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IYCA Member Spotlight: Dave Schmitz


Dave Schmitz (aka… The Band Man) is the Co-Owner of Resistance Band Training Systems, LLC and the creator of www.resistancebandtraining.com, the only website exclusively devoted to training with large continuously looped resistance bands.  Dave’s unique professional background and vast experience as an orthopedic physical therapist, performance enhancement specialist, certified strength and conditioning specialist along with his 27 plus years of living fitness and performance training, has allowed him to turn a simple 41 inch resistance band into an incredible multi-faceted total training experience for 1000’s of athletes and fitness enthusiasts around the world, while helping 100’s of fitness professionals and coaches get their clients or athletes BETTER with BANDS.

1. What’s your background?

I am a Board Certified Physical Therapist with an emphasis in Orthopedics through the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse -1986,  I am  also a Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – 1993, a Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – 1993, and a Certified Youth Conditioning Specialist through the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) – 2000.

2. What do you do in your career today?

With the growth of Resistancebandtraining.com, I have been provided the opportunity to lecture nationally on how resistance band training can significantly impact the fields of physical therapy, fitness, and performance enhancement.  Known by many as "The Band Man" my mission is to make sure coaches, trainers, athletes, parents and medical professionals learn and become inspired to understand why it is important to begin implementing elastic resistance and how to do so in safe, progressive manner using flat continuously looped bands. 

As the Founder and Developer of www.resistancebandtraining.com,  I am provide weekly video and written content to my blog as well as my newsletter (RBTLive) subscribers.

I am also one of the senior contributors to the Elite Trainer Mentorship which is a monthly membership website that allows me to share "behind the scenes" information on my training concepts, approaches, programs and techniques.
Along with these two weekly tasks, I am constantly working on Resistance Band Training R&D that helps me create new information products to assist in educating coaches, trainers, therapists and athletes on "Getting BETTER with BANDS.
Locally I am the Volunteer S & C Coach for Germantown High School.  This is where I am provide the opportunity to perfect my training skills by working 5 days per week with up and coming young athletes wanting to get better at their sport of choice.  Not only does this opportunity provide a chance to develop my resistance band training techniques, more importantly, it has taught me how to become a better coach as well as a father to my 3 children.

Lastly  I am the owner of G’town Bootcamps which was establish in 2000.  G’town Bootcamps provides me the opportunity to work weekly with adult fitness clients on improving their athleticism while following our camp mission of  "Getting Better Together" through safe functionally based training using resistance bands 90% of the time.  Not only does this highly motivated group of adults train hard, they challenge me to keep getting better as well.

3. What does the IYCA mean to you or how has the IYCA impacted you?

From a coaching perspective the IYCA has provided me with the education and resources that have become the foundation of  how I structure our high school and middle school training programs.   I have and continue to leverage many of the IYCA Board of Experts through consulting, workshops or simple email questions each month to make sure our kids are getting the best I can offer.  

From an resistancebandtraining.com standpoint, the IYCA has provided us with a platform to share with coaches, how resistance band training can positively impact their youth training development and performance based programs.  Without the IYCA, RBT.com would not have been able to impact the youth of this world as quickly as we have been able to. 

4. Why you created / contributed to your IYCA products and who they are for.

The Resistance Band Instructor Course is a coaches blue print on how to implement resistance band training into off-season, pre-season and in-season training programs.   It provides coaches with done for you workouts for ages 9-12, 12-15 and 15 – 18 year old athletes.  Workouts focus on using resistance band to develop first step speed, strength and response time, which as coaches, we know are key elements to an athlete becoming successful on the court or field.


IYCA Member Spotlight: Mike Robertson

Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (I-FAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has made a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in the world, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals.


Q: What’s your background?

A: I’ve been in the performance enhancement/physical preparation field for 14 years now. In that time I’ve done a bit of everything – I was an assistant D-1 strength and conditioning coach, a rehab practitioner, a 1-on-1 personal trainer, and a semi-private coach /business owner.

Basically, I’ve done a bit of everything over the years!


Q: What do you do in your career today?

A: Today I own Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training, which has been named one of America’s Top 10 Gyms by Men’s Health magazine two times. 

At IFAST we offer both small group/semi-private training (groups of 2-4 at a time), as well as large group training which we call Team Training. 

I, personally, work almost exclusively with professional and elite athletes at this point in my career. A short list of my clients includes Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers, Danny O’Rourke from the Columbus Crew, Lori Lindsey (formerly of the US Women’s National team), and a handful of blue-chip prospects who are waiting for their chance to make it big.


Q: What does the IYCA mean to you or how has the IYCA impacted you?

A: Even though I’m training mostly professional athletes now, the IYCA and young athletes are what originally drew me to this industry.

I was a young kid who loved sports, but never really new how to use physical preparation in the right capacity to give myself the best chance for success. I was always a pretty good athlete, but never the best. And I always knew that if I could make myself bigger, faster, stronger, etc., that I could be a bigger contributor on the court.

So that has always been my passion – to help athletes get more out of their own bodies via improved movement and training. I love work with kids especially because they are so malleable, and the tools you can teach them via training are things that they will take with them for a lifetime.


Q: Why you created / contributed to your IYCA products and who they are for.

A: I contributed to CAD 2.0 and the HSCC product, because as rewarding as it is to coach young athletes, I love coaching the coaches as well. I like to think of this as growing my web of influence.

If I train one kid, that’s one kid I made better. But if I work with one coach, that coach has an influence over all of his athletes as well. 

So instead of just the one I helped, I could help 10, 50, or 100 athletes by helping one coach. That’s powerful.

At the end of the day, my goal always has been (and always will be) to make the people around me better. I know that if I do that, I know that money, clients and happiness will never been an issue.


IYCA Member Spotlight: Dr. Toby Brooks


toby-brooksDr. Toby Brooks serves at the Director of Research and Education for the IYCA.
Brooks is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Master of Athletic Training Program at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock, TX.

What’s your background?
PhD & MS in Physical Education from University of Arizona, BS in Athletic Training from Southern Illinois University. 10+ years experience in athletic training & strength and conditioning at professional, collegiate, and high school levels. Owned and operated sports performance business in Southern Illinois for three years prior to accepting academic position at Texas Tech. Three year starter in basketball in high school with a brief stint in college. Coached youth sports in soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball over the past 15 years.

What do you do in your career today?
I serve as clinical coordinator for the Masters of Athletic Training Program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Director of Research and Education for the IYCA.

What does the IYCA mean to you or how has the IYCA impacted you?
I became involved in the IYCA within its first year of existence. As an athletic trainer, I see the impact of improper and/or overly aggressive training on young athletes all the time. I was convinced the IYCA was an up and coming professional organization that aligned with my professional philosophies while also being accessible, meaning its “newness” afforded me a way of making an impact right away without all the political posturing one might expect in organizations that have been around a while.

Why you created / contributed to your IYCA products and who they are for.

I have been involved in every IYCA product with the exception of the very first Level 1 YCS (now revised and relaunced as the Level 1 YFS 1 that I wrote with the contribution of Dr. David Stodden). It is my passion to see to it that any parent or professional who cares enough to assume the role of “coach” be adequately equipped to serve most effectively in that position. A willing heart is the first critical step. A prepared mind should follow closely behind. It is my hope that any IYCA product I assist in creating can reinforce the heart and help activate the mind.


IYCA Member Spotlight: Jim Kielbaso


Jim Kielbaso
Jim Kielbaso MS, CSCS is the Director of the Total Performance Training Center and author of Utlimate Speed & Agiity as well as creator of the IYCA’s Ultimate Speed Drills and Ultimate Speed Mechanics resources. He is a former college strength coach and has trained thousands of athletes at every level of competition.

Q: What’s your background?

A: I am a former college strength coach and the author of the book Ultimate Speed & Agility.  I have a BS in Exercise Science from Michigan State and an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. I have been in the industry for 20 years, have multiple certifications and have spoken at many conferences and clinics.

Q: What do you do in your career today?

A: I’m currently the Director of the Total Performance Training Centers in Wixom and Rochester Hills, MI.  I work with multiple high schools and run an NFL Combine Prep program every year.  I also enjoy the educational aspect of this profession which is why I helped create both www.FootballTrainingPros.com and www.UltimateStrengthAndConditioning.com to spread quality training information to coaches and trainers around the world.

Q: What does the IYCA mean to you?

A: I discovered the IYCA about three years ago and was instantly impressed with the organization, mission and professionalism of the group.  There were no egos, just genuine people wanting to grow the profession and learn from each other.  It was a refreshing attitude, and I knew I wanted to be more involved.  Since then, I’ve been able to speak at two of their events and I’ve created two speed & agility products with them.  Every interaction I’ve had with the IYCA has been positive and the people, both members and staff, have been incredible. 

Q: Can you share why you created the IYCA Ultimate Speed Mechanics & IYCA Ultimate Speed Drills resources?

A: When I talk to other trainers and watch their speed & agility training sessions, I often notice a couple of issues.  The first is that many coaches just run athletes through drills with very little instruction or feedback on proper movement mechanics.  I see coaches using speed training tools like sleds and bands, but they aren’t correcting faulty movement patterns. 

The second thing I notice is that coaches get stuck in a rut and use the same old drills all the time.  Not only is this boring, there are often more appropriate drills available.

With these two things in mind, I helped the IYCA create two products that address these issues.  The first is called Ultimate Speed Mechanics where I break down many common sport movements so that we can teach athletes how to move properly.  I include simple and effective coaching cues so that you can make immediate changes with just about any athletes.

The second product is called Ultimate Speed Drills.  This product includes dozens of drills and variations that will allow you to expand your toolbox.  You’ll never have to worry about having the right drills for every situation. 

When I shared my idea with the IYCA leadership, they agreed that these products would help plenty of their members, so we put together two fantastic resources that include both video and written portions. 

You can learn more about IYCA Ultimate Speed Mechanics & IYCA Ultimate Speed Drills at the links below:

IYCA Ultimate Speed Mechanics:


IYCA Ultimate Speed Drills:



Blueprint to Building Your Ideal Youth Fitness Business Video


Youth Fitness Business Building Success


Do you wake up each day excited to go to work?


I’m sure you are passionate about helping your clients or athletes achieve their goals but are you doing EXACTLY what you want to be doing?


Well, if your answer isn’t an enthusiastic YES, then I have something special for you.


IYCA Expert Dave Gleason did a presentation where he shares the exact plan he used to dump an unfulfilling career as an In Home Trainer to open his dream facility and build an ultra-successful business serving the hottest market in the industry: Youth Fitness & Sports Performance.




In this Free Video you will discover the secrets to never having to work with another single client you don’t love again while building the business or career of your dreams!


I wish most fitness pros would enjoy what they do half as much as Dave enjoys what he does… and in this video he’s going to share exactly how he turned his passion into a thriving youth fitness business.


Remember why you got into this industry and start loving your career again. Here is a blueprint to how Dave made that happen for him and how you can do it too.


Turn your fitness passion into profits starting with this video ->




Dedicated to Your Success,




P.S. – Check out Dave Gleason’s youth fitness business presentation where he shares his story on how he went from an In Home Trainer who didn’t really enjoy what he was doing to building one of the top youth fitness businesstraining facilities in the U.S. while loving every minute of it.






The IYCA Inks Book Deal with Celebrity Press


IYCA Youth Fitness Specialists to be Featured


Louisville, KY- This past July, hundreds of Youth Fitness Specialists, certified by the International Youth Conditioning Association, gathered for two days in the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY, to learn about and share their passion for youth fitness training.


What they also got was the opportunity of a lifetime, to be featured in a book, The Definitive Guide to Youth Athletic Strength, Conditioning and Performance.


The IYCA teamed up with publishing company Celebrity Press, known for producing best-selling authors in many industries, and offered its members the opportunity to apply for a select number of openings. Each qualified applicant would submit a chapter on his or her field of expertise on the subject of youth fitness training.


Pat Rigsby, who serves as CEO of the IYCA, is excited for the expected release of the book in 2012. "This book represents the entire IYCA organization at large, and many qualified youth coaches and fitness professionals have the chance to get recognition for the great work that they do."





The International Youth Conditioning Association is the premier international authority with respect to athletic development and youth participant-based conditioning. The IYCA is a certification-based outfit offering the finest educational certificate programs in the realm of youth athletic development and fitness. The IYCA mission is to fulfill its duty as the leaders of the youth fitness and sport training industry and help reform the quality and care we are providing for our youth.



Youth Training: My Top 5 (Part 4)


Youth Training Tips

‘Part 4’ is one of those reasons that most people feel uncomfortable talking about…


… And I’ve never honestly figured out why.


The best Coaches in the world don’t always earn a good living.


Because they aren’t quality business owners.


Success in our industry is absolutely dependant on you becoming the very best Coach you can be (and at the 2011 Summit, we’ve covered you on that with Speakers such as Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, Wil Fleming, Sue Falsone and Latif Thomas).


But without the requisite business savvy to establish, operate and grow a Youth training, Fitness and Sport Training program or facility, you will forever be chasing your tail when it comes to earning a good living (and living a quality life).


Which is why we’ve covered you again for Youth Training business….



Youth Training: My Top 5 (Part 3)


Youth Training Tip # 3

Another ‘no-brainer’ reason you need to hear about.


For fun, I call this our “shake the hands and kiss the babies” policy!


In truth, it’s one of the factors that separates the IYCA Summit from every other conference out there.


The Personal Touch.


Our Speakers are contracted, not just to present, but to be available all weekend long in order to answer YOUR questions.


Maybe you’ve always wanted to ask Eric Cressey something about Mobility.


Perhaps Mike Robertson has the key you’ve been looking for with respect to Youth Training (more…)

2011 IYCA Summit Registration is Now Open


Here’s some stuff I really want you to consider…


Eric Cressey may be the very best Strength Coach in the world.


Mike Robertson is considered one of the most on-demand speakers in our industry.


Latif Thomas is one of the very best Speed Coaches you’ll find anywhere around the globe.


Carlo Alvarez is a former World Champion Baseball Coach and past National Champion Coach at the high school level.


Sue Falsone was the only female professional ever to be a team Physical Therapist in Major League Baseball.


Pat Rigsby is considered the #1 go-to expert for all things related to sales, marketing and successful business development in the Fitness & Sport Training world.


And every single one of them will be speaking at the 2011 IYCA International Summit.



Early Bird: IYCA International Summit


Over the past few years, they’ve traveled from Canada, Switzerland, England, Australia, Jamaica and throughout the United States. For the knowledge they knew they would gain.


The experience they knew they would have.


The guarantee that this would be the greatest and most worthwhile event they could ever possibly attend…


… And they were right.


The 2011 IYCA International Summit

July 28 – 31
Louisville, Kentucky
Brown Hotel


Watch this:




Early-Bird Registration (Where You Can Save BIG TIME) Starts Tomorrow…..



About the IYCA Summit…


Sometimes, a 60 second video can have a far greater impact than anything\ I could possibly write…





"I’ve been going to conferences for 17 years… This, by far, has been the best I’ve ever attended"





"Fantastic organization… It’s been an absolute pleasure being here"




2011 IYCA International Summit

[wpfblike] The 2011 IYCA International Summit.


July 28 – 31, 2011


Louisville, Kentucky.


The Brown Hotel.


Your ‘Early Bird’ discount opportunity starts on Monday…


Nick Berry – The Myths & Truths of Youth Fitness Business Success




The 2011 IYCA International Summit


IYCA Summit

The IYCA’s Annual International Summit is upon us once again and your opportunity to be part of the greatest educational event our industry has ever seen is something I just don’t want you to pass up.


Starting Monday and continuing through next week, I’ll be proving you with an opportunity to enjoy an ‘Early Bird’ discount.


Four days that will change your career… And your life.


No matter what, you need to reserve the following days:


Thursday, July 28: Pre-Conference Event
Friday, July 29: Summit – Day 1
Saturday, July 30: Summit – Day 2
Sunday, July 31: Post-Conference Event


I will be giving you more information on what you can expect on each of those days very soon… For now, enjoy these videos:



Back to School with the IYCA


IYCA Education Time…



September marks the beginning of yet another long school year for kids all over the world.


I remember distinctly the feelings I had as the lazy summer days came to a close and the word ‘responsibility’ started
circulating through my daily thoughts.


Responsibility to wake up earlier than I had been used to.


Get to class on time.


Diligently tend to my homework nightly.



IYCA: Consider This




IYCA Code…

by Dr. Kwame M. Brown


The below is said with love, and I mean that. 


"Research Shows"… "It is a well known fact that"… "There is evidence to support"…


These are all statements I have heard time and time again to support statements that people believe.  I feel it is time for me to say something as a classically trained and field experience scientist / practitioner. 


"Research Shows":  Does it?  Which research?  Does research show the opposite of what you are saying, or show it less than the research than you are quoting?  If so, and you have chosen not to include that information, you are being disingenuous.  Period. 


"It is a well known fact that…":  Is it?  Very few things are well known facts, except that kids grow and learn. 


"There is evidence to support":  Much like #1, which evidence? 


These are all sneaky statements that serve to make us sound all "experty".



IYCA: Thank You and A Gift From Me

IYCA Provides…

by Wil Fleming – www.beforcefit.com


It is the week of Thanksgiving and I wanted to share with you why I am thankful for the IYCA.


Certainly I am thankful for the knowledge I gain from attending live events and the continuing education certification courses but that only touches the surface.  The IYCA gives away, literally gives away, so much valuable information. All of it for free.   The IYCA treats its members like family.  I am thankful for being a part of an organization that wants me to be able to do what I love better than any other professional around.


As members of the IYCA we are all passionate about the training of our youth.  Some are passionate about reducing the prevalence of obesity in our youth, others want to help athletes succeed to their highest levels.  Wherever you fall on this spectrum there is one thing that will determine your success.


Your ability to reach as many young people as possible. 



Want To Attend The 2010 IYCA Summit For Free?


IYCA Summit


I decided to give away two free tickets to the 2010 IYCA Summit


All I need you to do is tell me why you want the free admission.


Just a brief sentence or two that illustrates your passion, speaks to your own altruistic intentions and reveals why the IYCA means something to you.


On Thursday November 19 at 7:00pm (EST) I’m hosting a Teleseminar with Pat Rigsby where we’re going to discuss youth training and answer all your Summit-related questions.


During that Teleseminar, I’m going to announce who gets to come to our 2010 Summit for free… You better be there! You can register for the Teleseminar here


—-> http://www.instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=9990318


Let me know what why want to come to our Summit & be on the call on Thursday, November 23 at 7pm EST to find out if you’ve won these free tickets to the IYCA summit.


– Brian


My Top 4 Reasons For Attending the 2010 IYCA International Summit

IYCA International Summit

1) Earn Valuable CEU’s:


Just for coming to the 2-day main event, you will receive a full 12 CEU
credits from the IYCA.


That’s enough to renew whatever level certification you’re on with us.


In addition to that, we are in the process of becoming accredited through
NSCA, NASM, ISSA and more.


A world-class education PLUS critical continuing education credits that
you can apply to multiple fitness organizations.


I can’t think of a better ‘bang for your buck’ than that!!


–> Reserve Your Seat At the IYCA Summit Today!



2) Your Future in the Fitness Industry:


According to the ACSM, the Top 10 fitness trends for 2010 include two
specific demographics that the IYCA International Summit is being based