Tag: Mental Performance

Sam McNally on preparing for ADCC 2022 (#34)

Join us for this intriguing conversation surrounding Sam’s ADCC 2022 training camp, from everything to do with learning rulesets to improve competition outcomes, wrestling shark tanks, learning positional nuances before submission savagery, and rehabbing major injuries.

Sam McNally is a BJJ black belt under Darragh O Conaill, is the ownder and head coach at Exec BJJ Studio, Dublin, and heading to the -66kg division at this year’s ADCC in Las Vegas, USA.

Time Codes

0:00 Introduction

0:28 ADCC trials experience

2:26 Weight cutting for ADCC

3:55 Sam’s strategic approach for winning competitions

6:56 The length of time it takes to understand how to win from every position

8:46 How Sam went about drilling his wrestling techniques in preparation for the trials and ADCC

13:13 Is wrestling about being strong, or about being fluid?

16:02 How Sam gets his conditioning in for wrestling

18:13 Where positional work fits in to wrestling training

20:00 How Sam approaches building new weapons into his game

26:26 How Sam sets his training goals

28:20 How Sam came up with his periodised approach to training


33:16 Hard training – how useful is it?

38:30 Injuries and rehab protocols

44:22 Was Sam ever formally taught to brace?

46:25 Sam’s approach to S&C now

48:40 How Sam ensures his students can recall what he teaches them

54:37 How Sam goes about teaching his curriculum?

58:34 Sam’s competitive career goals

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Rob Nitman on How To Peak For BJJ Competitions (#33)

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to peak for a BJJ competition, then listen in. My guest this episode is S&C coach Rob Nitman, who has been in the sports performance industry since 2014 and is currently a BJJ blue belt.

We dive into peaking strategies for the weight room, conditioning protocols that really work for BJJ players, and answer some of your questions on training in the weight room for improved performance on the mats.

Time Codes

0:00 Introduction

0:38 How Rob got into S&C

4:08 Where Rob learned the most; placements or on his degree

12:17 Standout moments from Rob’s coaching career where creating buy-in was the last piece of the puzzle

15:07 How Rob came across the bizarre art of murder yoga

18:27 The specifics of what caught Rob’s attention during his first BJJ class

20:07 Landmarks in Rob’s learning on his own BJJ path

25:39 Why bother with S&C for BJJ?

30:55 What kind of training makes up the basics of S&C for BJJ?

31:20 Why might performing a powerlifting program not be suitable for BJJ?

34:04 What should S&C look like as we approach a BJJ competition?

43:54 Where conditioning fits into the S&C picture

47:05 What type of aerobic work Rob recommends

53:13 How the Ribeiros like to do their conditioning

54:35 Is Gordon Ryan hitting the mark with his gym training or is he way off?

1:01:33 Questions from listeners


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Joey Fritz on Mental Performance for Combat Sports, How to Enjoy Running, and Approach vs Avoid (#9)

Working with combat sports athletes, to snowboarders and even motorcycle racers, Joey took some time to chat with me about all things cognitive. We cover what the mental performance component for combat athletes looks like, how to enjoy running if you currently hate it, and the key differences between the approach and avoidance mindsets.

Joey works with a host of professional strikers and mixed martial artists at Elevation Fight Team, Denver Colorado and received his MA in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver, Denver in June 2016.