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    When One Teaches, Two Learn - Coaching Success

    When One Teaches, Two Learn - Coaching Success

    When one teaches two learn. Matt shares his teaching approach - from interest to refined speech or presentation. Teaching and coaching with pressure are critical to mastering anything.
    When One Teach Two Learn: Importance of Teaching
    In order to become an expert coach, or to master any subject, you have to coach, or teach, when it matters.
    You may have found at some point that you had read or consumed a lot of material on a subject. When you tried to explain it to someone else, the apparent coherent thoughts were not there.
    Technique coaching in person is important to mastering technique coaching (you can simulate that, to some degree, online). This goes for teaching as well.
    Taking your ideas and trying to turn them into an article, podcast, or speech helps the knowledge not only deepen but also cohere. Many times, you have unordered ideas in your head - you need to order them.
    When One Teach Two Learn: Matt's Teaching Process
    Matt has a process he has followed to go from interest to refined speech, presentation, sermon, etc.
    Dive deep into a topic of interest Organize major thoughts Speak it or write it Before the first action, you have to find something that interests you. It could come from a book, podcast, YouTube channel, thoughts - whatever. Something peaks your interest and you want to learn more.
    Matt starts at a general place, such as Wikipedia, and goes from there. Look to the sources from those initial places, dig deeper, and learn as much as you can. As you do so, take notes.
    As you take notes, you'll start to see certain patterns and major points or thoughts. Consider these major bullet points and how they related to each other. Try to put them in a coherent order.
    Next, speak it (or write it) and share with someone else. For example, if you have to talk in front of a group of 20, first talk to your spouse or a friend. This rehearsal helps you better organize your thoughts and refine your speech. It is, however, a critical step.
    When one teach two learn. Go learn (and teach).


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    • 17 min
    Don't Abandon Your Body - Beast Over Burden

    Don't Abandon Your Body - Beast Over Burden

    Niki and Andrew interview Melissa MacGregor, wife of BLOC coach Mac and BLOC client, and her coach Joel Rasmussen. Melissa suffered a stroke but, with patience, perseverance, and strength training, was able to return to physical activities she never thought she could do again.
    Healing Through Strength Training: Perseverance & Experimentation Melissa saw her husband benefit from strength training and decided to give it a try herself. Joel, her coach, tried many creative ways to help her focus on what she could do.
    They experimented and pushed into the pain. Pain was feedback that, in her case, was positive because it was a sensation.
    Joel also had to get creative for new ways to feel her body during lifting, as she did not have the normal sensations and proprioception that others have.
    Over time, with patience and hard work, she has regained not only the ability to complete certain lifts "normally," but has also been able to return to activities such as biking and skiing, that she never thought she would be able to do again.
    Listen to this heartwarming and motivating story of patience, perseverance, grit, and healing through strength training.


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    • 33 min
    Building EliteFTS with Dave Tate

    Building EliteFTS with Dave Tate

    Matt talks to Dave Tate about building EliteFTS. What were the struggles, successes, and untold stories that created EliteFTS?
    Dave Tate & EliteFTS had a huge impact on Matt Reynolds & Barbell Logic, whether it be from introducing him to the Russian programming literature, to programming tips and principles, to recommending the e-Myth.
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    Check out the Barbell Logic podcast landing page.
    Building EliteFTS - Before EliteFTS
    Both Dave's dad and grandfather were business owners, who inculcated and demonstrated the value of hard work. Dave helped his dad as a teenager, and his dad stressed the importance of quality products (which Dave has stressed with EliteFTS' equipment).
    As a teenager, Dave grew sick and tired of being "beat all the time," so he trained harder and worked harder and started to see benefits. His wrestling coach saw him running stairs one day and told him that if he worked harder than everyone else, he wouldn't be beat. This, paired with the benefits of strength, started to help him build confidence.
    Dave also struggled in college, but ultimately decided to return, work hard, and brought up his GPA.
    He was deciding whether to move to Columbus or Cleveland and ultimately decided to move to Columbus (in part) because of a girlfriend, which meant that Dave would train with Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell.
    Dave had different jobs, including personal training, bouncing, and gym management, and describes in his story at a couple points where he did not want to continue on the track he found himself, so he made a change.
    Helping Louie sell equipment and deal with customer service, paired with creating a Q&A website, ultimately created EliteFTS.
    Building EliteFTS Elite FTS began in the late 1990s, with the internet early and shipping times for gym equipment being 16 weeks.
    He learned, from eMyth, that he needed to free up time to spend more time as manager and then owner of the business.
    Dave and Matt talk about the importance of adversity and how it has refined them both. This aligns with Matt's voluntary hardship principle. Ultimately, as a business owner, coach, and human, you will face adversity. Prepare yourself by doing so voluntarily so that when the involuntary challenges come, you can handle them better and grow from them as well.
    Enjoy Dave and Matt talking about building EliteFTS.



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    • 1 hr 17 min
    It's Hard to Be Professional - Beast Over Burden

    It's Hard to Be Professional - Beast Over Burden

    We explore professionalism and why it's hard to be professional. Professionalism is difficult, but deliver values and sets you apart.
    Professionalism: Competence, Integrity, Benevolence Andrew has delivered, through podcast and in-person talks, a deep dive on how competence, integrity, and benevolence make up a professionalism value equation.
    Matt also has also delved into this here.
    This framework or model to conceptualizing your coaching or business really helps you think more intelligently about where to improve.
    Professionalism Sets You Apart When you have built yourself some expertise and are above the level of amateur, you should respect yourself, expect a high value of yourself and ask a relatively high price of your customer (the price should be less than the perceived value).
    Then, you need to deliver a high level of service consistently across the competence, benevolence, and integrity.
    Plenty of people are delivering online coaching. Personal trainers and coaches abound. Professionalism sets you apart.



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    • 28 min
    Chase Value not Status - Coaching Success

    Chase Value not Status - Coaching Success

    Matt discusses that, whether in life or business, you should chase value not status. This leads to a successful business and happier life.
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    Chase Value not Status
    In a social media world, it can be easy to pursue status. In the world we inhabit, it can always be easy to chase money.
    Pursue something else. Chase value.
    Deliver value to your customers. When entrepreneurs talk about opportunities, unless they are discussing some loophole or morally questionable pursuits, they're talking about a clear area where a problem exists where business can provide value.
    You provide a customer a new roof, they give you money. The value you provide should be more than the price point.
    Chase Value not Status - Appearance Versus Reality
    You don't have to have thought too much about social media to know that people don't typically put mundane tasks, boring events, or things they're not proud of.
    People select, for their own purposes, what they present to the world via the social media site.
    This is illusory (and might be fake).
    Chase value and deliver it to others.
    Yes, business have to make money, but the singular pursuit of value does not lead to long-term success or happiness.
    Chase value not status.



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    • 18 min
    Solutions Sans Suffering: Joyful Self-Improvement - Beast Over Burden

    Solutions Sans Suffering: Joyful Self-Improvement - Beast Over Burden

    What does joyful self-improvement look like (and is it possible)? Today, we explore solutions sans suffering.
    Joyful Self-Improvement: Struggling & Floundering People really struggle to make important changes in their lives (that they at least ostensibly want) such as to lose weight or gain more muscle.
    Reasons abound for the difficulty.
    People hear and see conflicting, extreme solutions or short-term, impossible solutions (e.g. 6 weeks to six-pack).
    Furthermore, every person is different. People have different goals, preferences, body types, and reactions to training stimulus (e.g. you cannot become faster than Usain Bolt simply by trying really hard, though you will certainly fail if you do not try).
    Joyful self-improvement also confronts the reality that change takes a long time. It took you a long time to reach the point where you have decided it's time to make a difference. The positive changes you desire will also take a long time.
    Joyful Self-Improvement: Solutions Sans Suffering Whatever solutions you (or a coach) decides on, they have to be sustainable. Can you really go the rest of your life only eating meat (or some other extreme diet).
    Note that many of the people who follow a strict diet have quick feedback regarding when they eat a certain food (such as celiac disease).
    Niki and Andrew recommend getting to a baseline before making changes. When you make changes, don't through the kitchen sink at your problems, but try one (or a couple) small changes. Consistently eating a couple hundred calories less than you have can make a BIG impact.
    For joyful self-improvement, lean into what you like and embrace the long path to change.



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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

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Can’t say enough

I have been listening to this podcast since 2018 when I discovered it on Apple Podcasts during a very boring shuttle bus ride from the parking lot to the office. It has taught me so much about strength training, nutrition, health and wellbeing, and productivity. The team is phenomenal and down-to-earth, and their discussions always seem to resonate with me and usually make me laugh. It’s tough to put in words all the value this podcast has provided me over the years. I have been a BLOC client since last year and expect to be for the long term. Thank you Barbell Logic!

Disappointed strength lifter ,

Content has changed

This podcast was phenomenal in its early stages. Great content on strength training. Now, half of the podcasts are about coaching with very little content about actual lifting.

Babeekrishna ,

Helpful Insights

Many thanks for your recent two-part series about losing weight and gaining muscle. The expert insights, tips and journey examples were great. A part-three featuring middle-aged and senior, especially female, masters strength athletes could be insightful too. Cheers and thanks so much for the ongoing great content.

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