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#141 - Novice LP: Revisited with Andy Baker

1/17/2019
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With the new year now upon us, many people are starting a training program for the first time, or coming back to one. There's no better place to start than the Starting Strength novice linear progression -- LP for short -- but as we have observed, it can be challenging for novices to do the program correctly. While simple at its core, the novice LP will not look the same for every lifter and requires a bit of finesse to tweak, especially as the lifter nears the end of LP. Perennial...

Duration:00:48:33

#140 - The Science of Conditioning: Energy Systems Explained with Santana and Christy Alexon, PhD

1/14/2019
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We all know that some level of fitness, or aerobic conditioning, is necessary for life. Whether it's for sport, physical activities (like hiking, biking, or throwing the frisbee), or simply to minimize the risk of cardiac and metabolic disease, conditioning must play a role in our training program. Of course, as discussed in previous episodes barbell training satisfies the criteria for "conditioning," being a form of short, intense exercise similar to the high intensity interval training...

Duration:00:54:30

#139 - Masters of Their Fate: Sully and the Lifters of Greysteel

1/10/2019
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Dr. Sully returns to the show to share stories from Greysteel Strength & Conditioning, his unique barbell gym catered specifically to trainees in their 50’s, 60’s, and well beyond. The folks at Greysteel have been through a lot — cancer, Parkinson’s, psoriatic arthritis — but that doesn’t stop them from getting stronger, healthier, and mentally tougher under the barbell. Sully and his trainees have also built a tight knit community, bound together by hard work, encouragement, a healthy dose...

Duration:00:45:33

#138 - Change Your Habits, Not Your Macros: The Nutrition LP with Robert Santana

1/7/2019
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SSC and Registered Dietician Robert Santana returns to the show to discuss how his approach to nutrition coaching has evolved over the years. Santana has developed, in essence, a nutrition linear progression emphasizing incremental habit changes over counting macros. Many people try to overhaul their diet by "white knuckling" their way through major changes, like cutting out sodas, cutting all refined carbs, stopping all fast food, eating more vegetables, etc. While these are noble and...

Duration:00:38:06

#137 - The Last Cue You'll Ever Need: The Master Cue

1/3/2019
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Matt and Scott revisit a concept explored thoroughly in the Blue Book (Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 3rd Edition) but, until now, not given the full treatment at Barbell Logic. This concept is known as the Master Cue, and refers to the importance of keeping the barbell positioned over the middle of the foot, or simply "midfoot", during the squat and deadlift. The Master Cue is a reminder to the lifter to make the bar travel perfectly vertical, as if moving in a vertical...

Duration:00:39:02

#136 - A Year in Review: 2018 Barbell Logic Redux

12/31/2018
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Producer Trent takes a walk through some of the Barbell Logic episodes that aired in 2018, including: Garage Gym ReviewsGreysteel Strength That's a wrap for 2018. See y'all next year! Use the discount code LOGIC to save 10% off any order of Iron Joe. Save 5% off any order at Dominion Belts with the discount code fahveoff. Connect With Matt Matt on InstagramStarting Strength Online Coaching — Matt’s websiteMatt on FacebookMatt on TwitterConnect With Scott Scott on InstagramSilver...

Duration:00:46:29

#135 - Merry Christmas from Barbell Logic: 2018 Edition

12/24/2018
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From Matt, Scott, and the rest of the Barbell Logic team, Merry Christmas! We thank you for your listening and support this past year, and wish you much happiness and many PR's in the year to come. Scott put together another Christmas special this year, walking you through some of his favorite jazz tracks, including: Enjoy the holidays -- we'll see you in 2019. Use the discount code LOGIC to save 10% off any order of Iron Joe. Save 5% off any order at Dominion Belts with the...

Duration:00:36:46

#134 - SSOC and The Shape of Things To Come

12/20/2018
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Matt and Scott discuss the future of Starting Strength Online Coaching -- the company, the people, the clients -- and what's in store for 2019 and beyond. After a year of incredible growth, SSOC has expanded it's original mission to bring Starting Strength coaches to the world to being the leading content provider of strength training related information. To that end, SSOC and Barbell Logic have launched a YouTube channel with over 50 videos and 11k subscribers (at the time of writing),...

Duration:00:39:03

#133 - Matt's Journey to Westside Barbell

12/17/2018
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One question received for the Q&A episodes deserved it's own episode. A listener asked about Matt's experience with Westside Barbell, which he recounts in this episode. Long before his Starting Strength days, Matt was a skinny kid reading articles by Dave Tate and Louis Simmons on testosterone.net (now T-Nation). He read about Chuck Vogelpohl, Kenny Patterson, and others who inspired him to become a powerlifter himself. After totaling some respectable numbers, he embarked on a voyage to...

Duration:00:40:32

#132 - Matt and Scott Answer Your Questions: Q&A #7

12/13/2018
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Starting Strength Coaches Matt and Scott are back with another round of Q&A, answering listener-submitted questions from Instagram, Facebook, and email. In today's podcast they answer: Use the discount code LOGIC to save 10% off any order of Iron Joe. Save 5% off any order at Dominion Belts with the discount code fahveoff. Connect With Matt Matt on InstagramStarting Strength Online Coaching — Matt’s websiteMatt on FacebookMatt on TwitterConnect With Scott Scott on...

Duration:00:46:09

#131 - To Hype Or Not To Hype?

12/10/2018
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Whether 'tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of gym onlookers at your ignominious deadlift routine... that is the question of today's podcast. Matt and Scott weigh the pros and cons of "hyping up" during training, whether it's to hit a PR or just to get through some heavy worksets. It's common practice for many to blast the heavy music -- the Rage Against the Machine, the Metallica -- when it's PR time, or even for a heavy set of fives. And it definitely seems to work at increasing...

Duration:00:31:18

#130 - Matt and Scott Answer Your Questions: Q&A #6

12/6/2018
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Starting Strength Coaches Matt and Scott are back with another round of Q&A, answering listener-submitted questions from Instagram, Facebook, and email. In today's podcast they tackle: Also, Scott shares a story about his misadventures on a recent quest to de-stress. Use the discount code LOGIC to save 10% off any order of Iron Joe. Save 5% off any orderat Dominion Belts with the discount code fahveoff. Connect With Matt Matt on InstagramStarting Strength Online Coaching —...

Duration:00:46:17

#129 - Who We Are: The Core Values that Define Us Pt. 2

12/3/2018
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In Part 2, Matt and Scott outline the remaining 4 core values that drive SSOC, Barbell Logic, and their personal lives. As Scott remarks, the best businesses are outpourings of their owners, and the work the company performs is directly informed by the values the owner has. SSOC and Barbell Logic's Core Values (continued) We invest in bettering ourselvesWe take initiativeWe invest in the communityWe are professional Note that Matt originally referenced ten core values in the Part 1 of...

Duration:00:33:17

#128 - Building a Better Belt: Blake & Katie from Dominion Strength

11/29/2018
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Blake and Katie Roache, founders of Dominion Strength Training, dropped by the Barbell Logic studio to chat with Matt and Scott about their journey from discovering strength training to founding a company that builds one of the best belts on the market. Blake and Katie personify many of the values of Barbell Logic: taking initiative to take advantage of opportunity, a thirst for continuous improvement, and the integrity to step up and address business problems even when they are not at...

Duration:00:38:30

#127 - Who We Are: The Core Values that Define Us Pt. 1

11/26/2018
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As Socrates counseled, know thyself, so those of us at Barbell Logic and SSOC evaluate (and re-evaluate) who we are as our audience and business grows. To that end, Matt and the staff at SSOC have developed a set of core values which spell out the identity of the company. Of course these values weren't selected in a vacuum, and they reflect more broadly the values of Matt and Scott. SSOC and Barbell Logic's Core Values We believe in who we areanybodyeverybodyWe choose what is right over...

Duration:00:34:27

Happy Thanksgiving from Barbell Logic

11/22/2018
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From everyone at Barbell Logic, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope your holiday is filled with much gluttony and intemperance... and we'll even forgive you for having a slice or two of pumpkin pie (just don't tell Scott). Because Black Friday should be about family and experiences, not vapid consumerism, Starting Strength Online Coaching is hosting a MAJOR sale to bring you the gift of barbell training. With the discount code "turkeygains" you will get three months of online coaching, a sleek...

Duration:00:01:26

#126 - Get More Done: Matt and Scott's Productivity Tips

11/19/2018
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Matt and Scott share their strategies for improving your productivity so that you can spend less time working on mundane tasks and more time on the things that bring you value, like strength training. Improve Your Tools and Workspace Both Matt and Scott agree that buying high quality items that you use all the time can make a big difference in your workflow and overall productivity. Give yourself good tools for the tasks you do often, and they will make your work experience better and...

Duration:00:53:20

#125 - Matt and Scott Answer Your Questions: Q&A #5

11/15/2018
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Matt and Scott answer your questions in Q&A #5. Listeners submitted questions via email and Instagram and the boys will tackle them over the course of several episodes. This week they answer: What is your favorite cocktail right now?What new lifting equipment have you purchased recently?Rep Fitness competition flat benchDo you sometimes put someone post-LP (intermediate or advanced lifter) back onto LP? What kind of gains could they expect?Who are your favorite SSOC clients? More Q&A's...

Duration:00:28:50

#124 - Practice (Don't Train) Like You Play: Sport Specific Training

11/12/2018
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Matt and Scott tackle the question of sport specific training: how should athletes train for their sport? The simple answer is... just like anyone else! While athletes need to consider the demands of their practice when programming their training, their training advancement occurs no differently than a gen pop trainee. Unfortunately, many sport coaches conflate practice and training, out of a misguided desire to make training look like the sport they are preparing their athletes for....

Duration:00:54:04

#123 - Matt and Scott Answer Your Questions: Q&A #4

11/8/2018
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Matt and Scott answer your questions in Q&A #4. Listeners submitted questions via email and Instagram and the boys will tackle them over the course of several episodes. This week they answer: Donald Kavanaugh asks: What makes you rage?Andy Roth asks: What kind of data does Matt have on SSOC client progress during online coaching?From Starting Strength superfan Tyler Austin: When training the general population, do you prefer the Press 2.0 or the Classic Press (a la Bill Starr with...

Duration:00:29:22