Robbie Bourke is a highly experienced strength and conditioning coach, physical therapist, nutritionist, and educator with more than 10 years in the field. Robbie is the host of the “All Things Strength and Wellness” podcast. He is based in Glasnevin, Dublin. Robbie specializes in movement quality, linear and multidirectional speed development, power development, strength training, energy system development, body composition, corrective exercise, and rehabilitation.
Coach Bourke interned with both Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Boston, MA, and at ALTIS Sports in Phoenix, AZ. Robbie completed his Higher Diploma in Neuromuscular and Physical Therapy at the National Training Centre (NTC), Dublin, in 2011. He earned a master’s degree in strength and conditioning from St. Mary’s University-Twickenham in 2019. Bourke holds several certifications, including NSCA-CPT, PICP Strength & Conditioning Specialist Level 2, and IYCA Level 1.
Robbie takes listeners through his most recent journey into the world of isometrics. He discusses his thoughts on the use of this modality, as well as the extensive use of isometric exercises in the early days of strength performance. He talks about ways to combine new uses of isometrics with the classic strength ideologies. Additionally, Robbie covers ideas on high-low, or the “barbell method” of training (Taleb), individualizing factors in training, training the nervous system, and periodization and training residuals.
In this podcast, Coach Robbie Bourke and Joel discuss:
- The general to specific training spectrum.
- Individualizing training to maximize performance.
- Neural components in increasing strength.
- Using a sequential order in your periodization planning.
- Having a comprehensive but emphasis-based program.
- The brain’s role in force production.
Podcast total run time is 1:04:12.
Keywords: isometrics, neural training, central nervous system, residual training effect