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SPP #14: Bryce Lewis - Athlete Development, Identity & Psychology

Bryce is the founder of The Strength Athlete and is a world-class elite-level powerlifter in the IPF. Bryce competes in the -105 kg class, winning USAPL Raw Nationals in both 2016 and 2017, as well as winning silver at the IPF World Championships in Minsk in 2017. Through his success as an elite lifter, Bryce’s dream is to pass on his knowledge and skills through The Strength Athlete (TSA) powerlifting coaching services online. Bryce passionately advocates for the application and love of...


SPP #13: Ben Esgro & Jason Tremblay - Shifting the Curve & Success Through Collaborative Coaching

Episode 13: Jason Tremblay (The Strength Guys) and Ben Esgro (De Novo Nutrition) are on the show to discuss their recent success co-coaching elite level lifters such as Taylor Atwood and Sean Moser to big wins, and the underlying philosophies behind their programming and coaching interactions. Jason is the co-founder of The Strength Guys, a company providing elite-level coaching services to drug-free powerlifters, bodybuilders and competitive athletes. Ben is the founder and COO of De...


SPP #12: Avi Silverberg: Assessing, Monitoring & Modifying for Continued Progress

Avi Silverberg is a 3-time World Team athlete, bronze medalist at the 2010 World Bench Press Championships, two-time Overall National Bench Press Champion, National Bench Press Record Holder, and member of the Canadian Powerlifting Union Hall of Fame. Avi's coaching resume includes being named three times as the Head Coach for Team Canada Powerlifting; coaching the 2012 World Bench Press Team, 2013 World Junior/Sub-Junior Team, and 2014 Classic World Team. All teams combined produced 34...


011: Mike Israetel, PhD - Nutrition Considerations for the Strength Athlete

Mike Israetel, PhD discusses the relative importance of carbohydrates for strength athletes, planning nutrition periodization for strength athletes and how to structure mesocycles for strength gain. Mike Israetel, PhD Mike Israetel is currently a professor of Exercise Science at Temple University in Philadelphia, as well consulting nutritional and training for elite strength and combat athletes around the world. Mike is the head science consultant for Renaissance Periodization, where he...


010: Dr. Rori Alter: Physical Therapy Issues for Powerlifters: Mobility, Prehab & Technique

Rori Alter is the founder of Progressive Rehab & Strength. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), as well as being a competitive powerlifter herself. Competitive Athlete Rori holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Boston University. At Boston University, she specialized in Human Physiology, a topic that has fascinated her since she was a young dancer training in New York City. Following her...


009: Greg Nuckols - Strength Training Response of “Non-Responders” & Rates of Progress

Greg Nuckols is the founder of, a website that provides comprehensive information about how to get stronger and more jacked. Greg has over a decade of experience under the bar, and a BS in Exercise and Sports Science. He’s held 3 all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220 and 242 classes, and is pursuing graduate research at UNC-Chapel Hill, under the supervision of Dr. Abbie Smyth-Ryan. He’s trained hundreds of athlete and regular folks, both online and...


008: Jason Tremblay - Load Management & Long-term Lifter Development

Jason Tremblay of The Strength Guys is on the show to discuss internal and external load management and the long-term view of lifter development. Jason is the co-founder of The Strength Guys, where he coaches a number of high level lifters, including Taylor Atwood. In This Episode We Discuss: Focusing on the long-term development of a lifter The sequencing of training at the micro, meso and macrocycle level Load management External vs. internal load ‘Training-Injury Prevention...


007: LS McClain - Improvement, Lessons Learned & Thoughts on Lifting

LS McClain competes in the -93kg class in the USAPL, representing the US national team at several world championships over the past number of years. He is part of the team at De Novo Nutrition.


006: Eric Helms - Autoregulation Science, Tapering & Deloads

Eric has been involved in the fitness industry since the early 2000’s. For the better part of his career he’s been a coach at 3D Muscle Journey, working with drug free strength and physique competitors at all levels. A competitive athlete himself, he has pro status with the Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association and competes with the IPF at the international level as an unequipped powerlifter. Eric has published multiple peer reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition...


005: Hani Jazayrli- Injuries, Training Specificity & Accessory Work

Hani Jazayrli is a competitive & record-holding powerlifter currently competing in the 93kg and 105kg weight class of the USAPL. Hani has been a coach with The Strength Athlete staff since 2014, working with a wide range of powerlifters, including currently being the coach to IPF world record holder Garrett Blevins. He is also an USAPL senior national coach.


004: Mike Tuchscherer - The Nuances of Volume, Exercise Selection and Progression

Mike Tuchscherer is the founder of Reactive Training Systems. Mike has coached many elite level lifters and currently works with the likes of Brett Gibbs, Bryce Krawczyk, Liz Craven and Stephen Manuel. Currently, Mike's achievements as a lifter include: Winning the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Games (first male in USA Powerlifting history to do this) Winning 8 USA Powerlifting National Championships 2 Bronze, 3 Silver, 1 Gold medals in IPF World Championships Set 3 IPF World Records...


003: Brett Gibbs - Switching Training Approaches, Technique Over-Analysis & Assessing Progress

Episode 3: Multiple time IPF world champion Brett Gibbs discusses assessing the effectiveness of training blocks, switching training approach, lifter misconceptions and 2017 IPF Worlds in Belarus. Some of Brett’s achievements include: 2x IPF Raw World Champion 83kg IPF Open World Champion (2015) 83kg IPF Jr World Champion (2014) Best IPF Jr in the World (2014) 2x IPF Jr 83kg World Silver Medalist (2013 & 2014)


002: Matt Gary - Deadlift Programming & Technical Mastery

Episode 2: Matt Gary of SSPT and coach of the USAPL National team is on the podcast to discuss training the deadlift, single-rep vs. multiple-rep sets, and technical mastery of the deadlift. Matt Gary has been a competitive, drug-free powerlifter for 20 years. His educational background includes a BS in Kinesiological Science from the University of Maryland. In 1995, he was recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) via the National Strength & Conditioning...


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