dave Spitz

“Disappointment fades, regret lingers.” In Episode 8 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don sits down with the Godfather himself, Dave Spitz, owner and head coach of California Strength.

Dave discusses how he approaches disappointment, failure, and adversity as a way to evolve and improve, and that the keys to successfully navigating that terrain come down to fine tuning the finer details of things and setting your ego aside to not only accept what you don’t know, but also do seek out those who do know and learn from them.

The Godfather strives to “fight the war on mediocrity” daily, and it starts with his athletes. He continually impresses upon his athletes the importance of working towards being a better person, a better student, and a better weightlifter….in that order. It’s a simple recipe that can provide a potent punch.

Strap in, listen, and enjoy the ride!

You can follow Dave and his gym on Instagram at @cal_strength and on the web at www.californiastrength.com.

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Episode 7: Ramsey Nijem

As a coach, when you show your athletes that you care, your athletes will respond in kind.

In episode 7 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don and Russell chat with Ramsey Nijem, the head strength & conditioning coach of the Sacramento Kings. The common theme throughout this episode is RELATIONSHIPS. As the youngest S&C coach in NBA history, Ramsey uses his age to his advantage in being able to relate, connect, and build strong and caring relationships with his players and staff.

In an ego driven league, Ramsey discovered early on that letting go of ego is essential to long-term success for both himself and his athletes in terms of building “buy-in,” culture, and ultimately performance.

To top it off, Ramsey is also in the process of finishing up his PHD, so we go into detail on what his dissertation is all about, and how he’s able to manage both being a head strength coach in the NBA and putting the finishing touches on his PHD.

Strap in, listen, and enjoy the ride!

You can follow Ramsey on Instagram at @ramsey_nijem.

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Episode 6: Sean Waxman

Sometimes to figure out what you want to do in life, you first need to know what you don’t want. Our guest this week is Sean Waxman​, owner and head coach of Waxman’s Gym​ down in Los Angeles. Having been born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens during the 70’s and 80’s, Sean realized early on that the school of hard knocks was not for him.

Those experiences, however, have helped form the coach and person he is today in a very positive and powerful way.

With training and sports as his vehicle out, Sean eventually came to realize that coaching gave him passion and purpose. Fast forward to 2009, that passion and purpose coupled with the resilient mindset forged back in the burros of New York lead to the opening of Waxman’s Gym, the first weightlifting ONLY gym in Southern California and one of only a few of its kind in the entire country.

Sean goes on to discuss some of the struggles he went through to get his gym up and running, and in his opinion, what the keys to being a successful coach boils down to.

Strap in, listen, and enjoy the ride!

You can follow Sean and his gym on Instagram at @waxmansgym and find him on the web at www.waxmansgym.com/

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Episode 5: Logan Gelbrich

There comes a point in everyone’s life when they come onto a fork in the road, and they have the option of going left, or going right. In Episode 5 of Coaches Tuck Radio, we are joined by coach, gym owner, entrepreneur, writer and I dare say philosopher, Logan Gelb rich.

Striving for excellence with a sense of urgency is what motivates him to push forward, and push HARD. In order to achieve optimal performance in all facets of life, Logan instills in others the value of embracing fear and uncertainty. In short, that is what going right encompasses.

Strap in and listen for some major knowledge bombs that Logan drops on how to approach life and maximize performance.

You can follow Logan and his gym, DEUCCE GYM, on Instagram at @functionalcoach and @deuce_gym, and find him on the web at www.deucegym.com/

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Episode 4: Noah Bryant

In an individual sport, you have to be selfish. In Episode 4 of Coaches Tuck Radio, we are joined by current strength and power coach and former 2-time NCAA National Champion shot putter at USC, Noah Bryant.

We discuss the difference in mindset an individual sport athlete must have when compared to a team sport athlete, Don and Noah rehash the glory days of USC, we discuss the difference between work ethic and dedication, safety bar squatting, and finally we wrap it up with a frank conversation about the lack of personal accountability and a victim mentality that exists with athletes and people in general today.

You can follow Noah on Instagram at @noahstrength, and find him on the web at www.noahstrength.com/

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Episode 3: Jon North

In order to understand the present, you must first learn about the past. In Episode 3 of Coaches Tuck Radio, we have our first guest, the one and only Jon North!

We have a chilling discussion about his experiences growing up with addiction, living in fear, how becoming a parent has changed his life for the better, and how it all has manifested itself into what we know as the Dark Orchestra and the Jon North we all know, love, and for some, hate today.

Leave your preconceived notions of Jon behind as you’ll come to have a better appreciation, understanding, and love for what Jon has overcome in his past, and the person he has become after listening to this episode.

You can follow Jon on Instagram at @attitudenation, and find him on the web at www.theattitudenation.com/

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Episode 2

In Episode 2 of Coaches Tuck Radio, Don Ricci and Russell Jordan discuss:
– Why on earth Jordan doesn’t like Led Zeppelin
– Don’s crushing realization that he fits within the millennial age group
– The recently concluded Pan American Weightlifting Championships
– And lastly, Don’s observation about the changing demographics in people attending USAW coaching seminars.

Listen in on our continued journey of being a conduit of shared experience and knowledge bombs galore!

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Episode 1

The inaugural episode of Coaches Tuck Radio! Don Ricci and Russell Jordan talk about what the hell the “Coaches Tuck” is and how it came to be, their individual journeys up to this point, and what the podcast is ultimately all about: coaching, training, sport and life through the perspectives and life experiences of coaches and high level performers.

Listen in and join us as we embark on this journey of being a conduit of shared experiences and knowledge bombs galore!

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