For this week’s episode, we welcome Brett Bartholomew on the show for a discussion into how the bridge between healthcare providers and strength coaches. In this episode, Brett discusses his educational background and how it compares/contrasts to other fitness professionals, his positive/negative experiences working with physical therapists, his opinion on how to bridge this gap, what he looks for in a physical therapist, what he looks for in a good strength coach, his key takeaways from his book, and more!

Brett’s Biography

Brett Bartholomew is a strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, and founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, The Bridge. His experience includes working with collegiate teams, professional teams, businesses, and individual clients. Taken together, Brett has coached a diverse range of athletes from across 23 sports at levels ranging from youths to Olympians. He’s supported Super Bowl and World Series Champions, along with several professional fighters, including those competing in the UFC. He has also worked with members of the United States Special Forces community. His coaching and speaking has spanned the globe, from China to Brazil and numerous other stops in between. He is the author of the book “Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In” and on Amazon has achieved “Best Seller” status in the categories of “Sport Coaching” (#1), “Business/Money” (#8) ,and was ranked in the “Amazon Top 100 Books Overall.” Brett is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) where he holds both their CSCS*D & RSCC*D distinctions. He is a proud graduate of Kansas State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he obtained a Master of Science in Education in exercise science with an emphasis on motor behavior, cueing, and attentional focus in human performance.

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List of books recommended by Brett through Instagram posts:

Movement by Gray Cook

High-Performance Training for Sports by David Joyce and Daniel Lewindon

Essentials of Strength & Conditioning by NSCA (Haff & Triplett)

Block Periodization by Vladimir Issurin

Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual & Movement Therapists by Thomas W. Myers

Supertraining by Yuri Verkhoshansky

Science & Practice of Strength Training by Vladimir Zatsiorsky and William Kraemer

High-Powered Plyometrics by James C. Radcliffe

Principles and Practice of Resistance Training by Michael H. Stone

Athletic Development: The Art & Science of Functional Sports Conditioning by Vern Gambetta

Maximum Interval Training by John Cissik

Ultimate Conditioning for Martial Arts by Loren Landow

To Sell is Human by Danial Pink

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Mastery by Robert Greene

Psychology in Sport & Exercise: Linking Theory to Practice by Ann-Marie Knowles

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The Fighter’s Mind: Inside the Mental Game by Sam Sheridan

The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self-Not Just Your “Good” Self-Drives Success and Fulfillment by Todd Kashdan

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds  by Carmine Gallo

Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter

Legacy: 15 Lessons in Leadership by James Kerr

CEO Strength Coach by Ron McKeefery

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Friend & Foe by Adam Galinsky

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What to Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin

Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others by Andrew Sobel

The Seventh Sense by Joshua Cooper Ramo

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and The Human Brain by Antonio Damasio