S2 Ep 005: Sleep with Elite MMA athletes (UFC, Bellator and more)

With special guest: Dr. Corey Peacock, Head Performance Coach & Sports Scientist at Peacock Performance Inc.

In this episode, I speak with Dr Corey Peacock PhD, CSCS, ACSM-CPT, CISSN.

About Corey

Dr. Corey Peacock is currently serving as the Head Performance Coach and Sports Scientist at Peacock Performance Inc. In this role, he is responsible for providing strength & conditioning, physiological analysis, and injury prevention methodologies for some of the world’s ‘Elite’ Combat Athletes including Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson, Volkan Oezdemir, Michael Chandler Jr, and Chris Algieri to name a few.  He fulfilled this same role previously with MMA’s The Blackzilians.

Prior to MMA, Dr. Peacock spent his time as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the collegiate level, where he focused his application on Football.  As a former collegiate football player, Corey graduated from Kent State University with a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. He works closely with many professionals from the NFL, NHL, MMA and NCAAF and is regarded as one of the top Performance Coaches and Sports Scientists in South Florida. Along with coaching, Dr. Peacock also serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Nova Southeastern University. As a researcher, he has contributed multiple peer-reviewed publications integrating the fields of exercise physiology, athletic performance, and supplementation. Dr. Peacock serves an Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  He is also a Performance Consultant for both The International Society of Sports Nutrition and The Advanced Coaching Academy.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Current role and educational background?
  • Athletes that you work with currently, MMA and other?
  • Where did you grow up?
  • What sport were you into as a kid?
  • Why did you pursue a PhD?
  • Do you get star struck working with such high-level athletes?
  • How important is sleep in the athlete recovery process? And if so, do the fighters take it seriously?
  • Do any of your athletes have sleep disorders and how do you help treat them?
  • Do you use any technologies to measure sleep?
  • Do you schedule training activities considering circadian biology?
  • Do you try to phase advance fighters for the main card?
  • What do you advocate for the week of a fight when they are weight cutting and have media obligations?
  • What do you typically focus on in camp, strength, skill, aerobic or anaerobic conditioning?

Follow or contact Corey

Peacock Performance and Physiology https://peacockperformance.com

Instagram: drcpeacock

Twitter @DrCPeacock