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A light-hearted take on many topics loosely related to Powerlifting. We cover training advice, coaching, nutrition, injury management, performance enhancing drugs, psychology, general sport science as well as featuring some of the finest strength athletes in Ireland and the world.
 
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Biomechanics and sports injury expert Dr. Judd Kalkhoven joins me to discuss a number of topics relating to sports injury. Originally from South Africa, Judd currently works as a lecturer in Biomechanics at the University of Technology in Sydney. In this episode we discuss; what exactly is an injury? What is training load and what relevance does it…
 
This is part two of our mini-series looking into the origins of common strength training, nutrition and/or general physical culture myths. In this episode, we discuss the history of safety concerns surrounding youth resistance/strength training as well as the origins of concerns around masculinisation effects caused by strength training among femal…
 
Ian Darragh joins me to review a study by Hall et al. (2021) titled "Prediction of muscle fiber composition using multiple repetition testing"We discuss this paper to find out whether or not one can predict their muscle fiber composition using multiple repetition testing in the back squat. Alternatively you can watch this episode on Youtube - Link …
 
Adam Meakins joins me to discuss the complexities of low back pain, bullshit in physiotherapy, physiotherapists spreading kinesiophobia and more.Follow Adam on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/adammeakins/?hl=enAdam's website - https://l.instagram.com/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fthesports.physio%2F&e=ATN1c0r8DVvLMz2Xu0a8iD01Hkw_TWl_6-CucjeTZT2o6QYJ8wAxEQ2…
 
This is the first in a series of episodes where I and Dr. Conor Heffernan explore the origins of some long standing strength training myths. In this episode, we discuss the origins of some common myths around squatting being harmful to the knee joint and the phenomenon of "muscle boundness".Links to sources mentionedKarl Klein - https://journals.lw…
 
Tyler Williams has a PhD in Human Performance from the University of Alabama and currently works as an assistant professor at the University of Samford. His professional interests include monitoring resistance training performance and programming strategies for enhancing muscular fitness. In this episode, we discuss his PhD research looking into th…
 
Dr. Conor Heffernan joins me once again to discuss some of the key women within the physical culture timeline. It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive.Recommended resources:1. Strong like her book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strong-Like-Her-Celebration-Unstoppable/dp/1982120851/ref=asc_df_1982120851/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&h…
 
Tom Maden-Wilkinson is a lecturer and researcher with expertise in muscle physiology. Tom is currently based at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. In this episode we discuss Tom's work investigating the adaptations that contribute to strength performance among long-term strength-trained individuals.Papers discussed - https://journals.physiology…
 
Welcome to the very first No Lift podcast journal paper discussion. I'm joined for this episode by Ian Darragh. Ian is an Olympic Weightlifter, a PhD student at DCU and a fellow exercise science enthusiast. In this first instalment, we discuss a paper by Sakamoto et al. (2020) titled "Hyperventilation-aided recovery for extra repetitions on Bench P…
 
Dr. Conor Heffernan returns to the show. In this episode, we discuss the evolution of the gym/strength training facilities as well the history of free-weight strength training implements (barbells, dumbbells etc.). Follow/share the podcast on Instagram - @noliftpodcastYou can follow Conor on Twitter - https://twitter.com/PhysCstudySources mentioned…
 
Alex Kolliari-Turner returns to discuss his recent publication titled "Analysis of Anti‐Doping Rule Violations That Have Impacted Medal Results at the Summer Olympic Games 1968–2012". We discuss some of the good and the bad of these findings as well as the implications for future anti-doping practices.Link to the full text - https://link.springer.c…
 
Dominic Munnelly returns to the show (previously a guest on episode 82). We discuss how Dominic has adapted to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, exercise promotion and issues that currently plague the fitness industry. It is worth noting that this episode was recorded a few weeks ago when gyms in Ireland were still closed, hence why it might…
 
Kedric Kwan is a Powerlifter, a coach with The Strength Guys and a PhD student at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. His PhD research focuses on acute weight cutting strategies for Powerlifters. In this episode we discuss the science and practice of weight cutting for Powerlifters. The Strength Guys coaching team - https://thestrengt…
 
Greg Lehman is physiotherapist, chiropractor, a strength & conditioning specialist and an expert in pain science. He recently co-authored a paper titled "Getting out of neutral: the risks and rewards of lumbar spine flexion during lifting exercises". The paper synthesises some very interesting research on the topic and we discuss its implications f…
 
Shane Littrell is a cognitive psychologist based at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on bullshitting (no joke) and he recently published a paper titled ‘You can’t bullshit a bullshitter’ (or can you?): Bullshitting frequency predicts receptivity to various types of misleading information.In this episode we discuss what bullshit is, …
 
This episode features part two of my conversation with Stephen Manuel. We discuss Stephen's current training routine, RPE & RIR (repetitions in reserve), social media frustrations and more.Stephen's IGTV - https://www.instagram.com/projectnattygoat/channel/?hl=enProject Natty Goat Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/7hZkSJlhJWxJeCNlINsxOh…
 
Stephen Manuel returns to the show. We discuss competing in Bodybuilding vs. Powerlifting, gym frustrations, his bipolar diagnosis and more. In part two, we discuss training in more detail.Check out Stephen's IGTV series - https://www.instagram.com/projectnattygoat/channel/?hl=enProject Natty Goat podcast -https://open.spotify.com/show/7hZkSJlhJWxJ…
 
Dr. Conor Heffernan returns to discuss the evolution of technique in the squat, bench press and deadlift. How did people perform back squats in the early 1900's before racks and stands were commonplace? How did people train the upper body before the invention of the bench press? What effect did Powerlifting have on exercise technique? We cover it a…
 
RTS founder Mike Tuchscherer joins me to discuss how he has worked around injury in recent years and pursued other strength goals beyond Powerlifting. We also talk about how Mike has managed to maintain his enthusiasm for training, more than two decades after starting it.https://www.instagram.com/miketuchscherer/?hl=enhttps://www.reactivetrainingsy…
 
Rob Sheahan's story is truly incredible. The recipient of Ireland's first double lung and liver transplant, Rob has cystic fibrosis and has spent his whole life battling the disease. As his condition worsened over the years, he decided to try strength training, which successfully improved his health and overall quality of life. However, Rob continu…
 
Keith Davin of TDE equipment joins me to discuss how he has managed to create a successful gym equipment manufacturing business over the past 12 months. We get into some of the finer details of the products that the company offers, which includes combo racks, Monolifts, belt squats, benches and more! If you like gym equipment, you will enjoy this e…
 
In this episode, I am delighted to welcome back Dr. Jim Nuzzo along with regular guest Dr. Conor Heffernan onto the show to discuss Jim's recent publication, which is titled "History of Strength Training Research in Man: An Inventory and Quantitative Overview of Studies Published in English Between 1894 and 1979". It's an incredible piece of work a…
 
Alan Flanagan is an encyclopedia of nutritional science, with an in-depth knowledge of the literature in the area. In this episode we briefly discuss poverty & obesity, fitness fallacies such as the "nothing matters diet" and an unfortunate incident on a plane journey one time for Alan. After that, we discuss research study methodologies and how th…
 
Meghan Bentley is a PhD researcher in dietary behaviour change at the English Institute of Sport & Leeds Beckett University. She also works as a sports nutritionist within high performance sport. In this episode we discuss her own research as well as the practical application of behaviour change.https://twitter.com/bentleyRNmeghan…
 
USAPL National Assistant Team Coach Brad Couillard joins me to discuss his background, his injury history, how he got into Powerlifting coaching, advice for young coaches, how to be more professional as a Powerlifting coach and more. Brad runs Integrated Strength and you can find him on Instagram as @Bradcoolyard…
 
Kelly McNulty is a PhD researcher at the University of Northumbria in the UK. Her research focuses on menstrual cycle variations in exercise performance. We discuss her work and its implications for coaches and athletes. You can follow her work on Twitter @kellymcnulty and on Instagram @periodoftheperiodhttps://www.instagram.com/periodoftheperiod/…
 
Dr. Lisa Lewis of drlewisconsulting.com joins me to talk about her practice as a clinical psychologist and a sport psychologist. We discuss her background, psychological management of injured athletes, psychological resilience as well as a discussion about scope of practice and more. Hope you enjoy it and if you do, please consider sharing across s…
 
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