Podcast Ep 16: Jamal Liggin, Performance Coach, Founder of JLT, & NFL Trainer

Training the Pros and Developing a Program

Today my guest is Performance Coach, Jamal Liggin. Jamal is the owner of JLT in Los Angeles (Jamal Liggin Training), a performance training organization that builds custom training programs for professional athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and UFC. For the past ten years, Jamal has been called on regularly by countless superstars to build their training programs, including Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Von Miller, and even DJ Khaled.

In today’s episode, we discuss things like injury assessment in athletes, training groups versus individuals, developing buy in from an athlete, how to coach athletes mentally in addition to physically, and his family.

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Show Notes:

2:00 – How Jamal Introduces Himself. “I like to take the ego’s out of the room as soon as we start. Living in LA, the first thing people do is ask is ‘What do you do? How much money do you make? Where do you live?’ and so I just eliminate that at the start of the conversation.”

6:30 – Injuries with Athletes. “The assessment is really the foundation of my training because without that, I can’t even assess how we are even going to go through the next 3 or 4 weeks of training. I don’t know what you’re capable of if I can’t see if you can land on one leg if you jump in the air.”

17:00 – Group vs. Individual. “The group is where it starts. That is like freshman year for everybody.”

20:00 – Buy In. “It’s just them knowing that you actually care – that you actually believe in the fact that they can be a better person or a better athlete.”

28:00 – Mental Coaches. “What I’ve noticed is I’m more of a therapist than a trainer sometimes. These guys have real life issues. Something might be going on in their lives and you can tell in the workout.”

36:30 – Worrying About Money. “That’s what I’m trying to do is teach my trainers, ‘does your client need a specific type of underwear because he’s allergic to this? Then go get it!’”

41:00 – What Interests Jamal Today “If you look at any driver, from Formula 1 to NASCAR to anything, look at their necks. They have to do so many neck strengthening exercises. That’s what interests me: how to coordinate all of this.”

51:00 – Family “I remember her teacher called one day and was like ‘your daughter is very bossy.’ And I asked, ‘What do you mean?’ Apparently, she watches me coach and there are these blocks in school that look like dumbbells, and she’s telling the other kids how to use the blocks.”

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