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Coach Paul & Coach Ryan at Resilient Training Lab hope to spread knowledge about the many benefits of the barbell and help change the current landscape of the fitness industry.At Resilient Training Lab, we believe everyone is capable of amazing things. Our mission is to help you discover everything you are truly capable of. We believe that strength training is the foundation to overall well-being and longevity and want to help you learn the many lessons the iron has to teach. The benefits of strength training go beyond the physical, bleeding into the mental and social aspects of life. We want to show you just how amazing you truly are. Come find out how strength training can lead to a stronger, more resilient you– in all aspects of life.

The Resilient Training Lab Podcast Paul Milano

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Coach Paul & Coach Ryan at Resilient Training Lab hope to spread knowledge about the many benefits of the barbell and help change the current landscape of the fitness industry.At Resilient Training Lab, we believe everyone is capable of amazing things. Our mission is to help you discover everything you are truly capable of. We believe that strength training is the foundation to overall well-being and longevity and want to help you learn the many lessons the iron has to teach. The benefits of strength training go beyond the physical, bleeding into the mental and social aspects of life. We want to show you just how amazing you truly are. Come find out how strength training can lead to a stronger, more resilient you– in all aspects of life.

    RTL95- RTL Rewind- Efficacy vs. Effectiveness

    RTL95- RTL Rewind- Efficacy vs. Effectiveness

    We are rewinding it back to 2020 with this episode of the Resilient Training Lab podcast. THis was a 2 part episode but we put them together for this month's episode to make it easy to listen to it all at once. On this episode, physical therapist and RTL coach, Eric Lagoy joins Ryan and Paul to talk about  about efficacy versus effectiveness. It is our responsibility as health professionals and coaches to ensure that we are doing our best to utilize practices that are efficacious and effective.  Paul, Ryan, and Eric discuss that people come to fitness or health professionals for their knowledge and help; therefore, as professionals, we need to do our very best to actually be knowledgeable, look at the research, and learn the best ways to get the effects we are after. This is a really great episode from these 3 that has some very important takeaways.


    Resilient Training Lab


    • 1 hr 22 min
    RTL94 When and Why to Modify Training

    RTL94 When and Why to Modify Training

    Here is a solo episode with Paul and Ryan! They discuss what you need to know about modifying training. When do you know when it is time to change it up and why are some reasons that you might consider making some modifications. Some common reasons you might want to switch up your training include being unmotivated and dragging your feet to the gym, you have another interest/hobby/commitment that is requiring more of your time, and you're currently injured. Don't be afraid to talk to your coach about how you're feeling or about what other things you have going on in your life. They can help you to make changes so that you can still kill it in the gym when you aren't feeling the same drive and motivation that you used to or when you have another goal, skill, or activity that you want to focus on more.

    0:14 - Paul intros the episode with the topic of this month’s episode and the events and monthly challenge going on at Resilient. This month we have an event on June 11th with Open Doors Outdoors. We will all be getting together to hike at Sleeping Giant at 12pm. June’s challenge is max watts on the bike. Give it everything you got to crank up the intensity and get those watts as high as possible.

    1:50 - Ryan goes into more detail explanation of this month’s topic of modifying training when you’re struggling in the gym, have other interests/activities going on, or are dealing with an injury. He poses the question to Paul about how you know when it is time to make changes to your training.

    10:14 - Paul talks about how training your training focus away from performance and strictly your 1RM can be very beneficial to your overall training and progress. It might mean shifting your goals for the moment or just focusing on other aspects of health that training can benefit. The overall goal is to meet the physical activity guidelines and to go from there. Focus on what you can do given your current schedule and/or how you want to split your time between the gym and other activities. 

    14:34 - Ryan shares one of the ways he approaches making changes to his client’s programs when they are struggling or feeling unmotivated. He tries to take out the “psychologically stressful” exercises. For example, he may have a client that struggles with squat variations and find them to be very mentally taxing. He will take your typical squat variations out for a block or two to help decrease the person’s overall stress and hopefully help them to get more motivated to get to the gym each week. 

    17:24 - Even high level competitors can feel burnt out and unmotivated. What it comes down to whether you are an elite competitor or someone whose focus is overall improvement in health is that you need to manage your emotions and expectations. Sometimes it is best to put into training exercises that you have less expectations around so that you don’t get so caught up in the numbers you are hitting in training. 

    29:41 - Ryan talks about how he has modified his own training since adding in golf into his regular activities. During golf season, he makes changes so that he can still progress in golf while also still meeting his physical activity guidelines.

    36:15 - It is about setting up realistic training schedules that help you meet the physical activity guidelines and managing expectations. Set minimums for yourself. Create minimums that will help make you the most successful. Manage your expectations. You can’t expect to make giant strides in squat, bench, and deadlift when your greater focus is on another sport/skill/activity.  

    44:00 - When you find yourself injured, it can be easy to get caught up in what you can’t do. However, the best thing you can do for yourself is focus on what you CAN do. Training might look a lot or a little different, but be okay with it and focus on goals and wins that you can achieve while injured.

    • 56 min
    RTL93: Nutrition Myths

    RTL93: Nutrition Myths

    We're back with a new episode for May! RTL coach, Clare, joins Paul and Ryan for a roundtable discussion all about nutrition myths. They each bring 2 myths to the table and then end the episode answering listener submission questions. This is a fun episode where you get to hear your coaches break down common nutrition myths that we hear all of the time. Listen to hear your coaches' takes on these myths!

    0:14 - Paul begins the episode catching you all up on what is going on at RTL for the month of May. This month includes at hike at Sleeping Giant on May 7th and Murph on May 30th. And don't forget to join us for the monthly challenge! Listen to hear Paul break down what the challenge is for this month. 4:23 - Myth 1: Eating too much protein is bad and damaging. Don't eat more than 30g of protein at one time.9:44 - Myth 2: As a lifter, you have to eat as much protein as possible in order to gain muscle, get stronger, reach your goals, etc.21:19 - Myth 3: Gaining strength has to be the primary goal and you should sacrifice your overall health in order to get stronger. Paul also adds, the myth that you can't simultaneously gain strength and lose weight or improve other areas of health. 29:17 - Myth 4: Using a fitness tracker is an accurate method to determine how many calories you burned and how many calories I should be eating. 40:05 - Myth 5: Drinking diet soda is bad for you and can cause cancer, diabetes, etc.49:43 - Myth 6: There is a magic diet, pill, product, etc. that will make me reach my nutrition and weight goals. 55:42 - Paul, Ryan, and Clare answer listener submission questions!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    RTL92- Training Through Seasons of Life

    RTL92- Training Through Seasons of Life

    This month we are talking all about fitting training into your busy schedule. Life can go through busy seasons so we are here to talk all about how you can still fit in training so that you are at least meeting the CDC's physical activity guidelines. Paul and Ryan go over what those guidelines are and different ways of meeting them. They also discuss how training can look different depending on the season of life or time of year and how we can turn our life dials up and down to help manage stress, but still stay active and maintain our health. For part 2, they bring Amanda LaCroix on to talk about how she managed training while going through an accelerated nursing program and when she started working night shift at the hospital. Give this episode a listen to get some tips and ideas on how you can still fit training into your schedule even when it seems like life is crazy busy. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    RTL91- So You Want to Do Your First Meet?

    RTL91- So You Want to Do Your First Meet?

    We're so excited about this month's episode! We are talking about everything you need to know about doing your first meet. Paul and Ryan begin the episode by covering the basics of deciding to do a meet and how to prep for one. Samantha Reyes, a USPA State Referee, joins them for part 2 of the episode. Sam gives you all the information you need to know about checking-in, weighing-in, and all of the lifting standards you need to meet in order to have a successful meet. She really goes into detail about what you can expect on a typical meet day. We hope after listening to this episode that you are excited and ready to sign up for a meet. Click here to sign up for the USPA Resilient Classic II on July 23, 2022 at Revolution Fitness Clubs. And if you want to catch a meet in-person to see what a meet really looks like, come to USPA CT Championship on March 26, 2022 at Revolution Fitness Clubs. 

    0:15  Episode Introduction: This month's topic is all about your first powerlifting meet! Paul also talks about this month's RTL challenge, the USPA CT Championships on March 26th, and the organization, Open Doors Outdoors, which all of the meet's proceeds will go to. 

    4:45 Paul and Ryan begin the conversation about wanting to do your first powerlifting meet. And Paul goes into detail about his first powerlifting meet and how he got started in powerlifting.  

    16:19 What is meet prep? Meet prep doesn't have to be intimidating or miserable. It can be fun and flexible to fit your schedule and goals. They cover everything you need to know about tapers and deloads. 
    24:02 How do you know what weight class I should be in?  Should you cut for your first meet? 

    30:41 What is the purpose of a taper? 

    34:01 All about choosing your openers (hint: it should be something you can hit on your absolute worst day)
    38:12 Get prepared beforehand! Get everything you need together before meet day. Get your clothes, shoes, food, etc. all ready to go. Prepare for a long day because meet days can run long!

    41:45 Meet day nutrition

    44:01 What expectations should you have for yourself on meet day?

    51:57 Introducing Sam Reyes, a USPA State Referee

    55:00 How to become a USPA State Referee

    56:48 Check-ins and weigh-ins before the meet

    1:07:45 The order of operations on meet day (rules, lifting, awards)

    1:08:32 How do flights work? And why are they used?

    1:10:40 Judging and white vs. red lights

    1:13:36 Standards for Squat

    1:23:18 Standards for Bench

    1:29:42 Standards for Deadlifting

    1:35:44 Awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each class and best lifter based on DOTS)

    1:38:12 Advice from Sam for your first powerlifting meet (practice commands, train at least one day per week around the time that you will be lifting at the meet, meet day nutrition)


    • 1 hr 45 min
    RTL90- The Value of a Coach

    RTL90- The Value of a Coach

    This week is all about the value of hiring a coach. This episode is a great listen for those who have been on the fence about hiring a coach for their training and want help to reach their goals. Having a coach is beneficial whether you are brand new to working out or are an elite lifter.. A coach can be useful no matter where you are in your fitness journey and regardless of what your goals are. Ryan and Paul begin the episode by discussing the value of having a coach when you are first getting started in the gym. A coach can help you when you are brand new to the gym by showing you what the equipment is, how to set it up, and how to use it. They are also learning and looking for advice on how to make lifting fit into their lives. The coach is there to support them as they start working out. As the client moves past their first few months of training and is getting more comfortable with working out and the gym, the coach can be valuable by continuing to keep them accountable and consistent and also adding more complexity into their training. As beginners nail down the basics, more complexity can be added into their program to help them work towards their goals and add in training that they most enjoy. The coach's job with a client within the first year is to help get them comfortable and confident in the gym so that they can workout whether or not a coach is present. They end their discussion discussing the job of a coach for clients in their first few years as a lifter and at an intermediate or advanced level. The coach is still important because they can help to modify your training as your life circumstances may change (i.e. buying a house, getting sick, working through an injury), fine tune technique modifications to help you be stronger and more efficient, and work through plateaus. The coach is also valuable in looking at your life as a whole and aid in making changes inside and outside of the gym in order to help you be the most successful at reaching your goals. The episode closes out with a discussion with a fan favorite guest, Carlos Reyes. Carlos comes on the podcast to discuss why he finds having a coach is valuable as an elite lifter. He talks about when he first started working with a coach and discusses all the way to present day working with Paul for the past 3 years. Give a listen to hear everything Carlos has to say about working with a coach. We would love to hear what you have to say about what you find valuable about having a coach. Leave a comment on Apple Podcast or iTunes or DM us on Instagram to let us know!
    *0:14 - What is going on at RTL and Revolution Fitness Clubs this month. Hear all about our February Challenge and Community Outreach for this month (hint: it has to do with helping shelter animals 3)
    *3:16 - Ryan introduces the episode topic which is why having a coach is valuable and what having a coach offers during different stages of your training career. 
    *3:36 - Paul and Ryan discuss some of wrong reasons to hire a coach (i.e. wanting a coach to help them overhaul their entire lives or having a coach to teach them perfect form and prevent them from getting hurt from lifting)
    *7:04 - What you should expect when you hire a coach as a new lifter. 
    *13:50 - Why you need a coach during your first year as lifter (3 months-1 year). 
    *25:15 -The difficulty in behavior change and how hard it can be to make lifting a life habit . Be open and honest with your coach so that they can best support you in making lifting a life-long habit. 
    *37:51 -Why you need a coach as an intermediate lifter (1-3 years)
    *54:31 - Paul and Ryan are joined by elite lifter, Carlos Reyes. Carlos talks about what he finds valuable in having a coach.


    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

shari milo ,

Talking With Ryan and Paul, Always Though Provoking

The RTL podcast is one of the finest conversations available to the strength and conditioning community. Ryan and Paul present i formation in a concise manner that is easy to follow and understand. Whether they are interviewing someone in the field, doing a Q and A and just talking to each other, I always get the sense that they’re talking with me, not talking at me.

I find myself looking deep into they why’s of my own training motivation and commitment every time I listen. It’s easy to keep tuning in when you know these guys have your back and brain.

I am highly driven when it comes to my training, but if there is a day that I think I want to slack, I tKe a few minutes and listen to a fave RTL podcast,
lace up my shoes, chalk my palms, and have at it.

Give these guys a listen or 10. You’ll feel stronger when you do.

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A go to Podcast

A go to podcast with lots of helpful reminders and tips to think about and how to implement them during my training sessions. Enjoy listening during evening walks. Thank you

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The internet is full of static and noise when it comes to fitness information. These guys will help you sort through It with factual, scientific information and real world training experience. There’s always something new to learn from nutrition, training goals, motivation, to mindset changes. Give them a listen, you won’t find better fitness information like this out there without someone trying to sell you their latest gimmick.

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