The boys go over the results of Powerlifting Australia's national championships, held in Melbourne over the weekend. We cover the results in each class and pick apart some of the tighter battles that occurred. Will congratulates himself a lot for coming second.
Dr Mike joins the boys for a discussion on the basis of phasic structure. We talk about what adaptations underpin powerlifting performance, how training specifically for certain adaptations may aid or interfere with others, and the implications that this has for program design. We also talk about changes in lifters' developmental needs over their careers and why the relative duration and degree of observed interference between different training styles may change with time.
The boys go in depth on programming the squat - phase-specific discussions about how we consider each training variable, individual factors that influence squat training tolerance and needs, and the synergy/interference between squat training and the other powerlifts
The boys talk about the potential of seeing powerlifting in the Olympic Games. We discuss the criteria for eligibility, how powerlifting stacks up, what the status of weightlifting means for PL, and if we were to make it what competition structure would make most sense.
The boys chat about advanced lifters - we discuss what changes between advanced lifters and beginner/intermediates, how much training they ought to do, how heavy it should be, and how we might manipulate training variables such as frequency, variation and specificity in training.
Chrissy joins Will to discuss the practical approach to managing niggles and minor injuries during training, how to interact with professionals who are managing you, and the way in which coaches can interact with physios to get the best outcomes for their clients. We also cover how to get the most out of coaching, and how athletes and coaches can effectively communicate.
Simon joins will to talk about para powerlifting - what the sport is, how the execution of the bench press differs between it and 3-lift powerlifting, and what he has learnt from his time spent studying the bench press under both schools.
Matt Gary, coaching education director of the USAPL and previous head coach of numerous national teams, joins the boys to discuss his training philosophies. We cover the influences on his training methods, how they differ from the norms, and his considerations in structuring training for powerlifters across different phases. We then discuss his history of elite-level competition coaching and how he changes his style and strategies depending on the situation and the needs of the athlete.