Tom Clark and Brandon Tan guest host an episode in which they ask the boys trivia questions, discussion points, and conduct personal interviews. As quizmasters, they also dictate a drinking schedule to your regular hosts. We move between lots of silliness and anecdote to more serious discussions about the nature of coaching and coach/client relationships, and how we can be more productive training currently.
Anthony, of Apex Strength, joins the boys to talk about a multitude of topics. We cover his competitive history, injuries and lessons learnt from his experiences lifting at the world level. We speak about his past problems with alcohol, and about learning to love himself. We then change tack and discuss his moved from Powerlifting Australia to entering ProRaw, and the differences and challenges involved in doing so.
Hattie joins the boys to talk about why she chooses to make heavy strength training the core of her physique development programs. We go into depth about aspects of motivation, self-management skills, and coaching practice to bring people through the ups and downs of prep. We draw out lots of useful parallels between her practice as a physique coach and powerlifting coaching.
Robert joins the boys to talk about Wilks points, and what the changes to the old Wilks Formula mean. We also talk about what it would take to elevate the standard and level of interest in powerlifting internationally. Finally, we speak about whether World Powerlifting can ever truly be relevant. Robert also shares some coaching wisdom.
Ps, he doesn't like paused squats.
Jacob joins the boys to talk about yearly planning for powerlifters. We cover what it entails, whom it best serves, and how as coaches we can begin communicating with clients about longer-term plans. Jacob takes potshots at Will's bench and Alex's body composition.
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.
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.