Charlie from Melbourne Strength Culture joins the boys to discuss whether powerlifting training is special. We talk about points of difference between general strength training and powerlifting, and get off into the weeds about motivation, longevity, taking breaks from the sport, transfer of general adaptations, and much more. Will admits to crime.
TC joins the boys to talk about the process of gaining weight and moving up a weight class. We cover why weight gain can be important, the common sources of ambivalence towards gaining weight in athletes, the nutritional and lifestyle priorities for health and performance in doing so, and the contribution that gaining weight can make to your nutritional skillset.
Steve, of PRS Performance, joins the boys to chat about bench press technique. Should we always be maximally retracted? Is shoulder depression where it is at? We cover the ins and outs of how the shoulder girdle has to move to facilitate function. We then dive into exercise selection in general - how can we go about choosing variations to give us the best bang for our buck?
Julia joins the boys to talk about the pelvic floor. We cover the basic anatomy and its functions, as well as how it pertains to powerlifting. We talk about pooping, and how we can learn to brace better. We also talk about collaboration between coaches and physiotherapists.
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.