02 Apr Andy Baker, Co-Author of ‘Practical Programming’

(#60) Andy Baker is this week’s podcast guest.

He’s the co-author of the latest edition of Practical Programming.

Andy is a strength coach, personal trainer, competitive powerlifter, and owner/operator of Kingwood Strength and Conditioning in Texas.

He’s also a tremendous source of knowledge in barbell training, as he co-authored the 3rd edition of Practical Programming, along with veteran barbell coach and expert, Mark Rippetoe of Starting Strength.

I was honored to have a great chat with Andy discussing many topics in strength training.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn in this week’s episode:

  • Why physical strength is so important
  • Hear about an amazing 82 year old case study
  • Strength for the endurance athlete?
  • Learn the “horsepower” analogy
  • His 2 preferred indicators for movement and mobility
  • Is there a ‘stigma’ to barbell training?
  • Why “less is more”
  • Learn a key technique tip for the Squat and the Deadlift
  • The #1 biggest mistake in barbell training
  • The 2 barbell lifts you can SAFELY train alone
  • How he partnered with Mark Rippetoe to write ‘Practical Programming’
  • What’s new about the latest edition of the great book
  • Specific program examples from ‘Practical Programming’
  • Why he loves the “Prowler”
  • His big advice for you after listening to the interview
  • And much more…

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To learn more about Andy Baker, go to BakerStrengthCoaching.com.

I highly recommend the 3rd Edition of Practical Programming.

It’s an essential book if you’re serious about barbell training and it’s great whether you’re beginner or advanced.

Please share this episode and apply the information you learn.

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