Ep 4: Creating your own fitness philosophy with Mike Robertson


We welcome Mike Robertson to this episode of Morpheus Radio to talk about:

  • Finding information you can trust and distilling it down to our own set of coaching principles (ref: Mel Siff, Lee Taft, Charles Poliquin)
  • How Joel and Mike went from novice coaches to having numerous published books and lucrative coaching certifications
  • The importance of correct breath work to achieve better results and increased performance for your clients
  • How one of the critical keys to coaching success is setting expectations upfront and delivering the results your promised
  • How the incorporation of fitness data will soon become the “new norm” and it’s role in redefining the fitness profession

About Mike Robertson:

Mike Robertson is one of the most highly sought-after coaches, consultants, speakers, and writers in the fitness industry today.

Known for his “no-nonsense” approach to training and brutal efficiency, Mike has made a name for himself as a go-to resource for professional athletes from every major sport.

Mike is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (IFAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. IFAST has been named one of the Top 10 Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine three times in the past six years.

Mike currently coaches a handful of professional athletes during their off-season, and is the physical preparation coach for the Indy Eleven professional soccer team.

You can learn more about Mike’s best coaching and training strategies here:

In this episode of Morpheus Radio:

  • 5:00 – Mike & Joel discuss the modern digital bombardment of information thrown at coaches and how to diffuse the noise and distill it down to solid coaching systems
  • 7:55 – Mike explains how coaches can dive deep into one expert’s work within a specific topic (i.e. Joel Jamieson’s conditioning principles) and then apply it over his/her career as a filter for new principles and education
  • 8:36 – Mike references Lee Taft’s work as solid principles in speed & agility
  • 9:13 – Joel discusses the “old days” when he was learning from Mel Siff’s “SuperTraining” online community and compares it to the current state of things where anyone with a social media account can post coaching content
  • 11:23 – Joel & Mike discuss the importance of absorbing information with the intention of understanding the “why” – referencing Charles Poliquin’s work
  • 12:53 – Mike shares his initial start of his certification creation process and overcoming the “imposter syndrome” that comes with it
  • 15:23 – Joel reflects on his first book “Ultimate MMA Conditioning” back in 2009 and the uncertainty he had as well as the unexpected success
  • 18:54 – Mike discusses how he identified breath work as a tremendously powerful piece of the puzzle of delivering client results and subsequently educating the industry on its importance and application
  • 23:53 – Joel outlines his introduction to correct breathing application through a personal shoulder injury and how it go to his applications
  • 27:18 – Mike informs the audience how the average person can start to incorporate breath work into their training and some educational references:
  • 29:27 – Joel and Mike detail how breathing can influence the autonomic system and those implications for better performance and recovery
  • 32:07 – How the availability and access to coaching data is making classic principles objective in their applications as well as displacing biases for clients AND coaches
  • 37:05 – The importance of setting expectations upfront with clients regarding the length and detail of the process and not making promises you can’t keep
  • 39:57 – the conversation takes its final turn to the topic of coaching data – it’s promise and utilization for both coaches and clients