PODCAST EPISODES

18SP 017: Michael Manavian | Hormones, Bodybuilding, and Golf Instruction

Michael Manavian is not your typical Teaching Pro.  He is also a nutrition consultant and former world class bodybuilder.  He has found a way to utilize his experience in all of these arenas in one of the most state of the art golf facilities in the US. As a partner at Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab, Michael works with world class golfers not only on their swing, but on nutrition down to the cellular level, literally. In this episode we discuss the role of hormones on your health and golf game, as well as a few quick dietary fixes to get you on the right track.  We also go into Michael’s history as a bodybuilder and how that has helped shape the way he approaches not only the physical aspect of his golfers, but the mental side, too. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below:   Michael’s Background From Watertown Massachusetts Graduated from Methodist University  Started teaching golf lessons Then took a year off to play professional golf At 128lbs. he decided he needed to start working on the body and got into Body building and started working with Steve Michalik (Mr. USA/Mr. Universe) Did over 20 bodybuilding shows, then got into training and supplement development Got back into teaching golf a few years ago Met Ali Gilbert and Dr. Steven Murphy, who are now his partners in Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab Opened up 2 more locations at the Clay Institute and Rebar Fitness What Does Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab do? Hormone Testing Nutrition consultations Fitness testing and training Primarily work with Golfers Highlights from this Episode Worked with Rob Labritz in 2010 who went on to be the low pro at the PGA Championship Michael REQUIRES all client to submit a 3 day food log Most people aren’t eating enough protein (1gram per 1lb. of body weight) are eating too many carbs (1gram per .75lbs of body weight) not enough good fats (1 gram per .5lbs of body weight) Michael views weight training as mental toughness training I don’t think you can OVERTRAIN, I think you can UNDER-RECUPERATE Your training and recovery need to be

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18SP 016: Mitch Sadowsky | Developing Power and Speed in the Golf Swing

Mitch Sadowsky is an expert on explosive power and how to transfer that power to the golf swing.  From his background of both playing and coaching very high level volleyball and working with some of the best golfers on the planet, Mitch knows a thing or two about training effectively at all levels. In this episode, Mitch shares with us some of the tried and true fundamentals of his fitness programs and how you can take some of the things he is doing with his clients and implement them into your training and practice. Mitch’s Background Director of Golf Fitness at Lake Nona Country Club Lead Camp Coach for Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Played golf growing up Played Volleyball at Ball State Universtiy Played professional volleyball for several years Coached college volleyball Started working with Ian Poulter then eventually got the position at Lake Nona Started Working with Graeme McDowell in 2013 Working with Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk (Long Drive Champion) Highlights from this Episode Mitch describes some of the differences in working with a long drive champion (Lisa “Longball”) and working with the tour players like GMac and Poulter There is a lot of team work between all of the professionals working with the tour pro; physio, fitness pro, swing coach How utilizing sprints can be very effective when working with the touring professional Mitch spent some time with the guys at The Athlete Factory in Calgary working on speed and power training for athletes (not just golfers) We discuss Olympic lifting for kids, the average golfer and the pros Basic lifts can be very effective for golfers, this doesn’t have to mean heavy weights Using these types of exercises help the body coordinate movement, power, and speed, all of which carry over to the golf swing Your muscle firing pattern need to be coordinated properly in order to maintain consistency in your ball striking Mitch gives his definition of “18STRONG” What are the best strength coaches in the world doing What’s Mitch Excited about these Days Working on some power and stability projects with experts in other sports and athletes and how they tie into golf. Last Piece of Advice

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18SP 015: Dan McLaughlin | TheDanPlan

Have you ever thought about just quitting your job and trying to be a pro golfer? Dan McLaughlin did just that at age 30. Crazy, right? Well, even more crazy is that, Dan had never even swung a club. And so began “TheDanPlan.” In this episode, Dan McLaughlin from “TheDanPlan” takes you through his journey towards 10,000 hours of deliberate practice, the theory made popular in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers.” His ultimate goal by the end of this journey is to get a start on the PGA Tour and make the cut. Dan McLaughlin’s Background  Was a commercial photographer who quit his job to test the 10,000 hours of practice theory. The Dan Plan began in 2010. Never played golf before, had never even fully swung a club! Highlights from this Episode Dan began his quest with only a putter. His “plan” was to Didn’t swing a driver until 18months into the process Played his first full round in January 2012 Dan explains his passion and reasons for taking on this challenge. Dan lays out his routines and practice schedule. Dan’s handicap index has been as low as a 2.7, currently is a 3.1 He has 5700 hours of practice completed, 4300 to go. Dan is funding this whole project on his own dime. Dan tells the story of his highest and lowest points on the course since beginning his journey. Dan’s ultimate goal is to play in a PGA Tour event and make the cut. Dan has the opportunity to head to California in March to work with Tiger’s coach from when he was a kid, Rudy Doran. Dan’s Team Worked with a swing coach, but currently not working with anyone Has a fitness professional that he works with on a regular basis, but does most workouts independently. His “most important” coaches right now are his mental game coaches, the ladies at Vision54. Dan’s Advice Be your practice self when you’re in the middle of a competition. Believe in yourself and love what you do. Where You Can Find Dan: The Dan Plan Website: thedanplan.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheDanPlanGolf Twitter: @thedanplan Donate to The Dan Plan: http://thedanplan.com/donations-2/ *Please remember that Dan is funding this

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18SP 014: Phillip Lapuz | The Lost Art of Practice | Kronos Golf | Shark Tank

You may recognize the name Philip Lapuz from his appearance on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank with his company Kronos Golf. In this episode of the 18STRONG Podcast I have a chance to talk with Phillip about the story behind these amazing putters. The mantra of Kronos Golf is pretty simple, here is a piece directly from their website: The golf industry has been blinded with lies, disgraceful manufacturing, and false idols. KRONOS was founded as a rebirth of golf. KRONOS will never promise that our clubs will make you a better golfer. Only you can make yourself a better golfer. Only you can improve through practice. We promise to build our products with integrity and elevated precision. It’s a promise to craft something you can trust. I love it. And that’s why when I saw his episode on “The Shark Tank,” I knew I wanted to meet him and get him on the show.  Not only did I get to meet him, but I had the opportunity to roll some putts with a couple of his pieces of art.  Better known as putters. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below:   Phillip’s and Kronos Golf’s Background  Started Kronos while in Grad school in Japan His best friends’ dad used to design and manufacture clubs, which is where he originally learned and fell in love with golf design When playing on the golf team in Japan, he decided to make his own putter, then produced around 100 of them, which sold out quickly when he took them back to Japan Highlights from This Episode Their CNC milling process is the most precise out there in regards to designing putters Most important things to know about a putter That the face is truly flat That the sight line and sweet spot line up properly (this isn’t as standard as you would think!) “Draft” on the bottom of the putter What to know when getting fit for a putter: Length of the club Lie angle of the club (the angle at which the shaft enters the head of the club) Kronos prides itself on the challenge and

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18SP 013: Dr. Ellen Reed | Creating Your Mental Toughness Fundamentals

Dr. Ellen Reed is a Mental Training Consultant that works with athletes and executives of all types. In this episode of The 18STRONG Podcast, she defines the Mental Toughness Fundamentals for us and takes us through the process of developing our personal “Performance Statement.” This is one of the most actionable interviews we’ve had on the podcast to this date.  Enjoy. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Dr. Ellen Reed’s Background Mental Training Consultant with Enhanced Performance Working with Dr. Jason Selk for over 10 years PhD in Psychology Works with individuals and groups looking to develop their Mental Toughness: The minds ability to stay focused on solutions, especially when times are tough Dances with The Big Muddy Dance Company Works with athletes of all kinds, golfers, baseball, etc.  Highlights of this Episode The Mental Toughness Fundamentals apply to everyone in every situation (athletes, CEO’s, stay at home mom’s etc.) The biggest mistake golfers are making is not being able to recover from that bad shot Golfers also tend to have “self-doubting” shots even when they are playing well, which can destroy a round Dr. Ellen discusses how we need to replace our bad thoughts with something rather than try to prevent them The Pink Elephant and Blue Hot Air Balloon example The mentally Tough have learned how to get rid of those damaging thoughts faster Developing your own “Performance Statement” Dr. Reed walked us through creating our own “Performance Statement” for the next time we are on the course.  Here is a quick breakdown of the steps: Picture yourself in your next high pressure situation on the course and come up with the One Thing that you can focus on that will allow you to be successful.  (Once you have one, come up with one or two more). Eg. “Head down, roll it in” Begin reciting this to yourself for every shot.  You have to ritualize this to make it comfortable and natural. Visualization Visualization is the number one to tool for sports performance. 3 guidelines for visualization: Visualize in the 1st person, as if you’re looking through your own eyes

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18SP 012: Crowd-funding and Life on the Mini Tour | ProUKnow

In this episode, Justin Bryan and Van Pierce share the highs and lows (more lows than highs!) of the mini tour life and how their new website (ProUKnow.com) just might be a game changer in how these golfers can afford to play in these costly events in hopes of achieving their ultimate goal of getting to the big show. Justin and Van are two friends and former golf teammates from St. Louis that decided that the mini tour golfers need a better way to support their future and provide some financial security to be able to showcase their talent.  From this mission they have created ProUKnow.com, which is a Crowd-funding website dedicated to mini tour and Web.com golfers. Much like the very popular  website Kickstarter.com which has propelled hundreds and thousands of entrepreneurs ideas into successful products and brands, these guys are looking to do the same for the aspiring tour pro. And they know this business first hand as Justin is currently playing on the mini tour circuit and Van played on the tours for a short period of time after graduating from college. In this episode, they share the highs and lows (more lows than highs) of the mini tour life and how their new website just might be a game changer in how these golfers can afford to play in these costly events in hopes of achieving their ultimate goal of getting to the big show. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below:   The Guys’ Backgrounds Justin Bryant: Currently playing mini tour golf Played at Wake Forest for coach Jerry Haas Living in St. Louis, traveling to Jupiter in winter months Van Pierce: Currently in Law school at St. Louis University Played football at Drake University Played college golf at Chapman University Played some mini tour golf   Intro video to ProUKnow Highlights Life on the mini tour Justin describes the difference between the mini tour, Web.com, and PGA The mini tour life is not the glitz and glamour lifestyle that most would imagine. Guys living in motel rooms, tents, cars while traveling from tournament to tournament Different mini

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18SP 011: Austin Panter | Chiropractics for High Performance Golf

Austin is an exceptionally intelligent and talented young chiropractor that is making waves in the golf world.  And he’s doing it from the Midwest, which is even more impressive. In this episode, Austin and I have the chance to talk about the important duties that he has as a chiro with very high level golfers as well as the everyday patient. His philosophy of “wellness care” extends much beyond just the typical stereotype of “popping and cracking” the spine.   We also discuss the importance that this approach has for high level performance. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Austin’s Background Chiropractor withWinchester Spine and Sport, Moscow Mills (St. Louis, MO) Born and raised in St. Louis Played football at Michigan University Mentored by Dr. Brett Winchester Working with top level amateur and professional golfers   Highlights Austin explains what can be expected in a chiropractic visit, specifically at their facility. Basically, they are able to add motion to joints to make a golfer feel better and move better. The medical model is changing and becoming a much more prevalent “team approach” in the best interest of the patient Chiropractic is not just limited to the back and neck, their approach is “wellness care” for the body Austin explains what “Functional Medicine” is and how it is really making a difference with their clients. How stress relates to both your health and your game.  And how you can manage it. What does a chiropractor actually do with their golf pros at the course. “neurological warmups” We talk about warming up both for the golf game as well as your workouts How can simply visualizing increase the activation of your muscles prior to your round? Why are all of these current tour players hurting their backs? The “Big Brother/Little Brother” analogy of back pain The biggest impairment he sees are lack of thorax mobility lack of front leg hip rotation Austin’s Golf game: Virtually nonexistent these days since he is a recent dad.   What does Austin Struggle with in his fitness program Staying on track and committed at times.   Austin’s Definition

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18SP 010: Nick Mueller | Regress to Progress

Nick Mueller is a master at correcting dysfunction and movement in golfers, then turning them into performance machines! In this episode, Nick helps us understand the principles behind creating quality movement before jumping into the more advanced pieces of a fitness program. Nick is a good friend of mine and I am honored to have him in the spotlight for the 10th episode of the podcast. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below:   Nick’s Background Performance coach High performance Strength and Conditioing in foot ball University of British Columbia Friends with Jason Glass who helped him realize his passion for golf and golf fitness Director of the golf performance program at Innovative Fitness Works with Morgan Creek Golf Course Highlights from our Conversation Destination Fitness: taking people all over the world to accomplish adventurous goals such as hiking, running a marathon,climbing Machu Picchu. They develop a personalized fitness program around those goals, then complete the adventure with the client How he uses small victories to move each client toward their goal. Different personalities respond differently to your methodology In many cases you the client wants to push forward to quickly and Nick has to slow them down to make sure they are prepared properly before moving on to the next step, challenge. Nick explains the concept of “REGRESS TO PROGRESS” especially with their golfers How to decide on the right goals for a golfer and how to make it tangible when then are training and practicing. Identify what you feel is valuable to you, and design a goal around it. Sometimes you have to take an athlete and regress them and their movement patterns to help them progress forward Based on the client’s screen, it’s often noted that they are lacking in some area, which needs to be addressed to get the biggest potential out of their program an performance Nick explains a couple examples of how you can look at your own program and whether you need to “regress to progress” What are the things you should be looking at in your squat:”Butt Winking“: Here’s a good article to explain, along

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18SP 009: Clint Howard | Fat Loss For Golfers

Aside from the fact that Clint Howard works with the best golfers in Oklahoma from the junior ranks to the OSU golf team and PGA tour players, Clint is also know as the “Fat Loss” guy in Tulsa. One look at Clint tells you that he absolutely practices what he preaches in regards to health, fitness, and staying lean.  Clint’s high intensity training for fat loss has proven to be extremely effective for his clients, and he shares with us some of his tips for crushing your fat loss goals as well as how he adjusts his programs to suite the needs of his golfers. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Clint’s Background Clint is the Owner and Founder of Tulsa Fitness Systems (TFS) with his wife Kara Known as the “Go To Trainer” when it comes to fat loss Also has Tulsa Golf Fitness Systems Grew up playing baseball, pitched in college Graduated with an exercise science degree and a Masters in Exercise Physiology From Oklahoma University Has always loved to work and has owned several businesses Trains all populations including several golfers and golf teams Has been certified through TPI since 2005   Highlights Clint tells the story of his very 1st golf fitness client which did not end the way he would have liked it to! We discuss the use of High Intensity Interval training and Metabolic Resistance training in order to stimulate fat loss. The focus of these workouts is to create a high caloric burn both during and after the workouts. Intensity in interval training is much better for fat loss than steady state cardio workouts Nutrition is the key to fat loss. Teach the basics, rather than get too complex with diet tips Eat more protein Eat less processed food Eat more veggies Eat a good breakfast Get rid of high calorie drinks 80/20% or 90/10% rule Clint gives tips for the business professional that is on the road a lot with a hectic schedule, business meetings and social functions Be a little more diligent when you are in town, hit the gym a few extra

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18SP 008: Ali Gilbert | Golfers Who Lift

Ali Gilbert is one of those people that has a contagious personality. She always seems to be living life and having a blast following her passion, which is health, fitness and #GolfersWhoLift. But don’t be fooled by her love of everything pink, 90’s hip hop, and crazy hairstyles, she is the real deal when it comes to strength training, golf fitness and everything performance. Join Ali and I as we discuss everything from the importance of golfers pushing some real weight in the gym, to our conversations about hydration, nutrition, and of all things, Beer and Bacon! (And how you are allowed to have both!) You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Ali’s Background Collegiate soccer player International speaker/presenter Springfield College in Massachusetts Works with golfers of all levels from amateur to professional Loves Snowboarding and strength training Highlights #GolfersWhoLift Working on a project for higher level golf fitness and training routines and fitness Beer: you can still have it! You just need to know some of the important tricks to proper nutrition and hydration There is no such thing as “golf muscles” The importance is addressing which joints and muscles experience wear and tear in the designated activity and what “energy systems” are used “Energy systems”- What type of activity are you doing, more explosive or more endurance (think sprinter vs. marathon runner) It’s not your cardiovascular endurance that is going to fail you on the course, it’s your muscular endurance. The best way to increase your muscular endurance is by utilizing weights in your routine. Hydration Dilute your Gatorade Use Celtic Sea Salt in your water Biosteel Ali even utilizes IV hydration with some of her clients and professional players Suggested Breakfast Eggs Bacon Oatmeal (as a slow digesting carb to sustain some energy) veggies The Trend of Golf Fitness Starting to see more of a team approach with the teaching professionals, medical, and fitness pros. Golfers need to realize that fitness is not going to fix everything about their golf game You need to make sure you have good information before blindly following. Last Piece of Advice: Don’t be afraid

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