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 #71 - Programming the Post-Novice: Why Weight on the Bar Matters with Andy Baker | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:19

Andy Baker, SSC and co-author of Practical Programming for Strength Training and The Barbell Prescription, joined Matt and Scott at StrengthCon for a conversation on programming. Andy dives deep into the murky geography of post-novice programming, offering his perspective on the most important variables to manage as a lifter transitions out of the novice phase based on his personal experience.

 #70 - Barbell Logic Extra: LIVE at StrengthCon with Brett McKay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:10

Last weekend, April 6-8th of 2018, Matt and Scott setup a Barbell Logic table at the inaugural StrengthCon in Wichita Falls, TX and started recording. Brett McKay of Art of Manliness fame, who first appeared on the podcast in Episode 14, sat down with the boys to catch up on the state of manliness in 2018.

 #69 - What is a Cue? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:05

Cues are an important part of the coaching process. What are they, exactly, and how should they be properly used? Simply put, a cue is a reminder. It's a concise reminder to do a thing that has already been taught as part of the teaching process of the lift. Good coaches use cues while observing a lifter to get them to move in accordance with their movement model for the lift.

 #68 - Frog, the Elder Hambrick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:07

Recently Matt and Scott interviewed Matt's grandfather. Today they interview Scott's grandfather, affectionately known as "Frog." Raised by a single mom who passed away when he was only eleven, Frog and his siblings were taken in by their "Aunt" May and whipped into shape until his father returned (briefly) to take his children. Frog struck out on his own at age 15, and resolved to finish high school. Needless to say, it was a tumultuous childhood.

 #67 - The Deadlift, Pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:56

Matt and Scott wrap up their deep dive into the Big 4 lifts (squat, press, bench press, deadlift) with the second of two episodes on the deadlift. After walking through the 5 Step Setup progression in Part 1, they discuss some heavy deadlifts in practice, and the importance of the high hips position in pulling any sufficiently heavy deadlift off the floor.

 #66 - Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: A Book Review Pt. 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:00

Matt and Scott continue their conversation about the thought provoking and, of late, controversial psychologist and common sense advocate Jordan Peterson and his book 12 Rules for Life. Matt shares his recent experience doing mission work in Haiti, and Scott offers his criticism of the book compared to Peterson's online lecture series.

 #65 - The Deadlift | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:05

As the famous strongman Jon Paul Sigmarsson once said, "there is no reason to be alive if you can't do deadlift." Matt and Scott walk through the finer points of getting that bar off the ground in the most efficient manner, and share tips and tricks for adding extra pounds on your lift.

 #64 - Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: A Book Review Pt. 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:42

Matt and Scott brave new territory on the podcast with their first book review, Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life. In part one of this two-part episode, they walk through three of these rules and how they've found them to be true -- or not -- in their own lives as coaches, as trainees, and as humans. 

 #63 - The Bench Press | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:51

Although we often refer to the Squat as the king of the lifts, and Deadlift perhaps the queen, it's undoubtedly the bench press which is most popular out in the world of commercial gyms. Chances are you aren't getting the most out of your bench press technique, however, so Scott and Matt are here to walk you through the nitty gritty details of capturing that last 10% of the lift.

 #62 - Tales from Grandpa Reynolds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:31

Scott and Matt talk to the patriarch of the Reynolds' family, his grandfather Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds talks about growing up in small town mid-century Missouri, the son of a quarryman. He reflects on the fiery characters of the Reynolds ancestry, great mistakes in his life, and how he rectified them, and offers up a rendition of a classic Marty Robbins tune.

 #61 - The Press | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:21

Picking up a barbell and shoving it over one's head might be the most obvious thing to do with the object, to paraphrase Mark Rippetoe. Exactly how the shoving part happens... happens to be the subject of today's show. Coach Matt and Coach Scott take a deep dive into the world of overhead pressing, or as we like to call it, simply The Press.

 #60 - Barbell Logic Extra: Story Time with Uncle Rip Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:07

Story time continues at Uncle Rip's house as Rip recounts his friendship with Tommy Suggs and his run-ins with numerous great lifters of yore at the 1980 IPF Worlds in Arlington, TX. Coach Rip reflects on some of the most talented trainees he's coached in his career, and the men contemplate an important question: will anyone press over 500 again?

 #59 - The Squat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:27

Simply known as "The Squat," the low bar back squat, as it is otherwise known, is undoubtedly the king of all exercises. Matt and Scott discuss why the Squat deserves this lofty title, and deliver a condensed portion of the Squat lecture presented at the Starting Strength seminar. As a bonus, Uncle Rip joins mid-conversation to add his own color commentary.

 #58 - Barbell Logic Extra: Story Time with Uncle Rip Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:53

Matt and Scott sit down with Uncle Rip at his house in Wichita Falls to reminisce about life in the Falls in the 1970's, Rip's early encounters with legendary strength coach Bill Starr, and one of Rip's early childhood influences.

 #57 - Optimal vs Real Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:13

Training programs, including the novice LP in Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, are typically written with a critical assumption. They assume an ideal training schedule, and no missed training sessions. The reality for many lifters, however, is that schedules get disrupted by other responsibilities. Today Matt and Scott compare optimal training and real life, and discuss strategies for managing those times when the two collide and throw your training off track.


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