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#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

#122 - Starting Strength vs Powerlifting

11/5/2018
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Many people unfamiliar with Starting Strength and strength training in general confuse barbells with powerlifting. Similarly, powerlifters often criticize Starting Strength as a “bad” program for powerlifting. A misunderstanding of the core principles of Starting Strength and the Three Criteria especially, lie at the heart of this confusion. Starting Strength’s stated goal is to help regular people become generally strong and harder to kill. The goal of powerlifting—the whole point of the...

Duration:00:38:48

#121 - Matt and Scott Answer Your Questions: Q&A #3

11/1/2018
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Matt and Scott answer your questions in Q&A #3. Listeners submitted questions via email and Instagram and the boys will tackle them over the course of several episodes. They also read some podcast reviews (good and bad) from iTunes. This week they answer: Colin asks: What physical, mental, or medical conditions would preclude someone from barbell training?If a trainee misses a workout in a HLM program, is there anything you can do to avoid messing up the whole week?From Matt B: Why...

Duration:00:37:48

#120 - Lessons Learned from Training Older People

10/29/2018
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One question received in the recent Q&A sessions deserved its own episode. A listener wrote in with the question (paraphrased): what kind of R&D are you working on as coaches? Matt explores the question by reflecting on the sheer number of Masters-aged lifters he and the other coaches at SSOC have coached over the past few years -- many hundreds and counting. The relatively recent surge in popularity of strength training, especially for older people, means that for the first time, coaches...

Duration:00:50:59

#119 - Matt and Scott Answer Your Questions: Q&A #2

10/25/2018
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Matt and Scott answer your questions in Q&A #2. Listeners submitted questions via email and Instagram and the boys will tackle them over the course of several episodes. This week they answer: More Q&A's to come in the future! Send us your questions at barbelllogicpodcast@gmail.com or on Instagram @barbell_logic. Use the discount code LOGIC to save 10% off any order of Iron Joe. Online Great Books is opening enrollment again on October 15th - October 30th, and seats will be...

Duration:00:40:29

#118 - All Roads Lead to... Block Periodization Programming

10/22/2018
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Building on Episode #116, Advanced Programming Methods for Strength, Matt and Scott discuss the intricacies of block programming and their preferred templates. Block training is laid out in a few stages: A full cycle of block generally lasts 12 weeks, with each phase being 3-4 weeks long followed by a deload week at the end. Most lifters will train through these phases in a 4-day split model. The first phase is the accumulation phase, during which the lifter performs a lot of volume at...

Duration:00:42:28

#117 - Matt and Scott Answer Your Questions: Q&A #1

10/18/2018
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Matt and Scott answer your questions in the first ever podcast Q&A. Listeners submitted questions via Instagram and the boys will tackle them over the course of several episodes. This week they answer: While accessory lifts (such as chins, curls, and push ups) would not sufficiently reinforce the movement patterns in the main lifts, supplemental lifts like pin squats, tempo squats, paused bench, etc. are definitely useful for helping a lifter correct technique errors. However, it...

Duration:00:35:19

#116 - Advanced Programming Methods for Strength: An Intro

10/15/2018
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Matt and Scott have touched on advanced programming a few times during the show -- most notably with Andy Baker's approach to advanced programming in episode #104 -- and today they walk through their own philosophy. Advanced athletes, loosely defined, have progressed to the point where they can no longer make workout to workout, or week to week progress. Though the word "advanced" conjures an image of very strong, heavy lifters for many people, advanced trainees can vary drastically. Older...

Duration:00:47:37

#115 - What is RPE? And Why You Don't Need It (If You're a Novice)

10/11/2018
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Matt and Scott dive into the concept of RPE, or Rate of Perceived Exertion. Popularized by powerlifter and coach Mark Tuscherer, RPE refers to a numerical descriptor (between 1 and 10, though only 6-10 apply to training) of the difficulty of a set, as measured by bar speed. Since bar speed depends on the individual -- some lifters move the bar fast, and slow down during heavy reps, others move the bar slow all the time -- a given RPE can look different from lifter to lifter. What's important...

Duration:00:37:20