The boys discuss 2020 and the main lessons that they took from it in lifting, coaching, and life. We talk about client communication, programming accessories, managing fatigue, top-down planning and programming updates. We also discuss the merits of slow-cooking, beers, and how much we really need to be happy in life.
The boys sit down and discuss a questionnaire that Will put together that talks about some dispositional factors that might impact how we go about training, and what they might mean for each of them respectively. They also debut a new segment, and answer some audience Q&A
Joe joins the boys to talk about coaching. We cover creating relationships with clients, effective communication, and when to say no to athlete desires. We talk in some depth about deadlift programming and exercise selection, and Joe schools us on Hamilton, the musical.
Chris, the reigning under-74kg NZ powerlifting champion, joins the boys to talk about his journey in life. We cover his childhood and descent into drug dealing and use, crime, and his stint in jail. We learn about his discovery of exercise, and the journey that he underwent after prison in finding new constructive ways of living, leading to his pursuit of powerlifting, his studies in exercise science, and assistant teaching at university. An amazing story.
Josh and Zac from DataDrivenStrength join the boys to talk about the philosophy of training. How can we know what works? What factors contribute to a lifter's success that we might pay less attention to? Do people with different goals or those operating under different paradigms look for different data when assessing their lifters?
Matt Domney joins the boys to talk about the continuum between specificity and variability, the role of movement variability, and what constitutes variability in exercise prescription and performance. We discuss considerations in directed adaptation, longevity, optimising performance, and much more. Alex gets dissed hard by Matt.
Jamie joins the boys to talk about the dreaded C-word. What role does our cardiovascular system play in powerlifting training, performance, and maintaining our health? How can we implement cardio in our training? Is the interference effect a big deal? Is just doing more reps enough? All this, and more.
Matt joins the boys to talk about his coaching systems, how he has come to think the way that he does, and how we can reconcile the differences between various approaches. We discuss when RPE and %-based programs might be more useful, and where we can meld the two, how athlete psychology can alter training prescriptions, how replicable and predictable athlete responses can be, and the role of coaching beyond just writing training plans.
Arian joins the boys to talk about his journey from novice powerlifter to USAPL national team coach. We talk about his early days training with Dr Mike Zourdos, his presence on the bodybuilding.com forums and what it did for him as a coach, the programs he has run and modified, and how these experiences coalesced in his current coaching practices, and what it is like to do the job that he does.
The boys go through their audience request form to answer questions, ranging from biomechanical considerations when deadlifting, through managing volume during cutting phases, powerlifting politics, and the use or lack thereof of specific exercises.