Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Welcome Jeremy to the team

Yesterday I mentioned that Jeremy Layport is joining our team. He'll be focusing on personal and small group training and specialty classes. We hope to expand our sports performance offerings since Jeremy was a strength coach for the Buffs. If we can get a critical mass, he'd love to offer a morning kettlebell class too. We hope you can meet him and get to know him soon. We are excited for the new perspective and expertise he brings to the gym.

I always like folks to give us an intro in their own words so that you can learn all about them. Here's what Jeremy has to say:

A little bit about me - exercise science is the only place I felt comfortable in school and more so in its applied setting. I’m vertically challenged for those that haven’t met me yet, so I have pretty good levers for moving heavy loads over head or just up and down off the ground. Strength training was the only way I was able to get my competitive edge in prep school and on, and, as I previously stated, being naturally set up to be somewhat successful at lifting weights, I took to it. Although I played football from grade school through college (DIII), because I loved the weight room, my heart was maybe in the physical training and preparation more so than the actual playing of football. I know the old phrase, “looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane,” but this wasn’t the case for me. Accelerating and catching heavy weight did nothing but build raw horsepower and it showed.

The largest part of my classical education in exercise science was done at my undergraduate university (Cal Lutheran) with Dr. William Sands and M.S. Tom DeLong. If you want to know what an amazing class with Dr. Sands was like, pick up Principles and Practice of Resistance Training he co-authored with Dr.’s Meg and Mike Stone, to catch a glimpse. Tom taught most of our applied classes, one of which was on Mel Siff’s Supertraining book, which is still today considered the bible of strength and conditioning. These two teachers laid that foundation for what I was later to become and spend 13 years doing in collegiate strength and conditioning. Two of the other major influences of my career came while I was working at and receiving my master’s degree from San Jose State University.

The first was Pavel Tsatouline’s StrongFirst (then RKC) methodology. Strength training in the early 2000’s was a world of dumbbells and barbells. I can’t remember exactly when or why, but I got this video of this “evil Russian” doing swings, windmills, and Turkish get-ups with these strange looking cannonballs with handles that I would learn are called kettlebells. To be honest, I thought his “shtick” came off so corny and bogus that I disregarded the whole thing and threw it away in a drawer. A year later, we had a changeover in S&C and a new coach was coming aboard that supposedly did the stuff. So I pulled out the DVD to watch it all over again. I went around that day, grabbed a few athletes, we grabbed a few dumbbells and did a few swings. I’d be lying to if I said I didn’t feel anything, but it wasn’t that significant to me. A day or two after the new coach got settled in, he took me through the ropes with a 24k kettlebell, and at the time, I was squatting close to 600lbs. 10 sets of 10 reps nearly killed me. It was one of the most humbling experiences of my short life at the time to be turned into a soft sweaty pile of mess by 100 swings with a 24k kettlebell. I was hooked. Roughly 6 months later I got to meet Pavel for the first time in 2006 when I took his Russian Kettlebell Challenge and it was more than I could have ever expected. The kettlebell alongside Pavel’s hardstyle methodology is a perfect complement to any sport athlete or tactical athlete and even the layperson looking for overall general strength and fitness. The devil is in the details with hardstyle, and the more you invest the more you get back! StrongFirst is a school of strength that teaches complimentary principles of strength that is the finest strength education in the world, and I count myself lucky to call myself a senior instructor for StrongFirst.

While Pavel’s methodologies are grounded in general physical preparation work, my second major influence is grounded in special physical preparation work. Former intern at SJSU and friend Alex Vasqeuz introduced me to Chris Korfist and Innosport /Wanna Get Fast training and it was another eye opener. I’m not sure if I can adequately describe their self described neuro-dynamic training model, so I won’t, but I will say they were the first group I had ever heard discuss auto-regulation to individualize training volumes and loads specific to the individual. Force absorption and high speed, rate work were other common training modalities that weren’t commonly used at the time I learned about his work. Chris now teaches his Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) with a few others that is currently changing the game in prehab and warming up the body. I’ll be writing another article on this in the near future. If you want to learn about speed and strength training, check out Chris’s YouTube page or his website at Chris is still a bit of an underground secret, but I don’t think for too much longer. As far as I can tell he is the best sprint coach out there.

In my spare time I like to do none other than… lift weights. Olympic style weightlifting is my primary. But I do enjoy powerlifting as well and have won small local competitions in both. Being a master now, I don’t recover like I used to and have to do recovery work like no other on my days off, which is mind numbing at times but necessary nonetheless.

Below are some of my certifications (in no particular order):

  • Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (C.S.C.S)
  • Sr. Instructor for StrongFirst
  • SFG level I &II
  • SFL
  • SFB
  • Plan Strong
  • Strong Endurance
  • USA Weightlifting Club Coach Course
  • Superior Strength Seminar Attendee – Andy Bolton & Pavel
  • FMS – Level I
  • Reflexive Performance Reset – Level I and II
  • Postural Restoration Institute – Myokinematic Restoration of LPC
  • Gymnastic Bodies – Foundations Level I & Handstand Level I
  • Barefoot Training Essentials Course Level I
  • Z-Health Essentials Course
If you’d like to get a hold of me to chat or think I can help you fulfill your goals an any please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.


row 500 / run 400
crawling lunge
10 KB swings or snatches
double KB overhead lunge
10 TGUs or windmills
10 goblet squats
5 pull-ups or push-ups or dips


snatch 5-3-3-3x3


2 windmills between strength sets

Group Workout

5 rounds:
2L, 2R Turkish Get Ups
1 minute kettlebell rack hold, switch arms as needed


100 kettlebell swings at a moderate weight


30 PVC partial pull over


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