Why? Wherefore? (WhereFOUR)
The boys are back with another Q&A, covering the role of variations in drilling technique and our go-to options, paradigm shifts in health/fitness and PL coaching, daily undulating periodisation, signs of overreaching/underrecovery, lessons we've learnt in coaching/programming recently, whether we need to work on stability throughout a career (and what it is), getting started in coaching, determining strong squat stances, and the application of RPE training/autoregulation.
Why? Wherefore? (WhereFOUR)
Eric, of Elevate Barbell and The Strength Athlete, joins the boys to talk about peaking, what it is, and how to do it. We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of pushing intensity up and tapering volume over a peak, some other coaching considerations, and also talk about how your training environment and attitudes can shape your progress.
Joey joins the boys to talk about nutrition coaching, how and why body composition is related to powerlifting performance, and how we can move discussions away from just nutrients towards foods. We discuss why individualising the amount and type of information provided to athletes is important, and how different tiers of tracking interventions can be more or less appropriate for different goals. We also have in-depth discussions on what makes a good pie and foods that make you think you might be dying.
Official Powerlifting Australia physiotherapist Dan joins the boys to talk about what pain is, why we experience it, and what we can and should do about it. We talk about why expectations and environments influence pain, how we can differentiate between niggles and injuries, and what we are doing when we do rehab exercises. We then cover tightness, and he continues to blow the place up with knowledge napalm
Mike joins the boys to talk about his practice as one of the most successful powerlifting coaches in the world today. We cover the concept of RPE, what problems it helps us address, and how perceptions can and do differ from a strict rating of reps in reserve. We then talk about emerging strategies, and how as coaches we can assess whether and how well training is working.
Jamie joins the boys to talk about predictors of injury risk in lifting. We talk about the assumption that assymetrical postures are injurious or necessarily limiting, before discussing what other factors might better describe injury risk. We dive into the idea of the acute:chronic workload ratio, explore its applications and limitations, and then talk about how biomedical, psychological and social factors can impact our experiences in the gym and life more broadly, and how coaches can communicate better in light of the information we discussed in this episode. We also discuss Maroon 5 and explore the quality of various fast food chains.
Dr Daniel Hackett of the University of Sydney joins the boys to talk about his research. We focus on two papers that are soon to be published discussing the trainability of men and women. We talk about the limitations of research and our knowledge, and why differences between practice/anecdote and research might exist, and the ways in which trainers and coaches can be more scientific in their approach.
Will and Alex discuss a program that the former has written to peak a client for both deadlift stances at once. They discuss what changes about the programming strategies used to facilitate this goal, and some considerations for programming around unusual circumstances. More importantly, they discuss the appropriate amount and technique for consuming Milo, periworkout carbohydrates, and the recent Record Breakers powerlifting competition.
Luke joins the boys to talk about fatigue. We talk about what fatigue is from a physiological perspective, delineating between central and peripheral components, and then discussing how they are interrelated. We also chat about which types of training induce more or less fatigue, why and how it can be important to monitor fatigue, and some practical considerations for your training structure.