Thu, 26 February 2015
Matt Kuzdub from PUSH comes on the show to talk about strength training, running, and how the PUSH device can help you get better with both. PUSH is an armband that measures speed over shorter distances; you mainly use it to track bar speed while lifting, although you can also track pull ups, push ups, and medicine ball throws with it.
Training based around bar speed is called "velocity based training" or VBT. This is super exciting because bar speed is a dimension that the average athlete hasn't been able to track without going into a science lab. Tracking speed means you can train for power, not just weight, and be super accurate at getting better.
PUSH goes one step further and can advise you on how many sets and reps to do based on how quickly you can move the bar. As you slow down (or speed up) PUSH will recommend you decrease weight, increase weight, or just walk away. It's like SKYNET for weight training, but friendlier.
Tune in if you're ready to geek out on the science of velocity based training!
Tue, 25 November 2014
Brooks Kubik is one of the most prolific writers in the Iron Game and he brings an absolute wealth of experience to the table.
In this episode we talk about the mind game, when to train with (and without) partners, the importance of working out in a dingy facility, and he adds one more aspect to the Big Four of performance to make it the Big Five: Deep, focused concentration.
Listen in if you love lifting heavy and the mediation of exercise.
Sun, 9 November 2014
Originally introduced to Brooks Kubik through his book, "Dinosaur Training", his work has had a huge impact on how I train.
Brooks is a fan of pure strength along with what you might (if you were a CrossFitter) call "ultra heavy metcon." Heavy sandbags, barrels, car pushing, farmer's walks, and as many odd lifts as you can imagine make up Brooks' routines.
He's a 5 time National Champion in sub-masters bench press, so he's definitely not some armchair writer; this guy lives it.
On top of all that, he's got a mind like a steel trap, and to sit back and listen to him talk about the history and connections found throughout the Iron Game is to enjoy a master at work.
From Alan Calvert to Harry Paschall and from Thomas Inch up to Peary Rader, Brooks has studied and can elaborate on all the connections found throughout the marvelous sport known as the Iron Game.
While most of this may be well outside your area of expertise, I think you'll enjoy the passion, enthusiasm, and commitment that comes through in every word.