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Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or simply listen to it on this page using the media player above!!The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat - hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.Jacob Lonowski is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Georgia State University. Tune in as the hosts sit down with another professional from the collegiate world of athletics and talk strength training, performance, and a bunch of other stuff.Introduction and background of guest [03:51] Benefits of being a strength and conditioning coach in a collegiate setting [09:00] The current disappointing coaching approach at high school and college level [11:34] Jacob elaborates how he deals with athlete injuries and structures their training [12:29] Need for a national level approach to fitness standards and physical education [13:58] Why is physical education not give the importance that it deserves? [15:42] We discuss the current trend of overly focusing on early results rather than long term athlete development [16:47] Drawbacks of the selection-based Bulgarian style training model [19:11] Need to let go off expression based measurements and focus on a development based model  [20:22] Should high school and college athletes, rather than coaches be responsible for for their own development? [22:28] The current faulty short term approach of NCAA [24:32] Discussing the vicious cycle that leads to immense pressure to win [25:22] Current challenges of implementing the long term development model [27:54] What are some of the current changes that should be made at collegiate level? [30:04] Need for responsible leaders in the world of strength...

Written by Joseph Sullivan, a Kabuki Strength sponsored athlete and one of the top 220 powerlifters in the world. Along with this piece we have released a "Sully Strong" special edition shirt which can be purchased on our store or via the links below.Death and darkness. The only things we are guaranteed or entitled to out of life. You might view that as cynical, but I view it as empowering! To accept the fact that we are nothing in the grand scheme of things, lends so much power to every one of our decisions and passions in this life because it is our ONLY life. So you may as well stand for something and let a passion consume you because by accepting the fact that we are nothing except a blink in the grand scheme of time, means we must find substance in our existence because that is all we can attach ourselves to.Powerlifting is an ego driven endeavor but by detaching yourself from your ego, and by considering your success and your forward progress as nothing but an INEVITABLY you may move past the fear, the distraught, and the failure of a missed lift. If you know what you are capable of and have shown that in the completion of your training with machine like precision, you know that whatever you call for on a third attempt WILL be there. It's simply an inevitability that you move the weight.I have been competing in powerlifting for 10 years now. I have always expected great things from myself, and held myself to a high standard. I hit my first "elite" total at 1725lbs at 198lbs in 2015. I took NO time off between then and now, but had many setbacks along the way. I will save you a list but no shortage...

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or simply listen to it on this page using the media player above!!The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat - hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.Almost everybody who is serious about powerlifting, or even strength in general has probably heard of the acronym "RPE". Today, we have the guy that came up with that on the show - Mike Tuchscherer!Mike over the years has come to be known as one of the best and most educated strength coaches in the world, as well as a decorated powerlifter himself. He founded and owns Reactive Training Systems, an education and coaching company.We're honored to have him join the Strength Chat guest family and can't wait for you all to tune in and check out this week's episode!Introduction and background of guest [04:37] RPE in strength training [06:08] Mike shares how he got into strength coaching [07:09] Is online coaching easier than in person fitness coaching? We talk about the various communication issues that you run into as an online coach [10:15] Importance of managing and collecting feedback as a online coach [12:20] Learn how different individuals respond to similar training inputs [13:45] Mike talks about how he has changed his opinion regarding the effectiveness of speedwork [14:39] Mike shares how he uses speed work currently in training [17:11] Individualizing a training process [20:02] Should you train with higher intensity and lower reps? Or otherwise? [20:38] Does enjoying a training process make it more productive? [22:35] Comparing RPE based training to fixed...

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or simply listen to it on this page using the media player above!!The strength and fitness industry has for too long been dominated by overly-tan, annoyingly-loud YouTube celebrities with less than factual content, aka broscience. Tune in to Strength Chat - hosted by a group of Coaches and Athletes with over 60 years of combined experience – as they talk fact, science, and strength with world-renowned strength, conditioning, and rehab professionals.You've all probably seen a video of Tony on IG or social media somewhere - he's a badass former Marine, ex-SWAT and Narcotics Officer who currently specializes in high-performance tactical training for athletes and LE/Military alike.Tony came down to the Lab for a weekend of shooting, training, and general badassery!Our hosts sit down with Tony in-person to discuss his unique training methodologies, plans for the future, and everything in-between. Make sure to tune in, share with your friends, and check out some of the other cool content we've published from Tony's trip to the Lab.Introduction and background of guest [05:15] Discussing Tony’s hybrid program which consists of MMA, conditioning, agility and strength training [07:20] Defining a hybrid athlete [10:29] Evaluating and starting off with a new client [11:07] Building up endurance without compromising an athlete’s strength [11:47] What is the most challenging aspect of Mike’s training? [13:19] Dealing with athletes who work long shifts [14:41] What are some of the deficiencies that you run into while training athletes? [15:53] Designing different recovery regimens   [17:52] Learning why it is important to do cardio via MMA and Jujitsu [19:58] Real world less than ideal movements challenge police officers and firefighters [21:40] Analyzing fitness standards for police officers and firefighters [24:54] Controlling your breathing and learning to shoot in high stress conditions [28:51] Tony shares some...

Our own Chris Duffin recently recorded an episode of the Muscle Expert with Ben Pakulski. Check it out below and make sure to subscribe to the podcast! Reposted from http://www.benpakulski.com/podcasts/chris/This podcast is brought to you by BiOptimizers our digestion expert sponsors upgrade your digestion for optimal recovery and better nutrient uptake with MassZymes.  Get 23-45% off plus an additional 10% off and 1 free bottle of HCL Breakthrough when you checkout the MassZymes here. This podcast is brought to you by Gasp! Top notch quality training wear, Muscle Expert approved training gear! Get 10% off when you use the discount code BEN10 at checkout at Gasp Online Today! EPISODE SPECIAL!  Code “11PAK” 11% off the entire Kabuki Strength Store: www.kabukistrength.net Use Code “onemonthfree” for a 1-month free trial to www.kabuki.ms, our subscription movement library. Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher Radio!Love the podcast? Leave a review in iTunes!Who would you like Ben to interview? Tell us here! INTRO: Known as the “Mad Scientist of Strength” Chris Duffin joins Ben on the Muscle Expert Podcast today for an extremely insightful episode! Chris shares the story of his very challenging beginnings, growing up homeless in Northern California and eastern Oregon, graduating valedictorian and his success as a corporate executive and athlete. Ben and Chris also dissect the necessary cues for mastering the squat and improving stabilization for better execution for all exercises, whiskey and deadlifts, the road to a 1000 pound deadlift and MORE!In This Episode5:50 – The myth of balance, pushing extremes and avoiding mediocrity 08:48 – Brining your game face and the best online resource for getting ridiculously strong safely. 11:40 – Growing up homeless and living outdoors to graduating valedictorian and an all state athlete. 24:00 – Going from successful  business professional to the top of the powerlifting ranks. 27:00 – Squatting 4x bodyweight, ammonia and grade 3 hamstring tear 30:00 – The best way to squat, neural output, and core stabilization 32:20 – The highest cost...

Welcome to another World First.In this landmark article I’ll explain the flexed spine and neutral spine controversy, how to understand it, and why movement patterns are the key to successful rehabilitation. Let’s begin – There is no joint range that the body naturally has that is bad for you. Yes, and lumbar spines do flex and for a very good reason. Now it’s time to make like Charlton Heston and strap yourself in for some time travel (except we are going backwards in time).It’s evolution baby. We are Homo Sapiens. Approximately 300.000 years as our current form and in the multiregional origin model, the evolution of humanity begins about 2.5 million years ago in the Pleistocene era continuing to the present day within a single, continuous species, evolving worldwide modern Homo sapiens sapiens.Herein lies the key to the flexed spine.Let’s consider an important key to survival – Calorie Expenditure Minimization (CEM). To survive as a species you need to have mechanisms to minimize calorie expenditure. In nature calories are hard to come by. If you expend too many and can’t replace them you will die. Thus in Hunter-Gatherer Groups the size of the group is limited by the ability of the land, and the group, to obtain those calories. Human physiology has evolved over 2.5 Million years to maximise our survival. One of the mechanisms of CEM is the elastic mechanism of Spinal Flexion!Hunter Gatherer spinal flexion minimizes calorific expenditure.Spinal Flexion Calorie Efficiency MechanismIt has been observed in lab studies that the lumbar muscles are silent when flexing to the ground and in the early stages of the return from the groun (Gracovetsky/McGill). How the body does this is by using the PASSIVE ELASTIC structures of the spine (Ligaments and Fascia) to stretch and recoil like elastic bands. This does...