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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 pur…
 
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.…
 
Matt joins the boys to talk about his coaching systems, how he has come to think the way that he does, and how we can reconcile the differences between various approaches. We discuss when RPE and %-based programs might be more useful, and where we can meld the two, how athlete psychology can alter training prescriptions, how replicable and predicta…
 
Arian joins the boys to talk about his journey from novice powerlifter to USAPL national team coach. We talk about his early days training with Dr Mike Zourdos, his presence on the bodybuilding.com forums and what it did for him as a coach, the programs he has run and modified, and how these experiences coalesced in his current coaching practices, …
 
Will joins the boys to talk about his training history, focusing especially on his last 18 months and the difficulties he has faced suffering glandular fever and chronic fatigue before commencing his rebuild from scratch. We talk about the impact of his work as a landscaper on training, and what his trajectory from a novice to being a world-level c…
 
The boys discuss whether certain lifting or training styles are more universally desirable, and what the implications of having preferences for your lifting/training that don't necessarily suit your build and needs are. We also discuss gym romance, and how we can approach a gym crush without being creepy whilst maximising our chances of success…
 
The boys sit down to talk about their feelings. Alex struggles to express himself due to fragile masculinity. Will is emotionally unstable. Halo Top is disgusting.Topics covered include what emotions training can generate in us, how to deal with negative feelings around training, how being aware of the space that training takes up in our lives can …
 
The boys talk about the implications of coronavirus on powerlifting as a competitive sport. They talk about rescheduling and cancellation of high-level events, the competitive implications of split-venue competitions, the impacts of scheduling and planning disruptions on athletes and coaches, and some potential workarounds for the limitations that …
 
Mac joins the boys to talk about the benefits and drawbacks of tracking macronutrients, and some alternative strategies that we can use to modify energy intake. He speaks about using food choice, meal timing, and mindfulness as ways to aid or replace macro tracking, and the contexts in which they might be appropriate. We talk about the performance …
 
The boys are joined by the very tall Kyle Dobbs of Rebel Performance. We talk about what movement quality is, and how different postures and skeletal orientations can influence our mobility and ability to express certain movements. We cover some of the typical postural characteristics of powerlifters, why they might arise, and the potential utility…
 
The boys discuss their 1wk hiatus, the importance of hobbies, and Will's history of being a lightweight. They then do a variation masterclass, taking a deep dive on paused deadlifts. Finally, they cover the 501kg deadlift performed by Hafthor Bjornsson and the "beef" with Eddie Hall. They go into the concept of psychological barriers, the 4-minute …
 
As the IPF moves to ANOTHER scoring system, there have been repeated calls from athletes and a broad body of federations to adopt a reasonably new coefficient called DOTS. The boys chat to the creator of the DOTS formula, Tim, about the pitfalls in current scoring systems, the thinking underpinning his formula, and the political machinations that h…
 
Alex the alliterative astronaut asks his amicable amigo about alternative approaches available alfresco (or at home). The boys talk about how we can structure training in a range of circumstances to still be progressive, even where specific powerlifting training may not be possible. We cover the ins and outs of programming different phases, and the…
 
Bryce Lewis of The Strength Athlete joins the boys for a chat about the art of coaching. We cover the fundamental roles of a coach and how we can modulate our programming, avenues of communication, feedback and degree of collaboration with athletes depending on the individuals that we are working with. We also cover some of the subtleties of how ou…
 
The boys talk about the changes to our, and our clients' training circumstances in the wake of COVID-19. We talk about the specific barriers we are constantly hearing about and some practical strategies to get around them, both in a training sense and a motivational/psychological sense. We talk about what is still to like about training, and how we…
 
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 relatio…
 
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 ente…
 
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 coac…
 
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 does…
 
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 stabilit…
 
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 …
 
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,…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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 trainer…
 
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 consumi…
 
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 practica…
 
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 ca…
 
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 phe…
 
Nick Walters joins Alex today today all things muscles and mindset. As a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter, Nick has some interesting insights into the differences in training, mindset and competition between the two sports. We discuss how his training experiences in bodybuilding have shaped his system as a powerlifting coach, as well some va…
 
3-time IPF world champ Natalie Hanson joins the boys to talk about equipped powerlifting. We explore some of the similarities and differences in execution of the powerlifts in the equipped world, hear some stories about her competitive history, and talk about how training demands change with the move to equipment. We also chat about coaching, touch…
 
Charlie joins the boys to talk about how Melbourne Strength Culture use principles of autoregulation to improve powerlifting training. We talk about the process of learning to appraise RPE/RIR, how hard "effective" training should be, and whether progressive overload is something that we ought impose, or something that occurs as a result of prior t…
 
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