On this episode, coaches Brad Loomis, Andrea Valdez and Eric Helms go in-depth on the coaching methodologies used for strength and dual athletes, and how these practices differ compared to those used with physique athletes.
The group covers topics including: Weekly check-in differences, how the coaching approach will change when dealing with novice vs. advanced powerlifters, and the large affect one’s mentally can have on their performance when attempting near maximal loads.
A very through discussion follows in regards to the overall concepts used when setting up programs for dual athletes. Brad, Andrea, and Eric go through their common weight-cut protocol and why it prevails in comparison to the sauna, what is a good number of powerlifting competitions per year for the typical powerlifter, when is the appropriate time to add additional assistance work to a training program, and what are the most beneficial lift variation exercises to add when this time comes.
The group shifts gears slightly at the end and finishes with a discussion on whether they believe direct abdominal training is necessary for either physique or strength athletes.
Selected Links from this Episode
Weight-cut protocol schematic- https://marylandpowerlifting.com/2007/09/14/makingweight/
Eric Helms – Direct Abdominal Training
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