Welcome to episode 28 of the Saved By The Barbell Podcast! This week we bring on Tim DiFrancesco, former Lakers S&C coach and owner of TD Athlete’s Edge, to talk about how he & his team are helping athletes around the globe find their edge!

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3:00 – 15:00: The Road to the NBA

  • Tim outlines his sports medicine and athletic training background.
  • Tim’s journey to becoming the Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, including a cross-country move to work for their D League affiliate in Bakersfield.
  • Tim’s mindset walking into the locker room for the first time.

15:00 – 35:00: Working with the Lakers

  • Dealing with the crazy turnover in pro sports from a training standpoint.
  • Avoiding the temptation to make an athlete “better”, and focus on making them more “prepared”.
  • Putting your ego aside and letting athletes be athletes.
  • The difference between coaching younger rookies and more experienced veterans.
  • Was Kobe in “Mamba Mode” at all times?
  • What happened the first time Tim met Kobe.

35:00 – 57:00: TD Athletes Edge

  • Why Tim ultimately decided to leave the Lakers.
  • Tim’s mission at TD Athletes Edge- to give athletes, of all levels, the tools necessary to succeed.
  • Tim’s new facility outside of Boston and his training style.
  • The overlooked similarities between training professional athletes and the general public.
  • How social media has sensationalized professional athletes’ training routines.
  • Good and bad trends in the fitness industry.
  • Properly managing recovery.

57:00 – 1:07:00: Advice for Setting Goals

  • Tim answers a series of random questions including the biggest savage he’s worked with in the weight room and his best Kobe Bryant story.