The Human Advancement Podcast
Ep. 22 - Last Minute Considerations for Peak Race Day Performance

Ep. 22 - Last Minute Considerations for Peak Race Day Performance

February 28, 2022

In this time-sensitive episode, John and Keith discuss strategies for a successful lead-up to championship swim meets. 

Topics include:

-The scientific underpinnings of the taper

-Race-day nutrition

-When to change your race day routine

-NSAIDs and their role on race day

-Caffeine consumption and its effects on swimming

-When to stop strength training before championship swim meets

 

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Ep. 21 - June Q&A

Ep. 21 - June Q&A

June 14, 2021

In this latest Q&A, John Matulevich talks to fellow Ruthless Performance coach, Keith Lowery. 

Keith and John talk about...

-Hip and groin Health through strength training

-New equipment at the Mobility Studio in Pottsville, PA

-The most important muscles to target for health and performance

-Biomechanical advantages of having a bigger butt

-Why your workout shouldn't be the same as top-level athletes

-Some of our favorite warm-ups at Ruthless Performance

-Training with partners vs. training alone

-The draw backs of at-home workouts

-Cold brew vs. hot coffee as a preworkout and the benefits and drawbacks of both

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

Visit RuthlessPerformance.com to learn more about how we train our athletes, specifically the online education tab.

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Ep. 20 - Strength and Conditioning Q&A

Ep. 20 - Strength and Conditioning Q&A

February 23, 2021

In this conversation, John from Ruthless Performance answers Intern Keith Lowery's, questions about the profession of strength and conditioning. 

 

The two talk about:

-John's initial interest in Strength & Conditioning

-Strength training for swimmers

-German Volume Training

-Westside / Conjugate

-Nutrition, gut health, and micronutrient-dense foods

 

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

Visit RuthlessPerformance.com to learn more about how we train our athletes, specifically the online education tab.

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Ep. 19 - Allie Doran - Eating Wild Game for Health and Sustainability

Ep. 19 - Allie Doran - Eating Wild Game for Health and Sustainability

February 16, 2021

In this episode, John Matulevich is joined by Allie Doran, a wild game chef and author of Venison Every Day.

The two talk about:

-The health benefits and utility of making stock

-Allie's love of bear meat, specifically her bear chili recipe

-General wild game cooking tips and tricks

-Dessert ideas

-Why homemade recipes tend to be much healthier than 'healthy' alternatives and tastier than restaurant made dishes

 

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

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Ep. 18 - Using Your Unique Strengths to Benefit Your Community

Ep. 18 - Using Your Unique Strengths to Benefit Your Community

February 3, 2021

In this episode, John Matulevich revisits his 2019 cross-country 43-day cycling journey with the Pottsville Rotary. This is a somewhat edited episode and is available as audio-only. You can find the pictures from this presentation on the Ruthless Performance Ride America Facebook Page

John discusses:

-Using your skills to pivot into more rewarding positions

-The most abrupt elevation changes of his cross country ride

-How the desert wreaked havoc on his performance and health

-Overcoming the various challenges of cross country cycling

-Creating a feedback system that rewards positivity and forward progress

-The importance of community and the value of community-strengthening organizations

 

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

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Ep. 17 - Ned Hampford & Josh Zelinsky - The History of the

Ep. 17 - Ned Hampford & Josh Zelinsky - The History of the

January 25, 2021

In this episode, John from Ruthless Performance sits down with long-time Pottsville Area High School Swim Coach Ned Hampford and the team's statistician, Josh Zelinsky. In addition to John's role with Ruthless Performance, he is also the Strength & Conditioning Coach (and alumni from) the Pottsville Area Crimson Tide Swim Team.

In this episode the three talk about:

-The creation of the DHH Lengel Natatorium (1970)

-The formation of the Pottsville Area Boys' Swim Team (1973)

-The team's participation in the East Penn Swim League and subsequently the Anthracite Swim League

-Coach Hampford's start with the team (1977)

-Early team successes and qualifications for the state championship meet (1986)

-The team's departure from traditional, high-yardage training

-The formation of the Pottsville Area Water Polo team as a means of building and introducing new swimmers to the water

-The strengths and weaknesses of coaching swimming in the coal region

-The popularity of tech suits in the early 2000's

-All-time best performances and races from the team's history

 

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Ep. 16 - Kyle Fisher - Nose to Tail

Ep. 16 - Kyle Fisher - Nose to Tail

January 18, 2021

In today's episode, returning guest, Kyle Fisher, runs the show. Kyle talks about his first successful deer hunting experience, plus some unusual recipes and the value of organ meat.

Some points from this episode include...

-The value of liver and heart in health and performance

-Using fish heads to make a healthy broth rich in Vitamin A

-Adding organ meat to traditional American foods

-Hunting to get closer to nature

 

You can follow Kyle on his Alternative Fish social media platforms including Instagram and the VIP Facebook Page.

 

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

Visit RuthlessPerformance.com to learn more about how we train our athletes, specifically the online education tab.

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Ep. 15 - Dr. Brandon Aucker - Chiropractic for Enhanced Wellness

Ep. 15 - Dr. Brandon Aucker - Chiropractic for Enhanced Wellness

January 12, 2021

Today, we're joined by Dr. Brandon Aucker of Revive Chiropractic in Pottsville, PA, whose office is home to the new Ruthless Performance Mobility & Fitness Studio. 

 

Over the conversation, topics range from:

-Details about Dr. Aucker's mentor, Dr. Jack Dolbin, who played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos while going to chiropractic school

-Chiropractic for sports

-Modalities that Dr. Aucker uses at Revive Chiropractic

-Thoughts on back pain

-Biomechanics and how it relates to function, posture, and wellness

-How NASCAR drivers seek out chiropractic practitioners

-The pitfalls of dehydration

-Gym-Clinic Hybrids

 

You can learn more about Revive Chiropractic on their Facebook, Instagram, their website, and you can call them at (570)621-4390 or email them with questions or to become a patient.

 

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

Visit RuthlessPerformance.com to learn more about how we train our athletes, specifically the online education tab.

Want to train with Ruthless Performance? Contact us at RuthlessPerformance.com/contact.

Ep. 14 - Kent Maiman - Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Ep. 14 - Kent Maiman - Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail

January 4, 2021

This episode marks the beginning of season 2 for the Human Advancement Podcast

During this episode, John Matulevich of Ruthless Performance talks to Kent Maiman, a long distance hiker from Colorado who recently completed the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Over the course of the hour-long conversation, John and Kent cover topics ranging from:

-Kent's life prior to hiking the AT

-Lessons learned from the trail (i.e. "Never Quit on a Bad Day")

-Trail gear and Kent's favorite pieces of equipment

-Footwear

-Kent's nutrition on the trail, particularly his vegetarian diet

-Skills learned on the trail

-Life lessons

-Trying to accomplish something as daunting as hiking the Appalachian Trail during the early days of COVID-19

 

More broadly this episode should serve as a pep talk to get your ass in gear if you're interested in accomplishing big things in 2021.

 

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

Visit RuthlessPerformance.com to learn more about how we train our athletes, specifically the online education tab.

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Ep. 13 - Kyle Fisher - Injury Prevention in College Athletics

Ep. 13 - Kyle Fisher - Injury Prevention in College Athletics

May 31, 2020

In this episode, John is joined by fellow Bloomsburg University graduate, Kyle Fisher. Kyle's career has taken him throughout the United States, but he is currently an athletic trainer for Lebanon Valley College.

The conversation begins with Kyle briefly discussing his high school and collegiate football experience, which even led to some time as an NFL prospect. The discussion then transitions into John and Kyle's mutual interest and expertise in injury prevention.

Some subsequent topics include:

-Understading the PSAC conference and NCAA Division-2 athletics

-What athletic training actually is

-Athletic Training vs. Strength & Conditioning

-Care fore athletes vs. General Population

-Bottlenecks in sports rehab and recovery

-Avoiding injuries post-COVID

-Isometric Training

-How Kyle assesses athletes

-Concussions: rehab & prevention

-Vestibular training

-Addressing ACL injuries & high risk athletes

-Training athletes online -Icing athletes: does it work?

-Compression and its benefits

-Kinesiotape

-The fine line between safety and babying athletes

-The influence of helmets on concussions

In the conversation, Kyle mentions vestibular testing using the Brock string

You can follow Kyle on his Alternative Fish social media platforms including InstagramFacebook, and the VIP Facebook Page.

 

As always, follow Ruthless Performance on Twitter and Instagram (both @RuthlessPerform).

Visit RuthlessPerformance.com to learn more about how we train our athletes, specifically the online education tab.

Want to train with Ruthless Performance? Contact us at RuthlessPerformance.com/contact.

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