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Strength Chat #48: Chad Wesley Smith

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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.

This week we are honored to have the one-and-only Juggernaut himself, Chad Wesley Smith, on our podcast! Chad hardly needs an introduction, having become one of the most recognized strength coaches in the industry and one of the strongest men in the world!

  • Chad’s athletic background and transition to strength sports
  • Chad’s personal philosophy on programming and training
  • VBT
  • All sorts of other strength nuggets!

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  • Introduction and background of guest [04:42]
  • Chad shares details about his training regimen and shares how he ventured into powerlifting [08:19]
  • The origins of Juggernaut [12:27]
  • Velocity based training and how it can help you out throw your peers in shotput [15:08]
  • Chad’s advice to young athletes aspiring to be take up shotput professionally [19:05]
  • Who are the people in the world of powerlifting, track and fitness and weightlifting that Chad is most influenced with? [23:10]
  • Most overrated ongoing things in the world of powerlifting; we talk about giving volume undue importance [26:06]
  • Discussing the pros and cons of Bulgarian style training with intensity but no volume [29:14]
  • We talk about athletes performing exercises with either no variations or too many variations [30:32]
  • Difficulties faced while going for training for one meet to another meet [33:12]
  • Importance of having fun while training in order to prevent burnout [35:15]
  • Discussing the benefits of the preemptive strategy and periodization [36:30]
  • Chad shares his thought about maintenance loading [40:08]
  • Structuring training loads by working backwards from the meet [41:46]
  • Learn how over enthusiasm can be detrimental for beginner’s while undergoing RPE training [46:20]
  • Using VBT and auto-regulations in RPE training [48:10]
  • Importance of repeatability in your training regimen [50:16]
  • Chad provides advice for Master’s lifters [51:30]
  • Chad shares his contact information [57:47]