Today’s guests are the team at Elite Level Performance in Colliersville, TN, owner John Nelson and trainer/natural health practitioner, Mandy Macri. I originally met John at the first Track/Football Consortium in Lombard, Ill, and have since had some great conversations with him on holistic health, Be Activated/RPR, Jay Schroeder training ideas, and more.
John Nelson brings over a decade of experience and expertise to all clients. He has a Masters Degree in Health & Sport Science, and is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer.
Mandy Macri joined Elite Level Performance in 2012 after 20 years in the health & fitness industry. Mandy has a degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Mandy has her Natural Health Practitioner Certification from Trinity School of Natural Health, and is currently completing her dissertation to receive her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Trinity School and Natural Health.
One of the most interesting things that piqued my interest in what John, and Mandy were doing at ELP was John talking about the relationship of muscle testing to the holistic (nutritional, psychological) aspects of the athlete in getting longer lasting results of muscle activation and strength in things like hip extension, flexion, etc. Much of the muscle testing and related corrective systems we see today will deliver fairly temporary changes. The modalities and total integrative approach at ELP really sets what John and Mandy are doing apart, and as we learn more about the connections of the human body, we can become more effective coaches and athletes. Today’s episode is all about the relationship between nutrition to athletic function, with many facets of both also discussed individually.
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- John and Mandy’s backgrounds, and the formation of Elite Level Performance
- Physical, neurological and nutritional assessments of athletes at ELP
- Critical physical assessments for athletes in the ankle and hip
- A summary of the RBTI (Reams Biological Theory of Ionization) in performance assessment
- Common physical deficiencies in athletes John and Mandi work with
- Aspects of digestion in physical performance
- John’s training philosophy
“A commonality I tend to find is basically an overload of the system in too much sugar, too many electrolytes, and an inability to process out those proteins”
“If your body cannot send and receive information the right way, it is going to start to compensate”
“Our kids know that Gatorade is not the best choice”
“PH is how fast things are moving through your digestive tract”
“I think just getting the physical component is a cop-out when you are not addressing the true origin of the (muscle weakness) situation”
“Protein is extremely important, but is also the hardest thing for your body to break down.” “Just because you chew, swallow and something comes out the other end doesn’t mean all was good, and with protein especially”
“A simple enzyme deficiency might be the only thing standing in your way between making the gains you want and staying where you are”
“Most of the standard American diet is going to push you too acidic, or too fast, pushing things through the system too fast for good absorption.”
“If a person is chronically not activated in their psoas or glutes, then there is something internally going wrong”
A simple book recommended to be post-recording by Mandy was “Kick Your Fat in the Nuts”, which goes into aspects of digestion that was discussed in the show. It is a very interesting and eye opening read.
About John Nelson
John (MS, CES, CPT, NTP) brings over a decade of experience and expertise to all clients. He has a Masters Degree in Health & Sport Science with an emphasis in Sport Commerce, and is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer. He was worked with and trained hundreds of athletes and clients amassing more than 120 + Division 1 scholarship offers, MLB Draft Picks, NBA draft picks, Olympic Gold & Bronze Medalists, All American High School Football Players, and hundreds of other athletes from other sports. John has spent years researching and adopting new techniques and philosophies from around the world to continually push the limits of human performance. John has two dogs Khloee and Babar who are regulars at ELP.
About Mandy Macri
Mandy (CNHP CES CPT) joined ELP in 2012 after 20 years in the health & fitness industry. Mandy has a degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. In addition to training and working with hundreds of clients and athletes, Mandy’s passion for holistic health has driven her to receive her Natural Health Practitioner Certification from Trinity School of Natural Health. Mandy has successfully trained and guided hundreds of clients in their journey to total body health. She is currently completing her dissertation to receive her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Trinity School and Natural Health. Mandy has two children, Joey and Maryn, and two dogs Missy and Max, all who are regulars at ELP.