Human Performance Podcast – Episode 1 with Greg Robins

So for better or worse, I and a few others have taken the liberty of going into a more focused and directed path with regards to the medium that is available to us via podcasting. Some will include interviews, others will be focused on education and more modern techniques with regards to movement, strength and conditioning, and fitness. The focus is borrowing from the idea and mission statement from Henry Lau’s Human Performance Forum, going forth with the name of “Human Performance Podcast“. Essentially, the mission statement that is being focused on is…

To educate individuals in human performance in various topics such as, though not limited to movement, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, nutrition; and to bring awareness to unrelated topics/products that might help individuals in the fitness industry.

With this in mind, the format and structure is open for criticism, so feel free to leave any feedback!

Episode 1

Today will feature a podcast with guest Greg Robins and Pat Davidson, where discussion ranges from powerlifting, to Strongman lifting, to technology in training, among other changes in approach that Cressey Sports Performance has been undergoing as of late. [soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Timestamps on Human Performance Podcast – Episode 1

00:00 – Rebranding and Intro

00:40 – Greg Robins Introduction

1:20 – Personal Lifting and Intern Lifting

3:30 – Miguel’s Personal Nostalgia

5:15 – “Where’s Cressey Performance?”

6:12 – “…in the middle of nowhere.”

7:30 – Greg’s Background

24:40 – Greg’s beginnings on powerlifting

30:40 – “Has your approach changed with regards to powerlifting?”

35:50 – Percentage Based Strongman Training

41:00 – How technology and advances in techniques can change your approach to S&C

44:07 – “…The culture has changed…”

45:00 – “You know what… why don’t you just train harder?”

46:20 – People ask Pat, “Have you gone soft?”

48:20 – Warm-Up Talk

51:17 – Movement Education Drills

57:13 – Specialization Success Guide Chat


1:02:00 – Percentage Based Training Chat

1:05:10 – The Arena – Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt

1:10:00 – Powerlifting Seminar and CSP Seminar

1:14:00 – “You want to hurt the ground….”

*Bolded are portions of the podcast that were interesting to me.

You can find more about Greg here at his website, the Strength House.

Greg Robins’ and Eric Cressey’s newest powerlifting product:
Specialization Success Guide (SSG)

Links Talked About
Modifying the Specialization Success Guide

So with all of this in mind, what else can we cover that you aren’t getting? How can we help you improve at your game as a coach and trainer? Please leave a comment below and thank you in advance!

As always,

Keep it funky.


Taking the Path Less Traveled – Episode 2 with Pat Davidson

I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Pat Davidson, and this time around we had a lot more time to discuss stress adaptations, bio-energetics, and of course PRI. Fortunately for you, we definitely went over our 30 minute allotted time slot that I attempted to preserve.

Here is the first 3 hour long podcast – Taking the Path Less Traveled – Episode 1 with Pat Davidson.

I’m also in the process of looking towards making this more audio-friendly for our commuter friends, as this video on Google Hangout can’t be accessed from a mobile device (as far as I know).

In any case, here are some notes I took during the second interview, and some of the books and authors we had to discuss.

I do not profit from these links in anyway. I would tell you otherwise. ;)

Books, Authors, and Courses Discussed

Vladimir Issurin – Block Periodization

Nassim Nicholas Taleb – Anti-Fragile

Postural Restoration Institute – Courses

UPDATE: Here is a Soundcloud version! :)

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Timeline of Events

1:50 – Pat’s New Logistics
2:50 – PRI and Adaptation
9:20 – “PRI is a recovery BOMB.”
9:38 – “You can only train as much as you can recover.”

Google Hangout - Pat Davidson
10:00 – What are the intangibles needed to be a successful Strongman athlete?
12:35 – How do you approach nutrition in the coming weeks for a Strongman competition?
13:45 – Satiation, Food and Inflammation
16:07 – Strongman Training Volume, and Prepping for Competitions
20:50 – Suck It Up, and Do Work!
21:00 – Do you use any technology to assist in training?
24:04 – Fragile vs Anti-Fragile
29:45 – “…You’re basically throwing yourself head first off a cliff.”
31:07 – Mouthguard Discussion
33:20 – PRI Reference Centers
43:24 – “You have all the money in the world. What does your dream strength and conditioning facility look like?”
44:28 – If we were to look into your fridge right now, what would we find?
45:12 – “You’re driving to a training session. What is playing on your radio before you get to the facility?”
46:40 – “What kind of “hard skills” do you believe you need to succeed as a strength and conditioning coach?”
50:54 – “People undervalue specificity.”
52:05 – “Corrective Exercise is a scalpel…”

As always,

Keep it funky.


Interview with Dr. Pat Davidson

I had the opportunity this morning to interview Dr. Pat Davidson, a former professor at Springfield College, national level competitor that has competed in the Arnold Classic twice, former practitioner of MMA, and overall animal of a person. If you’re interested at all in learning about Pat’s life from his career early on towards his evolution as a modern strength coach, I highly recommend listening to the whole interview.


Going into this I wanted to discover what makes Pat tick, and when I did this I wanted to dig deep into his internal locus. Hopefully you too come out of this with a better understanding of his early sacrifices, what he is learning now, and how much of an expert this individual truly is when it comes to strength and conditioning, and everything that relates to this topic.

Taking the Path Less Traveled – Episode 1 with Dr. Pat Davidson

NEW! – Episode 2 with Pat Davidson


If however, you don’t have the patience to sit and watch 3 hours of an interview, I’ve highlighted different parts of the interview in order to “chop” up the segments for easier digestion.

Find below timestamps for a one on one interview with Dr. Pat Davidson.

0:00 – Introduction

Personal Background of Pat Davidson

23:18 – Formal Education of Pat Davidson

30:12 – Talking about his PhD at Springfield College

Other Philosophical Influences of Pat Davidson

Pat Davidson - Word Cloud

38:42 – Experiences with DNS

39:55 – Pat’s Intro to PRI from Other Coaches

41:00What drives you as a student within this industry?

45:00 – Kevin Adair, BioSignature, and Gluten

47:54What drives you as an educator and coach within this industry?


50:00 – “ACSM guidelines are to exercise, as Will Smith is to rap.

55:40What drives you as an athlete?


56:47What are one or two lessons that you know now, that you wish you knew in your 20s or early career?   

57:36 – Success, and “Sleeper Cell Students” within Exercise Science and S&C

1:01:53 – What are your biggest epiphanies in 2013-2014? And what paths did you go down excitedly, but realized were ultimately dead ends?

1:03:48 – Extensive PRI Chat

1:08:23Who has been the most impactful with regards to influencing your thought process?

“It doesn’t matter what you do,

you apply the same mindset to it that you apply to your training.”

“If I’m cleaning a toilet, it’s gonna be the cleanest toilet you’ve ever seen in

your entire life, because i’m going to clean that toilet like I train.”

1:12:35 – “Intelligence scares me.

1:14:15 – “If you’re not on the PRI bus, I don’t really want to do anything you’re not doing.

1:14:48 – “Ron Hruska is like God to me.

1:15:02 – “Yeah there’s people, but it’s more like the notion of what people represent to me, as far as their work ethic, talent, and the pursuit of everything that is outside of the box.”

1:15:35What resources do you recommend for many up and coming coaches and trainers who are eager to learn?

1:17:28 – “Gears, clock making.”

1:17:51 – “There’s level to it.”

1:18:09 – Pat asks me: “How many years of PRI do you think you’d need to dive into it before you’re comfortable?

1:20:06 – “I’ve been in chronic pain forever.

1:23:10 – “Low Threshold Signals vs High Threshold Signals”

1:28:19 – Temporal-Mandibular-Cranial-Cervical Explanation + Tangential Information

1:31:05 – What are reference centers with regards to the TMCC information?

1:43:24What methods does he use to help in the transfer of weight room strength to on field performance?

1:53:33Please explain the correlation between proper diaphragm breathing and one’s ability to produce maximal strength.

2:07:33Concurrent programming, How to manage fatigue of the various body systems, What you’re looking for in particular (with regards to the above topics)?

2:18:55 – Fatigue (DB Hammer (?))

2:21:49 – Tom Yanuzzi & Gerard Friedman – CrossFit Question

2:28:41 – Naming Protocols During Different Blocks

2:34:48Best resources for someone interested primarily in strength, power, and hypertrophy to learn programming/training variations?

2:48:28What is your definition of greatness?


If you have any interest in any of the things that we discussed today, you can check out Pat’s website here at and his email at

As always,

Keep it funky