All About Strength and Conditioning with Ricky McFarlane – The Barbell Life 390

Today on the Barbell Life Podcast, we have an OG Mash Athlete turned Strength Coach
extraordinaire, Coach Ricky McFarlane owner of PWR Sports and Human Performance
in England. He is the coach to some of the best Boxing, MMA, Football (aka Soccer), and
Rugby Athletes in the UK.

Today we talked about:

  • How to get funding together for a top rate facility
  • What it’s like to profit with 99% of customers being athletes
  • How he survived while Opening a new facility a week before COVID
  • Contracting as Head of Sport Science for a Professional Team
  • What it’s like to coach Professional MMA Athletes with enough never being
  • The key to buy-in is Education
  • His Assessment and relationship to UFC Performance Institute
  • Bo Sandoval is a leader in the industry
  • Some of his assessment strategies:
    • Unilateral and Bilateral jump testing
    • DSI
    • Joint ROM
    • Joint Asymmetry and Force Capability
  • Tips for training top athletes:
    • Isometrics
    • Loading is key to lower injury rates
    • Flywheel to lower injuries and create power-producing joints
    • Micro-dose strength training
    • 80% decrease with tendon injuries due to Flywheel
  • GymAware for Velocity Based Training
    • jumps every morning
    • Daily Readiness
    • Force-Velocity Curves
  • All Sports Science must aim to increase game day performance example would be Max
  • Favorite Movements:
    • Posterior Chain(reverse hypers, GHDs, Nordic Leg Curls, Jefferson curls,
    • Sled Dragging
    • Squats, Deadlifts, Pull-Ups, Belt Squat
    • Flywheel,
    • DB Floor Presses, Landmine Presses, Z-Press,
  • Utilizing Daily Undulating Periodization
  • Strength and Hypertrophy at the beginning of the week
  • Closer to the game: power and speed
  • His best business advice for all of you aspiring coaches
  • Establishing a Top Culture FYI, you have to lead the way
  • A body only knows a stressor and adaptation. It doesn’t know deadlift, squat, etc.
  • Find out about the research he’s Publishing soon
  • And more!


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