RX'D Radio Podcast

The Pre-Script team along with special guests bring you a unique blend of science, strength, and clinical experience on the RX'D Radio Podcast. View the latest episodes below.

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PODCAST EPISODE #193: BRANDON STEINKE - BREATHING FOR PERFORMANCE

Nov 25, 2020
 

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This week, Dr. Shallow is back with another Canadian guest, Brandon Steinke. Brandon is an Eleiko Strength Coach based out of Edmonton Alberta. He owns Seasoned Athletics Coaching, and co-owns Mission Strength. Brandon specializes in breathing mechanics, and he takes us on a deep dive into his realm of expertise.

 

Brandon is one of ten Breathing Coaches in Canada, and today he clarifies the most common misconceptions about the most ubiquitous human thing, breathing. Brandon breaks down the biomechanics of breathing and explains why proper assessment is so imperative for success in lifting. He talks about how oxygen and carbon dioxide are processed during exercise, and how CO2 accumulation can be used to improve efficiency in performance. He discusses what healthy breathing mechanics are and the method he uses to score them. Other topics in this discussion include the biological process of lactic acid buildup and the best ways to buffer and train...

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PODCAST EPISODE #192: BEN PAKULSKI - VICE AND VIRTUE

Nov 18, 2020
 

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This week we welcome Canadian Bodybuilding guru Ben Pakulski back to Rx’D Radio to sit down with his fellow Canadians, Dr. Jordan Shallow, and Killian Hamilton. Unquestionably one of the greatest minds in bodybuilding training, Ben is an IFBB Pro with a long list of accomplishments, including appearances at The Olympia and multiple national titles. Ben is the CEO of Muscle Intelligence and owns Mi40, a gym in Tampa, Florida. He is an accomplished businessman, coach, speaker and lives his life with awareness and virtue like few others are able.

 

Today Team Canada gets into the weeds about the origins of Ben Pakulski, and what built him into the cognizant athlete he is today. We discuss his highest values and explore the personal growth he experienced during his time in the bodybuilding world. Ben tells us how his mentality behind training evolved to serve him better and ultimately lead to his successes in the sport, with his family, and...

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PODCAST EPISODE #191: JORDAN SHALLOW & KILLIAN HAMILTON: THOUGHTS?

Nov 11, 2020
 

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Pre-Script team Canada coaches reunite this week as Dr. Jordan Shallow is accompanied by Killian Hamilton. Today’s conversation is inspired by clients and colleagues sharing Instagram videos in the DM’s with no other context but - “Thoughts?”. Killian and Shallow unite in frustration over these engagements laying the groundwork for this discussion on the relevancy, value, and efficiency of one’s time.

The duo reflects on how much time is wasted surfing social media, where most will absorb the irrelevant information provided by others instead of forming unique opinions of their own. Killian and Shallow walk us through some of their structured, goal-oriented approaches to making money and discuss the vital roles of calibration and aim in successful business practice. Contrasting the lifestyles of the solo flying coach to the 9-5 puncher, Killian and Shallow highlight how following on the heels of others is a limiter and...

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PODCAST EPISODE #190: TREVOR KIMM - WEIGHTLIFTING & THE FUTURE OF CHIROPRACTIC

Nov 04, 2020
 

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This week Dr. Jordan Jiunta welcomes Trevor Kimm to the podcast. Trevor is a Doctor of Chiropractic student at Logan University and a fellow competitive weightlifter. An American Open Finals Champion and Team USA member, Trevor has represented his country on the international stage, on multiple occasions.

Trevor discusses both his uncommon transition into Olympic weightlifting from collegiate baseball as well as what brought him to study chiropractic. He walks us through his experiences preparing for international competition and the main hurdles he has faced along the way, touching on previous disc injuries as well as competing in Rome during the outbreak of COVID19. The boys talk about goal-setting for US nationals, previous weight cuts for competition, and the physical and psychological hurdles of gaining weight to move up in weight class. To wrap up, Trevor provides us with a bit of insight into what his vegetarian diet looks like now and how he...

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PODCAST EPISODE #189: THE BIG LEAGUES: STRENGTH & CONDITIONING ROUND TABLE

Oct 28, 2020
 

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Today on RX’d Radio we are joined in round table fashion by Killian Hamilton, Kyle Rogers, Ryan Orr and Joe Grinstain. Thought leaders in Strength and Conditioning, Kyle, Ryan and Joe are experienced coaches for top-level professional and collegiate baseball athletes. Today they share with us their stories, advice, and perspectives on coaching techniques for your clientele.

The group discusses the major differences between working in private versus professional sectors, and how diverse internships helped them each to better understand where they were best suited to practice in the world of S&C coaching. By entraining strength into sport-specific skills, the crew reflects on how effective strength coaches understand how their role is positioned to impact how the game is played. The discussion concludes with how to foster a secure coach and client relationship that accommodates a client’s input to address individual training needs such...

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PODCAST EPISODE #188: BUILDING COACHES CONFIDENCE

Oct 21, 2020
 

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Pre-Script Captains Shallow & Jiunta return today to talk coaching fundamentals, and provide their best advice for those interested in strength coaching. 

 

We begin with a very personal journey from Dr. Jiunta, describing how wrestling and bodybuilding led to his current and forever passion: olympic weightlifting. We are reminded that the first step doesn't have to be the right one, but it is always the necessary one to get started -- chasing your passion is not an easy task! Shallow discusses the biggest growth he sees in the Pre-Script Level 1 coaches, throughout the program, and describes how the course came into development. The Docs unravel how the PSL1 course drives home some of the most valuable skills they have found to build successful coaches, touching on topics such as in-person and online communication, confidence, critical thinking and the application of biomechanical concepts. 

 

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PODCAST EPISODE #187: KILLIAN HAMILTON: SELF-CARE & TRAINING ECONOMICS

Oct 14, 2020
 

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We return this week with the Canadian portion of the Pre-Script family, Killian Hamilton and Dr. Jordan Shallow, to discuss Killian’s realm of expertise in athlete skill acquisition  and Strength & Conditioning coaching.

Killian and Shallow unite in frustration about S&C coaches who attempt to match shapes in the weight room to those seen on the field of play, as well as why this method is born of a lack of knowledge and understanding of how to properly apply this training to sport. Killian discusses his training methods as well as his upcoming Skill Acquisition course. We dive deep into why the applications of training strength for sport versus training strength for strength are so very different. Killian does a great job walking us through the “whys and hows” of using the weight room to increase the physiological and neurological “bank accounts” of his athletes to afford them more runway for better...

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PODCAST EPISODE #186: PHIL SMITH - NUTRITION 101

Oct 07, 2020
 

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This week, the doc welcomes nutritional mastermind, Phil Smith, to the RX’D Radio. Phil is a sports nutrition coach and owner of SportsPlus Performance, who works with everyone -- elite athletes and weekend warriors alike -- to help them optimize their performance and reach their goals.

Shallow and Phil take a deep dive today into the biggest questions surrounding training and performance nutrition. Phil answers questions on some of the most controversial topics such as supplementation, protein intake and timing, the keto diet, hydration, and much more. He talks us through some of his tactics for meal timing, fueling, and recovery for high-level athletes and how these protocols may be unique for each sport application. They talk about carbohydrate sources, like Phil’s go-tos: sushi rice and bagels; they discuss both the methodology behind intense weight cuts made by fighters and strength athletes as well as rehydration and refeed protocols...

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PODCAST EPISODE #185: JAMES MACINTOSH: "I TOOK A ROUND TO THE CHEST"

Sep 30, 2020
 

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This week we welcome James Macintosh to the podcast. In this episode, James brings us a serious megadose of perspective. As the first person on RX’D Radio to have ever been shot, James humbly describes to us of the roller coaster of events that has been his life, and shows us what it means to literally run into the face of danger.

James is a strength coach, powerlifting athlete, and former paramedic and firearms trafficker, from South Africa. James discusses what drove his career choice as a medical professional, and recounts a heart-wrenching, life-altering tale from his first 2 weeks on the job as a paramedic. We get a riveting account of his very young life as an armed paramedic tracking down rhino poachers in South Africa where he was shot point blank in the chest. After a labral tear injury, James decided to shift careers and became involved in the import and exportation of firearms, though this position and its lack of positive impact on society...

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PODCAST EPISODE #184: PROGRESSIONS: SUCK LESS AT LIFE AND LIFTING

Sep 23, 2020
 

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The docs return this week to attack the topic of adaptation versus optimization, how these concepts vary with training age as well as the very critical role a coach plays in the success of an athlete. But first, the boys reminisce over some of their favorite past RX’D Radio episodes, and reflect on how the podcast has grown and evolved.

As we stroll into the current episode, Jiunta discusses his considerations when writing a program for a new client. He emphasizes the importance of the first step -- determining the level and needs of that individual. The Jordans breakdown adaptation versus optimization, and when each is appropriate to program. The “systems” way of thinking about programming is criticized in favor of what Shallow identifies as an “indexing” method to identify the athlete’s needs and address them, efficiently. The boys connect over their frustrations towards coaches taking too much credit for their...

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