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Lee Taft Performance Podcast is the official podcast of Lee Taft Athletic Consulting. Each episode is dedicated to providing the best strength & conditioning information from the world's top coaches to anyone who appreciates the importance of continuing education. The podcasts are brought to you each week by one of the World's Leading Multi-Directional Speed Experts Lee Taft, simply known to many as, “The Speed Guy”. You can count on each podcast delivering high quality content from experts ...
 
Comedian Lee Mack has long had an interest in Buddhism, mindfulness and the possibility of leading a more spiritual life. After a few years of dabbling in meditation, he feels the time has come to decide once and for all whether he should seriously seek spiritual enlightenment. ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha’ is a new podcast which finds Lee and his friend Neil taking their first (often clumsy) steps on the road to Nirvana. From picking which type of Buddhism to follow, to contemplating wh ...
 
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One of the mysteries of human movement is why coaches refuse to abide by human laws of motion. Teaching athletes to use the traditional crossover is an example of not understanding human motion. The Lateral Run is what the athlete does because it abides and applies the three primary laws of motion.
 
It is essential to understand the difference between change of direction training and deceleration training. Deceleration training typically deals with stopping and not going in a new direction. Change of direction training must deal with amortization forces that position the body differently than just stopping. In my opinion, it is critical for pe…
 
Neil makes it very clear that "this is not an episode". He insisted the (not) episode was called that and it's also the first thing he says in the (not) episode. So, are we all absolutely clear? This is NOT an episode. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com…
 
The backpedal is so critical on many levels. It allows us to have a great evaluation tool and strategy to challenge the athletes. We look to challenge the toe, foot, and ankle for the lower body and quad and hip function. The backpedal can also be intertwined with the 180 Series to challenge the body and spatial awareness.…
 
This podcast is a teaching tool for the various methods, strategies, and principles I have used to build my speed and performance model and systems. Let's dive into the 7 Movement Patterns that should be the foundation for all athletic development programs. These 7 Patterns are fundamentals that allow the more sport-specific movement skill to becom…
 
In a bumper episode before a few weeks break, Lee & Neil discuss Alan Watts, Stoicism and Subreddits (?), before it becomes all too obvious why everyone needs a break! If you'd like to read the book which Neil mentioned, it's called The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can …
 
VJ Stanley, Founder of Balanced Excellence, is a world of knowledge. He shares his approach to making youth sports fun again. Coach Stanley dives into how learning is not being approached the right way for young minds to develop and why pressure is driving kids away from the sport because the fun is gone. If you are involved with youth sports, I hi…
 
Because you very kindly keep sending your emails, it's only right that Lee & Neil should read them out from time to time! Is all of this just a 'midlife crisis', what was Neil's big showbiz moment and who is Clive?? Find out! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com…
 
Two things you ought to know: 1) Lee's microphone broke this week and 2) Lee had far too much coffee before recording this episode. Aside from that, after Neil has been on about it for weeks, the focus is finally upon that podcast episode he told you to listen to... Ram Dass - Battle Between Mind & Heart. Let's see what happens! Make sure you subsc…
 
Perhaps in an attempt to further demonstrate that he has the most understanding wife in the world, Neil went away in his camper van this week, on his own, for three nights. Find out how he got on after he kept an audio diary of his experience and just imagine what the neighbouring campers must have thought! Make sure you subscribe and leave a revie…
 
This topic will be around for the long haul! Self-Organization is one of the polarizing topics that keep the conversation going. As I see it, the problem is we do not have enough coaches to distinguish the difference between "facility" training and preparing athletes to perform on the field and court. They want their likes to go up on social media,…
 
35 episodes in and it's time for Lee & Neil's first ever guest! Join them as they chat to meditation teacher, author and podcaster Michael Taft! See if Neil can hold it together and behave himself as he speaks to his "current squeeze"! If you'd like to listen to the podcast episode that Neil mentioned, search on your chosen podcast platform for "Ra…
 
To say that this weeks episode didn't go to plan would be a considerable understatement, but you can always rely on Lee & Neil to come with something when there are problems in The Bay Area. There's also plenty for you to look at in the meantime, before things get back on track next week!If you'd like to watch some of Michael Taft's "Nondual Awaren…
 
Judah Boulet brings a vast amount of experience to this week's show. A performance coach and business owner, he merged his experiences and has become a business coach specializing in helping start-up businesses find the resources that help them become successful. Coach Boulet and I sit down the other day for a fascinating conversation. I was so int…
 
Let's not mess about, because there's some BIG news this week! Find out what's been going on behind the scenes and what's coming soon! Plus, following last weeks homework, Lee & Neil discuss Alan Watts and Neil reveals how he's been getting on with the "Lumenate" app. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hell…
 
A great all-around coach, Brian Harrington delivers beneficial advice and direction by sharing how his system works, cultivating a winning "team"- his staff, the importance of treating athletes with respect, and how he includes mentoring his youth athletes in his program. Coach Harrington thrives on being an example of how his athlete can be the be…
 
Have you done your homework? Don't worry if you haven't, because neither has Lee. This week Neil wants to talk about "The Egg" by Andy Weir and though it might help if you've read/seen it and had time to take it in, Lee proves that this is not 100% necessary. If you'd like to watch the Alan Watts video as mentioned in this episode, just tap the lin…
 
It was such a pleasure to have Coach Mike Robertson on the show. Mike is one of the top professionals and has impacted the "game" by helping his clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals. Our conversations led to Mike diving into his systems, coaching strategies, why having a model to coach from…
 
If you were in doubt about how many new things Neil could be 'in to', then prepare yourself. The rest of you won't be surprised to hear that Neil has found something else that he thinks is "the best thing ever". There's also a trip into Lee's garden and a very long callback to an early episode of Not Going Out. Make sure you subscribe and leave a r…
 
Coach Dallas Price, owner and founder of Rock Fitness in Toronto, Canada, shares pure gold in the episode. She is a very talented performance coach, as well as a Rugby coach. Coach Price shares her passion for both, not to mention her athletic exploits. Dallas explains how she blends keeping her young female rugby players healthy while challenging …
 
Lee was not in a good way this week! His back was giving him a very hard time and a bag of frozen peas was hastily arranged to get him through the recording. Of course, he soldiered on very bravely, but not without mentioning it every few minutes. Amongst the moans and groans, you can expect mention of Russell Brand, Michael Taft and yet more chat …
 
One of the most accomplished S&C coaches in the profession, Coach Raph Ruiz shares his methods and concepts behind his training methods. I have followed Coach Ruiz for years, and he inspires me to challenge my thinking of why I do what I do. Make sure you take the time to listen with a notebook in-hand. Taking notes is a must!…
 
It seems that Lee's opinion of "advanced meditation" has really shifted and it's all thanks to Michael Taft! You'll also find out about Lee's remarkable childhood job and also, why Neil is having to apologise to his wife so much. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com…
 
It's all about 'proliferation' this week. It's time to transcend our original impulses and move on to a new "age", just like the title suggests. There's also a fair amount of evidence this week that Lee has caught Neil's style of story telling and that could make things very long and drawn out for all of us!Make sure you subscribe and leave a revie…
 
Had any of you decided that the podcast was desperately missing a catchphrase, you needn't worry any more... As long as it wasn't important to you whether or not it should be an original catchphrase! This week, Lee & Neil discuss a series of "Nondual Awareness Meditation Videos" by a chap called Michael Taft. If you'd like to see them for yourself,…
 
If you don't know who coach Casey Wheel is, you definitely don't want to miss this show. He is such a talented performance coach with a great vision of what training should be. In this podcast, we dive deep into movement and agility. Casey discusses how he places his athletes in a position where decision-making drives his coaching. He reads what th…
 
Have you actually tried to be exclusively 'in the now'? It's really hard, and Lee is very keen to point that out to Neil. Once that's done, as the title suggests, they've got some more emails and questions to answer, and who better to answer your philosophical questions than two blokes who just decided to start a podcast six months ago? Make sure y…
 
When this podcast began, we all agreed that it was a journey we'd be going on together, so the 25th episode is as good a time as any to have a quick reflection on how the practice itself is going! Lee & Neil will tell all about their meditation is going and before you press play, why not have a quick guess about who takes longer to tell the story?M…
 
What an honor for me to have Jen Taft, Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. Louis University! And of course, super honored because she is my niece and keeping the Taft sports name alive and well! Jen shares such a great story of perseverance as she chases her dream in strength and conditioning. She also talks about how she has hand…
 
Has everybody done their homework? Check back to last week's episode for the recommendation of a film about Ramana Maharshi and prepare for a discussion! Lee & Neil talk about the young man who went up a mountain with very few clothes on and sat for a very long time. You'll also to be treated to a lovely moment of silence, if you feel that you need…
 
Once again, owing to Neil's unique style of delivery, this may have taken slightly longer than it needed to. But nonetheless, here are the 2nd two of the 4 Noble Truths! What you'll need to bear in mind though, is that the 4th Truth is actually a whole collection of its own, so strap in! Also, if you'd like to see the video that Neil talked about (…
 
There will be those of you who are confused by the title, because you'll know that there are in fact, FOUR Noble Truths. You also might have guessed, that owing to Neil's unique style, this episode only had room for two of them! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com…
 
A homerun show! Kyle Dobbs is one of the best performance professionals and business mentors I have ever met. Coach Dobbs delivered so much impactful information into this episode - this is a multiple-time listen. He shares many topics - from the behavioral aspects of performance to the body's positions that cause a specific effect, and he even tou…
 
Whatever you're doing right now, STOP doing it. Neil has been on another retreat! That's right! Even in the face of a national lockdown, he's managed a full weekend of meditation, but don't worry, because it all happened in the box room in his house! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsn…
 
It turns out that you've been emailing in your droves about all manner of things, so this week, Lee & Neil dig into the mailbox to see what's on your mind! Most of them are pretty on-topic, but do make sure you stick around until the end for an email that's most definitely NOT what you'll be expecting! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! Yo…
 
This week's show is a must-listen! Dr. Michelle Boland explains in-depth her 5-principles for coaching, which are so important on many levels. She discusses the importance of having a coach and mentor for support towards your reaching goals. Michelle dives deep into how posture and position dictate function and how to apply both to acceleration or …
 
In this second part of Neil's run down of Rupert Spira's "Being Aware of Being Aware", Lee gets to the very essence.... i.e. he is literally Googling the definition of "awareness". There's a shopping list memory test, dreams and the BIG question about what happens when you die! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil …
 
It's time for Neil to get one of his little bullet point books out again and this time, even Lee isn't sure which one it is. For the avoidance of doubt, the book Neil is referring to is "Being Aware of Being Aware" by Rupert Spira! Can they make sense of it in a concise manner? Take a wild guess.Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can e…
 
In the first episode of 2021, Lee & Neil discuss Tina Turner, Xanadu, the must have books & the issue of cutting out booze. By now you'll realise that somehow, all of those things will link back to the subject matter and it'll all make sense (sort of) by the end!Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@ican…
 
Coach Joshua Martin of MVP Academy in Kapaa, Hawaii, shares his unique academy and how he develops youth athletes' to reach beyond their athletic potential. This interview will give you a totally different perspective as to our purpose as coaches. Joshua's heart is all about helping these athletes become better people as well as healthier athletes.…
 
As he promised last week, Lee has put a lot (not loads) of work into this weeks episode. He's even providing his own sound effects! You'll get the full version of his Paul McCartney anecdote, in case you didn't hear enough of it last week and there's a fun Buddhist Top 10 to top it all off!Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email L…
 
Lee & Neil have reached a point in their journey where it's time to talk to an expert. Enter: Bob the Buddhist (not his real name, obviously). Neil interviewed him in a typically Neil way, so what do you reckon was the first question he asked? Also, how many of The Beatles can Lee do a passable impression of? Find out here! Make sure you subscribe …
 
Neil's gone and got himself a tipi and he's lighting a fire in it, but ONLY because it's safe to do so! This week, the focus is on Wim Hof and how his method is enhancing Neil's meditative practice. Maybe cold showers aren't for everyone, but like he's done with most other things, Neil has FULLY embraced them and Lee is on hand to ask all the relev…
 
It's time to conclude the saga of Neil's latest retreat and we've already heard about his unfortunate medical mystery, so surely nothing else went wrong did it? Of COURSE it did! Find out if he made it to the last day and whether everyone else ended up thinking he was weird because he said something he shouldn't have. Make sure you subscribe and le…
 
Courtney Delks and James Lujan break down the power of training athletes online using a specific model. During this time of Covid19, they each share their perspective on how athletes need to stay strong, fast, and athletic and using an online model. Courtney talks about how important it is for athletes to develop a powerful mindset of not making ex…
 
Neil's been on another retreat! Stop the press! Let the long-form, intricately detailed story-telling begin!! This week, we find out (in the first of two parts) how Neil got on when he arrived at a retreat that would prove to be a test for several reasons! What was it like? Did he let himself down? As well as that, we'll find out how Lee is doing w…
 
He's had plenty of mentions in the ten episodes up to now, so it makes sense to spend a bit more time talking about Ram Dass! Find what you've been looking for (even though you don't know what it is) in an episode covering some of Neil's favourite Dass quotes. Like all the other episodes though, there's plenty of time for diversions; like anecdotes…
 
After 10 weeks of ups and downs, Neil feels that it's time to talk to Lee about how his meditation has been going, or rather, whether or not it's happening at all! If you've come this far, you've probably got a fair idea of how his 'intervention' will go down with Lee! Find out how he's canvassed opinion and gathered evidence as to whether Lee's mo…
 
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