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 #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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PODCAST EPISODE #183: QANON AND MEN HAIRCUTS

Sep 16, 2020
 

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The RX’D Radio Docs are in the office! Jiunta and Shallow return for some trademark banter on the current state of affairs in North America. From COVID haircuts to politics and conspiracy theories, buckle in for some unfiltered and entertaining reflection on the wild and crazy year that is 2020.

After warming us up with a very uncomfortable trip to the barbershop, Shallow meanders into his recent interest in modern conspiracy theories. Including references to Jeffrey Epstein, Donald Sterling and systemic racism, outlandish theories behind the lineage of the Canadian Prime Minister and Trump as a secret super hero -- this episode goes everywhere you might not expect! Jiunta shares his personal experience living in California during this challenging time for the state, and the duo dive into the impact of COVID 19 on California in particular as well as how the upcoming election may impact the state of the virus in the broader United States. Shallow and Jiunta...

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PODCAST EPISODE #182: GOAL SETTING : YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

Sep 09, 2020
 

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 Jiunta and Shallow return this week to tackle the topic of goal setting as well as bring a uniquely interactive request to the audience. Starting off with a few thoughts on the strange times of COVID19, the boys jump into some podcast ranking experimentation with the listeners! Shallow requests your participation as he attempts to better understand how to hack the Itunes podcast rankings, comically auditing RX’D Radio reviews along the way. The duo then venture deep into what it really means to set and achieve a goal.

From the unwillingness to do the front-end work or reflect on failures, the question is posed as to whether or not the “goals” that an individual sets out to achieve are really his or her own. The Jordans walk us through barriers that they have faced in their own lives, daily habits they have changed to build a lifestyle for success, as well as some of Jiunta’s personal habits that keep his tunnel vision sharpened...

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PODCAST EPISODE #181: MICHAEL TUCKER : SPRINTEMBER. BUILDING SPEED AND SPEED CULTURE

Sep 02, 2020
 

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This week, we welcome Coach Michael Tucker to the podcast to dive deep into functional performance. Michael has 7 years of experience working with collegiate athletes at schools across the USA, and he is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the football team at Villanova University. Mike’s experience has built him to be one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in sports applications.

Today, Dr. Shallow and Coach Tucker travel in and out of the weeds to discuss sprint training and periodization, and how the latter is used to enhance an athlete’s performance on the field. After a brief introduction of Mike’s history, the conversation explores the entry-level sprinter and the common problems among athletes fresh on the collegiate turf. Mike walks us through some of his favourite drills to develop the technique of sprinting and how he thinks critically about developing programming for each athlete’s individual position...

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PODCAST EPISODE #180: BLAINE MCCONNELL & KILLIAN HAMILTON: COOL RUNNINGS AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE

Aug 26, 2020
 

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Today on RX’D Radio, Jordan Shallow and Killian Hamilton welcome Blaine McConnell to talk about the Olympic sport of Bobsledding. Blaine is a member of the USA National Bobsled team, a former Crossfit games athlete, and a family man currently residing in Iceland. He became a highly competitive athlete in an astoundingly short period of time, and is nothing less than the world’s strongest bobsledder!

Starting his career in football, Blaine picked up Crossfit to learn Olympic weightlifting and made his way to the Crossfit games with just 2 years of training. Blaine walks us through this journey in today’s conversation. After encouragement from friends to try out for the combine, Blaine’s impressive work ethic and freakish genetics landed him on the USA National Bobsled team in 2019, in his first year of training. Killian shares his own tale of the sled, and the two compare stories of their entries into the sport, the dangers of the sport,...

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PODCAST EPISODE #179: AWARENESS: THE ART OF PAYING ATTENTION

Aug 19, 2020
 

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The boys are back! Our regularly scheduled hosts are reunited this week to talk about awareness, and moreover the utter lack of it within today’s society. Shallow recounts multiple stories of his upbringing through rough neighbourhoods in Windsor, ON, and how those experiences helped to shape and elevate his awareness in everyday life. The Jordans discuss the role that evolution has played in today’s world -- particularly in places like the California Bay Area -- where life is safe, easy, and where The Top-of-the-Food-Chain is awarded by the merits of one’s bank account as opposed to one’s physical aptitude. Jiunta shares his opinions on the role that technology has played in our modern-day state of complacency, as well as how growing up in cold climates fosters necessary mental fortitude. The boys break down the concept of pain as an emotion, a drive state and perception, and chat about how the ability to “embrace the suck”...

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