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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #270: Mike Rehfeldt "Little More Carrot Than Stick"


Mike Rehfeldt joined the University of Cincinnati as the director of strength and conditioning in June 2012, bringing with him more than 11 years of professional experience including time as strength and conditioning assistant with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars and as the head strength coach with the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions.

Rehfeldt works directly with the UC men's basketball and women's lacrosse teams. Rehfeldt had been assisting the Cincinnati Bengals' strength and conditioning program since August 2011, creating pre- and post-workout nutrition protocols, introducing training techniques to reduce recovery time and planning and instructing training of developmental players.

Prior to assisting with the Bengals, Rehfeldt served as head strength and conditioning coach with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL from 2009-2011. Among his duties in Sacramento, he created and installed an off-season and in-season strength and conditioning program and designed and equipped the team's weight room.

Rehfeldt worked as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2006-09, implementing training and rehabilitation instruction for injured players and instructing group training sessions. While with the Jaguars he also served as the director of athletic development at the S3 Athletic Development Center at Yates in Jacksonville.

A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Rehfeldt earned a degree in physical education from St. Cloud State University in 2005. He resides in Northern Kentucky.


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.

  • Hypertrophy for Basketball players.

  • Programming based on Omegawave.

  • Using light therapy to improve performance and sleep.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

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

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Social Media:


  • rehfelml@UCMAIL.UC.EDU



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