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.
The boys answer your questions about training and other stuff. What matters more, genetics or work ethic? How to be a credible coach, and when to refer people on to others? Who performed the greatest squat of all time? Can you test positive by having sex with somebody on gear? Can you avoid comparing yourself to others, and should you? All of the above, and more
The boys chat about what decisions and changes they made in their development as powerlifters that led to them becoming better lifters. They talk about the mindset and philosophical approaches create the most conducive environments for success and the pitfalls of reactive behaviour.
The boys compare two programs that Alex has written for an athlete in an offseason period, prior to entering competition prep. One is mostly submaximal, with the other involving more testing of strength. They discuss when and why one approach or the other may be appropriate, as well as the practical considerations for writing a program in either case. They also discuss why Peak Speak is derivative trash.
The boys sit down and chat about coaching technique. We cover what technique entails, what coaching/teaching strategies exist to improve it, how these relate to the principles of programming, and how we can systematically diagnose errors of execution. We also discuss how concrete our perceptions of technique should be and whether technique is a phenomenon entirely "taught" by coaches, or whether it is "discovered" by athletes. Alex starts beef with Greg Nuckols and Eric Helms(?) of StrongerByScience
The boys answer your questions about powerlifting competition - covering topics including general nutrition recommendations, rehydrating after a weight cut, dealing with nerves, altering meet plans, and more. They also answer a completely unrelated training question (FFS, Dennis) and some less-serious ones.
Thomas Lilley joins Alex for his second Weakly Weights episode, this time talking all things online coaching. Who does online coaching suit? Can anyone be coached online? What are some of the challenges we face as online coaches? Tune in to find out!