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Strength Chat #42: Phil Daru

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The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat – hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.

Phil Daru is a rapidly rising strength coach for Professional MMA Athletes, and creator of Daru Strong Specialized Training Systems.

He is a former D1 football player, Strength Conditioning Coach for American Top Team, retired Pro MMA fighter, and has degrees in sports medicine and exercise science.

We’re thrilled to have Phil on our show to discuss how the world of movement and strength is exploding in side the fighting sports world.

Make sure to check out more information on Phil at his site darustrong.com

  • Introduction and background of guest [04:19]
  • Phil shares details of his star studded clientele [08:11]
  • Discussing the problem with being overly sport specific during training [09:11]
  • Preserving joint angles and keeping them as safe as possible [09:53]
  • Regulating breathing to increase power [10:58]
  • Moving multi directionally with good core stability [13:38]
  • Learning to better withstand injuries by developing greater core stability [14:25]
  • Building higher capacity to enable longer duration work [15:36]
  • Discussing anaerobic lactic and alactic training sessions [16:24]
  • Ways to auto-regulate MMA fighters [18:04]
  • Using Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to monitor and train fighters better [19:04]
  • Understanding the science behind HRV [20:31]
  • Applying Velocity Base Training to Mixed Martial Arts [22:02]
  • Understanding the psychology of a MMA athlete [23:20]
  • Challenges faced by coaches from different backgrounds while training MMA athletes [25:30]
  • Do not blindly apply powerlifting training principles to MMA [27:04]
  • Similarities between MMA and powerlifting [29:09]
  • The importance of aerobic training in MMA [30:32]
  • Tailoring training of an MMA athlete according to individual background of an athlete [30:50]
  • Discussing the rise of a guru (mentor) and student relationship in MMA training [34:17]
  • Gimmicky nature of the sport brought about by the rise of social media [35:20]
  • Need for a scientific approach with a real world adaptation in MMA training [37:14]
  • Discussing how coaches from different background successfully manage to adapt to the MMA sport [37:58]
  • Adapting your MMA fighting style if you are plagued with elbow problems [41:03]
  • Phil shares his contact details [46:23]
  • Tune-in to Phil’s podcast [46:36]