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13 Mar Warning! What You Need To Know About The Rounded Back Deadlift

Is it just me or does the the rounded back deadlift seem to be getting a lot attention these days? Does this technique have any unique advantages or is this a disaster waiting to happen? In this article I'll share my perspective on the rounded back deadlift and I think there are 2 scenarios here (I'll discuss them in a minute) with the technique, so make sure to read this through if you're infestered in the health of your back. Spine biomechanics is something I'm extremely passionate since I had such a crushing injury to my low back many years ago. While my back is in wonderful health today, it's a topic and an area of training that I will always have extreme commit to because of my unique situation and all that I had to go through to get back to the level I train at today.
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09 Mar RT 164 | Chris Duffin – Strength Training Is Practice For Life

Chris Duffin, world renowned powerlifter and coach, is this week’s featured guest on the podcast. Chris is an elite level powerlifter, coach, inventor, owner of Elite Performance Center, and founder of KabukiStrength.com. His goal is to inspire and motivate men to chase their dreams despite adversity - to think bigger, dream bigger, and BE bigger and stronger than they’ve ever thought possible. His most recent endeavor  – Kabuki.ms – is an innovative new web tool for learning and coaching proper movement patterns. I’m excited to talk with Chris today about his approach to training, coaching, and the movement principles that have become the foundation for his new online coaching tool, Kabuki.ms. Here’s what you’ll hear about in this week’s amazing episode:
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05 Mar How I Really Use Kettlebells (6 Specific Training Approaches)

How do you use kettlebells? Specifically, what's your approach when using the tool? I don't think I've ever really talked about how I specifically use kettlebells in my training (at least not in a while), so here's what I do. Kettlebells are a big part of how I train and always will be. Of course, it all depends on the specific goal I’m training for. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. We all know that there are many great tools available for training, but I like to keep things simple. And kettlebells are definitely one of the most simple and effective tools we have available. They're no fad or gimmick and they can provide a large number of benefits in terms of general strength, specific performance goals, conditioning, fat loss, lean muscle building, movement, mobility, flexibility and more. Let me share with you my training approach and how I specifically use kettlebells. It basically comes down to these 6 areas:
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02 Mar RT 163 | Hot Topics In Kettlebells, Strength, And Programming

In this week's show, I answer some fantastic reader and listener questions about training and performance. You're guaranteed to learn something new in this week's episode where I'll chat about some "hot topics" in strength and conditioning. And I want your feedback on this - so post your big takeaway, comments or any questions below. In this week's show, you'l learn:
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24 Feb RT 162 | Greg Everett – Olympic Weightlifting, A Complete Guide

Greg Everett, Olympic weightlifting coach and multi-book author, is today’s featured guest on the podcast. Greg Everett is a national-level competitive weightlifter & coach, author, writer, producer, director, and founder of Catalyst Athletics, which is a the world’s largest source of educational material for Olympic Weightlifting. Greg is the author of the most popular book on Olympic weightlifting - Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches - and has just launched the 3rd edition, which has been completely revised, improved, and expanded by 150 new pages.   During today’s interview, I talk shop with Greg about Olympic weightlifting, coaching, training, the 3rd edition of his book, and so much more!    Here’s what you’ll hear about in this week’s amazing episode:
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17 Feb RT 161 | Dr. Stuart McGill – How To Achieve Optimal Back Health

Dr. Stuart McGill, Professor of Spine Biomechanics, is BACK (pun intended), and is this week's featured guest on the podcast. Dr. McGill is a world-renowned lecturer and expert in spine function, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. He has written more than 300 scientific publications on lumbar function, mechanisms of low back injury, investigation of rehabilitation programs matched to specific categories of back pain patients, and the formulation of work-related injury avoidance strategies. He has also provided expertise on assessment and reduction of the risk of low back injury to professional athletes and teams around the world. Dr. McGill’s latest book - Back Mechanic - is a step-by-step guide to fixing back pain and his approach has helped thousands reclaim their lives. During this interview, you'll learn the truth about optimal back health, so you can improve your training performance and better achieve long term results.
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10 Feb RT 160 | Charlie Weingroff – Moving Beyond Training Equals Rehab

Charlie Weingroff, strength coach and renowned physical therapist, returns to the podcast this week. Charlie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Athletic Trainer, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and an elite level powerlifter. Charlie’s DVD series – Training = Rehab – has redefined the language between rehabilitation and performance enhancement training. It is a “must-have” for every physical therapist, strength coach and personal trainer. Charlie’s no-nonsense coaching style will force you to start asking yourself tougher questions. You’ll walk away from this interview wanting to search deeper for more reliable answers that will make you a better athlete, coach, and overall person. In today’s episode, I talk with Charlie about his philosophies on training, coaching, and the importance of incorporating rehabilitation into your training. He also answers a few great listener questions. I greatly admire Charlie's "un-filtered" thoughts and opinions on training and performance.
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05 Feb The ‘Tom Platz’ High-Rep Back Squat Routine

Legendary. That's a word that comes to mind when I think of the 'Tom Platz' High Rep Back Squat Routine. I'm not sure if legendary bodybuilder Tom Platz invented it or not, but he sure made it more relevant. While there are many variations of the high-rep back squat (HRBS), the bottom line is the program involves squatting for high volume with moderate to preferably heavy loads.
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