EP. 073

Mike Robertson

Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (IFAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. IFAST has been named one of the Top 10 Gyms in America by Men’s Health magazine numerous times, as was also a fitness award winner by Women’s Health Magazine.

Over his 20-year coaching career, Mike has worked with athletes from every major professional sport including all-stars in both the NBA and MLS. He also serves as a writer, speaker, consultant and educator across the fitness industry.


Show Notes:

Website: robertsontrainingsystems.com

Website: ifastuniversity.com

Facebook: Mike Robertson

Instagram: robtrainsystems

Books Mentioned:

Wooden on Leadership

Mike’s Book Recommendations

Podcasts Mentioned:

Physical Preparation Podcast #188: Dr. Ramsey Nijem on developing young NBA talent

Physical Preparation Podcast #189: Chris Chase on the evolution of strength and conditioning in basketball

Physical Preparation Podcast #191: Daniel Bove on variability, load management, and winning in the NBA 

Leave Your Mark Podcast #83 – Throwing Heat in Life with Eric Cressey

People and Resources mentioned:

All of Mike’s educational products

Mike Boyle

Eric Cressey

John Wooden

Physical Preparation 101

Complete Coach Certification

Dan John


Ramsey Nijem

Chris Chase

Daniel Bove

Joey Burton

Al Vermeil

Chad Marshall

Yosef Johnson

Jeff Moyer

Shawn Myszka

Keir Wenham-Flatt

Charlie Francis

Bill Hartman

Loren Landow

Frans Bosch

Tom Tomberson


Lee Taft

Dan Pfaff

Lance Goyke

Tony Giuliano

Ty Terrel

Connor Ryan

Alwyn Cosgrove 

Paul Chek

James Clear

Joe Kenn


0:00 – 9:00 – Robbie intro’s the show and asks Mike about program design mistakes

9:01 – 11:02 – Robbie ask Mike for his definitions of program design and periodization

11:03 – 13:54 – Robbie asks Mike about programming for an athlete who needs to spend more time practicing their sport

13:55 – 19:59 – Robbie asks Mike about phase potentiation within his programming when he has a short timeframe with an athlete

20:00 – 32:09 – Robbie asks Mike about training transfer

32:10 – 38:22 – Robbie asks Mike about running and owning a business 

38:23 – 48:17 – Robbie asks Mike to share his advice on internships, hiring staff, and his biggest business lessons 

48:18 – 56:27 – Robbie asks Mike about family and work-life balance

56:28 – 59:19 – Robbie asks Mike about what strategies he uses to enhance his ability to be more present

59:20 – 1:01:54 – Robbie asks Mike about where people can find out more about him?

1:01:55 – 1:02:18 – Robbie wraps up the show!