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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #247: Phil Daru "Always Learn and Improve"


Phil Daru is the Head Physical Preparation Coach at American Top Team, creator of Daru Strong Training Systems, and Director of Strenrth and Conditioning at Fight Science Institute. Phil has over 10 years of experience in coaching athletes specializing in Combat Sports.

Phil began his coaching career as he was a actively competing as a professional MMA fighter at American Top Team. Prior to his career in mixed martial arts Phil played football throughout his childhood which eventually earned him a scholarship to Alabama State University where he studied Exercise Science and learned first hand how to run a strength program.

By the age of 22 Phil opened his own training facility at the same time one the award for best s&c coach of the year for the 2012 Florida MMA Awards. Coaching over 100 Fighters in the past year now working with fighters at the world renown American Top Team HQ. Phil has worked with multiple word champions like Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Dustin Poirier, Will Brooks, King Mo Lawal, Tyron Woodley, Tecia Torres, And many more.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • Art of coaching fighters.

  • Evaluation techniques for working with fighters.

  • Working with weight cutting athletes.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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