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Barbell Logic

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We approach strength, health, & fitness with simplicity & logic, believing that barbell training is for everyone. We provide expert advice & discussion on nutrition & programming, technique & conditioning, voluntary hardship & self-improvement.This channel aims to be a breath of fresh air in the fit… read more

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Managing Morbidity & Maintaining Vigor - Beast Over Burden - #506

December 5th, 2023


Learn about managing morbidity - staying active, vigorous, and capable to have as much of a human life as possible for as long as you can. You need to dance with your granddaughter, care for your chickens, and farm …

All In! - Coaching Success - #505

December 1st, 2023


It's time to be ALL IN! Go for that goal or project or task you've been putting off, swing for the fences, and get it done.

All In!

It's time to be all in. It's time to execute. It's time to complete that task or …

Holiday Training Strategies - Beast Over Burden - #504

November 28th, 2023


We share holiday training strategies so you don't lose all your gains. Learn the tips and tricks to keep training & gaining during the holidays.

STRONG Life with Zach Evan Esh Replay - Coaching Success - #503

November 24th, 2023


This is a replay from Strong Life with Zach Evan Esh podcast where Matt & Zach discuss coaching, online coaching, & business.

Strong Life with Zach Evan Esh Replay

Matt and Zach have interacted before, …

Managing Nutrition Through the Holidays - Beast Over Burden - #502

November 21st, 2023


Managing nutrition through the holidays can be tough. Follow these (or develop your own) simple, effective strategies for sustainable holiday …

How to Structure Holiday Promotions - Coaching Success - #501

November 17th, 2023


Learn how to structure holiday promotions, from timing (Black Friday, pre-Christmas, and post-New Year's), types of incentives and discounts you …

Deadlifts: Eat Your Spine - Beast Over Burden - #500

November 14th, 2023


Deadlifts: Eat Your Spine. Is this the perfect cue or the reality of a dangerous lift? Andrew & Niki delve into the depths of the deadlift.

Do Deadlifts Eat Your Spine!?

Do deadlifts, in fact, eat your spine? It …

What is Your GAMEplan!? - Coaching Success - #499

November 10th, 2023


What is your GAMEplan? How are you accomplishing the most important - not urgent - goals for your business? How are you determining whether you have actually accomplished this goals? You do this with your GAMEplan. Matt …

Strength for Golf - Beast Over Burden - #498

November 7th, 2023


Mac McGregor and Niel Marr join Niki and Andrew to discuss strength for golf. Niel is a golf instructor, and shares how strength has improved his …

Business Economics: The Metrics that Matter for Your Business - Coaching Success - #497

November 3rd, 2023


Learn the business economics - the metrics that matter - for your business. Matt Reynolds dives into macroeconomics and microeconomic or unit …

3 Lifter Pathways - Beast Over Burden - #496

October 31st, 2023


We discuss 3 lifter pathways: competing, just training (thriving), and recovering. How do these looks, who might find themselves in one of these pathways (and why)? Andrew & Niki explore this.

3 Lifter Pathways - …

Delivering a Consistent High Standard of Service for Online Coaching - Coaching Success - #495

October 27th, 2023


You need excellent customer service for online coaching, not just in-person coaching. Set your online coaching apart from the crowd, provide your clients more value, get more clients, and make more money.

This podcast …

Metrics Aren't Your Master- Beast Over Burden - #494

October 24th, 2023


Metrics aren't your master. Don't sacrifice important pursuits to the altar of strength (unless you're specializing).

Metrics Aren't Your Master - What Matters to You?

Want to get strong, add some muscle, become more …

Why You Should Take a Vacation - Coaching Success - #493

October 20th, 2023


Why you should take a vacation: to get into the important, get out from under the tyranny of the urgent, and reset (for work & what is important …

Strong Families through Strength Training - Beast Over Burden - #492

October 17th, 2023


People build strong families through strength training. We're, of course, not simply talking about physical strength, but emotionally and spiritually strong families, who witness each other overcome hard things and …

Automated Metrics are Awesome - Coaching Success - #491

October 13th, 2023


Automated metrics are awesome - measure & celebrate progress toward your or your clients' goals AUTOMATICALLY. Awesome.

This podcast is brought to you by TurnKey Coach. Enhance your coaching effectiveness and …

Lots of Squat Thoughts & New Cues - Beast over Burden - #490

October 10th, 2023


Lots of squat thoughts & new cues. Andrew & Niki discuss what cues they've found useful on squats and how they've improved their squats and …

Be a Person of Integrity - Coaching Success - #489

October 6th, 2023


Be a person of integrity, every day, always. If you screw up, own it. This leads to business success (and it's the right thing to do).

Person of Integrity: Be One, Always

Integrity underpins business success. Yes, …

Snapping Back to Your Goldilocks Zone - Beast over Burden - #488

October 3rd, 2023


Snapping back to your Goldilocks zone after you fall short of the actions you know will lead to your goals is a must. Whether this occurs after a …

Stop Being Cheap: Consider the Value of Your Time - Coaching Success - #487

September 29th, 2023


Stop being cheap! Consider the value of your time and invest in things that make you money and provide you value.

Stop Being Cheap: Value per Unit Time

Too many in the fitness industry value their time too little.

Time to Change Programs? - Beast over Burden - #486

September 26th, 2023


Is it time to change programs when your frustrated and want to blow up your current program? Niki & Andrew how to approach this logically when reason is the furthest thing from your mind.

I Want Something Different …

Pricing: Less is More - Coaching Success - #485

September 22nd, 2023


When it comes to pricing, less is more. Fewer options means less hassle for you and less decision fatigue for your customers. When it comes to pricing, fewer options is better for your business.

Pricing: Fewer Options …

What Keeps You Training? - Beast over Burden - #484

September 19th, 2023


What keeps you training after the easy PRs, injuries, years or decades of workouts. Why do you keep exercising? Niki and Andrew discuss training …

Customer Service is King - Coaching Success - #483

September 15th, 2023


Customer service is king, especially in a post-COVID world. If you want to run a successful business, have great customer service and you will stand …

Too Busy to Train!? Not Any More! - Beast over Burden - #482

September 12th, 2023


Too busy to train!? Not any more! Learn ways to get more done in less time so you can continue to remain consistent & work toward your goals.

Too Busy to Train!? - How it Happens

How does someone get so busy that …

PRs Matter & Measure Progress Toward Client Goals - Coaching Success - #481

September 8th, 2023


PRs measure progress toward your clients' goals - so you need to track & celebrate your clients' PRs, because PRs matter.

PRs Measure Progress Toward Your Clients' Goals

PRs matter.

Consistency underlies …

I Want to Lose Weight & Gain Muscle pt 2 - Beast over Burden - #480

September 5th, 2023


I want to gain muscle and lose weight. Is this a realistic goal? How does this look, if it is?

It is possible to do this, over time, sustainably, by building healthy habits.

Check out the first part of this 2-part …

Online Coaching is the Best Coaching for Coaches & Clients - Coaching Success - #479

September 1st, 2023


Online coaching is the best coaching for coaches and clients. Coaches gain wider access to clients, more flexibility of time and location to coach, …

I Want to Lose Weight & Gain Muscle pt 1 - Beast over Burden - #478

August 29th, 2023


I want to lose weight and gain muscle - don't we all!

What is possible and what does this process look like over time? We explore this in a 2-part podcast series.

Andrew & Niki explore the journeys of different …

Prioritize the Important - Coaching Success - #477

August 25th, 2023


Prioritize the important for a more meaningful & productive life by getting unstuck from the tyranny of the urgent.

Check out Coaching 101 - the …

Make Women Anabolic Again - Beast over Burden - #476

August 22nd, 2023


Make women anabolic again.

Niki and Andrew talk to Monica Multani. Monica is Niki's client who turned to strength after the combination of a hand …

Online Coaching vs Online Programming - Coaching Success - #475

August 18th, 2023


Online coaching vs online programming - what's the difference, why does it matter, and how can you begin actually coaching online?

Check out Coaching 101 - the new Academy course designed to cover the basics of …

Protein: Whey Isn't the Only Way - Beast over Burden - #474

August 15th, 2023


Are you reliant on whey protein to get your daily protein. You can get adequate protein without whey - learn how!

This podcast really addresses how much protein you actually need a day and then how to best consume that …

Lean Theory - Coaching Success - #473

August 11th, 2023


Andrew Jackson discusses lean theory - a business approach that strives to better deliver value to consumers through reducing inefficiencies. He explores how he has taken these insights learn from industry and applied …

Milky Boys - Beast over Burden - #472

August 8th, 2023


Have you (or are you currently) following the way of the milky boys? Have you had a milky boy phase?

It's okay, many if not most of us have been a …

How to Set Prices - Coaching Success - #471

August 4th, 2023


Pricing - it's a too often undiscussed, underexamined aspect of running a successful business and becoming a successful coach. Matt discusses how to …

Investing in Life & Training - Beast over Burden - #470

August 1st, 2023


Invest in training and life to achieve your goals and find happiness and meaning.

Andrew & Niki explore how training - and other worthwhile pursuits - are investments and how you can conceptualize and weigh the …

How to Build Trust - Coaching Success - #469

July 28th, 2023


Matt describes how to build trust in your business value equation. This is a crucial aspect of running a successful business with clients who …

I Broke My Back...Spinal - Beast over Burden - #468

July 25th, 2023


I broke my back...spinal. Is life over? No. Learn the training, lifestyle, and mindset adjustments to deal with back injuries.

Check out the Barbell Logic podcast landing page.

I Broke My Back...Oh No!

Back pain and …

Improve Your Business Value Equation - Coaching Success - #467

July 21st, 2023

Matt describes your business value equation, its components, and how you can improve your business value equation. 

This is an important concept for understanding your business conceptually and keeping the big picture …

Hypertrophy: Life After 5s - Beast over Burden - #466

July 18th, 2023


Hypertrophy: life after 5s.

Is it real? Can we really pursue muscle growth over weight on the bar. How does programming change? Why do people make this shift? Will you have to change your wardrobe?

Andrew & Niki …

How to Start Your Own Business - Coaching Success#465

July 14th, 2023


Matt explains, in detail, how to start your own business. Seriously, you can be a business owner today following these steps.

This podcast is …

Sustainable > Optimal - Beast over Burden - #464

July 11th, 2023


Sustainable over optimal - keep this in mind with your fitness, nutrition, and other self-improvement plans. Sustainability is more important than optimization.

Check out the Barbell Logic podcast landing page.

Be a Person of Action - Coaching Success#463

July 7th, 2023


Be a person of action. Act now, begin that idea today, so that your big idea doesn't stay stuck in your head - this is the key to success.

Matt …

Is Your Training Fun!? - Beast Over Burden

July 4th, 2023


Is your training fun!?

Niki Sims and Andrew Jackson discuss why they entitled this podcast "Beast over Burden," feedback they've seen from listeners, and how they've come to think more about training for life.

Is Your …

We're BACK! - #461

June 30th, 2023


Listen to the Barbell Logic podcast return. Matt Reynolds, Niki Sims, and Andrew Jackson discuss the two podcasts that will come out weekly, the …

Update from Barbell Logic - #460

March 7th, 2023


Listen for a barbell logic podcast update. We're taking a temporary pause to pursue some exciting opportunities and will return soon with more great podcasts.

Check out the Barbell Logic podcast landing page to give us …

The Voluntary Hardship Mindset - #459

March 3rd, 2023


Learn about the voluntary hardship mindset that allows you to crush your goals, makes life better, and underpins happiness and success.

Dr. Jonathon …

Recovery, Sleep, & Nutrition for Masters Athletes - #458

February 28th, 2023


We discuss recovery for masters athletes, focusing on sleep and nutrition. Improve your sleep and nutrition, recover better, be stronger and …

Female Masters Athletes - #457

February 24th, 2023


We need more female masters strength athletes! Learn about the benefits, and myths of strength training for women seniors. What's different about …

Programming Masters Athletes - #456

February 21st, 2023


Dr. Jonathon Sullivan and Noah Hayden continue their Barbell Health podcast series, this time discussing programming masters athletes.

They discuss …

Exercise Modification for Seniors: John Claassen's Story - #455

February 17th, 2023


Dr. Jonathon Sullivan and Noah Hayden continue their Barbell Health podcast series, this time discussing exercise modification for seniors. John …

Strength Prescription for the Sick Aging Phenotype - #454

February 14th, 2023


Dr. Jonathon Sullivan and Noah Hayden continue their Barbell Health podcast series, this time discussing in-depth the strength prescription for the …

Exercise Medicine - #453

February 7th, 2023


Dr. Jonathon Sullivan and Noah Hayden are joined by RN Ann Buszard. They discuss how typical or conventional medicine today fails to address the …

Ditch All or Nothing Nutrition: A Nutrition Journey - #452

January 31st, 2023


Niki talks to Brittany Snyder, a Professional Barbell Coach, nutrition coach, and the Director of Nutrition at Barbell Logic. Brittany shares her journey of how she ditched all or nothing nutrition, shoved shame to the …

Online Strength Coaching: Convenient, Personalized, Effective - #451

January 24th, 2023


Online strength coaching provides the most value, flexibility, effectiveness, and personalization of any coaching method. It enhances the quality of life of coaches and clients.

This is a rebroadcast of episode 408. 

The Wonders of Walking - #450

January 17th, 2023


Walking seems so simple and easy, so mundane and pedestrian (literally) that it couldn't constitute an important part of your overall health and …

Strength & Endurance: You Can Do Both - #449

January 10th, 2023


Strength and endurance - can you do both!? Yes, in fact, you can.

While the adaptations and strength and endurance conflict, you can reach high …

Conditioning for Lifters - #448

January 6th, 2023


What does conditioning for lifters look like? Do you need to do "cardio"? We examine conditioning & cardio for strength athletes. This is a …

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)- #447

January 3rd, 2023


HIIT is the best way to improve your conditioning and health and help with fat loss. Consider high intensity interval training for your conditioning.

Energy Systems Overview

HIIT's benefits come from how it uses and …

Wearables for Health: Why Wear Wearables - #446

December 27th, 2022


Wearables for health abound. They can track lots of different metrics for health and can help gamify the pursuit of your goals. Matt & Niki explore why you might consider wearing wearables & how they use them.

2022 Holiday Message - #445

December 20th, 2022


Matt and Rachel Reynolds bring you this special edition of the Barbell Logic podcast, holiday edition. Matt & Rachel share their 2022 holiday …

Helpful Health Markers with Dr. Sullivan - #444

December 13th, 2022


Sully joins Niki & CJ to discuss health metrics that matter. Sully's biggest question is why do you think you need the test or data point? How …

Helpful Strength Gear: Problem-Solving Equipment - #443

December 6th, 2022

Matt & Niki explore helpful strength equipment that helps you solve problems, make strength training more fun, and build your home gym. They …

Thanksgiving Q&A - #442

November 29th, 2022

Matt Reynolds, Niki Sims, and CJ Gotcher join up to answer your lifting and lifestyle questions. They cover wrist wraps and wrist straps for …

Coaching Lessons Learned - #441

November 22nd, 2022


We share our coaching lessons learned - professionalism over mastery, personability and personalization over optimal programming, flexibility over rigidity, long-term good over short-term gains, and more.

Coaching …

Autoregulation Q&A - #440

November 15th, 2022


Jordan Stanton returns to answer your questions on velocity based autoregulation. Why is this not for novices? What guidance would you give to …

Injury & Recovery, Pain & Progress - Niki's Story - #439

November 8th, 2022


Injury and recovery are no fun and not why we train. They're a part of life, and come with training, especially if you push yourself over a long period of time. How do you adjust programming and mindset to keep …

Autoregulation for Strength Training: An Overview - #438

November 1st, 2022

Autoregulation adjusts to the lifter's actual, not expected, performance during a workout. Get an overview of this strength training method. …

Velocity Based Training & Autoregulation for Strength - #437

October 25th, 2022


Velocity based training & autoregulation for strength sounds complex, but it's really simple - learn the secrets of this training method.

Why Try …

Stay Sane Coaching Family, Friends, & Co-Workers - #436

October 18th, 2022


Stay sane while coaching family, friends, & co-workers. Successfully juggle dual relationships while getting good coaching experience.

Why Coach …

Accommodating Resistance: In Depth on Bands & Chains - 435

October 11th, 2022


Accommodating resistance means lifting with bands or chains for more resistance near the top of the lift. Learn how & why to use this advanced, fun training method, including practical tips for setting up the bands …

Coaching When You Aren't The Expert - #434

October 4th, 2022

How do you approach non-expert coaching? How do you address coaching outside your expertise or comfort zone? Niki & CJ discuss how to handle this hurdle! Non-Expert Coaching: Identifying the Client's Why

How do …

Masculine Style Q&A with Tanner Guzy - #433

September 27th, 2022

Tanner Guzy shares his thoughts and answers questions on masculine style and aesthetics. Dress better and become more confident.   Seek Beauty in …

Anecdotes with Scott Pt.2 - #432

September 22nd, 2022


Matt and Scott continue their discussion from part 1 over a range of topics, including theology, business, softball, and more. This is a …

Anecdotes with Scott Pt.1 - #431

September 20th, 2022


Matt and Scott chat over a range of topics, including theology, business, softball, and more. This is a wide-ranging podcast that deviates from our …

Building Trust: A Coaching Value Equation - #430

September 16th, 2022

Building trust - this can seem a bit nebulous. Andrew Jackson provides a coaching value equation or model for how you can think about and improve how …

The Future of Coaching - #429

September 13th, 2022


What is the future of coaching? Niki Sims & CJ Gotcher discuss current trends that will likely define the future of coaching and how you can improve your coaching practice to be better positioned now & in the …

How to Stay Sane on Social Media - #428

September 9th, 2022


Staying sane on social media: seems impossible, right? CJ Gotcher explains how you can train the algorithm and train yourself to intentionally use social media for your purposes.

Social Media is Toxic

We're probably …

Introducing New Exercises #427

September 6th, 2022


Matt, Niki, and CJ discuss introducing new exercises: why & how, different categories of exercises, determining your main exercises, and more.

Why Introduce New Exercises?

Novices need to get generally stronger. …

Pain - Why & How? - #426

September 2nd, 2022


What is pain, how does it work, and why do we experience pain (what value does it provide us)? Jayson Ball explains all.

Pain in the Flesh

The process of pain begins in the flesh through sensory transduction. …

Arete: Excellence & Virtue in the Ancient World - #425

August 30th, 2022


Karl Schudt discusses arete in the ancient world. This concept encompasses the words in English and underlying ideas of virtue and excellence. Depending on the subject, if you are reading an English translation of an …

Lifting and Back Pain - #424

August 23rd, 2022


Bekah Krieg joins CJ to discuss lifting with back pain: modifications, mindset, & approaches as coach or lifter to deal with/overcome back pain & get stronger.

She worked as a physical therapist for 20 years, …

Ordering the Chaos - #423

August 16th, 2022


We discuss bringing order to the chaos to get important things done, improve your quality of life, and feel at ease.

Bringing Order to Chaos
Life …

Strength Training with Autoimmune Disease - #422

August 9th, 2022


Matt talks to Nate Garrison about strength training with autoimmune disease.

Nate is a videographer and video editor for Barbell Logic that Matt met through Tactical Response. He discusses his journey with autoimmune …

MED Programming when PRs are Behind You Pt2 - #421

August 5th, 2022


Matt and Scott finish their talk discussing the coach-client interaction and being coachable.    If you're paying for coaching, your coach is probably erring on not enough stress, especially if you're a general client …

MED Programming When PRs are Behind You - Pt1 - #420

August 2nd, 2022


Matt & Scott developed the concept of Minimum Effective Dose programming (MED programming) through conversations on the podcast. Today, Matt and Scott discuss how to apply the principles of MED programming when PRs …

Catching Up with Hambrick Part 2 - #419

July 29th, 2022


Enjoy the rest of Matt catching up with Scott for this 2-part episode. Matt & Scott discuss some of what Scott has been doing on his homestead, and just chat about things. 

Listen to Scott's podcasts: Online Great …

Catching Up with Hambrick Part 1 - #418

July 26th, 2022


Enjoy the return of Scott for this 2-part episode, where Matt & Scott catch up, discuss some of what Scott has been doing on his homestead, and just chat about things. 

Listen to Scott's podcasts: Online Great Books

Are Fitness Certifications Worth It? - #417

July 19th, 2022


Are fitness certifications worth it, worthless, or does it depend? Niki & CJ walk you through how to consider the value of a fitness certifications as a barbell coach or personal trainer.

Are Fitness …

Visual Cues for Lifting #416

July 12th, 2022


Matt & Niki discuss visual cues for lifting: how to best use them in-person & online, common mistakes to avoid, & some helpful …

Bad Strength Coach!? Bad Coaching & How NOT To Be Bad

July 5th, 2022


Niki & CJ discuss what makes a bad strength coach and how to avoid the pitfalls of bad coaching. Being not bad, a very good place to start. 

Bad Strength Coaching Let's face it, we've all experienced a bad …

Tactile Cues for Correct Technique - #414

June 28th, 2022


Matt & Niki explore tactile cues: different types, how & when to use them for in-person and online coaching.

Oh, and how do you pronounce tactile? Is it like "tactical?"

Tactile Cues vs Verbal & Visual Cues

Making the Coaching Transition - #413

June 21st, 2022


The coaching transition can be hard, as you have to budget time, money, or both with a steep learning curve & avoid potential pitfalls. Niki & CJ help you learn how to make the coaching transition to become a …

Verbal Communication (Let's Talk) - #412

June 14th, 2022


Today, Matt & Niki delve into verbal communication - our primary means of communication as a coach, both in-person & online. While this may seem straightforward, many steps occur to correctly communicate to our …

Nerding Out on Pain Science - #411

June 7th, 2022


Nerd out on pain science, what it's like doing scientific research, getting papers published, and what we understand about pain interventions for humans. Jayson Ball, staff coach & PhD student, rejoins the podcast …

End Your Cooking Rut to Overcome Food Boredom - #410

May 31st, 2022


How do you end your cooking rut? What do you do when your go-to foods bore you? Niki Sims & Nikki Burman have tips & tricks to re-energize your cooking & meal preparation, so you don't turn to unhealthy, …

Find Clients & Provide Value as a Coach - 409

May 24th, 2022


Are there too many coaches!? Learn how to stand out, find clients & provide value as a coach in a seemingly flooded coaching market.

The Flooded Fitness Market

Are there too many coaches!? Learn how to stand out, …

Online Coaching is Better Than In-Person Coaching - #408

May 17th, 2022

Online coaching is better than in-person coaching. It provides more value to the coach and client, enabling greater flexibility, personalization, and effectiveness. Online Coaching is Better

Since Barbell Logic began …

Avoiding Coach Burnout - #407

May 10th, 2022


Burnout can occur in any pursuit or career path, but can be particularly noxious for careers coming from passion. Coaching fits that bill certainly, …

Knowledge: How to Set Yourself Apart - #406

May 3rd, 2022


How do you set yourself apart as a coach? One way is knowledge. Understanding the fundamentals that underlie anatomy, physiology, programming, …

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - #405

April 26th, 2022


Niki & CJ discuss overcoming imposter syndrome as a coach. The address what it is, why it's normal, when you may be beyond your abilities, and practical tips to deal with it. Learn more about overcoming imposter …

Find Your Coaching VIP (Values, Identity, Priorities) - #404

April 19th, 2022


Niki & CJ Gotcher discuss how to determine your values, identities, and priorities (VIP). These underlie WHY, HOW, WHAT, and FOR WHOM you coach. Learn about what these are and how you can more consciously develop …

How to Never Miss Training - #403

April 12th, 2022


Consistency leads to PRs and meeting your goals, more than any other factor (form, programming). Nikki Burman, Director or Client Experience & Exclusive Coach at BLOC, discusses how as a coach she helps others and …

The Once & Future Novice - #402

April 5th, 2022


Lots of people execute novice programming repeatedly, and even in advanced programming a lift is being increased through novice programming. So, how do we think about novice programming, returning to it, and how it …

Going Off Script As a Novice - #401

March 29th, 2022


Training means you have a script or program that you follow, but whether by your choice or life circumstances, you may have to or want to go off …

How Style Affects How You Look & Feel - #400

March 22nd, 2022


Tanner Guzy joins Matt & Niki to talk style & its effects on how you look & feel. Check out Tanner Guzy and his style coaching 

Simple Hard Effective Training - 399

March 16th, 2022


We return to the foundations of programming before we jump off into more advanced programming discussions in upcoming podcasts. Why are simple, hard programs the most effective? How do we decide what to do out of the …

Red Flags of Coaching: What to Avoid & Look for When Choosing a Coach - #398

March 8th, 2022


Choosing a coach can be daunting, but we can help guide you with what to look for and avoid when you're choosing a coach (and how to evaluate a coach …

Building Healthy Habits - #397

March 1st, 2022


Matt, Niki, & Andrew discuss building habits to achieve your goals. 
You have habits now, and your results (along any potential access: …

Coming to Terms with Cardio - #396

February 22nd, 2022


Cardio, conditioning, energy systems training: what are these, are these the same, and why would you do them? In this episode, we come to terms with …

Overcoming Doubt & Building Confidence - #395

February 15th, 2022


Fear, doubt, it's a part of life & certainly a part of self-improvement, strength training, & nutrition. Find some inspiration and practical ideas for how to overcome your fears and doubt.

This isn't just for …

Goal Setting #394

February 8th, 2022


Matt & Niki discuss goal setting: clear goals, digging deep to identify your whys, and how different personalities can effectively develop goals. 

If you're trying to lose weight, get stronger, change your …

Equipment to Get Started & Home vs Public Gym - #393

February 1st, 2022


Matt & Niki discuss the tradeoffs of training in a home gym or commercial gym and how to build your home gym. Learn the equipment and gear to prioritize versus the nice-to-haves as well as the minimum amount of …

Why You Should (& How To) Get Strong - #392

January 25th, 2022


Why do we emphasize strength as opposed to other physical attributes, and if we value strength, how do we achieve it. Niki & Matt explore WHY you …

Getting Started with Nutrition - #391

January 18th, 2022


Gillian Ward joins Matt & Niki to discuss how to get started with nutrition: identifying your goals, understanding where you are now, and implementing sustainable, realistic nutrition plans. 

Gillian is a great …

First Steps for Strength - #390

January 11th, 2022


You're in a bad place--you're not happy with your health & fitness--and you want to change that. What do you do? Matt & Niki explore your …

Experience Strength #389

January 4th, 2022


What do we mean when we say "Experience Strength"? Experiencing strength is experiencing the benefits of improved quality of life through strength training and improved nutrition and other health and fitness habits. 

When MED isn't Effective: Confronting the Human Element #388

December 28th, 2021


Matt & Niki discuss when the human element inhibits an MED modification from being the right change for a lifter. This is a re-release of episode 341.

Many BLOC coaches have found a pattern where advanced clients …

When its fun to Chase Numbers #387

December 21st, 2021


Matt & Niki discuss training & programming when you prioritize PRs and chasing numbers in the gym. This is a re-release of episode 347.

This really applies to intermediate & advanced lifters, as PRs tend to …

When Training Becomes a Drag #386

December 14th, 2021


Niki and Andrew discuss what to do when training becomes a drag. This is a re-release of episode 337. 

Different reasons can arise to make training a drag. You might simply get a little burnt out after months and years …

Small Wins #385

December 7th, 2021


Niki & Gillian discuss the concept of small wins and their value in nutrition (and training). 

Big goals can be scary and overwhelming, and--regardless of the enormity of the goal--little actions, small decisions, …

Coaching Q&A #384

November 30th, 2021


Matt & CJ answer your coaching questions, including ACL tears, improving vertical jump, coaching blind lifters, and coaching obese lifters.    0:00 Introduction

2:51 Nutrition Questions from Strength Clients
-what …

Thanksgiving Message 2021

November 24th, 2021


Matt Reynolds, founder & CEO of Barbell Logic, takes a minute to reflect on not only what he is thankful this Thanksgiving but--as Barbell Logic …

Improved Recovery for Improved Gains

November 23rd, 2021


Scott & Matt discuss recovery and how you can improve your recovery, because though most people don’t give themselves enough stress others may go too far in the other direction and now recover enough, which …

Strength Training & Joint Health with Dr. Sullivan

November 16th, 2021


Dr. Jonathan Sullivan joins Matt & Scott to discuss what we know about how strength training benefits the joins and how it affects joint health. …

Training IRL: How Training Habits Change with Life

November 11th, 2021


Scott & Matt discuss their training and nutrition at a specific point of time. Scott is adjusting to having sold Data Storage, and training and …

Build Your Press with Better Programming

November 9th, 2021


In this re-release, Matt & Scott discuss strategies for programing your press--practical tips as well as the underlying principles.

The press typically stalls before the other lifts. Fewer muscles contribute to the …

Involuntary Hardship with Jordan Harbinger #383

November 2nd, 2021


Jordan Harbinger, hugely successful podcaster and fascinating character in his own right, talks to Matt and Niki about his journey through …

Seven Steps to Successful Sustainable Nutrition #382

October 26th, 2021


Niki & Gillian pick up from Episode 381 Knowing & Remembering Your Whys to address the approach to successful sustainable nutrition with …

Knowing & Remembering Your Whys #381

October 19th, 2021


Niki Sims and Gillian Ward discuss why nutrition compliance trends so much lower than training compliance, why this is, and how you--as someone who has nutrition goals--might combat this and succeed toward or past your …

The Myth of Maintenance - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 14th, 2021


Matt & Scott discuss the myth of maintenance and how this doesn’t really apply for people, despite what people often claim.

Sometimes life prevents strength training from being a high priority, so you do your best. …

Gym Etiquette - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 13th, 2021


Matt & Scott discuss how to behave properly in a gym, because to many don’t respect the equipment or the people around them. Don’t be that guy (or gal).

Take care of the equipment and put it back where you got it. …

Saving Time in the Gym - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 13th, 2021


Matt and Scott discuss how you can save time in the gym, because we know (with rare exception) you lift to live not live to lift.

LP workouts …

Warm Ups - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 12th, 2021


Matt and Scott discuss why we warm up and how to properly warm up.

Warm ups--like much with lifting--can come with lots of confusion and misinformation. First, why do we warm up?

We warm up to warm up the tissues, so …

The Master Cue - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 12th, 2021


Matt and Scott discuss the master cue, a cue developed based on a basic understanding of biomechanics that can be used for many lifters.

You cannot perform a squat correctly if the center of mass of the barbell-lifter …

Hype or Not? - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 7th, 2021


Matt and Scott discuss whether you should get hyped for a lift. They tend to say no, unless you’ve practiced getting hype and your form is good.

If …

Training Older People - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 7th, 2021


Matt and Scott discuss how to train older clients. 

Barbell Logic’s age demographics tend to skew older, so the company and its coaches have lots of …

Sully Power Clean - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 6th, 2021


Dr. Jonathan Sullivan joins Matt and Scott to discuss the merits and drawbacks of including the power clean in someone’s program. Who should perform …

What is a Cue - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 6th, 2021


Scott and Matt discuss what is a cue and why good coaches give cues.

You should only have to teach a lifter a lift once, but you will have to correct …

Common Novice Pitfalls - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 5th, 2021


Matt and Scott discuss common pitfalls that novices make as they begin their strength journey. 

First and foremost, many people lift with horrific form. You need to get your form right or pretty close. This either …

Equipment You Need - The Dos & Don’ts of Lifting

October 5th, 2021


Scott & Matt discuss what you have to have, what you should have, and what is nice to have in the world of strength training.

First--it’s nice to …

Nutrition Q&A #380

September 28th, 2021


Gillian and Niki answer your nutrition questions, including hunger & recipes, small wins & gastric distress. 

0:00 Introduction & Gillian is Human
-what do you do if you get off the rails?
-hydrate & …

Marketing with Josh Veach S18Ep7 - The Business Series

September 23rd, 2021


What is marketing and why does it matter? If you feel you can provide a valuable service or product to others, how do you not only get that message out but demonstrate to your potential audience & customers that …

Dominion Strength's Business Journey S18Ep6 - The Business Series

September 22nd, 2021


This is the NEW interview with Dominion Strength Training. Niki talks to Blake & Katie about their journey as entrepeneurs as their business has …

Entrepreneurship with Mike with MicroGainz S18Ep5 - The Business Series

September 21st, 2021


This is a new interview with Mike Reed from MicroGainz . Mike & Matt really focus on entrepreneurship and creating a successful business. Also, …

Traversing the 2020 Business Landscape with MicroGainz S18Ep4 - The Business Series

September 16th, 2021


This is the episode Matt & Mike recorded the day before Thanksgiving 2020 and aired that Black Friday. Matt & Mike discuss MicroGainz and the opportunities and challenges that COVID created for their businesses. 

How to Change Careers, Pay Off Debt, & Build a Successful Gym with Jordan Stanton S18Ep3 - The Business Series

September 15th, 2021


Jordan Stanton, owner of Next Level Barbell, joins Matt & Scott to discuss his story of frugality, risk taking, and self-determination. 

He went …

Building a Better Belt with Dominion Strength S18Ep2 - The Business Series

September 14th, 2021


This is the original Dominion Strength Training interview. Blake & Katie join Matt & Scott to discuss the creation of Dominion Strength …

Business Leader Books S18Ep1 - The Business Series

September 14th, 2021


Matt & Scott share their business books that have provided them value and insight as business owners themselves. 

The E Myth Revisited (Matt)

This book discusses business systems. There are owners, managers, and …

Who We Are, How We Got Here (Matt's State of the Union) #379

September 6th, 2021


Who are we, and how did we get here? Matt addresses these in his 2021 BLOC Party State of the Union.   This is Matt's address to the Barbell Logic coaches and staff at the 2021 BLOC Party. Matt delivers these roughly …

Coaching & Academy Q&A #378

August 30th, 2021


Matt & CJ Gotcher answer your questions about the Academy and coaching, including when you should fire a client, how Matt's coaching practice has …

BLOC Party Q&A #377

August 23rd, 2021


Enjoy the panel Q&A that ended the 2021 BLOC Party. Listen to Dr. Puder, Matt Reynolds, Gillian Ward, Niki Sims, Andrew Jackson, & CJ Gotcher …

The Whole Picture of Health (The BLOC Party 2021) - #376

August 16th, 2021


This podcast is a recording from the 2021 BLOC Party. It was the first presentation on Saturday, August 7th that Matt & Niki gave to the staff, coaches, client, friends, and family of Barbell Logic. It comes from a …

Accountability the Key to Achievement with Thomas Frank #375

August 9th, 2021


Thomas Frank, popular YouTuber on productivity and related tips, joins Matt to discuss his journey as a Barbell Logic Online Coaching client as he …

How to Build a Power Athlete with NFL Veteran John Welbourn S17Ep5 - The Competition Series

August 4th, 2021


John Welbourn joins Scott & Matt to discuss his journey from skinny kid to NFL athlete to fitness figure trying to share the benefits of strength & fitness. 

John Welbourn enjoyed a long career in the NFL, in …

USSF with Jordan Stanton S17Ep4 - The Competition Series

August 4th, 2021


Jordan Stanton, the President of the United States Strengthlifting Federation (USSF) joins Matt & Scott to discuss the differences between USSF & other federations.

3 things stand out with USSF: weigh-outs vs …

Sports Specific Training S17Ep3 - The Competition Series

August 2nd, 2021


We understand that some people don’t train strength just for general health or quality of life, but to improve their performance in a sport or physical activity. How do you both train strength and improve sports …

Meet Day S17Ep2 - The Competition Series

August 2nd, 2021


Despite the fact that meets are fun and help give more purpose to our training, they can be a long, stressful day, and we recommend having a coach or …

Prepping for Your First Meet S17Ep1 - The Competition Series

August 2nd, 2021


You signed up for your first meet: what do you do now? Scott & Matt discuss what to do now.

A huge part of preparing for a meet is realizing the purpose of the meet. The purpose of the meet is to set PRs, give your …

Travel Hacks for Lifters #374

July 26th, 2021


Training while traveling presents challenges, whether your a frequent business traveler or someone who only travels to visit family or for vacation. Either way, we have to decide to train or not to train and then how to …

Reexamining the Exercise Selection Criteria with Noah Hayden Pt2 #373

July 19th, 2021


Noah Hayden continues his discussion with Niki & Matt, now laying out & discussing his proposed exercise selection criteria and programming …

Reexamining the Exercise Selection Criteria with Noah Hayden Pt1 #372

July 12th, 2021


Noah Hayden joins Matt & Niki to reexamine the exercise selection criteria. 

Noah first pitched these ideas in episode 3 of the Barbell Health Series & then Noah Hayden refined them in an article for Barbell …

Time:The Most Valuable Resource-The Productivity Series S16E8

July 8th, 2021


Time is your most valuable resource, and you don’t know how much of it you have on this earth. Because of this, protecting time, being efficient, and knowing when to trade money for time is important. Its importance …

Early to Bed, Early to Rise... Why You Should Wake Up Early-The Productivity Series S16E7

July 7th, 2021


Chris & Matt Reynolds like to wake up early and GET AFTER IT. If you don’t, that’s okay, but you might try before you write this off and it’s …

Focus! The Missing Key to Success-The Productivity Series S16E6

July 7th, 2021


Let’s talk about focus. This is something people don’t do well these days. Focus has atrophied due to smartphones, social media, the internet, TV, etc. Focus, however, is critical to productivity, success, happiness, …

Get More Done with the Pomodoro Technique-The Productivity Series S16E5

July 6th, 2021


Matt & Chris 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 …

Overthrowing the Tyranny of the Urgent-The Productivity Series S16E4

July 6th, 2021


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 …

Breaking Bad Habits-The Productivity Series S16E3

July 5th, 2021


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 …

Productivity Tips-The Productivity Series S16E2

July 5th, 2021


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

When it comes to equipment and apps, both of them find having one huge monitor, 2 monitors, or 3 …

Optimal vs Real Life-The Productivity Series S16E1

July 5th, 2021


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 …

Pre-Workout Routines: Proper Training Preparation #371

June 28th, 2021


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.

Building Community thru Voluntary Hardship with Jason McCarthy of GORUCK - Ep 370

June 21st, 2021


Jason McCarthy of GORUCK discusses rucking, his Army service, & building community through voluntary hardship & shared suffering. He shares …

Q&A 57 #369

June 14th, 2021

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

Don’t Fear the Barbell: Managing Your Mind Under the Bar - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E5

June 11th, 2021


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 …

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

June 11th, 2021


Men’s style coach Tanner Guzy joins the show to share some tips for improving your style and making sure you are highlighting the physical gains you’ve worked so hard to make in the gym.

Tanner offers an online style …

Are You Working Hard Enough? - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E6

June 11th, 2021


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 …

Motivation over Discipline - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E4

June 10th, 2021


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 …

Confidence Matters: Strength Training’s Greatest Benefit - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E3

June 9th, 2021


One of strength training’s biggest benefits is CONFIDENCE. As people grow stronger, overcome difficult things, and build a more capable body, they …

Voluntary Hardship - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E2

June 9th, 2021


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?

Mindset Matters: Voluntary Hardship Reexamined - The Voluntary Hardship Series S15E1

June 7th, 2021


Life comes with difficulties, no matter what we do. Hardship comes voluntarily or involuntarily, but for any hardship our mindset before, during, and …

The Art of Coaching with Brett Bartholomew #368

May 31st, 2021

Brett Bartholomew joins Matt & Niki to discuss the art of coaching: what is coaching and how to do it more effectively. Brett is the author of …

BJJ & Strength with Chewjitsu #367

May 24th, 2021

Niki talks to Chewjitsu (aka Nick Albin), a competitive black belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practictioner to discuss BJJ, strength, sports-specific training, & balancing various physical attributes & life pursuits. 

Q&A 56 #366

May 17th, 2021


Matt & Niki and your lifting and life questions.

Topics include coaching certifications oriented to coaching females, shoulder pain from presses …

The Ways & Wherefores of Weight Cuts #365

May 10th, 2021

Gillian Ward joins Niki Sims to talk weight cuts and Niki's recent experience cutting weight, which Gillian helped her with. Why cut weight, and how do you cut weight if you decide to cut weight?
Weight cuts aren't for …

Strong Mom Myths Busted: The Strong Mom Series S14E5

May 7th, 2021


Rachel Reynolds joins Bekah & Anna Marie to bust some strong moms myths, including toning & tightening, burning belly fat, giving you energy, …

Being an Example to Your Kids: The Strong Mom Series S14E4

May 6th, 2021


How do you balance all your responsibilities and set a positive example for your kids? Bekah and Anna Marie discuss what they’ve found works for themselves and their clients. 

It can feel impossible to train while …

Stress Incontinence: The Strong Mom Series S14E3

May 5th, 2021


Bekah & Anna Marie take on the elephant in the room when it comes to females lifting: stress incontinence. They provide helpful tips and …

Pregnancy & Lifting: The Strong Mom Series S14E2

May 3rd, 2021


Anna Marie & Rebekah tackle pregnancy and lifting.

There’s lots of bad information and poor choices people can make in this arena. Recommendations generally used to be against any exercise during pregnancy. Luckily, …

Meet Some Strong Moms: The Strong Mom Series S14E1

May 3rd, 2021


Rebekah Krieg and Anna Marie Oakes-Joudy discuss their journey to and with barbell training and share what strength has meant to them and to the moms they have trained. Meet your hosts, two strong people, great coaches, …

Sun & Steel with Online Great Books #364

April 26th, 2021


Scott Hambrick & Karl Schudt of Online Great Books--Barbell Logic coaches too--discuss Yukio Mashima's Sun and Steel novel with Matt Reynolds.

Why Programming Frequent PRs Matters #363

April 19th, 2021

Matt talks to Niki about a refinement of MED principles and how PRs play into the ultimate goal of improving people's quality of life and reaching …

Reflecting on Take Charge 10

April 15th, 2021

Niki & Gillian review Take Charge 10, Barbell Logic's first ever nutrition challenge. What worked, what did people struggle with, and what did …

#362 - Q&A #55 with Cameron Cox of Cox Sauce BBQ Sauce

April 12th, 2021


Matt & Niki are joined by Cameron Cox, BLOC Exclusive Coach and owner of Cox Sauce BBQ Sauce, delicious barbecue sauce (getchu some).

They answer …

Brandon Smith: Make it Happen-The Professional Transitions Series S13E5

April 9th, 2021


In the last installment of the Professional Transition Series, Brandon Smith joins CJ to discuss his path to coaching.

He began lifting because he …

Eric Feigl: Adapt & Evolve-The Professional Transitions Series S13E4

April 7th, 2021


Eric Feigl jumps on the podcast with CJ Gotcher to discuss his evolution as a coach. Unlike many of the other coaches, Eric has been a long-time …

David Aguilera: Find Your Balance-The Professional Transitions Series S13E3

April 6th, 2021


CJ talks to David Aguilera, head of an academy, Barbell Academy student, and strength coach who has worked to grow his coaching practice and, in doing so, found the balance between his life, primary career, and coaching …

Andrew Jackson: Whole-A#% Coaching-The Professional Transitions Series S13E2

April 5th, 2021


If you’re working a job where something doesn’t feel quite right, this is likely the podcast for you.

CJ Gotcher talks to Andrew Jackson about his path from planning to become a computer engineer to joining the Navy to …

Jesse Mecham: Know Your Purpose - The Professional Transition Series S13E1

April 5th, 2021


Lifting regularly and interested in learning more about lifting and coaching? Jesse shares his story of lifting, coaching, studying in the Barbell …

#361 The Barbell Academy & PBC Certification Vision

March 29th, 2021


The Barbell Academy provides an online learning environment for passionate lifters, novice coaches, and professional coaches. Whether you're simply interested in the "why"s behind strength training, considering …

Take Charge 10: Finishing Up, Lasting Habits, & Reflections

March 26th, 2021

Join the Reynolds family to see how they finished the Take Charge 10 challenge, how they feel about it, and what changes they plan to keep.

Day 8 …

Take Charge 10 as a Family: Days 5-7

March 24th, 2021


Take Charge 10 continues, with booze, veggies, and fiber.

On day 5, you eliminate alcohol. 

For some people, this will be the easiest step of them …

Take Charge 10 as a Family: Days 1-4

March 22nd, 2021


The Reynolds family shares their experience--struggles, victories, stumbles--through the first 4 days of the Take Charge 10 nutrition challenge.

Day …

Take Charge 10: Preparation & Overview S12E1

March 19th, 2021

Matt & Niki talk to Niki and Gillian about the Take Charge 10 nutrition challenge, which begins as a community on March 22 but you can complete anytime you want after March 22.

Take Charge 10 is a 10 day challenge, …

The GAMeplan - Principles: Setting & Crushing Goals S11Ep2

March 17th, 2021

Setting goals, meeting & surpassing goals, assessing progress: these are clearly important to all organizations and people. But, let's be honest, some of these terms-OKRs, KPIs, etc.--are a bit corporatey. There's a …

Objectives & Key Results - Principles: Setting & Crushing Goals S11Ep1

March 15th, 2021

How do we set goals? How do we break those goals up to SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, TIMEBOUND, smaller actions? How do we assess whether we've met our goals and, if we fail to meet them, if we moved in the right direction and …

Ethan Suplee: From Suffering to Sustainable - #360

March 8th, 2021

Actor Ethan Suplee joins Matt & Niki to discuss his journey from morbid obesity to sustainable health--with struggles & stumbles in between.

Some of Ethan has acted in movies such as American History X, …

S10Ep7 - Military Fitness Culture (The Military Series)

March 5th, 2021


What does the lifetime fitness arc of service member look like? How can the military shifts its physical readiness training to better prepare for the …

S10Ep6 - The Marines and Ground Forces (The Military Series)

March 5th, 2021


Matt talks to Marine Colonel Scott Conway about the physical demands of the United States Marine Corps and ground forces in general--those service …

S10Ep5 - The Navy & Fitness on a Boat (The Military Series)

March 3rd, 2021


We’re on a boat! Niki Sims talks to CJ Gotcher and Andrew Jackson--Barbell Logic staff coaches, full-time employees, and Navy Veterans--about their …

S10Ep4 - The Army & Military Fitness Challenges (The Military Series)

March 3rd, 2021


What kind of training are we talking about? ARMY TRAINING, SIR!

Niki talks to Nikki Burman, Barbell Logic’s Director of Client Experience, and Jerett …

S10Ep3 - Air Force, Space Force, & Pilots (The Military Series)

March 3rd, 2021


Niki talks to Colin Slade, Air Force Captain, about physical requirements, physical training, and physical fitness tests for the Air Force, Space …

S10Ep2 - Leadership & Resilience (The Military Series)

March 1st, 2021


Matt talks to Colonel Scott Conway--this time about leadership and resilience, and how strength training--and physical training in general--can make …

S10Ep1 - One Marine’s Story (The Military Series)

March 1st, 2021


Matt and Niki talk to Colonel Scott Conway, career Marine Officer, who shares his experiences of service, leadership, and combat.

Scott wanted to …

#359 - Q&A 54

February 22nd, 2021

Matt & Niki and your lifting and life questions. Topics include changing hands for mix grip deadlifts, recommended kitchen equipment for meal prep, lumbar flexion during heavy deadlifts, most important gym equipment …

#358 - Elbow Flare: Causes & Corrections

February 15th, 2021

0:00 USSF Meet Prep Update & Intro
7:12 RPE 11 Andrew
13:56 Causes & Anatomy
28:06 Cues to Correct
34:14 Supplemental Lifts
37:56 Touchpoint
40:42 Set Up & Conclusion

Elbow flare is a common bench press …

S9E9 Training with Depression (Mental Health Series Bonus Episode)

February 11th, 2021

Dr. David Puder and Brooke Haubenstricker return to discuss training with depression. How do we help those--or help ourselves--exercise and train and reap the benefits of exercise and training if they--or we--struggle …

Ep#357 - Online Meets & PR Attempts: Peaking & Preferences

February 8th, 2021


Peaking for an online meet provides more choices and thus greater room for strategy (and mistakes) for how lifters peak and complete their attempts.  Niki Sims and Andrew Jackson explore how to peak for an online meet …

S9Ep8 - The Mental Health Series: Dealing with the Covid Chaos

February 5th, 2021


COVID has disrupted our lives and led to isolation and fear for many people.  There are the twin fears of getting sick and losing loved ones, and …

S9Ep7 - The Mental Health Series: The Value of Grit

February 5th, 2021


What is grit? How do we increase grit and why do we need it?

Check out Dr. David Puder’s podcast here: 

Just as we can increase our strength through barbell training, we can increase …

S9Ep6 - The Mental Health Series: The Red Flags of Dating, pt. 2

February 3rd, 2021


Matt, Scott, and Dr. Puder continue their discussion of red flags and green lights:  things to avoid and things to look for in partners to build healthy relationships.  

Check out Dr. David Puder’s podcast here: 

S9Ep5 - The Mental Health Series: The Red Flags of Dating, pt. 1

February 3rd, 2021


Whereas Dr. Puder first addressed friendships, he now digs into romantic relationships, how to find and create healthy, enlivening relationships, and what to avoid when looking for a partner.

Check out Dr. David Puder’s …

S9Ep4 - The Mental Health Series: Coaching Lifters with Depression

February 3rd, 2021


What is depression?  How do we recognize depression in ourselves and others?  How can we help those with depression?  How do we identify and help those who may have depression as strength coaches?  Brooke …

S9Ep3 - The Mental Health Series: The Science of Connection

February 1st, 2021


What is connection and how do we improve connection. Explore this topic with Scott, Matt, and Dr. Puder.  

Check out Dr. David Puder’s podcast here: 

Here are the components of …

S9Ep2 - The Mental Health Series: Testosterone & Friendship

February 1st, 2021


Matt, Scott, and Dr. Puder discuss low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy, and building friendships.  

Check out Dr. David Puder’s podcast here: 

Many men develop low …

S9Ep1 - The Mental Health Series: OverComing Negativity

February 1st, 2021


Gillian and Sarah Shanahan, Barbell Logic’s Registered Dietician, join Niki to discuss how to build healthy relationships and mindsets around food, …

#356 - Q&A #53

January 25th, 2021

Matt, Niki, & Andrew answer your strength training (and random) questions.   
  1. 1:23 
    On the squat at powerlifting meets:  Why do they have …

#355 - How to start actually training

January 20th, 2021


Many people who come to barbell training have exercised before but haven't necessarily trained.  How do you make the switch from exercise to training.  Matt, Niki, and Andrew help you make the jump to training.  


S8Ep4 - Hard Won Wisdom: Decades in the Arena - Staying Grounded Through It All

January 15th, 2021


Bringing it all together, how do we stay grounded with body image; gaining & losing weight; fueling training; staying excited for months, years, and decades of training.  Niki & Gillian share their thoughts.  

S8Ep3 - Hard Won Wisdom: Decades in the Arena - Your Sense Senseis

January 13th, 2021


The gym, powerlifting meets, locker rooms:  these all have specific sensory mosaics specific to themselves.  Niki & Gillian talk about all the many senses you experience in the different strength settings--the …

S8Ep2 - Hard Won Wisdom: Decades in the Arena - Fear & Failure; Success & Excitement

January 12th, 2021


Failure arrives unexpectedly on the longer road to greatness and self-improvement.  Any meaningful pursuit will come with low points and mistakes.  …

S8Ep1 - Hard Won Wisdom: Decades in the Arena - Winning & Losing On Your Terms

January 11th, 2021


How do we define success? How do we evaluate if we’ve succeeded, regardless of our level of experience or talent--novice or advanced, amateur or elite?  Niki and Gillian explore this important question and related …

#354 - Jordan Gross: All-American to Model Client

January 4th, 2021


Matt interviews Jordan Gross, a BLOC client and veteran All-American NFL Lineman.  They discuss Jordan's experience with football, transitioning out of the NFL, training for strength and health, farming, and the …

#353 - Lessons Learned From 2020

December 28th, 2020

Matt, Niki, and Andrew discuss lessons learned from 2020:  as a company, as employees at that company, and as individuals.  

2020 presented some unexpected challenges, but Barbell Logic remained committed to providing …

Bonus Episode - Christmas Special 2020

December 23rd, 2020


Matt takes a look back at 2020 and gives a sneak peek into new happenings with Barbell Logic for the new year in this short but sweet Christmas special. Things to look forward to from Barbell Logic include more lifting …

#352 - Hambrick Hosted Holiday Special

December 21st, 2020


Thanks to the crew at the Music and Ideas Podcast for helping us continue a Holiday tradition. Scott Hambrick is back with co-hosts Karl Schudt and …

#351 - Holiday Q&A

December 14th, 2020


Matt, Niki, and Andrew answer your burning holiday questions submitted through Instagram.  

This podcast address both fun and helpful topics related …

Making Good Decisions During the Best & Worst of Times - The Nutrition Series S7Ep4

December 11th, 2020


The holiday season is coming up, and for many of us this is a time where we gain weight:  whether we justify an unexpectedly large bulk or simply …

Real Life: Planning & Awareness in Action - The Nutrition Series S7Ep3

December 9th, 2020


You understand the basics and understand the importance of preparation:  how does this look in real life?  How does a potential meal, day, or week look?  Gillian & Niki delve into how to approach nutrition plans …

6 Components of Success & Common Pitfalls - The Nutrition Series S7Ep2

December 7th, 2020


Reaching our goals through nutrition comes with common pitfalls.  Help us arm you with tips to overcome these common obstacles.  

First and foremost, as with training, we apply a minimum effective dose framework, …

Demystifying Nutrition & Nutrition Coaching - The Nutrition Series S7Ep1

December 7th, 2020


Nutrition is a complicated topic, which comes with more emotional baggage and controversy than training.  We have to eat, whereas we don’t have to …

#350 - The Barbell Academy

November 30th, 2020


We are excited to introduce the Barbell Academy.  It reflects years of refining our material and coaching methodology.  It's designed for not only …

Bonus Holiday Special With Mike From Microgainz

November 27th, 2020


Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's a bonus episode for you all on Black Friday:  a Thanksgiving message from Matt Reynolds and an update from Mike at …

#349 - Q&A #52

November 23rd, 2020

Matt & Niki answer your questions.  Email questions to to receive an email answer and get your questions answered on …

S6Ep13 - The Beginning of MED Series: How to Manage Unproductive Stress

November 20th, 2020


Programming is, in large part, managing stress.  Life stress and your stress from all other aspects of your life besides the barbell counts to your total stress.  You can only recover from so much stress.  If you’re …

S6Ep12 - The Beginning of MED Series: MED Toolbox 2 - Managing Recovery

November 20th, 2020


In order to adapt, we have to recover.  If we’re missing reps, our form is good, and we train consistently, we have to check to see if we’re resting enough between sets.  We have to ensure we’re getting adequate …

S6Ep11 - The Beginning of MED Series: MED Toolbox 1 How to Add Stress

November 20th, 2020


We add stress during LP by adding intensity to a set volume.  Exercise selection, for the most part, stays the same.  After LP, however, how do we …

S6Ep10 - The Beginning of MED Series: All Roads Lead to Block

November 20th, 2020


Block or conjugate programming is an advanced program that MED programming leads to naturally if a trainee lifts consistently over a long enough period of time.  It is essentially a 3 phase or block program, divided by …

S6Ep9 - The Beginning of MED Series: Advanced Programming Intro

November 18th, 2020


Few lifters reach advanced programming, because it requires consistency over a long period of time.  Life too often interferes, whether it be injury, illness, vacation, or significant stressors.  

The road to advanced …

S6Ep8 - The Beginning of MED Series: RPE

November 18th, 2020


RPE--rate of perceived exertion--is a subjective way to assess the difficulty of a set.  The set is rated with a number that roughly aligns with the …

S6Ep7 - The Beginning of MED Series: Accessory Lifts

November 18th, 2020


Accessory lifts are lifts that are not variants of the main lifts but train similar or different muscle groups.  They may train antagonists of the muscle groups used in the main lifts.  We primarily use accessory lifts …

S6Ep6 - The Beginning of MED Series: SRA Continued

November 18th, 2020


We have two primary variables to manipulate to keep driving up stress and progress:  intensity and volume.  Frequency and exercise selection are …

S6Ep5 - The Beginning of MED Series: Rethinking SRA

November 16th, 2020


Another model for performance allows us to better understand how we progress strength, especially when we move beyond the novice linear progression.

The fitness fatigue model divides the positive and negative reactions …

S6Ep4 - The Beginning of MED Series: Programming 101 - Pt2

November 16th, 2020


Why does LP end?  Is the lifter not recovering from the stress (too much fatigue) or is the lifter not delivering enough stress to disrupt homeostasis and recover?  It turns out, it’s a little bit of both (though it …

S6Ep3 - The Beginning of MED Series: Programming 101 - Part 1

November 16th, 2020


What do you do when LP stops working and why would you make those changes?  In this episode, Matt delivers a lecture to college students about the …

S6Ep2 - The Beginning of MED Series: MED

November 16th, 2020


We prioritize intensity over volume, simplicity over complexity, and economy--in time and stress.  Let’s stick with simple as long as it works.  If …

S6Ep1 - The Beginning of MED Series: A Rational Philosophy for Early Intermediate Programming

November 16th, 2020


Matt and Scott first discuss the idea of minimum effective dose programming, explaining why and how they modify programming to continue to drive strength adaptations for their clients.  

What are the main cards we have …

#348 - The Beginnings of Programming

November 9th, 2020

Why does LP work, how do we modify for those who can't do it as prescribed, and based on what do we make necessary modifications?  In this episode, Matt & Niki delve deeper into exercise and programming criteria.  

#347 - When It's Fun to Chase Numbers

November 2nd, 2020

Strength makes us healthier and more capable.  The process of getting stronger refines us.  Sometimes, though, it's fun and motivating to just chase numbers.  If you're hungry to hit some PRs, listen on.

When we chase …

S5Ep9 - The Post-Novice Series: The Four Day Split

October 30th, 2020


Lifters typically complete LP on a 3-day-a-week total body program.  At some point, it makes sense for most lifters to move to a 4-day-a-week program, with one day emphasizing the primarily lower body lifts (squat and …

S5Ep8 - The Post-Novice Series: Old Man Texas Method

October 30th, 2020


Old Man Texas Method serves as a post-novice program.  It differs from the typical Texas Method in that the volume is decreased, usually to 3 or 5 …

S5Ep7 - The Post-Novice Series: Programming the Post-Novice w/Andy Baker

October 30th, 2020


Matt and Scott talk with Andy Baker about a variety of topics including HLM, why LP ends, the relationship between volume and intensity, and more.  …

S5Ep6 - The Post-Novice Series: Reynolds 5/3/1

October 28th, 2020


Wendler 5/3/1 is one of the most popular strength programs around, with dozens if not hundreds of variants.  In this episode, Scott and Matt discuss …

S5Ep5 - The Post-Novice Series: Deloads: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

October 28th, 2020


A common question lifters ask is, “Do I need a deload.”  The answer is usually, “No,” but when and why should you deload, and what is a deload?

A …

S5Ep4 - The Post-Novice Series: The Dos, Don’ts, and Whys of Supplemental Lifts

October 28th, 2020


Matt and Scott talk all things supplemental lifts:  how do they differ from accessory lifts, what are their favorites for the big 4 lifts, when to use them, and different types.

Supplemental lifts are variations on the …

S5Ep3 - The Post-Novice Series: Embracing the Grind & A Clarification

October 26th, 2020


For many people, the biggest change during LP is not physical but mental.  Overcoming truly heavy weights improves mental toughness and builds …

S5Ep2 - The Post-Novice Series: You Can Still Use LP

October 26th, 2020


Some say that linear progression (LP) only works for lifters who have never trained before.  Others think that they’ll only do LP once, but this isn’t the case.  

Intermediate and advanced clients who have never …

S5Ep1 - The Post-Novice Series: Stop Lying to Yourself About Recovery

October 26th, 2020


To increase our strength, we follow the stress recovery adaptation cycle.  If you complete your programmed training, you receive stress.  As LP gets …

#346 - Biomechanics & Barbells

October 19th, 2020


Why study biomechanics?  Biomechanics allows us to understand what constrains our lifting (gravity, center of mass, center of balance, limb lengths) …

#345 - Q&A #51

October 12th, 2020

Times below are times FOLLOWING the pre-roll ad:  
  • 2:25:  Have you found it more effective to rotate the supplemental lifts in waves or run them out?

The Best Exercise Program For Depression - The Barbell Health Series S4 Bonus

October 9th, 2020


Matt and Dr. David Puder discuss how barbell training can improve mental health and assist those combating depression and other psychological …

The Mindset of Lifting - The Barbell Health Series S4Ep7

October 9th, 2020


Guest hosts:  Jonathan Sullivan and Noah Hayden with Jaime Collins

You’re an athlete.  You’re not a victim.  You’re not a patient.  You’re training.  …

Sleep & Nutrition to Recover for the Athlete of Aging - The Barbell Health Series S4Ep6

October 9th, 2020


Guest hosts:  Jonathan Sullivan and Noah Hayden with Ann Buszard

Dr. Sullivan, Noah, and Ann discuss the most-undervalued step of the …

Female Masters - The Barbell Health Series S4Ep5

October 7th, 2020


Guest hosts:  Jonathan Sullivan and Noah Hayden with Debbie Wrotslavsky

Dr. Sullivan, Noah, and Debbie discuss how she came to Greysteel and how it …

Programming Masters - The Barbell Health Series S4Ep4

October 7th, 2020


Guest hosts:  Jonathan Sullivan and Noah Hayden with Laura Welcher

Dr. Sullivan, Noah, and Laura discuss both the underlying programming principles …

Exercise Selection and Modification - The Barbell Health Series S4Ep3

October 5th, 2020


Guest hosts:  Jonathan Sullivan and Noah Hayden with John Claassen

An expectation exists in many people that as we age we lose capabilities.  This …

The Barbell Prescription - The Barbell Health Series S4Ep2

October 5th, 2020


Guest Hosts:  Jonathan Sullivan and Noah Hayden

Dr. Sullivan and Noah discuss the importance and uniqueness of strength compared to other physical …

The Sick Aging Phenotype and Exercise Medicine - The Barbell Health Series S4Ep1

October 5th, 2020


Guest hosts:  Jonathan Sullivan and Noah Hayden with Ann Buszard

Dr. Sullivan and Nurse Ann Buszard discuss their medical careers, observations of …

#344 - Adding Olympic Lifting to Your Program

September 28th, 2020


How do we program the Olympic lifts if we want to add Olympic lifting or potentially compete in an Weightlifting meet?  Andrew, Matt, and Niki discuss how to add Olympic lifting to a more traditional program with a …

#343 - How You May Be Sabotaging Your Training

September 21st, 2020

People often sabotage their training and grow frustrated by the lack of progress.  Delivering too much stress, not taking proper steps for recovery, not protecting training, and having too much variability in their …

S3Ep11 - Best Interviews Series - Fighting and Winning Against Cancer with Professor Paul

September 14th, 2020


Matt and Scott talk to Professor Paul at two different points in his cancer struggle —while he was receiving cancer and following his successful …

S3Ep10 - Best Interviews Series - Smiles Taylor: Training with Cerebral Palsy

September 14th, 2020


Everyone faces difficulties in life and must confront how and if to overcome them. Some —for whatever reason—have to overcome larger difficulties. 


S3Ep9 - Best Interviews Series - The Realities of Litigation with David Keesling

September 14th, 2020


Scott, Matt, and David discuss practical legal experiences —good and bad —and how people and business owners should approach legal matters and …

S3Ep8 - Best Interviews Series - Gillian Ward: The Path, Perseverance, and Personality of Elite Performance

September 14th, 2020


What creates elite performance? Learn about the story of Gillian Ward—a truly world class athlete. From an early age, she demonstrated a proclivity …

S3Ep7 - Best Interviews Series - The Twists & Turns of Life with Frog

September 14th, 2020


Our relationships and experiences help make us who we are. How do we learn the values we exhibit? How does one’s upbringing affect the rest of one’s life? What leads to success and contentment? Scott, Matt, and Frog …

S3Ep6 - Best Interviews Series - Reminiscing with Grandpa Reynolds

September 14th, 2020


Matt, Scott, and Grandpa Reynolds reminisce about memories and growing up. They discuss the values they learned and lived from their upbringings. 

S3Ep5 - Best Interviews Series - Strength for Cancer with John Wilson

September 14th, 2020


Matt and Scott talk with John Wilson about fighting against and training through cancer and cancer treatments. John’s diagnosis of stage 4 cancer shocked him, but he regrouped and decided to tackle cancer head on. He …

S3Ep4 - Best Interviews Series - Training In Your 80s with Sybil

September 14th, 2020


Sybil, Scott, and Matt discuss Sybil beginning strength training at the age of 79 and continuing to train into her 80s. She describes how gaining strength has improved her quality of life by enabling her to accomplish …

S3Ep3 - Best Interviews Series - Bonus: Never Heard Before Brett McKay

September 14th, 2020


Matt and Brett discuss the process behind programming and exercise selection, starting with the excitement and motivation that novice linear progression training brings, as a lifter sets a PR every workout. They move …

S3Ep2 - Best Interviews Series - Brett McKay: Reflections on his Strength Journey

September 14th, 2020


Brett reflects on his strength journey, including success and stumbles at meets and how the process has changed him. Brett discusses why and how he began the Art of Manliness, which transforms into a discussion on …

S3Ep1 - Best Interviews Series - Brett McKay: The Discipline of Iron

September 14th, 2020


Scott, Matt, and Brett discuss Brett’s initial foray into strength and some of the progress he made, including weight gain and weight loss. They …

#342 - Advanced Press Programming

September 10th, 2020


The press often challenges lifters and coaches as the lifter advances.  

The press uses less muscle mass and less weight than the other lifts and is less forgiving of bar path deviations.  Because of this, the press …

#341 - When MED Isn't Effective: Confronting the Human Element

August 31st, 2020


MED offers a useful framework to modify lifters' programming, taking a lifter from the novice linear progression to and through advanced, longer, …

S2EP10 - Technique Series: The Truth About Barbell Safety

August 27th, 2020


Barbell training is a safe, effective way to get stronger and improve one’s health.  That being said, some basic precautions can increase safety and prevent needless injuries--and even fatalities.  Proper spotting and …

S2Ep9 - Technique Series: Begin the Deadlift Correctly off the Floor: Push the Floor Away

August 27th, 2020


You have diligently executed the first four steps of the deadlift set up.  You are tight--and uncomfortable--and ready to get the bar off the ground.  What now?

For many, no cue works better to get the deadlift moving …

S2Ep8 - Technique Series: The Deadlift

August 27th, 2020


The deadlift tests raw strength possibly better than any other lift.  It differs from the other main lifts because it starts in the bottom position, without the benefit of a stretch reflex provided by an …

S2Ep7 - Technique Series: The Bench Press

August 27th, 2020


Though the bench press’s importance may be overvalued, it cannot be denied that this lift is unparalleled in building upper body strength.  Because of the stability provided by the bench, no other lift contributes to …

S2Ep6 - Technique Series: Cues for Building a Big Press

August 27th, 2020


Heavy presses--more than any other of the big four lifts--do not forgive form errors.  Certain cues help novices begin pressing competently and, if you are a coach, must be cued early and often to your lifters.  

The …

S2Ep5 - Technique Series: The Press

August 27th, 2020


Though its prominence has increased due largely to the increased popularity of CrossFit and StrongMan, the press remains an undervalued and …

S2Ep4 - Technique Series: Diagnosing Back Angles in the Squat

August 27th, 2020


A more horizontal back angle characterizes the low bar squat compared to other squat variants.  The back angle throughout the squat provides important information about whether the squat is being performed correctly or …

S2Ep3 - Technique Series: The Knee Out Cue - Fixing Knee Cave and Slide in the Squat

August 27th, 2020


Certain form issues pop up regularly with lifters.  Common cues arise to address these issues.  “Knees out” remains a staple cue for coaches looking …

S2Ep2 - Technique Series: The Squat

August 27th, 2020


The squat builds strength, adds muscle, and increases mental toughness.  The squat begins each training session at the beginning of a lifter’s linear progression and often requires the most work from the coach and …

S2Ep1 - Technique Series: Programming is Secondary

August 27th, 2020


Figures in the fitness industry debate issues such as using RPE, including power cleans in linear progression, programming for older people, and …

#340 - Which Deadlift Track Works Best for You?

August 17th, 2020


Coach Matt and Coach Niki outline three different deadlift programming "tracks" for lifters, based on their sex, age, size, level of training advancement, and long-term goals as a lifter. Over time, Matt and Niki have …

#339 - Rethinking Hip Drive: Fixing the Dreaded Good Morning Squat

August 10th, 2020


Recently Matt and Niki have been dealing with a prominent issue among their late intermediate and advanced lifters (some of them very strong too!). …

#338 - Why You Should Be Pausing Your Bench Press

August 3rd, 2020


Coach Matt and Niki explore a common issue with the bench press -- losing tightness at the bottom of the eccentric portion of the lift. This error presents in a number of ways, such as the elbows flaring out or "chicken …

S1 BONUS - The Founders of Dominion Strength and Microgainz

July 23rd, 2020


In separate interviews, Matt and Scott sat down with Blake and Katie, the founders of Dominion Strength, and Mike Reed, the founder of Microgainz, …

S1 BONUS - The Whiskeys of the Week

July 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Matt and Scott present their favorite whiskeys (or whatever happens to be in front of them at the time of recording) from the first episodes of Barbell Logic.



S1E9 - The Best of the Beginning: Maximizing Linear Progression

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E8 - The Best of the Beginning: A Quick and Dirty Guide to Barbell Physics

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E7 - The Best of the Beginning: How to Kill It In Your First Session

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E6 - The Best of the Beginning: Equipment You Need to Get Strong

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E5 - The Best of the Beginning: The TRUTH About Linear Progression

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E4 - The Best of The Beginning: Stress, Recovery, Adaptation

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E3 - The Best of the Beginning: Simple, Hard, Effective

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E2 - The Best of the Beginning: How Do We Get Strong?

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

S1E1 - The Best of the Beginning: Why Strength?

July 20th, 2020


In the first official season of Barbell Logic, we are revisiting the earliest episodes of the show in which Matt and Scott first put the "logic" into barbells. In the Best of the Beginnings season, we will discuss why …

#337 - When Training Becomes A Drag: Rediscovering the Spark

July 16th, 2020


As we frequently preach at Barbell Logic, consistency is the key to getting stronger, leaner, and healthier. And that means that, in the course of …

#336 - Accessory Equipment: Matt and Niki's Top Picks

July 13th, 2020


Matt and Niki discuss the fun stuff today, the "bonus" equipment that you can start to think about getting after you have the basics like a rack, plates, barbell, and platform. Most of this equipment will be appropriate …

#335 - Principles #22: Early to Bed, Early to Rise... Why You Should Wake Up Early

July 9th, 2020


Ben Franklin knew what he was talking about. Waking up early, pouring a cup of coffee, and getting to work while your brain is fresh and the world is …

#334 - Technique Problems? Change Your Cues

July 6th, 2020


BLOC Coaches Matt Reynolds and Niki Sims discuss how they've been cueing their clients over the last couple years, in particular how their cues tend …

#333 - Principles #21: Deescalating Hostile Situations

July 2nd, 2020


Now, more than ever, the ability to deescalate tense situations and bring reconciliation and understanding to hostile parties is a valuable skill. Some people are natural peacemakers, having learned from a young age how …

#332 - Hypertrophy Without High Reps

June 29th, 2020


When it's time to get jacked, and feel "da pump," there are a handful of exercises that Matt and Niki continually go back to for their simplicity and …

#331 - Principles #20: Old-Fashioned Hard Work

June 25th, 2020


Matt and Chris discuss the value of hard work, specifically hard physical labor. For the technology-addled knowledge worker of the 21st century, …

#330 - The Anatomy Masterclass with Bekah Krieg

June 22nd, 2020


BLOC coach and Physical Therapist Bekah Krieg returns to the podcast to discuss the Barbell Logic Anatomy Masterclass and how she has developed the …

#329 - Principles #19: Remembering Dad - Childhood Memories and Father's Day

June 21st, 2020


In honor of Father's Day, Matt and Chris reminisce about childhood memories with their Dad and the important lessons he taught them along the way.


To all the dads in the Barbell Logic family, Happy Father's Day! 


#328 - Thursday Q&A #50: Scott Goes On Hiatus, Cigars vs Pipes, Overthinking, Matt's Ideal Dinner Party, & More!

June 18th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#327 - Cookin' Out with Cameron Cox: Tips for Better BBQ

June 15th, 2020


BLOC coach and pit master (he claims he's more of a staff sergeant than pit master) Cameron Cox joins the show to talk about one of his favorite …

#326 - Principles #18: Breaking Bad Habits

June 14th, 2020


Matt and Chris have talked at length about good habits and how to acquire them, but what about bad habits? Today they discuss some bad habits they …

#325 - Thursday Q&A #49: Elbow Tendonitis, Breathing in the Deadlift, Lower Back Pain, & More!

June 11th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#324 - The Problem with Percentage-Based Programs

June 8th, 2020


Matt, Andrew, and Niki continue their roundtable discussions in Matt's library and whiskey sanctuary (or is it a whiskey sanctuary with a library?), today addressing the concept of percentage-based programs.


The …

#323 - Principles #17: Setting Boundaries for Your Passion

June 7th, 2020


Niki, Andrew, and Matt return to the podcast roundtable to talk about their shared passion, coaching, and the important lessons they've learned about setting boundaries, both to preserve their sanity and to keep the …

#322 - One Rule.... to Rule Them All?

June 4th, 2020


One rule? Nah, more like "one-rules." Andrew and Niki return to the podcast to chat about something more lighthearted -- their secret tricks to …

#321 - Even Coaches Need Coaches with Niki Sims and Andrew Jackson

June 1st, 2020


Matt's on holiday celebrating his 20th anniversary, so Barbell Logic staff coaches Niki Sims and Andrew Jackson met via Zoom to talk about the role …

#320 - Principles #16: Ask Questions, Read Books, Grow Wiser

May 31st, 2020


Chris discusses how we might begin to acquire wisdom by asking questions of ourselves and of the world around us, reading books to acquire more …

#319 - Thursday Q&A #48: Comparing Yourself to Others, Scientism, Deviated Septum, & More!

May 28th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#318 - Style and The Appearance of Power with Tanner Guzy

May 25th, 2020


Men's style coach Tanner Guzy joins the show to share some tips for improving your style and making sure you are highlighting the physical gains you've worked so hard to make in the gym.


Any time you mention style …

#317 - Principles #15: The Value-Driven Life

May 24th, 2020


Matt and Chris discuss the reasons for living a life driven by a set of values which you can clearly identify and define. They discuss their own value systems, how they developed them, and how their life has been shaped …

#316 - Q&A #47: Elon Musk, Unsticking Your Press, How to Get Your Parents to Train, & More!

May 21st, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#315 - So You Want to Be a Strongman? Tips for Beginners with Spencer Graham

May 18th, 2020


Matt invites former STRONG Gym coach and now owner of GP Athletics in Springfield, MO, Spencer Graham, to the podcast to discuss how lifters can get started training in the sport of strongman.


Strongman is probably …

#314 - Principles #14: Why You Should Make More Mistakes (and Own Up to Them)

May 17th, 2020


Matt and Chris discuss the value of making mistakes, owning up to them, and learning from them. Many people grow up afraid of making mistakes, and reluctant to own up to them when they do make them. Chris argues that …

#313 - Thursday Q&A #46: Testosterone and Body Fat, Hole Spacing, Lifting After Major Weight Loss, & More!

May 14th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#312 - Creating a Thriving Online Business: Matt Reynolds on TrueCoach TV (rebroadcast)

May 11th, 2020


Matt talks with Sam Pogue, VP of Brand at TrueCoach, about his journey building Barbell Logic into an online coaching powerhouse, and how he utilized the TrueCoach software platform to make it happen.


This interview …

#311 - Principles #13: Matt and Chris Take the Myers-Briggs and Enneagram

May 10th, 2020


After taking the "Understand Myself" personality test based on the Big Five aspects, Matt and Chris take the Myers-Briggs and Enneagram to get a more comprehensive look at their personality types.


As Matt says, the …

#310 - Thursday Q&A #45: Offseason Volume for Athletes, Matt and Scott's Favorite Rack, Overthinking & More!

May 7th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#309 - How to Build a Better Coach with CJ Gotcher

May 4th, 2020


BLOC coach CJ Gotcher returns to the podcast to share how the Barbell Logic Coaching Academy has evolved and improved since he has taken over …

#308 - Principles #12: Knowing Thyself: Matt and Chris Discuss the Results of Their Personality Tests

May 3rd, 2020


Following up from Episode #302, the tenth episode in the Principles series, Matt and Chris discuss the results of their personality test from …

#307 - Thursday Q&A #44: Hamstring Cramps, Training for Police Academy, Protein Timing, & More!

April 30th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#306 - Modifying Linear Progression for Seniors

April 27th, 2020


Matt and Scott discuss several ways to modify linear progression for senior trainees. Seniors have many challenges to overcome when they first start training with barbells: low muscle and bone mass, low testosterone …

#305 - Principles #11: Taking Stock of What's Important

April 26th, 2020


Matt takes a moment to reflect on the things that are most important to him, and encourages you to do the same. For many life is moving at a slower …

#304 - Thursday Q&A #43: Back Cramps After Bench, Behind the Neck Press, LP Every Other Day, and More!

April 23rd, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#303 - Good Nutrition Habits in the Time of Crisis with Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon

April 20th, 2020


Matt and Dr. Krista Scott-Dixon, Director of Curriculum at Precision Nutrition, discuss a challenge many are facing right now -- practicing good …

#302 - Principles #10: Radical Self-Honesty

April 19th, 2020


Matt and Chris Reynolds discuss how self-honesty can be the key to personal and professional growth. Recognizing and acknowledging where you are weak …

#301 - Work from Home Without Losing Your Mind (or Productivity) with Thomas Frank

April 16th, 2020


Productivity expert and YouTuber Thomas Frank joins the podcast to discuss strategies for working at home without sacrificing efficiency and productivity. Since many listeners are currently stuck at home during the …

#300 - 5 Tips to Bring Order to the COVID Chaos with Dr. David Puder

April 13th, 2020


David Puder, psychiatrist and host of the Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast, returns to the podcast to address the fear, anxiety, and chaos that many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Puder …

#299 - Principles #9: Focus! The Missing Key to Success

April 12th, 2020


Matt and Chris discuss the simple yet surprisingly difficult concept of paying attention during work, and developing the disciple to ignore …

#298 - Q&A #42: Remembering Peter Nathan, MED the Book, and All the Shoulder Pain Questions

April 9th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#297 - How Sorinex Is Helping The Community During COVID-19

April 6th, 2020


Bert Sorin of Sorinex Exercise Equipment joins the podcast to discuss how Sorinex is helping in the battle against COVID-19. Sorinex has a long reputation as a top of the line equipment manufacturer, and you can find …

#296 - Principles #8: Reading Is An Ongoing Pursuit

April 5th, 2020


Matt and his brother Chris Reynolds discuss how reading is a cumulative endeavor, so one's goal in reading should be to read well, to read for …

#295 - Training with Minimal Equipment with Michael Wolf

April 2nd, 2020


BLOC master coach Michael Wolf returns to the podcast to talk about the many ways you can turn a relatively spartan training environment into …

#294 - Coping with Unproductive Stress

March 30th, 2020


Matt and Scott reflect on the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacts everyday activities, including training.


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#293 - Principles #7: The Value of Freedom with Eric Bandholz (Beard Brand)

March 29th, 2020


Matt talks with his friend Eric Bandholz, CEO of Beard Brand, about the value of freedom and how it has shaped Eric's life and his company.


#292 - What Makes A Coach? Andrew Jackson at the PBC Seminar

March 26th, 2020


Barbell Logic Coach and VP of Coaching Excellence, Andrew Jackson presented a lecture to students at the March 2020 Professional Barbell Coach (PBC) Seminar on what being a professional barbell coach means. Many …

#291 - MED Masterclass: The Prequel Pt 2 - More Troubleshooting with the MED Toolbox

March 23rd, 2020


Continuing from Episode #285, Scott expands on how he uses the MED Toolbox to troubleshoot problems that arise when programming in the MED (Minimum …

#290 - Principles #6: Staying Sane Under Quarantine

March 22nd, 2020


Matt and Chris Reynolds discuss what they are doing with their families to stay healthy in both mind and body during the coronavirus quarantine.


#289 - Special COVID Update

March 19th, 2020


Matt and Scott check in while uncertainty and fear grip the world in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. 


After contracting COVID-19 during a …

#288 - Introducing the Youth Barbell Club with Dan Flanick

March 16th, 2020


BLOC Coach Dan Flanick returns to the show to discuss the Youth Barbell Club, a program he has developed to help young teens get strong and develop both their athleticism and confidence using the barbell. Dan is joined …

#287 - Principles #5: Building Self-Confidence

March 15th, 2020


BLOC coach Dan Flanick returns to the podcast to discuss the importance of developing confidence and self-esteem, and how barbell training has helped him in his own growth and development.


Dan has recently launched …

#286 - Thursday Q&A #41: Coronavirus, Prioritizing Macros when Gaining Weight, Training after Laminectomy, & More!

March 12th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#285 - MED Masterclass: The Prequel - Problem Solving with the MED Toolbox

March 9th, 2020


In a bonus round of the MED (Minimum Effective Dose) Masterclass series, Scott lays out a practical method for troubleshooting programming problems …

#284 - Principles #4: Cultivating Empathy & Compassion

March 8th, 2020


Matt and Chris Reynolds discuss the value of cultivating empathy and compassion in relationships, whether it's with family, friends, or coaches and …

#283 - Thursday Q&A #40: Training with Vertigo, When to Use Supplement Lifts, Sliding Filament Muscle Theory, & More!

March 5th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#282 - M.E.D. Masterclass #8: Accessory Lifts and Q&A

March 2nd, 2020


Coach Matt wraps up the eight and final installment of the MED (Minimum Effective Dose) Masterclass on programming with a discussion on incorporating accessory lifts into any program.


In general, accessories allow a …

#281 - Principles #3: Get More Done with the Pomodoro Technique

March 1st, 2020


Matt and Chris Reynolds discuss their "secret weapon" for getting more done in a fast, efficient manner. The Pomodoro Technique, which Matt wrote …

#280 - Thursday Q&A #39: Plateauing Too Early, Managing Biceps Tendonitis, Swallowing the Red Pill, & More!

February 27th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#279 - M.E.D. Masterclass #7: How to Peak for a Meet (Conjugate vs Concurrent Method)

February 24th, 2020


In the seventh installment of the MED (Minimum Effective Dose) Masterclass series, Professor Matt discusses how to approach tapering and peaking for a meet or athletic performance using MED principles.


In Matt's view, …

#278 - Principles #2: Overthrowing the Tyranny of the Urgent

February 23rd, 2020


Matt and Chris Reynolds discuss the concept of the urgent versus the important, and the four quadrants into which you can divide all work and chores:

#277 - Thursday Q&A #38: Novice Weight Gain, How Not to Gain Muscle, Whiskey Talk, & More!

February 20th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#276 - M.E.D. Masterclass #6: Supplemental Lifts -- What, When, & Why

February 17th, 2020


In the sixth installment of the MED (Minimum Effective Dose) Masterclass series, Matt takes a deep dive into supplemental lifts, why you should do …

#275 - Principles #1: The Neverending Search for Knowledge

February 16th, 2020


Principles is a new series in which Matt and a rotating group of co-hosts reflect on the ideas, values, and habits that define their lives.  Each episode will be short and focus on a single idea or habit.


In the first …

#274 - The Principles of Success: Chris Reynolds & Achieving the American Dream

February 13th, 2020


The American Dream is not dead yet, and Chris Reynolds is living proof. In the first of a new series called Principles, Matt interviews his brother …

#273 - M.E.D. Masterclass #5: Spicing Up the 3-Week Cycle with Supplemental Lifts

February 10th, 2020


Pressing on with installment #5 of the Minimum Effective Dose (MED) Masterclass, Matt explains how volume and intensity work in the 3-Week mesocycle …

#272 - Thursday Q&A #37: Diet & Diabetes, Nike Metcons, Chris Duffin Deadlift Cues, & More!

February 6th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and we'll feature you on a future Q&A episode!


Robin Olds -- …

#271 - M.E.D. Masterclass #4: Options, Options... and the 4-Day Split

February 3rd, 2020


In part 4 of the MED Masterclass, Matt discusses the various ways you can structure the volume and intensity days in the 4-Day Split, including sets, …

#270 - Thursday Q&A #36: Scott Reviews the Lightphone, Protein Timing, Lower Body Hypertrophy, & More!

January 30th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and we'll feature you on a future Q&A episode!


The Lightphone 2:

#269 - The M.E.D. Masterclass #3: Freedom & The Four-Day Split

January 27th, 2020


In part 3 of the MED Masterclass series, Matt walks through the transition from an HLM or Texas Method style program to his favorite program, the four-day split.


In the four-day split, a lifter trains four days …

#268 - The Heaviest Lift: Prof. Paul's Battle, and Victory, Over Cancer

January 23rd, 2020


Every man dies, but not every man really lives. Count Professor Paul among the living. After a long, difficult battle with cancer in his neck, Paul …

#267 - The M.E.D. Masterclass #2: The Ultimate Guide to Programming After LP

January 20th, 2020


In the second masterclass on Minimum Effective Dose (MED) programming, Matt discusses the three principles or "rules" of MED, and offers specific …

#266 - Thursday Q&A #35: Bench for Injured Shoulders, Hemorrhoids, Training With Bruised Sacrum, & More!

January 16th, 2020


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#265 - The M.E.D. Masterclass #1: A Simple Approach to Programming

January 13th, 2020


In 2019 Coach Matt delivered a series of lectures to the Barbell Logic staff on Minimum Effective Dose (MED) programming. MED is all about simplicity, identifying the smallest change you can make to a lifter's …

#264 - The Pain Puzzle: Exploring the Frontier of Pain Neuroscience with Coach Jayson Ball

January 9th, 2020


Longtime strength coach and now PhD Neuroscience student Jayson Ball joins the show today to talk about his work in the world of pain neuroscience. Pain is a perplexing thing. While many people understand it as a …

#263 -Niki Sims: Balancing Strength Training with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

January 6th, 2020


Barbell Logic coach Niki Sims returns to the podcast to discuss her experience balancing strength training with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Niki has been strength training for about 10 years, and started training BJJ about two …

#262 - The Christmas Special: 2019 Edition

December 24th, 2019


It has become something of a tradition at Barbell Logic for Hambrick to share some of his favorite jazz tunes to celebrate the Christmas season and …

#261 - Thursday Q&A #34: Hook Grip Pains, "Pretty Damn Strong" Numbers, Training with MS, & More!

December 19th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#260 - Getting Started #10: Better Eating Habits with Gillian Ward

December 16th, 2019


Super athlete, barbell coach, and BLOC nutrition coach Gillian Ward returns to the podcast to discuss how to rethink your approach to nutrition in the final installment (maybe) of the Getting Started series.



#259 - Thursday Q&A #33: Light Days on TM, Lifting with Chronic Fatigue, & More with Guest A7 International!

December 12th, 2019


Q&A starts at 19:45 mark, following the interview with the good folks from A7.


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. …

#258 - Getting Started #9: Everyone Can Train, Even "Special" Populations with Darin Deaton, DPT

December 9th, 2019


Matt and Scott are joined by Darin Deaton, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Starting Strength Coach at Fort Worth Strength, to discuss special …

#257 - Thursday Q&A #32: Festivus Rant Edition

December 5th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#256 - Getting Started #8: What to Do When Training Gets HARD

December 2nd, 2019


You've heard it before. A good training program is simple, hard, and effective. But what does hard mean exactly?


Most novices have never done anything physically hard in their life -- especially physical tasks that …

#255 - Thursday Q&A #31 with Blake & Katie (Dominion Belts)!

November 28th, 2019


Happy Thanksgiving folks!



Barbell Logic Online Coaching -- Get 3 months of coaching for only $499! Offer valid from Nov 28th to …

#254 - Getting Started #7: Recovery

November 25th, 2019


A wise man once said: you don't get strong from lifting weights, you get strong recovering from lifting weights. In today's episode Coach Matt and Scott discuss the most important things you need to know about recovery …

#253 - Thursday Q&A #30: Gaining Weight Fast, Training for Highland Games, Hip Pain, & More!

November 21st, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#252 - Getting Started #6: Linear Progression - The Simple Way to Strength

November 18th, 2019


In the sixth installment of the Getting Started series, Coach Matt and Scott explain why the simplest way of training is, in fact, the best way to train for strength.


Linear progression refers to a program which …

#251 - Thursday Q&A #29: Correcting a Hip Shift, Training Through Life Stress, Using a Spin Bike for HIIT, & More!

November 14th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#250 - Getting Started #5: How to Crush Your First Workout with Confidence

November 11th, 2019


If you've listened to the first four episodes of the Getting Started series, you've got all the knowledge you need to start a productive strength training program and get stronger than you've ever been. Now it's time to …

#249 - Thursday Q&A #28 with Guest Mike Reed from Microgainz

November 7th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#248 - Getting Started #4: The Equipment You Need for Your First Home Gym

November 4th, 2019


Once you've made the decision and started training instead of exercising, it doesn't take long to realize the average commercial "globo gym" is …

#247 - Thursday Q&A #27: Adding Novel Lifts as an Intermediate, Lifting on Carpet, Training for a "Pump & Run," and More!

October 31st, 2019


Scott's Pumpkin Pie recipe:


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and we'll …

#246 - Getting Started #3: Mastering the Big Four (Squat, Press, Bench, Deadlift)

October 28th, 2019


In Getting Started #2, Matt and Scott discussed the big picture of getting strong, which occurs by lifting progressively heavier weights over time. Since this is Barbell Logic, you guessed it... we accomplish this …

#245 - Q&A #26: Workplace Etiquette with "Tiger" Mike Davis, How to Bench 405, Shorter Rest Times, & More!

October 24th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#244 - Getting Started #2: How to Get Strong

October 21st, 2019


So you heard us out in Getting Started #1 and you've decided it's time to get strong. How do actually do that? For that matter, how do you improve any physical attribute?


Before we get into specific exercises, sets, …

#243 - Saturday Q&A #25: Misloading Weights, Body Recomposition, RDLs vs Good Mornings, & More!

October 19th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#242 - Getting Started #1: What's The Big Deal About Strength?

October 14th, 2019


You've decided. It's time to get started. It's time to get in shape. But... how? Do you start jogging around the block? Join the local YMCA and hit the elliptical machine? Do a couple circuits on the shiny weight …

#241 - Saturday Q&A #24: Matt & Scott's Favorite Barbells, Valsalva with Diastasis Recti, Getting Strong for Boxing, & More!

October 12th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

New Season, New Schedule for Barbell Logic!

October 10th, 2019


Starting this month, we will be moving to a twice per week release schedule -- one content episode, one Q&A.


Have a question you'd like to Matt …

#240 - Decoding Dynamic Effort Training: Speed Work

October 7th, 2019


Matt and Scott continue their demystification of popular Westside Barbell training methods by breaking down the "Dynamic Effort Day," which calls for …

#239 - Saturday Q&A #23: Adductor Tendonitis, Deceptive Clients, The Amazon Convenience Trap, & More!

October 5th, 2019


Brett McKay's article on rehabbing adductor tendonitis on Barbell Logic:


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask …

#238 - The Red Flags of Dating with Dr. David Puder, Pt. 2

October 3rd, 2019


Our favorite psychiatrist Dr. David Puder returns to the show to continue the discussion on relationship "red flags," that is, questions you should …

#237 - The Barbell Coaching Academy with Bill Hannon & Reed Smith

September 30th, 2019


Barbell Logic Coach and mastermind behind the Coaching Academy, Bill Hannon returns to the podcast to celebrate the 1-Year anniversary of the academy and discuss how it has developed and grown since it's inception. What …

#236 - Saturday Q&A #22: Tight Shoulders, Abdominal Surgery, Shrugging Early in the Press, & More!

September 28th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#235 - Conjugate vs Concurrent Training: Demystifying Modern Westside Training

September 23rd, 2019


Matt and Scott discuss the commonly misunderstood concepts of "conjugate" and "concurrent" training, which come from the efforts of Soviet coaches like Verkoshanksy, Siff, Bondarchuck, and others in trying to understand …

#234 - Saturday Q&A #21: Programming for Women, Small Business Startups, Advice for New Dads, & More!

September 21st, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#233 - Programming the Post-Novice: Why Weight on the Bar Matters with Andy Baker (Rebroadcast)

September 19th, 2019


Today we revisit the most downloaded show in Barbell Logic history thus far, episode #71 with Andy Baker (also Andy's first appearance on the show). …

#232 - MED Toolbox #5: Volume Games & The Value of Small PR's

September 16th, 2019


Matt and Scott discuss a recent programming revelation from one of Scott's clients, a 40 year old lifter he has been working with for about a year.


#231 - Saturday Q&A #20: Dealing with DOMS, When to Cut Weight After LP, Deadlift Energy Systems, & More!

September 14th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and we'll feature you on a future Q&A episode!


Check out Scott's …

#230 - Embracing the GRIND (Rebroadcast)

September 12th, 2019


Today we revisit our roots with one of the Top 10 most downloaded shows at Barbell Logic. We often say that good training has three qualities: it's simple, it's hard, and it's effective. The "hard" part is where the …

#229 - How to Build a Power Athlete with NFL Veteran John Welbourn

September 9th, 2019


Matt and Scott chat with John Welbourn, a 10-year NFL veteran (Eagles, Chiefs, Patriots) and an excellent strength and coaching coach as well. John's football career ended almost as soon as it started when he sustained …

#228 - Saturday Q&A #19: Squat Grip Cues, Squatting with a Blood Glucose Monitor, Corporate Personhood, and More!

September 7th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and we'll feature you on a future Q&A episode!


As a reminder, the …

#227 - The TRUTH About Linear Progression (Rebroadcast)

September 5th, 2019


Today we revisit our roots with one of the Top 10 most downloaded shows at Barbell Logic. The TRUTH about linear progression is that it's a simple, hard, yet effective way to get anyone strong. While we like to nerd out …

#226 - The Professional Barbell Coach Certification with Bill Hannon

September 2nd, 2019


Bill Hannon, VP of Coaching Development at Barbell Logic, returns to the podcast to discuss the announcement of Barbell Logic's own coaching certification -- the PBC or Professional Barbell Coach. Matt and Bill discuss …

#225 - Saturday Q&A #18: Training During Pregnancy, Programming the Prowler, Scott's Platform Design, & More!

August 31st, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#224 - Bonus Q&A! Matt & Scott Answer Your Questions

August 29th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another BIG Q&A to answer your questions and work through the backlog in the Barbell Logic inbox. Thank you for submitting your questions and sharing your thoughts and experiences with …

#223 - Intensity & Volume for the Advanced Lifter: Can't We Just Be Friends?

August 26th, 2019


Matt and Scott have discussed the primary programming variables of volume and intensity many times, but there's a persistent idea that "volume" and …

#222 - Saturday Q&A #17: Leg Length Discrepancies, Preventing Rust in a Garage Gym, How to Take Notes, & More!

August 24th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#221 - What's In the Pipe? The Future of Barbell Logic

August 22nd, 2019


Barbell Logic started life as a people-focused company, bringing exceptional online coaching to people without local access to coaching. The company has grown dramatically since then, branching into written and …

#220 - Will Lifting Weights Make You Bulky?

August 19th, 2019


One of the most frequent questions we hear from new lifters -- or people considering strength training but not yet sold on it -- is will it make me …

#219 - Saturday Q&A #16: Symptoms of Low T, Soreness vs Fatigue, Losing Weight After LP, & More!

August 17th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#218 - Fixing the Military's PT Problem with Nick Koldewey

August 15th, 2019


Former Army Ranger, law enforcement officer, and Barbell Logic coaching intern Nick Koldewey joins the podcast to talk about the military's outdated …

#217 - What Would You Do... Differently?

August 12th, 2019


Matt and Scott don the 20/20 glasses of hindsight to examine their training, coaching, and business careers and determine what they would have done …

#216 - Saturday Q&A #15: Socializing Your Child, Wall-Mounted Squat Racks, and More!

August 10th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#215 - A Brief History of Programming Theory: Zatsiorsky's Two Factor Theory Pt. 2

August 8th, 2019


Matt and Scott wrap up Part 2 of their discussion of Zatsiorsky's two factor theory of programming and it's relevance to the basic SRA model that drives our programming decisions.


Have a question about training? Send …

#214 - A Brief History of Programming Theory: Zatsiorsky's Two Factor Theory Pt. 1

August 5th, 2019


In part one of a two-part series, Matt and Scott discuss the history of programming theory in the context of Zatsiorsky's dual-factor or two-factor theory (as described in Science and Practice of Strength Training) …

#213 - Walker Percy, the Aesthetics of Bourbon Drinking, & A Few Q&A Questions

August 3rd, 2019


Matt shares a new whiskey (almost, but not quite a bourbon) that's captured his attention -- Heaven Hill's Mellow Corn. It's big on flavor but light on the wallet. Scott shares an essay from the perpetually antebellum …

#212 - Critical Thinking in the "I've Heard..." Culture

August 1st, 2019


Matt and Scott discuss the thinking -- or lack thereof -- behind the many questions they receive each week asking them their opinion on someone else's line of thinking: "I've heard that..." or "So and so says..." While …

#211 - The Perfect Problem: Learning to Be Kind To Yourself When You Fail

July 29th, 2019


Barbell Logic has long attracted thinkers, strivers, and a fair number of Type A personalities. "Logic" is in the name, of course, and barbell …

#210 - Saturday Q&A #14: Sanitation in Public Gyms, College v Entrepeneurship, Training after Shoulder Repair, & More!

July 27th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#209 - How to Troubleshoot Your LP

July 25th, 2019


Monday's episode covered programming fundamentals for the ever-popular question: what do I do after the novice LP? Today Matt and Scott expand on the …

#208 - Programming for Dummies: What To Do When LP Stops Working

July 22nd, 2019


Matt and Scott discuss the eternal programming question: what do you do when novice linear progression stops working? While they have discussed this topic in great detail in past episodes, programming is not easy to …

#207 - Saturday Q&A #13: Back Spasms, Novice LP for High School Athletes, & More!

July 20th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#206 - Training When the Passion Fades

July 18th, 2019


Matt and Scott discuss how their passion for training has waxed and waned over the years, how they currently feel about training, and the two types of attitude most clients approach the barbell with.


Got a question …

#205 - The M.E.D. Toolbox #4: PR's & The Beauty of Simplicity

July 15th, 2019


Matt and Scott return to the MED toolbox to discuss the importance of PR's in measuring the success of a program. Of course, PR's are inherent in the …

#204 - Saturday EXTRA: On Bidets, Stagnant Wages, & The Billionaire's Dark Hunger

July 13th, 2019


It's no secret by now that Matt and Scott are men of passion. Occasionally these passions evoke such entertaining tirades, fulminations, and fervent …

#203 - The Red Flags of Dating with Dr. David Puder

July 11th, 2019


Today Matt and Scott welcome back Dr. David Puder, psychiatrist and host of the Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast, to discuss one of Hambrick's …

#202 - How to Approach Your First Month of Training

July 8th, 2019


After 200 episodes and counting, we've heard from a lot of new listeners, some of whom are beginning their barbell journey for the first time. While we encourage everyone to go back to the first 20 or so episodes, in …

#201 - Saturday Q&A #12: Gaining Weight, Lifting Your Head on the Bench, A Personal Finance Clarification, & More!

July 6th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#200 - Cutting Up with the Wives & A Retrospective

July 4th, 2019


Two years and two days ago, Matt and Scott officially launched the Barbell Logic podcast with Episode #1 - Why Strength? The idea was simply to make …

#199 - Fighting Solves Everything: Professor Paul's Battle Against Cancer

July 1st, 2019


In August 2018 Paul and Jarrad Markel of Student of the Gun joined us to talk about their experience strength training and how it made them more …

#198 - Saturday Q&A #11: Platform Construction, Training in the Cold, Pants for Lifters, and More!

June 29th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#197 - SRA Revisited: Exploring the Fitness Fatigue Model

June 27th, 2019


Coach Matt and Scott explore the fitness fatigue model on today's show. They have discussed the SRA model at length on the show -- go check out episode #144: Rethinking SRA and Post-Novice Programming -- and one thing …

#196 - The Secret to a Bigger Bench? Leg Drive

June 24th, 2019


Coaches often note that the bench press is one of the easiest lifts to teach, probably because most people have done a bench press if they've ever set foot in a gym. After teaching the proper arch position, and …

#195 - Saturday Q&A #10: Supinated Grip Barbell Rows, Best Plato Translations, Training for Kids, and More!

June 22nd, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#194 - Shedding Body Fat During LP

June 20th, 2019


To quote Rip, "it's common to want what we cannot have." And let's be real, we all want abs. Or at least a flatter stomach. Yet many of us approach the barbell as novices with a little (or a lot) extra body fat, leaving …

#193 - Anatomy of a Deload: How & When to Take a Break

June 17th, 2019


For those that have walked the path and become strong, there are times when the weights go from challenging, to soul-searching, to world-endingly …

#192 - Saturday Q&A #9: The Mystery of the Extra H in "FAHVE," Fixing Lumbar Rounding in the Deadlift, and More!

June 15th, 2019


Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email and …

#191 - Never Sated: The Fight Against Cerebral Palsy with Smiles Taylor & Uncle Nic

June 13th, 2019


Matt and Scott talk with lifter and coach (and, recently, social media superstars) Miles "Smiles" Taylor and "Uncle" Nic Myers about Miles' incredible journey to the strengthlifting platform. Miles has cerebral palsy, a …

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