Our guest today is Bobby Stroupe, founder and president of Athlete Performance Enhancement Center (APEC).\u00a0 Bobby has directed human performance systems for nearly 20 years.\u00a0 His coaching ranges from youth athletes to some of the top names in multiple professional sports, including first round picks, as well as Super Bowl and World Series champions.\u00a0 Bobby is well-known for his work in the physical preparation realm of Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the recent Superbowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. After doing 235 episodes of this podcast, and opening up my eyes to more and more of the performance space, I\u2019m always excited to find those coaches who are spearheading creative and effective training methods in athletic performance transfer.\u00a0 When I recently watched Bobby Stroupe\u2019s presentation at the recent \u201cTrack Football Consortium\u201d regarding his methods in working with Patrick Mahomes, I was like a kid in a candy shop, viewing training methods that replicated many time and space requirements of sport play without being mechanical or contrived. Bobby is not 上 ly a holistic and open minded coach, but he is also an incredibly thorough and detailed thinker.\u00a0 There are so many points of carry-over in what Bobby does, I believe that studying his work is essential if we are to reach the point of getting our training to truly transfer to the field of play.\u00a0 Bobby achieves this transfer in a way that still pays homage to traditional principles of force development and human performance, but is able to add in the tri-planar and chaotic nature of what athletes will encounter in sport. On today\u2019s podcast, Bobby gets into a variety of his \u201cunorthodox\u201d training methods, including locomotion complexes, tri-planar plyometrics and strength training, complex training, long-term development, and athlete autonomy.\u00a0 Again, with the interest of transfer to sport in mind, any aspiring coach should be familiar with the work of Bobby Stroupe and Team APEC. 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Timestamps and Main Points What Bobby and I have learned about coaching from being fathers of young children Bobby\u2019s take 上 working with athletes from a young age, and how his team approaches long term athletic development Bobby\u2019s thoughts 上 being able to follow elite athletes for an extended period of time, as many professional athletes have been working at APEC since they were quite young How human locomotion is taught using \u201clocomotion complexes\u201d, triplanar and scalar breakdowns of basic motions such as skips, caraocas, and gallops Multiplanar jumps and how Bobby will complex these movements in with more static strength training means Using different body alignments in strength training movements, as well as Bobby\u2019s work with lunge matrixes using different foot positions Bobby\u2019s background with therapeutic education, and how that has impacted his work as a strength\/physical preparation coach Bobby\u2019s take 上 the efficacy of technology for training athletes \u201cWhat we want kids to say is, APEC is so fun we went up there and played for an hour and I wish I could come every day\u201d \u201cIf someone comes up and tells us what we want them to do with their kid, we tell them that generally, it\u2019s not a good fit\u201d \u201cTypically, middle school, with what we do, the girls are fairly dominant by the time they are in 7th grade\u201d \u201cWe want to educate the individual 上 what makes them unique, what are their gifts?\u201d \u201cYou will not find more variance than (coaching 40 middle school kids in 上 e session) that in any training situation\u201d \u201cThe number 上 e rule of locomotion is \u201cyou do not restrict an athlete in space\u201d\u201d \u201cThere\u2019s no better way to (calibrate) than letting the body move through space 上 its\u2019 own with tension relationships\u201d \u201cI\u2019ve even incorporated locomotion between heavy strength sets to make sure that the body applies those types of things to movement, which is our priority\u201d \u201cIf you have an athlete who can do the caraoca pattern forwards and backwards (backwards is very difficult) and increase the circumference of the space they are taking up, that is a highly coordinated athlete that is going to do special things in space\u201d \u201cAnything that you can do with a kid that\u2019s effective, is going to be effective for a professional athlete.\u00a0 But anything you do with a professional athlete is not going to be effective for a kid.\u00a0 So if there\u2019s something you believe in that\u2019s in your core curriculum for youth development, then you have to make sure your professional athletes get some exposure to that, because at your core, you are a human being\u201d \u201cIf I\u2019m going to take the time to do something that\u2019s more human performance based, but not practical in a game, then I\u2019m always going to cross it with something that is more multi-dimensional so that the brain and the body understand what I am trying to do\u201d \u201cI had a great coach 上 e time tell me that they get better 40 times if they test agility first, at the college level\u201d \u201cFor a lot of people, feet straight is \u201cturned in\u201d\u201d \u201cWe are generally going to do a heavy squat 上 ce every 14 days\u201d \u201cI don\u2019t feel the need to squat twice a week\u201d \u201cWith Patrick, with 2 to 1 patterns, I\u2019ll say here\u2019s your options, I am going to give you 5 seconds and you need to get 10 contacts\u2026. I\u2019m creating an environment and he\u2019s got to solve a problem\u201d \u201cHere\u2019s how I look at technology: Does it elicit an action from my athletes that is more than I could product without that technology.\u00a0 If not, I\u2019m not interested\u201d \u201cI think the higher the level the athlete, the more autonomy you want to give them\u2026 with high level athletes, things are going to come in terms of questions and options, you always want them to feel like they are in control\u201d Show Notes 8 Point Contact Leap https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v15UcR_g0Als About Bobby Stroupe Bobby Stroupe is the founder and president of ATHLETE Performance Enhancement Center (APEC). Stroupe and his team built APEC from a grass field in 2005 to a worldwide training leader in human performance today. He serves as the president for APEC, making strategic decisions, designing training systems, and guiding an elite team of coaches that power two locations (Tyler and Fort Worth). Coach Stroupe directed human performance systems for nearly 20 years, while expanding his influence as an author, consultant, speaker, and educator. His experience includes working with school systems, collegiate teams, professional teams, businesses, corporate fitness, and individuals. His coaching ranges from youth athletes to some of the top names in multiple professional sports, including first round picks and Super Bowl and World Series champions. APEC has been a part of developing over 20 athletes who trained with its system from grade school all the way to the professional ranks. Stroupe and his team currently support over 100 athletes in the NFL and MLB alone. He has been credited with supporting arguably some of the best in the game of baseball and football, including NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes. Coach Stroupe has been featured as a top trainer for multiple sports and athletic performances in Sports Illustrated and USA Today and 上 ESPN, NFL and MLB networks, STACK, Bleacher Report, and many more. Stroupe presented 上 various human performance topics at notable coach\u2019s clinics internationally, including the NIKE Roundtable and the China City Bowl tour. He launched the CAPEC certification at Nike World Headquarters, in addition to doing work with Nike Training and the Nike Young Athlete division. Stroupe serves 上 the Advisory Committee for Wellness and Exercise at Tyler Junior College, where he and his staff powered strength and conditioning during TJC baseball\u2019s four-times-in-a-row National Championship run. Coach Stroupe belongs to an elite group of physical therapists, athletic trainers, and human performance practitioners as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science. He has also been named an RSCC*D by the NSCA due to his 10+ years of demonstrating high standards and professional practice.