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The Breaking Muscle Podcast

Nov 27, 2017

On the first edition of Breaking Muscle Presents: The Fight Strength Podcast (NSFW), hosts Phil Daru and Jason Burgos interviewed strength and conditioning coach Nicholas Davenport.
Davenport is the founder and director of programming at Mind Body 1. He is also an adjunct professor at Broward College. As a longtime friend of Daru’s—they played collegiate football together—the pair have recently started working together to bring fighters at mixed martial arts (MMA) gym American Top Team (ATT) a chance to partake in some new strength training techniques. 

Davenport is a part of a quickly growing trend in the strength and conditioning industry. His work for Mind Body 1 focuses on blending cognitive exercises with an assortment of traditional techniques. The methods he has developed in his Gym-R training center have been blended with the strength training programs Daru implements for several of his MMA athletes, including the recent headliner of UFC Norfolk, Dustin Poirier.

Along with interviewing Davenport, Burgos posed a few training-related questions to Daru on the topics of fasting, and developing strength and conditioning programs for Thai boxers. 

The Fight Strength Podcast is a weekly show that focuses on the training strategies used to develop elite fighters. Phil Daru is the lead strength and conditioning coach at ATT. Some of the notable fighters he currently works with are former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, the aforementioned Poirier, Colby Covington, and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Co-host Jason Burgos is an MMA journalist who is currently the senior editor of, and a member of the Mixed Martial Arts Journalists Association.