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184 Adam Feit: Fundamental Training Principles For Better Health & Performance

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In this episode of the Super Strength Show, Adam Feit takes us on his journey to becoming a Level 2 Master Class Certification Coach and Assistant Director of Performance Nutrition for Precision Nutrition and the Director of Sports Performance for Reach Your Potential Training (RYPT). During this interview, Adam teaches you the fundamental training principles for better health and performance.  

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[INTRODUCTION]

 

[0:00:18.2] RT: What’s up Strength Maniacs? And thanks for tuning in. I’m pleased to welcome today’s guest, Adam Feit. Adam is a level two master class certification coach and assistant director of performance nutrition for Precision Nutrition, helping deliver life changing, research driven, nutrition coaching for everyone. He’s also the director of sports performance for Reach Your Potential Training, a private sports performance centre located in Central New Jersey.

 

Earlier in Adam’s career, he served as the head sports performance coach for Eastern Michigan university, as well as assistant strength and conditioning coach for the University of Louisville’s football team. He also served with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers where he assisted in program design and implemented the strength and conditioning programs including team’s performance nutrition program.

 

Adam’s passion for sports performance doesn’t end with coaching. He is an active competitive lifter in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and Strongman. Hell yeah. As I said earlier when I reviewed this, I’m loving this man. That type of a background is a beautiful thing. Actually, that’s a question I’m going to ask about how he manages to pull that off.

 

Adam is married to Marie Kate Feit. Also a sports performance coach and competitive lifter and has two beautiful children. Cody and Macy. You can connect with him by visiting AdamFeit.com and just so you know guys, it’s AdamFeit.com.

 

[INTERVIEW]

 

Adam, welcome to the show, I’m looking forward to getting into this.

 

[0:01:47.6] AF: Yeah it is, well Ray, that was quite the intro man, I appreciate you setting the tone right there.[0:01:52.1] RT: All right man, let’s just continue on with this and just keep knocking them out of the park, how does that sound?

 

[0:01:56.1] AF: Let’s do it.

 

[0:01:56.7] RT: All right. Okay, before we get into this, how about you share a little bit of info about yourself, we kind of had the 50,000 foot view of you and man training and nutrition, as it pertains to performance and training. Excuse the pun but you eat, sleep and breathe this stuff man. Tell us, how’d you get on this journey, how’d you get on this path, fill in some of the gaps for us.

 

[0:02:18.6] AF: Yeah, I think you did an awesome job kind of taking care of the big rocks and major life points along my journey thus far. I guess most a lot of us in this field of strength conditioning, sports performance, even with nutrition for instance. We had some mentors along the way very early on in our career and I think that’s been a commonality with a lot of people that you’ve had on the podcast. It’s no different really for me.

 

I became interested in weight lifting and training to become a better athlete, my high school years and right away with some of the guys I spent time with as coaches and as players, really set the tone for me to continue on and figure out there is a career in this. Kind of looking back, let’s say maybe almost 15 years now, finishing up high school, senior captain, senior season, it’s like everything to a 17, 18 year old young man and all of a sudden I had a season ending injury, I broke my arm on a pass play and tied in.

 

[0:03:14.9] RT: Yeah.

 

[0:03:15.4] AF: It was a pivotal point because that’s where I spent some time with the athletic trainer on the sidelines and trying to figure out exactly what the hell I was going to do with my life and he was the one, Kevin Afrael, never forget it and said, “Hey, you should be a strength coach man,” I had no idea what it was, turns out one of the best schools in the nation, Springfield college was right down the road in Western Massachusetts and I took it from there, I went on an interview, wanted an opportunity to play college football again to kind of get my redemption back.

 

I sat in my intro exercise science class when I was 18. Teacher was like, what do you guys want to do with your life? I knew it right then and there I wanted to be a division one health strength conditioning coach and I wanted to make athletes better because that’s what I wanted to do and I wanted to make sure I overtook that with my teammates and moving forward. I thought, “What better way to get paid, train athletes and just really watch your physical development from the get go?”

 

That’s how I started everything and my career at Springfield college was very fortunate to be around some great teammates and coaches, had a great season of development there and did a lot of internships to kind of pave the way, worked out a lot of different schools, started my field work at university of Connecticut, did my big internship at US Olympic Training Center out in San Diego working with USA’s finest and got down a little bit early, got done in three and a half years instead of four because I transferred in with some credits.

 

And kind of figured out, “Hey, if I want to keep going the way I’m going and get a job in this thing earlier than later, let’s do another one.” I got done and sitting around home and waiting for grad school applications to kind of fill the inbox. I went out to Arizona State and I was kind of the big tipping point in terms of who I would need, what I would learn and where I’d go from there. Went out there for a volunteer coaching position and that turned into a graduate assistant position at the citadel where I started my master’s degree.

 

That eventually led me back to Louisville where you kind of picked up the journey. Definitely very fortunate to where I am now in terms of coaching and living and just really crushing life was really early on and understand that. I had to do what it took right away and I kind of wait for things to happen on their own.

 

[0:05:18.6] RT: Okay, I got a question to ask you and this may seem almost silly ask this question. How much of a difference does proper program design and nutrition make in an athlete’s life or performance? What can you do with somebody? They show up, they’re raw recruit, they’re an athlete, they’ve been training for a while, they got the skill set down and all that stuff. What can training and proper nutrition potentially do for them?

 

[0:05:45.8] AF: Well I think it goes back into our company’s mission with Reach Your Potential Training is helping them maximize to performance both on and off the field. Really help them reach their potential because like a lot of us as we get started in kind of the iron game, we’re just kind of reading magazines or we’re scouring internet forums or what’s this guy doing or what’s this athlete doing? But in reality, if we’re just kind of jumping ship too often, we never really get to the point of destination right?

 

That was something I did as a high school athlete, I would train whatever I saw. I was really good at three sets of 10 because that’s kind of what I ran almost every bodybuilding book. All of a sudden I get to college and they’re testing me on 225 test or hang cleans and all this athletic based movements and I had no idea what I was doing. During those college years, it’s really eye opening to have coaches that understood the programming and the planning process and I so didn’t really dig into the nutrition and I kind of blew up.

 

I was an offensive lineman, I weighed in my [heddies] 280 pounds and I just wanted to get bigger and stronger, that’s all that matters. Kind of going back to the original question, planning and performance with the progressions of what you can do is pivotal because one, you don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you are right now. Then two, you can figure out along the journey and along the path exactly what you can do, what you can’t do and some of the setbacks that might come up.

 

And you got to be able to work around them because we often tell other coaches, the best program maybe written on that paper but you’re going to have to figure out how those athletes are feeling, you’re going to have to figure out how they’re adjusting. Because it may have seemed really great 12 weeks ago when you wrote it but things are going to have to change, curve balls are going to get thrown and as long as you have that general plan, you can work off something, that’s going to strive for kaizen, that continuous small improvement all the way through.

 

[0:07:28.1] RT: Yeah, definitely, awesome. Okay, let’s get into the first question of the interview that we normally ask and that is, how about you share with us one of your favorite success quotes or mottos that you use and how do you apply it in your training in your life?

 

[0:07:43.4] AF: Love this one man. This one came to me from a book that was recommended through a lot of coaches I had the privilege of working with and it comes from the book, Make the Big Time Where You Are by Frosty Westering who was one of the most successful division three football coaches out in the area but really, that west coast and the motto itself is “Make the big time where you are.”

 

Because I work with a lot of coaches, I work with a lot of athletes that they tend to find everything that’s wrong with the situation and they’re always looking for the next job, they’re always looking for the next opportunity and then they kind of fail to see exactly how awesome things are right now. If you’re a coach that you don’t have a big weight room or you don’t have a lot of help, you can make that big time where you are right now because it’s not going to be exactly what lies at the end of your journey, what’s at the end of the road, right?

 

You get on the high way, you’re passing some cars, you’re in the fast lane, you’re in the slow lane, you’re bumper to bumper traffic, all you care about is getting to the end. But my challenge to that is, what happens when you get to the end? Is it everything you thought it would be or did you actually enjoy the process as you went through? Making the big time where you are is kind of a philosophy that I’ve used in coaching and life because you may be in the position where it may not be the most optimal.

 

The grass may not be extremely green but you won’t know that until you get to another opportunity where you can compare that. So making the big time where you are is maximizing your development, it’s maximizing the time, it’s really for me as a coach is your impact with the resources that you do or do not have. So you do better and help other athletes and individuals on your tutelage to maximize their personal life.

 

[0:09:18.9] RT: Alright, awesome. It’s interesting to see how — to see what drives people, that’s one of the main reasons for this question and I’ve never heard of that book before actually, it sounds pretty interesting.

 

[0:09:29.5] AF: Yeah, one of my staples, one of the top three, four, five that I always recommend to coaches along the way because it really puts things into perspective in terms of we get so caught up in the outcome right? I know we’ve talked about this with some coaches of I want to lose weight or I want to squat 500 pounds and it’s like, you do everything you can, you’re pain yourself over to get to that result but what are you doing right now to enjoy this whole entire process? Are you taking in every opportunity around you to be mindful of it and have a good time with it?

 

[0:10:00.4] RT: All right, next question. That is, telling us a story of a time in your training when you encountered a major challenge. All right, so big obstacle you had to overcome, breaking your arms sounds like a bit of an obstacle but tell us what exactly occurred then and then paint for us the picture so we can kind of go back there with you and share the lessons that you learned from it.

 

[0:10:20.2] AF: Sure, yeah. Breaking my arm was definitely a game breaker, no pun intended because not only did it take me out of the gym but it also forced me to reflect exactly where I was in life, where I wanted to go. To build off that, I think there’s another big challenge as I got older and mature but breaking the arm itself was — it was a pivotal point in my life because I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

 

I didn’t take my SAT’s yet, I had no idea, I thought I was going to go to school and be a history teacher just because I had a pretty cool high school history teacher and I was like, “You know what? That looks like a good time. Maybe I can be someone like him.” So going through that time in my life, it was an opportunity for me to figure out exactly what was important to me, what did I value, what did I identify with and what were my priorities? And it turns out it was being fit, it was exercising, it was taking care of others.

 

So that definitely shaped the path in terms of where I would go to my coaching career but I’d say one of the biggest challenges as I got older and matured was, really as I got older, how my challenges started to escalate. My responsibilities started to really add up and as a college athlete, right? You have to do what you have to do to get by and show you’ll maximize your time you have there but it’s about playing ball, it’s about getting good grades and getting your foot in the door into coaching.

 

And then when I started coaching, I was football only with strength conditioning for the first three years of my career. When you’re a football only strength coach, you’re coaching football players and that’s it. As much time as you have with the day, you also got a lot of free time too because you’re only worrying about 105 guys at a time whereas. As I became a head coach, now I got 400 plus athletes, I’ve got 21 teams, I’ve got a staff to manage.

 

For the first time in my career and this was, I’d say about 24 years old. I was working out every day, I was training with former professional Strongman competitors, guys that are deadlifting in the 700’s, coaches that just, we trained our kids hard and we trained ourselves hard because that’s what I identified myself as, is I needed to be this super strong guy and this role model for these guys, whatever area the country they came from. So whether it was inner city, whether it was within the city, whether it was country boys like, we were the strength coaches and we had to be strong.

 

When I became kind of like the youngest head coach in the nation at 24, everything just kind of slapped me in the face. Training had to take a back seat and I had to figure out a way to maximize my gains and my development as a man, as a leader, as a manager and as a head coach but also to take care of myself. Going from football only and having a lot of time in the day to just kind of take care of me to shifting to an emphasis where I didn’t really have a lot of time but I knew I had to try and figure something out, so not everything was going to be lost, was kind of tough for me at the beginning.

 

[0:13:07.5] RT: Okay, it’s interesting you say that. I’ve touched on that topic a couple of times where my responsibilities and my schedule were a certain way, I had a certain set of responsibilities. My schedule, when it came to work, schooling, whatever it may be, was set a certain way. Then all of a sudden I had some change. Work changed, some things changes in life, nothing like bad, it’s just all of a sudden now I’m working a lot more than what I was before.

 

It was a pretty quick change and it was fairly dramatic change in the sense that I was putting in some serious hours and that may have had something to do with this but I didn’t clue in to the fact until later on after getting frustrated and disappointed and, “Why the heck ain’t I stick with my training?” All of a sudden I sat back and I said to myself, “Wait a minute. Well yeah, well I’m trying to apply the schedule I had prior to these commitments and responsibilities I now have, they’re incompatible, we got a problem here. So I need to make some changes so things work.

 

So I could get what I want and that may mean maybe training has to be reduced a little bit, maybe I have to shift it around somewhat so I could still get the type of results I want. Still manage to attend to the other responsibilities I have.”

 

Surprisingly, it took a bit man because I was running and it kind of caught me off guard and being somewhat hardheaded, you just kept thinking to yourself, “Oh, I’m gonna make this work. I’m gonna make this work. I’m going to make this work.” Really all you’re doing is you’re just trying to keep, it’s the definition of insanity, you’re just trying to keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result. It’s like, “Hello? How many times do you need to do this before you realize?”

 

[0:14:46.4] AF: Yeah, 100% and that carries over into everything too right? I’ve got a bad habit of saying yes a lot because I want to leave this awesome impact with the people and people. I identify myself with always being there and I’ll do anything I can and then all of a sudden you can only fit so many plates on your table, right? When you get, go ahead and you start getting rid of this plates, you’re like, “Okay, maybe I’ll free up some time, I could really be essential at the things that need to be taking care off.”

 

But then you’re just, I’ll still grab a plate but maybe it will be smaller. You finally get this routine down, “I’m going to do things like this now and now I’ve got the time and I’ll just kind of — I’ll ramp down a little bit but you kind of have this urge to be like well, why do two sets when I can do four? Why do six sets when I can do eight.” I think on the other side of the coin when this time and scheduling, all this issues kind of came up, it forced me to be a better coach.

 

Because now I realize, hey sure, if I had 90 minutes to train every day, yeah, I’m going to want to crank out a lot of volume. I’m going to train at a high level but hey, if I can get the same results in three sets instead of eight sets, now I’m thinking, I’m taking this long game approach right? I’m not so much worried about what’s it going to do for me now but can I keep this going for longer period of time?

 

[0:15:57.3] RT: Okay, so what were some of the shifts that you had to make to maintain your training and a few other things? Can you just kind of share some of that with us, what are some of the realizations that you had?

 

[0:16:08.1] AF: Yeah. Looking back on how it’s been and how it’s progressing, even now as a father and as a husband and everything that’s going on with my crazy life is I kind of took like the Pareto Principle where if I focus really on the 20%, like these big — we call them like big rocks. But the big multi-joints, three dimensional ground based movements, it’s what’s going to take care of let’s say the 80% of my results because when you’re kind of a young trainer and a young coach and you got some time , you’re going to try and do everything on to your son.

 

You’re going to try this out, you’re going to try that out. You can watch something online, you’re like, “Oh let’s throw that in,” right? It’s a good outcome based decision making that we talk about because how am I going to know how my athletes are going to respond to it for me as a coach unless I try it? You kind of find this way, you’re building the exercise poles. You’re just trying things just to figure out how it’s working for you and then you have this time that’s not there anymore. So it realigns with hey, what works, what do I know that works for me and how can I go ahead and reframe that?

 

So for me, a big shift for me was when I started to train for Strongman was there were a lot of filler type exercises that I really didn’t have to worry about. Let’s say one of them is a bench press, right? I’m here to say like it was going to do nothing for my Strongman training. So I had to analyze the sport and figure out okay, well, a lot of the stuff happens with putting weight over my head or putting away on my back or picking up a weight off a ground or moving with weight in my hands.

 

So how can I go ahead and shift my training to maximize that so I can not only bring my whole self as a strength athlete but also to be a better coach in program because there is so much time in the day and we have to figure out exactly what’s going to carry over and have that transfer to sport. At this time it really said hey, let’s cut through the unessential, let’s get rid of it and then let’s really, let’s put my money on what’s really going to work right  now because that’s what’s going to give us the results and that’s what’s going to keep us in the game for the long run.

 

[0:18:01.9] RT: Okay, very quickly before we move on to the next question. You said the Pareto’s law, what is that? You kind of explained it but if you could just specifically speak to that if you don’t’ mind.

 

[0:18:12.2] AF: It’s a principle, based off economics but essentially 80% of the results are going to come from 20% of the causes. When I look at it in terms of exercise programming, let’s say there’s a hundred exercises that you could do to be a better athlete. It could be everything from squatting, it could be bench, it could be overhead pressing, it could be hamstring curls, it could be calf raises, it could be elbow extensions, whatever you want to call it.

 

Let’s say you have a giant pull of 100 things but if you focused on the 20 biggest ones, the 20 things, the most amount of muscle, the most amount of joints, the most amount of impact on your sport, it’s going to accommodate 80% of the results that you would get. So if I focus on 80% of all the little things, if I had 80 small exercises, it’s still what it gave me the results at this big — what we call these money maker bang for your buck exercises.

 

So in programming, that’s how I look at it. If I get to the gym or let’s say I’ve got my kids with me, we’re at the facility before the kids get going. I’ve got 20 minutes to train, I’m not going to focus on steady state cardio, I’m not going to focus on my single joint movements towards the end of the workout. I’m going to say, “Okay, what’s going to recruit the most amount of muscle, what’s going to get me moving some serious weight?”

 

If I can do that by decreasing the time, the density in between sessions like the rest periods, I can get a great metabolic effect and kind of hammer home all these muscle groups that I normally wouldn’t get to. So that’s where, when I talk about Pareto’s Principles, is really focusing on those big rocks to training because I think as coaches and as athletes and just advocates of the strength iron sports that we get caught up with all the things that we could do whereas we should be focused on what we should be doing.

 

[0:19:50.3] RT: Okay, yeah. So could you give us an example very quickly for maybe — wow, this is a bit of a Pandora’s Box of a question. For a powerlifter — that’s probably really easy to answer. For a powerlifter, for an Olympic weightlifter, for a strong man and for some type of a field athlete, maybe even like a basketball pair like a core athlete, what are some of the exercises that you could quickly fire off that would represent the 20% that lead to the 80% result?

 

[0:20:20.4] AF: Sure, actually I’ll throw them all in because I think when you’re training athletes, you need to borrow from all strength disciplines right? You get your strength and explosion from Olympic lifting and powerlifting with your field sports, you know, as your movement. Let’s just start. If I get to the gym for instance and I’ve got 20 minutes, I’m going to focus on my Olympic lifts.

 

Whether it’s working triple extension, it’s working rate of force development with that bar, let’s say on day one I’ll do some sort of snatch variation. So that could be a hang snatch, that could be a power snatch, that could be a block snatch or snatch from the floor. Then if I only had time to do one more movement, let’s say we add some sort of squat variation.

 

Right there it’s a front squat, it’s a back squat, it’s a box squat, we’re looking at how much muscle and how many joints am I using here? Let’s say if it was a field sport athlete or something, I need to work conditioning, farmers walk would be really good here because you’re getting a bigger metabolic effect from carrying farmers walks for let’s say 10 bouts of 50 to 60 yards, you’re just going to hop on the spin bike and crank out a couple of cycles.

 

That could be day one of a program, day two would be, maybe this is our clean variation day, I get in the weight room, I’m warmed up, I’m ready to go, I’m doing some sort of hang and clean, a block clean, a power clean, a deck clean, something like that and then maybe I can do some sort of big pressing movements? So this could be my overhead presses, it could be my bench press.

 

My third day, what I would just kind of look at where I was with my balance if I needed a little bit more lower body and total body work, maybe I’ll throw in some sort of a clean and jerk variation or split jerks. So again, some heavy weight overhead and then if I squat it on let’s say day one, maybe I do some sort of deadlift variation. Within that framework for that movement athlete, I want to make sure I add some straight ahead sprinting, I want to throw some medicine balls, I want to jump on some boxes or go ahead and add some different elements of athleticism without weight. And then I can go ahead and kind of bunch that into a package and realize, “Hey, where are my deficiencies? Do I need to get my hamstrings stronger? Okay, let’s throw in some glut hams.”

 

For every type of press I’m doing, am I doing some sort of pull? If I’m overhead pressing, make sure I’m cranking out my chin ups and pull ups. If I’m benching a ton, make sure I’m hitting this dumbbell rows and this TRX rows. For me it’s all about, how can I stay in balance with the least amount of time as possible at the same time maximizing the development that I can get from these big, multi-joint movements.

 

[0:22:38.5] RT: Yeah, the beautiful thing is, when you focus on these stuff, your workout time, it’s severely reduced. I don’t even think it’s possible. You just said this I believe earlier. I don’t think it’s possible to get the results that these core movements provide if you’re wasting time with this other smaller movements. I don’t’ want to call them inferior, they may be inferior in regards to comparison of the results you get from the main lifts compared to these, you could almost say, assisted type of movements, accessory work.

 

A lot of people, they fall in to that. Sometimes I notice this, it’s kind of like the light night infomercials, they have this gadgets, use this gadget to tighten the inner thigh or use this gadget to tighten the upper quadrant of your buttocks or whatever. You will even see it sometimes with trainers, they put their clients through a variety of movements as opposed to working on the core movements. Yeah, they have to learn to obviously do them with proper form and be able to do them.

 

Those who are unable to do them for some reason, it completely make sense to possibly choose an alternative. But you get people doing 10, 20 different exercises when if they just did a hard set of squats, they would arguably hit 80% plus or if not more than a 100% with the results of getting with all this other stuff.

 

[0:23:55.7] AF: Oh 100%, you’ll see that in the fitness media right now on the other side of the corner, there’s guys making eBooks and products on like the one exercise day program, right? The 10 minutes a day to the rest of your life, things like that and they’re not messing around with this little things that are just, they’re not going to help you break a sweat. Most importantly, they’re not going to make you uncomfortable.

 

And I think like anything in life, there’s no challenge without the change but to get results is there’s going to be a period of growth and within that growth it’s going to be uncomfortable. It’s our job as trainees and trainers to embrace that and be comfortable being uncomfortable because the pay offs, the results will speak for themselves.

 

[0:24:34.4] RT: Agreed 100%. It’s just interesting when you do the right thing how a lot of other things kind of take care of themselves. Again, results, you get performance increase, muscle mass, you reduce the amount of time you’re in the gym, potentially. I mean it’s just interesting how many times when you do the correct things, items like that kind of fall into place.

 

Okay, let’s jump in to the next question and that is simply sharing a story of a time in your training when you encountered — sorry, when you had a major breakthrough. Again, similar to this one here where you could jump back for us and kind of paint the picture for us, explain it so we’re there with you and then tell us what was that moment that you were able to flip the switch and kind of have that light bulb aha moment?

 

[0:25:14.8] AF: Well unfortunately, it did end up in an injury and I feel like that’s a common thread with a lot of coaches talking about this moment but within that being said, it was definitely a period of growth and learning because I learned that if you chase too many chickens like Rocky did in his movie, you’re not going to catch one of them, you’re just going to go hungry.

 

So I was trying some things out, a new system of training, had to come out, triphasic training through Cal Dietz which it does an excellent job about lining, how there’s different phases of muscular contraction and how we should be targeting all of those throughout various cycles of the year and I also thought it was a good idea to kind of challenge my mind and body to run a half marathon because I’ve always been a strength power athlete, I was an offensive lineman.

 

So I got good at lifting weights and being an offensive lineman, you only had to work hard for a couple of seconds at a time. As I got older and I lost weight, I kind of figured out, “Hey, this lifting weight thing is working but I want to go ahead and stretch my comfort zone out a little bit.” So ironically or coincidentally, however we want to look at this type of reference but I was training for this half marathon which is really just no goal of mine, just to say that I did it.

 

I didn’t want to stop running, I want to say that I accomplished something and I was training hard in the gym and I was really burning the candle from two ends and within the middle itself. I found out that my body couldn’t handle the three to four runs per week with the half marathon plan that somebody had written up for me. Actually I just kind of stuck to hey, I’m just going to run two days a week and then that kind of got into one day per week.

 

So I was doing my long runs on Sunday and I just go out there in week one and it would be five miles, week two would be six miles and I go all the way up to get ready for 13 miles. I’d be training hard on Monday, ‘cause Monday was squat day. In squat rep, I’m on a heavy cycle of some eccentric work and all of a sudden I’m coming out of the bottom of a front squat and I just feel my back just completely spider web into the most painful nerve pain I’ve ever experienced and I wrapped the bar and sure enough, I was like, “Ah, you know, I’m all right, I’ll just kind of suck it up,” and I tried to get under the bar for the next set and then it was over.

 

Fast forward a little bit I found out that I bulge one of my disk in my thoracic spine which if you talk to a lot of lifters, they get a lot of problems with their lower back, their lumbar and sacral regions. This was kind of a unique approach because I met with some physios and physical therapist and they’re just like, “I’ve never seen a case like this,” and right there, I was like, “Okay. I’m telling my kids and I’m telling the people I’m around with to know your priorities and here I was trying to chase too many things. I’m going to the all you can eat buffet with two plates instead of one and I learn from it.”

 

Unfortunately, I had some injuries prior to that and I’ve lifted some heavier weight as I was training for strong man and power lifting and this was the defining moment and ever since then, now I’ve really had to scale back and I’ve had to be very smart with what I do and how I apply that and specifically how frequent that is. So I don’t need surgery but a couple of weeks later I thought I was good and then I sneeze and then my back went out again and I said, “You got to be kidding me, I’m in my mid-20’s, I can’t believe this is happening.”

 

But that was a breakthrough moment for me because I realize, “Hey, let’s stick to what I’ve been telling people and be really good at one thing and if I’m going to try something else. Hey, you’ve got it, tone it down on one side,” right? I’ll give you the analogy to my athletes that we have this bucket and everything that we take away from it leaves the bucket and everything that we add to I, adds to it. There’s sleep, there’s great nutrition, that’s going to add to our bucket or gas tank.

 

And then if I’m training, if I’m practicing, if I have mental issues with my girlfriend in high school or class work issues or fights with my parents, that’s going to drain form it. I just simply, I wasn’t filling my bucket enough and as frequent as I should have. I had to change my training. I’ve had to switch out some deadlift variations. I’ve had to listen to my body a little bit more because it’s important for me as a coach to continue to walk the walk but now I have to be very smart.

 

I just can’t open the door and be like all right, sweet, I’m going to catch you later, I’m just going to go for a walk. Now, where am I walking, how far am I walking, where am I turning, am I in the right side of the road because I’ve got kids now and in my life has many more years left of it. I want to make sure that I can maximize that living and not just sitting around to my backs all jacked up.

 

[0:29:37.9] RT: I hear you guys talking about that, the risk and reward as you mature and get older and not simply because you get older but many times simply because you’ve taken on more responsibilities and you just got to ask yourself, “Is it worth doing certain things that have a high risk for injury or a higher risk for injury than something else? And really, at the end of the day, how much more benefit or gain am I getting out of this specific thing, this activity, this exercise?”

 

And I know some of us are hearing this and even I am as I’m saying it, it’s like, “Man, I don’t want to live life like that where I’m limited.” It’s like, well it’s not about being limited, it’s about being intelligent. I mean it’s like, “Are you walking a tight wire between buildings?” “No.” “Why?” “Because I don’t want to fall down and kill myself.” To a degree, that’s an extreme but it’s something along those lines right? You got to be intelligent with what you’re doing, that’s all.

 

[0:30:30.2] AF: Yeah, it’s funny how we go back to that and as we’re younger in this field is who are we validating this actions for right? It’s like, “Oh I need to deadlift 500 pounds.” Well why? Is that a qualifying mark for a contents or are you trying to set a record and if you don’t have this outcomes clearly listed, what’s the point? Just because I’m a strength conditioning coach doesn’t mean I have to bench 700 pounds.

 

I should be able to demonstrate and coach and instruct exactly what I want my athletes to do because I firmly believe that if I’m going to have my athletes do it, I need to know what it feels like but it doesn’t mean I need to squat a thousand pounds in deadlift 800. And I really realized that when I got married and had my kids that I didn’t have to just walk the walk and sprint the straight away so to say. It was, I had to make intelligent decisions, right?

 

Training with the guys or spending time with the kids. What was going to be the risk versus reward, clearly I was going to value something more than the other. I knew that as my life got older and more responsibilities got added to my plate, I was going to have a lack of sleep, I was going to have this busy work schedule but I realized I can occasionally ramp up when I was feeling good. But in coaching you’re always telling kids like, “Hey, if you’re not first, you’re last,” right?

 

If you don’t lift heavier, if you don’t’ run faster, you’re going to get blown by and in reality, there is a time to sprint, there’s a time to slow down and hell, there’s even a time to just put the freaking cruise control on and just coast. As you get older we learn that and we can go ahead and modify as needed and instil those lessons and to the people that we get to work around with whether that’s our training partners, whether that’s our life partners, is there’s going to be various degrees of training.

 

[0:32:06.4] RT: Agreed. You know what? It’s interesting, quite a few of the people that I’ve talked to from precision nutrition, we’ve had quite a few on just in the last few episodes here. They really seem to — you guys seem to bring a lot more to the table than simply, “Here’s a workout to follow.”

 

You guys seem to really integrate it with the rest of life, you take that into consideration and I think there’s been a bit of a kind of, I don’t know, maybe with the internet, who knows? There’s been this kind of push towards the extreme side of training to the point of basically missing out on all other areas of your life, excluding other areas of your life. I think ultimately when you do that, you really end up losing out, I don’t think you really get as much out of your training or life, which is sad.

 

Talking to you guys, I got to tell you, whether it was you, Kate, Krista, I mean there’s a bunch of you, I talked to JB, you guys all brought very interesting concepts and thoughts and it’s like, “Guys, we’re here to train and have a good time but this is like, here to support the rest of our life unless you are a competitive athlete that’s trying to be the best of the best which technically, that should be your goal if you’re a competitive athlete. Otherwise, kind of strange. Why are you there.?”

 

The best that you can be bare minimum in my opinion should kind of be your goal if you’re competing. Then do you really need to be training the way you’re training, you’re doing the things that you’re doing. You’re following a workout program that’s designed for somebody who eat, lives, sleeps, breathes, nothing but training because this is an Olympic athlete that’s state sponsored and that’s the program you’re following.

 

Meanwhile you’re going to school, you got a part time job, you got a girlfriend and maybe you’re married with a couple of kids, I mean who knows? Can you not see that there’s some incompatibilities here? That is maybe giving you an extra percent or two in results where it’s important at that elite level. Does that makes sense? It’s like, “No, it doesn’t actually when I look at it like that.”

 

[0:33:54.3] AF: Yeah, just kind of to piggy back off that. I think that’s where the main stream media should do a better job of highlighting this individuals that, “Hey, they are running corporations, they are a family man, they are getting stuff done.” It’s amazing, like you go to Barns and Noble, you go to these bookstores and you go to the self-help section or motivation and it’s like, “Do this in only five steps and make the life you want to live.”

 

And then you read these things or you listen to these podcast and they don’t’ have families right? They’re living in their mom’s basement and they don’t know any adverse situations and they’ll tell you, “Hey, if you want to be the 100% best version of yourself, don’t get tied down and don’t put yourself in a position where other people are going to count on you.” I’m like, “That’s what life is man.” I was reading a book and I was listening to those podcast and I said, “I can’t resonate with this guy because he doesn’t share the same experiences that I go through,” right?

 

You tell athletes or you tell your training partner to suck it up and he’s got to make the most of it. “Hey, you don’t know what it’s like to go ahead and have it home man,” that changes the game or you got a big project, do it work. My challenge is to media and you’re doing a fantastic job is, “Hey, let’s get some real people with real problems and issues and ask them how they adjust to it.” Because when that curve ball gets thrown, these guys ain’t striking out man, they’re not going to sow with the fence because they’re smart, they’re intelligent and they understand to take it from a different angle.

 

[0:35:18.1] RT: Yeah. You know it’s funny, there’s a book that had a big impact on me and I talk about it all the time. Dinosaur Training by Brooks Kubik and he actually came across the information that’s in that book and the history of physical training, physical culture. He was in a point of his career, I think it was in mid-30’s, in his 30’s, lawyer and he was just slammed with work and he just had not time for anything.

 

All of a sudden he somehow came across this concept of a abbreviated training and having to adjust his training and that just kind of took him down this glorious path where he discovered the heritage and the history of physical culture and how they train back in the day and this and that and the other thing but it came out of necessity. “Necessity is the mother of all inventions,” as they say. I just find it’s interesting how when you’re kind of put into a situation where you are kind of forced to adapt to evolve.

 

A lot of good things come out of that but it’s interesting how for the most part we try to avoid being put into those positions. There’s a lot of that that tends to go on. It’s just, I think out of nature it’s like, “Well I don’t want to have to take on too many spinning plates.” It’s like yeah, because taking on too many spinning plates with the way we’re currently doing things is probably not going to work, you’re going to have to go about doing things slightly different. Then you will be able to handle that stuff in all likelihood.

 

Or the question is, are those plates even worth being messed around with, maybe you need to be looking at something else to do. It’s just having a bit of like a critical mind when thinking of what it is that you want to do. I think that’s important and I think that will take you really far, it will definitely help you minimize screwing around and wasting time with stuff that’s not ultimately getting you where you want to go.

 

[0:36:57.6] AF: Oh yeah, 100% on that. That’s going to be the essential practice at its best is what is it going to do for me now, what is it going to do for me in the long run and the best way to do things, right? Water is going to climb a mountain on its own right? It’s going to find the least amount of work, it’s going to do to kind of trickle down that mountain side.

 

So if we can find a way within our programming and the way that we’re living life to get the maximum result with the least amount of discomfort and with proper programming and strategies, I mean look, that should be our goal I think.

 

[0:37:28.1] RT: Yeah, agreed. Okay, we’re going to go to a break Adam. Guys, you’re listening to the Super Strength Show, we got Adam Feit on, he’s the assistant director of performance nutrition for PrecisionNutrition.com. Make sure you guys check out that website, they got some amazing stuff going on there. You want to get a source of information that cuts through all of the BS when it comes to nutrition and let me tell you, arguably one of the biggest mounds of BS out there is probably that underneath the banner or the heading of nutrition.

 

These guys are the people to go to, they’ll tell you exactly what you need to do and it’s really quality information man, without all the hype and BS and all that other crap, it’s good stuff. Make sure you check him out and we’ll be right back, hold on to your barbell, your dumbbells, your barbell, damn, that didn’t sound right did it? I think I might have to put the explicit rating on this interview now.

 

All right, we’ll be right back guys, hold on.

 

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[0:39:21.8] RT: All right guys, it’s the Super Strength Show and we’re back with our guest, Adam Feit who is, in addition to being a part of PN or PrecisionNutrition.com, he’s also the director of sports performance for reach your potential training which is in Jersey. Tell us a little bit about that before we get in to the other questions.

 

[0:39:39.4] AF: Wow, we are the opportunity for a lot of today’s youth, especially in Monmouth County New Jersey to go ahead and maximize their full development. We pride ourselves on helping them improve their self-esteem, their mental strength and then their physical dominance and I think that’s what really separates us from a lot of places in the area and just even worldwide because I think getting kids bigger, faster, stronger and less likelihood to incur an injury, that’s the easiest part of our job.

 

So what are we doing to make them better teammates, what are we doing to them to make them better athletes? But more importantly, what are we doing to make them better people for life in society? Because come 20 years down the road, it’s not going to be about how many scholarships we help get, it’s about what type of people they turned in to. We take a very holistic approach to coaching them, and we want to make sure that when they leave us, way better than when they first got to us.

 

[0:40:32.1] RT: All right, sounds good. How do people find out more about that?

 

[0:40:35.2] AF: Our website is igotrypt.com.

 

[0:40:45.2] RT: Okay, all right, I was going to say, “I got ripped — wait a minute?” Cool, I like that, okay, I like that one. All right, let’s get into the next question which is, if you could recommend one Adam, one resource for our listeners when it came to their training, what would you recommend? Book, app?

 

[0:41:01.6] AF: Does it have to be one?

 

[0:41:03.3] RT: Okay, go for it, what do you got for us? I’m sure the listeners are going to appreciate this.

 

[0:41:06.0] AF: I just got…

 

[0:41:06.7] RT: I try to make it easy by saying one. But yeah, no if you got more for me…

 

[0:41:09.5] AF: I got three really good ones so. I have to give credit to Mike Boyle for his original functional training for sports, this came out I think maybe it was like 2004, right before I got finished with undergrad and Mike Boyle’s been world renowned, working with high level athletes and running centres and kind of being on the performance circuit of speaking.

 

What I really loved about coach Boyle’s original book was it provided a template where we could actually go ahead and program, right? We weren’t just programming exercises. Like, “Oh, I’m going to the gym, I’ve got chest today.” So it was an incline press, it was a flat press, it was a cable cross over.

 

When I was training to be an athlete and learning how to coach athletes, the book kind of put in context of hey, why don’t we look at movement patterns? Instead of saying it’s squats today, it’s lower body push and then it’s a horizontal push and it’s a vertical pull. That was really the framework on how I started actually to learn how to program for myself and the athletes that I was coaching.

 

So I want to give a lot of credit to his book there because that kind of set the tone and then upgrading a little bit is when I start working with Joe Can who is the head training coach for the Carolina panthers was his book The Tier System. Because that took the frame work of a program and took it to another level in terms of intensity cycles, in terms of full exercise, pull development classification and kind of coming up with an organized classified order of where movement should fall within the weekly plan.

 

So it wasn’t just kind of piece milling exercises together, it wasn’t about body part split typing, it wasn’t about doing this type of move or that, it was about how can I get a system within the fool athletic base training model. Lastly, I’m going to recommend, I brought it up earlier but try basic training. It was kind of a rebirth of tempo training but again to a whole another level in terms of athletic development by Cal Dietz because a lot of us kind of grew up on like the Charles Harlequin, do your heavy centrics and that’s the best way to get hypotrophy and whatnot.

 

And Cal is the strength coach in the University of Minnesota, really applied the different phases of muscular contraction, eccentric, isometric, con centric and reactive to make sure that you are developing the whole entire athlete to get them as strong but mostly as powerful as possible. So I’d have to go — those are my top three for training.

 

[0:43:26.2] RT: Okay man, I love it and you are obviously passionate about them. We’ll have links to all of those in the show notes page and I love it man when guests bring more than one. It’s good when people bring bits of advice, they bring pieces of training resources, they’ll recommend this that or the other thing but it’s really nice man when it’s something that pretty much anybody can get their hands on and afford.

 

So I really appreciate that.  It’s amazing with the Internet nowadays how much information is out there and that’s a good and bad thing. When you guys show up and you guys are able to kind of help us cut through all that BS by providing a good resource that people can go to that’s tried and tested. It means a lot so thanks again, I really appreciate that Adam.

 

[0:44:04.0] AF: Yeah, absolutely. For sure.

 

[0:44:06.1] RT: Okay, here we go, this next question is one we like to have some fun with and when you answer, if you wouldn’t mind being — you know, drilling down, giving us some specifics that we could take away and put to use and just so you know, I get a little — you’ve listened to this show before so you know I get a little goofy sometimes. Here we go.

 

You’re doing your thing, you’re doing your training, you’re working away in the gym and you catch a whiff of something man and all of a sudden you have a flashback to collegiate days. It’s like a mound of jock straps man and it’s like junk funk is not good funk all right? At least that’s what we’ve heard right? Wasn’t there always one guy or I don’t know, maybe this is just a rumor that didn’t wash his jockstrap ‘cause he thought it was like good luck or bad luck to wash it? I don’t know.

[0:44:51.0] AF: Maybe, I can’t testify that on personal experience.

 

[0:44:54.0] RT: I come around the corner man…

 

[0:44:56.2] AF: I don’t want to incriminate anybody.

 

[0:44:56.9] RT: Yeah, I come around the corner and you’re like , “I just found him, it’s right there.” I think he’s picked up everybody else’s, this is a really weird guy man, what’s going on here? I come around the corner man, I’m like dude, it’s not me man, it’s the car. I hand you the keys, you walk outside, the one and only DeLorean, parked outside, full tank of hot garbage, ready to rock and roll man, you just got to floor it, pedal to the metal, get it up to 88 and then boom, back to the future, knowing what you now know, how would you structure your training to get the best results in the shortest period of time and set you up for long term success?

 

[0:45:28.0] AF: Man, the biggest one that if I had the opportunity to kind of ride in that and hit up 88 and kind of chat with Doc Brown and I’m going to spin it a little bit in terms of relating it to coaching athletes is, don’t neglect the movement work, right? Everybody always worries about how much they can lift, they got to go ahead and, “I want to send a PR in the weight room,” and that’s all they identify themselves with is getting on to this record boards.

 

I learned it as an athlete in high school, in college and even early in my coaching career was, we were so worried on how strong our kids were getting and we were not taking care of mastering the number one thing that they’re going to have with them the entire time and that’s your body. Within the movement work, it comes down to mastering these general physical preparation qualities of their bodyweight, sprinting, changing direction, body weight strength and calisthenics and gymnastics movement.

 

Because I’ve seen it with a lot of the work we’ve done with our jump training and working with thousands of high school athletes is if everybody’s just worried about training their bench press. as my partner Bobby Smith says, if all they’re worried about is their bench, that’s what they’re going to be sitting on. Because there’s just so much, this athletic development process that a lot of coaches, I still see it man, I see the forms, I see it online, on Facebook, I’m talking with coaches on conferences.

 

They just keep bragging about how many guys can clean this and dead lift this and squat this but when they get to the field, they can’t move, they’re getting hurt and they can’t go a little bit longer and sustain that capacity that we’re just trying so hard to develop. This is a big one for me man because I take it real close because I made the mistake and I want to make sure other coaches take the time to warm up, take the time to warm up, take the time to master your bodyweight, understand it’s a slow cooking process and don’t rush to just go ahead and put weight on the bar because we’re setting ourselves up, and the kids that we train around with and coach, for failure in the long run.

 

[0:47:27.1] RT: I like that. Just very quickly you mentioned jump training, is that something that can be trained so you’re saying, is it increasing vertical?

 

[0:47:34.9] AF: Yeah, when I look at it and we actually just finish a project on it, the coaches got the jump training. It’s, when we look at jumping, if you’re looking at it from a coaches’ standpoint of view. It’s a twofold approach. One, I want to go ahead and try to improve power right? I want to apply as much strength as possible and I want to do it the quickest amount of time and if you’re not confident teaching the Olympic lifting.

 

If you don’t have room to do medicine balls, jumping serves as a great way to get that triple extension that coaches are looking for as well as enhancing that kind of speed strength continuum because that’s where support is going to occur, it’s not going to occur if you hook a Nintendo unit to a squat bar, it’s not going to occur at .15 meters per second, it’s going to happen a lot faster than that.

 

We want to improve performance by enhancing that speed of movement but the most important thing I look at is decreasing the risk of injury because I’ll ask you Ray, when, let’s say you’re watching a basketball game right? March madness is going on right now, our guys is going to be getting hurt and going up for the lay up or slam dunk or they’re going to get hurt coming on the way down.

 

[0:48:36.1] RT: Yeah, obviously the latter.

 

[0:48:37.7] AF: Right, so we’re focusing, I see it on YouTube where everybody’s putting his highlight videos up, guys are box jumping 61 inches, their long jumping 12 feet and then following, their knees are touching and it’s like, “Why aren’t we worrying about the aftermath right?” We’re so concerned about stretching the measuring tape out further and razing the box site that nobody’s looking at the mechanics, nobody’s making sure that hey, their landing position is the same as their starting position because they’re going to have to jump again.

 

They’re going to have to push, plant, pivot, cut, turn, rotate, flex, extend and they got to be able to absorb force before they could produce that. We look at jump training twofold is yeah, let’s improve their performance and maybe it’s higher verticals, maybe it’s longer long jumps, maybe it’s a better control of your body but really, the latter is, let’s reduce the risk of future injury by controlling the eccentric movement and making sure that they can control that body when it matters most.

 

[0:49:30.0] RT: Yeah, if anything, they’re looking for trouble because they’re increasing their vertical but they’re doing absolutely nothing for their landing position and that is ultimately probably a bad thing because as you are, for the average athlete, probably that deceleration in that landing is probably not really as well as it could be.

 

Just period and then you go out on top of it even in increased vertical. “Well man, what are you doing here? You’re just adding more potential for injury and it’s interesting how the deceleration, that tends to be where a lot of the injuries occur in general isn’t it?

 

[0:50:05.8] AF: 100%. When you look at any type of body position that goes out of out of placement, right? You pull a hamstring sprinting, you tear an ACL, planting or cutting, these mechanisms of injury, a lot of it is related to this lack of eccentric strength and control.

 

Even goes into let’s say weight room performance right? You see the guys at the gym, they’re bouncing the bar off their chest, they’re catapulting it off and they’re showing no control of the bar and really respective of their — yeah it’s just one thing, I’m just really passionate about it, we work with a lot of female athletes and we see kids tear ACL’s one because of lack of adequate strength but two just body control.

 

It’s kind of a mission of ours to make sure that we’re seeking out the research, we’re working with great coaches and therapist to make sure that our kids, when they get to college and sport is a little bit more reactive, it’s a little bit more chaotic and it’s Amen, it’s not a pillow fight like it was in high school. You’re working with the best of the best that they don’t lose that first year because of injury, they don’t lose out on this time. Let’s get a head start on that, let’s keep them healthy so they can produce results.

 

[0:51:12.7] RT: Interesting. Okay, I know how many times people just want to, you know, they want to go faster, they want to accelerate quicker. It’s like a martial arts class, more often than not of any responsible martial arts class, will work with you on form. And then on defence, before they start adding in speed and some of the more aggressive offensive type of maneuvers or techniques and many times it’s like, “Okay, kind of boring, want to get to the other stuff.” It’s like, “Well yeah, that’s just going to get you into trouble if we don’t take care of this stuff first.” Definitely something to put on people’s radars and interesting that you mentioned that today. I appreciate that, thanks.

 

Now, you were saying, when it came to going back and setting things up to get the best results in the shortest period of time. Okay, you shared a couple of points with us, do you have anything else in particular you could give us, any specifics that we could take away and use right now? Also, again, not just to give you fast results, short term, that’s not all I’m talking about. Remember, also set you up for long term success as well. Do you have any other take away you can give us?

 

[0:52:10.1] AF: I think one of the biggest things that we can learn from some of the points previously listed is really develop a plan and understand that it’s going to be fluid, right? It’s going to change, you’re going to have days where we got all the time like we go off the script right? It’s like, “Hey, I’m feeling it man, maybe it was the caffeine pill or maybe it was the pre workout. I had a great night of sleep and the bar, the bar feels like the whole thing is filled with helium, these plates are just going up fast.”

 

When we talk about going off the script, it’s important to remember that we had a script in the first place. Respecting the script, most of the time but also listening to your body because let’s say you have a 90% week and I program a lot with intensities and relative intensities and just figuring out exactly where we are in terms of we’re feeling and how fast the bar is moving. But we may put on a 90% load which is going to be a very difficult load anywhere between one and four reps.

 

And if it’s super heavy and it’s feeling like it’s 100%, we got to be able to take that, have that confidence to kind of ease back and say, “Hey, it’s all right, today’s not the day, let’s reevaluate, let’s use some outcome based decision making and let’s maybe revisit this next week.” But going back to having a plan, it’s understanding that find out your outcome. If it’s a meet, let’s say it’s a competition, understand where you want to go and kind of reverse engineer that is how do I do the thing before the thing? If your goal is to total 1,200 pounds in your first powerlifting meet, well what are you going to do to get there?

 

That kind of goes in to what I’ve learned with working at Precision Nutrition is developing the skills and practices day in and day out. To build these habits so that we can go ahead and take care of this outcome. I like looking at everything from like a macro picture if it’s a 12 week program, “Hey, this is what I’m thinking in this phases. These are the type of goals I’m looking to accomplish.” But again, if you want to bench press 400 pounds well can you bench press 365 and can you bench press 315?

 

Are you doing the little things like actually tricep work, actually recovery work? Building this data pool of all these little skills and practices to get you to that outcome of goals. Tying it all together is respect the script, take the time to do it instead of just kind of winging it because winging it will only get you so far as you develop yourself in this physical culture of getting better and producing results is, you’re going to have to be a little bit more detailed as you go on to be an intermediate and advanced training.

 

[0:54:32.3] RT: It’s interesting. The one thing that, in addition to a lot of other things you said here just now. One thing that stuck out to me is having the confidence to say, “Okay, today we’re going to have to pull back a little bit.” Why did you use the word confidence?

 

[0:54:46.7] AF: I think a lot of it comes down to is we don’t want to second guises yourself and I think throughout the years of being an athlete especially we’re often told to land, play like an athlete or gets through it, toughen up, rub some dirt on it and when you go through that for so long you just kind of tend to believe it, right?

 

You hear this self-doubt and you’re like, negative self-talk, you’re just like, “All right, yeah, whatever, I just got to get through this.” Then you get older and then you realize, “No, it’s really not a good decision right now.” Maybe that’s gut based coaching, maybe this is kind of that inner thing, you’re just like, “I just don’t feel great about this and maybe it’s an experience,” like you’re herniated or bulge a disk where you realize, “Hey I should have listened to myself.”

 

I think the confidence aspect is understand, “Hey, I’m going to make a decision, I think this is the best thing for me not only now but for the future of let’s say my lifting career but I know I’m going to have the resiliency and the tenaciousness to go ahead and attack it when the time is right.” It could be the next day, it could be next week. Understanding and respecting the process I think is a crucial aspect as you get better in this game.

 

[0:55:47.2] RT: Yeah, agreed, agree and it is a fine line. There is some people who are going to think that potentially that this is, you’re wussing out by saying that and there are other people who may look at this and go, “Okay, this is my excuse to just never really push that hard,” and that’s not what we’re saying here.

 

What we’re saying is, you need to understand where that line is between pushing yourself when you need to be pushed and kind of letting off on the gas when you realize, “You know what? This is probably not the day to be doing this for some reason I may not be” — something is off, who knows, whatever it may be, you didn’t sleep enough the day before, you trained really hard the day before you recovered. Whatever it is, it’s probably better off, I kind of ease up a little bit. The question I have for you is, how do you determine where that line is? How do you figure that out?

 

[0:56:30.5] AF: Well, if we took it to the whole elite level, right now we’re in the world of technology, there’s awesome things out there like velocity based tracking devices, there’s heart rate variability. The game of technology is kind of making itself into a consumer level where you don’t have to pay thousands of dollars to get these devices for a couple of hundred bucks you can track the speed of the bar which we’ve shown to show signs of overreaching or over training.

 

You can do these Google surveys, you can figure out all these little apps that are happening but it’s a matter of trial and error and kind of testing it as it goes, if we go back to the basic principle of the scientific method, it’s testing things, it’s have a hypothesis, it’s collecting data. You want to make it real simple, keep a training log. Instead of writing, “I did five sets of five,” like Bill Star program, right?

 

“225 and then next week I did five sets of five at 250,” and the same thing with diet, don’t write down exactly what you train and what you eat, write down how you feel. Write down how you felt before, write down how you felt right after. Write down what your recovery protocol was like. How you felt the next day and I think that’s — I see it in the gym now and I’m very fortunate I work in a great facility, it’s 16,000 square feet, it’s an athletic factory.

 

But when I travel for business and I’m going to present on behalf of Precision Nutrition or the gym, I pop my head into a corporate wellness center or Anytime Fitness, something like that and you’re not seeing training logs. You’re seeing fancy headphones on top and guys texting in between sets and you’re not seeing people write things down. wWe want to make it real simple? How about we track our training and how we’re feeling before and after?

 

[0:58:05.7] RT: That’s an interesting bit. I know with me I’ll normally put down how much effort perceived effort it was to do the set but to add a little bit more inform in terms of felt fast, felt slow, felt energetic. I will tend to put that at the end of the session just in general how I felt during that session. You’re saying maybe to be a little bit more specific with that, maybe per meal, per set even to write down the type of info.

 

[0:58:31.7] AF: Well I think RP is definitely a great tool because that kind of takes the consideration a little bit of everything but I would usually try and do it, let’s say I get done snatching, let’s say the bar weight was 60%, I know how fast it should be based off my experience and it didn’t feel that fast. Well make some notes. Was it my technique, did I find my coach queuing me more than usual? Well then maybe that’s a technical issue.

 

Let’s say I go and do back squats for instance and I’m doing five sets of five like I said earlier and by that fourth and fifth rep, it’s a grind. Five reps set, let’s say 80% should be very doable. But if it’s really struggling, maybe that day that 80% feels more like 90% or 87 and a half. It could be within an intercept protocol but definite right rafter that exercise is done.

 

Because we do the same thing with food log and if I just wait until the end of the day, “Oh yeah, I had this, it was a good amount of this, I kind of had a little bit of that.” You forget and you lose sight of exactly how hard it was or how easy it was. If you try and do it at the end where all you’re trying to do is get out of the gym or put your kids down to bed and like, let me review my training log today. It’s probably not going to be as accurate as it could have been.

 

[0:59:42.9] RT: Yeah, agree 100%, it’s got to be done as it’s happening. You eat that meal, you finish up, boom, write down whatever it is you’re going to write down. You’re doing that set, boom, write down, right then and there. Even by the end of the workout, if you try to go back and put in information, tends not to be the best, it’s just not the way to go about doing it.

 

So I agree with you, that is some good advice and I really do think a training log is arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment or data that you could have. Like you, I don’t really see too many people tracking that stuff man and that really surprises me. I mean I got training logs that go back forever and ever. I mean since day one more or less. It’s surprising to see that people don’t have them and don’t refer to them.

 

[1:00:26.5] AF: Yeah, that’s one of the biggest things in determining feedback and where to go next and I’ll write out a great plan, I’ll put it on Microsoft excel, I’ll bring it with me. But sometimes I’ll just say I’ll swap it, I’ll put it on a note card and I’ll bring it out with me then I’ll take the note card and transfer it into my file because tracking is a necessary part of the decision making and changing process because — I mean you look at diet, right?

 

You work with these physique coaches, you see these things going online, they’re going to ask you, “What were your macros or how did you feel here and this and that?” Because they’re going to have to make changes and if you don’t have the data to quantify how you’re feeling and what your pictures are showing then how can you expect to move forward to make progress?

 

[1:01:04.5] RT: Agreed. Now, quickly, how do you use that information? So you’re tracking down your notes, you’re writing all this information, you’re writing down your workouts, how do you go back and use that, historically? Like I remember there was a time when I was training and this is hilarious. I almost didn’t want to change exercises because it’s like okay, I got really good at whatever, stiff leg dead lifts. I got really strong at them. But if I change, I’m not going to stay as strong at them and not only that. I’m not going to remember how much weight I did in the past.

 

That is ridiculous that I thought that but I mean that’s a novice man, that doesn’t know any better. Then all of a sudden I realize, “Well wait a minute, I’m writing all this stuff down, I could just go back and take a look at the last time that I did this.” So the question for you is, how do you go about maximizing that information that you’re gathering or getting extracting value from it?

 

[1:01:51.6] AF: Well I think it’s like anything is, you have some sort of a performance, I call it performance cycle but at RGM we call them that, we call them open sets or money sets and tell the kids we want them to cash out like take out the withdrawal but you have to have an idea of where you’re leading off. So if you’re a novice trainer and you’re changing the exercise every two weeks and you’re not really accommodating to that threshold of how much better you could get or how much stronger, you’re right, you’re not going to have any ideas.

 

So what I’ve done as you experience yourself through the game is, hey, I may only stick to a primary exercise for maybe three to four weeks at a time. But I’ll use what’s called like variation within simplicity and say, “Okay, I’m going to do the same movement, I’m going to still clean or I’m going to still squat but maybe I just changed the bar, maybe I just changed the box site?” And a lot can be popularize going back to Louie Simmons, the godfather of powerlifting.

 

But as you get older and you accumulate these years and this reps and sets in the squat rack so to say, if you vary just a little bit, it’s enough stimulus to keep progress moving forward and then you’re able to address weak points, you’re able to address these different aspects of a certain bar that maybe did to address earlier. Then when you go back to that, now you have concrete data. Hey, let’s say week three I did a sick bar bench press and I did 275 for eight, great.

 

You may not come back to that for another eight weeks or so but you’ll do others have suppressing exercises. So maybe it’s a new chocolate bar to keep those elbows healthier. Maybe you’ll do some incline or maybe you’ll do a higher board press but as long as you track your best, your personal effort, your record that you got and took care off, you can go back to that.

 

It’s really just about, “Hey, what did I get? Let’s write it down, let’s funnel that in for later and then let’s regroup, what did I get that time?” Not steer and clear from it right? Don’t take six months off from squatting. Find a way to squat, it could be barbell squat, it could be goblet squat, it could be land mind squat, it could be bodyweight squat, whatever it is. Continue to groove those motor patterns so the body stays in tune with it and then when it’s time to load it, you go for it.

 

[1:03:51.9] RT: How do you go back, like when you switch from one exercise to another? Like you said, you have a variety of squatting or pressing or pulling, whatever motions, potentially a month, two months, whatever can pass before you come back to a certain exercise.

 

How do you make sure that you’re able to find that information and know, “Okay, where was I last time with my sets and reps. The weight that I was using and all this other information that you need to know to make sure that I’m not just simply starting back at a weight that’s way below where I was and I know what to aim for and what to try to surpass,” if that is your goal?

 

[1:04:24.7] AF: Yeah, for me, it’s just simple logging. If it’s a black notebook that I carry with me, I take my notes in there or I do a lot of work on the computer with Microsoft excel with the programming for my own athletes is, I just make my file and I just keep a master record and I’ve got a file that I’ve been keeping since I started training very hard.

 

When I started Strongman training back in 2008 and that’s got some things that I’ve kept track and I’ve got some personal records, I’ve got some numbers, I’ll probably never hit again because I just had a — I was kind of a novice back then, right? You make your biggest gains early on and it gets harder and harder but for me it’s literally that. It’s carrying a log, it’s checking back in and just keeping track.

 

I find the same thing as a parent. My kids are growing up right in front of my eyes and I’ve got a folder that as we take pictures on our phones, it’s not just leaving them on our phones or posting them on Facebook. It’s, “Hey let me batch upload it and let’s put it into this folder and let’s track this journey together,” because I want to go back in 10 years and be like yeah.

 

I remember my PR’s. I know my biggest numbers, I know exactly where I was, I know exactly what I did. I may not know to the T what I ate before or what I ate after, but I remember that day and I remember what it does. I use video too. I tell my kids all the time, “If you did it, great but if it’s not on video it really doesn’t exist.” I kind of use that for, “Hey, I’ve done it, here’s the proof I’ve done it and here’s the training log I use to get there.”

 

[1:05:43.0] RT: All right Adam. Man, this has been a good interview. Man, there’s a lot of good information here and boy can you ever hear the passion that you have for training. For nutrition as well, which we surprisingly didn’t even get into too much detail about. We’re going to have to get you to come back on man, to talk to us about that.

 

[1:05:55.6] AF: Yeah, that sounds good to me man, It’s been quite a dual role, I love both and I thank strength conditioning for giving me the platform to be in nutrition coach because you could say whatever cliché thing you want, it’s nutrition’s, abs are made in the kitchen or there’s a difference on the field. We know it’s a big deal to our performance as trainees and as athletes as well. You got to do both.

 

[1:06:20.4] RT: Oh yeah, agreed, 100%. You got to throw in the sleep as well, the recovery. I think one thing that became very clear after doing a few of these interviews is the guys and the gals who are really doing good and really making serious progress, performing at the top levels. They take their training seriously but they also take their sleep and nutrition just as serious as their training.

 

[1:06:41.1] AF: Oh yeah.

 

[1:06:41.9] RT: I think a lot of us, I don’t know but all of us but there’s some of us out there I know I was guilty of this, you go to train and it’s just like that’s the battle, that’s the war and it’s like this is awesome. You get all excited and pumped up for it, which I know to some people training is misery but to most of us listening, we love it. And then the nutrition and sleep was stuff you had to do as well but you just didn’t — it didn’t carry the same weight or same importance, excuse the pun by the way.

 

It didn’t carry the same importance as your training did and the reality is, anyone of those is off kilter, it doesn’t matter how hard you train. I mean A, you’re not going to be able to train this hard and B, you’re just not going to be able to extract as much from your training, you’re leaving so much on the table which is ridiculous.

 

[1:07:20.2] AF: Yeah, it’s not even — people want to say, “I’m over trained,” or it’s so incredibly hard to over train. It’s more that we’re under recovering and if athletes would stop taking time off in the gym and enhance their recovery mechanism so whether that’s coming up with sleep rituals, dialling in on their nutrition which I found working with the thousands of athletes I’ve worked with, it’s always those two things. It’s eat more and sleep more. That’s going to take care of the training so you should never feel like you’re over training, you’re probably just under recovering.

 

[1:07:20.2] RT: Yeah, I would agree with you. There was — who said this? I remember reading it in a Body Magazine years ago, it was like Kevin Labronie or maybe Shawn Michaels. Anyway, one of these guys, it’s something like there’s no such thing as over training. It’s just something like under eating I think. Yes, sure, you can get to the point that you’re over trained, we’re not saying it’s impossible but I think the point you’re making is the majority of people who probably feel like they’re over trained, really, they just don’t have the other things in check.

 

[1:08:20.0] AF: Yeah, its’ working with everybody that we’ve worked with, there’s a 168 hours in the week, you may only train three to five of those.

 

[1:08:26.5] RT: Exactly.

 

[1:08:27.8] AF: So you talk about behavior modification and change. It’s, what are we doing to enhance their sessions and not during their session but after that. And that’s, hey, you break it out, the session’s over. Fill up your water bottle, what’s the post workout routine? Is it nutrition, is it stretching, is it cold tub, is it meditation, is it ritual? Whatever it is, it’s a much more involved process than just showing up and doing work.

 

[1:08:51.1] RT: Okay, I got it. We’re going to have to bring you back and we need to talk about, arguably have you on for nutrition and either in the same episode or a different episode, have you come back on and talk about post workout recovery. Or just recovery period. Just recovery, just all together, not necessarily just immediately after the workout. I would absolutely love to hear what you have to say about that. I imagine there’s some variety of rituals and things that you can do that fit all personality types.

 

[1:09:16.7] AF: Absolutely and I think going along as the research continue to get better and look more long term is we’ve made it out to be a little bit more harder than it needs to be and we shouldn’t be worrying about what type of protein blend we get or what type of oligosaccharide or what type of chemical we want to buy from a general nutrition center. It’s about keeping things basic and applicable to life and that’s what’s going to give us the best results.

 

[1:09:42.5] RT: All right, so that means yeas, you’re coming back on?

 

[1:09:44.7] AF: You got it, Love to be back.

 

[1:09:46.9] RT: All right, awesome, I love it. Okay, Adam, this has been awesome, thank you in behalf of myself and the listeners. Where do we find out more about you?

 

[1:09:55.0] AF: Well, personally, I’ve got my own blog website that I’m trying to keep up to date with but as you’ve heard, if you still listen since this point, it’s a kind of a little tough but my personal website is AdamFeit.com and the gym I’m a partner with located in central New Jersey right in between Philly and New York is igotrypt.com. But yeah, you can find us and the amazing work that we’re doing with Precision Nutrition and you’ve mentioned that earlier before at PrecisionNutrition.com.

 

Any of those websites, I’m also on social media pretty heavily so you can check me out on Facebook, my twitter handle is @Adam_Feit and then yeah, would love to connect, I’d appreciate if anybody is still listening, you haven’t cut us out yet, for your time because this has been really awesome.

 

[1:10:39.1] RT: We got an audience that’s rabid when it comes to their training and their nutrition and all things that fall underneath the banner of or the heading of physical culture. You’ve been delivering some goods, the passion as I mentioned, man, it’s contagious, the enthusiasm that comes off of you. This has been a great interview, I really appreciate you coming in here and sharing all this with us.

 

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What it also does is, it allows guys like Adam, these experts that are busy man, you heard Adam already say it earlier, he’s got his work, he’s got his trading. Oh, by the way, training, that’s another thing I wanted to ask him about. How does he blend Olympic weight lifting, strong man, power lifting, Adam, we got to have you back on man like three times now okay?

 

I wanted to ask you how you blend all that stuff together but anyway. That will be for next time. It’s never enough time guys to get all the questions and it just never is. Anyway. What it does is it allows guys like Adam who are busy, they see this platform, they see there’s an engaged audience because of the reviews and go you know what? We’re going to check this out because this seems to be well worth our time.

 

That benefits all of us in the end. Adam comes on, years and years of training, he mentioned he’s been through a pretty serious injury by the sounds of it, he’s performed at the highest levels when it comes to his coaching and whatnot. Years of training as I mentioned and he’s coming on here and he’s just sharing that wisdom with us.

 

One little tip which could have took him years to figure out. Boom, just like that, within a short little interview here, maybe not exactly short, short but short compared to Rogan experience, the Joe Rogan experience. Just like that, you gain wisdom, so that’s the magic of having these great guest come on the show.

 

That’s why we really bring that up all the time, those five star reviews, it allows to get this amazing guest to come on. Other than that, feedback — good bad or fugly, let us know. At feedback@superstrengthshow.com, don’t hold anything back, send it all over, if you have any training photos, if you have links to videos, before and after photos, if you have shots of your home gym for example. Your home setup.

 

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All the goodies that Adam mentioned, ways to get a hold of him, all that other stuff, lobby on the show notes page, bonus Q&A, some videos, we got a lot of goodies, highly recommend you go to the show notes page. All right, again, superstrengthshow.com put in Adam Feit.

 

All right, with that being said, boom, we’re out of here, Adam, thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

 

[1:13:47.5] AF: Ray, it’s been an honor man, thank you so much for putting this together and it’s just an honor to be a part of all the other speakers and awesome coaches you’ve had the opportunity to interview like really means a lot. Thank you.

 

[1:13:58.3] RT: Thank you, you’re welcome and thank you. Guys, Precision Nutrition, they got a lot of amazing stuff going on. We’ve had a whack at their guys on here just in the last little bit. Check them out, highly recommend you guys check them out and if what Adam is saying resonates with you as I always say, the only real shortcut is doing it right the first time and that requires you to find a mentor who has been there, done that, has done it, taken others like you to the Promise Land and has come back and is willing to take you there too. PN, PrecisionNutrition.com, Adam Feit, these people, these are the guys that can do that for you too okay?

 

As we always say, put this stuff to use and until next time, train smart, train hard and we’ll talk to you then.
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More Specifically in this Episode You’ll Learn About

  • Adam explains his unconvential path to becoming a fitness coach
  • Learn what proper training and nutrition can do for you
  • Starting with a general plan and then continuously making small changes along the way
  • How to accomplish your goals and enjoy the process of getting there
  • The importance of being able to adapt to life circumstances
  • Using the Pareto Principle to get things done more efficiently
  • Focus on the big rocks of training
  • Learn to how to scale things back and avoid tackling too many things at once
  • Consider the risk and reward factor when it comes to your training
  • Find out how to get maximum results with the least amount of discomfort
  • Adam explains what Reach Your Potential Training (RYPT) is all about
  • Don’t neglect the movement work
  • Learn how to develop a solid plan
  • Understand and respect the process of achieving your goals
  • Start to write down what you feel in your training log
  • Over Training Vs. Under Recovering

About Adam Feit

Adam Feit is a Level 2 Master Class Certification Coach and Assistant Director of Performance Nutrition for Precision Nutrition, helping deliver life-changing, research-driven nutrition coaching for everyone. He is also the Director of Sports Performance for Reach Your Potential Training (RYPT), a private sports performance center located in central New Jersey.

Earlier in Adam’s career, he served as the Head Sports Performance Coach for Eastern Michigan University, as well as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Louisville’s Football Team. He also served with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, where he designed and implemented the strength and conditioning programs including the team’s performance nutrition program.

Adam’s passion for sports performance doesn’t end with coaching. He is an active competitive lifter in Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman. Adam is married to Mary Kate Feit (Jones), also a sports performance coach and competitive lifter, and has two children Cody (3) and Macy (1).

You can connect with him by visiting AdamFeit.com

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Training Resources Mentioned in this Episode

RYPT – Reach Your Potential Training

Make The Big Time Where You Are by Frosty Westering

Functional Training For Sports by Mike Boyle

Coach’s Strength Training Playbook by Joe Kenn

Triphasic Training by Cal Dietz

Guest Videos

Delaware’s Strongest Man 2013

Back Squat 405×11

UGSS July 19 2009 London Ohio Adam Feit 600 SG Deficit DL

Connect With Adam Feit

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Bonus Q&A

Every person that we interview on The Super Strength Show has an opportunity to answer some extra questions that aren’t asked in the podcast. It’s a chance for our listeners to learn a little bit more about our guests and to get even more value from our show. Check out the answers that  Adam Feit provided below!

Can you share one of your habits that contribute to your success in the gym?   Always something never all or nothing. HRV scores will be down, joints will ache and motivation won’t always be there. Instead of calling it a day, MAKE IT A DAY.

What are your favourite exercises?  Cleans–all heights, weights and speeds. I love cleans.

What are your favourite muscle groups to train?  Always use a total body approach. that’s how my athletes compete and that’s how we train. You can’t ever choose which muscles to use or areas to involve. Sport is ground based, multi-joint and 3-dimensional. Let’s train that way.

What are your favourite pieces of equipment?  Weightlifting platform, chin-up bar and a squat rack. Possibilities are endless.  From a home based gym standpoint, it’s nice having an Airdyne, Powerblock set and some TRX straps!

What is currently on your workout music playlist?
Rick Ross
Bush
Eminem
Rage Against the Machine
Adele
Boy Sets Fire
Rise Against
Beastie Boys
Run DMC
Trick Daddy
Follow our gym on spotify here:  https://play.spotify.com/user/igotrypt

How do you psych up for a workout or set?  I usually pace around a few seconds, gather my thoughts, get my HR up and set the tone to succeed.

What was one exercise or routine that gave you great gains in muscle mass and/or strength? Strongman training. Splitting up my training split over the course of two weeks rather than just one really opened my eyes up to longer programming and planning. That and the Tier System.

What’s your favourite way to speed up recovery between workouts?  Activity with my kids. Tag, playground, whatever. I spend as much time as I can with them running around when I can.

What’s your favourite meal?  
1 bag of Rainbow salad
2 chicken breasts
1 bag of steamable quinoa and brown rice
Couple tablespoons of Sweet Baby Ray Wing Sauce and Glaze.

What’s your favourite cheat meal and how often do you indulge?  I try not to categorize meals as “cheats”–any type of meal should be enjoyed appropriately and mindfully. But, for those times when I’m looking for something a little “uncommon” it’s usually a thin crust pizza or a Qdoba burrito.

What supplements do you feel work well for you?  None. I am the worst at taking pills, powders and prescriptions.

What do you do to relax?  Travel. Strangely enough, my positions with Precision Nutrition and RYPT allow me to travel and present often. While working, I find just the act of getting away from family, the office and  “normalcy” of life really rejuvenates me.

 

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    I used to lift heavy in my late teens and into my 30s and then other thinks like kids,job, house etc took over and I lost motivation. I'm 52 now and starting to show the signs of aging so I thought I better get back at it. It was real tough. Slower gains, easy injuries, slower recovery. Tough to get back into the grove. While searching for some motivating pod casts I came across the SSS pod casts. I listen daily and I can honestly say that it has changed my life. It's more motivating that a gym full of people. I have learned more in 2 months than I learned in 20 years. The host is great to listen to, is very knowledgeable and keeps me wanting more. The guests are great. I look forward to listening. We have a wellness committee at my work and I think I have the entire group as fans of the SSS. Please don't ever stop!

  • Physical Autonomy = Personal Liberty
    June 18, 2016 by Mrsborch from United States

    Ryan inspires me to change my fitness mindset from just doing more reps to creating a body to live the life I want.

  • Lucky find
    May 16, 2016 by Keith3187 from United States

    Stumbled upon this podcast and very glad I did, fantastic guests with tons of evidence based information, highly recommended.

  • Tier 1
    May 14, 2016 by Dragon 1-5 from United States

    Truly a great pod cast very informative and 100% applicable.

  • Great interviews
    May 5, 2016 by Adamdv18 from United States

    Ray has some very interesting guests on here and does a good job of getting some useful information out of them.

  • Intelligent, interesting interviews
    March 25, 2016 by Clown puncher 5000 from United States

    Really. Smart guys.

  • Killer Podcast
    February 26, 2016 by RidgeWC from United States

    Ray puts out a really great show—every episode is top quality!

  • Great work!
    January 14, 2016 by NotMattDamon from Canada

    Impressed by the content and guest - keep up the great work!

  • THE Super Strength Show
    December 14, 2015 by Oastorga from United States

    I came across this podcast through another great podcast (the RDella Podcast) and I must say I'm hooked. I like the action items that are revealed for us to do rather than just taking in more info. I especially like that is simple but not simplistic. I'm 58 years young and shows like this reafirm that I'm doing the right thing. I use Kettlebells, Sandbags, Barbells, Indian Clubs and body weight in my training. I don't look like a fitness model but I feel pretty good. Knowing more and refining techinque has been very important for me. The idea is not to just listen but to do something with the information. The format allows that. Thanks for your hard work.

  • BOOM!
    December 1, 2015 by Getusomemore from United States

    I listened to the entire interview with Danny Kavadlo while I was cooking dinner. VERY good podcast! I give it a ?!!

  • Highly recommend this show
    November 30, 2015 by Altruistic? from United States

    I love this show. Thoughtful host. Interesting guests. Since listening it, I have been giving more consideration to the mental side of training. It's a very encouraging show.

  • Great show!
    November 14, 2015 by Rmolson from United States

    I started training at the age of 41 obese and intimidated. The guests are an inspiration and encouragement toto keep moving forward on this journey.

  • Amazing Content
    November 13, 2015 by MattTucker93 from Canada

    Love listening to this podcast. Amazing information and I always learn something from all the great guests. Thank you!

  • Great show
    September 15, 2015 by unadjective from United States

    Some really cool guests that I wouldn't otherwise come across and Ray does a great job getting into their expertise. Almost always wish the show was longer.

  • I love this
    September 12, 2015 by Mvecdi from Canada

    Please don’t ever stop,i really enjoy it. Wish i found it before. I listen to it while working out or driving etc. Just wanted to tell you to keep doing what you are doing. And would love to see more of people like Mike Israetel etc. Such as Brad Schoenfeld. Anyways love the show, thanks for making it.

  • Very professional
    September 7, 2015 by Ayrshire Lad from United Kingdom

    Always learning something new from Ray and his well selected line up of guests. Sometimes feels a little repetitive as Ray asks all the tried and tested questions to ensure the listener always has a takeaway..its laid back but focused and very professional !!

  • I love this
    September 3, 2015 by Mvecdi from Canada

    Please don’t ever stop,i really enjoy it. Wish i found it before

  • The best podcast in the strength/ fitness industry!
    August 28, 2015 by Powerlifting101 from Canada

    I recommend this podcast to anyone that trying to physically and mental better them self in every aspect.

  • Excellent Resource
    July 25, 2015 by J. Steinmann from United States

    Some great interviews with a wide variety of people. I've listened to a number of episodes, and there's always some great information in every interview. If you're serious about strength training, health and fitness, or just want some good life philosophy, this podcast is worth a listen.

  • Must subscribe!
    July 9, 2015 by Roddygo from United States

    This is one of the best fitness podcasts. A lot of big names from various backgrounds and Ray asks good questions. He also knows when to ask follow up questions without getting too out of subject and having the guests share some more secrets

  • Great Show!
    July 8, 2015 by Wes Kennedy from Canada

    Ray is a great host and has a wide range of quality and professional coaches that have a TON of experience to share with you. Check it out!

  • Excellent interviews!
    July 8, 2015 by another anatomy geek from United States

    Ray does a fantastic job of asking articulate and interesting questions. I always really enjoy his podcasts and learn useful info! Keep up the good work!

  • has become the best Strength podcast
    June 21, 2015 by SuperHuman YYZ from Canada

    I think its overtaken superhuman radio and motivation + muscle as the top podcast for those who love physical culture and the iron game. Ray does a great job interviewing, just the right amount of interjecting his ideas and opinions. The guest list is incredible, the who's who, past and present.

  • The fountain of youth.
    June 10, 2015 by rroxanne from Canada

    Very good . I love the article. I listened to it 3 times to write everything down. Lol. Bad memory. Oh and love Rays voice.

  • just pure MEGA, Pig Iron all the way
    May 25, 2015 by Strongman1981 from United Kingdom

    The Super Strength Show is an amazing and extremely informative resource for anyone involved in physical culture. With an enthusiastic and highly intelligent host and a who’s who’s line up of guests, a must for anyone to sit down, eat grapefruits and enjoy. great work chaps

  • On another level! Once you hear one episode you will have to hear them all!
    May 22, 2015 by Chuck Osswald from United States

    Super Strength Show starts with top performers/coaches/trainers from around the world and chunks down all the important pieces, directed towards any audience. Ray Toulany is unparalled in his ability to make information easy to understand as well as tease out the unspoken gems. You will be glued to your speakers for the entire episode and find yourself eagerly waiting for more. The care put into each episode is clear with a show notes page that helps the curious learn in any medium. Keep up the great work and thanks Ray!

  • A fountain of Strength and training knowledge
    May 14, 2015 by HCF82 from United Kingdom

    After searching for an age to find a good strength podcast I discovered the super strength show through Chris Duffins interview and have been hooked since. The format is excellent with some of the best voices in the world of strength and conditioning appearing. No nonsense straight talking, this really should be one of your first resources to go to if you are a coach or an average joe looking to improve in the weight room.

  • fantastic
    May 10, 2015 by gena_wallis from Australia

    i enjoyed your session.looking forward to more staff.Victor from the Youngpreneurs Podcast!

  • Well structured, interesting, and informative.
    May 2, 2015 by TEEJ888888 from Canada

    I just listened to the first two episodes of the podcast. It's really good. The questions are solid, there is lots of good advice for lifting and for life, and Ray does a good job at interacting with the guest but keeping things on track and flowing. Ray is articulate and the guests seem professional and smart. Overall, I'm very impressed.

  • My top 5 favorite show!
    April 16, 2015 by mrcdmag from United States

    Great show with lots of valuable information! I always have my notebook open and writing.

  • Top strength show
    April 16, 2015 by Alastair7890 from United Kingdom

    Very informative. Top guests

  • Great Show!
    April 10, 2015 by SloneStrength from United States

    Well prepared show. Amazing professionalism! Keep up the great work.

  • AWESOMENESS CONTAINTED
    March 4, 2015 by jamie729 from United Kingdom

    This is an awesome podcast the format, the guests & the topics disscussed are all truely infomative. No BS contained the show always opens up new schools of thoughts and ideas to the listeners. keep up the good work.

  • Subscribe, instantly addictive
    March 2, 2015 by thebroadkaz from Canada

    This show is amazing to listen to it motivates you not only for the gym but for setting and achieving goals in your every day life. Very motivating and positive. Truly helps to get you in the right frame of mind for life and for the gym.

  • An absolutely ace show everytime
    February 24, 2015 by Tommy Eggleton from United Kingdom

    This show is phenomenal! The format and repeated questions for each episode keep the show driving forward, the guests have had ample time to prepare excellent and considered opinions and yet the show never feels like anything but no-BS conversations on building seuperhuman strength and mighty bodies. The host, Ray Toulany, consistently does a marvellous job of drawing out even more from his guests than the material they've prepared and some of the stories that are teased out are superb. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anybody that trains, thinks about training, or simply admires strength sports and bodybuilding in general.

  • Great Resource
    February 4, 2015 by Velvet Jones81 from United States

    For someone new to the strength sports like myself this show has been a great resource. Thanks for doing this show. It has helped a lot.

  • Paul McIlroy
    February 2, 2015 by Paul McIlroy from United Kingdom

    I've been an avid aficionado of all things strength and physical culture related for the vast majority of my entire life. As a former world champion powerlifter and trainer of world champions in different strength sports I can honestly say that Ray Toulany's Super Strength Show is an absolutely INVALUABLE resource for those wishing/needing to maximise their holistic understanding of strength, what it is to be strong, why that is important and how to best achieve it! The list of guests reads like a star studded "who's who" of strength and conditioning ROYALTY! Plus, more than anything the interviews are a ton of fun and provide a fascinating insight into the very best in the business and what makes them tick. It was my complete pleasure and privilege to be a guest on this amazing show (episode 37). If YOU claim to be serious about strength training and are not currently subscribed to THIS show, my honest advice is do so immediately...if not sooner!

  • Super Strength Show
    January 26, 2015 by Joeino from United States

    I love this podcast as I seem to pick up valuable information from each guest. Listing to this is a fun and productive use of my time

  • Excellent Information
    January 26, 2015 by TaylorrrrNB from United States

    These guys obviously do their homework, work hard to create an excellent show and know who to interview in the world of strength and fitness! I’m very impressed by what they have created and the quality of what they do. You need to subscribe! TODAY!!

  • by Brandon Richey
    January 22, 2015 by Great Work SSS from United States

    The Super Strength Show is a fantastic resource for all things concerning strength, fitness, and life. The multitude of guests provides tons of information and perspectives that every listener will appreciate. If you’re serious about strength and the physical culture this is a resource that you just can’t pass up!

  • Very glad I stumbled across this podcast!
    January 22, 2015 by rk102 from United States

    Great info from big-time guests in the strength and conditioning world. Keep up the great work, Ray!

  • Awesome show
    January 13, 2015 by Bonjower from Canada

    The Podcast is the best I’ve encountered in the fitness/bodybuilding sector. The host has a great ability to pull the pertinent information out of his guests. The topics are great and you seem to be able to get useful information out of every interview! Awesome podcast!!

  • Do yourself a favour and subscribe
    January 1, 2015 by GameOverBoss from Canada

    The amount of info and resources in the SuperStrengthShow is just incredible. All of this coming from guests that are the best of the best in their fields. Great questions are asked to these guys and some really insightful answers given (along with a few laughs). I hate wasting time and i'm always looking to evolve and refine my training. This podcast has saved me hours of digging through the crazy crap on the internet to find valid info. It has also introduced me to things i would have never thought to look up. Really can’t recommend enough.

  • Master SFG
    December 24, 2014 by X-Fab69 from Italy

    Awesome Podcast! A whole lot of great and useful information provided by very accomplished athletes and coaches with an extended experience on the ground!

  • Charles C
    December 22, 2014 by CharlieConnely from Canada

    Very impressed with the quality guests that the Super Strength Show is interviewing. Loaded with with actionable and inspiring information. Great production quality and daily episodes!

  • Well done Ray
    December 19, 2014 by Matt McWilliams from United States

    Wow…Super Strenght Show Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Ray. Keep bringing it.

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