15 Mar Dr. Jonathon Sullivan – The Barbell Prescription

(#201) Dr. Jonathon Sullivan, co-author of the ground-breaking and important new book, The Barbell Prescription, joins the podcast this week for a phenomenal session that's not to be missed.

Dr. Sullivan is an MD, PhD and owner of Greysteel Strength & Conditioning where he specifically serves the "over 40" population. He has written and presented extensively on the topic of strength training and has a background as a researcher, as well as his medical expertise.

The Barbell Prescription may be one of the most important and comprehensive books ever written in the area of strength development - at any age. You'll learn about this incredible book - and so much more - in this valuable interview with Dr. Sullivan.

Here's what you'll learn about in this week's episode:

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08 Mar Celebrating 200 Episodes – Selected “Sound Bites” From 200 Podcasts

(#200) We celebrate 200 episodes of The Rdella Training Podcast! In this milestone session, I wanted to take some time to thank everyone for tuning in to the RT podcast and also talk about all the work that goes on "behind the scenes" to produce these episodes. I've been gearing up for #200 for some time and have some great "sound bites" for you from past guests and episodes to celebrate the milestone. This is a very cool episode and I'll also be very transparent in discussing things I've never mentioned before about the show.
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07 Mar How To Beat Low Back Pain (A Bulletproof Plan To Speed Recovery And Forge A Strong Back)

I've got quite a backstory. Literally. I'll give you the abbreviated "cliff notes version" if you haven't heard me discuss this before. I had a major low back injury many years ago in my training career (*severe L4-5 disc herniation with persistent radiculopathy that required surgery. Indeed, it did require surgery after conservative measures failed and symptoms worsened quickly and progressively). Fast forward to today. My back is doing extremely well, although it will never be 100%. In my opinion, you are never 100% anytime you have had a major injury. What was one of the worst experiences of my life ended up completely reshaping my training and my entire life in many ways that go way beyond the scope of this article. My injury was one of the key factors that led to me becoming a physical therapist (although I have since retired my role as a active clinician). Today, I'm strength coach and movement teacher that integrates my education and background as a PT.
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01 Mar Juliet Starrett – The High Performance Life Of A CEO, Mom, And Athlete

(#199) Juliet Starrett returns to the podcast to discuss her high performance lifestyle and how she balances life as a CEO, athlete, wife and mother of two. In this session, we dive into Juliet's own approach to training, her background as an athlete, her approaches to business and life, and so much more in this high-energy and rapid-fire interview session. She's been called "a killer business woman and the nicest person in the world." In short, she's pretty amazing and has a lot to share. The goal with this session was to really dig into what makes her so successful as an athlete, business person, wife and mom. Here's what you'll learn this week:
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28 Feb The Essential Guide To Warming-Up (How To Warm-Up)

How important is the the warm-up? How much time should be spent on the warm-up? What should you be spending your time on before a strength training session? I'll make a case to answer these questions for you in this article. Let me be the first to tell you, I'm not a huge fan of warming-up before training. If it were up to me, I'd skip the warm-up and just train. But, that really doesn't make sense. A well designed warm-up can increase muscle temperature, core temperature, and increase blood flow. Have you ever heard someone say they were "trying to get the blood flowing" before a training session? Well, there seems to be truth to that statement. But it goes deeper than that and there are other important reasons to warm-up.
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22 Feb Katy Bowman – Movement Matters, The Science Of Better Movement

(#198) Katy Bowman is this week's amazing guest. Katy is a bestselling author, biomechanist, movement scientist, writer, and creator of Nutritious Movement. Katy is absolutely brilliant and I'm extremely excited to have her join the show to discuss her uncommon approaches to optimizing human movement, alignment, and positioning. She is truly a "movement scientist" committed to improving human health and performance through better movement. Her approach goes way beyond the time spent in the gym, as you'll learn about. This session may blow your mind. I'd encourage more than one listen to this episode to fully understand all the great insights she shares. Here's what you'll learn this week on the show:
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15 Feb Dr. Craig Marker – What It Means To Build The Anti-Fragile Self

(#197) Dr. Craig Marker is this week's guest in a great interview session. We discuss his approach to building strength, with specific programming concepts and training applications. This session is literally jam-packed with specific training ideas to improve strength and performance.

Craig Marker, Ph.D is a fitness enthusiast who’s published over 50 articles, chapters, and textbooks on psychology and research methods. Craig is a researcher and psychologist who understands the cutting edge of strength, sports performance, body composition, and nutrition.

Craig’s upcoming book, The AntiFragile Self, takes on the topic of building a stronger person in the mental and physical domains.

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14 Feb 5 Specific Things You Can Do On Active Recovery Days

No doubt, you train hard. Hard training means you need to recover.

The question came up recently in a group discussion - "What do you do on active recovery days?"

It's an interesting question. I felt like I wanted to share it here and expand a little more.

Active recovery days are for recovering, they're not training days. As a highly regarded strength coach stated, "You don't get stronger by lifting weights. You get strong by recovering from lifting weights." The point is that recovery is very important for all of us, my fellow strength enthusiast.

First, we have to define what it is we're talking about.

What exactly are active recovery days anyway?

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