Episode 52:
Unveiling the Expertise – Meet Nick Garcia, High School Coaching Legend


December 20, 2023

Nick Garcia talks about his coaching methods, the difficulties of high school coaching, and the significance of customized workouts and velocity-focused training. Topics include Dr. Bondarchuk's impact on field sports, dealing with different types of athletes, and the prevention of injuries through consistency and mobility. The role of mentorship, the constraints of online information, and understanding training principles are also explored. The episode offers useful insights on training methods, mentorship, and sports performance.

Episode Summary:

In this podcast episode, strength and conditioning coach Nick Garcia discusses his background and influences in strength and conditioning. He shares his philosophy on training and the challenges he faces as a high school coach. Garcia also talks about training a large number of athletes and the importance of mobility work. He explains how he organizes and implements training sessions and the benefits of velocity-based training. Finally, he discusses the influence of Dr. Bondarchuk’s work and how it can be applied to field sports. In this part of the conversation, Nick Garcia discusses the importance of consistency and adaptation in training, as well as the benefits of periodization and training cycles. He also talks about the different training approaches for various track and field events and the importance of choosing the right implements. Additionally, he shares insights on weight room training for throwers, the use of film analysis, and the challenges of indoor track and field. Finally, he recommends books and offers advice for young coaches. In this episode, Tommy Moffitt and Nick Garcia discuss the importance of developing relationships with mentors and the limitations of relying solely on internet and social media information. They emphasize the need to understand concepts through observation and application, rather than dismissing them based on surface-level information. The conversation also highlights the value of diving deeper into training principles and being open to new ideas. They stress the importance of considering the context in which training methods are applied, particularly in contact sports like football. The episode concludes with Moffitt expressing his appreciation for Garcia’s expertise and the value of learning from various guests on the podcast.


  • Training should be tailored to the demands of the sport and should include exercises in all three planes of movement.
  • Efficiency and organization are key when training a large number of athletes.
    Velocity-based training can be beneficial for both female and male athletes, providing immediate feedback and creating a competitive environment.
  • Dr. Bondarchuk’s training methods can be effective for single-sport athletes, and aspects of his program can be applied to multi-sport athletes.
    Mobility work and injury prevention exercises are important for overall balance and injury prevention.
  • This includes training for throws, particularly the shot put. We also discussed Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk’s theories and methodologies. We examined how these theories have shaped his coaching style and how they can be applied to coaching field sports.
  • Additionally, Dr. Anatoliy Bondarchuk’s theories and methodologies, which played a significant role in training for throws, particularly the shot put, were discussed. His approach has significantly influenced his coaching style and is applicable to coaching field sports.