32 episodes

From weightlifting to throwing, powerlifting to Strongman, and everything in-between, this podcast features interviews and discussions with some of the most knowledgeable coaches and athletes in the strength world. Listen in and get to know Olympians, admired coaches, up- and- coming powerhouses in the strength world, and some of your favorite lifters as they share their victories, defeats, funniest stories and everything in-between. Host Tom Sroka, an avid strength athlete and weightlifting coach also shares his knowledge, experience and stories, making this a can't-miss podcast for strength nerds like himself.

Strength Agenda Radio The Strength Agenda

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

From weightlifting to throwing, powerlifting to Strongman, and everything in-between, this podcast features interviews and discussions with some of the most knowledgeable coaches and athletes in the strength world. Listen in and get to know Olympians, admired coaches, up- and- coming powerhouses in the strength world, and some of your favorite lifters as they share their victories, defeats, funniest stories and everything in-between. Host Tom Sroka, an avid strength athlete and weightlifting coach also shares his knowledge, experience and stories, making this a can't-miss podcast for strength nerds like himself.

    Talking with Ursula Garza Papandrea, Part 2 [Ep 30, Season 3]

    Talking with Ursula Garza Papandrea, Part 2 [Ep 30, Season 3]

    On part two of our interview with Ursula Garza Papandrea, she takes the time to answer the questions you and other listeners submitted, plus she's subjected to the lightning round. If you haven't listened to Part 1 yet [episode 29], head back and start there first. See you in a few weeks for Season 4, and thanks for listening!

    Thank you to Onyx Straps for keeping this podcast free for your enjoyment. Pick up a pair at www.OnyxStraps.com!

    People are loving 30 Days to a Better Snatch, our free technique challenge. Head to snatch.thestrengthagenda.com to get technique delivered to your inbox weekly, designed to take your snatch from "meh" to meet ready! See you there.

    Find Ursula on Instagram over at @texasbarbellclub

    Weightlifting Wise [www.weightliftingwise.com]

    • 39 min
    The Queen of Weightlifting: Ursula Garza Papandrea, Part 1 [Ep 29, Season 3]

    The Queen of Weightlifting: Ursula Garza Papandrea, Part 1 [Ep 29, Season 3]

    A high-level lifter, an elite coach, and now high in the ranks of USAW and IWF, Ursula Garza Papandrea has crossed so many barriers in the sport of weightlifting. We were lucky enough to sit down with her, and we covered the gamut of her history in the sport, her passion for bringing more women into weightlifting (and keeping them), and the new initiatives she is bringing in her time serving on the Executive Board of USAW and as IWF Vice President. Ursula is a titan of this sport, and for good reason. You won't want to miss this episode. Stay tuned for Part 2, where Ursula answers your questions and is also subjected to the lightning round.

    People are loving 30 Days to a Better Snatch, our free technique challenge. Head to snatch.thestrengthagenda.com to get technique delivered to your inbox weekly, designed to take your snatch from "meh" to meet ready! See you there.

    Find Ursula on Instagram over at @texasbarbellclub

    Weightlifting Wise: www.weightliftingwise.com

    • 47 min
    The Beard, The Myth, The Legend: An Interview with Spencer Tyler [Ep 28, Season 3]

    The Beard, The Myth, The Legend: An Interview with Spencer Tyler [Ep 28, Season 3]

    Spencer Tyler is one of the best Highland Games athletes in the world. From record-breaking performances at the Arnold to too many victories to count, Spencer's rise in the pro ranks probably hasn't even hit its peak yet. Listen in as he talks training, balancing work and raising a family, and what it's like to be a pro in the Highland Games. On the top of the show, Tom talks about his favorite piece of advice for athletes, especially when you're frustrated after a tough training day.

    People are loving 30 Days to a Better Snatch, our free technique challenge. Head to snatch.thestrengthagenda.com to get technique delivered to your inbox weekly, designed to take your snatch from "meh" to meet ready! See you there.

    Find Spencer on Instagram over at @spencerjtyler

    HG Live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoY2yXeqdouZku_k96R3Tkw
    Shop ThrowBros.com for your throwing needs! And use "StrengthAgenda" at www.theHVIII.com to save 15% on your next order and support athletes like Spencer and Tom.

    • 48 min
    How We Built a 6-Figure Weightlifting Business: Advice on Running a Profitable Gym [Ep 27, Season 3]

    How We Built a 6-Figure Weightlifting Business: Advice on Running a Profitable Gym [Ep 27, Season 3]

    If you've ever wanted to open a weightlifting business, this is the episode for you. We're sitting down with Beth Sroka, my lovely wife and the monkey wrangler behinds all things The Strength Agenda. We talk about how we grew from a blog that made a few hundred dollars it's first year to the profitable gym and online coaching business we have now. We answer listener questions on topics like the biggest mistakes fitness businesses make, how to get people in the door, how do we make money, and how do you know you're ready to open a gym. It's a great episode that you'll really enjoy. Plus, on the top of the show Tom talks about the phrase "Must be nice...". He doesn't mince words and it just might be the pep talk you need to stop feeling sorry for yourself and start achieving more.

    If you want to grab one of the free consulting spots we're offering, email tom@thestrengthagenda.com using "Talk to Me" in the subject line. We're taking the first 10 listeners to write in!

    Follow Beth on Instagram @BethSroka, myself at @iamtomsroka, and the gym page @thestrengthagenda!

    • 1 hr 17 min
    From PhD to Pro Athlete: Zach Riley Talks Training, Recovery & Mindset [Ep 26, Season 3]

    From PhD to Pro Athlete: Zach Riley Talks Training, Recovery & Mindset [Ep 26, Season 3]

    In 2004 Zach threw at the 2004 Olympic Trials, then dove straight back into school, getting his PhD in neurophysiology. He followed that up with a postdoctorate fellowship in bioengineering and now is a professor who is still actively involve in research. Along with that and his roles as a husband and father, Zach has continued to train and is a pro Highland Games athlete. Tune in as he and Tom chat about how to be smarter in training, why recovery is more important than anyone believes, and the right mindset to have, especially after a big injury. On the top of the show, Tom answers a listener's question: How do I know when to find a new coach?

    People are loving 30 Days to a Better Snatch, our free technique challenge. Head to snatch.thestrengthagenda.com to get technique delivered to your inbox weekly, designed to take your snatch from "meh" to meet ready! See you there.

    Find Zach on Instagram over at @zachary.riley https://www.instagram.com/zachary.riley/

    • 57 min
    Going All In: Jeb Simmons & How He Transformed His CrossFit Gym into an Insanely Amazing Business [Ep 25, Season 3]

    Going All In: Jeb Simmons & How He Transformed His CrossFit Gym into an Insanely Amazing Business [Ep 25, Season 3]

    On today's episode, Jeb Simmons (CrossFit Games athlete, gym owner, probably stronger than you) and I spend our time talking about business, and specifically how he and his wife went all in on their affiliate and turned it from an average CrossFit to a thriving, profitable hub with over 300 athletes in a tiny Wisconsin town. We talk about making hard and uncomfortable business decisions, onboarding coaches successfully, and the debate on unpaid internships, plus Jeb shares two pieces of advice for future gym owners. On the top of the show, Tom shares a surprising opinion on steroid and PED use in the elite CrossFit world.

    People are loving 30 Days to a Better Snatch, our free technique challenge. Head to http://snatch.thestrengthagenda.com to get technique delivered to your inbox weekly, designed to take your snatch from "meh" to meet ready! See you there.

    Follow Jeb & Northfit Creamery on instagram @north_fit or check them out on their website: www.northfitcreamery.com

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

perainof ,

Awesome!!

Love the podcast Tom. Keep up the great work 👍

djmartin08 ,

Great variety and insight!

I listen to a bunch of different health/fitness related podcasts and love them each for what they bring to the table. With Strength Agenda, Tom brings in guests that help expand my strength knowledge base, with topics that are broad enough to keep my not-so-technical brain engaged. Looking forward to season 2!

WeightlifterBen ,

Strength Sport Galore!

Season 1 was a huge success in my mind. This podcast is a must for any strength athlete regardless of sport/discipline. Perfect mix of knowledge and fun.
Can’t wait for season 2!

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