Doc and Jock Podcast podcast

E242 | Brett Bartholomew on Conscious Coaching

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On Episode 242 of the Doc and Jock Podcast we meet up with one of our favorite strength & conditioning coaches, Brett Bartholomew, for some training and conversation on Conscious Coaching.

Brett Bartholomew likes to stay off the grid a little bit, so here is a little background on him, just in case you aren't aware of him yet.

Brett strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, and founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, Bartholomew Strength. He has worked with collegiate teams, professional teams, businesses, and individual clients. Taken together, Brett has coached a diverse range of athletes from across 23 sports at levels ranging from youths to Olympians. He’s supported Super Bowl and World Series Champions, along with several professional fighters, including those competing in the UFC. He has also worked with members of the United States Special Forces community. His coaching and speaking has spanned the globe, from China to Brazil and numerous other stops in between.

As an entrepreneur, Brett has proudly served as a teammate and supporting partner in the strategic growth of two separate performance companies and is a highly sought-after consultant and mentor for many others across the United States and abroad. Additionally, his work and expertise has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets.

His book, Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In (Amazon), achieved “Best Seller” status in the categories of “Sport Coaching” (#1), “Business/Money” (#8) ,and was ranked in the “Amazon Top 100 Books Overall.”

Brett is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) where he holds both their CSCS*D & RSCC*D distinctions. He is a proud graduate of Kansas State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he obtained a Master of Science in Education in exercise science with an emphasis on motor behavior, cueing, and attentional focus in human performance.

"The majority of coaches try to coach by informing instead of engaging." - Brett Bartholomew

Topics We Cover On This Episode


  • How to get over yourself as a coach
  • Application of speed & agility work for the regular person and how to program it
  • Are box jumps in CrossFit plyometrics
  • The true definition of intensity in regards to plyometrics
  • The concept of buy-in and how to apply it as a coach
  • Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement & being real
  • Why kids need to compete
  • Why you don't need a gym to train high level athletes
  • Brett's opinion of Instagram coaches







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