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Starting Strength Coaches Matt Reynolds and Scott Hambrick discuss all things strength. Follow the podcast @barbell_logic on instagram and join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/barbelllogicpodcast/. Contact Matt at www.barbell-logic.com @reynoldsstrong on IG, Twitter and Facebook. Contact Scott at www.barbell-logic.com @scott_silverstrength on IG.

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    • 4.8, 727 Ratings

Starting Strength Coaches Matt Reynolds and Scott Hambrick discuss all things strength. Follow the podcast @barbell_logic on instagram and join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/barbelllogicpodcast/. Contact Matt at www.barbell-logic.com @reynoldsstrong on IG, Twitter and Facebook. Contact Scott at www.barbell-logic.com @scott_silverstrength on IG.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
727 Ratings

727 Ratings

Jack in MA ,

Clarity is King!

A big thanks to Scott and Matt for reviewing the whys and hows of strength training overall, and Starting Strength in particular with great clarity each podcast. As an older guy (57) new to lifting and following the SS model, I appreciate how they always contextualize the information they are providing so we listeners can use it in our particular training situation. Oh, and even though I have no interest in drinking whiskey, I enjoy listening to their banter about it at the beginning of each show -very entertaining!

Bluffs, Barbells, and Booze ,

Please stick to barbells and whiskey

Good podcast, Matt is great, Scott is not great. Ep. 201 was awful and I shut it off. You’ve preached about always pushing yourself to get stronger yet you criticize others for not “knowing” when to stop making money. Would you stop trying new whisk(e)y when you “think” you’ve had good enough whiskey? I listen for good info on lifting and occasional whiskey content, or maybe I should “know” when you’ve made enough good content and move on to something else?

Braised in the South ,

Podcast for people serious about building muscle


1. Credible source for strength training education.

2. Thorough discussion of the Starting Strength method of strength exercises and cues.

3. Variety in show topics keeps the podcast interesting.

4. Minimal sponsor distractions during podcast.

If you are serious about gaining strength and adding muscle, you should be a Barbell Logic podcast subscriber.

Show formats:

Topical discussion – About half of the Barbell Logic podcasts are what I would describe as topical discussions where the presenters focus on a specific topic they either want to discuss, or a common question that they are receiving from their clients or subscribers. For example, the presenters did an entire episode on the squat including proper mechanics, cues, how to account for biometric differences, e.g. long torso v. short torso, etc.

In my opinion, the best part of this episode format is that both presenters are Starting Strength trainers, and provide instruction based on their training experiences which means that the listener gets to hear different perspectives and sometimes different cues for performing an exercise. In short, if you don’t understand something one way it is said, odds are good that you’re going to hear the same coaching another way that makes more sense. A typical episode is one hour in duration.

Question/Answer – This show format used to be less common but has thankfully become a weekly occurrence. The presenters receive a number of listener/subscriber questions, identify four or five and then answer them in a typical 15-25 minute podcast. The questions range from training advice to nutrition to the value of cardio within the Starting Strength framework.

Fitness Inspiration – Occasionally, the presenters interview a person who has overcome difficult circumstances to achieve seemingly impossible goals. They have interviewed lifters with cerebral palsy and MS (among others) who will likely inspire you to push through any limitation you think you have and achieve more.

Lifestyle – These episodes are less common, but nearly always interesting. The presenters often present business philosophies that have guided them to business and economic success. There was also a discussion on the appropriate use of money and budgeting, the value of hard work, etc. The presenters sometimes host guests/experts. My personal favorite was a podcast with a lawyer that I’ve listened to several times to make sure that I got everything out of the episode I could.

Other notes…

As I mentioned in the summary, there is minimal sponsorship distraction during the podcast. I don’t mind listening to sponsored podcasts, but some podcasts allow sponsorship to become a huge distraction. This has not been my experience with the Barbell Logic podcast.

There are times when an episode meanders, but thankfully the presenters self-correct quickly and the episode can progress. I only mention this because if you listen to an episode while doing something else, (I listen while I’m commuting between work and home), your focus can wander and when the presenters self-correct you could miss something important and have to re-listen to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

The podcast is presented by Matt Reynolds and Scott Hambrick. I’ve not had the privilege of meeting, talking or otherwise communicating with either presenter but my impressions of each are as follows:

Matt Reynolds – Mr. Reynolds strikes me as a cerebral person who is thoughtful in presenting topics and explaining strength principles. He seems frustrated with some of the questions he is asked but genuinely attempts to answer the question – or at least try to figure out what the listener is asking. His explanations can become complex and might require the listener to review an explanation more than once to grasp what Mr. Reynolds is saying.

Scott Hambrick – It is clear some listeners take issue with Mr. Hambrick’s seemingly abrupt personality. Again, I’ve never met or communicated with either gentleman, but my impression of Mr. Hambrick is that he has been dealing with people for most of his career who spend more time making excuses for why a task wasn’t accomplished than accomplishing the task.

Mr. Hambrick’s personality really comes through during the fitness inspiration episodes where he is clearly impressed with people who refuse to be constrained by debilitating disease, condition or injury.

When answering what I perceive to be Mr. Hambrick’s definition of a “legitimate” listener question, he is careful in his explanations and avoids ambiguity as much as possible. (Again, I suspect that this is a learned trait of managing people.)

Final thoughts…

The language can be course at times so if this is a source of concern, be prepared. But the preponderance of great content and education makes with podcast worth subscribing to. If you are willing to invest the time into this podcast you will be not disappointed.

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