Gym Laird #33 | Ryan Patrick - Specificity vs Variability

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In today’s podcast, Jim is joined by physical preparation coach, Ryan Patrick.

Topics discussed are:

– Specific skill set for performance
– Why you need to take a break from meet preparation after a competition
– Why you need to let your body recover
– What does variability mean?
– The importance of range of motion
– Why you shouldn’t always focus just on correctives
– How to increase your capacity
– The effects of life stress on performance
– Deload weeks are necessary
– How to help yourself outside the gym
– Coaches should always be learning and improving their knowledge base
– Learning to say no and finding your priorities
– How Ryan was come to be known as “Snuggles”…

Ryan Patrick is a physical preparation coach for athletes and powerlifters in Northern Kentucky. He is a record holding powerlifter, husband to 1, dad to 7 animals (only two have four legs), and coach to many. His team routinely builds robust, powerful, and resilient athletes. He is the owner of Peak Fitness & Sports Training in Crescent Springs, KY.

To learn more about Ryan’s work, click the following links:

2. Peak Fitness
3. Instagram


Jim Laird has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Coach helping clients achieve their goals since 1997. He has 4 years of Division One coaching experience and over a decade of working with clients in the private sector. He has worked with everyone from housewives who just want to look good and feel good, to professional athletes in the NFL, LPGA, and MLB; his most notable client being Scott Downs who is currently with the Chicago White Sox and is going on his 13th year in the MLB. Jim has helped dozens of young athletes achieve athletic scholarships to Division 1 schools and also trains a team of female Powerlifters. As an elite level Powerlifter, Jim pushed his body to the limit for years, and now understands the difference between working out to be healthy, and working out to achieve a high level performance goal, and he want to help others do the same. Learn more about Jim on his blog:

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