Thriving Under Adversity with Sam Schaefer – The Barbell Life 384

In this episode of The Barbell Life Podcast brought to you by our friends at Dynamic Fitness and Strength, we talk to one of the most inspiring guests in the history of our show. Coach Sam Schaefer is a former athlete of the original online team. While in the military, he experienced an injury that led to 9-years of chronic pain.

You will learn to thrive under any and all circumstances. You will learn what it’s like to make the decision to voluntarily have your leg amputated. Most importantly, you will learn what it’s like to come out the other end more whole than before going under the knife.

Also in this episode:

  • How to endure 9 years of chronic pain at a 6-7 level minimum
  • What it’s like to go from Special Forces to constant pain
  • He had to be OK with the possibility that nothing would ever be the same
  • What it’s like to have a totally supportive wife in a relationship most of you will only dream of
  • The plan is that if he wants it, he’s going after it. 
  • How he plans on Competing at the Arnold in Highland’s Games
  • Learn about the best weightlifting cue I have heard in years, “Drive knees into ankles”
  • Learn to never stop moving forwards in life.
  • He is going full blast until his clock stops
  • Check him out on Instagram @Samschaefer1 and @Schaeferadaptivemethods 
  • And more!

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Following Your Life’s Passion with Hunter Charneski – The Barbell Life 383

You guys are going to learn and get inspired by today’s podcast with author and coach, Hunter Charneski. I know that I left the conversation motivated to follow my passion in life. Hunter is the founder of the Artistic Warrior, a very successful course and mentorship for men seeking to unlock the desire to make their passion into profit. Honestly, it’s the first course or mentorship that interested me personally. Why?

Hunter wanted to support himself with his writing and desire to help others, and he pulled up his pants, tightened his belt, and did just that. He didn’t take the easy way. He took the way of his heart. Who is not inspired by someone that has actually done the thing that we all dream of?

So, pour yourself some coffee, find your happy place, and listen in to learn:

  • What does it take to follow your passion? I am talking step by step and not some losing
    venture that a lot of dreamers might make.
  • What are some daily habits that will get you closer to the goal line?
  • What does sprinting at 230 pounds have to do with success in life?
  • How does one train for sprinting after 30-years-old? Weights? Plyometrics?
  • What does sport have to do with life and success?
  • Get motivated by Hunter’s philosophy that he has gathered from many amazing people
    before him.
  • Much more!

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The Journey to an All-Time World Record with Bill Gillespie – The Barbell Life 382

In this episode of The Barbell Life Podcast brought to you by our friends at Dynamic Fitness and Strength, we talk to legendary strength coach and powerlifter, Coach Bill Gillespie. He recently set the all-time bench press record hoisting 512.5kg/1130lb to lockout and more impressively at age 62. If you want to know what goes into breaking a world record along with the lessons learned, you want to check out this episode.

Also in this episode:

  • Early Russian Scientists helped his bench take off. Find out what he learned from Alexey Medvedev and many others
  • Find out the difference between Strength Training to developing strength and Strength Training to exhibit strength
  • What it takes to overcome major adversity while training for a world record
  • Dynamic Effort versus Max Effort and dosages
  • Ways to avoid cramping during weight cuts and stressful situations
  • How did Pullups lead the way after meeting Ed Coan and Anthony Clark
  • Rear delt machine for overcoming bone spurs
  • The importance of Leg drive for position and stability
  • Biomechanics of the Bench Press
  • His routine for breaking an all-time record at 62-years-old
  • How he tends to use this performance to help and inspire others
  • Will Coach Mash write his book?
  • And more!

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Strength Training and Endurance for Youth: Facts and Fiction

In our latest video, we discuss all the Facts and Fiction associated with Youth Strength Training and Endurance Running for Ages 7-17!

I dug into all the research to find out for all you Parents and Coaches:

  • What Age is safe?
  • How much is safe at each stage of growth?
  • Benefits
  • Risks
  • Red Flags to be aware of
  • Olympic weightlifting, Running, Strength Training, and all the rest.

I combed through all the research I referenced, and more importantly, I believe I have made it simple to understand.

Parents listen to make sure you’re on the right path with your young ones.

Coaches listen to ensure you’re providing a safe and yet effective service.

To learn more, take a look at this article: Is Weight Training Safe for Youth?

If you want to get started, check out our Youth Development Programs:
Youth Development
Youth Development and Coaching

And don’t forget to check out my new Weightlifting Certification from Stronger Experts (on sale until February 1st): Stronger Experts Weightlifting Certification

Youth Development with Sean Rigsby – The Barbell Life 381

Coach Sean Rigsby makes his debut as co-host on The Barbell Life Podcast. Coach Rigsby has been an athlete of Coach Mash’s since 2014 during the MuscleDriver USA Days. He has represented Team Ireland at the prestigious IWF World Championships. He’s also a proven coach with the continually growing Heavy Metal Barbell Club and Weightlifting Team in Charlotte, NC. Coach Rigsby gives back to local culture by putting on the most electrifying weightlifting meets in the state. He’s also represented Team USA as a Coach and Team Leader. Most importantly, Coach Rigsby is loved by Coach Mash, and together they encourage growth and continued learning for each other.

In today’s episode, they discuss in detail the process of Youth Development including:

  • How is a session structured for Youth?
  • What age to start and why?
  • Is the worry of growth plate damage warranted?
  • What are the goals at specific ages?
  • What’s the assessment look like?
  • And a lot more!

THE BARBELL LIFE IS SPONSORED BY:

American-made strength equipment manufacturer providing the best quality, best value, best support & best people so you can build a better athlete.

If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to check you our new Youth Development Programs

8 Week Youth Athletic Development Program Ages 10-14 (Only $35 total for the Next Days)

8 Week Youth Athletic Development Program with Coaching Ages 10-14 (Only $75/month for the Next 5 Days)

The 8 Week Youth Athletic Development Program with Coaching is a mentorship for parents or coaches desiring to know the research regarding strength and speed training for youth. This program is perfect for ages 10 to 15 years of age. This program includes:

  • Speed Training, Change of Directions, Jumping, and Agility
  • Body Weight Warm-ups are designed to increase stability throughout an entire range of motion
  • Athletic Specific Strength Training
  • Power Development
  • Improved Elasticity
  • Strengthened Tendons and Ligaments
  • And more!

This program is designed to stabilize, strengthen and mobilize young athletes in a way that will transfer directly onto the field. The goal is to strengthen the athlete through a full range of motion and in all planes of motion while stabilizing and strengthening each individual joint with thicker and more elastic tendons leading to increased speed, jumping, and change of direction.

These eight weeks should make an athlete jump higher, run faster, and more importantly, prepare them for more advanced programs. The Bridge Tracker App is filled with videos, explanations, cues and even gives alternative movements (in case of missing equipment, etc.).

This is just the program, but you will be able to ask questions to coaches in case you can’t understand something. The App is filled with data analysis, daily readiness questionnaires, and much more to get feedback for the creation of future programs.

If you want an ongoing mentorship with me, consider the coaching option.

Athlete Monitoring with Ryan Metzger – The Barbell Life 380

One of my former athletes, Cammy Pereira, and I talked on Instagram one day. She’s a softball player at the mighty Clemson University. She told me that I would love Clemson’s sports-science-conscious strength and conditioning staff.

That conversation led to Coach Ryan Metzger, and she did not disappoint. If you want to learn how colleges are using the latest equipment to monitor their athletes, this is the podcast for you.

You will learn:

  • What’s the latest in athlete monitoring and data collection
  • What each is used for
  • Practical application
  • Exercise selection
  • What’s not so important
  • Lots more!

Enjoy!

THE BARBELL LIFE IS SPONSORED BY:

American-made strength equipment manufacturer providing the best quality, best value, best support & best people so you can build a better athlete.