15 Mar Dr. Jonathon Sullivan – The Barbell Prescription

(#201) Dr. Jonathon Sullivan, co-author of the ground-breaking and important new book, The Barbell Prescription, joins the podcast this week for a phenomenal session that’s not to be missed.

Dr. Sullivan is an MD, PhD and owner of Greysteel Strength & Conditioning where he specifically serves the “over 40” population. He has written and presented extensively on the topic of strength training and has a background as a researcher, as well as his medical expertise.

The Barbell Prescription may be one of the most important and comprehensive books ever written in the area of strength development – at any age. You’ll learn about this incredible book – and so much more – in this valuable interview with Dr. Sullivan.

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

  • Why he decided to serve the “over 40” population – and beyond
  • The common misconceptions his clients have about barbell training
  • The surprising reality of training the “older clientele”
  • Why the loss of muscle mass is “catastrophic” for the aging
  • Why strength training is beneficial for cardiovascular health
  • How Dr. Sullivan approaches the aerobic system via strength training
  • The real POWER of exercise as a medicine
  • What is “narrowcasting” in relation to the education about strength?
  • Learn the “big picture” of The Barbell Prescription
  • Who he secretly hopes will pick up this book and read it
  • Why the barbell is the ultimate tool for strength
  • How he approaches mobility limitations with the older population
  • A powerful “case study” with John (an 89 year old)
  • Program considerations for the master’s athlete
  • What we can learn from the “science of strength”
  • The truth about the Valsalva maneuver
  • What he says is the biggest mistake in barbell training
  • Great closing advice and so much more…
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  • Scott Johnston
    Posted at 04:41h, 16 March Reply

    Great interview! I am reading this book and I think it is very important. This message needs to be spread far and wide! It has the potential to make a huge difference in many, many people’s lives. The way we typically age in the Western world, becoming gradually ever=weaker and sicker (to an extreme) is not normal. We need people who can tell us why, and how to step off of the conveyor belt to hell that is the “sick aging phenotype.” Thank you. I hope you have Dr. Sullivan back for more.

    • Scott
      Posted at 13:56h, 17 March Reply

      Thanks for the comments Scott!
      Yes, I hope to have him back on the show again, for sure!

  • Rosemary Laberee
    Posted at 01:59h, 18 March Reply

    I just finished listening to this podcast. It was great! So many valuable take-aways…
    I ordered the book just now. I can’t wait to read it.
    I lift now and have definitely gotten stronger in the past year (I’m 60). This book is going to motivate me keep at it.
    The additional commentary on the sad state of medicine in the US and the emphasis on taking responsibility for one’s own health were spot on, too.

    Thank you!

    • Scott
      Posted at 01:13h, 20 March Reply

      Thanks Rosemary! Hope you enjoy the book (I know you will!).
      I really enjoyed this interview – and glad you did, as well!
      Keep training STRONG!

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