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Empowered Performance for Curlers Podcast

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A space for curlers to learn and discuss various curling specific tools and resources to help improve performance and enjoyment of the game.

Episode 30: Sets, Reps & Training for your Goals (Snack Sized Episode)
Today’s episode is snack sized so that you can quickly enhance your knowledge around why you want to choose a certain set and rep scheme, as well as how much rest you need for optimal results.   I cover 4 definitions: Sets Reps Intensity Rest   And outline how to make the most prudent decision […]
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Episode 29: Success Favours the Prepared with Joanne Courtney
In today’s episode I am joined by a world class all around human, the one and only badass brusher; Joanne Courtney.   We touch on training for curling, developing a solid growth mindset, and surrounding yourself with likeminded people with similar goals and dreams   Joanne shares some top tips for training specifically off ice […]
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Episode 28: Using Performance Gap Analysis to dictate Offseason Training for Curling
Snack topic: How to use a focused training program to find progress on the ice next season.   I touch on the pros and cons behind using your summer for general physical activity versus following a focused training program specific to the sport of curling and the goals you have set.   Listen on your […]
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Episode 27: Alena Luciani, “Communication is about Connection and Collaboration”
In today’s episode Alena Luciani, owner of Training2XL joins me to talk about the intricacies and skill behind being a phenomenal communicator. She walks us through the parallels of coaching in the gym and on the ice, and how to use your words to build buy-in, trust, and get the most out of your athletes. […]
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Episode 26: It’s Not How You Train, it’s How You Recover, with Melissa Doldron, RMT
In today’s episode I am joined by Melissa Doldron, RMT. Melissa shares her perspectives of working with some of the top athletes, and top curlers in the world.   We touch on how to use your own self awareness, and work with a movement therapist to structure your training and recovery. Where do you feel […]
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Episode 24: Dr. Stephanie Juffs on Peace & Love not RICE
In today’s episode I am joined by Dr. Stephanie Juffs, a Chiropractor just North of the GTA who takes a comprehensive, individualized approach with clients in order to help them reach their health and wellness goals and get them back to optimal functioning   We do a deep dive into what to do and focus […]
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Episode 23: Teach, Test & Repeat with Terri Weeks
In today’s episode I am joined by my favourite researcher Terri Weeks. She brings with her a simple evidence-based way to make sure your practices are deliberate, effective, and transfer into your game play.   Listen to learn how best to identify your performance gaps, plan your practices, and make your new skills automatic. Step […]
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Episode 22: Young Women in Curling Project (Snack)
Consider today’s episode a SNACK. A shorter, bit-sized episode aiming to inform you about one specific topic. If you’ve got a “quick” question for me, shoot me an email and I’ll be sure to respond with a snack episode just for you. Today’s snack topic is to inform you of the official launch of The […]
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Episode 21: Megan Pomarensky on how to get the most out of your injury rehab & training
Megan Pomarensky, owner of Empowerment Rehab is an Athletic Therapist, yoga teacher and movement therapist mentor. I bring her on the show to talk about who to see when you experience an injury, when to see them, and how to get the most out of that experience.   We touch on the spectrum of movement […]
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Episode 20: How do you want to feel? with Dr. Nicole Dubuc-Charbonneau
In today’s episode I am joined by Nicole Dubuc-Charbonneau, a mental performance consultant based out of Sudbury Ontario, but works with high performance athletes across Northern and Southern Ontario.   We touch on some of the fundamental mental training concepts that athletes and humans at every level can benefit from. From improving self awareness as […]
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Episode 19: Giving Yourself Grace with Lori Olson-Johns
If you remember “Sweeting Nation” from 2016 you would remember the calm, confident and focused presence of Lori Olson-Johns. In today’s episode I am joined by Lori Olson-Johns. 3x Alberta Champion, high school educator, mom, coach and role model.   Lori shares her story of how her experience with an Own the Podium project changed […]
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Episode 18: Letting your Knees go past your Toes with Terri Weeks
Episode 18: Letting your Knees go past your Toes with Terri Weeks -Show Notes Terri is back to help me dispel the myth that you shouldn’t let your knees track past your toes during squatting and lunging activities, why this concept matters for curlers, and how to train specifically for the demands of the sport […]
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Episode 17: Training for Curling & Golf is about the Fundamentals with Nick Buchan
In today’s episode I am joined all the way from the UK by The Golf Strength Coach, Nick Buchan. We talk about the importance of assessment, and working to increase the number of movement options you have to make skill development easier and more efficient. The need for both golfers and curlers to move well […]
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Episode 16: Getting Lower in your Slide is a Distraction
This episode is for you if you’ve ever thought: “I need to get lower in my slide”, “I need to stretch more and that will help me feel less tight”, “yoga isn’t for me as a competitive curler”, Or, “regular training is not manageable full season”.   We talk about how to improve comfort and […]
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Episode 15: Effort over Outcome. Offseason 2020/2021 Recap
2 main topics: After the longest off-season ever I recap the top 8 learnings I hope all my athletes carry with them into the competitive season What is the one thing you can do today to help prep you for next off-season?   Email Steph@EmpoweredPerformance.ca to get access to the In-Season Webinar Series & accompanying […]
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Episode 14: Return to Curling Part 3 – A Safe Transition to On-Ice Performance
Did you know that injuries are most common at the beginning and end of a season? A practice? And even games?   Take the time to plan out your return to curling carefully to make sure you get the most out of your off-ice training. If you didn’t train specifically for curling in this episode […]
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Episode 13: Pedro Malvar on Running, Curling & Putting Friendship First
Today’s episode features longtime friend, curler and run lead from Toronto Pedro Malvar. We talk about competing as a student athlete, learning how to train specifically for curling, and how you can use running as part of your off-ice training regime safely and effectively.   Want some tips to help you start running? Curious how […]
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Episode 12: Our critique of the Long Term Athlete Development model, and Standardized Testing
In this episode Terri Weeks is back to talk about how to get the most out of the Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) as a coach and an athlete. We list several critiques and warn that the model is just that, a theory to provide a framework and should be taken with a grain […]
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Episode 11: Return to Curling Part 2: The Bare Minimums
The Return to Curling 3-part series is dedicated to safely and effectively returning to the curling ice. Whether your “off-ice season” was 4 months, or 15+ months, taking the time to prepare to step back on the ice after a break from the sport can help improve performance, enjoyment and decrease chance of injury. Give […]
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Episode 10: Terri Weeks on Curling Injuries being Common but not Normal
In today’s episode I bring on Masters student, coach and competitive curler Terri Weeks. We chat about how her research around preventing knee pain in childcare workers can be translated into the sport of curling.   Key topics: Her research findings and hypothesis’ that are relevant to curling and preventing knee pain What does she […]
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Episode 09: Return to Curling Part 1: Reverse Engineering your Goals
In today’s episode we start a 3-part series dedicated to safely and effectively returning to the curling ice. Whether your “off-ice season” was 4 months, or 15+ months, taking the time to prepare to step back on the ice after a break from the sport can help improve performance, enjoyment and decrease chance of injury. […]
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Episode 08: Glenn Gabriel from Coaching Kids Curling on Connection & Community
In today’s episode I interview the host and producer of The Coaching Kids Curling Podcast. Glenn Gabriel was inspired to create his podcast to fill in a gap in resources specific for coaching kids.   We talk about imposter syndrome as a coach, creating a safe community for all club members and fostering a love […]
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Episode 07: Mark Nichols on all things training, nutrition & curling camps
In today’s episode I am joined by World Champion & Olympic Gold medalist Mark Nichols.   We touch on our mutual passion for working with others, educating ourselves and taking care of our mind and body so that we can compete and play.   Mark shares his learnings from decades of curling success, his own […]
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Episode 06: Basic Nutrition for Curlers
In today’s episode I walk you through the 2019 Canada’s Food Guide. What it is, and how you can use it as an athlete to better your health and performance.   I dive deep into not only the recommended “what” to eat, but the CDFG recommendations for “how” to eat to help you create a […]
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Episode 05: It’s all in the Hips
In today’s episode I walk you through how to bring more muscles to the party in the hack, in your delivery & in your training. I share with you my favourite movements and go-to cue when it comes to trying to improve balance, power, confidence and decrease likelihood of pain?   Listen in to dive […]
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Episode 04: Avoid These 8 Mistakes I Made Training to be a Fitter Curler
In today’s episode I walk you through 8 of the mistakes I made over the past 15 years on my quest to be a stronger, fitter and more confident competitive curler.   Don’t mess around with your goals. Regularly assess your progress, reassess the program you are following, & make sure that every aspect of […]
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Episode 03: Shut Your Mouth —The Key to Better Breathing
In today’s episode I am going to share what I’ve learned over the past decade about something we do 24-2800 times a day. Something that is influenced and influences your emotions, your mental state, your satiety, your sleep patterns, and how well you get the most out of everyday activities. It’s often overlooked, and oversimplified […]
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Episode 02: How to Gain the Most From Watching Curling
In today’s episode I share my tips to making sure you as a Curler are not just watching and enjoying the game, but also learning everything you can about the sport and looking for ways for you to personally improve.   This is a reminder that every game you watch can be valuable to your […]
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Episode 01: Welcome to the Show
In today’s episode I share my story and expertise on training the entire athlete to be best prepared for the demands of the sport of curling. You get a chance to learn a little more about me, and why you’ll want to not only listen, but subscribe and share with your team. We discuss the […]
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