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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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The Ways & Wherefores of Weight Cuts #365

May 10th, 2021

43:28
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

1:01:50

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

49:07

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

51:48

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

34:52

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

32:46

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

1:50:30

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

51:24
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

41:59
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

51:38

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

50:01

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

48:30

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

52:25

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

59:39

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

44:57

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

1:06:24

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

1:01:18
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

35:11

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

36:59

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

1:06:28
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

44:18
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

46:17
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

56:42
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

50:09

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

43:36

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

44:28

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

40:31

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

33:38

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

1:03:51

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

34:07

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

41:09
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

45:08
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

47:54
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

44:20

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

47:24

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

1:09:43

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

Check out Dr. David Puder’s podcast here:  https://www.psychiatrypodcast.com/ 

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

49:58

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

46:57

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

50:03

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

1:01:03

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:  https://www.psychiatrypodcast.com/ 

Here are the components of …

S9Ep2 - The Mental Health Series: Testosterone & Friendship

February 1st, 2021

1:11:50

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

Check out Dr. David Puder’s podcast here:  https://www.psychiatrypodcast.com/ 

Many men develop low …

S9Ep1 - The Mental Health Series: OverComing Negativity

February 1st, 2021

54:11

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

48:47
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

38:04

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.  

GET …

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

January 15th, 2021

40:44

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

35:44

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

42:38

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

54:32

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

57:42

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

53:56
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

21:09

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

1:49:08

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

50:34

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

50:36

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

54:48

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

55:04

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

43:29

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

46:37

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

21:03

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

54:08
Matt & Niki answer your questions.  Email questions to podcast@barbell-logic.com 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

26:15

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

33:01

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

34:25

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

33:09

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

39:58

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

30:09

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

30:55

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

39:17

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

27:36

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

36:41

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

41:43

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

28:59

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

30:09

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

40:06
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

44:18
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

21:44

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

26:30

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

51:55

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

21:44

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

21:24

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

38:55

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

1:03:23

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

19:59

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

31:03

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

43:03

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

50:28
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

1:19:41

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

56:27

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

50:39

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

43:53

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

57:53

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

41:44

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

58:12

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

46:08

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

45:31

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

52:15
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

1:16:47

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

29:29

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

45:20

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

1:31:20

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

58:24

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

32:32

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

16:41

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

27:34

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

24:11

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

41:12

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

45:06

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

38:09

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

35:18

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

35:27

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

29:45

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

59:36

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

36:50

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

37:49

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

51:35

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

34:10

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

43:14

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

26:41

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

21:06

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

33:57

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

43:33

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

36:02

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

51:59

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

11:45

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.

 

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S1E9 - The Best of the Beginning: Maximizing Linear Progression

July 20th, 2020

36:04

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

42:20

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

36:36

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

37:28

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

42:56

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

29:05

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

23:59

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

30:14

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

24:14

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

41:04

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

52:12

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

32:55

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

45:42

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

38:08

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

36:11

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

28:43

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

38:54

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

34:29

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

1:12:00

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

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

June 15th, 2020

41:21

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

32:50

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

31:24

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

#324 - The Problem with Percentage-Based Programs

June 8th, 2020

50:57

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

24:06

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

42:30

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

48:18

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

9:00

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

42:41

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

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

May 25th, 2020

1:02:24

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

42:31

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

44:49

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

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

May 18th, 2020

1:03:08

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

24:22

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

38:47

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

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

May 11th, 2020

1:06:09

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

32:50

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

57:10

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

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

May 4th, 2020

42:46

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

52:08

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

54:13

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

#306 - Modifying Linear Progression for Seniors

April 27th, 2020

37:28

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

16:28

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

58:46

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

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

April 20th, 2020

57:09

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

31:10

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

46:29

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

52:12

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

24:30

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

52:24

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

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

April 6th, 2020

24:30

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

23:19

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

45:30

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

36:52

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

23:55

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

51:05

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

1:02:27

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

20:49

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

28:07

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

50:50

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

14:57

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

1:07:09

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

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

March 9th, 2020

56:45

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

19:57

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

59:46

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

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

March 2nd, 2020

48:25

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

17:17

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

50:28

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

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

February 24th, 2020

1:04:37

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

18:21

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

1:04:40

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

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

February 17th, 2020

59:15

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

12:59

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

57:58

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

55:45

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

59:30

Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email questions@barbell-logic.com 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

49:58

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

46:10

Matt and Scott are back with another round of Thursday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email questions@barbell-logic.com 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

48:43

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

50:50

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

1:04:47

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

36:48

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

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

January 13th, 2020

1:09:09

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

59:11

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

54:46

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

1:18:14

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

52:10

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

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

December 16th, 2019

47:00

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.

 

Discounts

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

December 12th, 2019

46:05

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

1:04:50

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

1:02:34

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

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

December 2nd, 2019

37:13

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

47:24

Happy Thanksgiving folks!

 

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#254 - Getting Started #7: Recovery

November 25th, 2019

49:25

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

44:40

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

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

November 18th, 2019

27:17

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

32:36

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

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

November 11th, 2019

41:38

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

47:26

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

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

November 4th, 2019

53:58

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

43:55

Scott's Pumpkin Pie recipe: https://barbell-logic.com/pie/

 

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

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

October 28th, 2019

36:51

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

41:23

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

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

October 21st, 2019

39:44

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

33:16

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

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

October 14th, 2019

34:06

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

42:35

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

New Season, New Schedule for Barbell Logic!

October 10th, 2019

0:59

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

45:42

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

51:21

Brett McKay's article on rehabbing adductor tendonitis on Barbell Logic: https://barbell-logic.com/adductor-tendonitis-treatment/

 

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

1:01:12

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

44:32

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

29:15

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

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

September 23rd, 2019

39:33

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

21:50

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

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

September 19th, 2019

58:34

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

45:15

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

26:55

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

 

Check out Scott's …

#230 - Embracing the GRIND (Rebroadcast)

September 12th, 2019

30:29

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

1:01:52

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

26:45

Matt and Scott are back with another round of Saturday Q&A. If you'd like to ask Matt and Scott a question, email questions@barbell-logic.com 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

47:51

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

31:52

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

25:32

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

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

August 29th, 2019

56:37

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

1:05:25

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

31:14

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

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

August 22nd, 2019

38:11

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

44:24

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

22:43

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

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

August 15th, 2019

44:14

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

52:06

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

12:39

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

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

August 8th, 2019

29:50

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

28:29

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

22:57

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

36:10

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

38:32

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

31:23

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

#209 - How to Troubleshoot Your LP

July 25th, 2019

44:15

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

48:14

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

25:37

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

#206 - Training When the Passion Fades

July 18th, 2019

42:29

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

53:18

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

21:56

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

56:47

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

32:03

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

28:15

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

#200 - Cutting Up with the Wives & A Retrospective

July 4th, 2019

47:50

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

34:24

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

20:49

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

#197 - SRA Revisited: Exploring the Fitness Fatigue Model

June 27th, 2019

33:51

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

32:30

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

20:57

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

#194 - Shedding Body Fat During LP

June 20th, 2019

50:34

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

39:34

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

21:08

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

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

June 13th, 2019

34:02

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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