I (Joshua Gibson) interview elite level weightlifters, coaches, and experts in the field of strength and power development.
Ep. 100: Sean Waxman (Drug Culture & Developing Clean Athletes)
Sean Waxman has been a mainstay of USA Weightlifting for the last three decades. He’s competed with the best and he’s coached the best, including top-ten finishers at the WWC and a Pan Am silver medalist. There aren’t many people who can match his understanding of biomechanics and weightlifting technique.
Join us as we discuss how the pandemic forced Sean’s hand, why cleaning up the sport of weightlifting isn’t as easy as it sounds, and what it takes to develop clean athletes.
The link to the show is in my bio and can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and other podcasting platforms.
Listen to Sean discuss this concept further at the Weightlifting House “Coaches Only” event:
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Ep. 99: The Anatomy of a Coach-Athlete Relationship w/Willpower Weightlifting
Willpower Weightlifting is more than a brick-and-mortar gym. Willpower Weightlifting is an attitude, a mindset, a culture that’s taken Justin Holly nearly a decade to develop.
Join Justin, myself, and Jordan Sakkas (Justin’s nephew and longtime athlete) as we discuss the anatomy of a coach-athlete relationship.
Justin and Jordan have been working towards gold for the better part of 10 years, since the inception of Willpower, living out the wins and losses, learning from each other, investing, and understanding the energy and time that goes into developing both a world-class athlete and a world-class coach.
Listen to Justin discuss this concept further at the Weightlifting House “Coaches Only” event:
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Ep. 98: Being a Type One Athlete w/Kelly Wild
Rising to the top of any sport takes talent, grit, determination, and a sickening amount of work. Kelly has done this in multiple sports, all whilst living with the diagnosis of type one diabetes.
Join us on this podcast as we discuss the highs and lows of Kelly’s life; from diagnosis at age 5, to becoming an ice hockey world champ, competing in the CrossFit Games, and winning USA weightlifting nationals.
It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, as much of this was accomplished in less than ideal circumstances, battling spiking and tanking blood sugar levels. Nevertheless, Kelly found a way to manage the circumstances and excel.
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Ep. 97: Jennyfer Roberts | Speaking Out
We interrupt your regularly scheduled podcasts about programming and technique, to bring you a voice that needs a bigger reach.
Jennyfer Roberts was an up and coming weightlifter. She had risen through the ranks, swiftly dominating the platform and adding kilo after kilo to her total. Her story takes a turn during her first international trip with team USA, ending with the involvement of SafeSport, USA Weightlifting, numerous legal professionals, and an excess of heartbreak and anguish.
For many who saw the story come to a close when the final decisions were made about the case, Jennyfer was the exception, because for her "there is no close to this."
Join us as we discuss the events and people who brought her into this great sport, but finish with the events and people who ripped it from her.
Addendum - Towards the end of the podcast I asked Jennyfer a question that she felt she inadequately answered. Here is her response and message for all of the listeners:
"... as I was thinking through what was said, I also realized I hate one of the things I said. I panicked and said something other people say and not really what I wanted to say which is that when you make comments online or in person about victims and / and women, think of them as whole ass human beings! Think of sexual assault survivors as whole ass humans worthy of protection. You shouldn't have to have a good relationship with a woman in your life to care about them and respect them, you shouldn't have to know a sexual assault survivors in the flesh to care about them and think about them and consider them and their life in your dialogue. They deserve care and protection and words of violence, or mistrust, or demeaning, objectifying victims or women in general said on the internet or between people in locker rooms and executive suites it all needs to stop, it all contributes to rape culture and it's not ok. Stop ignoring and denying their story, their reality, their calls for help, their needs and wants, they don't want to be here either. The consequences, the scars left, they're quite severe for us survivors and the ripple effect goes far beyond us to our families and communities. A victim coming forward in the first place is huge and that needs to be recognized, more widely known and accepted. In all this, I hope that is what can be taken away, because I know I'm not alone in having first-hand experience of this never ending constantly building timeline of painful memories as well as the constant judgement and expectations that come with going through the proper channels or handling it "the right way". We want more victims to feel safe coming forward, not the opposite so it has to be better, everyone has to be better because there are survivors all around you. Trust me, I know, I'm here. Definitely try and consider that next time you talk about it or comment about it."
Ways to contact Jennyfer:
Email - Jennyferkang@gmail.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/jennyfer_kang/
Ep. 96: A Masterclass on Skill Acquisition w/Keith Davids & Kevin Cann
This was possibly the greatest episode of a podcast that I've ever recorded. I was honored to be joined by Keith Davids, a PhD and Professor of Motor Learning at Sheffield Hallam University, and Kevin Cann (Coach of Precision Powerlifting Systems).
Join us as we talk all things skill acquisition, the history and study of motor learning, bridging theory to practice, and the development and role of expertise.
Ep. 95: The Science of Tapering: bridging theory to practice w/Hayden Pritchard
This show was a long time coming. Hayden's dissertation was focused on understanding the role and strategies for tapering to enhance maximal strength performance.
Hayden is a former academic, scientist, and weightlifter, so he knows his way around a university and a weight room. In this episode, we discuss tapering from both an academic (what the research indicates) and anecdotal perspective. We suggest that these two are not mutually exclusive and when used together create strategies to enhance performance when it matters most, on game day.
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