In this 254th podcast episode of Dave Tate's Table Talk, Jesse Ackerman takes a seat.

As the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the DC Defenders and the St. Louis Battlehawks during the XFL's 2022-2023 relaunch, Jesse Ackerman orchestrated simultaneous strength programs leading to triumphant seasons. Notably, the Defenders clinched a championship game appearance, with several players seamlessly transitioning to NFL rosters under his direct guidance.

From 2016 to 2020, Jesse served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. His integrative approach, blending activation methods, biomechanical analysis, diverse strength modalities, speed development, and sport-specific movement refinement, significantly contributed to the optimal performance of numerous NFL players. 

A testament to his methods, a 2019 analysis by Weiss and Paarz Medical Malpractice Attorneys revealed the Falcons as the least injured NFL team during Jesse's three-year tenure. "Total Games Lost" decreased by 10%, and "Injured Reserve" by 12%, solidifying his impact.

Jesse's commitment to excellence extends beyond the NFL. His tenure as a Performance Coach with the 75th Ranger Regiment 1st Battalion showcased his prowess in preparing soldiers for deployment and bridging physical therapy to performance for those recovering from injury. He also crafted a regeneration manual for rangers deployed in challenging environments.

In the collegiate arena from 2007-2015, Jesse's impact reverberated through NCAA Division I Power 5 schools. Notably, he developed the A.R.M. System during this period, initially benefiting quarterbacks and later adapted for law enforcement and military personnel. His versatility as a Football Strength and Conditioning Coach included roles at the University of Florida, The University of Texas, and Iowa State University, where he influenced athletes across multiple sports.

Jesse's coaching journey commenced in 2001, leaving an indelible mark at his high school alma mater, Mentor Lake Catholic High School. His inaugural year as Defensive Line Coach culminated in a 2001 OHSAA Division III State Championship.

A Willowick, Ohio native, Jesse's collegiate years at John Carroll University saw him excel as an All-America Defensive Lineman and Team Captain. His commitment to education includes a Master's in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania, a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Bachelor's in Education from John Carroll University.

Beyond accolades, Jesse embraces a holistic training philosophy, advocating for methods beyond traditional strength and conditioning. His dynamic career includes clinic presentations nationwide, reflecting his passion for sharing knowledge.

In Winter Garden, FL, Jesse resides with his devoted wife Christine and their son, DC.

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