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Strength Chat #38: Jacob Lonowski

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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.

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 and fitness who take ownership [33:50]
  • Cons of training one-on-one in a private setting [35:51]
  • What do you do with a dysfunctional mover in a group setting? [36:58]
  • Teaching and Education, rather than business is our main motive at Kabuki strength [40:14]
  • Discussing how to deal with clients who have knowledge but little context in the private sector [42:11]
  • Jacob talks about his experience with educators [43:05]
  • Jacob’s tips for young individuals who are planning on becoming fitness professionals [46:33]
  • Jacob shares his contact information [48:14]