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 Get More Done with the Pomodoro Technique-The Productivity Series S16E5 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 15:47

Matt & Christ share a technique they use all the time, called the Pomodoro Technique. This technique is perfect for both knocking out urgent tasks or carving out time to dedicate to deeper, important work.  The original approach is to dedicated 25 minutes to totally uninterrupted work followed by a 5 minute break. You can string together multiple blocks as you get better at this. Also, if you string together multiple blocks, you often need a longer break every so often.

 Overthrowing the Tyranny of the Urgent-The Productivity Series S16E4 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:24

We all have things we think are important, we want to get done, but we continue to put off. This occurs because of the difference between urgent tasks and important tasks and the 4 different types of actions that occur (as an action can be urgent & important, neither urgent nor important, urgent but not important, or not urgent but important).

 Breaking Bad Habits-The Productivity Series S16E3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:09

As advocates of strength training, we encourage people to add strength training as a habit. Many of the most important things we need to do to live a more fulfilling, productive life, however, involve breaking bad habits. 

 Productivity Tips-The Productivity Series S16E2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:09

Scott & Matt share some of their productivity tips: what to do, what to not do, and what equipment or apps help them.

 Optimal vs Real Life-The Productivity Series S16E1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:07

We have a model for the proper performance of the lifts and we understand programming principles and how to drive progress over time, but we have to acknowledge that for lots of people lots of the time, they can’t train optimally. And, honestly, at some point everyone--every single person--will be unable to train optimally. In these cases, we have to do the best we can.

 Pre-Workout Routines: Proper Training Preparation #371 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:00

Matt & Niki discuss their pre-workout routines, from when they train, how they plan for training on the road, food, water, clothes: everything about how to properly prepare for training--physically & mentally. Rituals both help prepare us for training specifically (e.g. laying out our clothes the night before or making some overnight oats ensures our outfit or pre-workout nutrition are ready). Beyond this, however, doing something repeatedly before the same event primes our body & brain for the event.

 Building Community thru Voluntary Hardship with Jason McCarthy of GORUCK - Ep 370 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:12

Jason McCarthy of GORUCK discusses rucking, his Army service, & building community through voluntary hardship & shared suffering. He shares his story of how we went from US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) to founding and running a company that--similar to Barbell Logic--believe in voluntary hardship and building community.

 Q&A 57 #369 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:49

Matt, Niki & Andrew answer your lifting & life questions. Topics include best pants, jeans, & shorts (for men & women), forearm pain from lifting, what to do between sets, and song to rally at a dance party.

 Don’t Fear the Barbell: Managing Your Mind Under the Bar - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E5 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:36

Matt & Scott discuss fear of the lifts, especially heavy, PR attempts. Different people have different fears of different lifts based on history (repeated failure or past injury) and simply how they feel about the lift. Lots of people, for example, are afraid of heavy squats. There’s something about a heavy bar on your back and that you’re folded over in the bottom and--even with properly set safety pins--there’s just no graceful way to fail a squat.

 Style & The Appearance of Power with Tanner Guzy - The Voluntary Hardship Series - Bonus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:23

Style & The Appearance of Power with Tanner Guzy - The Voluntary Hardship Series - Bonus

 Are You Working Hard Enough? - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E6 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:01

If you’re failing early in LP, you have to ask yourself: are you working hard enough? Some symptoms of not working hard enough might be not uploading your failed sets to your coach & failing reps early in LP (like the first 6 weeks). This often occurs with people who think a lot in their work. No thought will help you move from the bottom of a squat to the top of a squat besides a simple cue.

 Motivation over Discipline - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E4 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:26

It is popular these days to laud discipline and the ability to endure suffering. The problem with this is that it ignores people’s values and preferences. Some people can bear more hardships, but others are drawn to certain types of hardships. Some people--gasp--like running, and many lifters do not.

 Confidence Matters: Strength Training’s Greatest Benefit - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:32

One of strength training’s biggest benefits is CONFIDENCE. As people grow stronger, overcome difficult things, and build a more capable body, they tend to carry themselves differently and bring confidence to other areas of their lives.

 Voluntary Hardship - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:47

This is a throwback to the early days of the podcast. Matt and Scott discuss the concept of voluntary hardship: what is it and how does it refine us? Life will undoubtedly present difficulties. This is involuntary hardship. Choosing to go through something difficult, however, seems to provide benefits.

 Mindset Matters: Voluntary Hardship Reexamined - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:26

Life comes with difficulties, no matter what we do. Hardship comes voluntarily or involuntarily, but for any hardship our mindset before, during, and after matters: how we approach and process challenging events matter. Hardship--voluntary or involuntary--can refine us and improve our relationships, or it can beat us down and weaken social ties. Our relationship with the event--which we define with our mindset--helps determine the benefit to us.


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