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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. What's important is that RPE describes the relative difficulty of the work being done, and thus is a useful tool for more advanced lifters who need to carefully manage stress during their workouts.
Matt and Scott address accessory lifts and how they fit into a well-designed training program. Supplemental lifts -- first discussed in Episode 21 -- are variants that closely resemble the main lifts, while accessory lifts are lighter, less stressful movements that allow more advanced lifters to add small increments of stress. It goes without saying, then, that accessories become useful when more volume with the main lifts would be too stressful to recover from, yet volume is needed to drive progress.
Matt and Scott chat with SSOC client Sean Richardson, visiting from across the pond (Leicestershire, UK to be precise). Sean is a speech pathologist by trade, and an SSOC client of Scott's. He is a model client too, demonstrating consistency, patience, and coachability in his training life. Sean also enjoys a number of hobbies in life, so he doesn't just live to train... he trains to live. He is a great example of how strength training can fit into and improve an aready rich and varied life.
Perhaps the most genetically gifted (and certainly one of the strongest) Starting Strength Coaches joins us today, Mr. Nick D'Agostino. Nick has been an SSC since 2012, and will soon call himself a Physical Therapist as well. Unlike many of the coaches we have interviewed who began with the Starting Strength method and the novice linear progression, Nick was already a strong lifter before he discovered Starting Strength at a lecture by PT and SSC, Dr. John Petrizzo (who we interviewed on Episode 75).
Matt and Scott bring on Eric Shugars of Westminster Strength to talk about his path to becoming a Starting Strength Coach through Beau Bryant's internship program, and how he has developed inroads with local high school sports teams.
Matt and Scott talk once more to frequent guest Robert Santana, RD, SSC, about a common complaint of middle aged trainees... the skinny-fat body. These trainees have a normal BMI (between 20-25) yet low muscle mass and high bodyfat. Trainees like this often come to Santana desiring a leaner physique, especially visible abs, but the path to this goal is usually longer than they realize.
Scott and Matt interview Starting Strength Coach Michael Burgos about his transition from occupational therapy into the field of strength coaching. Burgos trained as an occupational therapist and certified hand specialist, but despite his dedication and commitment to helping his patients, he eventually became disenchanted with the relentless productivity culture in the field which demanded long hours -- 12hrs a day, often 6 or 7 days a week.
Our friend Robert "Bob-tana" Santana is back on the podcast to talk more about nutrition and diet. Since joining SSOC as the head nutrition coach, Santana has evolved his approach to coaching clients to reach their body composition goals. Observing that the biggest hurdle for clients was their compliance with eating their prescribed macros, he now offers more guidance on meal planning with specific foods to show clients what compliance looks like on a day-to-day, meal-to-meal basis.
Matt and Scott interview Starting Strength Coach John Musser about his career in law enforcement and high-level security detail. Musser's experience in security has taught him to be detailed and probe for things that don't fit into known patterns. Importantly, he says, you have to search for the facts you don't know, which can be uncomfortable for most people. Yet this is where Coach Musser thrives, and the same attention to detail has made him an excellent coach.
Andy Baker is back for another episode, and today he's tackling hypertrophy for the intermediate lifter. After walking through his preferred strategies for implementing a Heavy/Light/Medium (HLM) model during the intermediate phase, Andy explains the need for most intermediate lifters to gain muscle mass without necessarily a lot of excess bodyweight. This is particularly true for older lifters, he observes, and women, who cannot metabolize a lot of excess calories after the novice phase like younger males.
Matt and Scott interview Angie Bryant, a Starting Strength Coach, Physician Assistant, lecturer, gym owner, and mother of four. Angie is clearly a busy lady, yet she still manages to train consistently amid the chaos of juggling family and several jobs. She firmly believes that women, and especially mothers, should take time to incorporate strength training in their lives for the physical, mental, and aesthetic benefits.
Andy Baker, co-author of Practical Programming 3rd Edition, returns to the podcast to talk about advanced programming. Practical Programming defines advanced trainees broadly as those having fully exhausted linear progression, no longer able to make workout to workout, or even week to week progress. Advanced trainees must make progress on longer scales, usually over months of training.
Matt and Scott interview the man behind the Starting Strength Instagram (and it's memes), coach Pete Troupos. Pete is a Starting Strength Coach currently based out of Dallas, TX. He is also an SSOC coach as well as the organizer for all Starting Strength lifting camps across the country, so he is well versed in the Starting Strength model and the variety of coaches in the organization.
We talk about the Big 4 lifts all the time, but Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training 3rd Edition covers five lifts, the fifth being, of course, the Power Clean. The Power Clean is the only lift in the basic Starting Strength repertoire that trains a lifter's power, or their ability to recruit strength quickly. Power is essential to most sports and athletic endeavors, and thus is very important for the developing athlete.
Gillian Ward returns to the show to talk more about her training philosophy, her approach to training women after the LP phase of training, and how she has developed her mindset for approaching difficult athletic tasks.