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Strength Chat #37: Mike Tuchscherer

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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 progression based training [23:09]
  • Balancing movements and loading in your training regimen [24:22]
  • When are ready to go for professional programming or coaching? [00:26:19]
  • Mike shares his own training regimen [28:38]
  • Should you avoid over analyzing your training? [31:05]
  • Is it necessary to coach yourself before you start coaching others? [33:34]
  • Does Mike have a specific technique for an athlete who is not very coachable? [35:12]
  • Mike shares how attending the Air Force Academy has helped his leadership, relationship and communication skills [37:03]
  • Using RPE and velocity simultaneously in training [42:16]
  • Discussing the problem with accelerometer devices [48:02]
  • The future of training as envisioned by Mike [50:24]
  • Personality testing as a part of on-boarding [52:05]
  • DNA testing as a part of on-boarding process [55:49]
  • Mike shares his contact information [56:48]