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01 Mar RT 199 | Juliet Starrett – The High Performance Life Of A CEO, Mom, And Athlete

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 RT 198 | Katy Bowman – Movement Matters, The Science Of Better Movement

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 RT 197 | Dr. Craig Marker – What It Means To Build The Anti-Fragile Self

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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08 Feb RT 196 | Scott Keneally – Rise Of The Sufferfests

Scott Keneally is an investigative journalist and is the writer/director of the incredible documentary "Rise of the Sufferfests." Scott's documentary reveals the international growth and obsession behind the Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) phenomenon such as Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and the one you probably have never heard of called Tough Guy. Scott shares his own personal story of transformation about competing in OCR's and why he was so passionate to make a film about the sport. *I've seen the documentary and it's fantastic, be sure to check it out. Here's what you'll hear about in this week's show:
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07 Feb Struggling With The Kettlebell Snatch Test? Try This

(*If you're struggling with kettlebell snatch test or simply want to make it a better experience, this article offers 2 great solutions.) One thing is certain. High rep kettlebell snatches will get you in great shape and forge a leaner, stronger, and more conditioned athletic body. The truth is, the kettlebell snatch test is not my favorite thing. I'd much rather do heavy deadlifts or clean and jerk a loaded barbell. With that said, building strength-endurance is a very important quality because it allows you to "do more" and perform better over a longer period of time. While there are many qualities of strength, strength-endurance is the ability to produce force over time, it's the ability to continue to produce force over a given time period. That is essentially what the snatch test is - sustained force over a given time. Snatching a *24 kg kettlebell (see below) in 5 minutes or less can be very grueling for most people, but it's outstanding for building a high level of conditioning, improving strength-endurance, developing explosive hip power and dynamically enhancing shoulder and upper body strength. It's a wicked exercise and explosive movement.
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01 Feb RT 195 | Why You Need Explosive Strength

In this short episode, I'll share my thoughts on why explosive strength is not only important for the athlete, but for all of us. It could be argued that developing the quality of explosive strength is the "most" important strength quality - and I'll explain why. This week's show is your "5 minutes of strength" and I may post similar shows like this in the future (where I share a quick concept in a very short episode). Let me know what you think.
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