Coach and powerlifter, Matt Bartholomew, joins Alex to discuss the importance off a productive offseason period for competitive lifters. We touch on the training qualities that we're looking to improve, the implications this has on programming, and also the mental side of things. No interlude music this week (thank God).
Jamie joins the boys again. This time we discuss the upper extremity, the role of the shoulder in creating a stable bench press, and the common postural and movement deficiencies and compensations he observes in powerlifters. We learn where along the kinetic chain to look to address common technical issues
JP joins Will to chat shop about sumo deadlifting - how it differs from conventional deadlifting in terms of muscular demands, technique, cueing, whom a sumo stance might favour, and how to program for it effectively. We also get in the weeds discussing concepts of training transfer and so on.
Luke joins will to discuss all things volume - what it is, how we can measure and define it, and the issues in comparing routines using volume as a measure whilst trying to estimate their hypertrophic potential. We talk in a practical sense about ensuring sets are "effective", how much volume is necessary, and more. Inorganic phosphate.
The boys discuss how to maintain gains when you're away. We cover what adaptations we should focus on, the required training dose for maintenance, as well as practical aspects such as exercise selection and planning. We also cover dietary strategies to prevent skinny-fattening. We also cover alcohol and our track record with tactical vomiting
The boys talk about some simple strategies for succeeding in your powerlifting debut. We cover good training practices, goal-setting and attempt selection, as well as strategies for preparing, eating and handling yourself on the day. We also discuss standup comedy and drugs.
Sherro joins the boys for a chat about why it is important to keep powerlifting in perspective for your long-term development and enjoyment of the sport, and why he has chosen to take some time away from the sport.
Will prepares two programs for an imaginary lifter in a developmental period - one which is more hypertrophy-oriented, another designed to facilitate fixing technical issues. The boys discuss the overlap between the two concepts, where the programs differ, and how else you could go about addressing the issues they identified in their sample lifter. They also make fearless predictions for Will's upcoming (now passed) comp - listen in to hear how wrong they were.
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