I am making an attempt at starting a series of interviews with different strength and conditioning coaches and other professionals in the business. I am asking them 10 questions that require short answers and the questions are going to be the same for every interview. If everything goes well I should keep this series up for a couple of weeks. Let me know if you like it!
I thought it would be a natural thing to start with one of my colleagues from Endeavor, because as a group we have a lot of knowledge (…or at least, we like to think we do!). So without further ado, here is Rapid Fire – Round 1 with Matt Siniscalchi:
What does your current training looks like?
Mass Made Simple variation.
3x/week Monday: Heavy Pull Wednesday: Heavy Row Friday: Heavy Squat
1-2 Off-days is a “Do Something” day : I’ll cycle through sled drags, kb swings, or a Barbell/KB complex.. these will take no longer than 10 minutes.
What’s your favorite song to lift heavy things to?
Wow, do I pick country or 80′s…country or 80′s? …Currently Metallica’s Ain’t My B*tch”
What would be your best advice to an up-and-coming strength and conditioning coach that wants to make it in this business?
Ask advice or questions, learn as much as possible, if you aren’t passionate about it find something else.
What’s your passion, or second passion in life, other than health and fitness?
World Wrestling Entertainment. Avid Lord of the Rings junkie (I am like 11 year old girl at a Jonas Brothers concert). Learning about various beers (history, type, where they are brewed, what they taste like, etc)
Who are your 3 most influential mentors?
Kevin Neeld and yourself, who would have thought? Third, Dan John ( I have a man crush on everything he writes or talks about).
What’s the biggest mistake you see athletes who want to make it to the next level make?
It needs to be said: I have seen so many talented athletes quit because they were pushed so hard at a young age without the time to have fun and enjoy the sport. The next closest would be taking time off from the specialized sport, athletes need an off-season with good strength and conditioning..year-round playing is not the answer to progress.
What’s your favorite supplement?
Anything from GNC! Kidding. A good protein: mine has been Metabolic Drive. It mixes well with greek yogurt, in smoothies, oatmeal, and it tastes awesome all by itself.
What’s the most overrated exercise?
Bicep curls: I am from South Jersey and I have learned my lesson, they play a VERY small part in training, if any.
What’s the most underrated exercise?
Push-ups or farmers walks: Rarely ever see good push-ups. Farmers walks speak for themselves.
What book are you currently reading?
Children and Sports Training by Drabik (crawling my way through it). But I am pretty sure the next book I will be reading is either Power to the People or Naked Warrior by Pavel.
Thanks for your time Matt!
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