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Hosted by American Top Team strength & conditioning coach Phil Daru, and Australian strength & conditioning specialist Macgregor McNair, Fight Strength Podcast is a weekly show featuring well-known fighters and coaches from MMA, and trainers from the strength and conditioning industry. Daru has been using his Daru Strong Specialized Training Systems as a S&C coach for nearly a decade. Having trained MMA superstars such as Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Dustin Poirier, Tyron Woodley, Will Brooks and Muh ...
 
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The Unknown Strength Podcast

Macgregor McNair, Brenton McKiterick & Steve Phillips

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Co-hosted by BJJ Blackbelt Brenton McKiterick as well as The Unknown's founder/head coach Macgregor McNair, this podcast is designed to interview coaches, fighters and strength coaches who have built, innovated and accomplished incredible things in the combat sports and strength coaching fields. Our true passion is to share high-quality information, and interesting insights from men and women at the top of their game.
 
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After a short hiatus, the Fight Strength Podcast is back on air! In the months gone by since the last episode, questions from Phil's and the show's followers have been piling up - so Phil & Mac waste no time and get busy answering some of them. If you haven't already, hurry up and cast your vote for Phil at the World MMA Awards!! You have until the…
 
Episode #50 is finally here! What a milestone! What a privilege and an honour to be joined AGAIN by Canadian Strength Coach and Nutritionist, Dan Garner! Hardcore followers of this show will remember Dan Garner's first appearance as a guest back on episode #19 of the Fight Strength Podcast! This time around, we had the opportunity to get Dan in the…
 
** Please like/share/subscribe/rate/review this episode **On episode #24 we had the honour of being joined by the high-level nutrition specialist, Mr. Dan Garner. Currently in Melbourne with the Australian leg of his Seminar tour, Dan Garner was able to join your host Macgregor McNair in studio for an incredibly insightful chat about all things rel…
 
Episode #49 is here! Featuring co-founder of Lockhart & Leith Nutrition, Dan Leith, your hosts Macgregor McNair and Phil Daru dive deep into the world of nutrition and weight cutting for elite MMA fighters. Dan Leith is responsible for the nutrition and weight cutting process for countless UFC fighters and celebrities including UFC "champ champ" Da…
 
In this week's episode, your hosts Phil Daru and Macgregor McNair choose a select few questions from Phil's Instagram followers and dive deep to answer in as much detail as possible. Some of the topics and questions were: * Understanding short term stimuli to create long term adaptations. * Understanding the law of diminishing returns. * What are t…
 
Welcome 2019! To kick off the new year, Phil and Mac bring you another instalment of the Fight Strength Podcast, and dive deep into some of the more technical and specialised elements of high performance coaching for elite MMA S&C coaches. After a very busy couple of months with coaching, international travel, seminars, Christmas and New Years - Ph…
 
Happy 2019 everyone!! To bring in the new year, Brenton and Mac welcome back the founder of Muscle Nerds Inc., Luke Leaman (see episodes #2 & #3) and the founder of Mach Performance/Aussie Powerlifting superstar Ben Machar (see episode #13).In an very NSFW episode, the boys crack open a bottle of blended Scotch Whiskey and let the conversation flow…
 
In an extra special episode, your hosts Phil Daru and Macgregor McNair team up once again with S&C brainiac, Dan Howard, on location in Clarke Quay, Singapore to recap the "Daru Strong Combat Sports Performance Seminar" held on Oct 22nd-24th at Strength Avenue, Singapore. The guys chat candidly over a few beers about their experience in magnificent…
 
Episode #22 features the Head Brazilian Jiujitsu Coach of Absolute MMA & Maromba Academia in Melbourne, a 3rd degree blackbelt and champion, Thiago Stefanutti.Thiago recounts his tale of packing up and moving his family to Australia; content with life in Brazil, he took a gamble on Australia by accepting a BJJ coaching role in Melbourne. He would l…
 
In a stand-out episode, this week your hosts Phil Daru & Macgregor McNair are joined by Dr. Christiana Marron. Christiana is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer. She has been hailed as one of the brightest up-and-coming Physical Therapists in the country, attracting work with an endless stream of hi…
 
On this week's show, Phil and Mac are joined once again by coach Dan Howard from Melbourne's Absolute MMA. The guys chat at length about the concept of a UFC 165lb Super Lightweight Division. Phil shares some inside info about this week's tweets from both Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier suggesting that their upcoming fight at UFC 230. To address a cou…
 
In this week's episode, we feature the S&C juggernaut behind all of the killers coming out of Henry Hooft's HK365 gym in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Corey Peacock holds several titles, degrees and qualifications, not the least of which being Director of Sport Science for the Fight Science Institute. Some of the topics discussed are Kamaru Usman's…
 
Episode #21 of The Unknown Strength Podcast features the Australian actor, BJJ world champion and man behind the hilarious skits all over the internet, Kit Dale.What an honor and pleasure it was to sit down with Kit, in Melbourne, who spoke candidly of his journey and explosive rise as an athlete and innovator on the world stage, to transitioning i…
 
Our "extra special" guest for this week's episode is none other than Dan Howard from Melbourne's Absolute MMA. The guys chat at length about MAS (maximum aerobic speed) testing for athletes and it's relevance to optimizing performance and recovery in fight athletes. The guys also chat about some exiting new changes to the Fight Science Institute (F…
 
In this week's show, Phil and Mac reminisce about the recent whirlwind 'Daru Strong Combat Sports Performance Seminar - Australian Tour' which they are both still recovering from! Phil shares his latest updates from some of the fighters he is working with, and utilising some conditioning/testing protocols he picked up during his time in Australia. …
 
FSP is BACK! This week Phil Daru welcomes your new co-host to the Fight Strength Podcast, Macgregor McNair! Mac is a seasoned strength and conditioning coach from Melbourne, Australia with 10+ years experience in the industry and has coached his athletes to 3x Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships. Recorded on location at Mac's training facility …
 
Here it is, ladies and gentlemen! Episode #20 of The Unknown Strength Podcast featuring Professor Tony Ricci! We have completed the four horsemen of the Fight Science Institute by interviewing the last of the four founders in Tony Ricci.We have been talking about this one for a few months now, and now here you have it! In part 1 of this interview M…
 
Whether you know him as the “Ram-Man”, the “Kimura Kid” or as simply a relentless pressure machine terrorizing competition with his takedowns and crushing top game, DJ Jackson joins us on the latest episode of The Unknown Strength Podcast, all the way from the United States, in Maryland.We talk strategy, how DJ cultivates his ‘game’, who he would l…
 
On Episode #18 of The Unknown Strength Podcast, Brenton and Mac continue the Boa Super 8 Series and chat with one of the most highly touted Boa competitors James Brasco; a USA Wrestling Hall of Famer, BJJ World Champion and black belt under Pablo Popovitch, Pro MMA Fighter and Model. James shares with us his thoughts about the upcoming 4th edition …
 
This week hots Phil Daru and Jason Burgos had on the Director of Strength & Conditioning for the UFC Performance Institute, Bo Sandoval. The guys talked on many topics. Including how he ended up working for the UFC, what makes the institute special with its various sections, the unique athletes hes worked with and much more. Remember to cast your v…
 
On episode #17 of The Unknown Strength Podcast, Brenton and Mac have the honour of chatting with one of the most decorated professional Fighters on the planet, Chris Algieri, who also happens to be an expert in nutrition and supplementation for fighters.Clocking in at just over 2 hours, in this interview the boys discuss some of Chris' achievements…
 
On episode 38 of the show co-hosts Phil Daru and Jason Burgos had the honor of chatting with two-time Olympic gold medalist, and debuting MMA fighter, Kayla Harrison. The guys talked with the new American Top Team prospect about her transition from Olympic competition to MMA, weight-cutting, nutrition, the hardest thing to learn in MMA, what made h…
 
On episode #16 of The Unknown Strength Podcast, Brenton and Mac sit down with Melbourne's Muay Thai mogul, owner of Outliers Promotions, Sy Nadji. Sy is also the owner of renowned Melbourne training centres, Williams Street Gym and Box on North.Outliers Promotions is the driving force behind Australia's premier Muay thai events, Rebellion Muay Thai…
 
On this edition of FSP Overtime, Phil Daru and Jason Burgos chat about the major MMA news in the early days of May. Topics include "King Mo" versus Ryan Bader at Bellator 199, the new partnership between the UFC and Disney/ESPN+, MacKenzie Dern's dedication to MMA, Colby Covington versus Joe Rogan, UFC 224 and more. You can follow Phil and Jason at…
 
On episode 37 of the show, Phil Daru and Jason Burgos go back to an oldie but a good theme. An all "Ask Daru" episode. Topics in listener questions include proper sauna use, three-day workout programs, the importance of sleep for athletes, aerobics in training, lifting strategies and journalism in the MMA business. Follow the show, Phil, and Jason …
 
Did you feel that?!? That was the the earth shaking as the latest episode of The Unknown Strength Podcast just dropped! In our longest running episode to date (around 2 1/2 hours!), we were privileged to be joined by coach Phil Daru.Phil is the head Strength and Conditioning coach over at American Top Team, Coconut Creek, Florida - where he works c…
 
On this week's episode, Jason Burgos is joined by a guest co-host. The man that originally brought Burgos and Phil Daru together, MMA striking coach Dr. Paul Gavoni, and together Burgos and Gavoni interviewed NovaGenix co-founder Tim Bruce. The pair asked Bruce a whole bunch of questions about the popular healing treatment known as platelet-rich pl…
 
On this week's episode of the Fight Strength Podcast, Phil Daru and Jason Burgos got the chance to chat with Dr. Andreo Spina. Dr. Spina is the creator of very unique functional range release system, the functional range conditioning mobility development system and the Kinstretch method of movement. The hosts asked Spina about how he developed this…
 
Join Brenton and Mac for episode #14 of the unknown strength podcast, featuring our guest Dr. Corey Peacock. One of the most prolific researchers and strength & conditioning coaches in elite MMA today, Dr. Peacock showed up to this interview armed and ready with a metric tonne of insight, experience, research, philosophy and brilliance in the field…
 
On an all-new FSP Overtime, Phil Daru and Jason Burgos talk the latest news from the world of MMA. Topics include thoughts on Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Khabib Nurmagomedov's performances at UFC 223. Should Conor McGregor be fired after his antics at the Barclay's Center? The new promotion Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. Dustin Poirier/Justin Gaeth…
 
This week, Jason Burgos and Phil Daru bring on multi-time guest and fill in co-host Tony Ricci. The trio talked about the brand new eBook Daru and Ricci have just published. The book? Weight-Cut: Systematic Strategies. Burgos asked several questions to these top-level MMA strength coaches on how this book gives informative insight into weight-cutti…
 
This week Phil Daru and Jason Burgos are back with an all-new FSP Overtime. This week the guys chat on Colby Covington versus Rafeal Dos Anjos in another interim title fight, Joe Rogan's thoughts on getting rid of win bonuses, Ben Askren's chances in the UFC, Frankie Edgar's return and more. You can follow Phil and Jason at the below addresses: Twi…
 
[PRO RAW X Powerlifting Special] Join Macgregor and special guest co-host Ben Machar for episode #13 of The Unknown Strength Podcast. In this brand new episode, Dr. Jordan Shallow stops by to discuss all things Chiropractic, strength training related, and his experience competing at the PRO RAW X Powerlifting event held at the Arnold Classic 2018 e…
 
This week, the show welcomed UFC featherweight division stalwart Dennis Bermudez. Phil Daru wasn't able to sit in on the interview so Jason Burgos talked with the New York native about bouncing back from close losses, the winner of Max Holloway and Brian Ortega, New York MMA, media expectations and much more. Also, Phil had a bevy of "Ask Daru" que…
 
With co-host Phil Daru up in the great white north doing seminar work, Fight Strength Podcast regular Tony Ricci sits in once again to co-host an episode of FSP Overtime with Jason Burgos. On the eighth edition of the MMA news focused spin-off show, Burgos and Ricci covered several stories from the last few weeks in the sport. Topics included possi…
 
This week Phil Daru and Jason Burgos had on arguably the best nutrition and weight-cutting specialist in the game today, and that is George Lockhart. Lockhart has worked with superstar fighters like Jon Jones, Cris "Cyborg," Rory MacDonald and Dustin Poirier to name a few. The guys talked with the former fighter and Marine about how he ended up bec…
 
On episode 31, Phil Daru and Jason Burgos chat with UFC middleweight star, and man of many talents, Elias Theodorou. The sometimes actor, model, and comedian, talked with the guys on his upcoming work as a ring card boy for Invicta FC, his upcoming movie project, how he got into the sport, "money fights," acting tips, and much more. Our apologies i…
 
FSP Overtime is back again as Jason Burgos and Phil Daru take some time to talk about some of the major news in the world of MMA of late. The guys chatted on Phil's current work with Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Dustin Poirier in the lead up to their big fights coming up. Thoughts on a hypothetical Amanda Nunes versus Cyborg Justino bout, Daniel Cormier/…
 
On the thirtieth episode of the show Phil Daru and Jason Burgos had the pleasure of having on a true superstar in the strength and conditioning industry. The legendary Joe Defranco! The guys talked with DeFranco about how his career started, his early influences, his theories and ideologies in strength training, working with MMA fighters, and tips …
 
Episode 29 is here and it is an all-new, all "Ask Daru" episode. Along with listener questions on preparing athletes for maximum weight-lifting, and how much Phil Daru gets involved in his athletes nutrition programs, the ATT strength coach also wanted to speak on a few key topics related to strength training for combat sports. Hosts Jason Burgos a…
 
Episode #12 of The Unknown Strength Podcast features the legendary American making history, Rafael Lovato Jr.; an ADCC veteran, BJJ World Champion, Legacy Fighting Champion in MMA, as well as Bellator Middleweight Contender. Involved in martial arts from a very young age through his Father, Rafael truly embodies the martial arts lifestyle; in his w…
 
Fight Strength Podcast is back with episode 28. This week Phil Daru and Jason Burgos had the pleasure of talking with the 2017 MMAJunkie coach of the year, and American Top Team trainer, Mike Brown. The guys chatted with the one time WEC featherweight champion on several topics related to his work coaching for ATT. Including formulating camps for a…
 
What a way to bring in the new year! On episode #11 of The Unknown Strength Podcast, Brenton and Mac welcome Yas Parr back to the show, this time Yas was joined by his wife Liz. Liz is a former US National Boxing Champion, was an absolutely phenom in the boxing circuit over in the US and also an international competitor, and now turned coach with h…
 
On the final edition of the Fight Strength Podcast for 2017, episode 27 is a full on MMA year in review. Phil Daru and Jason Burgos covered some key story lines in the sport this year (i.e., the loss of luster in the UFC titles, and Bellator"s continued rise), gave their fighter of the year picks, and looked at some important narratives to follow i…
 
Fight Strength is back, and it is a of championship caliber. On this edition we had on our first professional boxing champion. Though, not only has he been a champion in boxing, but also a champion in kickboxing before that, and that man is New York native Chris Algieri. Phil and Jason talked with Algieri on many topics. Including if he ever ponder…
 
Episode 25 is here and it was one of our most informative yet. This week the public firing of nutrition specialists Perfecting Athletes, by Joanna Jedrzejczyk, made the rounds in the MMA/sports news cycle. While the group has become influential in the sport, there are many within the industry that question their qualifications. Two individuals in t…
 
The Fight Strength Podcast spin-off show is back with a horde of MMA news stories for hosts Phil Daru and Jason Burgos to dissect. Topics include GSP not wanting to return to middleweight, will Eddie Alvarez choose to fight Dustin Poirier again, Michael Bisping admitting a quick turnaround was a "bad move," Whittaker/Rockhold, Rockhold's comments o…
 
For episode 24 of the Fight Strength Podcast, hosts Phil Daru and Jason Burgos deviated from the traditional guest-driven format. The show was totally dedicated to answering a plethora of listener questions in an expanded version of the weekly "Ask Daru" segment. Along with answering a bunch of questions, Jason conducted a mini interview with Phil,…
 
[ATTENTION ALL BJJ NERDS] If you only listen to one podcast this year, make sure it is this one!!This latest episode of The Unknown Strength Podcast is an absolute treat for the JiuJitsu fanatic, featuring none other than the legendary Brazilian JiuJitsu World Champion, Braulio Estima.Your host Brenton discussed with Braulio his toughest rivals in …
 
FSP Overtime is back and this time we have a special guest host. With Fight Strength and FSP co-host Phil Daru in Russian running some seminars, none other than two-time guest Tony Ricci steps in to take Phil's place. On this edition regular co-host Jason Burgos and Ricci talk on many of the major MMA topics of the last couple of weeks. Some of tho…
 
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